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Five-year-old Charlie Sutton of James Creek joined Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, Clarence Valley Council (CVC) Mayor Ian Tiley and local youth workers Amanda Daffey, Zak Masters and Lauren Exton to celebrate the funding to upgrade local public recreational facilities in the Lower Clarence. Image: Contributed

Nationals and CVC unite to boost local facilities in Lower Clarence

Emma Pritchard

A popular park in Maclean is set to become more welcoming and accessible to local and visiting families.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Clarence Valley Council (CVC) Mayor Ian Tiley recently announced a combined $370000 from their respective governments will transform Wherrett Park with a new playscape to be integrated into existing infrastructure including footpath connections, carpark, skate park, outdoor exercise equipment and youth space.

Describing himself as chuffed by the announcement, Mr Gulaptis said he was pleased the Nationals in NSW Government and CVC have joined forces to further improve local public recreational facilities.

The Member for Clarence also revealed a similar $76000 partnership would benefit the Yamba Oval and Skate Park known as Lions Park. 

During the official announcement on February 2, Mayor Tiley revealed the transformation of Wherrett Park would see an improvement to accessibility of playground equipment and existing infrastructure.

“We are building a new footpath linking the car park and skate park and installing extra rubber softfall around the spinner, see-saw, basket swing and junior slide unit,” he explained.

“As a district facility, the play space is to be inclusive and will cater for a diverse range of ages and abilities, whilst considering the requirements of careers.”

Clarence Valley mum Hollie Cannon said she frequently brings her young son and two nephews to Wherrett Park and is excited to see the complete transformation.

“I think it’s a pretty good park, one of the best in Maclean, so I can’t wait to see what its going to be like once all the work is finished and everything is connected,” she said.

Work is expected to begin shortly after the completion of the detailed design which will include local community input.