Is the foreshore a mess or blessing?

WHERE would you rather spend your time, at a picnic table on a patch of lush green grass or in a coarse mess of dead leaves and twigs?

It’s not hard to decide.

So when Shelly Bay Resort managers Annette and Glenn Childs dared to say they wanted the Hervey Bay foreshore cleaned up, they were shocked to receive “hate mail” over the comments.

An anonymous postcard from Coolangatta sent to Ms Childs over her comments in a Chronicle story has left the pair upset.

“If we wanted bitumen and cement down to the beach we would go to the Sunshine Coast,” the postcard said.

“We want natural seaside hols. If that goes we go.”

Ms Childs says she never asked for trees to be removed or concrete slabs laid, but instead just wants to see the foliage cleaned up so people can sit down and enjoy spending time there.

The popularity of the grassed areas on the Scarness and Torquay foreshores show that the area is crying out for more of the same, the couple says.

“Areas along the Esplanade need to be looked at and, where possible, be cleaned up and have grass put down,” Mr Childs said.

The Fraser Coast Sustainable Development Association is of the same view and has asked the council to consider urgent action with foreshore management and revetment.

“There is an urgent need to realise the potential of our coastal urban environment,” secretary Greg McGarvie said.

“We need reasonable access to ocean views and to preserve the quality of the trees.”

Mr McGarvie calls the area an embarrassment.

The contentious issue will also be brought up at a public forum at the Fraser Coast campus of the University of Southern Queensland on November 26.

A number of speakers will present their differing views on how to improve the foreshore.

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