School may have to pay to put up sign in park

ST MARY'S College in Maryborough may be forced to install a sign at its own cost on a park the school leases from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

The council's chief executive Lisa Desmond has been given authority to negotiate a lease of C.H. Adam Park in Maryborough with St Mary's.

The park is used by the school as an oval, but still remains council property.

In the council's meeting on Wednesday, Councillor Rolf Light asked for St Mary's to install signs outlining times and days the public could use the park.

He said the times for the school to exclusively use the park should be only between 8am and 4pm.

Deputy Mayor Stuart Taylor chaired the discussion while Mayor Gerard O'Connell left the room due to a possible conflict of interest, because of former employment with the school.

Cr Light's reasoning for the timed lease to the school was the park belonged to Maryborough.

"This park was gifted to the people of Maryborough," he said.

In fiery debate, Cr Stuart Taylor was cut off by Cr Light as he argued the complications with liability.

"I'm allowed to state my view," Cr Taylor said.

"Schools operate much longer than those times.

"It's not normal for council to enter a lease agreement like this."

Cr Light's motion to force the school to install three signs and give Ms Desmond authority to negotiate a 10-year lease with St Mary's was carried 5-4.

St Mary's principal Graham Meertens said he would seek further information before publicly commenting.