Esplanade 'ugly and dangerous'
A HERVEY Bay businessman has fired into the debate about the unkempt state of the foreshore, labelling it as messy and dangerous.
Delfinos Bay Resort business owner Andrew Crewe, Torquay, believes the council should lift the canopy and clean out the undergrowth of weeds, leaf litter and dead branches as a matter of urgency.
Mr Crewe said in its current state it was a potential fire hazard and “if anyone dropped a lit cigarette in there it would go up”.
“This is just an accident waiting to happen,” he said.
“Visitors who walk and ride their bikes along the Esplanade would like to catch glimpses of the water rather than looking at tangled undergrowth.
“It's our greatest asset and we should be treating it like that,” he said.
Mr Crewe found support for his comments from leading Fraser Coast developer Glen Winney.
Mr Winney said the foreshore should be recognised as one of the keys to stimulating the local economy.
“Most people buying houses on the Esplanade look across at weeds and a very untidy foreshore that is getting more and more covered by trees and regrowth,” he said.
“If they cleaned the place up and gave good structured views through nice areas, they could create tens of millions of dollars worth of sales; instead there are houses that have been on the market for more than two years on the Esplanade.
“We have got to clean up our act and offer a good product that is a real experience to all tourists; flashers in the bushes and crime along the dark bushy spots is not what we need.”
Mr Crewe said it would not be expensive to clean up the foreshore and if the worst came to the worst, a working bee by members of the public with council supervision could be organised.
Mr Crewe's comments come almost a year after a community forum about the Esplanade and foreshore sparked heated debate about what, if anything, should be done.