Old town site development will raise revenue: chamber boss

THE leader of Maryborough's business community says the city desperately needs revenue rather than an empty field at the Old Maryborough Town Site.

Part of the site has been earmarked for development, sparking outrage among some residents.

Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Craig Winter had had conversations with people "dead against the development" but said nobody could provide a solid argument against it.

"We've just started saying to them, 'well how many times have you been there?'... they say, 'oh we've never been there'," he said.

"I haven't actually heard one legitimate argument against it.

"I know there are people who are against it but they can't tell me why."

An application to heritage list the site will be before the Fraser Coast Regional Council at their meeting on Wednesday.

With a result on that application being uncertain, Mr Winter said he didn't mind development on the perimeter of the area.

"Provided council leaves the actual site alone and develops around the outside, I can't see that it's a bad thing at all because it's going to raise revenue that we desperately need," he said.

"We need the revenue more than we need an open field that nobody visits."

But ideas about developing the site to include replica heritage homes and information boards was a viable alternative for Mr Winter.

"That would be brilliant but you've got to get the money from somewhere," he said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has previously said revenue raised from development would be put back into restoring parts of the site.

The new Draft Master Plan for the site is out for comment until December 15.

An information session will be held at the Brolga Theatre on December 6 from 8am and Maryborough MP Anne Maddern will facilitate a community meeting on December 9 from 7pm at the St Paul's Anglican Church Hall.



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