Keniese Giese, from LJ Hooker Maclean, says a full-size supermarket is needed now
Keniese Giese, from LJ Hooker Maclean, says a full-size supermarket is needed now

Maclean 'needs supermarket'

“LET'S get a shopping centre built in the back car park and let's get it done now – that's what the people want.”

Maclean real estate agent Ken Giese is clear with his message.

Maclean needed to be reinvigorated, he said, but that would not happen until a full-size supermarket was built.

He said as long as Maclean residents had to travel to Grafton or Yamba to access a full-size supermarket, Maclean businesses would continue to lose out.

“When I was a kid growing up here it was thriving. It was a vibrant town,” Mr Giese said. “We should start the reinvigoration of this town so that it goes back to what it was in the '60s and '70s.

“We need to start it with a supermarket to stop the drainage of (local) expenditure.”

Mr Giese said Maclean was fortunate to have a “very proactive council” that wanted to ensure the town regained its glory.

“What councillors have done, particularly Ian Tiley, is recognised the retail strategy as saying we should have (the supermarket) in town,” Mr Giese said.

“He and the majority of our councillors have a very strong commitment to ensuring we follow the retail strategy as we go forward and take our existing businesses out of subsistence living.

“We need councillors who recognise that and say ‘we are going to make this happen'.”

Mr Giese said the situation was preventing many businesses from operating at a profit and discouraging new businesses from starting up.

“Because our money is being targeted by commercial activities in Grafton and Yamba we can't provide our own kids with jobs in our own town,” he said.

Mr Giese said businesses in Maclean needed to grow to cope with an increasing local population.

“Here we've got a town that's in the centre of the Clarence Valley and it's been identified as having a large amount of future growth,” he said.

“If you look at the geographical areas on the Lower Clarence, the future growth is around the east of Maclean because it's flood-free, it's got all the infrastructure and it's got good access.

“If you look at Yamba there's no future growth there (apart from) 1200 blocks of land that haven't been developed.

“If you want to live close to the beach and be associated with the river, there's one area that's going to happen and that's around Maclean.”



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