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effect THE FRASER EFFECT | EDITION 01 Prosper & Belong in Fraser Coast QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Our First People... The Butchulla. Since creation, Butchulla people have lived by three loreâ€™s:
01. What is good for the land comes first 02. Do not take or touch anything that does not belong to you
03. If you have plenty, you must share
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THE BUTCHULLA K’gari, or Fraser Island as it is commonly known has been home to Butchulla for centuries, some say as long as 20, 000 years ago. Only recently has the island returned to the care of its People. Butchulla understand the movements of nature and the creatures in the sea about K’gari, through all their years before European settlement, Butchulla would welcome visitors and share in what nature had on offer with other visiting groups each season – tourism in its original form. In 2017 the Butchulla People are an important part of the fabric of our community. We have much to learn and much to share as we all belong and prosper together.
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06 Our Fraser 10 Live Here and Work in the World
Featuring: Dr David Bodie, Dr Regina Wulf and Dr Simon Elix
I Know Just the Place Featuring: Tiaro
20 We Call it Home
Featuring: Michael Smith
Our Food Story Featuring: The Vinyard Cultural Collective Local Artists, Musicians and Community Creativity Then and Now Featuring: 'Our' Urangan Pier
There is something about the Fraser Coast. It’s more than the weather, the location and the fact we live in a UNESCO Biosphere. We are a community celebrating our past and embracing the future. This publication has been produced to tell our story and encourage you to think about our region as a real opportunity for your relocation and investment. Bring your family, bring your team. We haven’t given you a fact sheet, though we can provide you with the numbers. We haven’t told you we have direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane and you will be a five minute drive from your boat, but it’s true. We have not even told you that we have great investment opportunities that are unique, where else is there the chance for you to develop a greenfield site directly opposite a fully operational harbour? No, you can learn
Inclusivity Community and Inclusion Featuring: Peter Rowe
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Celebrate Celebrating Events
This publication is about us, the community you can
Snippets Local News and Short Stories
of belonging is hard to find, Fraser Coast can deliver.
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- BIOSPHERE In 2009, the Great Sandy Region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO. This gives world-wide recognition to the unique natural attributes of the Fraser Coast region.
We have many talented professional creatives on the Fraser Coast, it's been a pleasure to work with a team of local photographers, writers and a local graphic designer to bring The Fraser Effect to life. Thank you to all of our contributors for your dedication and passion for our Fraser Coast region.
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our fraser It's pretty special this place. We've heard so many times, 'I came here and I got my life back.' Why is that do you think? Is it the natural environment, sense of community, balanced work and leisure lifestyle? Or is it more, is it something we can't quite put into words? We love this place. And you know what they say about home and heart.
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SOMEWHERE TO FIND THE TIME
exercise. “Right – so if the Christmas Carols start at six
Time… most would argue that there are not enough
o’clock, we’ll need to leave early enough to try and
hours in the day to accomplish everything on “that to-
beat all the traffic and then we’ll need to allow a half
do list” – but I disagree. There is enough time to relax,
hour to find parking. We don’t want to be too early
time to be present, time for family and friends, time
though because then we’ll have to pay for parking.
for exploring and experiences, and time to enjoy the
We probably won’t get a park close by, so we’ll need
simple pleasures in life.
to allow time to walk to the event…” and so on. I was
How can this be possible? It’s this simple – find a place that offers you more time. My family and I recently took an epic road trip down south to Tasmania. Along the way, we stopped in to visit family in Melbourne where it was made evident that time needed to be factored into all decisionmaking. An evening planned at the Christmas Carols rehearsal turned into a tactical time management
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exhausted before we even got in the car. According to research, people who live in metropolitan areas spend five years of their life travelling. This idea is foreign to me when I consider my own daily routine. I have time in the morning to take a half hour walk with my partner, to eat breakfast, read the paper and make a healthy lunch. It takes me two minutes to drop my kids at school and seven minutes to get to work.
- BIOSPHERE Our Biosphere Reserve status puts us in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, the Central Amazon, the Everglades and Uluru.
One of the advantages to having more time is that your
in our new “toy” (a hygge moment). When it was my
stress levels decrease. The rush to get everywhere
turn to climb aboard, I held on tightly to my hubby as
doesn’t exist. You can be more present and engaged
we scooted from the shore. We skied parallel to the
with your friends and family – and with yourself. This
shoreline which I was able to appreciate from this
idea of having time to ‘live in the moment’ is very
new angle (a hygge moment). We carefully navigated
close to the Danish concept known as hygge. Hygge
around giant turtles and dugongs and I closed my eyes
is a strong part of Danish culture that centres around
and inhaled the fresh air. There on the water – I had
contentment. As one Dane puts it, “Hygge moments
another hygge moment.
are the small everyday moments that make you happy.” And with more time, it’s easier to appreciate these moments. Last weekend, our family took our new jet ski down
Life is too short to miss these beautiful moments and I’ve found the place that offers me more time to enjoy them all. You too can have all the time in the world – on the Fraser Coast…
to the beach for the day. The sun was shining, a cool breeze blowing and with my toes buried in the sand, I sat peacefully and watched my hubby and kids delight
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10 | THE FRASER EFFECT | Live Here and Work in the World
live here & work in the world In this issue of The Fraser Effect we share three well-respected Fraser Coast Doctors and their stories of why they chose the Fraser Coast to set up their private practices (and call it 'home' for a while).
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doctor bodie & golf THE ‘GOOD LIFE’ - IT’S FINDING A WORK/PLAY BALANCE
Manager. However, today Jane is able to spend time volunteering with Cancer Council Queensland and at
When your lifestyle choice allows you to be walking
Benji’s school, while David is able to work a few days a
with the family and the dogs on the beach today and
week, assist junior golfers at the club on the weekends
then be skiing down the slopes in Canada 24 hours
and try to bring his handicap down to a single figure
later, life can’t be too bad.
by playing a few rounds a week. The family also loves
I have to admit from the outset, I have been a patient of this extraordinary dentist, so I speak not with a bias
getting away to the ski fields at Perisher during the Australian winter and Canada during our summer.
but with eternal gratitude that Dr David Bodie has
“Having the airport so close is fantastic too", David
totally (well almost) rid me of my abject fear of taking
said. (that sounds quite familiar).
the trip to the dentist.
“I was able to fly direct to Sydney to complete a two-
With his soft Scottish accent, David and I chatted at his
year course and now after a five-minute drive to the
second home, the 19th at Hervey Bay Golf and Country
airport, you can connect with flights to anywhere in the
Club. My initial question was why he became a dentist
and when this wide grin appeared I knew there had to be an interesting story. David admitted he was not the greatest student, although he did do well at science. When he was put on the spot about what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, his friend’s father was a dentist and the only person he knew who drove a Mercedes Benz and so he said, I want to be a dentist. David, his wife Jane and son Benji have lived in Hervey Bay since the late 90’s and enjoyed many years in private practice with Jane the Practice
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And what about the theory that dentists have the highest level of suicide of all professions. David agrees that it is probably true, but it is all about finding that work/life balance. “Having the opportunity to work three days is extending my career and I don’t think I could have done that if I was still doing dentistry back in Scotland. And for the record, David has never owned a Mercedes Benz. | STORY: PETER CAREY
dr wulf & beach walks "I DECIDED YES, I CAN BE HAPPY HERE"
During my years in the media I have not had a great deal to do with Gynaecology and do not believe I have met a Gynaecologist before; that was until a little over 12 months ago when I was introduced to Dr Regina (Gina) Wulf. Dr. Wulf came to the Fraser Coast with the consideration of opening a full-time private practice. This friendly, caring, nurturing and highly skilled Gynaecologist, has become one of the region’s most respected specialist health practitioners and a great resource for many women who have sought her help.
horse riding, and loves those simple long walks on the beach with her beloved four legged boys. “I was looking for a change after practicing 15 years in Darwin and when told of a need for a private Gynaecologist in Hervey Bay, I decided to take up on this opportunity.” “I was given a wonderful tour of the region and St Stephen’s Hospital and decided yes, I can be happy here and have never regretted it. Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. It is great to see that more specialists are settling in the region and offering the very best health services right here on the Fraser Coast
Gina said, “During my final year in South Africa, I did
such as Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Urology and
Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It was
Neurology, just to name a few.” Gina said.
at that time that I made the decision to specialise in this field, as I found working with women very rewarding. Apart from General Gynaecology, over time I developed a special interest in Laparoscopic Surgery, management of incontinence (Urodynamics), as well as pelvic floor reconstruction.” Born in Hamburg, Germany, Gina practiced in England, South Africa and Darwin and is now based in Hervey Bay. Gina smiles when I ask her why she chose to live on the Fraser Coast and admits she loves the lifestyle and the climate. In her free time, Gina enjoys Tai Chi,
There are a lot of common challenges facing women and Gina wants to empower them to seek help and support to make positive changes in their lives. “It is important that patients understand what their options are and that they are fully involved in choosing their own treatment modalities”, Gina said. As for the future, Gina foresees many opportunities to assist clients with a holistic approach in women’s health and well-being, as well as closely working together with primary care providers in the region. | STORY: PETER CAREY Live Here and Work in the World | THE FRASER EFFECT | 13
My biggest fear as a mother is that my children won't follow their dreams. The world is an amazing place and I always intended to impart my adventurous spirit on to my boys. I never saw our sailing adventure as dangerous or scary, it was a goal we set ourselves and we achieved that goal together as a family. JANE ELIX
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Dr elix & adventure I HEARD AN INCREDIBLE STORY ABOUT AN ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON
“I sailed in to Hervey Bay many years ago with my father-in-law and discovered paradise and almost
Dr Simon Elix together with his wife Jane and two
three years ago we made the move from Darwin to call
infant children sailed across the world’s largest ocean.
the Fraser Coast home.
There were so many questions I wanted to ask Simon;
“We found this amazing property where we could
so, between patient consultations and emails we
bring our horses and live by the water. I also wanted to
caught up for a chat. The obvious question, why? Why
give my children that ‘Huckleberry Finn’ lifestyle that
would Simon take his wife and children on a 11,000
unfortunately not many kids have that opportunity to
kilometre trek, in a 42ft Fountaine Pajot Venezia across
the Pacific Ocean eventually sailing into Cairns 12 months later?
“I also came to the Fraser Coast because I recognised the opportunity here. The city had huge growth with
Simon explained after spending many years studying,
a large proportion of retirees obviously requiring
he wanted to take a break and enjoy life with his family.
a significant amount of orthopaedic care and also
“I spent 10 long years at medical school in South
the opening of St Stephen’s Hospital, Australia’s first
Australia, orthopaedic training in Queensland and an
fully integrated digital hospital was the last step for
advanced Fellowship in Sports Orthopaedic Surgery
me to make the ultimate decision to bring Nautilus
in Canada before building a successful orthopaedic
Orthopaedics to the Fraser Coast.
practice in Darwin.
“When you move to a new home, it does take time to
“While Jane and I were on a bare-boat charter we
settle in but I have had tremendous support from the
discussed the possibility of sailing across the Pacific.
local GPs. Obviously it takes some time for them to
So eventually, we flew to San Francisco, bought a boat,
trust you, but also the community to come to realise
spent a few weeks setting her up for the voyage ahead
you are there and you can actually offer a top quality
and set sail.”
So, what was the best and worst experience?
“The transition for the family to make the move to the
“Jane and I coming down with Ciguatera poisoning in French Polynesia was definitely the worst; thank heaven we never fed the fish to the children. But the highlight was sailing into Cairns on a rising sun knowing what we had achieved by crossing the world’s
Fraser Coast was the easiest part. The lifestyle was the biggest pull for us, the weather, how close everything is; short drive to Brisbane, shorter drive to Noosa, in fact the world is at our doorstep”, Simon added. | STORY: PETER CAREY
biggest ocean”, Simon said with a tear in his eye.
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In days gone by, Tiaro has been a waypoint to the Gympie goldfields, a railway construction camp and a settlement for timber getters and cane cutters. Today, about 700 folk from varied backgrounds live here for the simple pleasure of residing in a small rural community.
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i know just the place...
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..or The Hideaway on the other side of the tracks for those who enjoy a bit of quiet with their beer. PHIL STRAHAN, 2017
A RELAXED LIFESTYLE
from the town’s services – food stores, a pharmacy,
What is it about Tiaro that entices people to live
cafes with real coffee, two pubs and “a butcher that
in this small town on the Bruce Highway, south of
has really put Tiaro on the map”, says Phil. Other, more
Maryborough? The answer, according to publican and
sophisticated needs are met in nearby centres like
local resident Phil Strahan, is simple: “It’s the relaxed
Maryborough, Hervey Bay or Gympie, and Brisbane is
lifestyle. We came from Mt Isa for more rain and green
“just down the road”.
grass, to live in the country but close to the coast. Our kids went to the local state school and the elder girl has just finished Year 12 in Maryborough”, says Phil.
For recreation, the locals socialise at the pubs – “at The Royal for the younger set or The Hideaway on the other side of the tracks for those who enjoy a bit of quiet with
Phil’s story is typical of a generation of newcomers,
their beer”, smiles Phil – or they head down to the Mary
couples looking to semi-retire or with young families
River to wet a line or take a dip on a hot summer day.
wanting to live an uncomplicated, stress-free life in a rural environment. “We live on 200 hectares, just out of town, and raise about 50 head of cattle. There are holdings up to 1000 hectares with bigger herds or sugar cane. Off the land, people work in the local timber industry, meat processing or hospitality”. Although their homes are disbursed around the district, local residents are only a ten minute drive
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The Social Club of Tiaro and Surrounds is very active in the community, organising the annual Father’s Day Show and Shine, for example, which last year attracted more than 3,000 visitors and raised about $4,000 for local charities and civic projects. All found, Tiaro is a small town with a big heart. Don’t miss it. | STORY: CHRIS WHITELAW
02 01 THE HIDEAWAY HOTEL One of Queensland’s oldest pubs, The Station Hotel (aka The Hideaway) has been providing meals and accommodation to locals and tourists alike
03 TIARO MEATS & BACON Continuing a local tradition begun in 1869, Tiaro Meats and Bacon operates on Mayne Street (the Bruce Highway) under an eye-catching red, white
since 1881. Here, you’ll find traditional
and blue awning. This small country
country hospitality at the bar in the
butcher shop is famous throughout
cosy tap room, along the shady
Australia for its top quality meats
verandas and in the open
and tasty smoked smallgoods
beer garden dubbed ‘The
– perfect for a barbecue or
picnic in Memorial Park.
You can't drive through
Tiaro without stopping at the
hinterland, the endangered
funky, friendly Retro Espresso.
Mary River turtle is one of
Enjoy great coffee in the comfort
of recycled oil drum furniture, surrounded by quirky décor, eclectic wares and music from yesteryear. This
turtles. It has the unique ability to breathe through both its mouth and a cloacal vent in its rear, enabling it to stay
cafe with a retro vibe makes the perfect pit spot for
under water for days at a time in free-flowing sections
refreshment and watching the passing parade.
of the river.
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we call it home
If you ask award-winning photographer Michael Smith about diving and photographing humpback whales or other sea creatures up close, the passion is obvious. He has trouble putting these encounters into human words (we secretly believe Michael speaks whale). However, we do know for certain that Michael is living his passion sharing the natural wonders of this Earth with everyone in the most breathtaking way. Michael's shots are featured throughout this issue, his images on pages 6 â€“ 9 are magnificent. We asked him why choose Fraser Coast over anywhere else in the world.
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Michael smith IT TAKES TWO
Growing up in Brisbane, Michael and Shara met at university and quickly became inseparable. With a love for the outdoors, much of their spare time was spent exploring and camping in the natural environment. Now residing in Hervey Bay they have established a balanced lifestyle, each running their own businesses in a way that keeps them in touch with their passions and values. Their new venture on the Esplanade in Scarness, Into The Wild Photography, Homewares & Gifts features Michael's award-winning images along with eco-friendly products more reflective of Michael and Shara's passion for the environment.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO SETTLE ON THE FRASER COAST? After leaving Brisbane in 2008 in search of a more
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WHO WAS CONSIDERING A MOVE TO THE FRASER COAST REGION?
authentic and community orientated lifestyle, we
We have never looked back. Hervey Bay is a fantastic,
settled on Hervey Bay as our new home. With a vibrant
friendly city in a truly magical part of the world. Do it.
community, great natural attractions and a perfect
You won’t regret it!
lifestyle, the Fraser Coast ticked all the boxes.
WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT IN YOUR BUSINESS?
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE FRASER COAST? The Fraser Coast is the perfect place for a balanced
Through photography, we hope to share our love for
lifestyle. Great opportunities exist for small business.
everything in the natural world. The environment
And in your spare time, there is so much to explore,
faces many challenges and showcasing it’s beauty
from the pristine waters of the bay, to the wonders of
will hopefully inspire others to help look after and
Fraser Island and the many country towns to our west.
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our food story
A peaceful outlook and exemplary service, The Vinyard is worth a peek for something extra special.
A RESTAURANT AND SO MUCH MORE
Vinyard vision. Once Mark identified the location (Hervey Bay locals would have driven past the block
They say location is everything – now if you couple
hundreds of times), his vision became reality and The
the location with a wine cellar to die for, a menu to
Vinyard has been providing diners with their culinary
please the most discerning diner and a view from
desires for the past 18 months.
the restaurant only matched by the views from Penthouses, then The Vinyard in Hervey Bay is everything you want in a restaurant, and so much more. Mark Blackberry, Managing Director of the Sunchip Group and AFL aficionado is the man behind The
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Emily is The Vinyard’s GM and proudly shows off the Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Award for Restaurants, Cafes and Hospitality. “The award demonstrates the support we have had from the community; what we are doing, what we are about.
“We originally set up as a Tapas bar and as much as we continue to provide Tapas, it was the community who said they wanted a choice including fine wine and dining. So, it’s nice to know what we are doing as a business is appreciated”, Emily said.
the ground floor by a private elevator, thank you! “We continually hear having flights to Brisbane and Sydney as one of the primary considerations to setting up a business in the region and that goes for a restaurant too. We are so lucky having this amazing
There is little doubt about the planning that went into
view on our doorstep and being able to share it
The Vinyard. The space includes luxurious Penthouses
with the rest of the world… well that’s the
on levels 1 and 2 and then the amazing infinity pool on
bonus”, Emily said.
level 3. They are each connected to the restaurant on
| STORY: PETER CAREY
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cultural collective An enriching environment for the more creative at heart, musicians and artists of all descriptions come to the Fraser Coast and build their creative careers. Sam Maddison shares why she calls the Fraser Coast home.
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SAM MADDISON FOLLOWING THE MUSIC Sam Maddison was raised in the northwest of Western Australia where the red dirt and spinifex harden the landscapes but soften hearts. Her love for music was evident from a very early age – singing and performing came naturally in the school choir and high school band. Flash forward to now, Sam lives on the Fraser Coast with her three sons and immerses herself in her childhood passion as a full time solo performer. From small intimate crowds to large audiences she has the ability to capture the listener, filling the stage with her unique style of blended country and folk. As Sam broadens her horizons to include music festivals, her philosophy of ‘following the music to wherever it may lead’ seems to be working out in her favour. “I feel extremely fortunate to be able to live and work on the Fraser Coast. It is a true gift to have the opportunity to pursue my passions and dreams of being a full time musician, and support my family, plus be able to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle in a beautiful region.”
Image credit: Glen David Wilson
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ROLF SIEBER - EXHIBITING ARTIST Rolf Seiber has been a part of the Fraser Coast art
MARYBOROUGH STORY TRAIL ARTISANS OF STORYTELLING
scene for over fifteen years. As the president of
An enchanting public art trail is appearing on
the Hervey Bay Arts Society, Rolf has worked as an
Maryborough’s heritage streetscapes that tells the
exhibiting artist and curator in the annual competitive
stories, old and new, of a city rich in memories and
Art Show at the Regional Gallery.
voices form the past.
His love for the flora, fauna and the history of the
The Maryborough Story Trail has brought to life
region is evident in his work.
favourite stories and characters through a series
“The Fraser Coast’s flora and fauna inspires me and I am also happy to be part of a vibrant arts and cultural community that offers me the opportunity to grow creatively”, Rolf said. Rolf has received numerous awards for his paintings and miniatures and greatly enjoys practicing his artwork in the Fraser Coast’s vibrant arts community.
of bronze sculptures, laneway murals, mosaic tiles, evening projections and interactive screens showcasing short films. The project has involved and employed a range of local historians, artists, designers and fabricators in its creation. Maryborough-based artist Valerie McIntosh was involved in designing concept drawings for a bronze
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& community creativity sculpture that celebrates the iconic Kings Cafe on
into the space, and a suite of colourful and engaging
public art created by local artists and community
“It feels great to have my artwork permanently on
display in her home town. If people buy an artwork it
A colourful mosaic centrepiece has become a highlight
often ends up hanging in their homes, so you don't see
of the project, created by over 65 local community
it again, whereas here it's out and can be admired by
members who worked under the guidance of regional
me anytime I like, and it's great to give something to
artists to create this stunning, large-scale artwork.
the city of Maryborough", Valerie said.
CITY PARK - SETTING THE SCENE FOR COMMUNITY CREATIVITY
“Together we created a flowing, colourful design reflecting our community connections within Hervey Bay and its environment. Workshop participants
City Park sits in the heart of Hervey Bay’s Cultural and
buzzed with vitality and enjoyment all day – the feeling
Education precinct. An exciting new revitalisation
of collaborative creativity was contagious!" Said Linda
project is underway to transform this space into a
Gray, regional artist and workshop participant.
vibrant precinct that inspires creativity and welcomes community celebrations. City Park will feature a performance area to entice music and performance
For our vibrant arts and culture program visit: www.ourfrasercoast.com.au
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THEN & NOW
Our Pier â€“ a Quintessential Hervey Bay experience and the historical connection is just a bonus.
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'our' urangan pier PART OF OUR MEMORIES
pylons were sunk, number of workers on site, even the
Here’s a new trivia question for drivers along the
weather. Or (like I did), chat to local historian Cr George
Bruce… what do the London wharfs and the Suez
Seymour who shows a genuine love of local history,
Canal have in common with Hervey Bay’s Pier? They
particularly as the pier is the jewel in his Division 10
were all built with Turpentine logs from Fraser Island.
There is amazing history behind ‘the pier’; OUR pier
“Over its life, the pier was used for exporting timber,
and as each year goes along, more stories emerge from
coal and sugar from the region”, George said.
the community as people find out through various means, one of their relatives had worked, shipped in, trained out, fished, swam or as they did in the old days, jumped from the pier! You can take an amazing tour back in time to Hervey Bay’s Historical Society grounds in Zephyr Street and read Percy Hansen’s journal of the day; how many
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“It also was used for importing products too such as paper, fertilizer from Nauru and over the last few decades, Caltex used the pier as its import facility until around the mid-80’s.” If not for the photographs and excellent memories, it is hard to imagine the train lines that ran down to the end of the pier or wharf as it was to meet the
I remember fishing off the end of the pier about a year ago with my favourite rod... I baited up my second rod and just as I let my good rod rest on the railing, a huge mackerel took the bait and took my rod with it! KYLE PEARCE, 13
ships in the bay’s deep water channel. George said
picture frame or having your photo taken with the
during the Railway picnics there could have been 6 or
Terry Summer’s ‘duet’ bronze statue. The Pier is home
7 locomotives pulling carriages full of children from
to regular markets where you can pick up an amazing
across the region out there on the pier at any one time.
assortment of arts and crafts.
Once again, community spirit came to the fore and
And the last word comes from the Walk family on
saved the pier from demolition in the mid-eighties.
holidays from the Lockyer Valley. Erin and Jon were
Fraser Coast Regional Council has replaced every pylon
showing Kobey 6 and Jacob 2 and a half how to throw
over the years and although the structure is 250 metres
out a line just like their parents had shown them. As
shorter than its original construction, that 800 metre
the family were packing to head home Kobey was
walk has become a favourite of both locals and visitors
heard to say, “they’ll be bigger when we come back”.
and hopefully will remain so for many generations to
That they will Kobey… that they will.
| STORY: PETER CAREY
Today, the Pier is a favourite for those treasured wedding photographs, taking a ‘selfie’ within the
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inclusivity Peter Rowe: artist, author, motivational presenter, Peter is a man on a mission, a man with a story to share and a message he hopes to be heard.
facebook.com/pwrowe @the.peter.rowe.show www.peter-rowe.info
COMMUNITY AND INCLUSION
Born with Down syndrome and other conditions that limits his ability to speak, it wasn’t until Peter was nearly 30 that he was introduced to Facilitated Communication (FC) – a system that finally gave him a way to communicate and share his view of his world and experiences. Since being introduced to facilitated communication and the unwavering support of his family, Peter has shared the good and the bad and expressed them through art and writing. He has taken his experiences and journey and turned it into a quest of encouraging, inspiring and empowering others to find their voices and share their stories. Peter knows a thing or two about what it is like to be treated
safe, when you feel a sense of belonging. One of my passions is to educate people about the importance of community connections, inclusion and diversity in order to minimise isolation and marginalisation of our most vulnerable. Please know that although I have Down Syndrome it does not mean I am only referring to people with disabilities as being vulnerable. There are many people with full verbal and physical abilities who still have not found a way to share their voice their story. I believe that being connected to your community assits with empowering you to find your voice and share your story. Community connections = belonging, when you feel connected to something, someone, this to me is what true inclusion is”, Peter
differently, to be excluded, judged and worse still,
Peter knows what it is like to have been abused and
“I have recently been connected to various amazing
not have a way to tell those around you. Because of his past experiences of being isolated and not having a way to share his voice, Peter is passionate about the importance of having community connections and opportunities to express who you are and what you have to offer. “Having the ability to express who you are and how you feel is a basic human right, human need and I believe self-expression only happens when you feel
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people within the Fraser Coast community, particularly that of the artistic community. I am both overwhelmed and delighted with the level of support and passion extended to me and the opportunities that are now possible. Thanks to the support of many, including the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery team, I will take part in the upcoming exhibition in September along with a unique public speaking event that is going to be quite the evening. My goodness what can I say except that Hervey Bay you are inclusion in action and thank you, I can’t wait to meet more of your community.”
bay break MULTISPORT FESTIVAL
I loved being part of Bay Break! All my family and friends came along to cheer. KRYSTAL
All Abilities event for 2017. Event organisers set
Bay Break was initiated by a group of business leaders
an objective to be more inclusive in attracting and
on the Fraser Coast to showcase our natural assets to
celebrating participants of all abilities.
locals and visitors that encouraged a healthy lifestyle. The multisport festival is held along the beautiful Esplanade of Hervey Bay and is aimed towards all age groups, fitness levels and for anyone seeking out new personal fitness goals. The inaugural year of 2015 quickly attracted over 400 entrants that would build a foundation for a successful annual event.
The images and celebrations experienced on the day will cherished by those who witnessed the finish line of the All Abilities event. It is motivating not just to see personal fitness goals reached, but also to witness the hugs, jubilation, smiles and camaraderie between participants across the whole event that makes it even more inspiring. Event organisers have already
The 2017 Bay Break event has seen the multisport
confirmed 2018 Bay Break to be over 2 days (24 & 25
festival mature on a number of levels. Not only has the
March) that will incorporate a triathlon on the Saturday
number of participants grown to over 500, visitors from
inclusive for all.
interstate have grown as well as its first international entrants. The introduction of a half marathon event was a popular addition that offers one of the most scenic long distance running events in Queensland.
For many of the event organisers, we were reminded why we should define what barriers are and celebrate the achievements, no matter how we perceive the significance. The Fraser Coast has a lot to celebrate
Perhaps one of the greatest achievements for the
but an inclusive community elevates our region higher
festival to date has been the introduction of a 2km
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celebrate Our Fraser Coast events celebrate everything we love about the region.
This interactive mural tucked away in Kings Lane off Adelaide Street was created by local artist April Spadina during the annual Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough.
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celebrating events FROM A LOCAL'S VIEWPOINT
have had the pleasure of meeting other creatives in the
We spoke with Maryborough artist April Spadina about
area, participating in fabulous exhibitions, community
how it has felt to be part of Fraser Coast events over
art projects and personal growth."
the years and asked her why Maryborough was chosen as a place to call home over anywhere else.
"Being a part of the Maryborough Story Trail was an amazing opportunity to create community art that will
"My arrival to Maryborough happened 13 years
last for generations. These projects included concept
ago. After many years of travelling Australia with my
designs for numerous bronze sculptures and painting
husband and two small children, we decided it was
the “Animals on Bikes” murals during the Mary Poppins
time we settled down for a while, at least until our
Festival. Also, setting my easel up in public and
oldest finished primary school. We never dreamed that
drawing during the Street Life festival – what a blast!"
we would be here all these years later! Our children have grown, the youngest now in his final years of high school! This is what Maryborough does. It pulls you in to her and embraces you with her warmth", April said. "In this town I have grown too, as a person and an artist. Encouraged by my friends, family, and the community, I have become a recognised artist and
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"I have watched Maryborough evolve around me over the years. She is now being celebrated for her beauty, her history, her life and her future as a beautiful destination, our events are part of celebrating that", April added.
RELISH FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL JUNE 3, 2017
MARY POPPINS FESTIVAL JUNE 23 - JULY 2, 2017
Regional wines and fine local produce are enjoyed by
The Mary Poppins Festival encapsulates the art of
all at Relish Food and Wine Festival in Maryborough's
storytelling, celebrating the region's local connection
heritage streetscapes and riverside parklands. Wine
to author PL Travers over the annual two week
and beer tasting sessions are part of the program along
festivities. Enjoy nanny races, chimney sweep
with live cooking demonstrations from local chefs.
challenges, parades and high energy atmosphere through the streets of historic Maryborough.
HERVEY BAY OCEAN FESTIVAL AUGUST 11-20, 2017
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE FORUM SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2017
The Hervey Bay Ocean Festival is a unique group of
World renowned biological farming expert Dr Arden
events celebrating what makes Hervey Bay special and
Andersen will be presenting over the three-day event.
promotes the conservation of the marine environment:
Dr Andersen is a respected teacher, consultant and
Blessing of the Fleet – August 12
physician with work based in the field of sustainable
Hervey Bay Seafood Festival – August 13
agriculture. The event will be held at the Brolga
Whale Festival Parade and Concert – August 19
Theatre in Maryborough.
Paddle Out for Whales – August 20
For more comprehensive event information in the Fraser Coast region visit: www.visitfrasercoast.com
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snippets Sharing stories and news from around the Fraser Coast.
just being kids... QUEENSLAND’S NUMBER ONE COUNTRY SCHOOL IN THE HEART OF THE FRASER COAST The Fraser Coast Anglican College community is committed to providing a high quality educational experience that enriches the body, mind and spirit and enables our students to become “all that they can be”.
FROM KINDY TO TERTIARY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN Our schools are communities, where students feel they belong. We are proud that our kids still get to be kids. There is a lot of talk about how much screen time children have these days. In Fraser Coast we live outdoors, sport and play are still important and family time is paramount. Fishing off the wharf is still a favourite past-time for any age!
College Principal, Mrs Leisa Harper is proud that the College offers a high quality education for the Fraser Coast community. “I believe it is important for the future growth of the entire region that people who wish to move here, can be confident that their children are going to be able to access a very high standard of education, Mrs Harper said. “This has been proven with the many awards and accolades the College has received through students consistently achieving outstanding NAPLAN results and high numbers of students achieving OPs between 1-10, earning us a Blue Level Classification from QUT, and our Kindy rated ‘Exceeds National Quality Standard’ from ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority).”
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I like living on the Fraser Coast. I can do gymnastics and parkour at the PCYC, spend weekends at Rock Off Indoor Skate Park (I can do backflips on my scooter now!) I like the Jump Park , WetSide Water Park and I practice my flips along Scarness beach most mornings while Mum does laps in the sea. RYAN PEARCE, 10
HMAS TOBRUK DIVE SITE Fraser Coast’s successful bid to secure former
NOW IS THE TIME – DEVELOP AND INVEST!
Australian Navy Ship the Ex HMAS Tobruk is an exciting
The Fraser Coast Regional Council is serious about
new opportunity for the region.
growing and strengthening our region. As a part of new
The site for the scuttling is a short boat trip from the picturesque coastal fishing village of Burrum Heads and will be accessed from Hervey Bay. Although it is anticipated the preparation for scuttling will take up to two years, the possibilities for Fraser Coast are being explored. New dive operations, a maritime museum and revamp of the harbour area are all concepts under discussion. This provides fabulous opportunities to the traveller and potential investors alike.
thinking a comprehensive revision of Infrastructure Charges have been introduced. If you want to develop or expand in Fraser Coast, now is the time! The incentives reflect the forward planning for the Fraser Coast encouraging growth in specific areas and industry sectors. Do you want to create a new tourism attraction, build a medical facility or invest in a new or expanded rural industry – talk to us. Go to www.investfrasercoast.com for more information.
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