Candidates pledge move on Bay high-rise buildings

THE height of future Hervey Bay's buildings has been the focus of the region's mayoral candidates.

Last year the Fraser Coast Regional Council passed amendments to the planning scheme to allow 20-storey buildings to be built on the Esplanade only in Urangan.

If elected mayor, Lee Carter said he would push to return the region's town planning policy back to it was prior to amalgamation in 2008. "I think the Fraser Coast has always been against it (20-storey buildings)," he said.

Fellow candidate Jannean Dean agreed, pledging to consult the community on the issue. "We have already got a Gold Coast in Queensland, we don't need another one," she said.

Not standing in the way of progress, Tinana resident Greg Schmidt said he would cap buildings at 20 storeys with conditions, including jobs for locals.

Chris Loft was happy with one 20-storey building only in Urangan.

Steve Coleman said he was happy to leave the 20-storey provision, not expecting a developer to reach for the sky yet.

Incumbent mayor Gerard O'Connell stressed only one 20-storey building could be built on the Esplanade at the Urangan Boat Harbour.