Foreshore has room for improvement

THE HERVEY Bay foreshore is “lovely” in parts but needs work in others, councillor Gerard O’Connell says.

The divisive issue on what should be done with the foreshore has been hot on people’s lips, with business people and councillors weighing in on the topic.

Some want the area left alone while others are calling for the undergrowth to be cleaned up.

Cr O’Connell says there must be a balance between development and preservation of vegetation.

He says any development must be sustainable and must be about getting people to make use of the foreshore.

“There is a blend that can work well,” Cr O’Connell said. “There are areas of the foreshore that are lovely and we are not talking about at great costs.”

Cr O’Connell says he doesn’t agree with his colleague Sue Brooks’ view that no work needs to be done.

He names parks and barbecue areas, cycle ways and boat ramps as places where use of the foreshore is maximised.

“I don’t know of anyone that’s saying ‘Let’s light a match and knock down all the trees’,” he said.

“And we are not talking about a concrete jungle, by any means.”



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