Fraser Coast Chronicle says..We’d like a medicinal cannabis industry on the Fraser Coast

THERE has been huge support for the idea of a cannabis facility, similar to the one that will be built in Casino, on the Fraser Coast.

In a stunning coup, Richmond Valley Council is poised to become the centre of Australia’s burgeoning medicinal cannabis industry after securing an agreement with a Canadian company to build a $50-$100 million cannabis greenhouse and processing plant in Casino.

Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow said councillors were unanimous in support of the opportunity for Casino which will create 300 jobs.

But if people on the Fraser Coast had their way, there would be a facility like this in our region.

Chronicle reader Janine Wells can’t believe we haven’t been the one to get this idea started.

“So much land here and yet we’re building all these houses/estates,” she said.

” I know people are coming here but there is not much point unless there is industry.”

Australians for the Legalisation of Cannabis said only if it’s legalised and the Australian people have access to it as well.

“It seems to be a big spit in the face that our government wants to cash in on the monetary benefits if this plant, but won’t allow access to those who’s lives could be changed by it – which when you really look at it, is everyone, users and non-users.”

“Cannabis is the game-changer our economy needs.”

Chris Wallace thinks it’s about time cannabis was legalised across the board.

Cory Bush is all for a facility like the one coming to Casino purely for the jobs.

“Yes anything to create job opportunities.”

Zjena Kljinskovic suffers bad join pain and would like this type of industry on the Fraser Coast.

“Can I have a job as well?” she asked.

Chronicle reader Jacqueline Withy was supportive and mentioned hemp is being used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel.

*** I had brought up a similar issue on earlier posts in some of my web sites below

Editor of this site. Henry Sapiecha

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Today the 29th September 2017 the community celebrated the life that was Malcolm Ronald Chard. He gave so much to the local community in the Howard district & will be fondly remembered by all by what he did & gave to those around him & beyond.


Vic Burgess delivered an address to the respecting crown attending which esposed the virtues of the man that was Malcolm Ronald Chard. He will be fondly remembered by all.

We all share in the grief of his family & know that Mal will always be there close to our hearts.

I attended the ceremony with respect to the man who served his community well.

The following images are just some indication of the adulation the mourners felt.

R.I.P. Malcom Ronald Chard 27th March 1948-21st September 2017-69 years


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Cinema complex, six-storey office block in Hervey Bay approved by Fraser Coast Regional Council

A $60 MILLION dollar shopping centre and cinema development has been given the green light by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Including a roof deck, underground car park, office buildings, a cinema and food court, the Urraween development was given the tick of approval by 10 of the 11 councillors.

Councillor Stuart Taylor was the only person to vote against the development.

The complex will be located on Bay Dr, Urraween opposite Stockland Hervey Bay.

Town planning firm Adam and Sparkes lodged the application on behalf of Quattro Liuzzi Pty Ltd last year, but it is unclear when construction will start.

Councillor Dennis Chapman said he was thrilled the development had been approved, adding that the construction of the project would bring jobs to the region.

He said the new cinema would be state of the art and would offer a great viewing experience for audiences.

“It’s top of the range, it’s all digital, all the latest technology that you can use in a cinema, that’s what they want to use in this cinema,” Cr Chapman said.

He said there were “five star offices” within the the development as well.

“With having five star offices, we can get state and federal officers and try to encourage them to come into regional Queensland, move out of Brisbane and try to come into regional Queensland.

“Because we need those jobs back here, we need people working in offices like that.”

Cr Taylor said he only voted against the project because of issues with the planning scheme, not because he didn’t support the project.

“I have no objection to the cinema, the theatre, in the proposal as it stands,” he said.

“My issue is, is it defined as impact assessable or code assessable.

“Our planning scheme specifically refers to theatres and indicates it should be impact accessable.

“We’ve assessed that it’s code assessable because the officers have deemed it to be a shopping centre.

“The difference between code assessable and impact assessable is simply that with impact accessible the community has the chance to place objections, those objections have to be considered and if that person who makes the objection is not comfortable with the decision, they can appeal it.

“Those appealing processes through the courts are diminished through code assessable.”\

Some very Interesting things you should know about the Fraser Coast Qld

Enjoy your history?

Or perhaps you are new in town and you’re interested in gaining an interesting insight about Fraser Coast history.

Created here is a list of some interesting facts you may or may not know about the Fraser Coast Region.


Maryborough was originally named because of the Mary River trunning through the town.

The Mary River was in turn named after Lady Mary Lennox, wife of Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, then Governor of the colony of New South Wales. Both the town and river were named in September 1847, two months before Lady Lennox died in a coach accident in December of 1847.

Flooding of the Mary River in 1893

Did you know?

It was a darker part of Maryborough’s history when two Pacific Islander labourers named Tommy and George were hanged.

Even though the government decided to hang the men in Maryborough, the town only had a police lock-up instead of an official prison.

To learn more click here.


Hervey Bay was named by Captain James Cook when he first sailed the eastern coast of Australia in 1770, the waters of the Great Sandy Strait were just too shallow for the Endeavour to sail through.

This led cook to understand that modern day Fraser Island was a Peninsula connected to the mainland. To name the bay, cook honoured his superior officer Admiral Augustus John Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol.

Urangan Pier as the fog lifts on a awesome autumn day on the Fraser Coast.Qld. Australia,,,,Alistair Brightman


Fraser Island has had several names, to the Butchulla people’s it is K’gari, translated as paradise in their language.

To the British Explorer Captain James Cook, it was named the Great Sandy Peninsula.

Over 20 years later at the time it would be the Great Sandy Island when it was recognised as an island by Mathew Flinders.

This island would be renamed after James Fraser due to the events in 1936 when his ship foundered on a coral reef off the north-eastern coast of Australia.

The lifeboat contain Captain Fraser his wife Eliza Anne Fraser and several crew landed on the northern shores of the island which is now known as Fraser Island.

Initially the castaways did trade with the locals indigenous people for goods to repair their boat, until six seaman took guns and set off down the coast to the south.

Eliza later claimed to have been captured and ill-treated by the indigenous populations who had otherwise been known for taking in Europeans and treating them well.

While the truth of her accounts is disputed, the fame they accrued led to further souring relations with the indigenous local peoples and the island being named in honour of James Fraser who had died whilst on this island.

Lake MacKenzie at Fraser Island


Tiaro’s name apparently is derived from a word of Indigenous origin, meaning a dead or withered tree.


The origin of the name ghost hill stretches back to the beginning of the town, taking on a myth of its own.

The story told today is that a wife in the area, it seems referred to as named as Mrs List, was worried that her husband was late home form his work in Maryborough. Qld.

While concerned the wife took a lantern and went to wait by the road in her long white night bed gown.

At that same time, Boyle Martin and Anders Christiansen were going back to their camp form the Hunter’s Hotel.

Seeing these characters, this wife ran into the shubbery to hide, the men seeing only the long white night gown and a floating lantern really thought they had seen a ghost running through the trees.

Most version of the story mention Boyle Martin.

Boyle Martin was as well the name of the first European to settle in the Hervey Bay area.

Four years ago the Fraser Coast Council named a section of the beach after him.

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Money CASH STASH in the tens of thousands of dollars found in recycled cabinet at a Hervey Bay market Qld Fraser Coast

Photo: Police are hoping someone may recognise this TV cabinet, found at a Hervey Bay recycling market.

A man discovered a cash windfall of thousands of dollars when the draw fell out of a cabinet he had just purchased from a council recycling market in southern Queensland.

Now police are appealing for public help to find the original owner of the television cabinet.

Police said the Nanango man purchased the timber cabinet at the Hervey Bay Recycling Market on Chapel Road and Aarlborg Road at North Nikenbah on June 27.

When he was unloading the cabinet at home, one of the drawers opened and the cash fell out.

The man then went to Nanango Police Station and handed the cash over to officers.

In a Facebook post from the Fraser Coast council, the sum of money found was in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Nanango Police Constable Kenneth O’Connor said police were eager to reunite it with the owner.

“We’re thinking it more than likely came from that council region,” he said.

“It could have been either picked up from a truck that goes out and picks items of furniture up from households, or it could have possibly been delivered to the recycling centre.”

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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


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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A marijuana farm on the Fraser Coast is not a silly idea…!!!

THE Fraser Coast IS the ideal place for a medicinal marijuana farm.

Jannean Dean thinks so. The long-term local and aspiring politician believes our climate and job shrinkages make the region ripe for the green rush industry.

Despite medicinal marijuana being legalised in Queensland, only three people in the state have asked for a prescription since 2015.

Producing the drug with permission is legal too – after the Federal Government changed laws last year – but an Australian manufacturer is yet to be established.

“We have a fabulous climate for it; it uses a fraction of water that cane sugar does,” Ms Dean said.

“It’s  produce that we would be distributing Australia-wide potentially, and even overseas.”

Ms Dean has campaigned for the medical type of marijuana, currently produced in labs, to be grown here since 2014. She says she is driven by seeing chronically ill patients suffering in pain.

Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft said the idea of growing industrial hemp had been brought to his attention before, once by a developer from China.

He is interested in hearing from the public on whether they would like to see a hemp farm here.

“If someone approached me with the concept, I’d say let’s talk further,” Cr Loft said.

“All we need is some water. And hemp can also be used for building materials, and clothing.

The editor & owner of this site is inviting input from Fraser Coast Qld locals

“It’ll be interesting to hear what the community has to say.”>>  HERE

Currently it takes about four months for a patient to receive a dose because it has to be imported from Canada or the Netherlands, due to delays in establishing a local manufacturer.

Queensland Health chief health officer Jeannette Young believes the long wait is the reason more Australians haven’t applied for access.

“There has been a lot of interest, but not many applications,” Dr Young said.

“We’ve only had the three individual patients apply for access through their doctors, and they were all approved.

“But there are other people in the state using, for example there is a trial at Lady Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.”

Sunshine Coast company, Medifarm, has been given approval by the Federal Government to grow the product.

Dr Young expects that once a local Fraser Coast Cannabis producer is creating product there will be more people asking for a prescription.

“Hopefully in the next one-two years, companies will be able to produce locally manufactured product,” she said.

“The Commonwealth has allowed for bulk importation of the product which will start soon, and also speed up access to the product.”

A health professional of more than 30 years, Dr Young isn’t surprised the drug is now an accepted treatment.

“A lot of therapeutic drugs comes from plants, like morphine from poppies,” she said.

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Enjoy these great photos of timber homes photographed at random over time to give one an idea of the character of some of the houses in this fantastic timber heritage city Maryborough Queensland Australia.No addresses revealed just the pics.

Series one of 20 timber home in Maryborough QLD.

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Luxury rambles into Hervey Bay: work starts on $140m RV lifestyle Fraser Coast Qld

A LUXURY $140 million RV resort is officially under way in Hervey Bay.

The first sod will be turned on Wednesday at the site of Latitude25, a gated community specifically designed for RV and lifestyle enthusiasts.

The development, at Spring Way, Nikenbah, spans 20 hectares and will eventually be home to about 530 people in up to 281 homes.

It encompasses two lakes, green open space, parks, picnic areas and a $5 million state-of-the-art clubhouse and leisure centre.

Each home will have its own purpose-built garage to house its owner’s toys, whether they be an RV, cars or boat.

There will be a mail collection and forwarding service for when residents are on the road, although the full-size tennis courts, bowling green, golf chipping and putting green, billiard room, arts and crafts and games rooms, gym, pool, catering kitchen and bar may make even the keenest grey nomad stay home more.

Latitude25 will attract wealthy RVers to make their home on the Fraser Coast.

Director Mick Irwin said Latitude25 would be unlike any other lifestyle community before.

“I’m a local and also an RVer myself, so I’ve seen the need for this style of community for quite some time,” he said.

The clubhouse and leisure centre are due for completion early next year, with the first 15 homes also due to be finished in early 2018.

Home packages will start from $450,000 to $550,000.


  • $5 million leisure centre with tennis courts, bowling green, library, wifi, gym, pool
  • Significant wash bay for largest of RVs
  • First homes ready early 2018
  • Additional RV spaces connected to utilities for family and friends to visit
  • Easy access to airport, Bruce Hwy and main roads connecting to Maryborough and marina

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Maryborough tops locations from on Queensland’s biggest higlights for tourism for Easter holidays


MOVE over Noosa, step aside Surfers Paradise and bye-bye Brisbane.

Queensland tourism has a new star – Maryborough.

The historic Queensland town, which has an annual festival devoted to Mary Poppins in June, has recorded a huge surge in tourist bookings for the Easter holidays, according to leading travel website

Hotel bookings for the town, 30km southwest of Hervey Bay, have skyrocketed 75 per cent for the holiday period compared with the same time last year.

It’s shaping as a bumper holiday period for the whole region, with nearby Rainbow Beach recording a 70 per cent increase in bookings, according to

Maryborough is one the move.chart image

Caloundra (up 60 per cent), Redcliffe (50 per cent) and Hamilton Island (almost 50 per cent) round out the top five. Hervey Bay is also expected to be packed, according to booking data from Mantra, Queensland’s biggest hotel group. But leading the pack is Maryborough, famous for its Mary Poppins festival and not much else. CRAP.

Maryborough has a timber city heritage with some of the most beautiful wooden houses in the state. The beer festival & so much more. So get a life ‘Not much else’ ????

Parade during the Mary Poppins Festival held annually in Maryborough

Parade during the Mary Poppins Festival held annually in Maryborough.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the Mary Poppins Trail, in honour of the character’s author P.L. Travers who was born in the town, before checking out the town’s “history and heritage” and “art and culture”. managing director Daniel Finch said there was plenty for visitors to like about Maryborough.

“This is a small town with a big personality. Not only does it celebrate the world’s most famous nanny with a town statue, visitors can also take part in a Magical Mary Trail, following in the footsteps and learning all about the region’s most famous ‘Mary’ as well as the character filled town itself,” he said.


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“It’s a great little town for Queenslanders looking to swap the beach for an inland stay this April.”

He also said it was one of the cheapest holiday options in the state, with a predicted daily accommodation rate of $124 a night through the holiday period.