Heritage bid to block beach development

A HERVEY Bay man is trying to stop beach-side development in its tracks by applying to heritage list all of the foreshore along the Esplanade.

Peter Schuback and a group of Hervey Bay residents will launch an application to have the esplanade's foreshore added to the state heritage register, after they learned about a controversial application by Enzo's on the Beach to expand on the water side of the foreshore.

"If they allow Enzo's to go ahead and build a two storey building there, what will be the next step?" Mr Schuback asked.

"Who will put the next, two four five six seven storey building on the esplanade?"

The imminent application comes off the back of a court settlement for Mr Schuback against the Fraser Coast Regional Council's proposal for an airstrip at Sunshine Acres.

Speaking to the Chronicle about the foreshore, Mr Schuback said the group of residents would put applications in to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, and he was confident of a victory.

"Because it's such a long distance between the Point Vernon end and the Urangan Pier end it could take them ten years to assess it all," he said.

"Once that's going ahead the council should not allow any applications to go through - no development at all.
 "We have the council by the balls."

But an Environment and Heritage Protection spokeswoman said development could commence even if a heritage application was being assessed.

"EHP is required to complete its assessment within 80 business days from receipt of the application," she said.

"However, if more time is required to make a thorough assessment this may be extended to 120 business days."

The council said Mr Schuback would need to conduct an investigation to identify its historical significance.

While a nomination is being considered by the council, development applications could still be assessed and determined and management plans actioned.

"If the foreshore was listed on the register then council, as would any owner of a heritage listed place or building, take that into consideration when developing management plans or processing development applications," Councillor George Seymour said.

But a relentless Mr Schuback continued to push the cause to save the ambience of the region,

"Don't destroy the fishing village because that's what people come here for," he said.

"You can build Hervey Bay, 100m back from the Esplanade."


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