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Cottonwood trees to go without public consultation

THE robust public battle between the Mayor and councillor George Seymour about cottonwood trees was taken into the council's chambers on Wednesday - with the council ruling the plans won't go to public consultation.

In a heated debate at the council's meeting in Hervey Bay, Cr Seymour urged his colleagues to let the community have their say on the planned destruction of the trees at Ernie Organ Park.

There was more than 20 minutes of robust debate before the council voted 7-4 against Cr Seymour's motion to open the development for public consultation.

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A visibly annoyed Mayor Gerard O'Connell reaffirmed the "public were informed" but he struggled to convince Cr Seymour.

Infrastructure councillor Trevor McDonald said destroying some of the cottonwoods was "respecting the value" of the native vegetation.

Development is expected to begin in two stages with the first happening before Christmas.

Topics:  esplanade, george seymour, mayor gerard o'connell, public consultation




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