Council planning scheme key to major residential development

THE future of a major residential development in Maryborough will rest on the Fraser Coast Council's final planning scheme, which is expected to be released in early September.

Hibiscus Gardens developer Bruce Sprake spoke at a special forum about Maryborough's biggest projects on Thursday night.

The community lifestyle village near St Helens has been fighting for approval for the past six years across three different councils.

Mr Sprake said while the latest council had been more proactive than its predecessors, the controversial planning scheme developed by the sitting council could mean the end of the project.

He said the 227-lot project would be doomed if the area remained zoned for industrial use only.

His submission to the council has called for the area to be zoned mixed use for both residential and industrial.

"It is our last chance," he told the audience.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the final planning scheme would differ from the draft scheme, particularly in Maryborough.

"In some cases it will be significantly different," he said.

The draft version of the scheme drew the ire of Maryborough businesses when it showed rezoning of key business areas outside the central business district.

Cr O'Connell said the planning scheme was expected to be sent to the State Government in mid August, and would take at least another fortnight to be endorsed.

Thursday night's forum also included updates on five other major Maryborough developments, including Timbers Reserve, RV Homebase, the Mary Harbour and Station Square Shopping Centre.

"We're just blown away by the potential of Maryborough," RV Homebase spokesman John Shadforth said.

Cr O'Connell also gave a presentation on the Marine Industry Precinct and a new industrial estate near the Bruce Hwy.

"We have a very rich history of boat building and maintenance and I think we can revisit those years," he said.