Foreshore debate rages on in wake of council clearing
AN ONLINE petition against the council's foreshore clearing is attracting plenty of attention from both sides of the argument.
The petition was launched last week to call for a halt to the recent council works in clearing and pruning vegetation such as cottonwoods along the foreshore in Hervey Bay.
The petition has now attracted 145 signatures, including people from Hong Kong, the US and all parts of Australia, as well as many local residents.
Meanwhile, a poll on the Chronicle website asking people what they think of the clearing has attracted 245 voters.
At the time of publication, the results were clearly in favour of the council's foreshore work with 65% for it, 33% against it and the remainder undecided.
The article about the petition also got people talking, with 51 comments added from members of the community.
While there were some passionate defences of the foreshore vegetation among the comments, the majority of the comments were in favour of the clearing.
"I must give credit to the council over this issue. This has to be the best thing that council has done in 20 years," Greg Lee, from Hervey Bay, said.
This was indicative of most of the responses. The comments against the clearing were mostly concerned with the environmental impact it would have.