Fraser Coast Regional Council's foreshore clearing program has sparked debate in the community.
Fraser Coast Regional Council's foreshore clearing program has sparked debate in the community. Robyne Cuerel

Petition opposes foreshore clearing

THE forces against the council's foreshore clearing are amassing for another assault against the plan, in the form of an online petition.


Within four days, the petition attracted 88 people, however it could be argued it includes some external voices on what is a local issue.


Some of the people signing up are from as far away as Hong Kong and the US, with others from all across Australia such as the Northern Territory and Victoria.


Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he would not dismiss the petition when it was eventually presented to him, but at the same time he is mindful of the opinions people have been presenting to him in person.


"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the positive feedback I have received has been enormous," he said.


Cr O'Connell said a number of people have come up to him in the street to tell him they think the clearing of certain sections along the Esplanade has been "fantastic", while there has also been positive feedback from businesses.


It is not the first time people have tried to stop the foreshore clearing.


In July, a number of residents spoke against it in public participation of a council meeting shortly after work began.
Last month, Division 10 councillor George Seymour attempted to halt the work so more public consultation could occur, but he was voted down by his colleagues.


The online petition calls for the foreshore work to cease on a number of grounds, including concerns over erosion and the destruction of native fauna habitats.


Cr O'Connell said it was important for residents to realise the clearing was not the haphazard work of "cowboy councillors".


"There is a specific plan in place, which people can see on the council website," he said.


"You won't see a bulldozer, and you won't start seeing 20-storey high rise buildings going up."


For more information on the petition, go to gopetition.com and look up Hervey Bay Foreshore Protection Group.

The Chronicle is also asking readers to share their opinion about the foreshore clearing in our online poll.

Are you in favour of the foreshore clearing?

This poll ended on 22 October 2012.

Current Results

Yes

60%

No

37%

Unsure

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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