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We finally know future of Original Maryborough Town Site

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At Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Ordinary Meeting No. 6 on Wednesday there was a unanimous vote by councillors to use the site as a nature area with minimal embellishments. Music to my ears! Great decision. Good to see Council finally respecting the Qld State Heritage Listing. Many people fought to save this site which we say thank you: Councillor George Seymour, Councillor James Hansen, Sandra Armstrong, Save Maryborough Original Township Site Committee and members, advocates for heritage, environment, historians, Indigenous elders, culture groups and not forgetting the community. Without strong committed support we would not have these exhilarating, rare wins.

The vote to stop the push for an 89-lot residential development came after $651,000 was spent on designs and reports. This is a very good example of more wasteful spending.

Councillors now need to discuss plans to maintain and improve the site, especially after $500,000 was moved from the project and allocated to sinking the HMAS Tobruk on the Fraser Coast. After all they are guardians and should at the very least restore this site to the glory it once was. If they can waste over half a million on reports and remove allocated dollars then they can afford to make the repairs, replace the bins they removed and all the other changes they made in hasty preparedness to develop the site that didn’t get the go ahead.

With the right vision and community consultation this would value add to Tourism, Education and Environmental Portfolios. More jobs, more boosting of the economy and supporting small business.

#vote1 #janneandean4widebay #glt #ausvotes

Article Fraser Coast Chronicle 17th June 2016

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