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Council meeting briefs

12 April 2017

Deputy Mayor
Councillor George Seymour was elected as Deputy Mayor of the Fraser Coast Regional Council at its meeting today (Wednesday, April 12).

Council appoints the position annually.

Leases
Council will offer a new lease to the Hervey Bay Potters Association on land in Totness Street for 10 years.

Council will offer a new lease to the Fraser Coast Outrigger Canoe Club for their compound next to the Scarness Caravan Park on the Esplanade for 10 years.

Smoking in public places
Council will introduce smoke-free precincts in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

The changes are in line with tough new restrictions introduced as part of amendments to the State Government Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 which took effect from 1 September 2016. 

At the Council meeting today (Wednesday, April 12), Council decided to designate smoke-free precincts at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre, community centre, WetSide, Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, Urangan Pier and Pier Park; the Brolga Theatre, Anzac Park, Brendan Hansen Park and Queens Park in Maryborough.

Once local laws are amended in early 2018 Council will be able to issue fines to people who continue to smoke in those areas.

Hand soap in toilets
Council will install hand soap dispensers in amenity blocks in its heavily used parks. 

The work follows a trial of soap dispensers undertaken in February this year in Anzac Park, Maryborough and Scarness Park, Hervey Bay.

Mary to replace stickman
Mary Poppins will replace the traditional stickman image on pedestrian crossing lights at five intersections in Maryborough.

The move will reinforce the link between the city and Mary Poppins Author PL Travers, the Mary Poppins statue and the annual Mary Poppins festival.
The intersections to be targeted are Kent and Richmond streets; Kent and Bazaar streets; Kent and Adelaide streets; Ellena and Adelaide streets and Ellena and Lennox streets, which are part of the Maryborough Story Trail.

Two intersections will be replaced this year and the rest will be replaced gradually as part of future intersection upgrades.

Soft plastic recycling 
In July Council will start a 12-month trial of collecting soft plastics for recycling at its Hervey Bay and Maryborough waste management facilities.

The existing Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is unable to process soft plastics. Soft plastics, such as single-use shopping bags, also interfere with the smooth operation of the recovery equipment.

It is hoped that by offering the recycling collection points at the landfill sites residents will stop putting soft plastics into the kerbside bins which will improve operations at the MRF.

Residents will be encouraged to continue recycle single-use shopping bags through programs operated by major retailers so the Council trial will focus on big box plastics (typically used to package large white goods such as fridges and washing machines) and shrink wrap. 

Transfer stations
When the Aramara landfill is revamped as a transfer station it will be open on Tuesday and Thursday morning s and all day Sunday.

It is anticipated that the Aramara transfer station will be completed in July, weather permitting. An awareness program to promote the new opening times will be conducted before the facility starts operating as a transfer station.

The transition of the site to become manned facilities will ensure Council operates the facilities in accordance with its environmental licences. 

Maryborough CBD Traffic
Council will investigate options for alternative traffic flows through the Maryborough CBD.

Beach lighting
Council will investigate lighting up a section of Scarness Beach until midnight nightly and installing CCTV cameras to monitor beach activity.

The section of beach included in the investigation stretches from the edge of the playground to the end of a grove of trees west of the jetty.

Urangan Markets
The permit to operate the Pier Markets at Urangan will be extended for 12 months.

The markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday in Pier Park at the end of the Urangan Pier.