Council change a victory for public pressure: historian

HISTORIAN and activist Sandra Armstrong sees the decision to revise plans to develop the Original Maryborough town site as a victory for public pressure.

"I think without those 11,000 Facebook friends of ours, the emails, the letters, the phone calls and the information day we held out there, I don't think we would have got a unanimous vote," she said.

As an administrator of the Facebook page Save Maryborough Old Township, she believes this is a win for the community.

"I was surprised and absolutely delighted when I started that page... we're not sitting on the outside here.

"We're not flogging a dead horse. We have the community behind us. It's an empowering feeling."

On Wednesday, Fraser Coast councillors voted unanimously to withdraw a development application for the Original Maryborough Town Site and start the process again.

The next goal of community activists, including Ms Armstrong, is to see the site earn its place on the heritage list.

"The fight isn't over, not until it's preserved. Who's to say the next council that comes in will start all over again?" Ms Armstrong said.

"It would be great if the council will support a relisting of those boundaries."



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