Maclean’s picturesque riverside reserve, McLachlan Park, is set to get a $1.28 million facelift.

At a recent meeting, Clarence Valley Council approved a plan for exhibition that aims to improve links to the river, increase boating and support infrastructure and boost levee wall protection.

It also aims to recognise Aboriginal cultural heritage and tell the river story of Maclean, help cut alcohol-related activity in the park, encourage tourism and provide an area where people feel safe.

Some of the features include:

  • a wharf-style boardwalk on the river side of the levee;
  • a second pontoon;
  • contemporary seating with picnic and barbecue areas;
  • lowering the height of the existing park by 500mm;
  • play equipment, such as telescopes and periscopes for children;
  • a musical barge, and;
  • better lighting.

Mayor, Richie Williamson, said the Clarence River was one of Maclean’s biggest assets and the plan adopted by council would help make the most of it.

“We’re confident this will become a very popular place for locals and tourists,” he said.

Funding for the project comes from a Federal Government grant, from the sale of real estate assets and a NSW Government Better Boating grant.

Community feedback on the plan is welcome. It will be available at the council’s offices in Maclean and Grafton.

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