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Loo with a view for Maclean?

VISION: Consultant David Engwicht.
VISION: Consultant David Engwicht.

A "PLACEMAKER" hired by Clarence Valley Council to work on the revamp of McLachlan Park reckons the piece de resistance could be a loo with a view.

Consultant David Engwicht ran two invitation-only meetings in Maclean to try to get consensus with community stakeholders on the design of the riverfront park

The council will receive Regional Development Australia funding to the tune of $500,000 for its riverfront plan in Maclean, but a final plan has not yet been agreed on.

If the council does not act before 2016 it will lose this funding.

So Mr Engwicht, who was described by senior council staff as world-renowned, was brought in to move things along.

"I don't have design quali- fications on a piece of paper but I've done design work all over the world for the past 25 years," Mr Engwicht said.

"For example, I've done a toilet block in Paihia on the North Island of New Zealand."

Decorative dunnies were placed atop the toilet block, along with a rooftop garden.

At the meeting, the infamous/famous NZ loos were floated as a potential tourist attraction in the Scottish Town.

The Paihia tourism information website lauds its toilets.

"Since its completion people stop and have a look, take photos and actually use them," the site says.

While some Maclean residents welcome the idea as a "breath of fresh air" others, including Cr Andrew Baker, are more cynical.

The council has so far spent about $120,000 on plans to link Maclean back to the river.

This included a broad plan created by Clouston Landscape Architects, which cost about $80,000, a further $35,000 on works and plans and $5000 for Mr Engwicht.

Part of the plan drawn by the Clouston firm involved moving the levee wall to open the town to the river.

The council is now finalising a draft plan, which senior staff will soon take out to the community.

At Tuesday's council meeting, the councillors decided to have pictorial representations added to the plans.

Topics:  maclean, mclachlan park, riverfront plan


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