Rich history unearthed in heritage study
THE former Maclean Shire's rich heritage just got richer with the discovery of hundreds of items during the research phase of the town's community-based heritage study.
The study has unearthed cricket pavilions, old tram tracks, dairy bails, community halls, war memorials, cemeteries, cane barracks, flood gates, houses, hotels and shops.
The Harwood Water Brigade Hall and Lawrence Museum were just two of the many interesting places discovered during the study; both are currently unprotected as a heritage place.
Clarence Valley Council (CVC) heritage officer Deborah Wray said the study covered the towns and villages of the old Maclean Shire area.
"During the past two years, more than 400 places have been investigated with valuable assistance from the former Maclean Shire Heritage Committee and local community members," she said.
CVC mayor Ian Tiley said that one of the most important aspects of the study was the input from local community members who had extensive local knowledge of the area.
"The study has brought together many people who share a love of the area and are keenly interested in the links to the past," Mr Tiley said.
"It is important that this information is recorded for our future generations. We could have not done this study without them."
Council planning and environment committee received a presentation on the study from co-ordinator Jane Gardiner on Tuesday, and the issue will then go to the full council meeting on April 18, where it is likely to be recommended that the study is placed on public exhibition for one month.