Request for test on Howard land

A PLOT of ground stretching alongside the railway line in Howard is again a council focus after a request for it to be tested for contamination.

The CEO of the Fraser Coast council will contact Queensland Rail with a view to testing after councillor David Dalgleish yesterday raised the issue at the final council meeting of the year.

The former Hervey Bay City Council previously looked into buying the “extremely long parcel of land” opposite Steley Street almost four years ago.

However, after a mix-up in dates in correspondence with a government department created a degree of uncertainty, the proposal slipped on to the backburner.

When Mr Dalgleish and fellow councillor Les MucKan attended a district community meeting in Howard during the past week the forgotten plan was recalled.

“They had been discouraged by talk of contamination on the site. In the past we have erred on the side of caution,” Mr Dalgleish said.

Mr MucKan believes the land can offer bumper parking opportunities for people attending markets, using the nearby hall and tourists.

“If we can get over the contamination issue and get it cleaned up, then we can look at working out a reasonable figure to purchase the land,” he said.



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