Bob Little makes a point at a community consultation in Maclean Council Chambers.
Bob Little makes a point at a community consultation in Maclean Council Chambers. Adam Hourigan

OUR SAY: Come out and tell them what you want

IT'S GOING to be unbearably hot this weekend, but I'm going to sit in a room that tends to get heated at times.

Why? Because we need to have our say.

Clarence Valley Council has been out and about in the community as part of its consultation program, and is holding three meetings, starting Friday in Grafton, and in Maclean and Yamba over the weekend.

Traditionally, these meetings tend to be under-attended, except in Maclean.

In Maclean, crammed into the council chambers they stand and demand to be heard.

So I'm going along again, because you can't complain about something you said nothing about.

And if enough people do the same thing, it may just change the council's perception.

For years, I can remember person after person stand at the Maclean meeting and decry the condition of Hillcrest Road.

I never thought much of it, until last year, the now mayor Jim Simmons took up the issue in council, and even though there were some road bumps along the way, the surface is much better.

Not perfect, but with a new entrance to Maclean to be constructed as part of the highway upgrade, hopefully it will be soon.

It's a seemingly small issue in the grand scheme of a 10-year council plan, but it was a long-standing issue to that community.

But if you say nothing, it will never be changed.

So if you've got a genuine want, or have a vision for the Valley, take an hour of time this weekend and have your say.

You may just find you're not the only one with an idea.



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