Council votes against one-way esplanade at Urangan

Councillor Rolf Light at the Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting on Wednesday defends how rates are calculated.
Councillor Rolf Light at the Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting on Wednesday defends how rates are calculated. Mitch Crawley

THE esplanade at Urangan won't be made a one-way street and the Avion development has been given a tick at the council meeting on Wednesday morning.

Former Deputy Mayor Trevor McDonald is chairing the meeting in the absence of  Gerard O'Connell and George Seymour.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has given its approval to the Avion development at the Hervey Bay airport precinct and voted not to make the Esplanade a one-way street from Elizabeth St in Urangan.

Councillor Rolf Light has taken the unusual step of addressing the council to defend the rates system used on the Fraser Coast.

Cr Light was supported by his fellow councillors who gave their vote to allow him to take the floor at Wednesday's ordinary meeting.

The councillor used his speech to respond to ongoing criticism from the Fraser Coast Ratepayers Association about the use of a minimum general rate.

He said contrary to criticism, his research had shown Fraser Coast rates were comparable with other areas and were indeed fair.

Topics:  esplanade, fraser coast regional council, maryborough, meeting, rates, urangan

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