The Bay Apartments resident manger Denise Foulston in the dead branches on the foreshore opposite the resort.
The Bay Apartments resident manger Denise Foulston in the dead branches on the foreshore opposite the resort. Alistair Brightman

Undergrowth danger tipped

A NEWCOMER to Hervey Bay has added her voice to those calling for the foreshore to be cleaned up, saying the undergrowth will cause damage if a cyclone passes through.

The Bay Apartments resident manager Denise Foulston said with predictions of up to six cyclones off the Queensland coast this summer, “all this undergrowth will just be picked up and thrown around causing more damage and danger than good”.

“Even now on some of the past windy days we just end up with endless amount of this matter thrown around at us,” she said.

Ms Foulston said as a new business owner in Scarness since July, she was keen to make the Bay as attractive to tourists as possible.

“Throughout the foreshore area between us and past Delfinos is nothing but dead fallen trees, dead shrubs, overgrowth of off-shoots of new trees, broken branches and weeds,” she said.

Ms Foulston said it was unsightly, unsafe to be around and an eyesore.

“The Esplanade in spots is absolutely beautiful and very well maintained by council but I cannot understand the neglect in other areas and why they are not being addressed,” she said.

“The main argument appears to be an environmental one, which is fair enough, but the undergrowth and dead wood that is near the foreshore is of no benefit and does not assist erosion at all.

“If this was the case why then have the council-owned caravan parks been allowed to be totally cleared and grassed leaving just the taller old trees?

“If clearing and levelling the foreshore is an environmental issue then surely these caravan parks should be removed and undergrowth and nature allowed to take over these areas once again.

“Not for a minute do I think any large healthy trees should be removed from the Esplanade.”

Nor does Ms Foulston want the Esplanade to become another Gold Coast, “but the whole Esplanade does need to have the beautiful sea views all the way along to make the most of what is here on offer”.

She said Hervey Bay needed facelifts and ongoing projects to compete with other tourist regions but still keep a relaxed feel.

“Hervey Bay has to attract more than just tourists coming to see the whales for three months or having a quick, short stop in Hervey Bay on the way to Fraser Island,” she said.

“What better way than to just simply beautify the area and make it more appealing as a holiday destination?”



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