Some Fraser Coast mangroves will now be managed by the council.
Some Fraser Coast mangroves will now be managed by the council. FILE

Mangroves plan is released

RESIDENTS will have into early next year to comment on the council's 46-page Maryborough mangrove management strategy released yesterday.

The area to be managed runs from the Wharf Street public jetty to the Brolga Theatre in Kent Street, from the Brolga to Moreton Street and takes in a couple of riverbank patches from Moreton to the Aubinville wastewater treatment plant.

But at yesterday's council meeting in Maryborough, councillor David Dalgleish wanted to know why the council hadn't worked on a “Fraser Coast mangrove management strategy”?

“I'm a regional councillor. Where's the Fraser Coast mangrove management strategy?” Cr Dalgleish asked.

“This is just like the Hervey Bay foreshore management plan.

“What about places like Poona, Tinnanbar and River and Burrum Heads? They have mangroves too.”

In defence of his strategy, the council officer said he wasn't aware of other specific areas where mangroves were an issue.

Land within or next to council-controlled land and land next to council jetties and drains is included in the strategy.

The five objectives of the strategy, which every councillor present eventually voted to endorse for public consultation and submission to Queensland Fisheries for comment, are:

  • Monitor the extent and height of mangrove growth;
  • Preserve identified areas of mangroves;
  • Maintain historical sightlines of the river;
  • Provide access to river for recreational uses at strategic locations; and
  • Protect council assets and provide access to the assets.

Wharf to Brolga mangroves will continue to be retained but works are proposed to maintain views of the river, to allow public surveillance of the boardwalk and public jetty and for future construction of two fishing platforms and a riverbank amphitheatre.

The document will be subject to regular review to incorporate new issues as they arise and the city grows.

One potential issue raised was the future development of a 174-hectare area next to the river bank in Granville.

“The Mary Harbour proposal includes a 2km-long area of riverbank with existing mangroves along the entire length.

“If the proposal is approved this river bank flood/open space buffer along with the mangroves will come under public management and be included under a revised mangrove management strategy.”

Councillor Linda Harris wanted to know why the mention of this Maryborough Sugar Factory “future development” was “pre-emptive”?



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