Mayor Gerard O’Connell at the Old Maryborough Town site.
Mayor Gerard O’Connell at the Old Maryborough Town site. Alistair Brightman

None of old town development on heritage registry: Mayor

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has moved to placate Maryborough residents angry abourt a potential development at the Old Maryborough Town site.

About 20 hectares of the site, where Maryborough was first settled in 1848, could become a residential development with townhouses and larger home lots.

Cr O'Connell said no part of the land marked for the proposed development was on the heritage registry and the proposed site had been zoned residential for several decades.

He said the council was still waiting to gain approval from the Queensland Heritage Register to make sure the proposed development site did not encroach on any part of the old town site listed on the register.

Cr O'Connell said a response was not likely to be given to the council until June or July, with a decision on development approval then going before the council in August or September.

A page on social media site Facebook calling for any development application to be denied has so far gained almost 1000 fans.

The administrators of the page have dubbed any potential development on the site as vandalism and a petition on change.org has gained more than 180 signatures.

An information tour was held late on Sunday at the site in an effort to sell the site's value to both tourism and the local wildlife.

Cr O'Connell stressed there had been no development approval made, and there would not be one until the council heard back from the Queensland Heritage Register.

"It's not set in concrete," he said.

Cr O'Connell said a resolution was passed as far back as 2007 by the former Maryborough City Council to move towards developing the old town site.



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