M'boro park safe after council backflips on sale
A MIX of people power and common sense has triumphed in a battle between local government and the public over a children's park on Maryborough's Dymock St.
Gees Park was one of 23 properties the Fraser Coast Regional Council called for tenders on late last year.
The park with swings and a slippery dip was popular with families and children from the surrounding neighbourhoods - so they formed a petition and collected 99 names after learning of the sale.
The council took the tenders into the confidential part of Wednesday's ordinary meeting, announcing once the meeting-proper resumed the park would be maintained.
When told of the news on Thursday, chief petitioner Ron Bates was pleased a common sense decision had been made.
"I'm pretty happy, yeah, because what we've heard around town, like the day we had a meeting with Chris Loft before Christmas last year, the next day it was advertised in the paper that they'd allocated $70,000 for park equipment in Hervey Bay," Mr Bates said.
"Then they advertised they were opening up two more parks in the Bay and wanted feedback on what to put in the park.
"I work 7am to 5pm every day and every second weekend and I live (nearby).
"We've been there since August and I take my kids (to the park) quite regularly, even though there's only two swings and a slippery dip."
The council announced a report would be made public on the matter, although it was unavailable on Thursday.