An improved streetscape will be included in a new Hervey Bay CBD.
An improved streetscape will be included in a new Hervey Bay CBD. Contributed

Not all councillors in favour of a new Hervey Bay suburb

AS HERVEY Bay continues to grow at a rapid rate, the Pialba central business district could become its own new suburb with residents getting a chance to have their say on it.

At their meeting in Hervey Bay tomorrow, Fraser Coast councillors will vote on a report to progress the Hervey Bay CBD Urban Renewal Masterplan.

That plan was conceived under the former council and includes green spaces, a food precinct and office buildings in the area surrounding the Hervey Bay Community Centre.

The new suburb, known as Hervey Bay CBD will be located between Boat Harbour Dr, Charles St, Hillyard St and Hunter St; and include the Hervey Bay PCYC, Freedom Park, Pialba Place Shopping Centre and University of Southern Queensland.

Town planning councillor Daniel Sanderson said the move to isolate the Pialba CBD as its own suburb would give the precinct identity.

"It's to formalise what people have said for years and that is, does it have a city heart and can we create one," he said.

"It would be great to hear what the community has to say about the need of having a Hervey Bay CBD."

Cr Sanderson said the discussion about moving the council chambers to the area had not been discussed under the new council.

Deputy mayor George Seymour will vote against the proposal.

"I think it's unnecessary and a waste of time - it will be too hard to define the area of a CBD," he said.

"The suburb is Pialba, it's a Butchulla name - it's been Pialba for over a century."

Pialba comes from the indigenous word, Barilba - which is a type of crab that lives on the beach.

Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president Sandra Holebrook said the CBD would have a better chance of working if the council chambers were moved there.

"The problem with this place; it's got a history of being spread down the Esplanade," she said.

"When they wanted to put the council chambers there it made sense because you'd go in to do council business.

"Without council being there I don't see businesses wanting to relocate there - they were the anchor tenant." Tomorrow councillors will vote to write to the 226 affected property owners to notify them of the plan to name change.

If councillors endorse the report on Wednesday a submission will then be made to the State Government to consider it