Foreshore is overgrown hazard: Torquay association

ONE of the remaining areas of the Hervey Bay foreshore unaffected by vegetation works has been labelled an overgrown hazard.

The Torquay Progress Association contacted the Chronicle with the claims about a patch of dense bushland along the foreshore between Frank and Bideford Sts.

The problem has become a political hot potato with neither state nor local government departments taking responsibility.

Torquay Progress Association spokesman Brian Bynon said the area had become a potential fire hazard, a home to vermin and a hide out for drug users.

"The police didn't like it because they couldn't see through it," he said.

"It was a fire hazard, there are snakes there, there are rats there."

Divisional councillor Stuart Taylor said the land was classified as "vegetation of higher ecological significance" and the State Government had imposed certain management guidelines.

He said the council was limited in actions it could take.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said what happened with the land parcel was up to the council.

"The decision over any works or alterations to the vegetation on the foreshore is a council matter," he said.

"The State Government's role is to assess and approve-reject applications."