UPDATE: First council to adopt 'timber first' policy
12:40pm: CR PAUL Truscott has moved an interesting motion on the electoral boundaries for the Wide Bay region.
The full motion reads: "that the Fraser Coast Regional Council make a submission to the Australian Electoral Commission regarding the Federal electorate boundary changes suggesting that the Wide Bay boundary be amended to include the entire Fraser Coast local government boundaries."
The motion was carried 8-3.
12:25pm: DEPUTY mayor George Seymour has moved a motion to prepare a report on improving water quality in the Fraser Coast, following water issues throughout 2016 that included the mass death of fish in Urangan lakes.
Cr Seymour's motion urges measures that could improve the quality - including the dredging of silted-up lakes and raising the level of the out-pipe at Margaret St - be included in the 2016/17 budget.
"I get a lot of feedback about the quality of the lakes," he said.
The motion was carried unanimously.
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11.55am: CR LOFT was "excited" that the new Wood Encouragement Policy came to the table. And he's even more enthusiastic now that it's passed.
The Fraser Coast could now be one of the first councils in Queensland to have a Wood Encouragement Policy recommended from Timber Queensland.
The 'timber first' policy would mean council would start actively encouraging the use of wood in construction, with projects valued over $250,000 required to consider the use of timber in design briefs and contracts.
"It's nearly at the same height of the Mobility Mat we launched this week. This is a step in moving into the future...(it's) an exciting day," Cr Loft said.
The motion has been carried unanimously.
11.15am: THE Nielsen Park Boardwalk is a step closer to reality after the motion was carried 8-3.
Cr Anne Maddern sought to amend the motion to have council "give consideration to including the funding in future Capital Budget" instead of "include funding in future Capital Budget."
"I'm not suggesting it should be done tomorrow...but I don't want to see that work thrown onto the shelf somewhere," she said.
Cr Denis Chapman voiced strong opposition to the proposed boardwalk along Nielsen Park.
"At the moment, we've got a bicycle track through there with very little maintenance on there," he said.
The proposed boardwalk would cost roughly $528,000 (according to estimates) and would involve the construction of a 270m boardwalk with a viewing deck from Nielsen Park to Denman Camp Rd.
David Lewis claims the new boardwalk will enhance the vegetation in the area.
11.00am: COUNCILLORS have unanimously carried a motion to apply for the Building Better Regions Fund, which has several core projects for the region currently endorsed.
Funding for the next stage of development of the Maryborough CBD and the Youth Precinct and Adventure Park in Pialba are two of the projects being submitted for grants.
The council is wholly supportive of the project.
"We're looking for more and more of the government grants...this is a great focus on these, and an area where we need to concentrate even more on," Cr Loft said.
10.00am: THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has resumed sitting for another year, and the first meeting already has broad submissions on a range of topics.
Jannean Dean opened public submissions with calls for the council to help reduce drownings by making swimming facilities and pools more accessible to families.
"Our (swimming) facilities are very far under-utilised by the general public," she said.
"Not one child has moved onto the Maryborough Swimming Club from the council's Learn to Swim program. Numbers have significantly declined.
"Out of all the kids in Maryborough, surely there's more than that are interested and love to swim.
"Many people believe it's unfair as ratepayers they contribute to the $1.2 million Wetside...yet very few of them can afford to go to the Aquatic Centres across the Fraser Coast."