Maclean is on the move
I HAD an absolutely amazing time as a roving reporter this week and feel like I learnt so much about Maclean.
I met more people in three days than I probably have the entire time I have been in the Clarence Valley and had some of the best days I have had in the job.
It was great to spend some time with some of the "golden oldies" who were able to tell me about how things had changed throughout the years.
The old A word (amalgamation) popped up more than once and there's certainly still a feeling about the place that council services are still too Grafton-centric and Maclean gets left behind a little.
And there's no doubt the rates situation is weighing on people's minds. With a potential rates rise of 8.4%, there's no wonder there is some angst surrounding the issue.
Despite all of this, there are still people investing in the town - the Harvey Norman expansion is coming along, the Travers have opened their new business to prop up the short- fall in the underwear supply since the closure of Mackellys, and there's plenty happening at espresso Botero.
I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the warehouse, with Botero owner Danny Young showing me what he has planned.
And again, it shows he has real faith in the Maclean community and what it has to offer.
I'll have more about what Danny's plans are in tomorrow's edition of The Daily Examiner so make sure you check it out.
It's exciting stuff and goes far beyond just expanding a coffee shop.