EDITORIAL: History repeats for Mayor on Old Townsite

HUNDREDS of people signed a petition to block the development of the Old Maryborough Town site.

Almost 2000 people joined a Facebook site protesting the plan to build 89 houses, parks and roads on the land.

Few have expressed such strong opinions in favour of the development - except for some councillors, notably the Mayor.

The land was home to the first buildings of our city - Maryborough Mayor Henry Palmer built his inn there, the original gaol and gaol-keeper's home was there, as well as a scattering of huts used by timber-cutters.

For many people in the Maryborough community, that is simply too significant to replace.

They made their voices heard, and got the backing of the Heritage Council, which added further protection to the site yesterday.

It's astonishing that Cr O'Connell has already come out and said he still plans to move ahead with the development.

Given the hue and cry over the plan in the first place, and now the latest complication, I'd have thought the council would take a step back and at least reconsider its options.

Or has the past taught the Mayor nothing?

You don't need to be a historian to recognise that a council that won't listen, won't last.



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