Mayor's comments on Sport Precinct fail to influence readers

MAYOR Gerard O'Connell's reassurance ratepayers would not foot the entire $52 million bill for the Sport Precinct has done little to sway Chronicle readers.

His comments come after the Fraser Coast Regional Council was refused $8 million from the State and Federal Governments to build what Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders has described as a "toxic" community project.

The council was unable to secure $6 million for the precinct from the Federal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund.

The State Government has also rejected a request for $2 million towards funding upgrades to Madsen and Woods Rd, adjacent to the precinct.

Online commenter Justjanm said the majority of the community was opposed to the precinct.

"Existing facilities are quite adequate, centrally located and readily accessible," they wrote.

Mr Saunders' comments drew support from Facebook reader Ricky Rowland.

"I think that's great that the State Government would rather the money be better spent," he wrote.

"Good work Bruce."

Ross Liesch said funding should cease and ratepayers should have their say at the March election.

"All work on this project should cease immediately and let the voters decide at the next election if they support the councillors, and the Mayor who is currently supporting the construction of this not very well thought out project," he said.

Rural councillor James Hansen with the support of George Seymour will again move a motion to scrap the precinct if they are re-elected in March.

Earlier this month a similar motion was defeated 5-4.

Cr Seymour said accessibility to the proposed precinct site was his biggest problem.

"Moving the fields to a remote section of Nikenbah would make access by any means other than car impractical and dangerous," he said.

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