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Council cops a spray from Bauple, M'boro, Toogoom residents

PROGRESS associations from around the region are taking a stand against the Fraser Coast Regional Council after becoming fed up with their decisions.

Representatives from Bauple, Maryborough and Toogoom voiced their concerns on Wednesday in a heated public information session at the council's chambers in Hervey Bay.

Speakers Yolande Bromet, Dave Barrowcliffe and Norm Hoffman all criticised the conduct of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Bauple campaigner Ms Bromet said the council had ignored her small town, Mr Barrowcliffe accused the councillors of having a lack of transparency and Mr Hoffman criticised the Toogoom seawall development.

"Council changed a sustainable community into an unsustainable community intentionally and knowingly," Ms Bromet argued.

"We are not asking for a handout but a fair go. We are asking for urgent leadership and urgent action."

Following Ms Bromet's spray at councillors and chief executive Lisa Desmond, Cr Darren Everard questioned the legitimacy of her blame.

"Did you apply due-diligence before opening your shop - was it sustainable?" he asked.

But councillor Trevor McDonald urged his colleagues to keep their heads up amid the "negative" comments from some community members.

In a call to arms, Cr McDonald lent support to his colleagues and asked them to "maintain their self-belief and self-confidence".

"These people by no means represent a majority view," he said.

Mr Barrowcliffe accused the council of not participating in democratic representation or meaningful community engagement.

Please note: An earlier version of this story said Mr Hoffman was a regular speaker but it was the first public information session he had attended.

Topics:  criticism, fraser coast regional council




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