Fishermen's Co-op looks to future
AFTER four years of deliberation, the $5 million redevelopment of the Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-operative is back on the agenda.
A development application (DA) to demolish the existing Maclean building to make way for a marine precinct has been lodged for the second time with Clarence Valley Council.
If the application gets the go-ahead, the Co-op will demolish its building, which houses processing, a retail seafood outlet, the co-op’s offices and a petrol station. The building would be replaced by a multi-million dollar marina hub housing a range of services, administration offices and restaurants.
“The idea behind the project when it was initially thought up four years ago was to provide fishermen with a more stable income in lean times,” Co-op financial controller Kerry Essex said.
The original submission, which was put in 18 months ago but later withdrawn by the Co-op, stated that the premises were no longer adequate to meet current-day demands and operational requirements associated with the proper production, treatment and marketing of seafood.
“It’s getting harder and harder to maintain because of the age of it,” Ms Essex said.
“If the DA is approved we will need to perform a feasibility study to ensure it will be viable before any construction begins.”
President of the Maclean Chamber of Commerce, Bob Little, said the chamber was supportive of the redevelopment proposal as it would attract specialty businesses and bring money to the area.