More important things to do than sports precinct: councillor

THE lone dissenting councillor against the $53 million Fraser Coast sports precinct has defended his stance, saying the council has more important things to do.

Division 1 representative James Hansen first spoke against the proposal when the release of the draft master plan was endorsed a fortnight ago.

Now Cr Hansen has come forward to explain his reasons for opposing the plan.

"I voted against the sports precinct at the last council meeting because I believe council has more important things to spend ratepayer money on," he said.

"I believe council should be spending money on core council business like roads, drainage and running all the facilities that we already have.

"I could not support spending millions of dollars on this new sports precinct when I have residents in my division driving on roads that need maintenance and when I have places like Howard and Torbanlea and Maryborough West as well as places in the bush in need of drainage upgrades which I consider essential."

Fraser Coast Opportunities general manager David Spear has promoted the planned precinct's long-term economic benefits for the region, saying it would create jobs and help attract state and national events.



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