OUR SAY: Progress on park planning ... finally
SO IT seems we finally have progress towards a revamp of Maclean's McLachlan Park.
Tuesday's council meeting produced unanimous approval of Cr Andrew Baker's guidelines for a simplified improvement of the riverside area.
Gone are the boardwalks, sandstone walls and other developments Cr Baker described as too fancy for Maclean, and in is a no-frills version that now needs to be costed before being given the green light.
Pending the economic outcome, it appears the long-running saga of what to do with the park is headed towards conclusion, and work might actually begin in the foreseeable future.
Not all the controversy will have been extinguished by Cr Baker's resolution. Included in his recommendation is the removal of the four camphor laurel trees whose fate has been one of the sticking points in the development.
There is a decent portion of the Maclean community who want the trees to stay, but the unanimous vote on Tuesday will make it harder for that view to prevail.
Perhaps the most reassuring thing from Tuesday's meeting was that it was a Maclean-based councillor who put forward the proposal.
Considering the simmering tensions between the town and the council, that fact alone will probably gain the proposal significant support.