Sewerage doesn’t sway MP on precinct

THE Fraser Coast needs infrastructure more than a one-stop sports precinct, according to Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders.

The state MP's indifference to the Sports Plus precinct brings into question where the funding will come from for the $55 million project.

Mr Saunders said last year he would not consider supporting State Government funding for the project until the council installed sewerage in Howard.

After the council last week announced plans to provide Howard with sewerage to the main street but not residential homes, the MP was still not convinced.

"I am not in favour of it because there are other issues," he said.

Mr Saunders said he would prefer to see state money spent on infrastructure such as the Maryborough-Hervey Bay and Urraween Rds intersection.

His comments are another blow to funding the project after the federal and state governments both refused $8 million in funding.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has set aside $10 million to fund the project.

The first stage is estimated to cost $15 million.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell acknowledged there were a number of projects in the region that needed State Government funding.