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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Sourced from the local chronicle newspaper & published by Henry Sapiecha



There is no stopping this team when they want to get a job done,

This main road Bruce highway intersection @ Torbanlea is leaping ahead towards completion on schedule

View this teams credentials here >> . At the SGQ helm you have Mr Bob Goodwin

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Great to see this very much used intersection being upgraded & well overdue

Department of main roads Queensland has been assessing the Torbanlea intersection for some time and has now actually nominated the Sunstate Group Qld Pty. Ltd to carry out the works.

Some pics are attached on works commencing taken by Henry Sapiecha.

Jim Gabriel project manager for Sunstate said they would be doing the upgrade over the next 4-6 months

Ron Grieves from the Dept of Main Roads has commented on the need for this upgrade and will get back to his department re the placement of further pipes under the highway for future growth plans for the area and especially the 60 acres or so across the highway where a proposal for a 300 modular home village has been put forward to be used by the ‘Grey Nomads’.

The existing power lines over the highway will be replaced by an underground service as part of the current intersection upgrade

Full plans of the Torbanlea Bruce Highway intersection downloadable

Plans here for intersection upgrade by Main Roads & Sunstate

Property  sale here 60 acres proposed  300 modular homes Bruce Highway -Refer above aerial view

Photos and story by Henry Sapiecha


Colton Coal Mining Job applications being accepted for the Fraser Coast says the local Fraser Coast Chronicle Newspaper.Great news for the local economy.

THE financial buy-in earlier this year by mining giant New Hope has set Maryborough's Colton Coal Mine project on track for a start as early as next year.

THE financial buy-in earlier this year by mining giant New Hope has set Maryborough’s Colton Coal Mine project on track for a start as early as next year.

Job applications are now being processed to help fill the 100 positions the mine will create and current mine workers already living on the Fraser Coast are at the head of the queue.

The long-awaited project has taken off since Ipswich-based coal company New Hope bought 59% of shares from Northern Energy Corporation (NEC) with a $238 million cash bid in February this year.

Acting chief executive officer of NEC, Shane Stephan, said the buy-in had provided the extra capital needed to get the project off the ground.

“The major change has been that the project has been reinvigorated now that New Hope has taken over,” Mr Stephan said.

“New Hope is very large and has the resources needed to get it going.”

Once it was up and running, the mine was set to inject about $20 million a year into the Maryborough economy in wages and local services.

“The key message is we are collecting resumes and the preference is for applications from appropriately qualified local people,” Mr Stephan said.

The site at Colton, north of Maryborough, covers just more than 1000 hectares and the company expected to mine about five million tonnes of coking coal in eight to 10 years.

“We are currently undertaking exploration drilling, and a follow-up environmental management plan is being lodged with the Department of Environment and Resource Management,” Mr Stephan said.

Following the plan’s approval, a public notification process would take place and the final paperwork would be completed to grant the mining lease.

“Once the lease is granted, which could be in the last quarter of 2012, we should be looking at starting work,” Mr Stephan said.

The coal would be sent by rail to Gladstone for export, initially through Barney Point and later through the Wiggins Island terminal.



  • The project will boost the Maryborough economy by about $20 million a year.
  • About 100 jobs will be created for local plant operators, truck driver, electricians, surveyors and more.
  • The mine at Colton will be built near the site of a historic mine that operated from the late 1800s to the 1990s.
  • About half-a-million tonnes of coking coal will be extracted every year, for an estimated 10 years.
  • The mine is expected to open late next year.

To register interest in a job at the mine, visit

Sourced from the local Fraser Coast Chronicle newspaper


20 January 2011
Have your say on proposed new Local Laws

The proposed Local Laws for the Fraser Coast are not set in concrete, Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.
“The Council wants residents to have a look at the proposed new local laws and let us
know what they think – especially if they think there should be changes.”
“Just because the proposed new local laws are on public display it does not mean that
they have been adopted.
“If residents think there should be a change then they should make a submission.
Submissions can be made in writing or on-line from the Council website.
The local laws and subordinate laws local laws set out how Council will deal with
everyday issues such as conducting meetings, animal management, reserves, facilities, roads and parking.
“We will replace 81 existing local laws and 81 subordinate local laws developed by our predecessor councils with six Local Laws,” Cr Kruger said.
“Council used model local laws developed by the state government in 2009 as the
starting point to develop the local laws that are on display.”
Copies of the local laws and subordinate local laws are available from Council’s libraries and Customer Service Centres in Tiaro, Maryborough and Hervey Bay or can be downloaded from the Council’s webpage
Written submissions on the local laws and subordinate local laws will be accepted until Friday, February 25 and should be addressed to the Local Laws Review 2011.
Public meetings to go through the local laws will be held across the region in January andFebruary.

Meetings will be held at:

Day Date Time Hall Location

1…Monday 31/01/11     2 – 4pm   City Hall Kent Street, Maryborough   6 – 8pm

2…Tuesday 1/02/11   2 – 4pm
USQ – B Block Lecture Theatre
Room B104, Old Maryborough Road,
Hervey Bay (park in Library Carpark) 6 – 8pm

3…Wednesday 2/02/11 6 – 8pm Glenwood Hall Pepper Road, Glenwood

4…Thursday 3/02/11 6 – 8pm Boonooroo Hall Eckert Road, Boonooroo

5…Friday 4/02/11 6 – 8pm Burrum District Community Centre 56 Steley Street, Howard

6…Monday 7/02/11 6 – 8pm Teebar Hall Teebar Hall Road, Teebar

7…Tuesday 8/02/11 6 – 8pm Tiaro Memorial Hall Mayne Street, Tiaro

8…Wednesday 9/02/11 6 – 8pm River Heads Hall 54 Ariadne Street, River Heads

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Locals say last time this happened was over 15 years ago.

I have been here 10 years and never saw the water over the bridge.

This event will certainly have people talking about it for some time as this bridge is very important to the local community here at Howard & Torbanlea.

Tour buses use it regularly as well.

Perhaps when money allows it, the bridge should be converted to a weir and a road on top.

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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.


There are moves afoot to upgrade uses of land in the Fraser Coast Queensland for the future of the region.

Not before time.

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