Andrew Baker frustrated by ‘inaction’ on Maclean plans

FRUSTRATED: Cr Andrew Baker is disappointed at the lack of action in Maclean.
FRUSTRATED: Cr Andrew Baker is disappointed at the lack of action in Maclean.

CLARENCE Valley councillor Andrew Baker says he resigned from the environment economic and planning committee in part due to the lack of action in Maclean.

Cr Baker said he was frustrated with, what he termed inaction on plans to link Maclean back to the Clarence River.

The 2011 Clouston plan was widely rejected by the public, Cr Baker said.

The plan was reworked and in June 2012 was adopted by the council, along with a resolution to do "a comprehensive design process for McLachlan Park in 2012/2013, taking into account community views and land tenure considerations".

Cr Baker attended the meeting run by Mr Engwicht, which he said had nothing to do with the design.

He also objected to Mr Engwicht's idea of a "tourist attraction toilet".

"The idea of having a tourist attraction toilet with a secret garden atop to create a secret river experience can only be described as 'on the nose' by anyone who just wants this horrible joke to go away," Cr Baker said.

"It stinks that we would waste ratepayers' money paying someone who wants to hide the river behind the dunny.

"I want Maclean to be thought of as penthouse-quality, not as an outhouse joke."

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