FORMER Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten has called on Deputy Mayor Tony Williams to salvage the abandoned Fitzroy Riverbank redevelopment plan by supporting the construction of a fishing platform.
Mr Schwarten's plea came after Mayor Margaret Strelow and the Rockhampton Regional Council asked the Newman government to transfer $6 million previously set aside for the riverbank to infrastructure for the Gracemere Industrial Area.
Mr Schwarten said one of the original elements of the project was the construction of the fishing platform adjacent to the Cyril Connell Fields in Councillor Williams' division.
"Tony is a member of the Labor Party and is highly respected for his Labor values and working-class beliefs, so I am certain he would want to have this project go ahead to ensure that the working-class families in his division get the benefits of this facility," Mr Schwarten said.
Cr Williams yesterday said while he was completely in support of the riverbank redevelopment, he understood the need for industrial land in Gracemere.
"Priorities have changed since the original proposal came before council," Cr Williams said.
"It's a difficult decision but it's one that needs to be considered in the greater context of what will benefit the whole community."
Cr Williams said the industrial area would create jobs and keep rates down.
With regards to the fishing platform, Cr Williams said he was more disappointed about the loss of the proposed northside boat ramp.
"I would have liked to see that happen but it comes down to costs," he said.
Cr Williams congratulated Mr Schwarten on his efforts to develop the Fitzroy Riverbank, but said he stood by his vote.