Precinct moves for­ward

Levee work con­tin­ues on Ma­clean river­side project

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - JARRARD POT­TER jarrard.pot­ter@dai­lyex­am­

WORK on the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Ma­clean river­side precinct took a ma­jor step for­ward as a sec­tion of the levee wall was brought down as part of prepa­ra­tions for the in­stal­la­tion of two river view­ing plat­forms.

The plat­forms, which will be sim­i­lar to the one con­structed at McLach­lan Park, form part of the re­de­vel­op­ment from MacNaughton Pl to the rear of the Ma­clean Ho­tel and will in­clude 150m of path­way, a re­tain­ing wall and gar­den plants, park benches, more than 60 trees and shrubs and a re­tractable sec­tion of levee wall to pro­vide easy ac­cess to the river, as well as light­ing.

Con­trac­tors knocked out a sec­tion of levee wall be­hind the Ma­clean Ho­tel to al­low pile-driv­ing equip­ment to en­ter the site and Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil project man­ager Justin Men­zies said the two river view­ing plat­forms that would ex­tend into the river from the path would be the main fea­ture of the re­de­vel­op­ment.

“Th­ese will be sim­i­lar to the plat­form in McLach­lan Park and will be a great area to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of the river,” he said.

“But for work to start we need to knock a hole in the levee so we can get the ma­chin­ery in to drive the piles.”

He said 4m x 9m piles would be de­liv­ered to an area be­hind the Ma­clean Ho­tel on Mon­day from 6am and 5m x 9m piles would be de­liv­ered to an area around MacNaughton Pl.

As a re­sult, the carpark be­hind the ho­tel will be closed on Mon­day and Tues­day and there will be some con­trol mea­sures in place at MacNaug­ton Pl.

“We apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience but hope peo­ple recog­nise it will be for the long-term ben­e­fit of the town,” Mr Men­zies said.

“Most Ma­clean res­i­dents have long wanted to have bet­ter ac­cess to the river and this is part of the process.

“I ex­pect that when the work is com­plete this area will be one of the most pop­u­lar green spa­ces in town.”

It is ex­pected work will be com­pleted about April next year.

Pho­tos: Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil

PLAT­FORM PREPA­RA­TION: A sec­tion of the Ma­clean levee wall be­hind the Ma­clean Ho­tel is brought down as part of works to open the river to the pub­lic.

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