Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell speaking at a forum about the Hervey Bay central business district.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell speaking at a forum about the Hervey Bay central business district. Contributed

One-way traffic, moving council admin among suggestions

PROPOSALS to introduce one-way traffic and to move the council's administration centre to the Hervey Bay central business district have been discussed, the council has revealed.

 Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was encouraged by the response from the 60 people at a forum for businesspeople and landowners on Thursday night.

"There was good discussion on the options for traffic movements, including proposals for one-way traffic," he said.

"Parking and the need to plan for more car parks and moving people easily around the CBD was a priority."

He said there was also keen interest in moving council's Hervey Bay administration centre into the CBD.

"Businesses see that moving council into the CBD would build critical mass - bringing people to the CBD," Cr O'Connell said.

"It's not just having the 130 council staff in the CBD.

"Having the administration centre there would give people a reason to visit the CBD."

Just on 30 submissions were collected after the meeting adding to a total of more than 100 submissions lodged about the council's master plan for the CBD ranging from a few lines to 11 pages.

Cr O'Connell said the feedback would be analysed by the CBD renewal project group to prepare an outcome report which would recommend any changes to the draft plan.

"The amended draft plan would then be presented to council for adoption," he said.

Cr O'Connell said the draft plan had certainly sparked debate.

"I think that the draft has certainly achieved its aim to spark debate about the future of the CBD and how the CBD should look and function," he said.

Developing the Hervey Bay CBD was a long-term project, city and town centre development portfolio councillor Daniel Sanderson said.

"While it will take years to reach fruition, residents can see the vision and we can all work together to develop a heart for Hervey Bay," he said.

"Some of the ideas suggested on the night, such one-way streets and traffic flow, were interesting and will need some further investigation which will take time.

"The constructive feedback and encouragement to get on with the job was very positive."