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Council meeting briefs

16 June 2017


Council will offer a new lease to the Lupton Park Community Garden Association over a section of the Lupton Park in Maryborough.

The group’s current three-year lease runs out in July. Council will offer a 10-year lease to the Hervey Bay Musicians over their premises in the Hervey Bay Arts Village in Bideford Street. 

Council will offer new leases to Vodafone to enable the company to hang telecommunications equipment off water towers on Council land in Urangan and Maryborough.

Council will offer a lease Regional Housing to set up in the Halcro Street Community Centre, Point Vernon. Regional Housing is taking over the operation of the Commonwealth Home Support Program. 

Beach mat

Council will soon call for expressions of interest from community organisations to manage a beach access mat.

The mat is rolled out across soft sand at the beach to create a stable pathway to the water. Council bought a mat last year and has conducted a number of trials on Hervey Bay beaches to pick a location where it can be deployed safely.

Council is now looking for a community group to take over the operation of the mat. The group would determine what days the mat is to be available, roll it out and retrieve the mat as well as storing the mat when not in use.

For more information on the expression of interest, contact Council’s Principal Officer Community Development on 1300 79 49 29.

Planning scheme amendment

Council will start work in July to bring the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme in line with the state government’s new Planning Act 2016

The new Act will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 on July 3.

The amendments will replace terminology from the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 with terminology consistent with the Planning Act 2016.

Advancing Aviation 

Travel agent Joe Minnegal, airpark developer Brad Tallis and aviation enthusiast Francois van Teijlingen, are the community representatives on the Fraser Coast Advancing Aviation Advisory Group.

The Council received 14 applications for the three community representative positions on the new advisory group.

Its terms of reference were also changed to expand its membership to include the Mayor, Chris Loft. 

The Advancing Aviation Advisory Group, which is headed by the Aviation Portfolio Councillor, Paul Truscott, will help Council develop business opportunities at Fraser Coast airports.

Sports grants

Council has boosted the funding pool available for improvements and upgrades to sporting and recreational facilities across the Fraser Coast from $150,000 to $2.5 million.

Under changes to the Council’s sporting grants scheme adopted on Wednesday, June 14 Council can provide up to $100,000 to an individual project.

The new policy comes just in time for groups to also apply to the Queensland Government’s Playing Places and Spaces funding program. Groups will be able to apply to both grants schemes to undertake larger projects. 

The 2017/18 round of Council’s Assistance to Sport and Recreation Organisations Capital Projects opens on Friday, June 23 and closes on Friday, 28 July.

Water quality

Council will develop a maintenance program for its 88 ha of urban waterbodies. 

While most of the waterbodies are stormwater detention basins, they are also important as wildlife habitats, provide tranquil areas for birdwatching and relaxing and add to our enjoyment and lifestyle.

The maintenance program will detail management criteria in order to develop a works program and budget.

The development of a region-wide maintenance program is the result of an investigation into a number of fish kills during recent dry weather and subsequent storms. It also ties together a number of water quality studies completed on individual lagoons and waterbodies.

Urangan Erosion

Council will push ahead with work to gain state government approval to take sand from the growing Dayman Spit to nourish beaches between the Urangan Pier and the aquarium. 

If successful, the work would be undertaken in two stages with 25,000 cubic metres being taken initially followed by a more than 100,000 cubic metres.

In the meantime Council will continue regular sand pushes, when possible, to maintain the Urangan beaches. 

In March Council used sand from Tooan Tooan Creek to nourish a 150m stretch of beach eastwards of the pier and a 15op metre section of Pialba Beach in front of Wetside Water Park. 

Transit centres

Council will contribute $50,000 towards a $250,000 Department of Transport and Main Roads feasibility study into locating a Hervey Bay Bus Facility in the Education Precinct in Old Maryborough Road. 

The department will also join Council to fund a $110,000 planning study to find a new home for the Maryborough Transit Centre.

In the meantime the department and Council have allocated $120,000 to relocate the Maryborough Transit Centre bus stop from the old Maryborough railway station to a new stop in Lennox Street near the Maryborough Services Memorial Bowls Club.

The stop would service long-distance coaches and the Queensland Rail bus service to Maryborough West Train Station. The stop is close to toilets and showers the McDowell carpark.

Sports Precinct

Tenders for stage one of the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct have been awarded.

The project is expected to take about five months to complete and work is expected to start later this year. 

Stage one involves levelling the ground, fencing, construction of the ring road and car park and the seeding of the fields out at the Nikenbah site.