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Autumn 2019

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From live performances, movies and art exhibitions to books, hot rods and rural exhibits, this edition of Our Fraser Coast Scene provides a snapshot of events and activities happening here this Autumn. The season is a wonderful time to enjoy the region’s exciting cultural scene. Sunny skies and cool evenings are ideal conditions for sharing the myriad activities with family and friends. In March, live international performances are being screened at the Brolga Theatre with Metropolitan Opera Live’s La Traviata and National Theatre Live’s I’m Not Running. Morning Melodies continues all year, including an April performance by Australian music theatre star Angela Lumicisi who recreates the distinctive style of Karen Carpenter. At Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Queensland artist Susan Lincoln’s touring exhibition of sculpture, installation and photography, You Are Here 2, displays meticulously crafted, multifaceted artwork. During March, the extraordinary artistic life of Maryborough’s Lex Frank will be celebrated in an exhibition of his works, A Retrospective, at Gatakers Artspace.

Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre 5 Walker Street, Maryborough Phone 4122 6060

The Australian Heritage Festival features the exhibition Connecting People, Places & Past at Gatakers Artspace and history talks on Indentured Chinese Labourers at libraries in Maryborough and Hervey Bay. Our libraries are the centre of our communities – join the full program of children’s holiday activities, vintage movies and S.T.E.A.M. Club. In other events, the Australian Hot Rod Nationals are coming to the Fraser Coast this Easter bringing more than 800 Hot Rods and Classic Cars. The Fraser Coast Show is on again in May with an action-packed program of competitions, entertainment and exhibits. Cr George Seymour Mayor

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The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Gatakers Artspace

311 Kent Street, Maryborough Phone 4190 5723


Brolga Theatre

Fraser Coast Cultural Centre

166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba Phone 4197 4206


Fraser Coast Cultural Centre


Gatakers Artspace


Artist Profile 


Band Profile


Fraser Coast Libraries


Portside Heritage Precinct


Regional Museums Trail


Community Profile


Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park


Front cover art: Maryborough City Hall Watercolour by Lex Frank was presented to then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd while visiting the region. Lex Frank: A Retrospective (refer page 21), appears at Gatakers Artspace from Tuesday 5 March until Sunday 31 March, 2019.

Portside Heritage Precinct Wharf Street, Maryborough Phone 4190 5722

This program offers just a taste of what is on this season in our vibrant region. New shows and events become available all the time and sometimes changes occur. To keep up to date with the latest scene news go to: or follow us on facebook /OurFraserCoast

Fraser Coast Libraries

Maryborough Showgrounds & Equestrian Park Bruce Highway, Maryborough Phone 1300 794 929

Burrum Heads Hervey Bay & Toy Howard Maryborough Maryborough Toy Library Tiaro

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BROLGA THEATRE The entertainment heart of the Fraser Coast The Brolga is one of Australia’s leading regional venues, hosting a first class program of touring entertainment and local performances. We encourage you to make the most of your theatre outing and join us for a drink in the foyer bar, open one hour before each performance.

Performances • Weddings • Celebrations • Conferences • Ceremonies 5 Walker Street, Maryborough Phone 4122 6060 /BrolgaTheatreMaryborough


Box Office opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm and 1 hour prior to each performance

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SUN 3 MAR 2pm & 5pm Celebrating 28 years, Flickerfest is Australia’s leading Short Film Festival, screening THU 19 JUL 7.30PM the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, hand-picked from 2,700 entries. Two sessions, best of Australian Shorts at 2pm and Best of Short Laughs Comedy at 5pm. SCREENING


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Take the drama out of gift giving with a Brolga Theatre Gift Certificate. Valid for 2 years, you can choose the amount and your friend or loved one can choose the show from any of these great performances. Buy online at the website or call the Box Office.

Women's Adventure Film Tour

La Traviata

Metropolitan Opera Live

TUE 12 MAR 1pm Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata, featured here This film festival is a celebration of the fantastic in a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with women around us who the seasons, has become are doing extraordinary one of the best-loved things. Join us for a series of inspiring short films with operas in the repertoire. a focus on adventure, the environment and heartwarming stories. FRI 8 MAR 6:30pm

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Leaving Jackson

The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show SAT 16 MAR 7:30pm For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. This two hour live concert event will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

I'm Not Running National Theatre Live

SUN 17 MAR 2pm & TUE 19 MAR 7pm

The Offenbach Strings

Maryborough Regional Arts Council David Hare’s explosive new TUE 26 MAR 7pm Celebrating its fifth decade play portrays the history bringing Maryborough of a twenty year intimate fine classical music, friendship and its public MRAC proudly presents repercussions. an evening of elegant THU 19 JUL 7.30PM chamber music in the Foyer featuring one of Qld’s most respected string ensembles. SCREENING


Paramour Touring FRI 29 MAR 7pm A celebration of the best DIVAS of our time, from Aretha Franklin through to Beyonce. Starring the breathtaking vocals of Sarah C from “All Together Now” & Hayley Jensen from “The Voice” plus a talented cast of singers and dancers in a 90 minute nonstop voyage through time.


Ian Moss

National Regional Acoustic Tour SAT 6 APR 8pm 2019 will bring a new chapter in Ian’s career as he heads to regional Australia armed with his acoustic guitar and incredible songs. Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound.

Adriana Lecouvreur

Metropolitan Opera Live TUE 9 APR 1pm Inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier Maurice of Saxony.

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The Tragedy of King Richard II


National Theatre Live THU 11 APR 10am & 7pm Alan Bennett’s new hospital comedy is just what the doctor ordered – a dose of humanityaffirming zest.

National Theatre Live

MON 22 APR 2pm & TUE 23 APR 7pm A visceral new production of Shakespeare’s play about the limits of power – about family and getting what you want.

Metropolitan Opera Live TUE 7 MAY 1pm Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house – Carmen is a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure.

SAT 13 APR 8pm This amazing interactive live Variety TV style show will have you singing, dancing, laughing and crying! Take a trip down memory lane with The Robertson Brothers. Find out more: or call 4122 6060


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SAT 13 APR 8pm This show for all ages cleverly fuses awe-inspiring contemporary Irish Dance with mind-blowing magic and Grand Illusions. With incredible new choreography, spellbinding magic, heart-racing music and a sensory experience like no other, audiences will be kept on the edge of their seats!

THU 2 MAY 7pm

Legendary Irish folk music duo Foster & Allen are number one stars across the globe, having 30 newrelease charting albums over a 40-year career, the only act in the world to do so. Foster & Allen's style and easy listening sound remains as fresh and exciting as ever.


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Petula Clark

SAT 4 MAY 8pm Petula Clark’s extraordinary career, spanning over 69 years and 70 million album sales, has to be recognised as an outstanding achievement in today’s music industry. Petula’s live concerts are produced for sheer enjoyment for her audiences. All of the favourite hits are still there from Downtown to I Know A Place and My Love as well as current tracks from her latest album.

The Kings of Rock and Soul

SAT 11 MAY 8pm Jack Gatto is the voice of Elvis and James Cupples the heart & soul of Tom Jones – together they pay tribute to ‘The King’ and the Jones boy in a dynamic unmissable night, coming to the Brolga for the first time. Do not miss out! Find out more: or call 4122 6060


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FRI 31 MAY 8pm Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live Back to San Quentin – 50 Years On includes the great moments of the San Quentin album plus hits and favourites spanning Cash’s entire 50 year recording career.

WED 22 MAY 1pm & 7:30pm Senior Moments is a comedy revue with a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better. Gold Logie winner John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules), Play School icon Benita Collings, master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) with former Channel 9 Midday maestro Geoff Harvey on piano, all combine to deliver a somewhat silly show for otherwise sensible seniors. Senior Moments: a seriously funny revue for slightly old people. (That’s you. Be honest.) Hurry, book now, before you forget!


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Coming Up... From The Back Country

Jazz By The River

Maryborough Regional Arts Council SUN 12 MAY 2pm In 2019 the Maryborough Regional Arts Council introduces the first of their Jazz by the River series. Enjoy an elegant afternoon of fine jazz, company and drinks in the ambient Brolga Theatre Foyer.

The Ten Tenors

Graeme Connors FRI 7 JUN 7:30pm Graeme's country music career spans 40 years and 19 albums.

Love Is In The Air MON 20 MAY 7:30pm The Songs of Dolly The Ten Tenors are Parton embracing love and will Brooke McMullen be singing some of the most popular feel-good SAT 8 JUN 7:30pm love songs of all time. A world class performance They’ll cover many of your of Dolly's biggest hits. favourites, from pop songs JUL La19 Fille du7.30PM with a twist to classic loveTHU songs. For anyone with a Régiment soft spot for a tender tune, Metropolitan Opera Live this is not to be missed. SUN 9 JUN 1pm

Enjoy Art House and foreign movies, followed by refreshments and lively discussions. Tickets: $12 each or $10 for MRAC members.



WED 6 MAR 6.30pm

I Am Not a Witch (African)

WED 10 APR 6.30pm Set in Germany Shula is the first child and France in the taken to a traveling immediate aftermath witch camp, where of the First World War she is told that should (1914-1918), Frantz she cut the ribbon and recalls the mourning attempt to escape, period that follows she will be cursed and great national tragedies as seen through transformed into a goat. the eyes of the war's "lost generation." The film for Wednesday 8 May will be announced shortly. Join the Cinema Club mailing list:

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Brolga Theatre presents

Morning Melodies in 2019 A show-stopping program of entertainment. Enjoy live performances by talented local musicians in the foyer before the show. Tickets: $15 Adults. $14 Friends of the Brolga. $13 Groups of 10+.

We've Only Just Begun

The Music of the Carpenters THU 4 APR 11 am Australian music theatre star, Angela Lumicisi’s performance channels Karen Carpenter’s unique voice to recreate the distinctive style that made the Carpenters among the best-selling artists of all time.

Musical Mystery Tour

Danny Elliott & Sharna Le-Grand THU 20 JUN 11 am Danny Elliott is truly an extra-ordinarily talented musician, singer and all-round entertainer. Together with beautiful singer Sharna Le-Grand, they present the music of The Beatles in a way not heard before.

Practically Perfect Timeless

The Music of Julie Andrews Tenori THU 22 AUG 11 am THU 31 OCT 11am

Christmas Favourites The Beggars

THU 5 DEC 11 am

Morning Melodies MORNING TEA


$5.50 From 10am

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FREE LIVE MUSIC • LAWN GAMES • BAR • FOOD Bring a picnic blanket, friends and family and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon by the river. 3–6pm on the Brolga lawn.

SUN 3 MAR 3–6pm

Jay Power

'Electro Pop with RnB Vibes' Driven by hip-hop inspired beats, straight up lyrics and a big voice. Rhythm is where Jay is most comfortable, layering melodies over beats your body won’t want to ignore. Her love for lush vocals shows in her arrangements, filled with the harmonies and beauty that comes from an artist who lives to sing. Jay performs with her electro set-up and is joined by experienced RnB guitarist, Mikey Chan.


SUN 5 MAY 3–6pm

Fully licenced, please no BYO. Weather permitting. Keep up-to-date on Facebook. /BrolgaTheatreMaryborough

Backstage Tours

Learn the history of the theatre, explore the dressing rooms, hear the secrets of backstage sound, lighting and fly systems. Tours anytime* by prior arrangement. Cost: Adults $5 donation to Friends of the Brolga, children and students free. *excludes public holidays & performance days.

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FRASER COAST CULTURAL CENTRE A contemporary, dynamic space where culture is discovered, embraced and celebrated by all ages in the community. HERVEY BAY REGIONAL GALLERY


This category A-rated gallery showcases the creative talents of regional artists and touring exhibitions. The gallery provides opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the arts.

This unique regional attraction provides a place where all ages can be inspired to broaden their knowledge about the local environment, history and culture.

166 Old Maryborough Rd, Hervey Bay Phone 4197 4206 /HerveyBayRegionalGallery Open 7 Days 10am–4pm.


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Janet Heisner

1 FEB - 10 MAR

These exhibition works relate to the many “Journeys” we go through in our lives, the geographical journey of seeing new places and people, the emotional journeys of love, life and death and the spiritual journeys of looking into ourselves and others.

Common Ground

Fraser Coast Arts Collective

8 FEB - 17 MAR

Over 20 local artists explore subjects as broad as the environment, flora, fauna, music and the journey of a human soul, the body of work encourages critical reflection and investigates themes of deep human connection. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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Welcome to the Lucky Country

Veronika Zeil & Ainslie McMahon

15 MAR – 28 APR

This is an exhibition of the most recent artworks by artists Ainslie McMahon and Veronika Zeil. Expressive paintings, mosaics and sculptures tune into the contemporary Australian spirit.

Music in the Gallery with Frank Marsh EVERY WEDNESDAY 1.30pm Enjoy an afternoon of toe-tapping tunes from the past with Frank Marsh on piano. Complimentary tea and coffee.

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You Are Here 2


Susan Lincoln

22 MAR - 28 APR

An exhibition of large sculpture, installation and photography by Queensland artist Susan Lincoln. The meticulously crafted, multifaceted artwork employs light, material and form to convey a secular spirituality and act as Memento Vivre (reminders to live),

Ode to Joy

Priscilla Ransley

3 MAY - 9 JUN Priscilla's first solo exhibition Ode To Joy is a visually stimulating collection of acrylic contemporary paintings and three dimensional unique creativity, to inspire extended moments of optimism and happiness.


Janet Heisner

10 MAY - 16 JUN

This exhibition deals with the 'masks' used in Radiation Therapy. Skilfully and individually made for a particular person and their therapy, they are beautiful, but also a cage which holds the person tightly in place while allowing the life-saving light to penetrate to the exact area and depth needed, to heal.

Art Conversations

WED 27 MAR, 24 APR, 15 MAY 10am Provides people living with dementia an opportunity to connect with the world in enriching and lifeenhancing ways. Conversations based on works of art allow participants to engage in interpretation, express emotions and recall memories. Bookings essential. 16

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For Children Little Skippers

SAT 23 MAR, 11 MAY 10:30am - 12noon Children's art workshop for ages 5-8 years. Cost: $11, $15 non-member. Bookings essential.


SAT 23 MAR, 11 MAY 1pm - 3pm Children's art workshop for ages 9-14 years. Cost: $11, $15 non-member. Bookings essential.

School Holiday Workshops

THU 11 & 18 APR 10:30am School holiday workshops will be announced shortly. Visit for more details. Bookings essential.

Art Music Drinks

EXHIBITION OPENING Enjoy art, drinks, live demos and FREE live music at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery’s exhibition openings

FRI 22 MAR 6pm FRI 10 MAY 6pm

Subscribe We are preparing some exciting things for you! To keep up to date with new programs, workshops and general happenings at the gallery, join our mailing list by visiting and click 'subscribe' or call us on 4197 4206 to find out more.

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Discover a world full of natural wonders!


Enter the FRASER COAST DISCOVERY SPHERE and immerse yourself in the incredible world of the humpback whale. Explore the Great Sandy Strait and Mary River Ecosystem and sense the uniqueness of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Learn the legends and traditions of the Butchulla People, then uncover rare and endangered creatures. Finish with a stunning theatre experience.

Engage. Connect. Be amazed! Then discover the real thing. OPEN 7 DAYS 10am–4pm. 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Hervey Bay Phone 4197 4206

Wildlife Day

SAT 13 APR 10am - 2:30pm

Visit the Discovery Sphere and see the folks from the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary with their dingoes and reptiles from 10am to 1pm, followed by environmentalist John Parsons informative education session on microbats with activities and competitions for children from 1pm to 2:30pm. Free event.


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GATAKERS ARTSPACE This creative hub was once robust warehouses for the bustling port of Maryborough. The warehouses are among the oldest in Maryborough and have been sensitively restored to preserve the historic value of the buildings, while creating a contemporary exhibition space. The four galleries have new exhibits each month of local and visiting artists. Gatakers Artspace is committed to supporting creativity of individuals and groups within our community. 311 Kent Street, Maryborough Phone 4190 5723 /gatakersartspace Open 7 days, Mon-Fri 10am–4pm. Sat & Sun 10am–1pm.


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EXHIBITIONS Gatakers Artspace

5 MAR – 31 MAR

A Retrospective

Lex Frank This exhibition celebrates light, landscape, the versatility of watercolour and the extraordinary artistic life of Maryborough artist Lex Frank who brought these elements together.

The Treasures of the Burrum

Burrum - Howard & District Creative Arts Group Celebrating the strength of small communities this exhibition showcases the diversity of arts practiced amongst its members, each of the artists stretching their ability, exploring new ideas and challenges.


Sheena Larsen Sheena Larsen is a glass artist creating art glass sculptures using crystal glass casting, glass blowing and flameworking techniques. They exhibit an interplay of multiple and paradoxical facets that reoccur consistently within the work.

Exhibition Openings FRI 8 MAR 6pm FRI 5 APR 6pm FRI 3 MAY 6pm

Meet the artists and discover the inspiration behind their artworks.

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ARTIST PROFILE: LEX FRANK Lex Frank: A Retrospective is a celebration of the creative life of a Maryborough artist who was passionate about people, landscapes and watercolour. Visitors will, for the first time, see works from Lex’s youth spent in Brisbane and his early Maryborough years, through to paintings from the final months of his life, many loaned from family, friends, community members and organisations. Painting was a lifelong journey for Lex, beginning at eight years of age. His passion was helped by inspirational teachers, Augusta Hobday and John Molvig, and then decades honing his unique style. Lex’s daughter Jane said there was so much optimism in his work – a love of light and colour. “He looked forward to what each new day would bring and finding more scenes to paint.” This exhibition also includes many of Lex’s impressions of the places he and Cassie, his much-loved wife of 51 years, journeyed to together. His family – Cassie, Roger, Jane and Lex’s sister Rosslyn McCarthy – look forward to sharing this tribute to Lex with you. Lex Frank: A Retropsective is on exhibit at the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre from Tuesday 5 March to Sunday 31 March.


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Watercolour opens up endless challenges but there is also finality about it because a painting can’t be reworked – you have to get it right the first time! – Lex Frank

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Gatakers Artspace EXHIBITIONS

2 APR - 28 APR

Connecting People Places and the Past

Fraser Coast Libraries The Australian Heritage Festival (18 April - 19 May 2019) brings together an array of events across the nation. This year's theme is Connecting People, Places and the Past and will bring to life all chapters of Australian culture and history, telling the stories of diverse and distinctive experiences that make up our communities. This exhibition features our local stories including those of Juanita and Keith Shang, the history of Indentured Chinese Labourers in the region, tales of Burrum Miners and, Elwin Andersen, the daughter of the last horse carrier Bill Andersen. Discover these stories and more at

An Autistic Balance of Nature

Maggie Macleod Francic Presenting creative works by Maggie Francic and her talented daughter Kiralea Swan. Featuring stunning photography, thought provoking poetry, beautiful glass artisan pieces and fine beadwork from incredible non neuro-typical minds.

Breaking Ground

Pamela See This exhibition is being staged in recognition of the 160 year anniversary of Maryborough being declared as an immigration point. Issues associated with the migrant experience will be explored through the medium of Chinese papercutting.


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4 FEB 32 MAR 30 APR- – JUN


Marnie Koster Marnie Koster's purpose is to make this world a happier place. Happier nature, happier animals and happier children. She uses her passion for art to create positive visual imagery that she presents to the world through social media, posters and T-shirts.

Plein Air

Helen Campbell, Wendy Talbot, Vicki Armstrong, Jo Dansie & Elizabeth Kay Maguire. This Plein Air exhibition is the final result of a group of local artists who spent several hours a week over a couple of months visiting local sites and interpreting the landscape.

Leaps and Bounds

April Spadina A collection of charcoal animal drawings on canvas, along with some smaller paintings of animals.

The exhibition, its variety, differences of style and media is testament to the vast differences of observation, choice of focus, interpretation and creative potential of all the artists and indeed everyone.

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BY Night

please no BYO

Bring a chair and settle in with friends as Gatakers Courtyard is transformed with free live music.

SAT 9 MAR 6pm - 9pm

Derek F. Smith &

Jesse Morris Band SAT 13 APR 6pm - 9pm

Mzaza SAT 11 MAY 6pm - 9pm

Artist to be announced soon


After School Visual Art Workshops Lisa Pittori

WEDNESDAYS* 3.45-5pm Learn new skills with a qualified art teacher and have fun exploring a range of techniques including paper marbling, line drawings, mixed media and a variety of other methods. Suitable for children 5 to 17 years. Cost: $15 per class, $10 for pension card holders. *during school terms

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Community Arts Groups Our regional community is committed to arts and cultural activities with hundreds of volunteers and many active community organisations contributing to our creative economy and lifestyle. Arts & Crafts Bottle Brush Craft Gallery Brooweena and District Craft Group Craft Classes Hervey Bay Gospel Chapel Fraser Coast Art Group Fraser Coast Artslink Fraser Coast Kreative Koncepts Hervey Bay Art Society Hervey Bay Gem & Mineral Club Hervey Bay Quilters Association Hervey Bay Woodcrafts Club Inc. Maryborough Art Society Maryborough Camera Club Maryborough Creative Fabrics Maryborough Heritage Combined Crafts Maryborough Pottery Group Maryborough Spinners & Weavers Maryborough Woodturners & Woodcrafts Club Inc Maryborough Artisans Maryborough Printmakers Nullawokka Gallery Point Vernon/Pialba QCWA Handicrafts QCWA Hervey Bay Handcraft Pialba QCWA Hervey Bay Handcraft Urangan QCWA - Younger Set Senior Citizens Club Sugar Shack Crafters Tiaro Creative Arts Group Toogoom And District Community Craft & Chat Club The Project Linus Group Urangan Community Centre, Craft Ladies Wide Bay Folk Art Wide Bay Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Group

Performing Arts Fraser Coast Amateur Musical Entertainment Maryborough Eisteddfod Maryborough & Hervey Bay Show Society Ltd Maryborough Players Maryborough Regional Arts Council Maryborough Aspiring Writers Society Scribes Writers Scribes Poetry Group Z-Pac Theatre Music & Dance All Sorts Local Ensemble Hervey Bay Arabian Nights Bollywood Dreams' Dance Australian Country Music Association Dancers Association Drums Of Egypt & Flaming Sands Dance Fraser Coast Chorus Hervey Bay Jazz Club Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band Hervey Bay Seabelle Singers Hervey Bay Dance Club Hervey Bay Square Dance Club Maryborough Organ Club Maryborough Scottish Country Nefertiti Multicultural Dance Star Dust Drama Academy Tinana Dance Club Wide Bay Branch ACMA Maryborough Excelsior City Band

If you have a community group you would like to add or update to this list, please email us with your details at community&

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The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council.


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MUSICIAN PROFILE: LEONIE KINGDOM Leonie Kingdom is a name music fans near and far have come to love in recent months and the way things are headed, she will be around for a long time to come. Her evolution as a popular musician has grown rapidly with her first single Night Terrors, released in 2018, quickly going to #1 on Triple J Unearthed with over 8000 plays and 1000 downloads. The song attracted more than 120 000 plays on Spotify, ranked #46 on Australia’s Top 50 Viral Song’s Spotify, and was the featured entry for Queensland Music Awards 2018. Night Terrors won Leonie the Australian song-writing competition at the Listen Up Music Songwriters Festival, and was played on the Channel 9 series Doctor Doctor (Season 3, Episode 7). Her second single So Much More also went to #1 on Triple J Unearthed with over 2000 plays and 600 downloads. This song was the featured track on Triple J’s radio segment Roots N All. The Hervey Bay musician worked with London Topaz on Hideout, which played over 140 000 Spotify streams, and has been announced as the support act for Tia Gostelow at Maroochydore in March. Leonie was the featured artist at TEDx Brisbane 2018 and is currently working on new single Rhubarb to be released early this year featuring some incredible artists (soon to be announced). The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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Fraser Coast Libraries

FRASER COAST LIBRARIES More than just books, Fraser Coast Libraries have something for everyone, from children's activities to history talks, wildlife presentations and book club sets. Libraries also provide access to new technologies and family literacy programs. Don’t miss the very popular Storytime, History Talks and the Vintage Film Club.


Burrum Heads: Burrum Heads Rd. Ph 4129 5237 Hervey Bay & Toy: 161 Old Maryborough Rd. Ph 4197 4220 Howard Library: Steley St. Ph 4129 4144 Maryborough: 127-129 Bazaar St. Ph 4190 5788 Toy & Special Needs: 239 Lennox St. Ph 4190 5893 Tiaro: Forgan Terrace. Ph 4129 2453 For opening hours and program times visit our website


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Enjoy the timeless romance of the silver screen. Screenings and refreshments are both provided free of charge. LIMITED SEATS – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

Too Late For Tears (1949)

FRI 1 MAR 10am Tiaro Library MON 11 MAR 10am Maryborough Library WED 13 MAR 10am Hervey Bay Library

His Girl Friday (1940)

FRI 5 APR 10am Tiaro Library MON 8 APR 10am Maryborough Library WED 10 APR 10am Hervey Bay Library

The Front Page (1931)

FRI 3 MAY 10am Tiaro Library WED 8 MAY 10am Hervey Bay Library MON 13 MAY 10am Maryborough Library Watch our Fraser Coast Libraries webpage and Facebook page for details and booking arrangements

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For children 2–5 years Enhance social, physical, emotional and cognitive skills with sessions that include story telling, singing, puppets and more. Hervey Bay Library EVERY TUE* 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am & SAT 10:30am Maryborough Library EVERY WED* 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am & SAT 10.30am Tweentopia Book Club Tiaro Library For children 8–11 THU 14 & 28 MAR, 9 & 23 MAY 10:30am Share a love of books and meet new friends. Howard Library Enjoy playing games, using technology and be the first to view and borrow new items! WED 6 & 20 MAR, 3 APR, 1 & 15 MAY 10am Hervey Bay Library Burrum Heads Library MON 18 MAR, 20 MAY 3:30pm THU 7 & 21 MAR, 4 APR, Maryborough Library 2 & 16 MAY 10am THU 21 MAR, 16 MAY 3:30pm *during school term

For children under 2 years Introduce your child to language through songs, rhymes and stories.

Hervey Bay Library EVERY THU 10:30am & FRI 9:30am & 10:30am Maryborough Library EVERY MON 10:30am & FRI 9:30am

Toddler Time

For children 18 months – 3 years Hervey Bay Library EVERY MON 10am & 11am* Maryborough Library EVERY TUE 10am* *during school term

Easter School Holidays For the full guide to our holiday program visit


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STEAM CLUB is a new weekly program with exclusive activities across sciences, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. We encourage children to put on their thinking caps, come along to explore, invent, tinker and problem solve with each session based around a common theme. Ages 8 and over. Cost: Free.

Indentured Chinese Labourers of The Wide Bay

Presented by Margaret Slocomb Indentured Chinese labourers were part of the Fraser Coast community. The vast majority of the arrivals in this area occurred between October, 1851 and mid 1852. These men were mainly from the Guangdong province, Canton and Amoy. Some one thousand five hundred Indentured Chinese filled the labour gap in pastoral runs in Queensland created by the Gold Rush of 1851. Cost: Free. Bookings essential. Maryborough Library Hervey Bay Library MON 29 APR 9:30am MON 29 APR 1pm Find out more:


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Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world.

Hervey Bay Library

THU 14 MAR, 28 MAR, 11 APR, 9 MAY, 23 MAY 9:30am - 11am Maryborough Library

WED 13 MAR, 27 MAR, 10 APR, 24 APR, 8 MAY, 22 MAY 1pm - 2:30pm


Book Chat

Bring along your favourite book or current read to this monthly chat. Hervey Bay Library

WED 27 MAR, 24 APR, 29 MAY 10am

Maryborough Library

FRI 29 MAR, 26 APR, 31 MAY 2pm

Tiaro Library

TUE 26 MAR, 30 APR, 28 MAY 9.30am



Reclaim your inner power and take control of your own life - to live more happily, calmly and productively. Bookings essential. Hervey Bay Library

FRI 1 & 15 MAR, 5 & 19 APR, 3 & 17 MAY 9:30am

Maryborough Library

SAT 2 MAR, 6 APR, 4 MAY 10:30am

Lunchtime Wildlife Talks

These informative sessions are hosted Hervey Bay Library by guest speakers who provide an FRI 15 MAR, 12 APR, 17 MAY 12pm - 1pm insight into their wildlife speciality. Maryborough Library Free. Bookings required. Supported by FRI 29 MAR, 26 APR, 31 MAY 12pm - 1pm Fraser Coast Branch of Wildlife Qld.


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Portside Heritage Precinct

PORTSIDE HERITAGE PRECINCT Soak up history against a backdrop of glorious colonial architecture and riverside parklands as you explore Maryborough’s original port district. Portside offers a range of experiences including cafés and pubs, museums and historical collections, inspiring art and culture at Gatakers Artspace, and beautiful Queens Park – one of Australia’s first botanic gardens.

Wharf Street, Maryborough Phone 4190 5722 Open Mon-Fri 9.30am–3.30pm. Sat & Sun 9.30am–12.30pm. /bondstoremaryborough


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Join a fascinating tour with our experienced guides

Tipples and Tales

SATURDAYS 2.30pm Meet the historical characters of the Bond Store as you enjoy a tantalizing experience of regional ports, liqueurs and tasting platters.. Cost: $30 Bookings essential.

Tea with Mary

Free Guided Walking Tour

REQUEST) Your very own Mary Poppins inspired character will guide you on a fascinating tour of beautiful riverside parks and glorious colonial architecture, finishing with a delightful morning tea in an old style cafe. Cost: $20. Bookings essential.

Learn more about the colourful history of Maryborough on a free guided walking tour. The perfect way to share our local history with visiting friends and family. No need to book, just turn up. Departs City Hall


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Portside Heritage Precinct

Bond Store (c.1864) Walk the earthen floors of this former store for Her Majesty’s Customs Service and discover a time when opium was a legal import and the rum trade flourished. Learn about the imports and exports in Colonial times. Enjoy a new regional liqueur and produce tastings experience.

Customs House (c.1900) Hear the stories of immigrants who came from afar and uncover the inspirational history of the families who pioneered this important early Queensland settlement. New exhibits and activities for all ages.


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Portside Heritage Precinct

Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum (c.1879)

Explore an exceptional collection of over 7,000 items of military and colonial memorabilia including two Victoria Crosses and a Cross of Valour and other significant medals, uniforms, period costumes and historic vehicles.

Customs House Residence (c.1900)

This beautiful two-storey residence was constructed for the Customs Sub–Collector of the time. Stroll upstairs to view the rotational arts and historical exhibitions.


TAKE A JOURNEY back more than 150 years when Maryborough was a thriving port, and the place where 22,000 new settlers took their first steps on Australian soil. Purchase a Portside Pass and save on entry to all three attractions from participating museums or the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre.

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REGIONAL MUSEUMS TRAIL Museums and historical collections give a sense of the struggles and triumphs of the region’s early pioneers as they settled in the wild Australian bush, established farming and industry and turned dusty makeshift settlements into thriving towns filled with stately buildings and grand homes. • Bond Store

• Maryborough Hospital Museum

• Brennan & Geraghty's Store

• Maryborough Military Aviation Museum

• Brooweena Historical Village & Museum • Burrum District Museum

• Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum • Maryborough Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society

• Croydon Foundry Museum • Customs House

• Maryborough Whistlestop Museum

• Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum • Maryborough Heritage Centre

• Mt Bauple & District Historical Society Inc

For more information, collect a self-guided Museum Trail from the Portside Heritage Precinct or download from our website.

18 April – 19 May 2019 This festival brings to life all chapters of Australian culture and history, telling the stories of diverse and distinctive experiences that make up our communities. A numer of events will be held across our region celebrating the theme Connecting People, Places and the Past. Visit to find participating events near you. 40

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MUSEUM PROFILE: MARYBOROUGH WIDE BAY BURNETT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Housed within the School of Arts building is the Maryborough Historical Society which was established in 1955. A large collection of historic objects, images, manuscripts and stories of the wider Maryborough community and has been developed over a number of years. The School of Arts building was completed in 1888 and provided the community with an up-to-date facility for enjoyment and further education. Surviving within the building is a large collection of original books which fill the library shelves in the balconied library room. At the same time that the library was completed Miss Janet Melville donated a large sum of money for the establishment of a museum within the building, Items were collected from around the World and included Roman Find out more:

Coins and other items brought back by locals on visits to their homeland. Few of these early treasures still survive within the building most were lost when the School of Arts was used for service personnel during World War 2. Flooding in 2013 saw major damage to the building and collections which resulted in a complete re-organisation of the historic material together with the establishment of a digitisation plan for the collection of over 13,000 images held within the School of Arts building. Museum displays continue to be developed. Open Wednesday - Friday, 9am - 1pm. 427 Kent Street, Maryborough Phone 4121 6646 for more information.


COMMUNITY PROFILE: ALEXANDREA ROSSITER Maryborough’s Alexandrea Rossiter was honoured in this year’s Fraser Coast Australia Day Awards for her dedication to culture, work ethic and positive attitude. Mayor George Seymour said the Young Cultural Award of the Year recipient was an exemplary role model for younger students. “Alexandrea was recognised not only for her excellent dance, music, speech and drama, and literary skills but also for her ethics and attitude,” Cr Seymour said. “In 2015 she was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, a lifelong gastrointestinal disease, but instead of letting it rule her life, she is committed to educating others.” A poem she wrote for the 2018 Maryborough Eisteddfod, The Beast Within, was published in the Summer Edition of the Crohn's and Colitis Australia magazine. Alexandrea participates in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance classes and has achieved various dance, speech and drama, and literary eisteddfod awards. In 2018, she won the arts award in the Fraser Coast Youth Achievement Awards and the Gold Cultural Award at St Mary's College. Alexandrea has performed in local productions of Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady, and the St Mary's College production of The Addams Family. This year, she will be part of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe production.


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MARYBOROUGH SHOWGROUNDS ANDÂ EQUESTRIAN PARK The quality and breadth of the facilities at Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park make it one of the most exciting and versatile venues of its kind in Australia! It hosts numerous festivals, community activities, exhibitions and equestrian events every year. The purpose-designed 105-hectare reserve is divided into two major areas: the first accommodates the exhibition halls, stadiums, arenas, camping sites and other buildings; the second is the bushland for cross-country, trail riding and outdoor recreation.

Venue Office Open Mon-Fri 9am–3pm. Bruce Highway, Maryborough Phone 1300 794 929 /MaryboroughShowgroundsAndEquestrianPark


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Fraser Coast Antique Collectable Fair SAT 9 - SUN 10 MAR

Main Hall Thousands of antique and collectable items for sale from old toys and china to rare bottles, coins, books, jewellery and quirky collectibles. The long running Fair will offer a range of Heritage and Retro, together with Deco items from years gone by to add to their Collection or start off in this fast growing hobby Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-1pm. Cost: Adults $8, Children under 14: Free

Maryborough Active Riders Club - Open Official Dressage SUN 24 MAR

Covered and Eastern Arenas Classes to Grand Prix level and expect one or two riders in the highest level. Please check for more details Spectators Welcome.

Maryborough Pony Club Rally Days SUN 24 MAR, SUN 7 APR

Equestrian Arenas We offer a safe and friendly environment for riders to develop their skills and knowledge under the guidance of qualified instructors. Membership fees apply.


Book an arena, a hall or the entire park. Visit our website or give us a call on 1300 794 929.

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Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park

24th Australia Street Rod Nationals Show and Shine SAT 20 - SUN 21 APR

The Australian Hot Rod Nationals are coming to the Fraser Coast this Easter long weekend. This is the first time this National event has been held in Queensland outside the South East corner and over 800 Hot Rods and Classic Cars from every state in Australia will converge on the Fraser Coast for the week leading up to the Easter Break. The Nationals are a closed event for entrants only leading up to two public days. On the public days along with the ‘Show and Shine’ there will be indoor and outdoor trade and novelty stalls, driving events, mini rods, rocker cover racing, Shannon’s Big Rig, Ladies Pin up Competition, show rides and a wide array of food and beverage on sale, there will be loads of entertainment for the whole family! This maybe your only chance to see over 800 Hot Rods dazzling with chrome and glitter up close and personal in the one location. So please come and play with us in the Wide Bay. Gates open at 9am and close at 4pm both days. Full day admission for Adults $15, Families $40.


Please note the venue will be closed for this event from Friday 12 April to Tuesday 23 April, 2019.


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Fraser Coast Horse Trials and Hervey Bay Pony Club ODE SAT 4 - SUN 5 MAY

Equestrian Arenas Two days of dressage, show jumping and cross country. Spectators Free.

Queensland Appaloosa Championships and All Breeds Open Show FRI 10 - SUN 12 MAY

Equestrian Arenas Three days of events with the Qld Appaloosa State Show followed by the Open Western Show including Western Dressage events. See website for times and more info. Spectators Free.

Lifeline Book Sale THU 9 - SAT 11 MAY

Main Hall Giant book sale with prices from 50 cents, plus DVDs, CDs, clothes, toys and Mother's Day gift packs. Open 8am to 4pm. Free entry.


Thu 24 & Fri 25 May 2018 - Gates open 9am to 9pm

Experience an action-packed two day program featuring Aussie FMX, showjumping, working dog trials, barrel racing, woodchop, vintage tractor pull, side show alley, petting zoo, slow n' low bbq competition, Crack Up Sisters comedy and don't miss the fireworks spectacular both nights, Friday's Grand Parade and evening Rodeo finale! Visit for more information, admission prices and show program. Find out more:


Our shared cultural collective: Brolga Theatre 

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Fraser Coast Cultural Centre  Gatakers Artspace 

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Fraser Coast Libraries 

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Portside Heritage Gateway

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Maryborough Showgrounds & Equestrian Park

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Our Fraser Coast Scene - Autumn 2019  

This season's guide to theatre, arts and culture on the Fraser Coast.

Our Fraser Coast Scene - Autumn 2019  

This season's guide to theatre, arts and culture on the Fraser Coast.