NATIONAL'S Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has announced a Federal Coalition Government will commit $950,000 towards the upgrade of Wherrett Park in Maclean.

Mr Hartsuyker said the funds would be used to improve the drainage and make much of the park more flood resistant.

"Wherrett Park is a vital piece of community and sporting infra- structure for Maclean and the lower Clarence Valley, but it has been plagued by poor drainage," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"The park is home to a large number of sporting clubs in the town, including football, netball, junior rugby league, athletics, cricket and skateboarding. It is also used for a dog-training place and for family picnics.

"Because it is low-lying and prone to flooding, it has become unusable for long periods, meaning many sportspeople have had to find alternative venues for their competitions.

"This $950,000 commitment from the Federal Coalition will fund the first stage of works.

"It will 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.

"The upgrading of Wherrett Park will be good for lower Clarence residents but it will also enable regional and state events to use the facilities and attract visitors to the region," he said.

Mr Hartsuyker praised the work of the Wherrett Park Users Group.

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