Have a say on new draft plan for old M'boro town site

A PUBLIC consultation period and an information session will be held so residents can comment on a proposed development on the Old Maryborough Town site.

The plans were before the council's meeting on Wednesday and a period of public consultation was agreed to.

Residents can have their say on the new draft master plan between November 17 and noon on December 12 by visiting the council's website.

In March, the council withdrew its previous application to prepare a new application with the help of a sub-committee comprising councillors, staff and community representatives.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council would hold an information session during the public consultation period.

"Details will be provided as soon as a venue and date have been arranged," he said.

"Staff and councillors will be on hand to go through the master plan and answer questions.

"Council will then review the submissions and if needed make any changes to the master plan."

Cr O'Connell said the master plan would form the basis of any future proposal to develop the site into an integrated heritage, residential and parkland precinct that respects the historical significance of the site while allowing environmentally sensitive development to occur in a managed way.

It proposes 39 residential lots at 600sq m and sets out six areas, of about 25,160sq m, for medium density development.

He said the master plan drew together important features of the site and sought to integrate:

  • Innovative residential design
  • Historic parkland setting
  • Active and safe public open spaces
  • A showcase of the historic Original Maryborough Site

Cr O'Connell said the key design principles and values guiding the formation of the master plan included:

  • Preservation and enhancement of the listed heritage features of the site through appropriate physical and visual integration between the design and heritage values of the parkland and the residential estate
  • Establishment of a parkland setting that combines residential living and open space that showcases the community significance of the site
  • Achievement of an optimised, feasible layout that is both financially and practically viable
  • Promotion of a mix and variety of appropriately designed house types that provide a positive outlook to the Original Maryborough Site and heritage parkland
  • Ensuring activation of the parkland and the Old Maryborough Site through passive surveillance achieved from the new residential development and activation of recreation trails access for the whole community
  • Showcasing and celebrating the linkages of the site with the Mary River and the waterways and creeks which connect to it

The master plan encompassed the entire Original Maryborough Site including the state heritage nominated parklands and the proposed residential development area, he said.

Cr O'Connell said if the master plan was adopted, the council would also undertake more archaeological digs, in agreement with the Department of Environment and Heritage, of several of the mapped building sites to ensure the archaeological potential of the sites had been exhausted. 

"Developing a new draft master plan has allowed us to investigate options for a revised lot layout for the residential development component, including the footprint and density of the development, and undertake a feasibility assessment of the options," he said.

"We want to be sympathetic to the site as well as see an iconic development beside what is an iconic site.

"Funds from the residential development will be used to develop the Original Maryborough Site into parkland with historical and recreational facilities which showcase its historical significance in accordance with the master plan.

"If a development application is lodged, council has already agreed to have it processed by a third party, outside of council, to ensure transparency and maintain residents' confidence in the proposal."

The plan can be viewed at the Maryborough administration centre in Kent St, Maryborough Library in Bazaar St or online in the Have Your Say section of www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au.

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