Councillor Denis Chapman said he has seen overwhelming resistance to the approved Seafront Oval development.
Councillor Denis Chapman said he has seen overwhelming resistance to the approved Seafront Oval development. Valerie Horton

No upgrade to Seafront until another public consultation

LEAVE our oval alone.

That's the overwhelming message Fraser Coast councillor Denis Chapman has received from the community in response to an approved $3.5 million upgrade to Seafront Oval.

The well-known Pialba spot, which is used to host a variety of popular events throughout the year, could lose up to 30% of its land as a result of a new car park, skate park, playground and amenities.

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However it has sparked fears with some community groups worried the reduced size of the oval means they will be unable to host their events there in future.

"Everyone is saying that we don't need it," Cr Chapman said.

"I've heard heaps of feedback and found that no one wants to reduce the size of the oval."

But before machines start ripping grass off the ground, a community consultation will be held to allow local residents to speak their thoughts on the project.

 

Updated development plan in Seafront Oval.
Updated development plan in Seafront Oval. Contributed

 

The date for this is yet to be announced but is expected to be in the coming weeks.

Marcus' Legacy Fun Day was the latest community event to be hosted at Seafront Oval and organiser Jodie Tangikara said it would not have been possible with the upgrade.

"If they added what they wanted, the oval would be just big enough for the mechanical rides," she said.

"We would have lost the majority of our food vans and market stalls."

Do you support the new development plan for Seafront Oval?

This poll ended on 30 April 2017.

Current Results

Yes; it will look great for the area and give people much more to do.

36%

No; too much space will be lost.

47%

Unsure at the moment.

15%

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

Mrs Tangikara organises multiple fundraisers a year and said she would be looking at the Maryborough Showgrounds for future events.

"It's the next biggest place to hold a large event in the region," she said.

"There are other places along the Esplanade that the upgrades could be put into."

As part of the development, a skate park would be added to the well-known oval which Cr Chapman said had been criticised.

"Feedback has been that we don't need the skate park as we already have one, two blocks away," he said.

The new skate park has been allocated almost $1 million to construct.

"We're just waiting for the appropriate officer from council to let us know of the date the community consultation will be held," Cr Chapman said.



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