George Seymour calls on councillors to oppose development

FRASER Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour will move a motion at next Wednesday's council meeting proposing the application to develop on part of the Original Maryborough Town Site be withdrawn.

If the motion is backed, each councillor will be asked to vote on whether they support the development or want it scrapped.

Cr Seymour's motion will also call for any future development or lease on the site not go ahead without community consultation and a formal resolution of council.

The council proposal is for an 89-lot residential subdivision on 7.7 hectares of a 20 hectare site, part of which Maryborough was first settled on from 1848 before being moved to the current town location.

Some of the original site is heritage listed, and while the development proposal is on land not currently with heritage recognition, an application to have it recognised is pending.

"I have always, and will always, be opposed to this development proposal over a nationally significant historic site," Cr Seymour said.

"This residential development would concrete over the old CBD, including Henry Palmer's wool stores, Richard Palmer's Inn, the gaol and the town office of noted botanist John Carne Bidwill amongst other significant sites.

Cr Seymour's announcement comes a day after Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell promised that an independent assessor would go over the application to aid transparency.



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