Celebrating the opening of the Maclean Sports Centre are, from left, Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson, Page MP Janelle Saffin, Maclean Sports Centre operator Matt McKee and Sports Centre fundraising committee treasurer Pat Battersby on one of the new squash courts.
Celebrating the opening of the Maclean Sports Centre are, from left, Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson, Page MP Janelle Saffin, Maclean Sports Centre operator Matt McKee and Sports Centre fundraising committee treasurer Pat Battersby on one of the new squash courts. Adam Hourigan

Maclean gets new sports centre

THE four-year wait for Maclean’s Sports Centre is over.

Federal member for Page Janelle Saffin and Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson yesterday officially opened the $3.25 million Maclean Sports Centre at Wherrett Park.

Ms Saffin said the Lower Clarence community loved its sport and would welcome the return of an indoor sports centre.

Representing Federal Regional Development and Local Government Minister Simon Crean, Ms Saffin said the Federal Government had provided $2 million and the Clarence Valley Council an additional $1.1 million to bring the project to fruition.

The Lower Clarence community had taken ownership of the building by raising another $100,000 towards its fit-out, she said.

Cr Williamson said the council wished sports centre lessees Matt McKee, one of the Clarence Valley’s best-known rugby league players, and his wife Julie Dougherty, a financial adviser, every success in managing the centre for many years to come.

Mr McKee said there had been a very positive response from the community.

“There are many people who want to become members at the centre,” he said.

“There are 48 members who are now playing squash on a regular basis.

“It is a positive the future of Maclean, as there is nothing else like it in the area.

“The centre boasts three squash courts and will have facilities for basketball, netball, indoor cricket, indoor soccer, volley ball, wheelchair sports, aerobics and change rooms for the Barry Watts Oval on ground level.”



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