Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting, Maryborough Chambers -
Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting, Maryborough Chambers - Valerie Horton

COUNCIL: Sport Precinct business plan survives meeting

UPDATE (12.30PM): THE business case for the Fraser Coast Sport Precinct has survived the council meeting, but the plan may not be formally adopted until a later date.

Today's motion only recommends the council receive the business plan and note its contents, rather than adopting or rejecting it.

Councillors voted 6-3, with James Hansen, Rolf Light and Denis Chapman voting against.

Councillor Stuart Taylor was not present for the vote due to a perceived conflict of interest he identified before the meeting.

Deputy mayor Darren Everard said the project constantly going back and forth in council was "horrendous" for the community.

"We need to go forward... otherwise Bundaberg or the Sunshine Coast will take our events," Cr Everard said.

Cr Truscott said the motion was only to note the report, and not adjust it, but said he welcomed  the move.

But Cr Denis Chapman exasperatedly said he couldn't believe it.

"There's no detailed drawings," he said.

EARLIER (12:10PM): MASTER planning for the development of a large park in Augustus Estate in Urraween will commence after a 7-2 council vote.

The planning of the park will be finalised by the end of the year.

Councillors David Lewis and Stuart Taylor voted against the motion.

Councillor Rolf Light was not present in the room due to a perceived conflict of interest he identified before the meeting.

EARLIER (11.30AM): A TOURISM program to increase Chinese cultural awareness and attract international visitors has been approved by councillors.

A delegation was also approved to travel to sister city Leshan to participate in the International Travel Expo in September, which includes the mayor, councillor Paul Truscott and local business, tourism and education delegates.

The Becoming China Ready program, designed by Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, aims to deliver a region-wide  approach to the international market and how the council can overcome issues like language barriers to increase tourism.

Proposals include teaching Chinese at Fraser Coast schools, strengthening the relationship between sister cities Hervey Bay and Leshan and focussing on a marketing campaign to attract travellers.

EARLIER (11AM): THE council has voted on a number of changes to a development along Drury Lane after residents from Yarrilee Dr objected to its environmental impacts.

Councillors voted unanimously to incorporate native bush seed mix and more native screening for residents.

A report will also be prepared on two additional motions in the item moved by Cr Rolf Light, one of them involving the development of an earth buffer zone.

EARLIER (10.30AM): THE business plan for the controversial Sport Precinct will be a hot topic of discussion as councillors debate the report in their meeting today.

Councillors have gathered in Burrum Heads today for the meeting, with a sizeable crowd in attendance.

Other items of interest in the agenda include a report on economic opportunities with China, a development application for a residential and district centre in Nikenbah, and land management plans for Cheelii Lagoon, Maria Creek and Round Island, among others.

A motion on backflow prevention devices will also be discussed in confidential.

More to come.