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.”

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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

In the meantime send your email & or letter of support to the centre.




We have plenty of  land here for a major airport, industrial estates, transport terminals, electric trains & station, highway access, skilled available workforce, water supply, electric power, national broadband connection availability, short distance to beaches and more than adequate community services & facilities

One proposal I have suggested also was to have a huge ‘container terminal’ here to take some of the pressure from the Brisbane wharves. This would be serviced by the existing but upgraded rail & highway network in shifting the containers from the Brisbane wharves as they arrive there to here where they can be stored and dispersed from here to various locations around the state of Queensland.

I have access to corporations that will assist in putting together such a development given that this proposal is now possible. We need however to commission a report investigating the initiative.With the local & state governments co-operating and funding such a report, one can confidently march forward towards a prosperous future for our region

A great start is a local Fraser Coast central trades & services project that requires some support to kick start the proposal. Refer link below.

**Refer the Fraser Coast council press release below

Council advocates for a service corridor

16 September 2011

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has called for the State Government to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett as a service corridor under plans to promote regional Queensland.

The push was contained in the Council’s response on the draft Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and draft Queensland Infrastructure Plan.

“The Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett should be recognised as a service corridor to the developing gas and mining sectors next door,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.

The draft plans indicate that services account for at least 20% of the Queensland economy but fail to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett in maps outlining Queensland’s economic zones. (See purple area to be added to map from planning document.)

“The map shows our region as a white void,” Cr Kruger said.

“Our submission on the draft documents includes support from Wide Bay Burnett Mayors, the Regional Development Authority, the Urban Development Institute of Australia – Wide Bay and all chambers of commerce  – for our region to be included as a service corridor to the growing resource sectors to the west and north.

“The Fraser Coast is more than just a tourism destination.  It is ideally positioned at the gateway to the gas and energy sectors so our skilled trades, manufacturing and service industries will have an important role in the development of the resource sector.

“Recognition of the Fraser Coast as a service centre will focus attention on our ability to provide equipment, logistics, fully serviced and affordable industrial land, land for homes as well as workers.

“It will also focus government attention on the need to fund infrastructure here so we are ready to meet the demand for new homes and industries to expand.

“The support of regional stakeholders to this proposal is strong and we urge the State to recognise the economic opportunities for the Wide Bay Burnett in these strategic plans that will guide future infrastructure investment and development of the state.”

The Council submissions on the Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and Queensland Infrastructure Plan have been lodged with the State Government as part of the community consultation process.  Outcomes are expected later this year.

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Have your Say on Maryborough’s heart

Which of the four proposed renewal options do you think will breathe new life into Maryborough’s CBD?

Have your say on the options that include altering traffic flows, one way streets, 45 degree car parking and wider footpaths to make the CBD more attractive for business and shoppers.

Submissions close Tuesday 26 July.

Click here to view concept plans and to have your say >>

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Message from the Acting Mayor


The storm season is nearly upon us and residents who have lived here all their lives, as I have, will be well aware that cyclones do hit our region. Lives have been lost in the past. We want to ensure that doesn’t happen in the future.

The key to your family’s survival during a cyclone, flood or bushfire is preparation.

The Council is helping you prepare by issuing every household with an Emergency Action Guide containing preparation tips, then holding public meetings to answer your questions.

Read your Emergency Action Guide then bring it along to one of the meetings listed on the Council’s website. When you get home after the meeting, put what you have learned into practice.

My husband John and I will be attending a meeting for our family’s welfare. It is so long since a cyclone came our way that we might well have forgotten some of the measures we should be taking and there are sure to be new, helpful ideas.

Gather your neighbours and family together and come along in a group. It could be a social occasion that could save your lives.

Kind regards,

Julie Arthur
Acting Fraser Coast Mayor

Use your Guide to prepare for the cyclone season
Meteorologists are predicting increased storm activity this summer so the Council is helping you prepare, just in case.

You should have received in your letterbox a Council Emergency Action Guide that includes tips on preparing for storms, flood, bushfire or cyclones.

Read your guide thoroughly  to ensure you fully understand how to prepare for an emergency then, most importantly, prepare!

Bring your Emergency Action guide along to one of the remaining free public seminars on how to prepare. Left: Seminar organiser Chris Vakas shows Acting Mayor Julie Arthur what an emergency pack could contain.

For remaining meeting dates and times – More …

Carols by Candlelight in Hervey Bay
Get your singing voices ready, dust off your santa hats and mark December 18 on your calendar for Carols by Candlelight on the Fraser Coast – a FREE event for the whole family. Don’t miss this spectacular celebration at the Hervey Bay Seafront Oval starting at 5.15pm.  More …

Be sure to check other holiday events throughout the Fraser Coast region.

New on-line service for common problems
You can now report a common issue or request a service from the Council on-line.

The new streamlined on-line service provides a convenient and easy way to contact the Council from your home and to ensure your report is dealt with as quickly as possible.

Simply click on to the “Report an Issue” icon on the home page of the Council’s website and follow the prompts to the form that applies to your request.

A Council Customer Service Officer will respond by email within two working days advising you of your unique customer request ID number and when you can expect to have your request resolved.

Light up your Fraser Coast
Help radiate the joy of Christmas by entering your home in Light Up the Fraser Coast.

The competition is open to businesses and private homes throughout the region and includes several categories in different areas with prizes to be won.

Entry forms are available in the Fraser Coast Chronicle or on the Council’s website. If you don’t want to enter the competition but want your lights display on the Chronicle’s Christmas Lights Map, tick the display only box on the entry form. Entries close 10 December.

Nominate for Australia Day Awards

Do you know any outstanding Aussies or community groups in the Fraser Coast region?

If you do, nominate them for an Australia Day Award in each of the four previous local government communities (Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo).

Nomination forms are available at Council’s administration centres, can be downloaded from the Council’s website (click here) or you can ring Council on 1300 79 49 29 to have a form posted to you.

Post completed nomination forms as soon as possible to:

Australia Day Awards
Fraser Coast Regional Council
PO Box 1943

It’s party time for kids on holiday
Witneys’and Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast. Bring along your skateboard, scooter or bike and win!

4 December: Howard 3pm.

7 January: Hervey Bay 3pm.

11 January: Maryborough 3pm.

10 December: Pool Party at Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre for 5 to 17-year-olds, $5.

10 December: Pool Party at Maryborough’s Aquatic Centre for 6 to 11-year-olds in the 25-metre pool and 12 to 17-year-olds in the 50-metre pool, barbecue, $5.
But wait, there’s more …

Check out the Hervey Bay PCYC holiday program for primary and secondary school age groups that includes a trip to Dreamworld and Cablewake, surfing workshops and more.

Maryborough’s young people should watch the newspapers for registration forms for a trip to Dreamworld, Cablewake, art classes at Gatakers Artspace ($10)

And … Kick it for Kids is re-opening for the school holidays from 15 December to 14 January at the Tiaro Community Centre.

Bauple’s young people will be able to enjoy the Council’s portable ramps at the Bauple Recreation grounds during January – keep a lookout for the dates.

For more information on Maryborough and Tiaro events contact Patrice on 4190 5822 or go to the Council’s Youth webpage …

Take a seat, a new seat, and enjoy the show!
When you visit the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park, you can now enjoy your chosen show in more comfort.

The Fraser Coast Council has replaced the 30-year-old seats in the MSEP grandstand with 576 bright blue, Australian made, polypropylene seats and upgraded the grandstand structure during a $160,000 renovation.

The concrete grandstand was also cleaned, repaired and sealed to stop water penetration. Roof sheeting and rusted purlins were replaced, the new purlins painted and the lighting was upgraded. Non slip and high visibility paints were applied to the surfaces of all walkways to improve safety before the seats were installed. More …

Right: MSEP Co-ordinator Thea Griffin and Acting Mayor Julie Arthur in the newly renovated grandstand.

Fraser Coast company to build Hervey Bay PCYC extension
Fraser Coast builder Monopoly Constructions has been awarded the $1.3 million contract to build the third court at the Hervey Bay PCYC. As part of the contract Monopoly Constructions will also utilise 12 local sub-contractors who employ approximately 97 staff.

It is expected that work on the project will start mid December, 2010 and be finished by April, 2011. More …

Grants available for community events
Are you planning a community event that could benefit from some financial support?

Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Community and Events Support Grants Scheme is now open for applications.

Eligible community groups and organisations are invited to apply for funding of up to $5,000 to assist with community projects and events taking place between May and October 2011.

Applications close on 11 February 2011 and successful applicants will be notified in April 2011. Application forms are available from Council’s Administration Centres, Libraries and from Council’s website

All enquiries should be directed to Council’s Grants Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or

What’s on
3 December Exhibition opening – Birds, Bats and Habitats 6.30pm Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
4 December Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Howard Skate Park
To 4 December Exhibition: Impact and Fusion by Bello Benischauer Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
To 4 December Exhibition Critical Aspect by Wide Bay Institute of TAFE visual arts students Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
5 December Children’s Christmas Concert in the Park 4.30pm Scarness Park, Hervey Bay
8 December FCRC Ordinary meeting followed by Community and Development Committee meeting 9.30am Hervey Bay Council Chamber
10 December Kids Pool Party Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre
10 December Kids Pool Party Maryborough Aquatic Centre
11 December Glenwood Christmas Function 4.30pm Glenwood Community Hall
15 December FCRC Strategic and Organisational Committee meeting  9.30am Maryborough Council Chamber
15 December to 14 January Kick it for Kids Tiaro Community Centre
18 December Carols by Candlelight 5.15pm Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay
To 30 December Exhibition: Hinterland Magic by Tiaro Creative Arts Group Tiaro Community Centre
31 December New Year’s Eve celebrations at Tinnanbar from 1pm Tinnanbar foreshore and Rural Fire Brigade Shed
31 December New Year’s Eve concert at Howard 7pm Burrum District Community Centre
31 December New Year’s Eve Talent Search 5pm Scarness Park, Hervey Bay
31 December New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party 7.30pm Tickets $85 or $80 concession/family Brolga Theatre, Maryborough
31 December Midnight fireworks displays sponsored by the Fraser Coast Regional Council Queens Park, Maryborough

Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay

7 January Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Hervey Bay Skate Park
11 January Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Maryborough Skate Park

More Fraser Coast events …

Contact your Council

Phone: 1300 79 49 29

Customer Service Centre:
77 Tavistock Street, Hervey Bay
431 Kent Street, Maryborough
Forgan Terrace, Tiaro

PO Box 1943,
Hervey Bay Q  4655

Fax: 4197 4455

Quick Links
Main Street open to traffic by Christmas
Main Street Hervey Bay should be open to traffic again on Christmas Eve.

Unseasonal wet weather has substantially delayed the project but the contractor has allocated additional resources to the project and is aiming to complete the roadworks and open the street to traffic by December 24, weather permitting.
This project and other road projects planned for the near future will improve traffic flow through central Hervey Bay.

Landscaping and associated concrete works will continue into the New Year.

Christmas/New Year closing times for Council offices

All Council offices and depots will close 2pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on 4 January 2011. For urgent enquiries call 1300 79 49 29.

Christmas /New Year hours for Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park

Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park will close for the Christmas/New Year at 5pm 23 December 2010 and re-open again on 29 December 2010.

Have your say this weekend on Anzac Park upgrades

The Council wants your ideas and input into planned upgrades to Maryborough’s Anzac Park.

Shelters, barbecues, new play equipment and paths are included in the plans.

Come along to a public meeting at the Anzac Park playground off Cheapside Street at 10am on Saturday 4 December 2010 and help plan these improvements for our region.

New-look for Point Vernon community centre

Come along to an open day at the Halcro Street Community Centre in Point Vernon on Friday December 9 from 9am to 1pm, to see the centre’s new look and facilities after a comprehensive refurbishment.

The centre started life as a Telecom depot and is now home for Home Assist Secure and Community Radio 107.5FM.

Meeting rooms are available for community groups or government services looking to establish a presence in Point Vernon. Bay Connect is also setting up computers to offer training courses and a small lending library of novels has been started.

Point Vernon and Pialba residents will soon receive their first newsletter from the centre which will include a questionnaire asking for suggestions for a new name. Suggestions can be sent to the Community Centre Co-ordinator at 30 Halcro Street, Point Vernon.

Arborcrescent Road rebuild

A 110-metre section of Arborcrescent Road in Glenwood will shortly be rebuilt to improve its alignment. The gravel road has encroached on to three properties, and the owners have asked Council to move the road. The rebuild will include a three-metre verge and will be carried out while Council’s roadworks machinery is working on other roads in Glenwood.

Work under way on Hervey Bay Community Centre

Work is under way on the $ 6.7m Hervey Bay Community Centre in Old Maryborough Road.

Funding for the 1760 square metre building came from the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects ($4.4 m), the Queensland Government ($1.6m), the Fraser Coast Regional Council ($600,000), Hervey Bay Rotary Club Sunrise ($65,910) and the Neighbourhood Centre ($65,000).

Lead contractor Fraser Coast company VDM Constructions and 16 Fraser Coast sub-contractors plan to complete the project by the end of June 2011.


Community safety – It’s everyone’s business

You are invited to a two-part Community Safety Forum hosted by the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Queensland Police Service.

Part one, at the Hervey Bay Boat Club on 21 October 2010, provides an opportunity to share practical crime prevention and community safety initiatives suitable for the Wide Bay Burnett.

Register online at the Council’s website or on the day 30 minutes before the 8.45am conference start time.

Part two, the Seniors’ Forum, at the Hervey Bay Senior Citizens Hall, Denman Camp Road, addresses prevention of on-line fraud and elder abuse.

Speakers include Dr Cassandra Cross from Queensland Police Service and Ms Fiona Payne of Seniors Legal and Support Services. Morning tea provided.

Register by phoning 4125 6329.

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Message from the Mayor

The Fraser Coast Regional Council, on behalf of our region, is supporting Angel Flight by entering the Outback Trailblazer fundraiser and we are inviting you to help raise at least $10,000 for this worthy cause.

The Council’s CEO Andrew Brien and two senior staff members will head off on the six-day 4WD rally through outback Queensland on October 17.

As part of their fund-raising effort they are selling raffle tickets across the region through Council’s Customer Service Centres and libraries and Visitor Information Centres. Bulk tickets and sponsorship packages are available from Kevin Corcoran on 4197 4500.

We are delighted with the support we have received so far from businesses and residents keen to support the project.

Angel Flight is a fantastic cause that helps people in regional areas, including the Fraser Coast, access medical services quickly. I hope you will be part of this regional effort to raise these much needed funds.

For more information on Outback Trailblazer go to

Mick Kruger
Fraser Coast Mayor

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Good Evening

My name is Cressida Toorenburg and I am the Regional Coordinator for The Pyjama Foundation.

The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports Pyjama Angels – volunteer members of the community who work with foster children and support our true heroes – Australia’s foster families. Pyjama Angels deliver The Pyjama Foundation Love of Learning Program™, a literacy-based mentoring program which addresses statistics around children in care:

  • 92% of children in care are below the average reading level at age seven
  • 75% of these children do not complete schooling
  • 50% of the homeless come from a care background
  • 35% enter the juvenile justice system at some point (82% of Australian prisoners have below grade 4 level of functional literacy)
  • 28% of care-leavers are parents within 12 months of leaving care

I am currently looking for members of the Fraser Coast community over 18 years of age to be trained as Pyjama Angels. Angels visit a child in foster care once a week for one hour to read and engage them in literacy activities. The range and professional qualifications of our Pyjama Angels is diverse and they are made up of business and academic professionals, students, retirees and generally people who have a love of reading.

In an attempt to notify as many people and get the message out about this great not for profit organisation I would appreciate it if you could forward this email onto your networks please.

I have attached a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions and an application form should you or someone you know be interested in volunteering one hour a week. You may also like to visit the website where you can find further information including collection centres in the area for our annual pyjama drive.

Application form.Pyjama Angel Application _

FAQ……………………pyjama foundation Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions or would like me to visit to discuss further fundraising ideas to support the role of Pyjama Angels in the community please feel free to contact me –

Cressida Toorenburg on 0417761593.

Warm Regards


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The pics below highlight the prime position of the medical centre and coffee shop

Be part of the Howard / Burrum community. Secure this location quickly.

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My very small contribution to those gallant men and women who have served or are serving our country.These photos which I had taken on the morning of the 25th April 2010 @ Howard Queensland Australia are available to download for any persons who wish to avail themselves of memories of this event and what it represents.

Distinguished guests mingled with the community and we were all as one humbled by a common thread to honour the fallen

Henry Sapiecha


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A new name for a new direction for businesses in the Burrum District to reflect an independant view of what the businesses of the area want, not just partaking in talkfests about the same stuff over and over again with very few results


This site is not about power plays or political BS.

This is about real needs and real issues with real results.

Send us your views on any business matters in the Burrum district and we will publish it for you here in the site.

If you have a pet project or event worthy of promotion,send that as well.

As things unfold there will be interesting developments in this site and associated sites.

Our new newsletter will shortly be available. Will keep you posted.



A ll association with the current structure of the Burrum Chamber of Commerce will be erased from this site as it does not adequately support the needs of the local business community but merely panders to the views of a ‘presidents club’ mindset  and  a misconception of their importance in the local business community.

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