Residents want foreshore water park
CR STEPHEN Schwarten should think about the children of Yeppoon, say the four Baguley sisters.
At the Yeppoon All Abilities playground yesterday, eldest sister Krista Baguley said Yeppoon didn’t need a garden on the contentious foreshore development site, but a water playground with all the features which would be somewhere fun and safe for families to go.
And it seems the residents of Yeppoon agree with the 10-year-old.
On the streets yesterday, Cr Schwarten’s idea for a botanic garden featuring local fauna on the foreshore site was labelled as “ridiculous”.
Yeppoon resident Phill Robb said a garden would be taken over by the nearby flying fox colony, robbing it as an attraction.
Cr Bill Ludwig said Cr Schwarten was out of step with the Capricorn Coast community, and he should not try to dictate after three lots of community consultations for the project.
He said there was already a large reserve of native gardens “six times the size of the foreshore site” in Lammermoor and also Bell Park in Emu Park.
“The community made it very clear they want to see recreational-type facilities, water adventure playgrounds, kiosks and restaurants and boardwalks,” he said.
CEO of Capricorn Enterprise Mary Carroll said there was “great merit” in having both botanic gardens with some built form, but the potential block by the Government’s environment department had to be addressed.