Could Seafront Oval events survive with 1000sq m less?
DENIS Chapman wants your two cents' worth on a million-dollar question that will affect the use of Hervey Bay's Seafront Oval forever.
The council has been given approval - and $900,000 - to build a new adventure playground in the Seafront Oval area.
There are two possible positions for the playground. Potential location one is on Seafront Oval beside the roundabout that connects with Main St. Potential location two is on the eastern side of the all-abilities playground carpark.
Which location would you prefer for the adventure playground?
This poll ended on 09 June 2017.
Site 1: on the oval beside the roundabout?
Site 2: on the eastern side of the all-abilities playground carpark?
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
If the Seafront Oval site gets approval it will mean the loss of 1000sq m from the oval space.
Cr Chapman says the decision will come down to the community's preference, but wants to see Seafront Oval preserved.
The council will hold public consultation at the oval this Saturday from 4pm to 5.30pm, and residents are encouraged to come along and make their feelings known.
Community consultation was held previously regarding a different site between the two current potential spots, but Cr Chapman said that site had since been ruled out after a drainage problem was identified.
"The feedback so far is that the community doesn't want to lose that space (on the oval)," Cr Chapman said.
"I've lived here all my life and I know how valuable that piece of land is.
"There are so many events and groups that use that land - Relay for Life, the Christmas carols, the circus. If you put them out in the back blocks, people won't come to them."
Cr Chapman said both proposed sites had been given state government approval, necessary as the playground would be built on state-owned land. The council has held a briefing meeting but no formal resolution has been made regarding the sites.
"I don't want to make a decision for the public," he said.
"But I would really like to preserve the Seafront Oval for what it is.
"Once the land is built on, you can't get it back."
Pastor Ross Davie from the Hervey Bay Christian Minsters Association, which hosts the city's Carols by Candlelight event each year, said it was pleasing to see the council undertake community consultation.
He said that, in terms of the carols event which attracted about 10,000 people last year, the option with the least impact on oval size would be the best.
"We want to keep the event at Seafront Oval as long as we can," he said.
"In terms of impact, if the oval size shrank then yes it would have an impact but it wouldn't stop us from holding it there."
It's a positive thing to see the council asking what the community wants."
Where would you like to see the new adventure playground? Comment below and let us know.