Luxury hotel and outdoor eateries part of Main St CBD plans

A LUXURY hotel, multi-level car parks and outdoor eateries have all been included in a plan to turn Hervey Bay into a "modern, innovative" city.

The Hervey Bay CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan, from Boat Harbour Dr to Charles St includes USQ, the Discovery Sphere and Pialba Place Shopping Centre.

That area either side of Main St is touted as the future CBD of Hervey Bay.

The plan also includes the Fraser Coast Regional Council chambers which are now at Tavistock St.

At the council's meeting in the Tavistock St chambers on Wednesday, councillors voted unanimously to endorse the CBD Renewal Master Plan.

Outside the meeting, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the plan had been formed after input from the business and development sector.

"I think this is a long time coming," he said.

"Hervey Bay continues to grow at a rapid rate - 3%.

"What's been missing is a dedicated master plan."

An option of making Main St one way in some sections is also canvassed in the plan.

In response to changing social and environmental conditions, the plan is able to be amended during the coming 20 years.

Cr O'Connell said the plan was the first step in transforming Hervey Bay into a modern, innovative city that's "well planned".

A place of hospitality of tourism, commercial and a chance for education and community needs," he said.

A working group made up of the council's executive team was formed and external consultation was done with developer Glen Winney and Hervey Bay RSL general manager Jason Lynch.

The master plan will be open for public comment from March 9 until April 3.

A four-hour public information session will be held at the Hervey Bay Community Centre at a time to be determined.

To view the plans or have your say, visit from Monday, March 9.

An Esplanade precinct master plan is currently being worked on.