Clarence Valley Council building on Prince Street, Grafton.
Clarence Valley Council building on Prince Street, Grafton.

Council votes to retain ownership of riverside land

CLARENCE Valley Council has sorted a problem that has been concerning Maclean residents since the announcement of the sale of the council building at 1 McNaughton Pl.

At its meeting on Tuesday it voted to ensure council retain ownership of the land along the levee bank on the river side of the building.

Cr Andrew Baker said there had been concerns in town about the sale of the building as part of the council's office rationalisation.

"The anxiety generated by the sale appears to have subsided," he said.

"It is quite clear to the public it is the building lot that is to be sold and council will retain all of the waterfront lot from the levee out."

Cr Baker's amended motion required the council general manager arrange for a boundary adjustment to be completed between Lot 1 (the building) and and Lot 408 (the levee wall land) with the Lot 1 boundary being adjusted to 1.2m from the inner face of the flood levee wall and variable as required by council engineering staff at the time of the survey so that all of the constructed levee wall sits, if possible, within Lot 408.

The motion said council should either retain the land or protect it with an easement over Lot 1.

The council resolved to sell the building in November last year.

Cr Baker said the the retention of the riverfront land at this section of the Maclean riverfront was important as it fitted in with the Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan, which council had adopted.

The building at 1 MacNaughton was the site of the Lower Clarence County Council. That aspect of its history will be reflected in the transfer of the sale assets to the water fund.



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