Plans start over for Original Town Site in Maryborough

A DEVELOPMENT application for the Original Maryborough Town Site will be scrapped and the project will be started all over again after a unanimous vote by Fraser Coast councillors.

In the fortnightly council meeting on Wednesday, every councillor voted to support the withdrawal of the application in a five-part motion.

The vote included support for a new subcommittee of both councillors and members of the public to oversee the new development application, which will be independently assessed.

The new application will be based on a master plan for the Original Maryborough Town Site created by the former Maryborough City Council in 2003.

A share in profits of any residential development will go towards a tourism and heritage precinct on site.

Councillor George Seymour raised the motion, with amendments by Cr Chris Loft to include the subcommittee and independent assessment.

Cr Seymour said historic places such as the Original Maryborough Site or the Urangan Pier were not appreciated until they were lost.

He spoke at length to other councillors about the buildings on the original site and said it was intrinsically linked to the original exploration of Wide Bay.

Other councillors including James Hansen, Chris Loft, and Phil Truscott, spoke on Maryborough's heritage.

"It (the original town site) is not of any value unless we promote it," Cr Truscott said.

"We need to make it a historic site and we need to pay for it."

Councillors Stuart Taylor and Robert Garland condemned the suggestion staff or councillors had ever acted inappropriately during the application process.



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