Wherrett Park sale falls through
The sporting public of the Lower Clarence may have a reprieve.
The planned sale of the Wherrett Park Squash and Fitness Centre to the Mareeba Nursing Home has fallen through, meaning the facility is likely to remain as a sports centre.
Centre owner, Ross McPherson, said he was advised last week that Mareeba was no longer interested in the property.
"The real estate agent was devastated .. I was devastated," he said.
"It's back to the drawing board for me.
"One good thing is that it is not going to get knocked down.
"All we asked for was $1.2million, with no strings attached.
"They (Mareeba) agreed to that, but now they have pulled out.
"We are not happy with the way they did things.
"I don't want to make a big deal of it. We've got some discussions going at the moment that would see it stay open as a sports centre.
"We have other options. If we need to stay here, so be it.
"We are happy it is going to be staying as a sports centre.
"Ninety five per cent of people want it kept as a sports centre and it is likely that it will stay that way now.
"But retirement is not looking so good.
"It's disappointing. It has cost us money, the real estate (agents) money and the council money."
Clarence Valley Mayor, Ian Tiley, said he felt sorry for 'Posso' (Ross McPherson) and Sandra McPherson.
But he said the council would continue to investigate providing additional facilities in the Gulmarrad area.
Mareeba Nursing Home managers declined to offer com- ment.