FRASER COAST MAYOR GERARD O’CONNELL HAS A GRAND VISION FOR THE FRASER COAST

The Fraser Coast mayor highlights some key elements that will be worked on


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THE Mary River needs to be “brought back” and in 2013 the Mayor is determined to “enhance this great natural asset”.

“I said I’d enhance Hervey Bay’s Esplanade and I did,” Mayor Gerard O’Connell said.

“We still have a bit of work to do along there with walkways and viewing stations.

“Meanwhile, I’m intent on bringing back the Mary River through mangrove management and supporting local clubs to take more sporting activities onto this great river.

“Let’s see the boats come back and tie up at the wharf and people getting out on the river and having fun like we did in past years.”
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Cr O’Connell said 2013 looms as a year of enormous potential for the Fraser Coast.

“We have already started playing host to thousands with the scout jamboree this week and we’ll be doing that with the Ulysses AGM, the Surf Nippers carnival and the State Touch carnival.

“Thousands and thousands of people are coming to the Fraser Coast this year.”

The mayor indicated that, in the longer term, aviation and the marine sector industry may by key to the region’s prosperity.

“Just in the last fortnight people with significant investment ability have been asking about our Avion airport precinct and the marine industry precinct in Maryborough.

“We’ve also pushed preliminary approval through for the master planned Airside development at Hervey Bay Airport.”

The mayor’s philosophical priority might prove a thornier problem to progress than seducing investors to invest in the region.

Cr O’Connell wants Fraser Coasters to think and act in unity, rather than foster the “them-and-us” mentality that continues to create barriers between Hervey Bay and Maryborough and some of the 17 villages.

“We must have unity of purpose and work and speak as a region.”

He said he favours neither Maryborough nor Hervey Bay but just wants to see the cities complement each other.

“I’m not going to get into tit for tat on comments I am leaving one city or the other behind, I am not.”

“Big ticket” items like Warren Persall’s $6 million investment into rebuilding the Beach House Hotel complex, the Stockland extension and Station Square’s expansion get him excited.

“In a couple of weeks we’ll be turning the sod at the new St Stephen’s and that project is going to bring up to 3000 Coast jobs.”

With no “disrespect to anyone” Cr O’Connell says the feedback on him and his new councillors is “nothing short of phenomenal”.
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FRASER COAST COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE ON AREA TO BE A SERVICE CORRIDOR FOR QUEENSLAND

TORBANLEA  & HOWARD AREA HAS ALL THE REQUIREMENTS TO FIT IN WITH THE PROPOSED SERVICE CORRIDOR IN QUEENSLAND AS OUTLINED BY OUR LOCAL FRASER COAST COUNCIL.

We have plenty of  land here for a major airport, industrial estates, transport terminals, electric trains & station, highway access, skilled available workforce, water supply, electric power, national broadband connection availability, short distance to beaches and more than adequate community services & facilities

One proposal I have suggested also was to have a huge ‘container terminal’ here to take some of the pressure from the Brisbane wharves. This would be serviced by the existing but upgraded rail & highway network in shifting the containers from the Brisbane wharves as they arrive there to here where they can be stored and dispersed from here to various locations around the state of Queensland.

I have access to corporations that will assist in putting together such a development given that this proposal is now possible. We need however to commission a report investigating the initiative.With the local & state governments co-operating and funding such a report, one can confidently march forward towards a prosperous future for our region

A great start is a local Fraser Coast central trades & services project that requires some support to kick start the proposal. Refer link below.

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**Refer the Fraser Coast council press release below

Council advocates for a service corridor

16 September 2011

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has called for the State Government to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett as a service corridor under plans to promote regional Queensland.

The push was contained in the Council’s response on the draft Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and draft Queensland Infrastructure Plan.

“The Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett should be recognised as a service corridor to the developing gas and mining sectors next door,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.

The draft plans indicate that services account for at least 20% of the Queensland economy but fail to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett in maps outlining Queensland’s economic zones. (See purple area to be added to map from planning document.)

“The map shows our region as a white void,” Cr Kruger said.

“Our submission on the draft documents includes support from Wide Bay Burnett Mayors, the Regional Development Authority, the Urban Development Institute of Australia – Wide Bay and all chambers of commerce  – for our region to be included as a service corridor to the growing resource sectors to the west and north.

“The Fraser Coast is more than just a tourism destination.  It is ideally positioned at the gateway to the gas and energy sectors so our skilled trades, manufacturing and service industries will have an important role in the development of the resource sector.

“Recognition of the Fraser Coast as a service centre will focus attention on our ability to provide equipment, logistics, fully serviced and affordable industrial land, land for homes as well as workers.

“It will also focus government attention on the need to fund infrastructure here so we are ready to meet the demand for new homes and industries to expand.

“The support of regional stakeholders to this proposal is strong and we urge the State to recognise the economic opportunities for the Wide Bay Burnett in these strategic plans that will guide future infrastructure investment and development of the state.”

The Council submissions on the Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and Queensland Infrastructure Plan have been lodged with the State Government as part of the community consultation process.  Outcomes are expected later this year.

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YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR HERVEY BAY AIRPORT’S DIRECTION FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS

Have your say on plans for Hervey Bay airport


Don’t miss the opportunity to have your say on the 20-year plan for Hervey Bay airport.

Share your thoughts on the first part of a draft Fraser Coast Airports Master Plan 2011 – 2031 Part 1 and 2 that cover the airport in Hervey Bay.

Download from the Have Your Say section of the Council’s website.

Submissions close on Tuesday, July 26.

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NEW LAWS FOR THE FRASER COAST TO BE OPENLY DISCUSSED IN PUBLIC FORUMS. YOU ARE INVITED.

PUBLIC MEETINGS IN THE FRASER COAST MEDIA RELEASE
20 January 2011
Have your say on proposed new Local Laws


The proposed Local Laws for the Fraser Coast are not set in concrete, Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.
“The Council wants residents to have a look at the proposed new local laws and let us
know what they think – especially if they think there should be changes.”
“Just because the proposed new local laws are on public display it does not mean that
they have been adopted.
“If residents think there should be a change then they should make a submission.
Submissions can be made in writing or on-line from the Council website.
The local laws and subordinate laws local laws set out how Council will deal with
everyday issues such as conducting meetings, animal management, reserves, facilities, roads and parking.
“We will replace 81 existing local laws and 81 subordinate local laws developed by our predecessor councils with six Local Laws,” Cr Kruger said.
“Council used model local laws developed by the state government in 2009 as the
starting point to develop the local laws that are on display.”
Copies of the local laws and subordinate local laws are available from Council’s libraries and Customer Service Centres in Tiaro, Maryborough and Hervey Bay or can be downloaded from the Council’s webpage www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au.
Written submissions on the local laws and subordinate local laws will be accepted until Friday, February 25 and should be addressed to the Local Laws Review 2011.
Public meetings to go through the local laws will be held across the region in January andFebruary.

Meetings will be held at:
www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Day Date Time Hall Location

1…Monday 31/01/11     2 – 4pm   City Hall Kent Street, Maryborough   6 – 8pm

2…Tuesday 1/02/11   2 – 4pm
USQ – B Block Lecture Theatre
Room B104, Old Maryborough Road,
Hervey Bay (park in Library Carpark) 6 – 8pm

3…Wednesday 2/02/11 6 – 8pm Glenwood Hall Pepper Road, Glenwood

4…Thursday 3/02/11 6 – 8pm Boonooroo Hall Eckert Road, Boonooroo

5…Friday 4/02/11 6 – 8pm Burrum District Community Centre 56 Steley Street, Howard

6…Monday 7/02/11 6 – 8pm Teebar Hall Teebar Hall Road, Teebar

7…Tuesday 8/02/11 6 – 8pm Tiaro Memorial Hall Mayne Street, Tiaro

8…Wednesday 9/02/11 6 – 8pm River Heads Hall 54 Ariadne Street, River Heads

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COASTAL SHORE LINE OF HERVEY BAY. LEAVE IT OR FIX IT. HAVE YOUR SAY

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE HERVEY BAY FORESHORE DEVELOPMENT OR CLEANUP

RSVP BY FRIDAY, 12 NOVEMBER-FRASER COAST CHRONICLE


As you are aware, the Fraser Coast Chronicle has asked the question about whether or not the Foreshore area of Hervey Bay should be left as it is or have work undertaken to provide better usage for the broader community. The Esplanade represents one of the key assets for the Fraser Coast and the question about what to do with the foreshore is a question that has been sitting unanswered for too long. What do we, as a community, want from our Esplanade and our foreshore for the next twenty years?

Peter Chapman has offered to conduct a survey of the wider community to gain an understanding of their views and the Chamber believes it is important that as many people as possible participate so that the outcome is truly representative of the wider community and not the vocal minorities. This is a rare chance for you to have a say and let your voice be heard.

To participate in the survey email [email protected] and tell the Chronicle what you think should be done. You must attach your name and suburb for the vote to be recognized.

For the record, I believe the Foreshore needs to be cleaned up and have emailed the Chronicle saying so. What do you think?

Bernard Whebell
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