Making a splash for the whales Photograph by: Hannah Luck Junior Winner in the 2010 Fraser Coast Regional Council Annual Photographic Competition
HE WHALES are back and that means it’s time to party!
Street Parade on Saturday 7 August from 10am.
This year Fraser Coast Regional Council hosts two key events to celebrate our uniquely close relationship with the humpback whales who have swum in our oceans for more than 23 million years.
Both events have become firm family favourites and we are expecting record crowds this year. In addition to the rides, entertainment and food that you would expect there will be a number of new activities including a Dinosaur Petting Zoo, giant sand sculpting, pirates and nature talks by the Kingfisher Bay Resort Rangers. The twinkling lights of the Illuminated Street Parade will wind their way along the Esplanade from 5.30pm, finishing at the Seafront Oval with a fireworks display.
Hervey Bay offers some of the closest and most engaging encounters with whales in the world. That’s why this year’s Whale Festival has been revamped to focus on conservation and education as well as a celebration of these huge mammals. The annual Blessing of the Fleet has become “Return of the Whales” and launches the whale watching season with a showcase of our whale watching fleet. Those who attended the event on July 17 were able to explore the boats, talk to the crews and learn more about whales through talks, demonstrations and activities. There was also live jazz, wine tasting and celebrities – Ben Southall, winner of the Best Job in the World and our own Hervey the Whale. We are now gearing up for the highlight of the Whale Festival – the McDonald’s Kids Festival and Family Fun Day and the Fraser Coast Chronicle Illuminated
There is also a new event on the whale festival program this year. The Live Whale Aid Concert features grass roots Aussie musicians in an island-style reggae and roots concert at the Seafront Oval stage from 10am, finishing with a second fireworks display at 10.30pm. A gold coin entry fee is encouraged as the event aims to raise funds for the Oceania Project, that conducts research in Platypus Bay, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. For more Whale Festival info go to www.herveybaywhalefestival.com.au
Tidy towns Fraser Coast scooped the pool again at the 2010 Ergon Energy Tidy Towns Awards announced at the Hervey Bay Boat Club on Wednesday, 14 July. The Tiaro Landcare Group’s “Save the Mary River Turtle” project received the MINT OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for an outstanding contribution by an individual or group to the community. The GRUNDFOS PUMP WATER CONSERVATION AWARD went to Hervey Bay’s Wide Bay Water and WetSide Water Park. Hervey Bay also won the ERGON ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION CHAMPIONS AWARD for its sustainability activities and the RESOURCE RECOVERY AWARD for the conservation of natural resources, through recovery, reuse and appropriate waste management at the Nikenbah Recycling Centre and Reuse Market Centre.
www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au INSIDE THIS ISSUE : BUDGET Where the money comes from and where it is spent
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Budget 2010/11 FAQs
This represents a 41% increase in resurfacing works bolstering the total program to $6.4 million.
Our $22.4 million investment includes:
Say goodbye to Ranger Jay
Explore Fraser Coast Trails
A MAJOR FOCUS of the 2010/11 budget has been roads – not just building new roads but maintaining the 2,600 km road network. Of the $41 million capital budget allocated by Council this year 53%, or $22.4 million, will be spent on upgrading and rehabilitating our roads.
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I know no one likes to see their rates increase, but Council has to keep pace with price increases, especially in the construction industries. The trade off for increased rates is better services. This year more than 50% of the revenue raised by the 6.37% rates increase ($1.9 million) is allocated to additional road resurfacing works across the region.
• $1.97 million for road upgrades and construction works; • $6.4 million for resurfacing and gravel re-sheeting; • $2 million for rural roads. The investment will have a number of effects: It will improve connectivity between centres, allow us to do business more easily, encourage visitors to travel around the region and improve road safety. As well it will provide an economic stimulus to the region as we continue to ride out the global financial crisis when contractors engaged to repair and build our roads employ locals and buy materials locally. Cr Mick Kruger Mayor, Fraser Coast Regional Council
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Financial Operations Manager, Kylie Kennedy shows her true colours on Loud Shirt Day
All for a cause WEARING your slippers or your brightest shirt to work might not always be practical, but for Fraser Coast Regional Council staff it is a fun (and comfortable) way to raise money for a good cause. Each year Council staff members participate in a number of selected charity/social awareness days, with preference given to local causes, or charities with history of outstanding charity work. Over the past 12 months Council has supported Lifeline’s Stress Down Day, Make A Wish Foundation, Sock it to Suicide, the Hear and Say Centre’s Loud Shirt Day, Jeans for Genes Day and Red Nose Day. www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au
Annual photo competition WAYNE BANDHOLZ’S haunting photograph of the Mary River shrouded in mist entitled Foggy Morning was judged the overall winner in the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s 2010 Photographic Competition. The judges praised the standard of the 132 entries from 84 photographers saying that all categories proved difficult to judge because of the high quality and wide variety. Other winners were: Hervey Bay Independent Finding Adventure Award – Anthony Ross, Through My Eyes
FCRC Country at Work Award – Lucy Kinbacher, Homeward Bound
Learning about Leshan FRASER Coast Regional Council’s delegation to our region’s sister city Leshan in the People’s Republic of China launched into diplomatic activities only hours after they touched down in May.
The Fraser Coast delegation was also shown Leshan’s 26 square km High Tech Enterprise Zone visiting two businesses – Solar Cell and Silicon Cell – that produce all things solar.
The group arrived late afternoon shortly before a welcoming dinner with the Government Commissioner Mr Nay and officials from the State Education Department.
The High Tech Enterprise Zone employs about 10,000 people who work in a variety of industries including medicine, solar energy, machinery and agriculture. Last year the financial output of those businesses was $6 billion yuan.
The Council delegation visited the University and Leshan No. 2 School, a sister city school to Urangan State High. Opportunities were identified to develop educational tourism and study tours between the two cities. Business and tourism prospects were discussed at a dinner hosted by the Leshan Government’s Party Secretary Mr Tang Jian and other government officials. Business people who have a potential interest in visiting the Fraser Coast to investigate business investment opportunities also attended.
Delegates representing the Council included the Mayor Mick Kruger, CEO Andrew Brien, Councillors Anne Nioa, Linda Harris and Debbie Hawes and Director Community and Development Peter Smith. Wide Bay Water, Wide Bay TAFE and USQ Fraser Coast Campus also sent delegates. In accordance with the Council’s resolution, all delegates except the CEO and the Mayor covered their own expenses. Accommodation was provided by the Leshan Government.
What you’ve said so far... Fraser Coast Chronicle Streetscape Award – Meryl Farmer, City Centrepiece
IDEAS for the region’s future direction have flowed thick and fast via Council’s website and in a series of community workshops held across the region to discuss the Fraser Coast Community Plan and the Fraser Coast 2031: Sustainable Growth Strategy.
Also: Junior Award – Hannah Luck, Whales on the Bay; ArtxDesign Heritage and Culture Award – Chelsea Cook, A Moment in Time; FCRC Environment Award – Lee Mason, Black-fronted Dotterel; and Quintessential Fraser Coast Award – Joanne Couch, Netting a Memory.
Under the banner “Fraser Coast 2031: Have your say” Council is seeking resident’s thoughts on what they value now about the Fraser Coast and how it should look and feel in twenty years time. This information will be used to form an overall vision for Council and then more specifically to create a Community Plan and a single Town Planning Scheme for the Fraser Coast Region.
A selection of photos, including the winners, is currently on display at Gatakers Art Space in Maryborough. They will go to the Tiaro Library from mid-September until the new year. www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au
Producing a 20-year strategy is a compulsory requirement of the Queensland Government. The strategy must be in place by December 2011.
Feedback to date has highlighted a number of common themes including: • • • • •
Protecting the environment; Controlling the region’s population; Employment; Road networks and transport; and Preservation of the individuality of our separate communities.
Suggestions included promoting food production within our region, encouraging State Cabinet ministers to live here, providing more opportunities for arts and crafts and promoting the region as a great place for young people to live and raise families. We are still seeking YOUR input. More information is available on Council’s website or by calling the Project Hotline – 1800 080 468.
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Signs roll out across the region THE COASTAL TOWNSHIPS of Boonooroo, Maaroom, Poona, Tinnanbar and Tuan now have colourful entrance statements, creating a sense of arrival for visitors and reflecting the intrinsic character of the Fraser Coast region and its individual communities.
Shaping our region The Fraser Coast region is benefiting from a number of grants from Council and other levels of government.
Community Centre becomes a reality
The entrance statements, constructed of cast vertical concrete columns, have been funded via the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP). The town of River Heads will have its entrance statement installed in the near future and Council intends to continue the installation of entrance statements to all of the towns and townships in the Fraser Coast region. Each of the entrance statements bears different elements of the Fraser Coast’s regional brand, which has been designed to support and enhance the image and liveability of the region. Several other projects funded through the RLCIP Program are also underway throughout the Fraser Coast including upgrades to multi user sport and recreation facilities at Hervey Bay and Torbanlea, BBQs and shelters in community parks and playground upgrades at Teebar, Broweena, Owanyilla and Maaroom.
Other RLCIP projects currently underway
COUNCIL has successfully applied to the Federal Government for $5.6m through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (Strategic Projects) towards the new Hervey Bay Community Centre. This money will be added to funds raised by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, Queensland State Government, Sunrise Rotary Club of Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast Regional Council for the $11.5m Hervey Bay Civic Precinct Development Project. The Civic Precinct Project will consist of: Construction and fit out of a fully accessible single level Community Centre building with child care facilities, meeting rooms, offices, catering kitchen, amenities, interview rooms, activity space for 150 people, public access internet, solar powered recharge facilities for scooters, bicycle parking and deck areas with a total fully enclosed covered area of 1,825m2. Exterior works consists of landscaping with low maintenance native shrubs and plants, multicultural community garden, outdoor storage shed, playground, lawn area and car parking to accommodate 30 cars. The building will be occupied by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre who deliver over twenty services, programs and activities, from limited hours child care to services for seniors and migrants. Locum rooms will be available for regionally based services and a meeting venue for community recreation, social and support groups. The Civic Precinct also incorporates the construction and fit out of a Regional Gallery to showcase regional art and provide emerging artists with a venue to develop and promote their talents, as well as accommodate travelling exhibitions. The space currently occupied by the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery will be used to extend the Library. 4 Fraser Coast Regional Council NEWS
Upgrade to the water supply at the River Heads Reserve
New roof and seating for the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Centre grandstand
Refurbishment of the John Anderson Memorial Library, Maryborough
BBQ shelters and new play equipment in coastal parks
Apply now for Community Grants FRASER COAST Regional Council’s Community and Events Support Grants Scheme is now open for applications. Eligible community groups and organisations are invited to apply for funding of up to $5000 to assist with community projects and events taking place between November 2010 and April 2011. Applications close 13 August 2010 and successful applicants will be notified in September 2010. Application forms are available from Fraser Coast Regional Council Administration Centres and Libraries and can also be downloaded from Council’s website. All enquiries should be directed to Council’s Grants Officer, Alison Beasley, on 1300 79 49 29 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au
You said ... We listened COMMUNICATION is at the heart of everything we do. Council is committed to keeping our community informed through active engagement and communication and being open to alternative ideas. We’ve held a number of public meetings and briefings in the last 12 months and some very positive outcomes have been achieved. Such as: • Bike racks have been installed at Pier Park at Urangan and Lions Park in Burrum Heads following a number of petitions received by the Council. Three more racks will be installed along the Hervey Bay Esplanade at Bill Fraser Park, Ernie Organ Park and near the Torquay tennis courts, also in response to petitions from residents. The project is expected to cost $3000. • New Play equipment has been installed at Burrum Heads following a discussion between Councillors and residents at a community briefing. The $16,000 project included the installation of play equipment suitable for junior aged children at the rear of the Burrum Heads Community Hall. The area at the rear of the hall is often used for community events and the play equipment will add interest for younger children. • The Maryborough Aquatic Centre will include a 50 metre pool in its redevelopment, following consultation between Council and representatives of the Maryborough Swimming Club and a passionate campaign by Fraser Coast residents. • The Tiaro Skate Park is proving popular with local young people ‘ripping it up’ (in a good way) with their bikes, scooters and skateboards from the moment the concrete was set. Council and the Lions Club of Tiaro and District provided the funds for the skate park which is situated in Tiaro Memorial Park, behind the Visitor Information Centre in Mayne Street, Tiaro. • Maggs Hill Road in Hervey Bay, is getting a $900,000 facelift in response to the concerns of residents about the increasing volume of traffic using this road.
From planning process to placing pavers – development is everybody’s business THE DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY is the third largest generator of employment on the Fraser Coast and a key influence on community well-being. From the time a block of land is purchased, or a planning application is received by Council, to the time the project is completed and a family or business moves in, hundreds of people will be directly or indirectly affected. This can include planning staff, architects, builders, plumbers, painters and retailers, not to mention the schools, medical facilities, businesses and community organisations that benefit from new people moving into the area, increased employment and therefore increased spending. Council’s Executive Manager Building Services, Shane McGowan, said the positive contribution of the development industry to the Fraser Coast economy is reflected in regional building approval statistics.
“During the 2009/2010 financial year a total of 876 building applications were received by Council for projects of all shapes and sizes. The value of the buildings and structures alone is estimated to be in the vicinity of $91.5 million.” “This value does not include the value of new jobs and spending within the region that has been generated as a result of the development process.” Council also approved 795 town planning applications in the past year including a number of significant developments. To foster the development industry in the Fraser Coast, Council has undertaken a number of initiatives including: •
Signing a MOU with the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) to improve working relationships; Establishing PD Online for people to track applications and make town planning enquiries via the website 24/7; and Offering a discount on charges for eligible ‘shovel ready’ projects. For more information go to www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au Services/Planning and Development
Stormwater solution COUNCIL HAS RESPONDED to Urangan residents concerned that their houses would be damaged by stormwater, especially at high tide. A multi-purpose project is underway – replacing old timber supports with concrete piers, larger diameter pipes to cope with future growth, the installation of flexible tide valves to stop seawater and sand from entering the system and causing blockages and the replacement of eight ocean outfalls across the region. Council has also introduced a best practice stormwater management plan to reduce pollutants and improve the quality of stormwater reaching the Bay. The management plan includes monitoring stormwater flows to determine locations where traps can be installed to catch pollutants before they reach the Bay. Council already has several of the traps installed which are regularly cleaned and the rubbish taken to landfill. Council also has a regular street sweeping schedule to stop rubbish being washed into stormwater drains and a regular beach cleaning program where tractor-powered sieves sift the sand to remove rubbish left behind on the beaches.
It’s never too late to Have your say COUNCIL has recently sought community input into the following projects: • Maybe Melbourne – an ongoing campaign to get direct flights between Hervey Bay and Melbourne • Fraser Coast Regional Council Draft 2030 Aviation Strategy • Fraser Coast Shoreline Erosion Management Plan • Our Sustainable Fraser Coast: Draft Sustainability Charter (pictured above with Cr Brooks, Cr McNeven and Cr Hawes) For further information on these projects or to have your say on other Council matters and upcoming projects click the “Have your say” icon on Council’s website:
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Information and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
COUNCIL’S 2010/11 budget is a financially responsible result for the community.
In addition to the infrastructure investment this budget provides for a broad range of services including:
In formulating the budget Council listened to the community. The condition of roads, provision of waste facility services and the environment were high on the list of priorities raised at briefings held across the region.
Infrastructure investment is a priority with $1.90 million (50% of the rate increase) going into additional road resurfacing across the region. The budget commits $41 million to the delivery of infrastructure including: • •
$22.4 million on the region’s 2,600 km road network; and $3.6 million to be spent on parks and recreational facilities including $1 million to commence the redevelopment of the Maryborough Aquatic facility.
The $25 Environmental Levy will secure $1.2 million for environmental initiatives including foreshore restoration and coastal protection works.
$2.13 million for our libraries; $1.20 million to operate Council’s Customer Service Centres in Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Tiaro which handle 131,000 customer enquiries annually; and $1 million for the operation of Council’s two Art Galleries, Heritage Precinct and Brolga Theatre.
Council has reduced its operational costs by $7.5 million or 10% since amalgamation. To minimise the impact on pensioners, the budget provides for $1.6 million in concessions for the region’s 9,800 pensioners who will be eligible for a $150 rate concession. The budget delivers a modest increase in general rate revenue of 6.37% and builds on our commitment to the community to focus on “fundamental services”. For more information on the 2010/2011 budget go to Council’s website.
Livability is more than just a mowed lawn COUNCIL has allocated $7.99 million to mowing and maintaining the region’s 251 parks, open spaces and recreational facilities. This money forms part of almost $12 million which council spends to ensure that the Fraser Coast is a desirable and healthy place to live and play. Council looks after 136,874.5 hectares of parks, gardens, natural areas and recreational facilities which are used regularly by residents and visitors. We have 80 parks and gardens staff and 50 ride-on mowers, of various sizes, in the maintenance fleet. Contractors are also engaged to slash roadsides and some of the larger open areas. Parks and natural areas are placed on a maintenance schedule which takes staff about four weeks to complete one circuit, given good weather conditions. Some of the $1.1 million allocated for landscaping and upgrades planned include: • • • • • •
All roads lead to... AS YOU DRIVE along the roads across the Fraser Coast do you ever give a thought to what you are travelling on?
It costs Fraser Coast Regional Council approximately $570 per lineal metre for the formation of the pavement section of a rural collector road and $469 for an urban collector road. This cost includes sealing, gravel and construction.
In addition to this basic cost each project includes costs associated with surveying and designing the road, sediment control, removal of old kerb and any other unsuitable materials, subsoil drainage, footpaths, driveways and vehicle crossings, landscaping, lighting and contingency costs.
$25,000 for Booral Park $100,000 landscaping along the Link Mobility Corridor $80,000 for Riverview Drive Park $450,000 for work on the Seafront Oval upgrade $12,000 for upgrades at the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden $30,000 for Maaroom foreshore park furniture and landscaping $12,000 for Pioneer Country Park $48,000 for Tinana Recreation Reserve/Schultz Park Master plan implementation $88,000 for Tuan Foreshore.
Projects in the $856,000 structures and facilities budget include: $310,000 for park furniture $216,000 for play equipment.
And that’s even before any special treatment is considered, such as the rock wrapped roading technique used to realign and reconstruct 850 metres of Craignish Road in Hervey Bay (pictured above). 6 Fraser Coast Regional Council NEWS
What’s in it for youth? The region’s youth will benefit from $38,000 for youth activities including Junior Council, Youth Week and crime prevention programs.
The rising cost of water and wastewater OVER the years, the communities of the Fraser Coast have invested more than $586 million dollars in water and wastewater assets to provide high quality water services for the community. It is essential that we operate, maintain and take care of those assets so that they can service the community long into the future. Without proper asset management and maintenance now the community will only end up paying even more later. The costs of operating and maintaining the water and wastewater assets of the Fraser Coast have increased significantly in the past 12 months; Electricity is up 14%, Environmental licenses have increased by 80%, chemicals for water treatment are up 12% and wages have also increased more than 7%. To help cover these external costs Wide Bay Water Corporation (Council’s wholly owned water business) has increased water and wastewater charges. The increase has been kept as low as possible and will be approximately 7% for the average residential consumer using 220kl per annum of water. To learn about water saving habits check out the Fraser Coast Sustainable Living Guide under the ‘Our Community’ tab on Council’s website.
Council will continue with the successful anti-graffiti traffic box project which has so far seen 18 traffic boxes in Maryborough and Hervey Bay receive an artistic coating. This project has decreased vandalism by giving young people ownership and reducing the risk of tagging by their peers. Council is looking at ways to extend this project across the region. Other activities planned for this year include skate and art competitions to allow youth to showcase their talents and foster pride in themselves.
Why have rates increased more than CPI? THE CPI index is based on the cost of a basket of goods and services typically consumed by a household – this is not reflective of the costs faced by Local Government. The Local Government Index (LGI) published by the Local Government Association of Queensland has risen on average by 4.66% per annum since 2002 compared to CPI increases of 3.21%. During the same period the General Construction Industry index for Queensland increased by an average of 6.26% per annum, with road and bridge construction cost increases being as high as 8.5%. These indices are more relevant to the cost of services and infrastructure provided by Local Government.
Where the money comes from... Loans 13,577,300 11%
Interest Revenue 1,825,584 2%
Grants & Subsidies 10,335,712 9%
Dividends 9,524,771 8% General Rates 53,311,297 43%
Developer Contributions Fees, Charges & Other Utility Charges & Levies 2,100,000 17,535,456 12,656,601 2% 15% 10%
Where the money goes... Waste 2%
Administration inc IT/Fleet 15%
Park & Rec Facilities 9%
Climate Change & Environment 3%
Cultural/Community Facilities 11%
What services does Council provide and how much do they cost? Council provides a broad range of services across the region, including: Greeting our visitors Over one million people visit the Fraser Coast every year by road, air and train. Council services over 160,000 passengers’ movements through the region’s airport annually and meets and greets 83,500 visitors through our four Visitor Information Centres and 86,850 patrons at our four caravan parks. Enjoying a cultural experience Over 28,000 patrons visit and enjoy a cultural experience at either of Council’s two Art Galleries and Heritage Precincts with another 17,500 patrons enjoying a show at the Brolga Theatre. Enjoying the drive Council spends $8.76 million on the maintenance of the regions 2,600km of road network and drainage systems. In addition $1.2 million is spent on street lighting electricity costs to improve visibility and safety on our roads. Keeping the community safe Council spends $1.86 million on health and compliance ensuring that the region’s 18,000 dogs are registered and managed responsibly, ensuring appropriate licensing of premises, enforcing local laws and eradicating pests and declared noxious plants. In addition Council spends $286,000 on disaster management and assisting the regions seven SES Units. Investing in our economy Council is one of the largest employers and largest business consumers on the Fraser Coast spending $107 million annually. Council’s commitment to maintaining a strong local workforce of over 600 staff which supports families within the community to live, work and invest in the region and subsequently supports local businesses and operators. Getting rid of rubbish Council spends $12.5 million on waste collection, recycling and landfill management at 10 landfill and transfer station sites across the region. 60,000 tonnes of rubbish go to land fill each year with another 3,400 tonnes of paper and cardboard recycled annually and 4,600 tonnes of material recycled from kerbside pick ups with an additional 40,000 cubic metres of compost material processed through the centres.
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COUNCILLOR UPDATES Money for water ALONG WITH THE ADOPTION of Council’s 2010/11 Budget, Council also approved two documents for Wide Bay Water Corporation - the Corporate Plan for the period 2010 to 2013 together with the Statement of Corporate Intent for 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. I was also pleased to see significant water and wastewater capital works for the Fraser Coast over the next few years including: • a $9.7m three-year program in water reticulation to provide secure levels of service in Hervey Bay; • a $3.6m three-year program in new trunk sewers in Hervey Bay and $2.4m in renewing existing sewers to ensure levels of service are maintained; • $10.8m three-year program in water mains replacement in Maryborough to improve network realibility; • $3.5m three-year program of sewer replacement and refurbishment also in Maryborough. • $5.5m upgrade of wastewater treatment plant over five years to improve performance. I look forward to working with the new Chair and Board of Directors of Wide Bay Water. Cr Julie Arthur M: 0458 100 228 E: email@example.com
Medical facility for Tiaro I WAS DELIGHTED with the announcement of Federal Government funding for a medical facility in the old Tiaro Shire Council administration centre. It is certainly good news for the community. These types of facilities and services are the building blocks needed by the community to continually grow and attract new residents as well as support our existing residents. As a community we should feel proud as I believe the grant is testimony to the hard work and dedication of those visionaries who have pushed long and hard for a medical facility. The next step is to talk with medical and allied health professionals to develop concrete plans on the facilities and services that can be offered such as rooms for a pharmacy doctors, podiatrists and dieticians. Cr Linda Harris M: 0417 711 993 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Environment benefits from levy
Balancing ‘need’ across the region
COUNCIL HAS DECIDED to change the focus of the Environmental Levy from land acquisition to a much broader range of activities so I look forward to working together with our community to conserve, protect and enhance our natural environment and our parks and gardens. By working together we can ensure our region remains a place where we, and those who come after us, can relax and enjoy its natural beauty. I am pleased that funds have been made available to ensure we can undertake conservation and other sustainability related activities into the future. Coastal erosion is one area that Council is focussing on and the completion of the Shoreline Erosion Management Plan will guide future preservation activities along our foreshore.
AS A COUNCILLOR there is not a day that goes by when I do not get a call from residents from across the region raising issues regarding needs. It is important to me that I can keep a fair and balanced view of each issue raised. I am endeavouring to fulfil my election commitment with the roll out of gravel road sealing or upgrades. There are always those who believe that their road should be repaired or sealed first, but we need to understand that Council is delivering a record amount of road works across the region. Our rural areas have proven to be challenging due to the volume of additional work required to bring roads up to standard. I am proud of works we have achieved to date but there is no time to sit around admiring past projects as we have much more to do.
Cr Sue Brooks M: 0409 485 818 E: email@example.com
Cr David Dalgleish M: 0417 777 194 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Strong communities A WARM HELLO to everyone in the Fraser Coast region. Queensland Day at the Brooweena Museum is a rural event that is making its mark on the annual calendar with substantial crowds checking out the numerous working displays and soaking up the ambience of the setting. Well done to everyone involved! Despite the damp weather, once again the Teebar Show and Rodeo was a successful occasion with the tireless, hardworking volunteers making it an enjoyable day for everyone who attended. Council continuously seeks community input on documents and activities. Recently we launched two long awaited documents for public comment – our ‘Sustainability Charter’ and ‘Shoreline Erosion Management Plan’ – both documents can be viewed on our website. We are also seeking input for our major planning project ‘Fraser Coast 2031: Have your say’ which will provide us with information to form our Social Plan and a Town Planning Scheme for the region. A final thought from Christopher Morley: “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way”. Cr Debbie Hawes M: 0458 100 224 E: email@example.com
New business ORGANISATIONS that develop new and innovative ways of creating business on the Fraser Coast should be congratulated. One such new business is Guy Leech and the Ramada Resort who have combined resources to develop naturebased health and fitness tourism – a niche market which has the potential to become a major attraction for the region. Our mild climate means there is potential for nature-based health and fitness tourists to visit the region all year around. The tourist industry has been continually searching for new ideas which provide further opportunities to complement existing holiday fun such as heritage trails and whale watching tours. There is huge interest in health and fitness helped along by television shows and magazines. You only have to look at the popularity of the fitness equipment which Council has installed across the region to see how many people are interested in their health and fitness. We encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors in one of our parks and keep healthy at the same time. Cr Belinda McNeven M: 0417 777 206 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
New ‘edge’ for Maryborough’s Queen
The sky is the limit for aviation industry
AN OASIS OF GREEN that provides the perfect foil to its neighbouring historic buildings, majestic Queens Park is about to have its ‘edges’ refurbished. The historically significant park was established more than one hundred years ago but its popularity with locals and visitors alike continues today. However the serious deterioration of the fence which provides a barrier along the steep embankment facing the river has been a source of concern for some time. It is highly visible to travellers on the Mary Ann as well as visitors to the park. Understanding the importance of maintaining Queens Park in tip top condition, the Fraser Coast Regional Council commissioned a comprehensive panel by panel engineering report. This report is now complete and the good news is that work will commence on renewing the fence this financial year.
“THE SKY’S THE LIMIT “ or at least that’s the message that the Council’s draft Aviation Strategy delivers to our rich aviation sector. With aviation recognised as one of the major contributors to our region’s economy, Council has released for public comment a draft plan aimed at growing all facets of the industry including air transport, aviation education, aircraft maintenance and airport infrastructure. My hope is such a plan will see greater investment in our region and especially an increase in much needed employment. Also advancing on Council’s economic development front, is a program of enhancing and growing rural businesses and enterprise throughout the rural areas of our region. Known as FANT, Farm and Nature Tourism, this will be an opportunity for tourism type activties to be developed and improve the viability of rural based businesses. We are fortunate on the Fraser Coast to have such a diverse and strong rural sector. This initiative will work with this sector to build on good foundations and make the region stronger.
Cr Barb Hovard M: 0418 797 165 E: email@example.com
Events bring visitors to the region DESPITE recent stats indicating a decline in tourists to the Fraser Coast, Council’s Visitor Information Centres welcomed over 83,000 visitors to our region in the past year. This represents an increase of 13% and indicates a strong provision of services and information aimed at maximising our potential to extend visitor stay and disperse visitor expenditure throughout the region. Council’s regional event strategy further aims to attract and retain visitors by delivering and supporting a vibrant calendar of events that raise the profile of our region and enhance visitor experiences. This year’s Worlds Greatest Pub Fest was an example of how a regional event can be run as cost neutral to Council (apart for staff resourcing costs), yet deliver strong economic benefit to the region not just for the participating pubs, but to many regional businesses supplying goods and services directly or indirectly due to the event. In addition, more than $34,000, raised by three charity pubs, will go directly back into the community. Cr Anne Nioa M: 0418 741 624 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cr Gerard O’Connell M: 0438 231 868 E: gerard.oconnell@ frasercoast.qld.gov.au
Have your say and be heard I CONGRATULATE those people who have attended the public meetings to put their views forward on the future of the region. Council needs your input so we can map out how the region will look, feel and be governed as we step towards 2031. Some interesting points have been raised during the discussions. Residents want Council meetings to be held around the region, especially in the smaller communities. I know planning for 20 years time is a hard concept to think about, but if we want to see the region prosper we need to think about it. There is still time for you to have your say and I encourage residents to log on to the Council’s website to fill in a survey form or collect a survey form from the Council administration centres in Tiaro, Maryborough and Hervey Bay so you can have your say.
Keeping in touch with our community FRASER COAST Regional Council’s program of Community Briefings across the region has been given the tick of approval by residents. The first Community Briefing was held at the Brooweena Historical Museum in September 2008 as part of Council’s commitment to twoway communications with residents across our region. Other sessions have been held at Tiaro, Boonooroo, Howard, River Heads, Glenwood, Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads and Maryborough. More than 380 residents have participated in Community Briefings to date and raised over 170 questions which have each been investigated by Council and responses sent to each community. The condition of roads, footpaths and parks topped the list of questions raised by residents attending the briefings. Council will continue to hold Community Briefings across the region and is proposing the following schedule: •
Brooweena Historical Museum, September 2010
Tiaro Community Centre, November 2010
Boonooroo Hall, March 2011
Howard, Burrum District Community Centre, May 2011
River Heads Hall, July 2011
Glenwood Hall, September 2011
Burrum Heads Community Hall, November 2011
Please check Council’s website or call Customer Service on 1300 79 49 29 to check the details closer to each date.
Cr Les MucKan M: 0407 653 133 E: email@example.com
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Countdown to Noeline Brown NOELINE BROWN, the Ambassador for Ageing and funny lady of TV, radio and theatre, is coming to Hervey Bay for the Fraser Coast Seniors Expo on Friday 13 August at the Hervey Bay PCYC. Ms Brown was appointed as the first Ambassador for Ageing by the Australian Government in April 2008.
Help protect our shoreline ARE YOU a ratepayer, resident or visitor to the Fraser Coast? Do you use or value the beach? Do you have views on how the coastal environment and coastal infrastructure should look and be used? Do you have photographs or information about the coastline near you or in which you are interested? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, Council would value your help in establishing the Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP), which will guide sustainable beach protection on the Fraser Coast. The SEMP project commenced in April this year. Research to date has focused on collecting and analysing the technical data necessary to help set Council’s policy on shoreline erosion management. Now we need YOUR help. Please use the contact details below to obtain a questionnaire that covers the issues we need information about. Your feedback will help identify problem locations, develop options to address erosion issues and choose a preferred option. Further participation opportunities will be provided during the project, which will continue for about a year. There will be a public display during the next stage of the project. To help prepare the SEMP, Council has engaged coastal management specialists Cardno Lawson Treloar and community engagement specialists CPR Group. To have your say, call CPR Group on FreeCall 1800 100 204 or email SEMP@cprgroup.com.au to be sent a questionnaire. We will then keep you informed on progress of the project, anticipated to run through to mid 2011. Alternatively, you can complete the questionnaire on Council’s website at www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au. Updates on the SEMP progress will appear periodically on the website.
It’s pretty – and natural! AS YOU DRIVE ALONG our region’s esplanades your views may be hindered by beach she-oaks, coastal banksias, pandanus palms and other native trees – but there is a good reason why Council retains the natural look along our foreshore. The trees and dunes protect our foreshore areas which in turn play an important role as: • • • •
This year’s Senior Expo features a full house with nearly 80 exhibitors including lots of new and exciting ones, all with information, products and services for the over 50s. Seniors Project Officer, Julie De Waard said: “if people have been before and think that they have seen it all, this is definitely not true this year”. The program of entertainment is jammed pack with magic tricks, singing, dog obedience displays and information sessions on a wide variety of topics. The cost is just $2 for a great day of information, opportunities and fun. For information or to arrange transport contact Julie on 1300 79 49 29.
Ranger Jay’s farewell walk... RANGER JAY, Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Compliance mascot, has retired after five years of service to the community. If you want a final chance to wish Jay well for his retirement you can see him at the 6th Annual Ranger Lacey’s Dog’s Day Out Pet Walk on Sunday 29 August 2010, to be held at Ululah Lagoon in Maryborough and Dayman Park in Hervey Bay. The aim of the ‘Pet Walk’ is to raise community awareness of responsible pet ownership while raising money for Guide Dogs Queensland. For more information on the Annual Ranger Lacey’s Dog’s Day Out Pet Walk call Caroline on 1300 79 49 29.
Buffers to help protect against erosion, strong winds and storm surges; Significant cultural sites which reflect our Aboriginal and European heritage; Remnant natural vegetation providing habitat and corridors for wildlife and in some cases turtle nesting; and Recreational and educational sites.
Council is committed to protecting the intrinsic values of its mainland foreshores and preserving the function and sustainability of our region’s natural dune systems. The Hervey Bay Foreshore Management Plan (available on Council’s website) is used to guide the future use and management of foreshore parklands and will be extended to include the wider Fraser Coast region in the next 12 months. 10 Fraser Coast Regional Council NEWS
There was a fantastic response to Council’s latest My Fraser Coast competition. The winning entry was from Simone Croxon of Scarness. Simone wrote: “I’ve lived in the Fraser Coast region all of my life. In this time I’ve seen it grow and develop to what it is today. I’ve always enjoyed the freedom of being able to enjoy our relatively un-impacted environment, including the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island. I’ve also always enjoyed the relatively easy-going lifestyle that surrounds the region and it is fantastic to see heritage being preserved in the Maryborough area.” To see more entries, and to tell us how you also live life happy on the Fraser Coast go to: www.ourfrasercoast.qld.gov.au
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Have a whale of a time and save! EXPERIENCE HERVEY BAY’S incredible whale watching this season and save – with discounts of up to 50% for locals. Simply use your Staycations card, available to all Fraser Coast residents, to access special deals for you, your family and friends. For details on how to join and a list of participating whale watch operators go to www.ourfrasercoast.com.au or contact a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre. Staycations is about taking a holiday at home and enjoying all the attractions on offer in your backyard. By joining, you can take advantage of offers and discounts at over 60 Fraser Coast attractions, tours and businesses – including accommodation, fishing tours, attractions and dining. See the website for more.
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Magical Mary Discovery Trail MARY POPPINS characters are now dancing across Maryborough’s roof lines. The first of two planned Mary Poppins murals has been installed on corner of Bazaar and Kent streets in Maryborough. The murals are part of a soon-to-be launched Magical Mary Trail, an interactive self-guided tour which will lead visitors and residents on an enchanting journey to celebrate Maryborough’s impressive heritage and its unique association with Mary Poppins. The mural was designed by local artist Helen Balmer and depicts a scene from the second Mary Poppins novel where a cast of Poppins characters, including the Sweep, Jane and Michael and the police inspector float on magic balloons. Fraser Coast Regional Council has commissioned the public art to celebrate Maryborough’s connection to Pamela Travers, the author of the world famous Mary Poppins stories.
Quench your thirst for history UNCOVER THE BOTTLED HISTORY of the region’s impressive collection of heritage hotels with the Maryborough Historic Pubs Trail. The trail is a Council marketing initiative with funding from Queensland Events and proceeds from the World’s Greatest Pub Fest. It covers more than 20 historic hotels around the Fraser Coast, many of which still retain features from their days as colonial “watering holes”. The trail is available from Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centres.
Maybe Melbourne – with your help! Discover more about our region For a range of discovery trails, self-guided walks and drives and information on the region’s attractions and events, pick up a free copy of Our Fraser Coast magazine or download it from www.ourfrasercoast.com.au
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WHAT MAKES the Fraser Coast special to you? Let us know and go into the running for a monthly Quintessential Fraser Coast prize pack.
GO ONLINE and show your support for a campaign to establish a direct air service from Melbourne. The target is to have 10,000 residents register on www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au to express interest in the flights with low cost airline carrier Tiger Airways. To register go to the website and click on the Maybe Melbourne link.
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For all your events news
W H AT ’ S O N W H AT ’ S O N W H AT ’ S O N
16 July -21 August
More Body-language and Why the Wind Blows and Other Popular Delusions, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
Kaleidoscope of Brush Strokes, Gatakers Art Space Maryborough Eisteddfod, Brolga Theatre
Hervey Bay Whale Festival, Seafront Oval - McDonalds Kids Festival and Family Fun Day - Illuminated Street Parade, starts at Beach House Hotel - LIVE Whale Aid Concert
Talk on Native Orchids, Botanic Gardens, Urangan
Wide Bay Institute of TAFE Open Day, Nagel Street, Maryborough
Fraser Coast Seniors Expo, Hervey Bay PCYC
Z Special Unit Commemorative Reunion and Gala Dinner, Maryborough City Hall
Maryborough Airport hosts historic war planes on show
Fraser Lions Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, Fishermen’s Park, Urangan
Motorcycle Gymkhana & Motor Show, Maryborough Special School
Seniors Day Celebration, Burrum District Community Centre
RACQ Technology Challenge 11-12 September
Spring Spectacular, Maryborough City Hall
Fraser Coast Living Expo 2010, Hervey Bay PCYC
MTB (Multi Terrain Bike) Orienteering, Toolara State Forest
Maryborough Orchid Society - Talk & Potting Demonstration, Maryborough Markets
Disability Action Week Dance, Venue TBC
Scooter Convoy, starting at Seafront Oval Extention Technology Challenge, Maryborough
Youth Talent Quest, ZPAC Theatre, Hervey Bay
Yellow Pages Wide Bay & Fraser Coast Home Show, Maryborough Showgrounds
Glenwood Swap Meet, Car & Bike Show & Variety Concert, Glenwood Park
Community and Disability Services Expo, Maryborough City Hall
Queensland Orienteering Championships, Aramara State Forest
Maryborough District Orchid Society Spring Show, St Pauls Hall, Maryborough
Country Rock and Rock and Roll Day Out
Status Quo and Creedence Show, Maryborough Sports Club
Orchid Potting Workshop, Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens
VACATION presented by J-Starz, Brolga Theatre
Quota Bookfest, Maryborough City Hall
Hervey Bay’s Got Talent for over 50’s, Hervey Bay RSL
Cooper Anchors Map of Australia - World Record Attempt, Hervey Bay
Christmas in July - QCWA Howard Branch
NARC Annual Fund Day, North Aramara Hall
6th Annual Ranger Lacey’s Dogs Day Out Pet Walk, Maryborough and Hervey Bay
Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival
It’s Your Wedding Guide - Wedding Expo, Brolga Theatre
ZPAC Theatre Open Day
Hervey Bay Kennel & Obedience Club inc Agility Competition, Wondunna
Artful Weaving with Natural Fibres, Hervey Bay Wide Bay TAFE Campus
Maryborough Heritage CraftFest, Maryborough City Hall
Crime Prenvention Forum, Hervey Bay Boat Club
Torbanlea Picnic Races
Dorothy the Dinosaur Travelling Show, Brolga Theatre
Swap Meet, Hervey Bay State High School
Birds in the Bush Pamper Day, Tiaro Memorial Hall
Get the word out about your event. Submit your community event or meeting on the Fraser Coast Events website or call 1800 214 789.
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Torbanlea Picnic Races 23 October
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