Council to vote on Urangan Hervey Bay skyscraper complex in the Fraser Coast

SKYSCRAPER PLANS: Details of the proposed skyscraper development in Urangan.

SKYSCRAPERS in Urangan could soon become a reality.

A development application for two 20 storey buildings in Urangan will be voted on by councillors on Thursday.

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f successful, the green light will be given for Anscape Pty Ltd to start planning for the development of the skyscraper complex.

Council documents outline the construction of two 20 storey buildings, containing a total of 390 units, on the corner of Charlton Esplanade and Boat Harbour Dr.

Plans for about 775 car parks, a swimming pool and a restaurant are also revealed in the application.

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Deputy mayor George Seymour, who has been vocal in his opposition of the proposed development, said he would be looking at the details “closely.”

“I’m still against it, but we have to vote on the basis whether it meets the requirements of the planning scheme,” Cr Seymour said.

“It has to be approved if it meets the requirements of the planning scheme.”

Cr Seymour said he was opposed to the idea of skyscrapers in a town like Hervey Bay.

“It changes the density and character of towns,” he said.

“You go to areas like the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast and see what happens to the community when you increase the density in terms of traffic.

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Cinema complex, six-storey office block in Hervey Bay approved by Fraser Coast Regional Council

A $60 MILLION dollar shopping centre and cinema development has been given the green light by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Including a roof deck, underground car park, office buildings, a cinema and food court, the Urraween development was given the tick of approval by 10 of the 11 councillors.

Councillor Stuart Taylor was the only person to vote against the development.

The complex will be located on Bay Dr, Urraween opposite Stockland Hervey Bay.

Town planning firm Adam and Sparkes lodged the application on behalf of Quattro Liuzzi Pty Ltd last year, but it is unclear when construction will start.

Councillor Dennis Chapman said he was thrilled the development had been approved, adding that the construction of the project would bring jobs to the region.

He said the new cinema would be state of the art and would offer a great viewing experience for audiences.

“It’s top of the range, it’s all digital, all the latest technology that you can use in a cinema, that’s what they want to use in this cinema,” Cr Chapman said.

He said there were “five star offices” within the the development as well.

“With having five star offices, we can get state and federal officers and try to encourage them to come into regional Queensland, move out of Brisbane and try to come into regional Queensland.

“Because we need those jobs back here, we need people working in offices like that.”

Cr Taylor said he only voted against the project because of issues with the planning scheme, not because he didn’t support the project.

“I have no objection to the cinema, the theatre, in the proposal as it stands,” he said.

“My issue is, is it defined as impact assessable or code assessable.

“Our planning scheme specifically refers to theatres and indicates it should be impact accessable.

“We’ve assessed that it’s code assessable because the officers have deemed it to be a shopping centre.

“The difference between code assessable and impact assessable is simply that with impact accessible the community has the chance to place objections, those objections have to be considered and if that person who makes the objection is not comfortable with the decision, they can appeal it.

“Those appealing processes through the courts are diminished through code assessable.”\


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A PRELIMINARY development approval for the $60 million Scarness resort complex was carried unanimously at Wednesday’s Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting.

The proposal for the resort complex, which includes more than 100 residential units, a shopping complex and office complexes, means the developers will start their assessment of the site and consult with council before construction.

A new roundabout for the local streets in Scarness was also mentioned in the development plans.

Councillor David Lewis raised concerns over the traffic in the area, claiming the development would create problems for the Esplanade streets.

“The proposed roundabout will pose problems for the Queens Rd Esplanade intersection, which is already problematic especially in busy times,” he said.

“In busy times, it (the traffic) can back up a long way along the Esplandade.”

Cr Denis Chapman said it was about trying to use the commercial land as best as possible.

“It’s just a preliminary approval…they’ve got to come back to us and approve it. When you’ve got commercial land, you try and use as much of it as possible,” he said.

A date has not yet been set for the development, but Cr Chapman previously said he hoped to see development start by the end of the year


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Property owners told to pay FCRCouncil rates or homes will be sold at auction

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THE Fraser Coast Regional Council is set to auction off 74 homes to recover more than $887,000 in outstanding rates.

But Bill Towers says his home should not be one of them after he paid off more than $10,000 in rates last week.

The Granville man was left upset and embarrassed after his home was included among the list of homes and properties to be auctioned, which was made public by the council this week.

Bill said he had been in contact with the council last week and the amount had been paid in full.

For others, the struggle to pay off the rates debt before the auction on March 16 continues.

A 77-YEAR-OLD Torquay man, who asked not to be named, said his home had been on the market for three weeks and he was in a race to sell his home for an appropriate price before it went up for auction at a reserve determined by the council.

“I don’t like the way the council goes about it – selling a person’s home from under them,” the man said.He said that with a bit of patience, the council would have the money owed to them.”I want to sell it in my time for my price,” he said.

“We are trying to do the right thing.”

Severe health problems played a role in both Bill and the elderly Torquay man falling behind in their rates, with both saying they wished council had shown more compassion for their circumstances.

But the council said putting a house up for auction was one of the final steps in its recovery process in situations where rates remained unpaid for three years or more.

“If owners do not wish to enter into a payment plan to substantially reduce the amount outstanding within a reasonable period, when the rates exceed three years overdue, the property owners are advised that the property would be recommended for sale at a public auction,” council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond said.

Property owners have until the sale starts to remove the property from the auction list by payment of the full amount.

“Under the Local Government Act, council can take action to recover unpaid rates if the rates are overdue for three years or greater,” she said.

“Once the land is sold, council only retains the value of the outstanding rates and charges with the balance provided to the mortgage holder or property owner.”

Last year 82 properties were set to be placed up for auction to reclaim $1.4 million in outstanding rates.

But of these, fewer than 10 were auctioned off on the day.


  • HadagutfullMaryborough 14 hours ago
    Maybe if rates were not as high as they are and continually “gouged” by this so called “regional” council, people may be able to afford to live here but when you have people on a salary in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, they simply don’t care. Pay up, sell up or get out is their attitude. As I have said previously, you rarely seen anything like this before amalgamation, either here or in Hervey Bay… I wonder why, maybe because of the money wasting FCRC who continually increase rates so they have more money to pay for their idiotic ideas… roll on March 19th.


  • VagabondMaryborough 13 hours ago
    “$887,000 in outstanding rates” means a short fall in council’s budget or they borrow the money to make up for the rates. If the money to cover this short fall is borrowed it means we pay interest on the loan. The other option is to cut services/infrastructure by $887,000.

    Why should those who pay their rates suffer because some people can’t or won’t?

    These people have had three years to front council and make some offer to pay, if only $25 or $30 per week.


  • ernest2Urraween 13 hours ago
    When the council sold off houses before they made no attempt to get a market rate, the auctions were not advertised properly and only a few people knew about it ? the result was that the houses sold for less then half their worth and the owners got little from it . As long as our council got it’s pound of flesh they cared nothing about the owners and celebrated their win and how clever they were . YUCK.


  • HerveyBPialba 11 hours ago
    Seems to quite a lack of communications between Council Departments when a house that had its rates fully paid for still appears on the list of those being sold, There has to be an enquiry into the running of the Council and find out what else goes wrong, although the list would be endless.


  • Jerabek2Tiaro 10 hours ago
    Yes the Mayor needs the $$$ for more Rocks in Parks, BBQs, skating
    $100,000 for a platform for a bronze Turtle…… well spent…worth loosing your home for?????????


  • Michael-1961Urangan 10 hours ago
    It is a difficult decision and if you see the hoops the council has to get to before this there are many. There will be no winners in this it is just part of the the difficult and hard things councils have to do best of luck to all


  • duck1952Howard 9 hours ago
    FCRC may have the right to recover the monies owed BUT in a compassionate manner and if sold should receive the TRUE MARKET VALUE of these properties or close to market value.
    If this Council is so concerned about $887.000 back rates and desperate for this money ,” PLEASE ,PLEASE EXPLAIN CEO ” the appointment of the 4th DIRECTOR at around $350.00O per year give or take a few dollars PLEASE explain THE jobs for the boys totally wasted monies AND JUSTIFY IN WRITING AROUND $1 MILLION OVER 3 YEARS FOR THIS TOTAL WASTE or do you have the need to embarrass these ratepayers due to unfortunate circumstances BUT then again you do a lot of running and hiding from enforcing Local Government Acts and Laws out here at Howard to suit yourself . Refer to page 1 minutes of FCRC Ordinary Meeting 10/2/16 for verification of 4 DIRECTORS but then again after March 19 much MASSIVE SAVINGS will be achieved with 5 positions going under the microscope .


  • KiwiBayHervey Bay 8 hours ago
    I certainly don’t agree with the level of rates we pay here in Hervey Bay (disgustingly high for what we get) but if you don’t pay your rates, then you will eventually lose out. If you’re struggling to pay your rates then talk to the council early rather than wait for the debt to build up over 3-4 years and DON’T drag out that out ‘health problems’ excuse either.


  • ozbirkoPoint Vernon 6 hours ago
    Interestingly, many countries have a different approach to rates..they only pay a rate determined at the last sale, plus ongoing CPI, and this remains in place until the next time the property is is then re-evaluated and set at a new level based on value at that time. This prevents people being priced out of their homes as the property value increases, but their income drops in retirement. They get to remain in the house that that have lived in for years (sometimes decades), and paid rates towards the services that later generations will benefit from. Stops cashed up sharks waiting for desperate pensioners to be forced out and picking up the property at auctions such as this. Our current system is totally unfair IMHO.


  • ACBOCALLCENTREMaryborough an hour ago
    Duck 1952 tells us this>
    ” PLEASE ,PLEASE EXPLAIN CEO ” the appointment of the 4th DIRECTOR at around $350.00O per year give or take a few dollars “
    If this is the case where 4 FCRC council employees are being paid around $350k each we should be very concerned & be class action driven if not dutifully publicly explained in detail by council to its constituents.
    Does not however allow us to not pay our rates



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The draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme is now open for public comment.

Submissions close at 4.45pm on Friday, 12 April 2013.

The draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme will affect what you can do with your land, what your neighbour can do and what can happen in your street and neighbourhood. The new planning scheme will help Council to manage land use and development across the region in a sustainable way. It will help to plan for future growth while still ensuring that the Fraser Coast is a great place to live, work and play.

Council wants everyone to have their say on the draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies, so the Fraser Coast can develop in a way that is consistent with the community’s vision. Public consultation will run from 18 February 2013 to 12 April 2013, with plenty of opportunities for you to gain information, both online and in your local area. In addition to ‘drop in’ information sessions to be held in Tiaro, Howard, Maryborough and Hervey Bay and a dedicated Planning Scheme Hotline, town planners will also be available to answer queries at the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Customer Service Centres.

More here>>> Draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme

The draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme is now open for public comment and we want to hear from you.

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PET owners are being asked to pay premium charges to keep their beloved companions.
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Councils over rate the work involved with the pet brigade & keep some overzealous compliance officers in work.Justifying their jobs & positions by keeping fees high to register the pets and even higher again if a lapdog or a small cat escapes to threaten the population with carnivorous zeal.

The little old lady or the pet loving child gets threatened with the pets extermination or a huge fine with warning to the pet owner to remove the pet from their care if the killer cat or dog escapes again from their confines.

The entire issue of pet restraint and confinement and punishment is beyond belief.It needs total revision.This is an area for retirees & families & should be a haven for more pets not fewer.

The system created by the council is for finders of dogs to report to council,whereby as a result the offending escaped dogs owner will be charged extraordinaryly high fines for letting their killer lapdog or kitten escape.

A real aussie way.Dob in your neighbour so the council workers job is easier.

Council are experts at justifying their stand on pet matters & the charges they apply.The rates set as an example speak for themselves.We here at the Fraser Coast with lonely retired people & family facilities should be the lowest not almost the highest.

We the Fraser Coast are sending a message to any incoming retirees & families,


Convince your kids they need plastic toys not live animals-It’s far cheaper,

They poison our water without asking us & force us to drink it

now they inflict super high charges for keeping & or maintaining a pet

I have no pets but feel greatly for those people who are financially effected
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The $105 fee payable to maintain a whole dog or cat in the Fraser Coast is more than many other local government areas.

From a list of five Queensland councils, it was found whole cat owners in the Fraser Coast faced the second highest charge.

While people who registered whole dogs were slapped with the third largest fee.

The region also rated poorly in the desexed pet category, with locals asked to pay one of the highest charges.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said he believed pet registration fees were comparable to other local government areas.

“I do think they are fair,” Cr O’Connell said.?????

“In terms of compliance for animals and animal care, it’s one of the fairly significant costs of council…really, I see pet registration as an investment in the welfare of your pets.”

Cr O’Connell said the fees had been reviewed previously.

He said they would be assessed when budget discussions commence later this year and claimed the council was working within its means. He said a pensioner discount would also be discussed.


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  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $99.50 / pensioner $49.60
  • Bundaberg: $85 / pensioner $40
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Whole cat

  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $45.40 / pensioner $22.80
  • Bundaberg: $64 / pensioner $30
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Desexed dog

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51  / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $42.20 / pensioner $15.90
  • Bundaberg: $27  / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered

Desexed cat

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $22.80 / pensioner $11.30
  • Bundaberg: $21 / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered

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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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The decision to put the Fraser Coast’s water and sewerage infrastructure and servicing back into total council control is a major step backwards, says Tim Waldron who ran Wide Bay Water Corporation for 10 years.

“You should never move something efficient into something less efficient such as a council-local government-style entity and that’s what’s happening,” Mr Waldron said.

Last month the mayor Gerard O’Connell……


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THE proposed fishladder for the No 1 dam on the Burrum River will be fast forwarded as soon as practical, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell has said.

A condition of raising Lenthalls Dam eight years ago was that a new fishway be built and Wide Bay Water Corporation committed $3.2 million to the project in 2010 with the aim of completing it by June next year.

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But a detailed design has not yet been produced and with the council in the process of resuming control of the water body, the future of the project seemed in doubt.

However Cr O’Connell said the council and WBW had not met specifically to discuss the fish ladder but “the project remains a focus and will be progressed as soon as possible”.

“It is one of a raft of projects being undertaken by the water corporation that have been talked about as the corporation transitions to a business unit of council,” he said.

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