Maclean calls itself 'the Scottish Town in Australia'. Many of its street signs are written in Gaelic as well as English. Australia's oldest free presbyterian church still holds services for the descendants of the early settlers, and there is a large Scottish cairn constructed from rocks from around Australia and Scotland in the Herb
Stanford Memorial Park, overlooking the river in Taloumbi Street. Maclean is also well known for its river fishing and its easy access to coastal national parks and holiday resorts.
Maclean is a town in Clarence Valley Local Government Area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. It is on the Clarence River and near the Pacific Highway. At the 2006 census, Maclean had a population of 3,245 people. Its industries are tourism, sugar cane production, farming and river-prawn trawling.
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For over 100 years Maclean has hosted a popular Highland Gathering at Easter each year, where participants and bands contest traditional Scottish athletic and cultural competitions, such as caber tossing, highland dancing, band competition, and bagpiping. The "Maclean, The Scottish Town In Australia Association", is a community group which was formed in 1986 under the initiative of former bank manager Mr Graham Leach, and works to promote Maclean's strong Scottish origins. The work of this committee over the years has ensured that Maclean now has national and international recognition as 'The Scottish Town' in Australia.
Many street signs are written in English and Scottish Gaelic; power poles are painted with tartan patterns; and an excellent Scottish Cairn has been erected in Herb Stanford Park.
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