Mayor agrees: clean it up
FRASER Coast mayor Mick Kruger believes the Esplanade does need to be cleaned up and supports the opening of one or two more cafes on the foreshore.
“What I believe is it just needs to be cleaned up and some of the areas need thinning out without taking away any significant trees or vegetation,” he said.
Mr Kruger was responding to criticism from local business-people that the foreshore was messy and a potential fire hazard due to the dead branches and leaf litter.
“I take on board what certain people are saying about the Esplanade,” he said.
“We try to do what we believe is the best to showcase the Esplanade.”
Mr Kruger said there was a mix of natural and high maintenance precincts along the foreshore and some damaged areas were undergoing rehabilitation.
He said there were two sides to the Esplanade argument and environmentalists would say it should be left the way it is in certain areas.
Mr Kruger recently received a letter saying the Esplanade was magnificent and congratulating the council.
He said council officers were looking at the undergrowth in certain areas and he would be talking to them about the concerns raised to make a decision about what could be done.
“It all comes back to resources and dollars,” Mr Kruger said.
He said he supported opening one or two more kiosks on the foreshore because Hervey Bay was a tourist destination with beautiful beaches and should have some activity to serve certain areas.
“The more you provide for visitors and the local community the better it is,” Mr Kruger told the Chronicle.
“I don't mean putting them right in front of existing cafes but in other areas.”
He said he would sound out his fellow councillors to gauge their level of support for asking council officers to investigate suitable areas for new kiosks.
In response to the idea of organising a working bee, Mr Kruger said the council had community environment programs that people could join and he would talk to the council officers involved.