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.
Police and SES stand watch over a motorist who’s vehicle stalled in flood waters on Kent Street, Maryborough Qld
THE mud may have washed away, but the scars remain in the hearts of Maryborough residents.
This time six years ago, more than 20 Maryborough businesses were filled with muddy water, and people were stranded in their homes.
The date was January 11, 2011, and Maryborough was experiencing its worst flood since the 1990s.
Over the next two days, 26 businesses were inundated, with losses totalling $4.5 million with a further $12 million in damages to Fraser Coast Regional Council infrastructure.
Melissa White from Earles Paint Place in Adelaide St said she remembered how quickly her team had to work to move the entire store’s paint supply to higher ground, in a race against rapidly rising waters.
“It was a quick one too as I remember, there wasn’t a lot of warning and I wasn’t able to get in again [after the floor was cleared], I remember I wasn’t able to get into the shop because it was so quick, I was stuck at home,” Ms White said.
“We pulled all the stock up and had it all ready and then we had to pull it all down after that.”
“It was worrying yes, it was just lapping the top steps, but it came into the bottom of the store and underneath,” she said.
“We used to have the bottle shop in underneath the back of the shop in 2011, so the bottle shop then was [flooded], it got quite damaged and we had to redo some panels, but we knew it was going to happen, we know we’re in a flood area.”
Ms White said owning a store in a flood-prone area meant inundation was something they always prepared for around this time of year.
“We prepare for it every year anyway but it’s always devastating when it comes through,” she said.
By the second day of the floods, The Pocket in Maryborough was also isolated.
Kevin Cordy has been living in The Pocket for 70 years, and has seen his fair share of Maryborough floods.
“We had no warning, it came up very quick,” Mr Cordy said.
“On the Friday, January 7 at 6pm, the water was just over the bank a little bit, but by 1am that night it had come up very quick, it came up very close.
“Normally floods come from Gympie and we have two or three days notice, this time it came up very fast, in six hours, and from a lot closer.”
It was around midnight that Mr Cordy heard a knock at his front door; it was his neighbour desperately asking for help to bring in his cattle.
But it was too late.
“I was able to get all of my cattle up in time, but my neighbour actually lost some,” he said.
“Some they found, some they found dead, they’ve got room to put them up, but they couldn’t get to that paddock before the water got there first.”
Mr Cordy and other residents in The Pocket were stranded for three days until the water levels fell below the road.
“I’m on a hill, the water comes up and surrounds us, but it’s something we’re always prepared for,” he said.
“I live on a farm and the wife has enough food in our pantry for about for six years, so there was no issue there.
“We just had to sit there and wait for the water to clear.”
It would be two years later when Maryborough would be hit by a more devastating flood on Australia Day, with water levels reaching more than 10 metres.
MARYBOROUGH QLD CITY CBD FLOOD MAP-1
More than 60 CBD businesses were hit and $15m in damage caused to council infrastructure.
MARYBOROUGH QLD CITY CBD FLOOD MAP-2
The council is now working on a multi-million dollar flood levy in the Maryborough CBD to prevent serious future damage, but that will not protect every business or home in the CBD.
A SNORKELLER is in hospital after the ninth suspected Irukandji jellyfish sting at Queensland’s Fraser Island in just over a week.
The 19-year-old man was stung on the lip while swimming in Coongul Creek on the western side of the island about 11am on Tuesday.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital.
Paramedic Phillip Switzer said the man didn’t see the jellyfish but experienced severe nausea, vomiting and pain within 10 minutes of being stung. The incident is the ninth suspected Irukandji sting at Fraser Island since December 22, with the venomous jellyfish positively identified as being responsible for at least one of the incidents.
Mr Switzer said all nine cases had happened on the western side of the island in its calmer and warmer waters.
“We have no evidence to say they are or are not Irukandji,” Mr Switzer said. “There are certainly jellyfish floating but no one’s actually caught one so we can’t disprove that they’re not Irukandji or a jellyfish in the same family that produced the symptoms of an Irukandji jellyfish.” Eight people were treated at Fraser Island for Irukandji-like symptoms in 2015, Mr Switzer said.
The Irukandji — the world’s smallest jellyfish — is usually found in waters north of Mackay, about 700km further up the coast.
Scientists predict the jellyfish, of which there are at least eight species, will reach the Sunshine Coast within the next two decades.
Victims initially experience severe nausea, followed by multiple bouts of vomiting, pain that normally begins in the back and radiates up the neck to the chest and abdominal cavity, leg pain and cramping.
Mr Switzer said anyone believed to have been stung by one should treat the sting with vinegar and call triple-0.
WILDLIFE officers are continuing their search for two crocodiles lurking in the waters of Maryborough’s Mary River.
Crocodile on river mud bank
After two crocodiles, one 2.5m long and the other a massive 4.5m long, were seen by wildlife officers near Grahams Creek in April this year, the hunt has been on to find the giant reptiles and relocate them further north.
While the floating trap in Grahams Creek remains empty, members of the public have reported sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection since the search began.
A spokeswoman from the DEHP told the Chronicle the most recent sightings were on Saturday, June 11, when a member of the public reported seeing two crocodiles one kilometre downstream from Beaver Rock.
“EHP wildlife officers conducted a vessel-based patrol but no crocodile was observed,” the spokeswoman said.
“There is a permanent crocodile warning sign in place at Beaver Rock boat ramp.”
The EHP wildlife officers will continue to remove the two confirmed crocodiles present in the Mary River, regular patrols are taking place and cameras have been set up along the river bank.
The floating trap in Graham’s Creek is being re-baited weekly and monitored daily by remote camera.
Members of the public are reminded that it is very important to use “CrocWise” behaviour at all times.
Obey croc warning signs
Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
Always supervise children
Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.
Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.
WILDLIFE officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are investigating after a recreational fisherman reported seeing two small crocodiles in the Mary River.
The two crocodiles, each estimated to be around 40 centimetres in length, were on top of debris drifting with the incoming tide in the middle of the main channel next to Baddow Island.
The animals disappeared into the water when they were approached.
They were spotted on September 1.
A vessel based patrol of the section of the Mary River between the Bruce Highway bridge and Lamington Bridge at Maryborough is planned by wildlife officers.
Efforts to capture two confirmed crocodiles in the Mary River are ongoing.
A floating trap near Graham’s Creek was re-baited and a low tide vessel based patrol was carried out on August 26 2016 between the Lamington Bridge and the Barrage.
Fresh crocodile tracks were observed on the river bank near the Bruce Highway bridge upstream of Maryborough. Members of the public are reminded to exercise CrocWise behaviour at all times. In particular:
· Obey crocodile warning signs
· Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
· Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
· Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
· Never provoke, harass or feed crocodiles
· Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
· Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
· Always supervise children
· Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.
Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.
TWO councillors have voiced their opposition to building high-rises in Hervey Bay, while others want to wait to consider the development application and how it fits into the town planning scheme before voicing any opinions.
Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour said he was against the plans for a 20-storey twin tower development in Urangan, which he described as a massive increase in density and not how the community wanted Hervey Bay to develop.
Division 1 councillor James Hansen agreed, saying it would change the character of Hervey Bay forever and for the worse, in his opinion.
Councillor Denis Chapman voiced his support for the project, saying it was crucial for the region to continue building infrastructure, which would lead to population growth and jobs.
“I think it’s great for our region,” he said.
“It’s the way of the future.”
He said in order to hold on to green space in the area, it was necessary to consider options like high rises, which would allow for housing while minimising the region’s urban footprint.
Councillor David Lewis said he was not generally in favour of 20-storey development in Hervey Bay, but as the previous council had amended the planning scheme to allow such developments, there may be little the council could do to refuse the application.
“It is entitled to be assessed on its merits in accordance with the scheme,” he said.
Mr Lewis said he felt a 20- storey development would significantly and irrevocably alter the character of the city and its shoreline.
“Previous councils had a policy of trying to limit buildings to no higher than the tree line,” he said.
“In part this took into account the view from the beaches and the sea.
“I think that was a good policy.”
Councillor Paul Truscott said the planning scheme specifically supported this type of development.
“I will consider the development on its merits when it is presented to full council,” he said.
Councillor Darren Everard said he also needed time to consider the application before voicing an opinion, while councillor Rolf Light said it would be inappropriate to make a comment before considering all the facts and whether the development met the criteria in the current town planning scheme.
Councillors Anne Maddern, Daniel Sanderson, Stuart Taylor and Mayor Chris Loft were contacted, but had not responded at the time of going to print.
**This is a great opportunity for us Fraser Coast residents to join the real world & get jobs & prosperity for the region.Not only in construction but thereafter with servicing the development & its occupants.We have many kilometres of beach shoreline in the Fraser Coast Region and just a tiny portion of that allocated for such a development is a pittance of a price to pay for the good it will do & bring to the community. Most of us are getting tired of this region being branded as one of the most unemployed regions in the nation.
The quicker this and similar developments take shape the better but in a controlled and well planned manner.
The proposed open-cut Colton coal mine is facing a legal challenge in the Queensland Land Court in Brisbane.
Community group Aldershot and District Against Mining has objected to the mine based on dust and noise concerns as well as Colton’s proposal to discharge water into the Mary River.
But Colton lawyer Damien O’Brien told the court the proposed water discharge was not involved in the mining process and was “chemically benign”.
Mr O’Brien said the discharge could help offset water released from an upstream sewage treatment plant.
“It’s actually of a cleaner standard than the water in the Mary River,” Mr O’Brien said.
He said the water was runoff collected from the mine and stored in a different dam than any water used in the mining process.
Mr O’Brien said experts from Colton and ADAM agreed on noise and dust restrictions – except for the possibility of real-time noise monitoring.
The hearing is expected to finish later this week.
EARLIER: Controversial New Hope Coal project dragged into court
A PROPOSED Fraser Coast coal mine will be the focal point of a Brisbane court hearing today.
The Land Court this morning will start hearing arguments in the legal challenge against the proposed Colton open-cut coal mine near Maryborough.
Aldershot and District Against Mining Group will argue the New Hope Coal project could put the Great Sandy Strait at risk if it is allowed to go ahead with plans to discharge untreated waste water from the mine into the Mary River.
The group will argue drinking water could be tainted, there will be excess noise from the mine and coal dust could also be a major issue for the residents of Aldershot.
The proposed mine is about 2km outside the village.
Numbers were down from previous years I was told but still some interesting outfits & people attended this famous & much loved event in Maryborough Queensland Australia. Some pics & stuff for your enjoyment below
Interesting article below from the Fraser Coast Newspaper where it was said that nice older guys are treated with suspicion . When I was covering this event with my sturdy Olympic hand camera & was videoing some of the patrons of this event in the street it was not appropriate that I was called a paedophile by one of the girls because I was filming the event & the group walking the streets for my web site www.frasercoastcentral.com.au
Sad when a citizen [an older one at that] cannot record an event such as this without some misguided person making comments that tarnish the integrity of the event.
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I am just grateful that this is probably a one off incident by a confused individual attending.
Most attendees were certainly a pleasure to praise in them adding colour & vitality to the city of Maryborough Qld
We must make allowances for drunken behaviour so we move on.
This comment is just to support the comments made below in the Fraser Coast Chronicle article