All aboard: Pialba Railway station is set to leave
THE Pialba Railway Station and Memorial Hall are slated for removal from Freedom Park, after councillors voted against a recommendation the station remain and be a focal point of the park.
The move has angered members of the Vietnam Veterans Association, including Ve Heironymus, who said she would campaign against the removal for as long as she could.
"We are set up here and all veterans come in here for a cuppa, not just to ask for advice, but to meet," she said.
She said the community had fond memories of the station and couldn't see any reason to move it.
The vote came when results from the Hervey Bay CBD Masterplan public consultation process were put before the council this week.
The council's first masterplan draft drew criticism after showing the station and hall moved from Freedom Park to an unknown location.
In the second draft before the council on Wednesday, an officer recommended the station remain at the park, but the hall to still be relocated.
"Freedom Park will pay tribute to the region's military history and the Pialba Railway Station building will be a focal point for telling the story of our rich history," the report reads.
But the majority of councillors voted against the officer and amended the masterplan to again remove the station, and develop a working group to look at the future of Freedom Park.
Heritage councillor George Seymour said the community had already had their say on keeping the hall and station at the park.
"More than 100 people lodged formal objections," he said. "The Railway Station is very well utilised as a veterans advice and advocacy centre."
Cr Seymour's motion to preserve the Memorial Hall, Railway Station and War Memorial as an historical precinct was lost 5-6.