Maclean out in cold

WHILE some Yamba residents are rejoicing that the town's new Centrelink office offers them a full range of services a void has been left in Maclean.

The Scottish town's Centrelink service centre doors have been closed since Monday, May 2.

A Centrelink spokesperson said they intended to install self-service terminals in Maclean to help fill the void.

But they are yet to find an appropriate site for the computers.

Clarence Valley councillor Jim Simmons said for several years there had been offices in both Yamba and Maclean.

“The real result is that Centrelink has closed an office, not opened an extra one,” he said.

“There was nothing mentioned to council and no consultation with the general public.

“The Maclean township and many other villages lose out yet again with the

closure of another business.”

Mr Simmons said the central location of Centrelink at Maclean serviced residents in the outlying areas better than the Yamba office would.

“I am not condemning the improvement of service delivery for Yamba, but Maclean is the true hub of the Lower Clarence,” he said.

“It is the geographical centre, with the easiest access for residents of surrounding villages of Maclean.”

He said the relocation of Centrelink services to Yamba would have a significant impact on many people who used the Maclean office.

“This is not good for the large numbers of retirees and unemployed who rely on ready access to Centrelink staff and facilities,” he said.

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