Message from the CEO Fraser Coast Regional Council Queensland Australia

Economic Development continues to remain a major focus for the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Following changes to its organisational structure last year, the Council appointed Kim Roberts as the Executive Manager Strategic Integration to help boost the focus on economic development.
Mr Roberts has built a five-member team comprised of the Major Projects Team, Sustainability Project Officer, Manager of Economic Development and an Administration Support Officer to spearhead economic development.
In addition the entire Executive Management Team will be involved in the major economic development activities of Council.
Our former Manager of Economic Development Andrew Jackson has recently left to take up a position with the North Burnett Regional Council. He will be missed but the vacant position will be filled.
These changes will help ensure that the Council can respond quickly to new opportunities and has the necessary experienced staff to progress projects as they arise.
We are serious about economic development and are determined to provide an environment for sustainable business opportunities.

Andrew Brien, CEO, Fraser Coast Regional Council

New residents continue to flock to the Fraser Coast
Population growth on the Fraser Coast is outstripping the state’s average by close to one percent, cementing the region’s reputation as one of Queensland’s most desirable locations to live, work and play.
Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said he was pleased to see that the region was still at the forefront in terms of growth.
“That equates to jobs, business growth and opportunities for the region and that is definitely good news in these difficult economic times.”
Treasurer and Regional Planning Minister for the Wide Bay Burnett Andrew Fraser announced the figures saying a report – Population growth highlights and trends Queensland 2010 – showed the Fraser Coast was Queensland’s second-fastest growing local government area in 2008-09 outside south-east Queensland with a growth rate of 3.6 per cent.
“The Fraser Coast continues to perform well in the population stakes, attracting 3,500 people in the year to June 2009,” Mr Fraser said. “While growth over 2008-09 was a little more subdued than the 3.8 per cent average annual growth seen in the five years between 2001-2006, what’s clear is that the Fraser Coast is one of the most attractive regions in our state.”
Population growth highlights and trends Queensland 2010 is now available on the Office of Economic and Statistical Research website

You’re invited to have a chat with your Councillors
The community briefings held by the Fraser Coast Regional Council are changing.
Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said the briefings had proved very popular, especially in the smaller communities but they have now been rebranded as less formal Community Chats.
He said he considered the chats a great opportunity for residents to share their thoughts with Councillors and senior Council staff.
The first of the new format Community Chats will be held at 10am in the Broweena Historical Society Museum on September 28.
A full list of venues and times and the questions and answers from the July 2010 community briefing at Maryborough City Hall on 27 July 2010 are available on the Council’s website

Fraser Coast -2031 – we know what we want for our future
Kirsty Mackay won two nights accomodation at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island for sending in her thoughts on how she wants the Fraser Coast to look and be in 20 years time.
Fraser Coast 2031 Have Your Say was community consultation at its best says Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger. “We are very pleased with the response and it is reasuring that so many of our residents are thinking about their environment and living conditions and what they want for the region and for their children in the future,” he said.
The survey asked what characteristics of the Fraser Coast people liked, what needed improving, challenges for the region and other questions that would help the Council determine a way forward for the region.
“I thank all those who sent in their views for this survey. The results are now being assessed and the findings will be published as soon as possible,” Cr Kruger said.

Push to stamp out cyber bullying
Fraser Coast youth worker Annette Hammond (left, with former Junior Councillor Tegan Hodgson, centre, and Councillor Belinda McNeven, right) is leading the Fraser Coast Cyber Safety Project which aims to work with children who have been the victims of cyber bullying or could become cyber bullies. The project is an initiative of the Fraser Coast Youth Crime Prevention Program which is funded by the Department of Communities and builds on work already undertaken by the Education Hervey Bay Cyber Safety Project Group. Ms Hammond plans to develop strategies to help parents and youths combat the growing problem.

Council measures its footprint
The Council has engaged Planet Footprint’s Environmental Scorekeeping Services to capture, analyse and report on Council’s greenhouse gas emissions for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years. The move follows the completion of a ‘snapshot’ audit of Council’s greenhouse gas emitting facilities and activities in 2008/09. Data will be collected on Council’s electricity consumption, fuel use and waste management to determine greenhouse gas emissions. The service will also provide the opportunity for Council to benchmark it’s environmental performance against other similar sized Councils and assist in identifying areas to optimise efficiency, set strategies and meet targets outlined by Council’s Corporate Plan.

Friends of the Gallery bus trips
Hervey Bay Friends of the Gallery have two bus trips before the end of the year –
Sunday 10 October: To the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, for Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future. Exclusive to Brisbane, this major exhibition explores the work of celebrated Italian fashion house Valentino, known around the world for its sophisticated, timeless design and glamorous clientele. $56.
Sunday 21 November: Shopping jaunt to beautiful Montville on the Sunshine Coast hinterland (cost to be confirmed). Now an annual event, the day trip is a great chance to pick up some gorgeous Christmas presents from the many art, craft and gift shops in this quaint township.
For more information contact the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery on 4197 4210.

Help Council support Angel Flight
Every year Angel Flight volunteers fly hundreds of people from rural and regional Queensland to medical treatment centres. From October 17 to 23 a Fraser Coast Regional Council team led by CEO Andrew Brien will join other teams in the Outback Trailblazer fundraising rally across outback Queensland. Team members will take annual leave and will pay all their own expenses but need to raise sponsorship for the minimum $4000 donation to Angel Flight and the cost of fuel. The more money raised, the bigger the donation to Angel Flight. A range of sponsorship packages from $100 to $1000 that offer advertising on the rally vehicle is available from Sponsorship Co-ordinator Kevin Corcoran More …

Bruce Highway pedestrian and cycle overpass opened
Pedestrians and cyclists can now cross the Bruce Highway near Maryborough safely thanks to a $1.6 million overpass that was opened by Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger (left) on Thursday 9 September.
The three-metre wide enclosed overpass provides safe passage between the city of Maryborough on the eastern side and TAFE, Riverside Christian College, the railway station and residential developments in Maryborough West. The project, which is part of the Council’s Maryborough Walk and Cycle Strategy, attracted a 50% subsidy from the Queensland Government’s TIDS SafeST road funding program. The project included 1100 metres of new footpaths to link the overpass with mearby schools and community groups.

Enjoy improvements in your parks
Several parks projects have recently been completed or will soon be under way with funding from the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP). The program provides economic stimulus through the construction of capital works. The projects include –

-Bike racks at Organ Park, in Bill Fraser Park adjacent to the Hervey Bay Sailing Club car park, next to the community tennis courts in Torquay, Pier Park, Lions Park at Burrum Heads and the All Abilities Playground;
-Drinking fountains at the All Abilities Playground and Pier Park;
-The replacement of exercise equipment near the tennis courts on the Hervey Bay Esplanade;
-Shade shelters over seats in four locations along Hervey Bay’s Mobility Links Corridor;
-A new barbecue and covering shelter at Gatakers Bay Park to replace the barbecue that was removed recently. This will be additional to the existing shelter.

Other projects funded from the Council’s capital program include –
-A fence at the Organ Park playground to provide improved safety for families.
-A new seat at the Shelly Beach Reserve with landscaping and garden mulching.

What’s on
7 September to 31 September Exhibition by Ben Gerdsen: Beyond Decorative Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
8 September to 30 October Exhibition by Christine Turner: Suburban Goddess Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
9 September to 31 September Exhibition by Cezary Stulgis: Sculpted works Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
24 September Exhibition opening – Wide Bay Potters Association: Collective 35 and John Winch: A Personal Odyssey Revisited 6pm Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
28 September Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Chat. Come and meet your Councillors and senior Council staff. All welcome 10am Brooweena Historical Village
1 October Exhibition opening – Jorge Pujol: Epilogue 6.30pm Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
3 October Mudskippers Club workshop on story writing with writer and performer Kerrie Marshall 1-3pm Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
6 October FCRC Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting Hervey Bay Council Chamber
9 October Maryborough Youth Choir concert 4pm $5 Adults, $3 Children/Concession, $15 Family CityHall, Maryborough
13 October Fraser Coast Regional Council Ordinary Meeting at 9.30am followed by Community and Development Committee meeting Hervey Bay Council Chamber
16 October Mudskippers Club workshop on cartooning/illustration with artist Sarah Mitchell Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

More Fraser Coast events …

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha