The Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting in the Hervey Bay chambers on November 27.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting in the Hervey Bay chambers on November 27. Jessica Lamb

ROLLING COVERAGE: Hervey Bay council meeting

UPDATE 11.15AM: The council meeting has entered confidential business.

EARLIER 11.10AM: The council has adopted the 2019 Local Disaster Management Plan after the recommendation was carried unanimously.

Cr Light spoke about making the document easier to read.

He said the disaster management plan was a "moving document" which needed to be updated to keep up with national and state legislation.

Level 2 water restrictions will begin on December 9 and the Drought Management Plan will be brought back to council for adoption once reviewed.

Cr Anne Maddern queried on behalf of the general public if council  officers would have to comply with the same restrictions of the general public.

A council officer confirmed they would and would have to apply for exemptions through the same process as everyone else.

EARLIER 11AM: Cr Darren Everard moved the recommendation that the council endorse a Memorandum of Understanding between the council and the Fraser Coast Property Industry Association.

It was seconded by Cr Zane O'Keefe and carried unanimously.

The proposal states the MOU is for FCPIA and the council to work together to advance "good planning and development and to promote the region and attract investment".

Voting for the recommendation to request the council give Cr Taylor approval to provide a grant of $10,000 from the Councillor Discretionary Funds to the Horse Spectacular event has been postponed.

Cr Maddern moved to refer the matter back to the CEO to investigate the definition of a community organisation. Cr Seymour seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

EARLIER 10.50AM: Sandy Straits Rural Fire Brigade in Poona has been granted a new lease for 10 years after a recommendation was carried unanimously was carried unanimously.

The proposal for the council to give a 10-year lease to Fraser Coast Training and Employment services was postponed by a motion from Cr James Hansen for Cr Denis Champman to speak on the issue at the next council meeting.

The Woocoo Historical Society will be given a 10 year lease after a council recommendation carried unanimously.

The council will enter into a sub lease with the Maryborough and District Animal Refuge Society, subject to the approval of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy after a recommendation carried unanimously.

The Maryborough Clay Target Club and the Toogoom Fishing Club will both receive separate 10 year leases after recommendations were approve by the council.

EARLIER 10.40AM: The results of the temporary public wifi trial were noted in a recommendation carried unanimously for a public wifi trial in Maryborough Town Hall Green in the 2020/21 budget.

Another recommendation, carried unanimously, was for the extension of the Hervey Bay Historical Society Museum Association's lease. The three existing leases will be surrendered and three new leases are entered into for periods of 10 years each.

EARLIER 10.30AM: Councillors voted unanimously accepting a recommendation to ban the use of fireworks at council events or council supported events during the 2019 Christmas and New Year season.

Mayor George Seymour said he believed we should celebrate New Year's Eve how we intend to live in the new year.

He mentioned the two fires currently burning on the Fraser Coast in Boompa and K'Gari.

Cr Seymour said there were more appropriate ways to celebrate the new year than creating more fire risk, given the current situation across the nation with those impacted by fire.

He said there was already live music and other events lined up and if there was a total fire ban the decision was taken out of the council's hands anyway.

Cr Seymour said if community groups found their own funds and wanted to hold their own fireworks they could but it would not be given through council grants.

Cr Lewis said he did not think community groups who chose to include fireworks were disrespecting fireys and fire victims but supported the recommendation.

For more information check out the Fraser Coast Chronicle tomorrow.

EARLIER 10.20AM: Three petitions were referred to the council CEO.

Councillor Rolf Light tabled one about building a 25m swimming pool in the Burrum Heads Sports Reserve.

Councillor Darren Everard tabled one from residents of Parklands Estate in Wondunna with 37 signatures to increase signage on Doolong South Rd to raise awareness of injured wild life with animal welfare numbers and to undertake a review of the speed limit on Doolong South Rd as well as increasing street lighting along the road.

EARLIER 10.10AM: Councillor Denis Chapman has been granted a leave of absence from November 26 2019 to November 28 2019 after the motion was carried unanimously.

Councillor Stuart Taylor is appearing by phone link.

All other councillors are present.

EARLIER 10AM: TODAY the Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting was held in the council chambers in Hervey Bay.

Five people spoke during public participation for issues ranging from roads, to flood gauges and a passionate submission by 10-year-old Urangan girl Iluka Clifton on banning single-use plastic straws at council events.

About a dozen people turned up to observe the proceedings from the gallery.

The day began at 10am with a prayer from  St Joseph Catholic Church in Hervey Bay's Friar Regimon Gervasis.

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