Sporting goal kicks in

By ADRIAN MILLER

SPORTSMEN will be among the winners when Clarence Valley Council winds up negotiations for land at Townsend.

Council wants the block of land for sport and community needs down the track. The council may build a sporting oval.

The five-and-a-half hectares next to council's Maclean Works Depot, between Pine and Jubilee Streets, is privately owned.

The council's corporate services director, Ross Bryant, said the land had been nominated for purchase by council.

"In the Maclean LEP (Local Environment Plan) this land is identified for acquisition by council, with one of the requirements being the owner can force council to acquire it," he said.

Mr Bryant would not propose a price for the land, but said both council and the owner would get valuations before settlement.

"We will acquire it under the Just Terms Compensation Act. So what happens is we get a valuation, the owner can get a valuation and we try and work up to an agreed compensation position," he said.

"There's been a couple of valuation figures but at this stage I don't want to release those to the public until we become more certain about what the compensation position might be."

The council's environment and planning director, Rob Donges, said the land could fulfill a number of aims.

"We will probably turn it into some sort of sporting facilities, possibly a sports oval, maybe a playground or some sort of community facility at some stage in the future," he said.

"We are doing a review of sporting facilities in the lower valley at the moment and part of that is we will look at what facilities we need for now and the future and what role this land at Townsend can play in that."

Mr Donges said the land was not being purchased in reaction to the possible loss of the Wherrett Park Sports Centre.

"What's at Wherrett Park is not necessarily what council will put at Townsend," he said.



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