Bay’s beach ‘not dismal’

COUNCILLOR Sue Brooks has hit back at claims the Hervey Bay foreshore is in a dismal state and instead hails it as the town’s “greatest attraction”.

Her opinion comes after the Fraser Coast Sustainable Development Association classed the foreshore as an “embarrassment” and resort managers told the Chronicle the area was a “mess” that needs to be fixed up.

“The foreshore is not dirty, messy or an embarrassment,” Cr Brooks said.

“If it was dirty and messy then why is Hervey Bay attracting so many visitors and new residents?”

She said the council had staff that “cleaned” the foreshore regularly.

And despite calls for more grassed areas on the stretch of beachfront, Cr Brooks said that wouldn’t happen any time soon.

“At this stage council does not believe there is a need for more grassed areas,” she said.

“The Pines area at Pialba was recently upgraded to take some of the pressure off other foreshore parks.”

The 2006 Hervey Bay Foreshore Plan adopted by council is the guiding policy for foreshore treatment, she said.

“It provides for a good mix of manicured or grassed areas.”

This divisive issue of the foreshore will be discussed at a public forum at the University of Southern Queensland on November 26.

Cr Brooks said she planed to attend the meeting and encouraged other residents to do the same.



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