Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the much-anticipated completion of Stages 1 and 2 of the Maclean Riverside Precinct will revitalise the waterfront and re-establish the historic town centre connection with the Clarence River.
“This is great news for the community and will create a space for members of the community to meet and relax,” he said.
“It will also unlock the tourist potential of the Clarence River, bringing tourists from far and wide and creating jobs and growth in the local region.
“We know the beauty of the mighty Clarence River, but until now there was nowhere along the river for tourists and locals to walk and enjoy the river.
Stage 1 of the project saw the revitalisation of McLachlan Park while Stage 2 of the project supported the redevelopment of the Court House Riverfront, Foreshore Promenade and Riverside Square.
The $2.98 million for Stages 1 and 2 was funded by the Australian Government ($2.3 million across both stages), NSW Government ($130,000 for Stage 1) and Clarence Valley Council ($556,404 across both Stages).
“By investing in Maclean through both stages of this project, we are helping to drive economic growth within the Northern Rivers region, to help ensure this area remains a fantastic place to visit, work and live,” Mr Hogan said.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the Maclean Riverside Precinct has been a long held dream of the Lower Clarence community which is finally coming to fruition through the co-operative approach of the three tiers of government.
“I’m thrilled the NSW Government was able to contribute funding towards the pontoons and the amenities building,” he said.
“The Riverside Precinct is a wonderful asset to the Scottish town of Maclean which will help attract further tourism into the town and provide locals with a brilliant site to enjoy the beautiful Clarence River.
Mayor of Clarence Valley Jim Simmons said that the project would increase tourism to Maclean and the surrounding areas.
“This revitalisation project is about drawing more people to the region, encouraging them to stay longer and really promoting everything this great part of the world has to offer,” Cr Simmons said.