Foreshore clean-up gets nod

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has reaffirmed its commitment to clean up the Hervey Bay fore-shore, in the face of internal rumblings.

Councillor for Division 10 George Seymour sought to halt the recent clearing work until further public consultation could take place, but his motion was rejected by all other councillors.

Cr Seymour wanted to postpone the work until the public could be made fully aware to what extent the clearings would take, along with 30 days for the public to make submissions about it.

Division 9 councillor Stuart Taylor said his extensive door-knocking in the lead up to the election left him with a clear understanding of what the community in his division wanted.

"The overwhelming response was that something needed to be done about the foreshore, especially the business areas in Scarness and Torquay," Cr Taylor said.

Waterways and coastal infrastructure portfolio councillor Phil Truscott agreed, saying that while he had some negative feedback about the clearing, the majority of it has been positive.

Cr Seymour's motion was defeated by 10 votes to one.

Cr Taylor placed an alternative motion - that more information on the foreshore plan be made available to the public online.

That motion was approved, 10 votes to one.



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