Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Light Sought on Park; MP, Council and Users Working towards Best Outcome

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Light Sought on Park; MP, Council and Users Working towards Best Outcome

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Byline: Lachlan Thompson dailyexaminer.com.au

IF THERE was one election promise Clarence Valley councillor Jim Simmons was keen to see the Coalition come good on, it was the upgrade of Wherrett Park in Maclean.

Cr Simmons said if the money did not eventuate there would be outrage in the Scottish town.

On July 18 The Daily Examiner reported Maclean's soccer and football clubs were having trouble finding a place to train.

Maclean Football Club's first grade coach Giuseppe Terranova says when it rains Barry Watts Oval gets waterlogged.

The club cannot train there because it would ruin the surface. Wherrett Park oval has better drainage but the lights have been switched off after Essential Energy issued a defect notification.

On August 12 as the nation's politicians were doing their best to kick a goal, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker took to the field and promised $950,000.

"Wherrett Park is a vital piece of community and sporting infrastructure for Maclean and the Lower Clarence Valley, but it has been plagued by poor drainage," he said at the time. …

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