Wherrett Park crisis talks



A MEETING to discuss the future of the Wherrett Park Squash and Sports Centre at Maclean has been brought forward by Clarence Valley Council.

Clarence mayor Ian Tiley said last week a meeting would go ahead early in September to discuss 'indoor recreation facilities in the Maclean, Yamba and Lower River areas'.

The meeting, however, will go ahead tomorrow.

The council is being urged by the Lower River community to consider buying the centre. Earlier this month, centre proprietor Ross McPherson said it would be a shame if the town lost the centre as it was needed by local sportsmen.

Ross and Sandra McPherson opened the centre in 1983. The McPhersons want to step down and have asked the council to take up the service.

Meanwhile, council general manager Stuart McPherson said tomorrow's meeting would be held in the Grafton meeting room at 11.30am.

Mr McPherson said the meeting had been called to 'examine wide-ranging short and long-term options for indoor sporting facilities, including the Wherrett Park Squash and Sports Centre'.

"The meeting will receive a confidential report on financial issues associated with the option for council to purchase the Wherrett Park centre, in response to community concerns for the facility which is for sale, as well as other alternatives to satisfy the needs of the sporting community," he said.

The meeting would be open to the public after the report was considered. Councillors would debate the matter in public session.

"Councillors will be focusing on sustainable solutions for the short and long-term," he said.



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