PARK POINTERS: Luke Hartsuyker with John Allen and Mick Corbett from the Wherrett Park Users Group.
PARK POINTERS: Luke Hartsuyker with John Allen and Mick Corbett from the Wherrett Park Users Group. Contributed

Light sought on park

IF THERE was one election promise Clarence Valley councillor Jim Simmons was keen to see the Coalition come good on, it was the upgrade of Wherrett Park in Maclean.

Cr Simmons said if the money did not eventuate there would be outrage in the Scottish town.

On July 18 The Daily Examiner reported Mac

lean's soccer and football clubs were having trouble finding a place to train.

Maclean Football Club's first grade coach Giuseppe Terranova says when it rains Barry Watts Oval gets waterlogged.

The club cannot train there because it would ruin the surface. Wherrett Park oval has better drainage but the lights have been switched off after Essential Energy issued a defect notification.

On August 12 as the nation's politicians were doing their best to kick a goal, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker took to the field and promised $950,000.

"Wherrett Park is a vital piece of community and sporting infrastructure for Maclean and the Lower Clarence Valley, but it has been plagued by poor drainage," he said at the time.

Mr Hartsuyker said the $950,000 grant would be used to upgrade the drainage on Barry Watts Oval, Wherrett Park 1, the car park around the indoor sports complex (including the netball courts) and the reconstruction of the netball courts.

At a council committee meeting on Tuesday night the oval's lighting was back on the agenda.

While money had been promised the lighting issue remained unfunded and unresolved.

Mr Hartsuyker was made aware of the issue and made the following statement which may clear the way for lights to be funded out of his grant.

"If the Clarence Valley Council and the Wherrett Park Users Group wish to make minor changes to the schedule of works on the project, I will work closely with them to ensure we get the best possible outcome for the $950,000 upgrade of the sporting facility," Mr Hartsuyker said.



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