Original Maryborough Site has approval to continue

AS MORE of the Original Maryborough Site is state heritage listed, Mayor Gerard O'Connell has been labelled "arrogant" for pushing on with development plans.

Yesterday the Queensland Heritage Council approved Sandra Armstrong's application to put the majority of the site on the State Heritage Register.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was pleased there was certainty surrounding the site, and said the council would work with the State Government to progress the development.

"The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is happy to work with council to develop a heritage agreement, archaeological management plan and exemption certificates to manage the heritage values of the site," he said.

"We want to continue to progress the iconic residential development and at the same time develop a heritage parkland precinct."

But heritage councillor George Seymour slammed his colleague's comments.

"That is just unbelievable that he's still going ahead with this destruction with everyone screaming at him from the community and heritage sector to stop," Cr Seymour said.

"So arrogant and out of touch."

Dr Sandra Armstrong has been pushing to protect the site from the Fraser Coast Regional Council's plans for homes to be built on the site.

"Anywhere where there was a building (on the Original Site) is now protected," she said.

"A very big win for the community, a black mark against the council.

"Anything they do now has to be passed through the heritage department," Dr Armstrong said.



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