Short sighted decision by Council


I wish to support Harry Johnson’s letter (CVI 3/7/19) re closing the Ferry Park Visitor Centre.

What an amazingly short sighted decision by Council.

Information Centres are such an asset to a region and its promotion of tourism.

The support for local businesses should not be underestimated.

The situation of Ferry Park is ideal, as it is positioned as a gateway to Maclean, Yamba, Woodford Island and Byron Bay and Ballina.

People travelling north can stop, get appropriate advice on accommodation, routes and things to see and do in the Clarence Valley.

I worked as a volunteer at a Visitor Centre at Lorne in Victoria for many years and observed the incredible value people place on a personal interaction with a trained staff member or a volunteer who may have great knowledge and love of the area.

I believe this is a short sighted decision and to rely on the volunteers manning the Craft displays is totally inappropriate.

If we seriously want to promote the Clarence Valley, Council must re consider this decision and make Ferry Park a vibrant Visitor Information Centre again.

Tania Teague, Maclean