HOPES for Granville’s $600 million Mary Harbour Project have been revived, with MSF Sugar chief executive officer Mike Barry revealing the development proposal was still being considered by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
The housing and lifestyle project looked to be dead in the water in December after the Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Act, introduced by Katter’s Australia Party and supported by independent member Billy Gordon and the LNP, was passed in the Queensland Parliament.
At the time MSF Sugar, which is owned by Thai company Mitr Phol, looked set to put the project on ice, with Barry saying the bill had created “uncertainty and discomfort” for the company.
However Mr Barry said that it would not cost Mitr Phol any additional money to let the council consider whether the project would get approval, a decision which was due to be handed down in April.
He said there was still time for changes to be made regarding the Sugar Industry Amendment Act.
“We think commonsense will prevail,” he said.
The bill was referred to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission by the Labor Government in the days after it was passed.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said he remained in constant contact with Mr Barry.
A letter had been sent from the Queensland Government to the Federal Government about the issue and Mr Saunders said they were willing to take it all the way to the High Court if necessary.
Attempts were made to contact member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen, but no response had been received at the time of going to print.
Head of economics for the Queensland Canegrowers Association Warren Sales said the bill was not controversial as far as growers were concerned.
He said the bill simply offered growers greater choice when it came to the marketing of their product and most were happy with their existing arrangements.
“It’s business as usual.”
There is uncertainty with people on this project Mary River.
Some kind of a con they say.
The way I see it they are having a go, the area would benefit big time in every way with this project. If FCRC are procrastinating then they are the problem.
We have elected & are paying them to make things happen.
Like solicitors.They should not tell u not to do something.
You pay them to make it happen & find a way to do it.
We must look at then councilor team we have on deck now to see if they have the metal, experience & ability 2 make things happen for the Fraser Coast.
Riding on the shirt tails of decisions already made by investors & developers by FCRC Councillors does not give our elected reps any brownie points.
We must make sure our council team is on the ball. Sorry so far.The election will determine the next level of expertise team in the Fraser Coast.
Talk fests & committees & groups & gonna do’s & shallow meaningless incentives???
See what happens next.
ONE THING 4 SURE WE NEED COUNCIL TEAM MEMBERS WITH REAL COMMERCIAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE. What have we now???
WHO R WE GOING TO ELECT 4 THE NEXT TERM??
WHO IS STANDING FOR ELECTED POSITIONS WITH COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE?
FAST PROCESSING OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS BY COUNCIL IS ESSENTIAL.
Anyway let’s see what happens.
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