John pushes for community discussion on site development
LOCAL resident John Peach, who is passionate about seeing something done with the old hospital site on Anzac Pde, says true diligence demands optimum use of all available assets.
"This is behind my suggestion for council to lease the old hospital site to a successful tender for a large hotel/motel and aquatic centre," he said last week.
His ideas and plans were printed in the Capricorn Coast Mirror recently to bring the issue to light and gain some community feedback.
"It can be done and I defy anyone to prove that it would not be a bonanza all round," Mr Peach said.
"From long experience I realise that big projects like this need both sound arguments and community support plus the chance to be properly considered and evaluated.
"Accordingly I have contacted all councillors, as they are the ones elected to represent us and theirs will be the final decision whether we give it a go.
"What I am now seeking is input from ratepayers, citizens, schools, parents, businesses and promotional bodies to get open discussion under way.
"Apart from being a ratepayer, there is no money in this for me, but the urge I have always had for my community to progress."
Mr Peach said the planned beachfront improvements could proceed with available funds but any reduction of visitor parking there would be counter-productive.
"Most of them just want to pull up to admire the lovely view and breathe the sea air. Far better toilets and washrooms would be a plus," Mr Peach said.
"Some of the expensive ideas like a floodlit fountain could be part of the frontage of the suggested aquatic complex.
"Why can't we stand on our own feet here and take full advantage of this unique and valuable ocean frontage and get progress under way instead of waiting for government decisions and handouts from Canberra or Brisbane.
"Of course we can do it, and even this year. It makes good sense now and for the future."