THE TORNADO THAT STRUCK BURRUM HEADS QLD IN JAN 2013

 BUURUM HEADS TORNADO CARNAGE TO BE MADE GOOD

Hillcrest Holiday Park in Burrum Heads is now the focal point of clean-up operations as council, State Emergency Services, and community volunteers slave under the hot sun to put things right.

The Burrum Heads Library has become a centre of community support today, providing breakfast and dinner at 5.30pm.

To combat high temperatures and water shortages, council staff have been distributing free water and sandwiches for those working to restore order in Burrum Heads.

The riverside promenade and a narrow strip 10kms long where the tornado tore through the township Sunday morning remains strewn with smaller debris.

Power and telecommunications have been restored.

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The post office and ATM services have been restored and are operating as usual out of the Burrum Heads Foodworks.

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EXPLOSIVE FORCE OF A HURRICANE TORNADO RIPS APART A BURRUM HEADS FRASER COAST QLD HOME & MORE

WHEN IS A HOUSE IN A STATE OF DESTRUCTION BY A TORNADO

WITH an explosive force that tore an entire wall off her home, Ann Roberts was thrown against her bedroom wall by the tornado that struck in the early hours of Sunday.

“We’ve been here for 18 years…I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.

“It was frightening.”
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Mrs Roberts was in bed with her husband, Barry, when the worst of ex-cyclone Oswald hit Burrum Heads.

She said she had just got out of bed when the windows smashed, sending glass everywhere – including one large shard that embedded itself deeply into the wall just above their bed.

“I go thrown back so hard… it was like an explosion,” Mrs Roberts said.

Along with the extensive damage to their home, Barry said their boat and campervan were also damaged in the storm.

Their story was echoed by many other residents of Burrum Heads on Monday.

Next door, Kevin and Gay Parr also had glass shatter throughout their home.

They said the tornado happened so quickly there was nothing they could do to prepare for it, before it moved on in a narrow path of destruction towards the Hillcrest Caravan Park.
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Some 1500 properties lost power and dozens suffered serious damage such as roofs or walls being torn off by the strong winds.

A number of vehicles and boats were also damaged, with witnesses telling the Chronicle at least three boats were sunk during the storm, including a large local fishing trawler.

Huge trees were snapped in half like twigs and sheets of metal flew through the air until they found something to lodge into.

It was a night Ann will never forget and nor will the rest of Burrum Heads.



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FAMILY OF 5 GENERATIONS HAVE THEIR REUNION IN HOWARD @ FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND

HOWARD BASED ITALIAN FAMILY SPANNING 5 GENERATIONS

SIXTY-one years after migrating to Australia from Italy, Howard’s Henny DeWinter has seen five generations of the family together for the first time.
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One-year-old Zoe Jamieson travelled with mum Teresse Kilpatrick and granddad Wayne Kilpatrick from Townsville to Howard for a reunion.

It was the first time Zoe had met her great-great grandmother.

Her great-grandmother Rhonda Kilpatrick joined the group at Mrs DeWinter’s Howard home to round out the five generations.

Each of the five are also the first-born in their family.

Wayne said they had not been able to be together in one place for several years.

Ms DeWinter said members of her family were now scattered across Australia after first arriving by boat in 1952.

She said it was incredible for her to think of five generations in Australia after so many decades.

“For me, Australia has been my home,” she said.

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HOWARD BURRUM DISTRICT KINDY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO STAY OPEN-RALLY NOW – APPROACH YOUR MEMBER-WHERE ELSE CAN YOU GET CHILDCARE AT $5-$10 PER DAY

THE BURRUM DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE KINDY IS NOT TO BE SHUT DOWN IF WE HAVE ANY SAY IN IT

BURRUM District Community Kindy at Howard is closing due to financial stress caused by Bligh Government funding changes, low enrolment numbers and a lack of community funding support.

A kindy spokeswoman said an executive meeting of the Burrum District Community Kindy decided for financial reasons to close the kindy doors.

She said they deeply regretted the decision but to continue to operate the facility under the current funding situation would have been illegal and irresponsible for an incorporated body.

“We would have been trading while insolvent,” the spokeswoman said.

“Staff have been notified about their jobs and we are notifying parents.”

The kindergarten has been operating out of the Burrum District Community Centre at Howard for a number of years.

“This will also be a blow to the Community Centre, as they rely on the rent from the kindy as part of their operational revenue,” she said.

“So this closure affects the whole area.

“The financial stress has been brought about by the funding changes made by the Bligh Government.

“Sadly, lack of community funding support and low enrolment numbers has also contributed.

“The committee has met with the ruling body C and K  to follow all possible avenues of recovery funding, but so far have been unsuccessful.

“We will continue to work together to try to solve the financial problems but at this stage we have no resolution and will need to commence selling off the assets.

“If the community wants to see the kindy re-open they can register their interest in fundraising support by contacting the Kindy on 4129 0994 immediately, before the assets need to be sold off.”

The content of this posting was sourced from the local Chronicle newspaper with my comments as the headlines & notes below.
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As a result of being notified today 23rd Jan 2013 by Ailsa of the centre of the impending closure of this much valued kindy, a well structured & heavy support campaign to retain the kindy facility shall be undertaken by this web site and support requests shall be sent to the many thousands of emails in our data base so that the kindy centre shall become viable & government support continued

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GREAT DEALS BEING OFFERED FOR TOURISTS TO THE FRASER COAST VIA WOTIF.COM

WOTIF.COM PLEDGES MAJOR HELP IN PROMOTING TOURISM & CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN THE FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND

TOURISM Fraser Coast has joined forces with Wotif.com in a major campaign to rekindle interest in home-grown holidays and attract stressed-out couples and young families to the region after the busy holiday period.

Starting on January 17, the Wotif Fraser Coast Natural campaign offers a range of value-for-money deals and exclusive bonuses for holiday-makers booking their Fraser Coast escape through the accommodation and flight-booking website.
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Tourism Fraser Coast general manager Pip Close said the campaign aimed to build on the strong Christmas and new year period to attract more visitors after the peak school holidays and from late January through to July.

“With the generous assistance of Tourism Queensland we are delighted to be working with Wotif.com on this exciting campaign encouraging Australians to rekindle their love of a home-grown holiday and visit the Fraser Coast region after the busy holiday period,” she said.

“The Fraser Coast welcomed almost 700,000 Australians to the region last year and this campaign will help us build on this as we work towards our goal to double overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

“Our region has so much to offer including scenic drive trails, beautiful beaches, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and historic attractions.

“The newly opened Fraser Coast Cultural Centre is also a must to visit for those heading to Hervey Bay.

“We hope Queenslanders and interstate visitors will take advantage of the campaign which features a range of fabulous holiday deals, attractions and packages to be rolled out through the Wotif.com and GoDo.com networks.”

The Wotif Fraser Coast Natural campaign is being supported by a significant media campaign comprising outdoor billboards, cafe screens, radio advertising, social media and more.
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Some deals include:

  • Stay three nights in a studio or suite at Ramada Hervey Bay and enjoy a free Tastes of the Bay seafood platter valued at $110 and a bottle of award winning oyster bay wine in your room. Stay five nights and, in addition, receive a copy of the latest Australian Geographic Magazine and daily breakfast for two. The offer is valid for stays from January 17 to March 28, inclusive.
  • Book a one-bedroom family apartment at Hervey Bay’s multi award-winning Emeraldene Inn & Eco Lodge for the discounted rate of $110 a night for travel before March 28 and also receive a free family pass to the new Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere and a bonus LED torch ideal for your turtle watching adventures within the region.
  • Set sail on a spectacular adventure with Blue Dolphin Marine tours to see bottlenose and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins and perhaps dugongs and turtles in their natural habitats in the Great Sandy Strait. The special offer available through Wotif’s activities website GoDo.com is $70 for adults, $40 for children or $200 for a family of two adults and two children including morning tea plus a bonus nature inspired Blue Dolphin 2013 Calendar, a Blue Dolphin stubby cooler and family pass to the Discovery Sphere with each booking.
  • Other deals include accommodation in Hervey Bay from $89 per night, Fraser Island from $89 per night and Rainbow Beach from $84 per night. Flights from Sydney to Hervey Bay are available from $159.

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CROCODILE SIGHTINGS AGAIN IN THE FRASER COAST,ELI CREEK POINT VERNON HERVEY BAY

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CROCODILES have reportedly been sighted by a kayaker in Eli Creek leading to signs being erected at Point Vernon warning people against swimming in the area and to keep well away from the water’s edge.

Fraser Coast councillor Trevor McDonald said a kayaker reported spotting a croc on a bank in Eli Creek and then when he was paddling out of the creek he saw another in front of him in the water.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection manager wildlife operations Mike Devery said the report was received on Friday.

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He said rangers had conducted land and vessel based surveys of the area, however the crocodiles reported were not seen.

Rangers had also erected recent sighting signs and would conduct a further survey of the area during the week, he said.

Cr McDonald said the rangers would perform a night search at high tide and the process of searching for evidence would last for seven days.

He said if no sign of crocodiles was found, the signs would be removed.

Point Vernon resident Kerri Wouters said she usually swam in the area two to three times a week with her husband and six-year-old son but was “not game to go in the water at the moment”.
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She said it was not an overly popular swimming area but more of a secluded spot.

“We sometimes take the kayak out ourselves,” Ms Wouters said.

“We saw the first croc signs put up on Friday.”

She said she would probably still walk along the foreshore but “it sort of makes you a bit cautious”.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP at any time on 1300 130 372.
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GAS EXPLORATION PERMIT GRANTED FOR THE FRASER COAST REGION

HUGE GAS RESERVES BELIEVED TO BE IN THE FRASER COAST

BLUE Energy and joint venture partner Beach Energy will start the exploration process for commercial quantities of gas in the Fraser Coast region after being granted two more exploration tenements in the Maryborough Basin.

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The new permits extend the group’s prospective area from around Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Burrum Heads towards Bundaberg centralizing in the old coal mining areas of Torbanlea & Howard

Blue Energy managing director John Phillips said the companies believed the Maryborough Basin was prospective for natural gas and the grant of the two permits would initiate the exploration process in search of commercial quantities of gas.

He said prior to any on-ground activity – seismic acquisition or drilling, the company would conduct the required environmental surveys and consult with relevant stakeholders who might be impacted by early exploration activities.

“The importance of confirming a commercial gas resource in the Maryborough Basin cannot be overstated,” Mr Phillips said.

“Significant gas discovered in this region could provide a viable alternate supply of energy for the Maryborough region and also supply natural gas for the south-east Queensland region, including Brisbane.

“This would then reduce the pressure on existing domestic gas supplies whilst also offering the potential to supply the export market.

“The economic input to the local economy could also be substantial.”

He said previous exploration had identified the gas potential of the basin with gas flows recorded from some of the early wells.

“Importantly, there are several different potential types of gas resources that may be confirmed by the exploration process undertaken by the joint venture,” Mr Phillips said.

“These different exploration plays include gas that may be reservoired in sandstones, or in shales or coals.”
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FRASER COAST MAYOR GERARD O’CONNELL HAS A GRAND VISION FOR THE FRASER COAST

The Fraser Coast mayor highlights some key elements that will be worked on


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THE Mary River needs to be “brought back” and in 2013 the Mayor is determined to “enhance this great natural asset”.

“I said I’d enhance Hervey Bay’s Esplanade and I did,” Mayor Gerard O’Connell said.

“We still have a bit of work to do along there with walkways and viewing stations.

“Meanwhile, I’m intent on bringing back the Mary River through mangrove management and supporting local clubs to take more sporting activities onto this great river.

“Let’s see the boats come back and tie up at the wharf and people getting out on the river and having fun like we did in past years.”
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Cr O’Connell said 2013 looms as a year of enormous potential for the Fraser Coast.

“We have already started playing host to thousands with the scout jamboree this week and we’ll be doing that with the Ulysses AGM, the Surf Nippers carnival and the State Touch carnival.

“Thousands and thousands of people are coming to the Fraser Coast this year.”

The mayor indicated that, in the longer term, aviation and the marine sector industry may by key to the region’s prosperity.

“Just in the last fortnight people with significant investment ability have been asking about our Avion airport precinct and the marine industry precinct in Maryborough.

“We’ve also pushed preliminary approval through for the master planned Airside development at Hervey Bay Airport.”

The mayor’s philosophical priority might prove a thornier problem to progress than seducing investors to invest in the region.

Cr O’Connell wants Fraser Coasters to think and act in unity, rather than foster the “them-and-us” mentality that continues to create barriers between Hervey Bay and Maryborough and some of the 17 villages.

“We must have unity of purpose and work and speak as a region.”

He said he favours neither Maryborough nor Hervey Bay but just wants to see the cities complement each other.

“I’m not going to get into tit for tat on comments I am leaving one city or the other behind, I am not.”

“Big ticket” items like Warren Persall’s $6 million investment into rebuilding the Beach House Hotel complex, the Stockland extension and Station Square’s expansion get him excited.

“In a couple of weeks we’ll be turning the sod at the new St Stephen’s and that project is going to bring up to 3000 Coast jobs.”

With no “disrespect to anyone” Cr O’Connell says the feedback on him and his new councillors is “nothing short of phenomenal”.
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FRASER COAST TO HOST AROUND 12,000 PEOPLE IN A SCOUT JAMBOREE FOR ELEVEN DAYS

MASSIVE INJECTION OF SCOUT PEOPLE INTO THE FRASER COAST

THE procession of buses that will bring in 11,500 scouts and their leaders to Maryborough is already well on its way as the set-up continues for the 2013 Australian Scout Jamboree.

Arrivals at Maryborough Showgrounds are expected to continue through to late on Tuesday afternoon.

The grounds have been turned into a city-within-a-city for the event, including a sound stage, camping sections for each state and on-site activity areas.

Fireworks will be let off on Wednesday night to welcome the massive crowd before the scouts begin their first activities around the region on Thursday.

Fraser Coast scouts are already on-site setting up the tents they will call home for the next 11 days
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COUNTERFEIT $50 NOTES IN FRASER COAST AREA

COUNTERFEIT MONEY IN BANKNOTES SHOW UP IN THE FRASER COAST

SIX incidents of counterfeit money being presented to businesses have been reported in Maryborough and Hervey Bay during the past month.

The Maryborough District Criminal Investigation Branch has reminded businesses and consumers to ensure they check their cash.

If you suspect you have been given a counterfeit bank note, handle the suspect note as little as possible and store it in an envelope.

Buisnesses could check CCTV footage to see if they can identify who gave them the note.

Present the footage to police when reporting the matter.

Note any relevant information, such as how it may have come into your possession, a description of the person who gave it you and a companion or vehicle the person may have been using
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