Super clinic avoids expulsion

AFTER two weeks of strongly objecting to the site for a new medical super clinic, the opposition fell silent after councillors unanimously approved the development.

It was a case of right time but wrong place for the group of objectors who turned up at the Grafton council chambers only to find the Clarence Valley Council meeting was actually in Maclean.

In a desperate plea to hear the final decision, the opposition sent a message to the general manager asking that the decision be deferred but was knocked back by councillors as the application had already been adopted by consent without debate.

By the time the group arrived almost 30 minutes later it was all over.

Grafton resident Kay Alden stated clearly in a submission to council that she was opposed to the clinic for a number of reasons and expressed her disappointment to The Daily Examiner yesterday over council’s decision to give the clinic the go-ahead in the residential area.

“I am deeply disappointed,” she said.

“I rang twice to find out where the meeting was and I was told Grafton.”

Mrs Alden said while she was sure the information was given to her in good faith it was disappointing that they could not be there to hear the decision.

“It was a case of bad luck for us and inefficiency on the behalf of others,” she said.

Mayor Richie Williamson said that while it was unfortunate that the objectors missed the item when it was before the council, it could not be delayed any longer.

Cr Williamson said the meeting venue had been clearly stated in last week’s council advertisement, the business paper, and the common practice of alternating locations had been followed as usual.

With the location for the super clinic in Clarence Street now confirmed, director of Ochre Health foundation Peter Bayley said the development will progress into the next stage of detailed drawings, design and specifications.

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