Mayoral candidates divided on development of original site

AN ISSUE close to the hearts of many Fraser Coast residents is the looming development of the Original Maryborough Site.

Led by incumbent mayor Gerard O'Connell, Fraser Coast councillors have endorsed a plan to sub-divide the State Heritage-listed site into townhouses.

The Fraser Coast's mayoral candidates have again been divided on the issue.

Cr O'Connell said progressing the development would be like business as usual if he was returned to office.

"I'm looking forward to seeing a great historical precinct take its rightful page," he said.

"We've allocated $250,000 each year over the next two years to preserve and promote the heritage of that site."

Chris Loft backed Cr O'Connell's plans.

"We're needing to improve that property the Old Maryborough Township," he said.

"I want to bring a new type of person to town who will buy and build nice homes - we've got to get the economy going."

Who would you vote for to become Fraser Coast mayor?

This poll ended on 26 February 2016.

Current Results

Lee Carter

2%

Gerard O'Connell

40%

Jannean Dean

17%

Chris Loft

32%

Steven Coleman

5%

Greg Schmidt

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Steve Coleman said he would like to discuss the issues about the development with Coast heritage experts.Mr Coleman was not sold on the proposed development but also unsure on what the future of the site should look like.

"I don't know whether the mix with modern housing and the Original Maryborough Site is a clever way to go," he said.

"Some form of construction probably needs to happen."

Tinana resident and mayoral candidate Greg Schmidt said something needed to be done as the site was costing ratepayers money.

"There's a minority that says leave it alone but it costs money to maintain," he said

"No one rides a horse anymore - something has to be done with it in a manner that the community is undivided over."

Jannean Dean was opposed to developing the site and said it should be left for generations to come.

"This place is living history - I will be a respectful guardian of this place," she said.

Ms Dean pledged to restore the site "to its original glory".

Using the site's history as its future is the goal of mayoral candidate Lee Carter.

"I would leave it the way it is and look at restoring it to a historical site," he said.