Norm Harrison and Kevin Coombs take part in the Moore Park Beach Community Information Forum on Friday night.
Norm Harrison and Kevin Coombs take part in the Moore Park Beach Community Information Forum on Friday night. Max Fleet

Residents welcome proposal

MOORE Park Beach resident Kevin Coombs is accepting Bundaberg Sugar’s proposed residential development at the village with open arms.

“Moore Park is a secret,” he said.

“It’s got a 17km beach no one knows about.

“We want shopping centres and we want to get a little community happening.”

But conservationists have voiced their grave concerns that irreplaceable wetlands and vegetation will  be destroyed if the company’s application for a 128-dwelling development bordering Gengers Road goes ahead.

About 60 people turned up to the company’s community consultation about the $45-million development, which was held in the village’s hall last night.

Steering away from a meeting-like format, information boards were posted around the hall, and seven technical experts  were on-hand to answer questions about the development application  with Bundaberg Regional Council.

Concerned naturalist Carl Moller said he did not like the format the consultation took.

“I think it’s good if comments can be aired publicly,” he said.

But Bundaberg Sugar’s general manager of administration Rod Young said feedback forms offered people a better chance to voice their concerns.

Mr Moller said his biggest concern was a loss of vegetation.

“I remember quite clearly the Sylvan Sands development in the northern part of Moore Park and, when that was being approved, the argument was that animals would move to nearby areas,” he said.

“Well, now we’re developing those places.”

Mr Moller said he would like to see the vacant blocks of land at Moore Park sold before more vegetation was destroyed.

But Mr Young said he was “quietly confident” the application would be approved by the council, with few hurdles to be conquered.

Moore Park Beach resident of 15 years Gail Anderson said her biggest concern was the main intersection, which would be created by the development at Murdochs Road.

“They need to start thinking about a roundabout for that intersection,” she said.

Bundaberg Sugar’s second community meeting about  the sand mine will be held today from 10am at the North Bundaberg State High School hall.



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