FRASER COAST Qld Touch Football confirms date for the 2018 Junior State Cup after 7,000 persons swarmed on the Fraser Coast Area in 2017

BOOKED OUT-SOLD OUT-FRASER COAST QLD AUSTRALIA REJOICES IN ACCOMMODATION OVERLOAD.

QUEENSLAND Touch Football has confirmed the dates of the 2018 Junior State Cup.

The organisation’s biggest event of the year will be held in Hervey Bay from July 12-14.

The second weekend of Queensland’s school holidays, players, referees, officials and spectators will flock from across the state to take part in the annual tournament.

Qld Touch CEO Jamie O’Connor said this year’s event attracted more than 7000 visitors to the region.

A record 220 teams entered from 29 affiliates, from Mackay in Nth Qld, south to the NSW border and west to the outback town of Roma.

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Henry Sapiecha

HERVEY BAY FRASER COAST GETS THE NOD FROM COUNCIL FOR AN ESPLANADE $60M DEVELOPMENT

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A PRELIMINARY development approval for the $60 million Scarness resort complex was carried unanimously at Wednesday’s Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting.

The proposal for the resort complex, which includes more than 100 residential units, a shopping complex and office complexes, means the developers will start their assessment of the site and consult with council before construction.

A new roundabout for the local streets in Scarness was also mentioned in the development plans.

Councillor David Lewis raised concerns over the traffic in the area, claiming the development would create problems for the Esplanade streets.

“The proposed roundabout will pose problems for the Queens Rd Esplanade intersection, which is already problematic especially in busy times,” he said.

“In busy times, it (the traffic) can back up a long way along the Esplandade.”

Cr Denis Chapman said it was about trying to use the commercial land as best as possible.

“It’s just a preliminary approval…they’ve got to come back to us and approve it. When you’ve got commercial land, you try and use as much of it as possible,” he said.

A date has not yet been set for the development, but Cr Chapman previously said he hoped to see development start by the end of the year

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Maybe Fraser Coast can accommodate backpackers & travellers at Torbanlea while Sydney’s beachside councils debate camper vans

This is an opportunity to tell the world travellers that we the Fraser Coast are open for business & want you to come & enjoy our area & facilities. We the Fraser Coast people welcome you with open arms.Forget Sydneys councils debate about campervan parking & come here to sunny Queensland in the Fraser Coast & stay with us a while.

Torbanlea is the gateway to the Fraser Coast situated directly on the Bruce Highway half hour from Maryborough-Hervey Bay-Childers & Fraser Island.

A 300 modular home development project is planned for Torbanlea which will give travellers the facility they need to access all the wonders of the Fraser Coast & beyond from one central location here at Torbanlea.

The story of the Sydney issue is explained below.

More to come on the accomodation project in Torbanlea

Camper-vanners young and old want to visit the beach, but often there is nowhere legal to park overnight.

Camper-vanners young and old want to visit the beach, but often there is nowhere legal to park overnight. Photo: Ben Rushton

Many Sydney councils want backpackers to go back where they came from, but Sutherland is exploring ways to make its beachside suburbs a “destination point for local and overseas campervan users”.

The Sutherland Shire council voted this month to investigate the possibility of providing facilities for campervan parking and single overnight stays in suitable areas of “high tourist” appeal with easy access to local cafes and business.

We want people to come to our country, we want them to visit us, but in many cases it is as long as you don’t come in my street and don’t come in my area.

Steve Simpson, councillor, Sutherland Shire

Councillor Steve Simpson, who proposed the motion, said there was a shortage of tourist accommodation, particularly camping sites near the beaches of Cronulla or Wanda where most people wanted to stay. As a result, valuable grey nomads — who spent $700 on average during any stay on shopping and dining – were bypassing the shire.

An attractive spot for camper-vanners: Sydney's Cronulla Beach.

An attractive spot for camper-vanners: Sydney’s Cronulla Beach. Photo: James Alcock

“We want people to come to our country, we want them to visit us, but in many cases it is as long as you don’t come in my street and don’t come in my area,” he said of the outcry in response to backpacker vans crowding beachside streets.

A short-stay camping site with facilities nearer the beach, for example, would encourage retirees in campervans, caravans and RVs to visit, while providing younger nomads in campervans with an affordable way to spend the night without breaking the law.

“By not having that, we miss out on the benefits. I want them to spend their children’s inheritance at local shops,” Mr Simpson said of the grey nomads. “I want them to spend money and go to restaurants.”

Suitable for camper-van parking? Cronulla Beach's parking area.

Suitable for camper-van parking? Cronulla Beach’s parking area. Photo: Chris Lane

It would also address the problem of younger visitors parking their vans illegally overnight. “If you put people in areas that are well-maintained, and they can go there at a reasonable cost, it takes away that problem of being harassed in streets, and people knocking on their windows.”

While the sight of younger nomads in campervans doing their washing or changing the clothes on the street has infuriated residents of many Sydney suburbs, Cr Simpson said most were well-behaved with a handful giving the rest a bad reputation.

Sutherland’s mayor Kent Johns said the shire was looking at how to improve tourist numbers “without attracting undesirables”. The current investigation was only “an exploratory document”, he said.

This is Newcastle Entertainment Centre when camper-vanners descend upon it for the caravan, campervan and camping expo. Could this soon be Cronulla or Wanda beaches?

This is Newcastle Entertainment Centre when camper-vanners descend upon it for the caravan, campervan and camping expo. Could this soon be Cronulla or Wanda beaches? Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Locals said skyrocketing property prices near the beach made it unlikely that the council would find suitable land.

Opening a ‘can of worms’

While other councils in NSW and Victoria, particularly near popular beaches, have had a big problem with unwanted backpacker vans staying in unauthorised areas – often treating locals to intimate views of them undressing, cooking and worse – Cronulla has so far avoided the worst. After local complaints about the number of vans parked overnight on the streets near Bondi, Waverley mayor Sally Betts asked the NSW government if it could erect signs saying ‘no camping or overnight stay’ at multiple entry points to the local government area. It was knocked back, according to media reports.

Wanda beach is also a spot Councillor Steve Simpson wants camper-vanners to make use of.

Wanda beach is also a spot Councillor Steve Simpson wants camper-vanners to make use of. Photo: John Veage

The president of the Cronulla Chamber of Commerce, Mark Aprilovic, said Mr Simpson was opening a “can of worms”.

The shire wanted more visitors, he said, but beachfront areas were densely populated and heavily used by locals from early morning bootcamps to surfing competitions.

“Where can you put them [people in vans] and how can do you do this without offending the local people?” asked Mr Aprilovic, who runs a local surf school.

The owner of the Cronulla Beach Youth Hostel Michael Keogh said backpackers often asked if they could sleep in their vans but use the hostel’s facilities. His answer is no.

He applauded Cr Simpson for recognising the importance of tourism but he said Cronulla’s rising land values would be the biggest hurdle to the plan coming to fruition.

‘”There is only one hope near Cronulla and that is to rezone open park  areas in front of the Green Hills Land estate,” he said.  RV and camping  areas required a lot of space and infrastructure, he said, and single lots near there were currently selling for more than $1.6 million, it was difficult to see that happening near there.

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Henry Sapiecha

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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Sourced from local media & published by Henry Sapiecha

FRASER ISLAND TOUR OPERATORS TO NOW GET 30 YEARS LEASES + OPTIONS

IS THE GOVERNMENT TAKING ADVICE FROM COMMERCIAL TOUR OPERATORS

Government beaurocrats move slowly as it has taken them years to see reality.They should be sacked more often in greater numbers as the commercial world has done to its workers. This will let them know that wrong, slow and or bad decisions will have consequences just as in the real world.Somebody in government has moved in the right direction and it has finally happened. They should be recognized and applauded.

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The tour operators are being recognized and appreciated for their real worth to the tourist dollar. In the meantime I just hope that any clowns in the government who have delayed or opposed this initiative have or will be removed from their jobs

Maybe the dragged on talkfests are over by government & self serving groups????

Let’s get on with the Fraser Island Show….>>>

TOURISM operators in national parks such as Fraser Island will soon be able to apply for 30-year leases, with an option for further 30-year renewals.

Story goes that the dept of harbours & marine who hand out the leases in the Urangan harbour government held land have increased the rental of land to commerce in the Hervey Bay harbour presinct to unsustanainable levels where commerce is struggling.
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The ‘fabulous’ Hervey Bay boat club for an example had their rent increased to horrendous levels not that long ago as well as the shops the stores and tourist operators in the urangan harbour complex & area [And they, the council think a name change for the harbour will fix the problem…Ha Ha Ha..] They live in government fairy land.

The kingfisher ‘crew’ went west to River Heads & established a new take off point because they had no choice and took the heart out of the Urangan harbour complex & it’s operators.

The harbour mariner operators also a have a commercial sustainability problem.
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….WE THE PEOPLE.. As the saying goes.

All caused by government bullshit & people in the government system who have never contributed to commerce, had a real job or took any risks with their hard earned money or investments. So they are not perfect…..!!! Nor are we in commerce. At least we here in this country are not run by government dictators & the sun is shining and we are alive and happy healthy and sometimes wise. So I suppose we should be thankful.

Nevertheless the point needs to be made.

Halve the harbour rent [ Yes & change the name if you must] & we will stand a chance to revive the tourist economy of the Fraser Coast area.

Rainbow beach has always had a better environment for ‘escape’ tourists and has now captured the majority of backpacker travellers.

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I WAS IN THE BACKPACKER & TRAVEL INDUSTRY AS WELL AS ACCOMMODATION, TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT,HOSPITALITY, HOTEL, RESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB & MANY OTHER INDUSTRIES & I SEE WHAT I SEE.

Most of the people in all local governments have very little idea or serious experience of the real commercial world and or are mostly failed representatives of commerce.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said this week the government would move to amend the state’s conservation laws to deliver the leases, based on a committment made at major tourism forum Destination Q earlier this year.

Well done Mr Dickson. Perhaps you are a commercial animal after all & see $$$$ reality.

Is this the Steve Dickson from Hervey Bay…???
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“These vital changes will act as a catalyst for strengthening a world-class eco-tourism industry in Queensland, establishing appropriate, environmentally friendly facilities built with natural integration as the most important feature,” he said.

Mr Dickson said the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 would also simplify the permit system for pre-existing infrastructure on national park estate land, such as powerlines, water pipelines and telecommunications towers.

Application processing times for leases are expected to be reduced by about 16 weeks once the legislation is passed.

The change is expected to have a major impact on eco-tourism, which is one of the biggest markets on the Fraser Coast.
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Sourced from the local paper & published by Henry Sapiecha

 

WYNDHAM RESORTS TO BUILD $120M COMPLEX IN HERVEY BAY FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND

$120m of luxury to lure investment
The $120 million Wyndham Hervey Bay Resort will bolster the region’s tourism industry and attract further investment to the region.
The resort, to be built opposite the Urangan Boat Harbour, will comprise 162 luxury apartments and penthouses and full conference facilities for 300 guests. 

It will also feature a lagoon pool, a café/restaurant catering for indoor or alfresco dining, a gym, internet café and underground car park.

Stage 1 construction is scheduled to start in August and is expected to be completed by April 2013.

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TV STATION AND NEWSPAPER MARRY UP FOR PROMOTION OF STAYCATIONS AT THE FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND


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FRASER COAST CHRONICLE & CHANNEL 7 TV PARTNER UP TO PROMOTE STAYCATIONS IN THE FRASER COAST

The region’s two largest media outlets, Channel Seven and the Fraser Coast Chronicle, are partnering with Council’s Fraser Coast Staycations marketing initiative by implementing a $100,000 multi-media campaign to boost the Fraser Coast economy.

Don’t miss your opportunity to leverage off this promotion for free.

If you haven’t already signed up as a business partner of the scheme and would like to know more about this free promotional opportunity, please contact:

Vanida Petts
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Phone: 4197 4731
Email: [email protected]

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HOWARD GIVES TO FLOOD APPEAL @ AUCTION IN PEPPERS RESORT HERVEY BAY

A property auction last week at the Peppers Resort Hervey Bay saw a number of properties passed in .

What was sold was a voucher for 2 for accommodation with champagne, chocolates and breakfast for two nights at the resort.

Who else but yours truly Henry Sapiecha submitted the highest bid for the  above prize and the money was generously donated by the Peppers Resort to the Queensland flood appeal.

I need now to find someone to share the 3 days & 2 nights with at the resort

Howard once again gives to a worthy cause

NEW ACCOMMODATION NOW AVAILABLE IN THE BURRUM DISTRICT

ECO TENTS-WHAT A GREAT WAY TO STAY

Supplied by a Burrum Chamber member Bruce Noble

of the Burrum River Caravan Park.

WE HAVE FUN ACCOMMODATION NOW AT BURRUM

HERE @ HOWARD -TORBANLEA QLD

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The message we wish to convey is that these units are budget [14 beds] accommodation, containing a double, 2 x 2 singles and 2 x 4 bunk beds.

They are all carpeted with electricity and small refrigerators and three with TVs’ as well.  Linen is available at an extra cost.  They are situated near the camp kitchen and the  amenities are also close.

BURRUM RIVER CARAVAN PARK –

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ON THE MIGHTY BURRUM RIVER. FRASER COAST.QLD

When you want fun practical accommodation then…

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Article created and published by Henry Sapiecha 3rd August 2009

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