Drug zones revealed on foreshore

THE foreshore clearing in Hervey Bay is turning up an unexpected benefit - removing a place for drug users to hang out.

A council spokesperson said it has found drug-related items hidden in the vegetation as they worked through its foreshore enhancement scheme, and the police had been notified of the locations.

"Cleaning up unsavoury behaviour is an added benefit of the current foreshore enhancement program," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

"The pruning and skirting, especially of the dense cottonwood stands, will improve public safety."

The council workers uncovered syringes and other drug equipment while weeding and pruning between the Pines Park and Tooan Tooan Creek.

Cr O'Connell said he had also received positive feedback from businesses along the Esplanade, which have reported more people using the area since the clearing started.

Hervey Bay police would not comment on the drug paraphernalia found by the council workers.



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