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Burrum Coal Discovery Festival

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July.

April 2013 will be the 150th anniversary of the discovery of coal in Howard/Torbanlea by the Miller Brothers.

We will be celebrating this anniversary on 20 & 21 July 2013 with:

  • Street Parade
  • Historical Displays and Demonstrations of oldtime skills
  • Historical Tours around town in horse & buggy
  • Businesses & volunteers dressed in period clothing
  • Descendants of the early families family reunions
  • Burying of Time Capsule
  • Combined Church Service
  • A glimpse of Coal Mining, then, now and in the future
  • Old time and modern sports events
  • Museum -Billy Tea & Damper
  • Vintage car, truck , tractor & machinery displays
  • Old Time Dinner dances.
  • Swap Meet

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We would love all clubs, associations, businesses, groups, churches and schools to get involved by decorating a float for the street parade and dressing in period costume.

Schools could teach the children the history of coal mining and the history of our area, have colouring competitions, projects etc. This would enable them to appreciate the significance of this historical event.

We encourage clubs and groups to host their own

(in theme) events and raise valuable funds for their group.

The Committee are open to ideas and assistance to make this festival a combined community event encompassing the entire Burrum District.
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Please advise us by Wednesday 27th March 2013 if you will be entering a float in the parade or are interested in any of the above activities.  We need to know specifically what you will be doing as we may need to acquire the appropriate permit e.g. street parade numbers etc or if you have another attraction you would like to put on we would like to hear about it.

You can post your expression of interest to PO Box 23, Howard Qld 4659 or email to [email protected] for the attention of Anne Worsley.

We look forward to working with you for this historical event and hope to make the Festival a huge success for our area.  We would love this to become either an annual or bi-annual event.
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FISHING GROUP FORMED TO REPRESENT AMATEUR ANGLERS IN THE FRASER COAST

FISHING ASSOCIATION SET UP IN THE FRASER COAST FOR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN

A NEW fishing body has been set up in the Fraser Coast to represent the interests of recreational anglers.

Scott Mitchell, who helped create the Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance, said the new entity would lobby to have the Great Sandy Marine Park brought into line with other Australian conservation zones.

“The removal of commercial netting from the current yellow conservation zones will not ban the harvesting of seafood for our region,” Mr Mitchell said.

“We actually question how much locally caught seafood is being sold in the region.”
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Mr Mitchell said the new body would like to see the State Government introduce a permit-based recreational fishing structure on the Fraser Coast.

He said similar to the model used in New South Wales, funds raised from the permit-based system would be used to compensate commercial anglers to prevent them from fishing in the Great Sandy Marine Park.

“I think one of the biggest problems we have seen is when they close other areas it keeps pushes people into this area and I don’t think that’s fair to the people that have been fishing here already,” he said.

“And it is a balancing act. I know the industry employees a lot of people in Hervey Bay…and you have to look at the viability of it all and look to ensure scallops and prawns and the industry viable.”
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WILD FERAL PIGS IN THE FRASER COAST BECOMING A BIGGER PROBLEM AFER THE HEAVY RAINS

FERAL PIGS IN THE FRASER COAST ON THE INCREASE

FERAL pig numbers are on the rise in parts of the region following the recent flooding and wet weather across the Fraser Coast.

Landowners and primary producers are urged to be vigilant and report any sightings to the council.
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Councillor for primary production and rural infrastructure James Hansen said creeks and waterways were full after the rain allowing the animals to spread.

“During the dry spell the pigs were concentrated around the few waterways that still had water in them,” he said.

“Now there’s plenty of water and plenty of food around for them and it makes it harder for landowners and vector control officers to locate and eradicate these animals.

“If any landowners see feral animals or signs of feral animals on their property, including pigs, dogs, foxes and cats, please contact council on 1300 794 929 to discuss eradication options.”

Council vector co-ordinator Col Zemek said a number of eradication options were available for local landowners having problems with feral animals.

“We offer landowners assistance with baiting and trapping and further information on successful control methods,” he said.

“The key is for landholders to remain vigilant and report any sightings.

“This way we can work together to eradicate these problem animals.”

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FRASER COAST FILM FESTIVAL ON SHOW AT THE BROLGA THEATRE MARYBOROUGH

FRASER COAST RUNS A FILM FESTIVAL AT THE BROLGA THEATRE

AUSTRALIA’S leading short film festival Flickerfest will roll into the Fraser Coast’s Brolga Theatre on March 13.

A record 2300 entries were received for Flickerfest 2013 and only the top 100 shorts are selected in official competition, all handpicked to represent the most innovative, creative and cutting edge short films being produced in the world today.
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Flickerfest’s 46-venue national tour will screen entertaining, inspiring and an award-winning range of shorts, many of which are world or Australian premieres, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest short films in the world.

The Best of Australian Shorts program showcases some amazing Australian filmmaking talents and includes Lois, starring Academy Award nominated acting legend Jackie Weaver, which takes an ordinary women’s story into the realms of Greek myth.

A Cautionary Tale will screen at Flickerfest.
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Another highlight is the quirky and highly crafted animation A Cautionary Tale about a little girl born with a peculiar quirk who must choose between conformity and self expression, starring the voices of David Wenham, Cate Blanchett and Barry Otto.

The Best of International programs are a collection of the most outstanding shorts in the world and include the delightful and whimsical Route 43 Miracle from Sweden, a humorous and bittersweet tale about a lonesome Swedish man’s longing for something worthwhile and the quirky and hilarious Herd Leader from Canada, winner of the audience award at Cannes film festival, about Clara who is put in charge of her dead aunt’s pug dog.

Flickerfest, presented by Renault, will be held at the Brolga on Wednesday, March 13, at 6.30pm.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for Arts Council members.
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IS TORBANLEA @ THE FRASER COAST THE CROSSROADS FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKPACKERS TRAVELLING THE QUEENSLAND COAST

BACKPACKERS HITCH A RIDE AT THE CROSSROADS @ TORBANLEA

Several days ago these charming 3 girls travelling north from Hervey Bay heading to Bundaberg & beyond, claimed a truck driver heading that way to take them to the next hot spot of their journey.

Despite the fact that it rained in part during their hitch hike attempt & yours truly supplied them with a tarp & umbrella & ‘cold drinking water’ whilst here, they persisted until the ride came.

We at the Fraser Coast wish the girls the best in their quest for adventure in Australia & welcome them back at any time as well as telling their folks back home to come and adventure here as well
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TORBANLEA HORSERIDERS OUT IN FORCE

Recently a group of horse riding enthusiasts went a horse riding in the streets of Torbanlea in the Fraser Coast Queensland.The following photos to view.

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PACIFIC HAVEN AT HOWARD HAS SOME SERIOUS BUSHFIRES

A BUSHFIRE is blazing near properties in Pacific Haven, outside Howard.

The fire is believed to have broken the containment lines and is burning near at least a dozen properties.

Ambulance, police and fire crews are at the scene of the fire near the airstrip.

It is understood there are three urban firefighting units, three rural units, a tanker and a bulldozer to create a fire break in the are

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A fire burning near the airstrip at Pacific Haven is being fought by multiple urban and rural fire crews.

A fire burning near the airstrip at Pacific Haven is being fought by multiple urban and rural fire crews.
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THE SICK ATTITUDE OF SOME COUNCILS IN CHARGING THROUGH THE NOSE TO KEEP A PET

GREEDY GRUBBY COUNCILS DENY OLDER & YOUNGER CITIZENS

PET OWNERS ARE BEING EMOTIONALLY BLACKMAILED BY COUNCILS

PET owners are being asked to pay premium charges to keep their beloved companions.
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Councils over rate the work involved with the pet brigade & keep some overzealous compliance officers in work.Justifying their jobs & positions by keeping fees high to register the pets and even higher again if a lapdog or a small cat escapes to threaten the population with carnivorous zeal.

The little old lady or the pet loving child gets threatened with the pets extermination or a huge fine with warning to the pet owner to remove the pet from their care if the killer cat or dog escapes again from their confines.

The entire issue of pet restraint and confinement and punishment is beyond belief.It needs total revision.This is an area for retirees & families & should be a haven for more pets not fewer.

The system created by the council is for finders of dogs to report to council,whereby as a result the offending escaped dogs owner will be charged extraordinaryly high fines for letting their killer lapdog or kitten escape.

A real aussie way.Dob in your neighbour so the council workers job is easier.

Council are experts at justifying their stand on pet matters & the charges they apply.The rates set as an example speak for themselves.We here at the Fraser Coast with lonely retired people & family facilities should be the lowest not almost the highest.

We the Fraser Coast are sending a message to any incoming retirees & families,

WE ARE GOING TO TAX YOU TO THE HILT IF YOU BRING YOUR ANIMALS

Convince your kids they need plastic toys not live animals-It’s far cheaper,

They poison our water without asking us & force us to drink it

now they inflict super high charges for keeping & or maintaining a pet

I have no pets but feel greatly for those people who are financially effected
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The $105 fee payable to maintain a whole dog or cat in the Fraser Coast is more than many other local government areas.

From a list of five Queensland councils, it was found whole cat owners in the Fraser Coast faced the second highest charge.

While people who registered whole dogs were slapped with the third largest fee.

The region also rated poorly in the desexed pet category, with locals asked to pay one of the highest charges.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said he believed pet registration fees were comparable to other local government areas.

“I do think they are fair,” Cr O’Connell said.?????

“In terms of compliance for animals and animal care, it’s one of the fairly significant costs of council…really, I see pet registration as an investment in the welfare of your pets.”

Cr O’Connell said the fees had been reviewed previously.

He said they would be assessed when budget discussions commence later this year and claimed the council was working within its means. He said a pensioner discount would also be discussed.
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Comparisons:

Whole Dog

  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $99.50 / pensioner $49.60
  • Bundaberg: $85 / pensioner $40
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Whole cat

  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $45.40 / pensioner $22.80
  • Bundaberg: $64 / pensioner $30
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Desexed dog

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51  / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $42.20 / pensioner $15.90
  • Bundaberg: $27  / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered

Desexed cat

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $22.80 / pensioner $11.30
  • Bundaberg: $21 / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered

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