Extra Maryborough market?
IN HIS portfolio of city and town centre development, councillor Daniel Sanderson will oversee some of the most prominent work of the council.
With things such as the Maryborough CBD revitalisation, Scarness Park upgrades and development work in smaller centres from Burrum Town to Bauple, Cr Sanderson's portfolio responsibilities will be firmly in the public eye.
In his first portfolio report, Cr Sanderson put forward a number of options for future development of the region's cities and towns, such as adding an extra market for Maryborough and setting up a specific design scheme for the Esplanade precincts of Hervey Bay to improve traffic flow, parking and pedestrian access.
He also reported on city and town centre work that was already underway across the region.
Tenders have recently been called for the sale of 36 lots in Burrum Town as part of a plan to develop the centre, while the upgrades for Scarness Park are almost complete.
An additional nine car parking spaces are planned outside the shops on John St, Tiaro, and Cr Sanderson reported that the Department of Transport and Main Roads had advised the Bruce Hwy upgrades in Tiaro should be completed late this year.
Cr Sanderson also reported the site work for the Bauple RV stop was "progressing well" following a tourism grant which allowed for the expansion of the project. The Fraser Coast Streetscape Scheme to beautify the region's shopfronts was also progressing well, Cr Sanderson noted.
He said there was "a positive response from the Maryborough community" in particular to the streetscape scheme, with eight out of 16 businesses to apply for funding under the scheme coming from the Heritage City.
The other businesses to apply are from Tiaro and Hervey Bay.
"The program benefits the broader community by making places more attractive, comfortable and encouraging customers and investment in those centres," Cr Sanderson said.
"By increasing activity in local shopping precincts, we believe it can help improve business confidence."