Clouston Associates managing director Leonard Lynch details their plan for the Maclean riverfront at a public meeting at the Maclean Services Club.
Clouston Associates managing director Leonard Lynch details their plan for the Maclean riverfront at a public meeting at the Maclean Services Club. Adam Hourigan

Support for plan depends on details

PROPERTY owners want to see plenty more of the nitty gritty details of the proposed Maclean waterfront plan before they'll give it their support.

The owner of the Maclean Hotel and the hardware store sites, Andrew Baker, spoke to more than 110 people who attended a public forum to discuss the Maclean Waterfront Precinct Plan on Monday night.

He said he had been working on a plan to renew the waterfront of Maclean for close to 15 years and had spent well in excess of $500,000 on the task. "I have tried to co-operate," Mr Baker said.

While he owns major properties in the waterfront precinct, the Clarence Valley Council owns enough in the area themselves to carry out a development without him, if required.

He said if council did want his support then the notion of a land swap, whereby he gave up property necessary to the development, needed to be supported by adequate compensation.

If not he said he was being asked to "simply make a sacrifice".

"We are not about trying to stop this, but they need to identify what is in it for us," Mr Baker said.

SPAR supermarket owner Bob Little's major concern was the car park in front of his store will be taken away under the plan.

"When the new supermarket comes to town I will be in a battle and I will need that car park," he said.

In the latest design, the space is marked as a multi-use area, but there are never any cars drawn in. The area has also been shown with a flood gate instead of a levy wall, so there are views to the river. "These views wouldn't be possible if there were cars there," he said.

The other issue is access in the lanes behind the main streets of Maclean. They are also marked as shared spaces, but this is where trucks make daily deliveries to a number of shops.

"Trucks and pedestrians don't mix," Mr Little said.

Landscape architect Leonard Lynch said the plan on display was just one version of what the river precinct could look like. The important thing was to adhere to consistent design principles throughout its development.

Plans like these take many years to complete unless a miraculous source of investment is found, he said.



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