Mary Harbour master plan on track

IT is not quite endless but the list of consultants that accompanied the development application for the Mary Harbour master plan more than hinted at its intent.

The application for the $500 million Granville project was relodged with the planning department of the Fraser Coast Regional Council last Friday, with the Maryborough Sugar Factory applicants hopeful about its prospect.

“Instead of putting in an application and worrying about the consultants later, we decided to do most of the work first and then we lodged it,” MSF’s property asset manager Dennis Kaye said.

The master plan report was supported by a Mary Harbour plan of development, an assessment of economic needs and land community benefit, plus analyses of sewer network and water supply.

Assessments of the transport impact, traffic impact, tidal flushing and hydraulic impact were also included as were reports on ecology, aquatic and marine environment and acid sulphate soils.

A dredge management plan for the proposed harbour, a lake water quality management plan and a stormwater management plan were also in there.

“We have spent a lot of money but I’m not going to say how much,” Mr Kaye (pictured) said.

“In all the investigations we have done, I believe we haven’t encountered an issue that can’t be resolved.

“We hope to have a lot of answers there for the councillors. I believe we have 90 per cent of the work done.

“We’re passionate about the development. We believe it’s good for everybody.”

Town planner, Gary Dillon of Dillon, Folker Stephen in Maroochydore – in conjunction with Urban Planet Hervey Bay – lodged the application.

The factory owns the 175-hectare riverside cane field where the ambitious plan involving 1000 dwellings, 300 boat berths and a South Bank-style promenade is proposed.

The initial application early last year was knocked back because an EPA permit was required to break into the river and quarry below the high water mark.

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