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April – June 2011

Tourism boost for Fraser Coast

Replacements for bridges

New swimming pool laws

Staycations – live life local This newsletter introduces an expanded “locals” campaign – with a new look Fraser Coast Staycations card attached for all 46,000 households in the region. The distribution is timed to coincide with the upcoming Easter five-day break and a co-operative campaign by Council and Tourism Fraser Coast to encourage all residents to “explore and spend in your backyard”. “By holidaying, shopping and dining locally, you are helping to replace the tourism dollars lost from a drop in the number of out-of-town visitors to the Fraser Coast,” Mayor Mick Kruger said. “We are asking you to use your new Fraser Coast Staycations Card to ‘live life local!’. Your reward is great discounts

Easter Market in April

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and deals from regional businesses and attractions,” he said. “The recent appalling weather and one of the tourism industry’s worst ever “peak holiday” periods has demonstrated just how dependent our regional community is on tourism. “It is our region’s major industry making Staycations a ‘win, win’ situation for all,” Cr Kruger said. Council first introduced its Staycations scheme in 2009. Since then over 6000 residents have signed up to the program. Councillor Anne Nioa said by implementing Staycations, and by this new major rollout of cards to all households, Council hoped to provide regional businesses – not just the tourism industry – an opportunity to

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leverage off a proven formula that provided benefits for all involved. Cr Nioa, who is also Tourism Fraser Coast Chair, said the road to recovery involved participation and partnership and taking advantage of cooperative opportunities. “Australia’s peak tourism bodies are working with Tourism Fraser Coast to encourage people to visit by pointing out that our tourism industry is ready and waiting,” she said. “At the same time Council is working on a number of projects and campaigns to provide assistance to the regional business community, including the Fraser Coast Staycations campaign.”

Tiaro Medical Centre out to tender Tenders have been let for the Tiaro Medical Centre, to be built in the former Tiaro Shire Council administration building.

The Council has been working hard to restore business confidence across the region. While it has been tough, I think business confidence on the Fraser Coast has been boosted by the announcement of some major projects. Council has approved an application for a 110-bed extension of St Stephen’s Private Hospital and Medical Centre in Hervey Bay as well as extensions to Station Square Shopping Centre in Maryborough to cater for a Target and additional retail tenancies. At the same time a number of Council projects, such as the $10 million Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, $5 million Community Centre, $1.3 million extension to the Hervey Bay PCYC, the $900,000 construction of a new animal refuge in Maryborough, the $6.2 million redevelopment of the Maryborough aquatic centre, $400,000 Tiaro Medical Centre and the $1.3 million program to replace three wooden bridges, $1 million to rehabilitate Boundary Road between Robertson and Booral Road, have been approved. All of these projects will create employment and enhance our region’s reputation as a place where businesses want to establish; where growth is continuing despite the global economic crisis. We are still dealing with the aftermath of floods and Cyclone Yasi and working hard to encourage tourists to return to the region. Our efforts have been bolstered by Qantaslink which has increased the number of seats servicing the Fraser Coast by an extra 604 per week with the introduction of bigger aircraft. Cr Mick Kruger Mayor Fraser Coast Regional Council

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April – June 2011

The plans include a reception area, doctor’s office, three consultation rooms and a pharmacy dispensary area. The $400,000 project is funded by the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Federal Government under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program.

Maryborough animal refuge underway Work has started on the $900,000 Maryborough animal refuge. Fraser Coast company Metcalfe Constructions was awarded the contract to build the facility and work started in the second week of March. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in May, depending on weather conditions.

The project in Bright Street replaces the old refuge that was on the same site and the pound in Arbury Street. The new complex includes a new dog refuge, pound and boarding kennels, a cat refuge and boarding kennels, storage shed, caretaker’s residence and administration offices. Hervey Bay company Global Garages is completing other components of the project.

New swimming pool laws Drowning is the leading cause of death in Queensland for children aged one to four years. Supervision of kids and teaching them to swim at a young age can save lives. Effective pool fencing also helps keep kids safe. This is why the state government introduced new pool safety laws that came into effect on 1 December 2010. Brochures outlining the new laws and how they affect property owners are available from the Council’s libraries and customer service centres.

Under the new swimming pool safety laws: • A pool safety certificate, issued by a licensed pool safety inspector, is required when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool; • The pool safety standard applies to all pools associated with houses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, caravan parks, mobile van parks and other forms of short-term accommodation; • The pool safety standard applies to indoor pools as well as outdoor pools; • All swimming pools need to be included on the state-based pool safety register by 4 May 2011, and; • Safety barriers are mandatory for all portable pools and spas deeper than 300 millimetres. A full explanation of the new swimming pool safety laws is on Council’s website

Have your Say on Draft Community Plan


Council needs your feedback on its first Draft Community Plan for the Fraser Coast.

When ratified, the plan will be available

Take this opportunity to ensure that the plan contains your ideas from the first round of public consultation in 2010.

A copy of the plan and dates for further community consultation meetings are available on Council’s website under Community Voice/Have Your Say.

for organisations to use in business and community planning.

Fraser Coast 2031 Consultation Summary Report

Let’s Talk Community Voice is your connection to Council and offers you many avenues to provide feedback. Share your ideas and visions to help shape the future direction of the region and stay informed on the latest news, events and projects. Enews – Get the latest news delivered straight to your desktop. Sign up at twitter – Follow Council on twitter. Go to Community Consultation – Have your Say on proposed projects and plans. Report an Issue – Contact Council to report issues of concern such as potholes, parks maintenance, litter.

Maintaining a relaxed and friendly community and promoting a relaxed lifestyle were the most common topics identified by residents responding to the 2031: Have your Say survey. During the consultation Council asked residents for input into developing a Community Plan and Sustainable Growth Strategy – a vision for the future. Comments were sought from focus groups and public meetings.

Residents could also phone in their comments, lodge them by email or fill in an on-line survey. Overall 4,633 residents responded. A Draft Community Plan is expected to go to Council and then public exhibition in April. Council is continuing to develop a Sustainable Growth Strategy which is the precursor to a region-wide planning strategy. The full report, Fraser Coast 2031 – Consultation Summary Report can be viewed on Council’s website

Council is investigating the development potential of 16,272 hectares of unallocated Crown land between Hervey Bay and Maryborough known as the Churchill Investigation Area. The land stretches from Torbanlea to Dundathu. The land could be suitable for a purpose-built regional motorsports park; regional sport and recreation and

Complaint – Submit an online form and tell us about your issues of concern. Community Chats – An open and informal way to encourage conversation between residents, Councillors and senior staff. Contact us – PO Box 1943, Hervey Bay, Q, 4655 P 1300 79 49 29 F 4197 4455 E

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Council eyes vacant State land Vacant land between Hervey Bay and Maryborough could be buzzing with activity under a Council plan.

Enquiry – Call our Customer Service Centre or fill out an online enquiry form.

athletics facilities and regional airport and aviation-related activities. Council will talk with the state government and the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Planning Advisory Committee to identify regional business and industrial development opportunities for the land. It will also lodge a submission to the Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan to request the area be secured for future development including projects which would be hard to locate or are incompatible with urban areas.

Fraser Coast Living is produced and published by the Fraser Coast Regional Council to keep residents up to date with the latest Council projects and events. It is delivered three times a year to all residences and is printed locally on eco-friendly paper. We welcome your feedback. Tell us what you would like to see in the next edition of Fraser Coast Living by emailing Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the information in this newsletter was correct at the time of printing.

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Councillor Updates Library award for easy access

Take the opportunity to Have Your Say

Community spirit flourishing

COUNCIL IS NOW steadily travelling down the track towards a brand new Fraser Coast Regional Planning Scheme. Tenders were advertised in late February and I look forward to the community once again ‘having your say’ on the future look and feel of our cities and towns. It seems that Council is often asking for your input but unless we all participate when invited to, it is a bit difficult to complain afterwards if we don’t like the outcome. I don’t like making decisions based on a small percentage of residents’ feedback so please get involved and let us know how you want this wonderful region to develop. One easy way to keep up to date, if you have email access, is via our eNews. Please visit the Council website and sign up so you can receive up to date news regularly directly to your inbox.

AUSTRALIANS ARE RENOWNED for their ability to prevail in difficult circumstances and that spirit is alive and well on the Fraser Coast. When faced with flooding and isolation during January everyone in the region pulled together to recover as quickly as possible. Our infrastructure sustained considerable damage yet almost all residents waited patiently for their roads to be fixed knowing that Council and Main Roads staff were doing their level best to plough through a massive workload of repairs. Our great community spirit was evident again on Beautiful Bay Day when 250 people turned out to clean up selected foreshore areas. Despite the heat, the work was completed amid smiles, laughter and friendly conversation. The Fraser Coast’s Aussie spirit is intact and I am proud to represent this region.

Cr Sue Brooks M: 0409 485 818 E:

Cr David Dalgleish M: 0417 777 194 E:

Celebrate our women

Support youth groups

LOCALS WILL BE PLEASED to know that Council has finalised the purchase of the former Police Station property facing the highway and adjacent to the popular Tinana Recreation Reserve. This important acquisition of a strategic asset in a fast growing suburb was recommended in the Tinana Recreation Reserve Management Plan and supported by the many locals who in 2007 attended consultations for their say on future uses. Dedicated back in 1890, the Reserve is used today by a myriad of community and sporting organisations, so it is fitting that the land is being returned to its original purpose. On another front, Council officers, Maryborough Swimming Club members and Councillors are working with architects on design plans for the refurbished swimming pool. It is an exciting project and the modern facility is sure to be very popular.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (8 March) was a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word, suffragette, is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911. 2011 is the Global Centenary Year. Here in the Fraser Coast we were lucky to join the National Rural Women’s Coalition interactive morning tea with Geraldine Doogue. The Rural Women’s Coalition is a great organisation – check them out at

THE START OF 2011 has been marred by episodes of youth crime. While we might prefer not to read about such things over our morning coffee, it is important that we all know it is happening so that we can act as a community to prevent it. We need to invest more in youth and crime prevention programs. We are fortunate in our region to have excellent programs, but at times they struggle for funding. These initiatives give marginalised young people purpose and the direction to lead productive and happy lives. I urge you to take an interest and push for more support for these groups that encourage our young people in need. Consider it an investment in our community, not a cost, as these programs have proven success that benefits all of us.

Cr Barb Hovard M: 0418 797 165 E:

Cr Belinda McNeven M: 0417 777 206  E:

Cr Les MucKan M: 0407 653 133 E:

DURING spinal injuries awarEness week, five Maryborough businesses were recognised for their commitment to provide an equitable and accessible facility. Regional winners went on to be judged at the State level. At the State Awards announced recently, Council’s John Anderson Library has been recognised in the Best Government Department or Agency Category for making the library building accessible with all public spaces conforming to standards as well as offering the facility to re-charge mobility devises while at the library. Programs offered at the library are run inclusive to everyone regardless of a disability. This accolade has been bestowed upon Council and in particular library staff, who are committed and dedicated to providing an inclusive service to our residents. When next in Maryborough, take a visit to the library, I am sure you will enjoy the experience.

Cr Julie Arthur, Deputy Mayor M: 0458 100 228 E:

More land for Tinana Recreation Reserve

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Brolga hosts 2011 Heritage Qld Eisteddfod THE BROLGA THEATRE is a fantastic asset for our region. We recently saw that graphically illustrated yet again during the excellent community production of The Music Man starring our talented local actors and singers. The next major event for the Brolga is the 118th Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod, Fraser Coast 2011 with juniors competing from 11 to 14 April and adults from 21 to 24 April. A total of 345 entries include 176 in the Vocal/Chorus, 111 in Instrumental and 58 in Speech and Drama. More than 800 will compete in the 18 Choral events. The competitors and their supporters will stay within the region providing a marvellous flow-on effect for our businesses during this time. Please come along to support the performers and enjoy the quality performances that the Queensland Eisteddfod is sure to provide.

Thank you to our volunteers A WARM HELLO and big thank you to our Fraser Coast residents! Council has had a lot of involvement from residents in recent months with public consultation for the local laws, heritage register and electoral divisions. CEP (Community Environment Program) groups have been formed and hundreds volunteered assistance in clean ups of the Maryborough CBD and Hervey Bay foreshore. Our region has also endured a lot with rain and flooding. Once again a huge thank you to all our emergency workers, our hard working staff, people who volunteered to clean up afterwards, made donations, and delivered pamper packs. I am proud to be part of such a caring community. I’d like to leave with these words – Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize. Elizabeth Harrison

Changes to Council meeting times After a 12 month trial, Council meetings have reverted to two Ordinary meetings and one Planning and Development Committee meeting each month. Agenda items for the Infrastructure and Environment Committee and Strategic and Organisational Services Committee will now be dealt with at the Ordinary meetings. The decision to revert to the former system was made after considering feed back from Councillors and the public.

Cr Linda Harris M: 0417 711 993 E: linda.harris@

Cr Debbie Hawes M: 0458 100 224  E:

All Councillors are members of each committee and the meetings are open to the public.

Take a Staycation this Easter

Economic group invaluable

THERE IS NO DOUBT that tourism is doing it tough, not only in our region but all over Queensland and indeed Australia. One of the strategies to help local tourism that Council has implemented over the past two years is the Staycation program. Residents taking a holiday in their own backyard can stimulate strong local economic benefit by keeping our dollars in the region to help replace lost tourist dollars. With a new-look Fraser Coast Staycations Card (attached to the back of your newsletter) you can access some wonderful offers direct from the operators on the Fraser Coast. A perfect time to use your card is the upcoming Easter vacation. How stress free would it be not to have to pack the car, drive or fly to a destination? Instead you can choose from an array of accommodation options right here on your doorstep or “go overseas”– to Fraser Island and enjoy what people travel around the world to experience.

WITH THE FIRST 12 months down, the Economic Development Advisory Committee has proved to be an invaluable asset to Council’s progress in developing the region’s economy. This strong representative group provides high level advice to Council, Chambers of Commerce, the UDIA, USQ, TAFE, and small to medium sized businesses, amongst others. Important initiatives coming from this group include a convention/ cultural centre for the Fraser Coast; an invitation to the state government to relocate departments, people and jobs to our region; enhancing the progress of the education sector; promoting the possibility of “fly-in-fly-out” employment; improving services and businesses in rural communities; captilising on aviation opportunities and many others. It is a privilege to chair this group and I am proud of the way we have worked together to ensure the Fraser Coast realises its enormous potential.

Ordinary meetings: First Wednesday of each month Council Chambers at Hervey Bay.

Cr Anne Nioa M: 0418 741 624 E:

Cr Gerard O’Connell M: 0438 231 868  E:

Third Wednesday of each month Council Chambers at Maryborough. Planning and Development Committee meetings: Second Wednesday of each month Council Chambers at Hervey Bay.

Let’s talk Community Chat is an informal conversation between residents, Councillors and senior staff. Community Chat sessions are held across the region and include informal sessions at shopping centres and community halls. The next Community Chat will be held at Urangan Central on Tuesday 19 April 2011. For further information including upcoming dates, visit the Council’s website

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Preserving Local Heritage Fears that being listed on the new Fraser Coast Local Heritage Register would restrict property owners were allayed during community consultation sessions.

Burrum Revetment Wall to be rebuilt The interlocking revetment wall that protects popular Lions Park from erosion at Burrum Heads will be rebuilt by June in a $100,000 project, weather permitting. The 15-year-old wall has been undermined by wave action and fires lit on the wall have damaged underground supports. Designs for the new wall have been submitted to the EPA and Marine Parks for approval and a survey of the river bed has been undertaken as part of the project to develop a Shoreline Erosion Management Plan. The new wall will be slightly modified to accommodate changes to river currents but most of the changes will not be seen as they are under the sand.

Flood keeps Council busy

Of these, 624 related to routine maintenance. A further 126 related to drainage issues on private property over which Council has no legal control, and 389 needed further investigation to develop long-term solutions. Council will use the information to fine tune its maintenance program and develop a long-term program to improve drainage.

April – June 2011

Council has listed 99 places and residents have recommended additional places for consideration. A copy of the Register, individual place cards and fact sheets can be viewed on the Council’s website Follow the links to Your Community/ Local Heritage Register.

Happy mowers’ new tractor Neville Watson is a happy man. With a second-hand mower donated by Council, he and other members of the River Heads Progress Association can maintain a larger area of the 18.3 hectare River Heads Reserve. The association is part of the Council’s Community Environment Program (CEP) and for the past four years has managed the development of the reserve following a Master Plan developed jointly with the Council. The group has also attracted state and federal grants to undertake tree planting and install an irrigation system. The mower, from Council’s parks fleet, was due for replacement.

Council received 1,339 requests from residents to fix road and drainage problems caused by the flooding rain in December and January.

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Council is using a contemporary approach to preserving heritage by building partnerships with owners to encourage them to discuss their plans to ensure that on-going maintenance and redevelopment respects the places’ heritage significance.

One of the best ways to protect heritage buildings and sites is to ensure their ongoing use.

The Community Environment Program gives residents opportunities to participate in ‘on-the-ground’

maintenance and management of bushland and open spaces across the region. Participants undertake a variety of tasks including: • restoring natural areas including tree planting and weed control; • project planning, implementation and monitoring; • fauna and flora observations and other fun educational activities. There are 18 CEP groups across the region including ones at Urangan and Toogoom. For more information or to join a group contact Council’s Community Environment Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or go to From the home page follow the links to Your Community/Environment/ Community Environment Program.

New shade shelter for Maaroom Children visiting the Maaroom foreshore can now play in the shade thanks to a 121 square metre shade shelter over the play area.

The composite fibre shelter covers new swings and spring toys. The Maaroom Progress Association has also attracted state and federal grants to undertake tree planting and install an irrigation system.

Maryborough Aquatic Centre revamp

Bridges being replaced Structural work costing more than $1.3 million on three of the region’s timber bridges will improve access for rural residents.

A water play area including fountains, flowing water course, zero depth zones with in-ground spray jets and a separate toddlers’ pool are included in the concept plans for the revamped Maryborough Aquatic Centre.

• An eight-lane 50m pool; • Demolition and replacement of existing entry building, amenities, office; • Learn to Swim/Hydrotherapy Pool; • Water Play Area; and • Landscaping, barbecues and passive recreation areas.

The $6.2 million redevelopment project also includes:

Council is now waiting for detailed design plans to be completed so it can call for tenders to build the project.

• Repairs to the existing 25m heated pool to rectify water circulation issues;

Nominate for Mayoral Environment Awards Take the initiative and nominate your favourite Fraser Coast environmentalist for a Mayoral Environment Award.

Nominations close on 29 April.

The awards recognise the hard work and dedication of individuals and groups who nurture our environment.

Nomination forms are available from Council Customer Service Centres at Tiaro, Maryborough and Hervey Bay or can be downloaded from the Council website

The awards will be presented in association with World Environment Day on 4 June.

Cenotaph shines for ANZAC Day

Council’s construction crews have replaced girders, bracing, headstocks and the wooden decking and spliced the piles for added strength on Kunst Bridge on Blowers Road over Munna Creek. A new two-way concrete bridge replaces the old wooden bridge on Yerra Road over Eighteen Mile Creek in time for the sugar cane harvest and work is under way on realigning the bridge approaches and the nearby Pilerwa Road/Yerra Road intersection to improve safety. Tenders have been let to replace Jumpo Creek Bridge on Bidwill Road with a reinforced concrete box culvert. The contractors will start work when state government approvals for the project are received.

New play and BBQ equipment for ANZAC Park Council has installed two new sets of play equipment in ANZAC Park. Located near the Cheapside Street car park, the equipment is joined by two double barbecues, four barbecue shelters, under-cover seating and 800 metres of pathways. The play equipment is covered with shade shelters. Interactive artwork will complement the new recreation area.

The marble in Maryborough’s 89-year-old cenotaph is glittering again after minor repairs and a gentle clean ahead of ANZAC Day on 25 April.

Gentle cleaning materials were used to avoid damage to the Italian Carrara marble. Some staining will remain but that is considered preferable to using harsh chemicals which over time could damage the marble.

The work included a safety check to ensure all parts are securely attached, replacing the top of a soldier’s rifle which had been broken off, repairing cracks in the monument’s base and repairs to the pier cap on an adjacent sandstone gate pillar.

The memorial could be unique in that it includes five statues which portray the Army, Navy, Air Force and Nursing profession and Nike, the Winged Figure of Victory standing above them. The memorial gates and plaques were cast by Maryborough’s Croydon Foundry. Ph 1300 79 49 29 | |  7

Nabbed! Vandals caught on camera Video cameras in the Maryborough CBD have been so successful in helping beat bad behaviour that more will be installed. Council installed four motion-activated security cameras in Maryborough with a $79,000 grant from the Federal

Mark Izzard, left, who completed his carpentry apprenticeship with Council in 2009, helps Council’s newest carpentry apprentice James Miniskas remodel an office at the Tavistock Administration Centre.

Council provides training opportunities Former Maryborough High School student James Maniskas is realising his dream of becoming a carpenter thanks to an apprenticeship with Council. James managed a chicken takeaway for two years while searching for a carpentry apprenticeship and is now delighted to be one of five trainees and apprentices who started with the Council in January. His training will be well rounded: as a part of the Council’s carpentry gang James will work on projects ranging from building pathways on Fraser Island to all aspects of remodelling buildings. Other trainees include two horticulturists, Wade Spencer and Trent Walder based at the Council’s parks depot in Hervey Bay; Waste Trainee Aaron Fox based at the Maryborough landfill depot and Administration Trainee Chrissie Cosgrove training in tourism at the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre. At the same time 53 existing Council staff members have taken on traineeships to upgrade their skills to further their careers and help Council provide services to the community.

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Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. The cameras have recorded vandals ripping light bollards out of the footpath in Richmond Street, petty vandalism and antisocial behaviour and the footage has been used to identify offenders and secure convictions in court.

Views on Shoreline Management Plan In a previous edition of Fraser Coast Living, you were invited to tell us how you value the region’s beaches, as we develop the Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP). Thank you to those who provided feedback. Data from the survey indicates the importance of the shoreline to people who choose to live here for the relaxed lifestyle and appreciation of the natural coastal environment. A strong theme is the use of beaches for recreation – walking on the beach, meeting people and enjoying the tranquility. Stage 2 of the SEMP has now begun with an analysis of risk from erosion,

which will include a future sea level rise component. Once this activity is complete, Council’s consultant, Cardno Engineering will consider the erosion management options available, as outlined in the Hervey Bay Beaches report by the Beach Protection Authority, including: • • • • • •

Maintain current status; Managed retreat; Seawalls; Groynes; Beach nourishment; or Offshore breakwaters.

Complete an online questionnaire at Follow the links to Your Community/ Environment/Beaches and Coastal Management.

Eco-lumination of Street Parade

Time to ‘think smart’ for the annual Hervey Bay Whale Festival Illuminated Street Parade. Council and our proud community sponsors challenge 2011 parade entrants to present an original idea that combines an environmentally

friendly way to illuminate your float while portraying this year’s theme: “Fraser Coast – where nature comes alive”. Entry details are available at or email and we’ll send you an Eco-lumination pack.

Junior Council 2011 want youth spaces This year’s Junior Councillors intend to lobby the Fraser Coast Regional Council for more space for youth activities and further development of existing spaces. Fraser Coast Junior Mayor Jayannah Peterson, Deputy Mayor Daniel Mahony, the Councillors and their executive team were sworn in during a ceremony in Queens Park last month.

Students win scholarships The Junior Council also plans to ensure Fraser Coast young people are aware of all the services available to them in their region. Elected office holders include Rebekah Simpson – Maryborough CEO, Katie Brown – Hervey Bay CEO, Alex Nordling – Maryborough Secretary, Maria Andersen – Hervey Bay Secretary, Teah Nugent – Media officer. For more information on youth activities go to Click on Community/Youth.

Children are invited to Proud Marys writing workshops at the Maryborough library on

The second year student who is completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Management) has been awarded the 2011 Fraser Coast Regional Council Marketing Scholarship. The former Urangan High student now works part time as a USQ student ambassador promoting the university to the region’s high school students. As part of her scholarship which is worth $2500, Elle will undertake an internship with the Council’s marketing section.

Mary Poppins literary and art competition

Fraser Coast children should start preparing their entries for the Proud Marys Association’s 2011 Mary Poppins Literary and Art Competition.

If her face looks familiar it’s because you’ve seen Elle Green on buses and billboards as the face of the USQ Fraser Coast campus.

23 July, 30 July, 6 August and 13 August. Entries close on 9 September. The workshops are sponsored by the Zonta Club, Maryborough Branch. For more information on the Mary Poppins competition and workshops visit

Education student Kylie Turner was presented with the $2500 Fraser Coast Regional Council Scholarship for 2011. Ms Turner was the highest achieving second year student across all four faculties at the USQ – Fraser Coast campus last year. This year she entered her third year of a four-year Bachelor of Education degree, specialising in special education.

Tourism Boost Passenger numbers through the Fraser Coast Airport were boosted by a campaign to increase tourist numbers in the slow period before Christmas.

here for the tail end of the whale watch season.

Council teamed up with industry partners including Tourism Fraser Coast, Tourism Queensland, whale watch operators, accommodation providers and Virgin Blue for the Wotif Fraser Coast Campaign to lure tourists

Also boosting tourism is the arrival of bigger Qantaslink aircraft that will service the Fraser Coast from April.

The number of passengers through the Fraser Coast Airport increased by 40% for November compared to the previous year.

The Fraser Coast will gain an extra 604 seats per week, an increase of 30%, with more services operated by the new 74-seat Q400 jet-like aircraft. Ph 1300 79 49 29 | |  9

Egg-citing Easter Market Easter crafts, culinary delights, musical entertainment, juggling and magic shows are all on offer at a special Easter fun day and late night market in Maryborough’s CBD on 21 April.

Join the Poppins circus It will be a circus at this year’s Mary Poppins Festival held every June/July school holidays in Maryborough. Circus workshops and performances are new additions to an exciting festival line up with Flipside Circus staging three high energy performances at the Mary Poppins Festival in the Park on 3 July including juggling, acrobatics and human pyramids. Flipside will also conduct a series of drop in style workshops for children at the Festival in the Park, teaching basic circus skills. Those who are extra keen to “run away and join the circus” can take part in a more intensive workshop held as part of the Maryborough Art Society’s six day Winter Workshop Program. Children aged between six and 18 can gain skills in juggling, hula hoop, devil sticks, tumbling, acrobatics, group skipping, clowning and Poi, from 28 June to 3 July. Flipside trainers will work with participants to devise a show to perform at the Mary Poppins Festival in the Park. Flipside Circus is presented by the Maryborough Art Society through funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, a Queensland Government initiative which distributes revenue collected from taxes on gambling to not-for-profit community groups. For more info on the Winter Workshop Program contact Maggee on 07 4123 4577 or email:

Maryborough’s famous Thursday market takes on a distinct Easter flavour, starting at 8am and continuing until 9pm. Over 100 stalls will stock a variety of handcrafted products; wooden toys, glass-ware, jewellery, clothes, dolls and

All day children’s activities include rides, face painting, juggling, candle making, Easter egg hunt, free Easter craft workshops and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be entertainment until late on two stages at either end of the market featuring local performers. For a full list of markets see page 11.

Pub Fest “Last Shout” “We can be Heroes” is the theme as Maryborough stages its 7th annual World’s Greatest Pub Fest on 12 June. The Pub Fest will once again crawl for a cause raising money to support our local heroes, the SES groups which play such an important and essential role helping people during natural disasters. There is $1500 in prize money for the Pub Fest’s signature feature – its popular and outrageous costume competition. Participants who hand in a Guinness World Record crawl card stamped at all 10 participating pubs at the end of the fest will go in the draw for $500. To encourage safe driving, registered designated drivers will be rewarded with

soft drinks on the house at all pubs between 11am and 6pm. Mayor Mick Kruger said this year’s Pub Fest will be known as the Last Shout as it will be the last time it will go ahead in this format. “This event attracts thousands of visitors to the region and provides a unique community celebration that generates worldwide exposure but like any event it is time to sit back and reassess its future,” he said. “The organising committee and Council will look at what other opportunities there are to stage a similar regional event that doesn’t have the same regulatory challenges and will provide an even stronger economic boost to the region.” For more details visit:

Brolga – see it live, see it local The Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre has set a standard for live entertainment that many regional areas would envy. To stay abreast of upcoming events log on to or subscribe and receive the latest What’s On brochure direct to your email inbox. 
 Or join the Friends of the Brolga Theatre Group and take advantage of discounts to

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gifts. A number of stores in the CBD will keep their doors open until late for Easter trading.

April – June 2011

most shows, regular newsletters with advance notice of upcoming events, and discounts from a number of businesses. Members can also assist in theatre operations of the theatre by working in ushering, door-keeping and front-ofhouse management. For further information, call the Brolga Office on 4122 6000 or complete the Membership Application form on line.

For all your information about what’s on in the region APRIL continuing to 2 May

Youth Art Awards

8 April – 23 April

“The One Day of the Year”, ZPAC Theatre, Zephyr Street, Scarness, Hervey Bay

10 April

Mater Little Miracles 5km Walk, Scarness Park, Hervey Bay

11 April – 24 April

118th Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod, Maryborough

16 April

Glenwood Easter Fair, Glenwood

21 April

Easter Markets, Maryborough CBD

21 April – 26 April

North Coast Campout, Maryborough Showgrounds, Maryborough

22 April – 24 April

Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic, Lions Park, Burrum Heads

23 April

Easter Family Fun Day, Scarness Park, Esplanade, Hervey Bay

25 April

Anzac Day services across the region

25 April – 30 April

150 years of municipality (refer to story below)

29 April – 1 May

Toogoom Family Fishing Competition, Toogoom

30 April – 1 May

Hervey Bay Triathlon, Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay

30 April – 1 May

Bay to Bay Yacht Race, Hervey Bay

Get the word out about your event. Submit your community event for free at Regular Events and Markets Ghostly Tours & Tales Last Saturday of each month Bookings essential. Call 1800 214 789 Guided Heritage Walking tours Free tour from City Hall Mon–Sat 9am Tea with Mary Thurs–Sat Call 1800 214 789 Sunday in the Park, Portside Maryborough Sunday, last full weekend each month. Free entertainment, food stalls and family fun

MAY continuing to 2 May

Youth Art Awards

5 May – 8 May

Heritage Week, Maryborough

11 May

Burrum & District Heritage Society Morning Tea, Burrum District Museum, Howard

13 May – 18 June

Christopher Trotter: Animated Steel, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

13 May – 18 June

Speech of the Gods – Ruth Venner, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

14 May – 21 May

Fraser Island Bird Week

15 May

RSPCA Million Paws Walk, West Soccer Grounds, Sydney St, Maryborough

26 May – 28 May

Fraser Coast Show, Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park

Maryborough Heritage City Markets Every Thursday 8am–1.30pm Adelaide & Ellena streets, Maryborough CBD

5 June

Queensland Day Festival, Pier Park, Urangan

Maryborough High Flea Markets 3rd Sunday 8am–12pm Cnr Kent and Ferry streets, Maryborough

11 June – 13 June

2011 Queensland Brass Band Championships, Brolga Theatre, Maryborough

12 June

World’s Greatest Pub Fest, Maryborough

18 June

Teebar Rodeo, Teebar

24 June – 23 July

Creative Generation Excellence Awards, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

30 June

Mary Poppins Market Day

Poona Markets 2nd Saturday 7am–12pm Poona Community Hall, Poona

Mary Poppins Festival, Queens Park and Mary River Parklands

Nikenbah Markets 1st and 3rd Sunday 6am–12pm Nikenbah-Dundowran Road, Hervey Bay


JULY 3 July

Turning back the clock 150 years The search is on for descendants of Maryborough’s first aldermen, auditors and town clerk as the city prepares to stage a creative re-enactment of its first local government election. Maryborough was declared a municipality and its 650 residents granted the right to “seek control of their township and affairs”. Heritage Committee chair, Cr Barb Hovard said at the time Maryborough was a small but lively port settlement with no water and dirt tracks for roads. “The first election and council meeting in April that year were lively, interesting affairs. We’ve used old records, speeches and a bit of ‘poetic license’ to combine all elements of that

Hervey Bay Sundays in the Park, Scarness Park 1pm–3pm, 4th Sunday of month. Entertainment, food and family fun

Fraser Coast Kidney Support Markets 2nd and last Sunday 7am–12pm Woolworths Car Park, Maryborough

Koala Markets 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday 6am–12pm Kruger Court, Urangan

time to create the re-enactment,” Cr Hovard said. Descendants are asked to register with Council to be part of the ceremony on 27 April at City Hall. Other activities to mark 150 years of local government include a historical photograph display in City Hall on 27 – 28 April and a commemorative council meeting with Councillors and Executive dressed in period costume. From 25 –30 April, Maryborough’s free daily walking tours will weave in colourful tales about city hall and the first election. Residents can also explore the lives and times of the early Aldermen with the Maryborough District Family History Society on a Cemetery Tour on 1 May at 2.30pm. No bookings are required.

Howard Country Markets 1st Saturday 7am–12pm, Steley Street, Howard Burrum Heads Markets 2nd Saturday, Community Hall, Burrum Heads River Heads Farmers and Artisans Market 4th Saturday 8am–12pm Community Hall, River Heads Harbour View Twilight Markets Every Friday 4pm–9pm, Urangan Marina Torquay Twilight Markets 1st Friday 4pm–9pm, Aquaview, Torquay Glenwood Community Markets 3rd Saturday 7am–12pm Community Hall, Glenwood Fraser Coast TESS Wildlife Park Markets 3rd Sunday 7am-1pm, TESS Wildlife Sanctuary, Mungar Rd, Maryborough

Disclaimer: Market dates are based on usual information. Dates may change due to Christmas/New Year.

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