AUGUST - NOVEMBER 2009
WATER WONDER WORLD ON TRACK
The $12 million Water Education Park at Pialba is starting to take shape and is set to open by the end of the year. The interactive park will include wet play areas, light shows and educational ‘pods’.
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Well Done! Our Fraser Coast region recently scooped the pool in the 2009 Ergon Energy Tidy Towns Regional Awards. Hervey Bay was named Wide Bay Burnett’s Tidiest Town, and will go on to contest the state finals later this year. Maryborough won the Friendliest Town, the Fraser Coast Junior Council won the Young Legend’s award, Hervey Bay was awarded the Resource Recovery Award for its Nikenbah Recycling Centre, and also the Energy Conservation champion. All regional category winners now contest the state finals in their category. Mayor Mick Kruger said: “This is a fantastic effort by council, the business community, community organisations and volunteers.”
Council Contacts Ph: 1300 79 49 29 Fraser Coast Regional Council PO Box 1943, Hervey Bay Q 4655 F (07) 4197 4455 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration Centres Hervey Bay 77 Tavistock Street, Torquay Q 4655 Open 8.15am–4.45pm (receipting until 4.30pm) Maryborough 431 – 433 Kent Street, Maryborough Q 4650 Open 8.15am–4.45pm (receipting until 4.30pm) Tiaro Tom Gee Memorial Library Forgan Terrace, Tiaro Q 4650 Open 8.30am–4.30pm (closed 1pm - 1.30pm) After Hours Ph: 1300 79 49 29
Did you know that each month Council’s Customer Service staff serve around 2,500 people at Council’s three administration centres and answer an average of 8,330 phone calls?
From the Mayor From books on Library shelves to strategic economic development, from parks and festivals to servicing more than 3,200 kilometres of roads – it is an exhaustive list.
As you read this special budget edition of Fraser Coast Living you will get an insight into some of the services, facilities and strategic developments that Council provides, which your rates go partway towards funding. Yes, those unavoidable rates notices have appeared in your letter box. The global financial crisis, price hikes, interest rate cuts and a $14 million dollar shortfall in State Government funding impacted heavily on this budget. But we’ve worked hard to keep the rates rise low, and the investment in our region high.
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Council has developed a Customer Service Charter that outlines our service commitment to you and promises to strive for excellence in customer service across all departments. To help us provide the best possible service we value your feedback. If you have been impressed by a Council employee who has exceeded your expectations, then please let us know by nominating them for a Customer Service Award. For more go to www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au
With the 2009 / 2010 Budget completed, Council’s major focus moves to its new Economic Development Strategy, which outlines the key goals and future direction for the Fraser Coast. As one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, the Fraser Coast faces challenges as well as untold opportunity. By working together, Council, business and the wider community can ensure our economy is progressive and resilient, and we become a leader of sustainable development. On a different note, I would like to thank all the residents who completed our recent communications survey. We have taken your comments on board and I hope you will see the results reflected in this newsletter and in our other publications. Cr Mick Kruger Mayor - Fraser Coast Regional Council Publication details Fraser Coast Living is produced and published by the Fraser Coast Regional Council and delivered quarterly to all residents and businesses. This publication is printed on 100% recycled paper. The cost of this publication is 42 cents per copy which includes printing and delivery by Australia Post.
Disclaimer Every effort was taken to ensure the information in this newsletter was correct at the time of printing.
Other Council officers also receive an average of 2,500 action requests a month, covering anything from lost dogs to complex planning applications.
Have your say To comment on this newsletter or provide feedback on other Council activities log on to www.frasercoast. qld.gov.au and click on the “Have Your Say” quick link or mail your comments to: The Communications Team Fraser Coast Regional Council PO Box 1943 HERVEY BAY Q 4655
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How can you miss something this big... when it’s right on your doorstep? Now is the time to experience Hervey Bay’s incredible whale watching with discounts of up to 50 percent for locals. Simply use your Staycations card - available to all Fraser Coast residents – to access special deals for you, your family and friends. Staycations is about taking a holiday at home and enjoying all the attractions
on offer in your own backyard. By joining you can take advantage of offers to over 50 Fraser Coast attractions, tours and businesses – including accommodation, fishing
tours and dining. For details on Staycations, including how to join and for a list of participating whale watch operators go to www.livelifehappy.com.au or contact a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre.
Hervey Bay’s whale watch season runs from July to early November.
Visitors sample the essence of Fraser Coast Sharpening our market position and providing strategic tourism support are key priorities for Council as the Fraser Coast enters the start of its peak tourism season. And the outlook is good – with impressive tourism figures, two major cooperative marketing campaigns and a new Visitor Information Centre at the Hervey Bay airport in time for the start of the whale watch season. Council recently teamed with Tourism Queensland, Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism and local operators for two co-operative marketing campaigns. One campaign lures fun-seeking Sydneysiders to the region, and the other promotes the Fraser Coast as Australia’s
best destination for whale watching. Mayor Mick Kruger said Council had invested heavily in the support of tourism in its recent budget – allocating $489,000 to marketing and tourism initiatives over the next 12 months, to support its aim to increase tourist numbers by 5% each year. Tourism is a mainstay of the Fraser Coast economy, with around one million domestic and international tourists visiting the region in the 12 months to March 2009, he said. “The whale watch industry alone is worth over $80 million a year to the local economy and Council will continue to do all possible to assist this industry further.”
Council will spend $475,000 this financial year operating its four Visitor Information Centres (VIC) in Tiaro, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and the new airport centre. Called Quintessential Fraser Coast, the accredited VIC will double as a gift and keepsake shop. During 2008/2009 74,500 visitors were serviced by our VICs.
Strategy shows the way ... It is one document, but it packs considerable punch. The Fraser Coast Regional Council is developing an Economic Development Strategy to be used as a road map to navigate the region’s development for the next four years. Mayor Mick Kruger said it would also position the Fraser Coast for the future well beyond 2013. “The policy review, research and the community and business
consultation undertaken to develop this strategy has given Council some guiding messages,” Cr Kruger said.
broad economic and community development.
“Council will be a leader and give direction, facilitate local infrastructure developments and improvements and build partnerships for economic development.”
“The economic climate of 2009 also demands a prudent path; one tempered with our reduced capacity to source projects, however we hope over the next few years we can become bolder with our initiatives and let the plan fully unfold.”
Cr Kruger said one of the main challenges would be to balance regulation with facilitating
The strategy can be viewed on www.frasercoast.gov.au from early September.
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Making a statement
Take a look at Hervey Bay’s long awaited entrance statement. After considering several concepts Council has selected a strong stylised design which reflects Hervey Bay’s iconic Pier and its most famous visitor, the humpback whale. The Entrance Statement, to be installed on Scrub Hill, also incorporates regional branding with elements including large scale wave shapes manufactured from polished stainless steel and a symbolic “HB Shell” pattern. The sign complements others already rolled out as part of a region-wide signage project. Signs have already been erected at the Hervey Bay Library/ Gallery, Hervey Bay airport and car parks in Maryborough. The next phase will include Tiaro’s entrance statement. Hervey Bay’s new Entrance Statement will also celebrate the area’s local, distinctive talents, with elements to be manufactured by local craftspeople.
Waste not, want not The frames are up on the first building at Maryborough’s Recycle Centre which is expected to be operational by the end of the year. The facility will include a drop-off shed for domestic recyclables and a sales shed similar to the one at the Nikenbah Recycle Centre in Hervey Bay. Recyclables from the Maryborough, Tinana, Granville, Yengarie and later Bauple refuse sites will be transferred to the
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new facility where they will be resorted and sold.
• Nikenbah Transfer Station, 7.30am-5pm
About 70% of the refuse in Hervey Bay is recycled through the Nikenbah Recycle Centre and the same is expected for Maryborough. “This recycle facility will be a great asset for Maryborough and the Tiaro and Woocoo areas,” Council’s Business Development Portfolio Chair, Cr Barbara Hovard said.
• Toogoom Landfill Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 1pm-5pm
Budget Update Council’s 2009/10 budget includes $700,000 allocated for improvements to landfill sites and gas collection infrastructure. Council’s regional waste service improvements include extending the two-bin service, improvements to transfer facilities which will now be manned when they are open and the new transfer station and recycling centre at Maryborough.
• Maryborough Landfill 7.30am-5pm • Howard Transfer Station Wed, Sat, Sun 8am–noon • Burrum Heads Transfer Station, Sat 12 noon-4pm, Sun 8am-12 noon • Granville Landfill Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 7am-noon • Tinana Landfill Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 7am-noon • Yengerie Transfer Station Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 7am-noon • Bauple Transfer Station Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 7am-noon • Dunmora Transfer Station Closed
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure Have you visited the Reuse and Recycle Market Centre at the Nikenbah Transfer Station in Hervey Bay? They have everything from gates, swings, windows, gum boots, toys, books – even the kitchen sink! The Centre is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Pick up and delivery may be arranged for large items with prior notice. 300 443 805.
Fraser Coast Regional Council NEWS
The power of one When it comes to water and sewerage services, it is business as usual for residents with the merging of Council’s two water units, Fraser Coast Water and Wide Bay Water Corporation. But behind the scenes, the merger will bring cost efficiencies and increased opportunities for the whole region, Portfolio Councillor for Water and Sewerage Infrastructure, Julie Arthur said.
Flushed with success Wide Bay Water’s soon-to-beopened Nikenbah Wastewater Treatment Plant has won a prestigious Institute of Public Works Engineering award, recognising it as one of the state’s top engineering projects. Acting CEO David Wiskar said Nikenbah was one of the largest and most complicated projects that the Corporation had ever delivered.
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“It means that Fraser Coast residents will benefit from the award winning technology that Wide Bay Water Corporation brings. Water staff will also benefit from having access to the latest technology, giving them increased job opportunities and job satisfaction”. “There is still a lot of work to be done to finalise the merger, after which advanced planning can take place to look at capital works, maintenance and asset replacement programs,” Cr Arthur said.
The new body will retain the Wide Bay Water name. Current water management restrictions remain - go to www. frasercoast.qld.gov.au for details. For information on water, including charges, faults and sprinkling restrictions call:
1300 79 49 29
Council will allocate almost $10 million to improving water and sewerage services in Maryborough and $27 million on water and waste water infrastructure in Hervey Bay. Major projects include a submarine line under the Mary River to Granville and realigning sewer mains in Maryborough.
“While everyone at WBWC has had a part to play, most of all, this award recognises the professional work of the engineering team, ” he said. And while the people who clean and recycle what we flush down the drain usually toil behind the scenes, one is in the spotlight thanks to another award. Wide Bay Water’s Brian Caplick recently won the Leon Henry Operator award at the Australian Water Association’s Water Industry Operations Awards. “This accolade essentially affirms him as the best treatment operator in Queensland,” Mr Wiskar said.
Development services go hi-tec Council has joined with InfoMaster and the Queensland Government to implement online planning and development application tracking software. Development application tracking allows development applicants, businesses, developers and members of the public to view and print information and track the progress of development applications online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new program was launched to the Development Industry and interested public on 12 August and received very positive feedback. To access PD On-line log onto Council’s website and click the PDOnline Quick Link.
There has been much debate about Council’s recent increases in infrastructure contributions for developers. These contributions are usually attached as a condition of a development approval and may require a developer to pay some of the costs and/or construct trunk infrastructure, such as sewage and water. Council’s new planning scheme policy identifies all infrastructure needed to service existing and future populations of Hervey Bay – however developers are only asked to contribute towards what is required for their development and Council funds any shortfall.
Budget Update Council has committed $800,000 to develop a regional land use strategy that will plan for self sustaining communities designed for “living” which embrace the character, lifestyle and environment of the region within manageable growth targets. This planning framework will guide the region’s future growth and prosperity while protecting and preserving the intrinsic character of our unique communities.
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Budget ... Moving our region Council’s latest budget concentrates on building for our future The recently adopted 2009/2010 budget focuses on delivering important community services, stimulating our economy, protecting and creating jobs and building essential infrastructure for our region. Even with its extensive list of projects, there is only a modest overall increase of 6.20% in general rates. To keep rates as low as possible, Council also looked at its efficiencies and has indentified ways to reduce operational costs by 3%.
Where the money goes
the money comes from: Where theWhere money comes from
Where the capital investment is spent: Loans 17%
Interest Revenue Dividends 4% 1%
General Rates 38%
Sew erage 17%
Airport 2% Coastal Mgmt 3%
Grants & Subsidies 10%
Cultural/Community Facilities 7%
Developer Contributions 5% Fees, Charges & Other 12%
Utility Charges & Levies 13%
Budget Fast Facts
Drainage 4% Park & Rec Facilities 5%
Art & Culture
Building Better Roads - $24 million Fraser Coast Regional Council maintains a road network of over 3,200km. During this financial year, it will invest $24 million to improve the network, including the much anticipated rebuilding of Hervey Bay’s Main Street. Council will allocate $2.6 million on upgrading rural roads, including $753,000 for the next stage of the Craignish Road reconstruction, $220,000 for Tinnanbar Road, $209,000 for Cauleys Road, $159,000 for Old Gayndah Road and $119,000 for Four Mile Road. Another $4.1 million will go towards gravel road resurfacing and sealing. Supporting economic prosperity - $3.23 million Council has allocated $340,000 to economic development to encourage business and investment, and cultivate a diverse regional industry base. A further $2.89 million has been allocated to Development Services to ensure the timely processing of development applications and building permits. Providing diverse cultural experiences - $2.54 million Cultural experiences that promote participation and enjoyment are a Council priority. It will spend $1.4 million to revamp Gatakers Warehouse into an arts and cultural hub called the Maryborough Artspace and allocate $346,000 to the Regional Art Gallery in Hervey Bay and $319,000 for cultural services. A further $476,000 will go towards the operations of the Brolga Theatre. Protecting our community - $800,000 Council has allocated $800,000 to support and implement effective disaster management planning and response. This includes funding for an automated flood search, refining disaster management plans, a storm tide study and $463,000 towards the Council’s Disaster Management section and financial support for the region’s seven SES groups. Urangan Pier - $740,000 The Urangan Pier is a much loved icon, and in acknowledgement Council is continuing its $2.5 million restoration of the 92-year-old Pier, with a further $740,000 allocated for the Stage 2 in 2009/10. Since March workers have been replacing rotting wooden pylons with steel ones on the final 221 metres of the 880-metre pier. Work is on track to be finished by Christmas. Supporting our communities - $468,000 Council has allocated $468,000 in sponsorship and assistance to community and sporting groups. Groups can apply for a 100% concession on general rates and a 50% concession on water and sewerage rates.
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forward Major Projects on the go Major projects to provide much needed infrastructure and smaller projects to enhance our fantastic Fraser Coast lifestyle – Council plans to invest $66 million in capital works projects on the Fraser Coast over the next 12 months.
Happy Healthy Communities Our regional parks and recreation spaces will benefit from upgrades and improvements worth over $2 million over the next 12 months, as part of Council’s desire to support a healthy, happy Fraser Coast community. Projects include $600,000 to develop Seafront Oval at Pialba into a premier multi-use open space; $308,000 for soft fall and edging around playgrounds within Maryborough; and $240,000 for public
amenity upgrades. Improvements are also planned for the Maryborough Showground and Equestrian Park, with $330,000 allocated for upgrades to facilities. Fraser Coast Regional Council maintains an extensive network of open spaces – including botanic gardens with 19th century heritage features, seaside retreats, unique bushland settings, lagoons and wetlands. For a list of parks go to www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au
PCYC expansion to attract state and regional events The final touches are being put on the plans for a third multi-purpose court at the Hervey Bay PCYC.
It will also enhance the venue’s ability to stage indoor events such as trade shows and exhibitions.
The extra court will allow the PCYC to increase its visitations by 50% to more than 100,000.
The court will be able to cater for basketball, netball and futsal games as well as other sports.
The PCYC, which was built after the community got behind a fundraising campaign spearheaded by the combined service clubs in the Bay in the 1990s, is at bursting point. Last year there was approximately 67,000 visitations (a person taking part in an organised activity).
The new court will be built on a grassed area between the PCYC and the existing netball courts. The netballers, PCYC and Fraser Coast Regional Council are working together to ensure the project and relocation of netball facilities runs smoothly.
The additional court will enhance the region’s sporting facilities and make it easier for Fraser Coast clubs to attract events of state and regional significance.
MANGROVE MANAGEMENT for Mary River A plan to manage mangroves in the city reach of the Mary River is being developed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council. The plan follows on from work started by the former Maryborough City Council to remove mangroves from the river when it developed the Mary River Parklands. Council worked with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries to remove mangroves to install the Queens Wharf. The mangroves were removed on a no-net-loss basis which means mangroves were planted in another location to replace those removed.
The Council is now preparing a Mangrove Management Strategy that will concentrate on the section of the river between the Brolga Theatre and the Granville Bridge, an area earmarked by the Council for potential development. The area will be broken into a number of management zones. Each zone will have a management strategy tailored to its needs based on potential development and the need for access to the river. The management strategies in the plan may include tree removal and pruning.
More room for External Services Work has started to expand the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Ellengowan Street depot. The expansion is to accommodate all of Council’s External Services staff in one location. Previously staff had been split between the Tavistock Street administration centre and the depot. It will also allow staff housed in leased office space across Hervey Bay to move back into the Tavistock Street admin centre. The $600,000 project is being undertaken by local contractors S and S Rhind.
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COUNCILLOR UPDATES Cr Sue Brooks I recently attended a gathering at Rainbow Gully in Grevillea Street (Hervey Bay) organised by the Transition Towns team. Though this park has been somewhat neglected recently I hope we can revitalise interest in the site. It was uplifting to see everyone wandering along the paths and learning about hydroponics, chooks, permaculture and vegetable gardening. Rainbow Gully contains many fruit trees and also has raised beds which can be accessed by anyone in a wheelchair and is easier on those creaky backs of ours. I can’t help but admire those community spirited people who roll their sleeves up and get on with doing things. They have realised that nothing much happens if they simply sit and talk. Rainbow Gully is a great example of a community working together with Council. Please contact Council if you would like to help with this park or another near where you live. I’m also keen to explore the development of community gardens throughout the region so please do let me know if you are interested. Cr Sue Brooks, Environmental Sustainability Portfolio M: 0409 485 818; E: email@example.com
Cr Anne Nioa Over the past months many events have been held on the Fraser Coast - The Worlds Greatest Pub Crawl, Mary Poppins and the Whale Festival to name a few. There are many reasons for Council to put so much effort and time into these signature events - community involvement and enjoyment, profile for our region and most importantly economic stimulus. Over 10,000 people descended on the Fraser Coast for the June long weekend (Pub Crawl), ensuring that motels were booked out weeks in advance, businesses were busy and our region was buzzing. Our post event investigations indicate that approximately $1 million was injected into our community. Hotels, bands, security firms, beverage and food suppliers, hire companies and the employment of over 300 staff all enjoyed the flow-on effect from the Crawl. This type of injection into our community (during tough times especially) can not be underestimated. Successful events also encourage our visitors to return for a repeat visit, and hopefully they will stay longer and enjoy all that this wonderful region has to offer. Cr Anne Nioa, Marketing and Tourism Portfolio M: 0418 741 624; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cr Les MucKan As the Community and Recreation Portfolio Councillor I would like to publicly thank the Community and Recreation team for their efforts which are a mainstay of the lifestyle we all enjoy and one of the reasons we are such a desirable place to visit. The team is a good example of the saying that ‘there is no “I” in TEAM’. Some of the areas the team have improved in our region throughout the year are: Street and parks tree maintenance/planting; Natural area maintenance and restoration; Facility management and maintenance (park assets including shelters, toilets, BBQ’s, garden beds, paving, tables and seats); Open space mowing; Weed management; Playground maintenance; Floral displays; Tours of Botanic Gardens and Orchid House; Plant/weed identification; and Coastal asset maintenance. Current capital projects inlcude continuation of the LINK corridor, Poona foreshore, Montgomery Vine Forest, Tinnanbar and Munna Creek shelters. Cr Les MucKan, Community and Recreation Portfolio M: 0407 653 133; E: email@example.com
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Cr Julie Arthur Fraser Coast Regional Council is fortunate to be trustee for a large parcel of land that is known as the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park. Over recent months a number of district and state competitions have been conducted as well as community open days allowing residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of activities at the facility. Council established a Maryborough Park Users Group consisting of representatives from the regular user groups at the facility for the purpose of: providing “a voice” for user groups in relation to management and operation; providing advice to Council in relation to the continued development of events and community activities; and keeping informed of issues relevant to the implementation of the Maryborough Park Master Plan. My role as Chair is to ensure meetings are conducted in an efficient and timely manner. The representatives from the regular users have welcomed the opportunity to meet and discuss issues on a regular basis which has proved to be an excellent form of communication between respective organisations and Council. Cr Julie Arthur, Water and Sewerage Portfolio M: 0458 100 228; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cr Debbie Hawes A warm hello to everyone! Hope everybody is surviving the cooler weather and fighting off the prevalent winter flus and bugs. Council has just come through the budget process with some significant changes especially the equalisation of rates right across the whole area. It was a difficult course of action but one we have to undertake in bringing the region together. The exciting recent visit from the Prime Minister caused a flurry of activity and provided us with the opportunity to request some extra much needed funding - so keep fingers crossed! Some impressive events have been happening across the region but must mention the Teebar Country Stampede. Attendance exceeded expectations and the numbers and quality of the competitors in the rodeo and campdraft was breathtaking. Brooweena was bursting at its seams for the Q150 celebrations with lager phones, billy carts, historic vehicles and non-stop entertainment galore. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of these events. A thought to leave you with - Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. (Josh Billings). Cr Debbie Hawes, Strategic Policy and Sustainability Portfolio M: 0458 100 224; E: email@example.com
Cr David Dalgleish Speed signage has been installed on Fraser Island in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents and more specifically encourage 4WD vehicles to drive to the various road conditions. The following road works are currently being undertaken as part of Council’s capital works programme. Tinnanbar Rd is under major reconstruction. The work involves reconstructing the existing pavement and bitumen sealing the surface. Recent upgrading works have been completed on the Nikenbah - Dundowran Road. Works undertaken included the realignment of the existing road to improve visibility. As a result of a severe storm event which occurred earlier this year, Council’s operational staff have worked tirelessly to complete a gravel resheeting programme across the Tiaro and Woocoo areas. Roads affected by this major storm event had most of their gravel surface removed. To the staffs’ credit the roads are now in a serviceable condition. Cr David Dalgleish, Rural and Urban Infrastructure Portfolio M: 0417 777 194; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Work is now under way for the development of the Maryborough Art Space in the old Gatakers building in Wharf Street. This will eventually become a 4 unit space for the sharing of all facets of art groups in the area. A public meeting was held in July to develop the management of this facility. Hopefully the work will be completed by December 2009. The new electronic tagging should be operational in all Libraries in the region by mid August 2009. This will simplify the checkin/checkout of books in the Hervey Bay and Maryborough Libraries, but will also be utilised by the smaller libraries. Re tagging of the books has been underway for quite some time in all Libraries. Applications have been called for Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF). These will close early September. Please check the council website for further information, at www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au, go to community then grants.
It’s festival time on the Fraser Coast – I hope residents are getting out and about to enjoy some of the fun. The Ranger Jay pet walk was a great success again at both Ululah Lagoon and Dayman Park. It was my pleasure to present “Aussie Host” certificates to a lovely group of volunteers recently. These volunteers had completed the training programme which is designed in conjunction with Tourism Queensland to give our volunteers extra skills to help them as they go about their volunteer activities at our visitor information centres in Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Tiaro and at the airport in Hervey Bay. I am so pleased to be part of a community that has such a large volunteer population. Council really appreciates the help of these dedicated community members who give up their own time to help others. Once again I attended the Teebar Rodeo and would like to pass on my congratulations for another very enjoyable event – and a great home cooked burger to boot.
Cr Linda Harris, Art and Culture Portfolio M: 0417 711 993; E:email@example.com
Cr Belinda McNeven, Corporate Governance Portfolio M: 0417 777 206; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cr Gerard O’Connell As a council we have achieved a considerable amount in economic development in the months since amalgamation. This includes participation in the creation and development of the USQ Centre for Economic Development and Enterprise (CEDE) model and promotion of the Economic Development Unit (EDU) through several websites (FCRC, frasercoastjobs.com.au, frasercoastbiz.com.au and Fraser Coast Enterprise Zone www.fcez.com.au); and continued support for a variety of agencies and industry groups in developing skills as well as progressing plans for marketing and initiating projects. We supported the Regional Tourism Board Skills Formation Strategy, worked with Wide Bay Aviation and supported the Maryborough Marine Industry Park project. We are now preparing to present Council’s Economic Development Strategy as a roadmap to developing relevant networks, systems and skills necessary for a modern, knowledge-based and resilient economy - a future of appreciating our assets and resources and helping this region reach it’s full potential. Cr Gerard O’Connell, Economic Development Portfolio M: 0438 231 868; E:email@example.com
Cr Barbara Hovard Don’t be misled by the title ‘Tidy Towns’. The Ergon Energy Tidy Towns Awards organised by Keep Australia Beautiful are about much more than tidiness. They provide a benchmark for councils aiming to provide the best lifestyle for their communities whilst remaining sustainable and environmentally friendly. The fact that the Fraser Coast took out 5 of the 11 awards confirms that we’re on the right track. Hervey Bay’s natural beauty combined with community/council partnerships earned high praise from the judge in awarding the city the Tidiest Town of the Wide Bay Burnett. The genuine friendliness and obvious civic pride of Maryborough’s residents ensured Maryborough added another Friendliest Town title to its impressive list. Our Junior Councillors were recognised for their enthusiastic efforts with the Young Legends Award and the amazing staff and volunteers at Re-use and Re-cycle blitzed the field to take out the Resource Recovery Award. Hervey Bay’s energy saving initiatives earned the city the title of Energy Conservation Champion. We always knew our Fraser Coast was the best. Now we have the trophies to prove it. Cr Barb Hovard, Business Development Portfolio M: 0418 797 165; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
You said ... we listened ... In formulating the budget, Council listened to the community. The condition of roads, provision of waste services and the maintenance of parks and natural areas was high on the list of priorities raised at community briefings held across the region. Community Briefings have now been held at five localities around the Fraser Coast - Broweena, Tiaro, Boonooroo, Howard and River Heads. According to Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Brien, the purpose of these briefings is to get feedback from the residents about their community and Council services in relation to that community. “Briefings have been well attended and the discussion has sometimes been lively. I definitely feel this is a worthwhile activity for Council,” Mr Brien said. Council is now planning further Community Briefings and will advise local communities of upcoming briefings via the media and community associations.
Council Meetings Fraser Coast Regional Council meetings are open to the public. General Council meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in Hervey Bay and the third Wednesday of each month in Maryborough, starting at 9.30am. Members of the public are welcome to attend and to let Council know their thoughts during public participation time at the beginning of the meeting. Agendas for each meeting are posted on Council’s website on the Monday prior to the meeting.
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Council provides over $1.5 million in concessions to the region’s 9,800 pensioners with all pensioners (single and married) eligible for a $150 concession on the general rate. This concession is in addition to the State Government Pension Concession, for which pensioners can also apply. You will need to submit your details to Council if you have not previously lodged an application for the pensioner remission and state government subsidy; or if you have changed your address since you applied. For more information contact Council’s Revenue Team on 1300 79 49 29 or call into one of the Customer Service Centres at Maryborough, Hervey Bay or Tiaro.
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
On Saturday 19 September join us to attempt the world record for the Longest Mobility Convoy. Motorised scooter riders and motorised wheelchair drivers are invited to register at Seafront Oval in Pialba from 8.30am. Of course we need lots of spectators too! The convoy will travel from the Seafront Oval to Scarness Park where we will celebrate the end of Disability Action Week.
Fraser Cost residents who reach the grand old age of 100 years will have a commemorative tree planted in their honour.
SENIORS IN FOCUS The Seniors in Focus program values the more mature members of our community. Activities include come and try days, publication of information relating to seniors, Seniors Week celebrations and the Seniors Expo.
AN AFFAIR WITH ART The call is out for Fraser Coast artists to exhibit in the inaugural Celebration of the Arts and Artists Event in September as part of Disability Action Week 2009.
Fraser Coast Regional Council NEWS
A new brochure and signs have been developed to clearly indicate where dog owners can and cannot take their pets. The areas are now clearly signposted to avoid confusion for residents and visitors. The signs compliment a new brochure which contains information on the Fraser Coast’s dogfriendly areas.
“An Affair with Art” will include a wine and cheese invitation-only launch on Friday 11 September, followed by a one-day feast of displays, workshops and performances on Saturday 12 September. Entry to the Saturday event will be free.
Residents who have reached this milestone but have not had a tree planted can contact the Council on 1300 79 49 29.
For more information on activities for Seniors call Council’s Seniors in Focus Project Officer, Julie DeWaard, on 1300 79 49 29.
We are looking for photographers, dancers, artists, musicians, singers and crafters who have a disability to showcase their talent.
Artists who are interested in taking part are asked to obtain an Artist’s Tender Form from Council’s Seniors in Focus Project Officer, Julie DeWaard, on 1300 79 49 29.
Council has expanded this popular program started by the former Maryborough City Council and is giving residents a choice of locations around the region, including Maryborough’s Anzac Park and Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens; Wook-Koo Park; Tiaro Memorial Park; along the Hervey Bay Links Mobility Corridor and the Botanic Gardens; and the Howard Oval.
Brochures are available from Council’s Customer Service Centres or log onto Council’s website at www. frasercoast.qld.gov.au. REGISTRATIOSN ARE NOW DUE Council will donate 25 cents from every dog registration renewal paid before September 30 to CanTeen.
For more information contact the Compliance Team on 1300 79 49 29.
youth Unplugged in the Park More young performers are needed for Sunday’s in the Park performances at the Scarness Stage (Hervey Bay). Acoustic music will be featured on the first Sunday of every month from 11am to 2pm. Performances are FREE. For more information call Council’s Youth Worker, David Turner, on 1300 79 49 29 or log onto Myspace at www.myspace.com/ frasercoastyitchi
Council and PCYC join for holiday fun An inter-regional skatepark competition has been arranged for the September school holidays. A bus will collect people from Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Tiaro and take them to Bundaberg Skatepark to compete and to watch. This is part of the combined activities the Council and the Hervey Bay PCYC have in store over the holidays. For all the details contact Council’s Youth Development Officer, Sue Lawler on 1300 79 49 29.
Fantasy theme for writers and artists The annual Mary Poppins Literary Award offers the region’s school students the chance to write their own fantasy tale. Winners of Primary section (500 words) will receive first prize of $200, $150 for second and $50 for third. The Secondary section (1000 words) will receive $250 for first, $150 for second and $50 for third.
Long lunch a HUGE sucess Green was the colour of the day when Junior Council created their “Green with envy” table at the Bendigo Bank’s Long Lunch at the Hervey Bay PCYC. The bank invited young people from around the region to celebrate their third birthday and the contribution of young people to our community. The day featured bands, food, graffiti art, food, gladiator fights, more food, climbing walls and even more food!
Maryborough Library is holding a monster Book Sale in September. Grab a bag or box of books at giveaway prices. We will also be promoting Books Alive in September, an annual government reading programme. Fraser Coast Libraries support new and existing book clubs. We have access to many titles in multiple copy sets which are available to book clubs. The cost to borrow these library sets is $24 per annum per club member, all of which goes towards the purchase of new book club sets. Contact your local library branch if you are interested in joining a group or starting one of your own. Look out for self-service loan kiosks being established in September at the Hervey Bay and Maryborough branches. Touch screen, userfriendly monitors will lessen the waiting time to borrow books at the service centre for library customers.
An individual or class effort can win your primary school $150 for books and an Encouragement Award of $50 for primary and $50 for secondary students can also be won. Young artists can also enter the Mary Poppins Art Award, which is open to all school children and can be any medium with a fantasy subject. ENTRIES CLOSE ON 17 SEPTEMBER. Literary award entries must be typed. Art work should be on paper (framing is not necessary). Send or deliver all entries to Fraser Coast Chronicle Offices in Maryborough or Hervey Bay. Mark your envelope with Mary Poppins Literary or Mary Poppins Art Competition and include your name, school grade and contact details.
Budget Update Providing easy access to information and a relaxed, learning environment for the entire community is a core service of our Fraser Coast Libraries. Council is providing over $2 million for our library services in 2009/2010.
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Community Environment Program Ten CEP groups help Council look after a number of parks and natural areas across the region. Our current groups are: • • • • • • • • • • •
Council and residents protecting our unique natrual environment. Council’s Community Environment Program, which currently includes 10 volunteer groups who help the Council manage a number of parks and natural areas across the region, is proving to be a winning combination. Arkarra Lagoons – a beautiful bird haven which covers over 12 hectares of lagoons and melaleuca wetlands in Dundowran - is the newest edition to the scheme, with its future to be steered by community volunteers. The Arkarra CEP group will carry on the work of the Arkarra Lagoons and Wetland Management Committee, which formed in 2005. Chairman of the Fraser Coast Regional Council Environment Sustainability Portfolio, Cr Sue Brooks said the group was now
responsible for implementing a management plan developed by the previous committee. The lagoons and wetlands are a popular attraction and a number of self-guided walking tracks have been developed with the help of Council, volunteers and groups such as the Wildlife Preservation Society and Hervey Bay Bird Watchers.
A key initiative in Council’s quest to manage our extensive foreshore is to develop a shoreline erosion management plan to contribute to the sustainable use of coastal areas. The 2009/2010 budget also includes $300,000 towards foreshore restoration and $80,000 to build a disability beach access ramp at Pialba. Council will continue the Environment Levy to purchase environmentally
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Other CEP activities include: National Tree Day; World Environment Day; Threatened Species Week; World Wetlands Day; Tiaro Field Day; plant identification workshops; reptile identification workshop; and Living with Urban Wildlife Forum. If you would like to join a CEP group contact Community Environment Officer, Chris McCarthy, on 1300 79 49 29.
The area is a magnet for bird watchers who have identified 140 bird species and six species of butterfly in the area. The word Arkarra is Butchulla for ‘home of the black duck’. “Council appreciates the great work done by community volunteers.” “Without their help we would not have the beautiful natural areas that we visit today,” Cr Brooks said.
Budget benefits our environment Our Fraser Coast is a rare natural environment, with some of the world’s most unique attractions, which Council is committed to preserving.
Hervey Bay Propagators Friends of the Forest Friends of ESA (pictured) Friends of Parraweena Park Scarness and Pialba Environment Group Friends of the Koala Urangan Greening Group Friends of Arkarra Lagoons Thoroughbred Park Estate Group Friends of Cheelii Lagoons River Heads Reserve Group (Pending)
significant land on the community’s behalf, to protect local flora and fauna corridors and endangered and rare species and ecosystems.
Our environment and quality of life will also benefit from a new Climate Change and Sustainability Program, which includes the appointment of a full-time Sustainability Officer for the region. A key goal of the program will be to promote sustainable, energy efficient solutions across Council’s corporate programs and activities.
Fraser Coast at a glance Land Size: Population (2007):
Estimated Population 2026: 140,172 Average Age:
What we spend (weekly):
Av. Weekly Income:
Households with Internet: Household Ownership: Workers:
54.7% 43.2% 37,147
*Information from Council’s new Fraser Coast Economic Profile, available from www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au or Customer Service Centres.
In your neighbourhood...
Tiaro Median Strip Vegetation Council is looking into replacing vegetation along Tiaro’s median strips to a plant that is a hardier and more attractive species. Youth Space The Tiaro Youth Space skate facility (below) is now complete. It includes a quarter pipe element, seating and a drinking fountain.
Park Users asked to have a say
Council has recently undertaken a Park User Survey in parks across the region. The purpose of the survey is to benchmark current maintenance standards and practices within our parks against park user expectations from other South East Queensland councils. Survey participants were also asked about safety and security concerns within the park, future infrastructure provision and social data such as dwelling type and mode of transport used to assess the park. If you would like to make a comment regarding Council’s parks, whether you are a regular user or someone who doesn’t use our parks for a particular reason, please go to the ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’ section of Council’s website.
Gundiah A new shelter for the Bicentennial National Trail has been completed at Munna Creek (below). The shelter is located adjacent to the Munna Creek Hall and provides emergency overnight shelter and an emergency water supply. This project will be supplemented by directional and interpretive signage at locations where the Bicentennial trail crosses the roads.
The garden beds at the entrances to Maryborough will be spruced up in a landscaping project that will make the area safer and more attractive while still being environmentally tolerant. Other projects in Maryborough include: • Landscaping in Bazaar Street • Garden bed maintenance at the Rose Gardens • Park furniture maintenance at Queens Park
Glenwood The new waste water system at Glenwood Hall has been installed. This will reduce maintenance costs for the hall committee and reduce problems with the old and dilapidated system. New floor coverings for the hall are also to be installed. This project is funded through the Regional Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).
Oakhurst A shelter shed will be built over the main wooden statue of Wook-Koo at Wook-Koo Park, Oakhurst.
Work on the amenities block that will service an all abilities playground at the Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay, is well under way. The playground, its car park and the accessible amenities block represent stage one of the Seafront Oval Master Plan. Other work in Hervey Bay includes: • Landscaping work at USQ • Planting of regeneration species at Anembo Lagoons and ESA Park • Clean up of gardens at River Heads barge landing • Shade shelter at Dayman Park (below)
Bauple Building has started on the long awaited Bauple Q150 Recreation Club facility. It is expected to be completed late September.
Maaroom The Maaroom picnic shelter is in progress. This project is funded by the RLCIP and will include a nine metre by five metre picnic shelter, a new BBQ and seating.
Toogoom Footpath repairs will be undertaken at Fraser Waters in Toogoom.
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Arty News A wonderful line-up of exhibitions and events will feature at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery over the next few months. In September the gallery will serve up a four-week program of hands-on art and craft in the Year of Creativity Workshops, including life drawing, works on paper, cane sculpture, mosaic mania, cartooning and caricature drawing, texture effects in acrylic, puppet making, lantern making and many more exciting topics. The workshops will be tailored to a variety of ages. In October view the fascinating exhibition, Artists of Steel: The Art of Australian Stamp Engraving, touring from the Post Master Gallery Melbourne, highlighting the skills of the stamp engravers who produced the beautiful illustrations for our stamps and banknotes.
GALLERY EVENTS Saturday 5 September, 2pm Official Opening Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual art and Design Wide Bay Burnett Exhibition Friday 9 October, 7pm Official Opening Artists of Steel and Windemere Road Studio Exhibition
Wide Bay TAFE visual arts students will present their end-of-year exhibition, MAP, in November, while participants of this year’s Flying Arts and other contemporary art workshops celebrate their new-found skills in the display, Workshops 2009.
Friday 13 November, 7pm Official Opening MAP: 2009 Wide Bay TAFE Students’ Showcase and Flying Arts Workshops 2009
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday during exhibitions and entry is free. For enquiries, please contact 4197 4210 or email email@example.com.
Gallery functions are free and everyone is welcome. A cash bar usually operates at night time functions.
Brolga Theatre News There is no need to leave the Fraser Coast if you want to see the finest international and national performers in a first class theatre - just take in a show at the Brolga Theatre. Upcoming acts include Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Wes Carr and the Expressions Dance Company. The Brolga also provides the ideal venue to showcase the region’s talented local performers and is a leading conference venue with a 900 seat theatre, conference rooms, a spectacular foyer, computerised ticketing and a licensed bar and restaurant.
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Built in 2000, the award winning theatre was styled to reflect the saw-mill that once stood on the site, and Maryborough’s industrial heritage. Fraser Coast Regional Council operates the theatre as part of its commitment to develop, present and promote diverse performing arts in a local, national and international context. The Brolga is situated at: 5 Walker Street, Maryborough. To see a show, take a back stage tour, book a function or become a Friend of the Brolga call 4122 6000 or go to www.brolgatheatre.org
Become a Friend of the Brolga Do you love the theatre and would like to be part of a special group supporting the Brolga Theatre and promoting artistic ventures in our area? Then join the “Friends of the Brolga” as either an Ordinary Member or a Volunteer Member. Members receive discounts to most shows, advice about upcoming events and can assist with ushering, front-of-house and bar service.
Fraser Coast Events bring in the Money Mary Poppins, humpback whales and a quirky pub crawl celebrating an Aussie tradition – these three signature events have put the Fraser Coast on the world stage and created an economic and marketing windfall. Around 10,000 people “crawled” around the city’s historic pubs for the World’s Greatest Pub Crawl in June, over 15,000 attended Mary Poppins Festival events in the first week of July, while the Hervey Bay Whale Festival in August drew a crowd of more than 15,000. Council’s Marketing and Tourism Portfolio chair Cr Anne Nioa said these events, proudly presented by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, not only gave residents great enjoyment, but drew visitors from all over Australia.
Survey results for the Pub Crawl alone show that 40 percent came from outside the region, with a 300% growth in visitors since last year. “Media exposure for the Fraser Coast from events like Mary Poppins and the Pub Crawl included the BBC, Australia Associated Press, FM radio stations from Sydney and Melbourne, national magazine publications, ABC radio stations across Australia and the Queensland Weekender television program. “This type of coverage is worth hundreds of thousands in marketing terms for our region,” she said. Publican Clay Clayton said the success of the pub crawl was outstanding. “We’ve produced an event that is producing an overwhelming response both Australia wide and internationally.
Deputy Chairman of the Fraser Coast Tourism Board, David Hay, singled out the Mary Poppins Festival, saying it showcased Maryborough and would make people both within and outside the region more inclined to also visit at other times.
Budget Update Events play a vital role in creating our desirable lifestyle for residents and in attracting tourists to the region. Council will allocate $685,000 to support community events and stage significant regional events, including the World’s Greatest Pub Crawl, Mary Poppins Festival, Whale Festival and Technology Challenge.
Do you have a need for speed? Finely tuned machines pushed to their limits, pit lanes swarming with race crews, hairpin bends and record speeds. It’s not Bathurst – but the school equivalent – the Technology Challenge in Maryborough, and it is racing your way on 12 – 13 September. Human powered vehicles, solar boats and cars, and miniature dragsters powered by carbon dioxide are part of the Challenge, now into its 7th year and proudly funded by the Fraser Coast Regional Council and Queensland Events. On course entertainment, a race day radio station, cafes and excellent spectator facilities – it’s a “super race meet” not to be missed.
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Q150 Open Day Hervey Bay Historical Museum
A free Q150 event with blacksmithing, woodturning, corn shelling, butter making, rope making, log sawing, cane machinery, buggy rides and draught horse sled events.
The Fraser Coast has a colourful and varied events calendar of events to suit everyone. To stay up to date visit Councilâ€™s new events website, www.frasercoastevents.com.au
Chamber of Commerce Ball, Hervey Bay
Tiaro Bike and Car Show, Royal Hotel, Tiaro
Fraser Coast Living Expo, Seafront Oval, Pialba
Maryborough Job Mart, Brolga Theatre
Real jobs for real job seekers. High school and tertiary students are invited to bring their resume, dress appropriately for an interview and talk to a prospective employer.
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Forget Me Not Kids Helping Kids, Scarness Park
Maryborough Masters Games (through to 4 October)
Urangan Pier Festival / Fishing Competition
The new website incorporates the regionâ€™s new branding and is more interactive and informative - making it a faster and more efficient way to find out about our great events.
Promote your event with us If you are organising an event did you know you can publish it for free on www. frasercoastevents.com.au Events with broad appeal will also be selected to be published in our next regional events calendar, covering October to March 2010.
October 8-10 Maryborough CraftFest, City Hall
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Maryborough City Hall will come alive with artists and crafters dressed in period-style outfits at this Q150 celebration.
Torbanlea Picnic Races, Torbanlea Race Track
Highlights of this seven race program include a local stockhorse race and ladies races, high fashion, wood chopping and tug-o-war.
Hit for a Cure Charity Golf Day, Fraser Shores/ Craignish Golf Clubs
The calendar will be delivered to all homes on the Fraser Coast region, as well as being available to visitors.
Bauple Nut Bash, Bauple Recreation Grounds
Great family entertainment, kids games, fence painting competition, tug-o-war, nut cracking competition, stalls, food, fire-works display and two V8Simulators on site.
Carols by Candlelight, Queens Park
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