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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 lore’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


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.


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

about all of that when you visit investfrasercoast.com

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.

At Fraser Coast Regional Council we will work with you to make an investment that becomes your future.

belong to. In a world that no longer feels safe and a sense Have a look through our eyes and before long you too will feel The Fraser Effect!



www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au 1300 79 49 29


The official publication of The Fraser Effect directed by Investment Attraction Fraser Coast Regional Council. Designed by Leigh West, Owner/Director of LeeLee Creative. All information is correct at time of printing, the publisher cannot be held liable for any omissions in this publication and will not be held responsible for any misleading or deceptive material published in The Fraser Effect. Reproduction of any part of The Fraser Effect is not permitted without written permission from Investment Attraction Fraser Coast Regional Council. Publication design © Copyright Leigh West.

- 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.

LeeLee (Leigh) West

Mary Wheatley

Michael Smith

Graphic Design &

Portraiture & Profiling

Nature & Landscape

Creative Direction



Peter Carey

April Spadina

Chris Whitelaw

Community Creativity

Streetscape & Location

& Story Writing

Photography & Story Writing

Interviews & Story Writing

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6 | THE FRASER EFFECT | Our Fraser

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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our fraser


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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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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“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

experience today.

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



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

Frangipani Lounge’.

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 – 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


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 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.

cherish it.

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our food story

A peaceful outlook and exemplary service, The Vinyard is worth a peek for something extra special.


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


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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


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

Adelaide Street.

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.


“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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Our Pier – 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.



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

Peter rowe


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.”


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.

upcoming events



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.



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


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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