Maclean motel development now a reality

Maclean Bowling Club president Desmond Johnson turns the first sod of dirt on the old green, where the motel will be built.
Maclean Bowling Club president Desmond Johnson turns the first sod of dirt on the old green, where the motel will be built.

FOUR years of consultation and planning has come to fruition with a proposed motel development in Maclean set to become a reality.

Maclean Bowling Club has explored the idea of building a motel on land adjacent to the club which was used as a lawns bowls green commonly referred to as the club's top green.

After numerous meetings with banks, builders, consultants and Clarence Valley Council, the club's president Desmond Johnson turned the first sod of dirt on the old green, where the motel will be built.


The site of the new motel to be built at Maclean Bowling Club.
The site of the new motel to be built at Maclean Bowling Club.

The motel will be built to a four star-standard and will consist of 23 standard rooms, two family rooms and two disabled rooms as well as an on-site manager's residence.

The club's secretary manager Mark Williams said Maclean's accessibility from the Pacific Highway made it an attractive destination for travellers.

"It provides a very attractive alternative to the highway motels to the north and south of the town," Mr Williams said.

"The proposed highway deviation will increase the accessibility to Maclean, to the detriment of Grafton and Ulmarra."


The site of the new motel to be built at Maclean Bowling Club.
The site of the new motel to be built at Maclean Bowling Club.

Mr Williams also stressed that Maclean is not perceived as a holiday destination, although it does attract some holiday makers.

"The Clarence River is an under-utilised and under-promoted asset that could be used to significantly build visitation to Maclean," he said.

"The club's motel development should help to change perceptions and build tourism within the town.

"The club's Board of Directors endorse the motel development and firmly agree that this diversification of the club's business will ensure the club's future for generations to come.

"This coupled with the decision to engage a local family company to build the motel will only enhance the club's reputation as a community minded organisation."

Tenders to build the motel were called in late 2015 and local builder Rojo Constructions was awarded the contract. Principal builder for Rojo, Rob Connolly, is confident of completing the project within the 45-week timeframe.

Topics:  accommodation clarence development economy highway upgrade maclean bowling club motel

Finals dreams remain alive for Rebels

Jeff Skeen tries to break through a line of Panthers at the South Grafton Rebels vs Sawtell Panthers game on Saturday, August 19.

South Grafton too strong for Sawtell Panthers

Baryulgil PS joins the hundred club

Students of Baryulgil raise the Aboriginal and Australian flags  at the 100th anniversary of Baryulgil Public School

Principal reflects on Baryulgil being the 'pinnacle' of his career.

Tim and friends live to swim another day

WHOPPER: Woolgoolga angler Luke Tinson caught two good-sized bream off the Yamba breakwater yesterday while fishing in the Tim the Bream competition.

Lots of prizes won at Yamba's favourite fishing competition

Local Partners

Fires burn throughout the Clarence Valley

An out of control fire has threatened properties in the Clarence Valley over night

A murder mystery to challenge Midsomer's

Dan Fahey, centre, as Lt. Frank Cioffi with some of the cast of Curtains. The Criterion's latest production opens tonight and runs across two weekends.

Curtains is an comic romp from the creators of Chicago and Cabaret

12 things to do this week

Cast of Curtains, the new show at the Criterion Theatre in Grafton.

There's plenty on this week in the Clarence Valley

Third time lucky for memorial day

REMEMBRANCE: Loved ones and fellow truck drivers will come from as far as Sydney and Queensland to remember those who have lost their lives on the roads at the Grafton Truck Drivers Social Club Memorial Wall Service on Saturday.

Truck drivers memorial service scheduled for this Saturday

Survivor twist bound to shock

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor, but will everyone be happy? She’s bracing for a viewer backlash.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

A prince is sailing around the Whitsundays

Prince of Denmark Frederik is racing on Wild Oats in the Whitsundays.

Rumours circulating about where the princess is

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Soothe your soul with the sounds of Velour

Velour holds their workshop Blend before their show with Ryan Innes at the Pelican Playhouse in South Grafton.

See Velour tonight at the Pelican Playhouse

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

Singer Taylor Swift has deleted her social media accounts

Social media wipeout prompts rumours of a new album

PROPERTY BOOM: Is it a good time to buy in the Clarence Valley?

Sold On magazine inserted into The Daily Examiner on Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 provides an in-depth property market analysis and profile of each suburb in the Clarence Valley.

Sold On is the essential Clarence Valley property market handbook

199 home sites approved in Evans Head

The Evans Head Manufactured Home Estate plans. Zoran Architecture.

Manufactured Home estate approved near aerodrome

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

Developer tears up couple's contract for new home

Jade and Edward Roberts were stung by the sunset clause on the first day of their honeymoon.

The developer has the right to do this under the sunset clause