27 October 2010
Message from the Mayor
Council wins in Tourism Awards
Special Commendation for Regional Gallery’s Mudskippers
Enjoy an affair with art
On your bike for Tour de Bay charity ride!
Nominate for Australia Day Awards
Help bring back the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
Read about our Outback Trailblazers’ journey
Guitar and flute recital – a must see
Community Voice – your on-line connection with Council
What’s on
Message from the Mayor
Hello HenryThe Council’s decision to enlist Brisbane company Guymer Bailey architects to design the Maryborough Aquatic Centre redevelopment was based on sound criteria developed to ensure best value for Fraser Coast ratepayers.

The criteria are standard for all tenders and are adhered to strictly to ensure fairness and to comply with the Local Government Act. Price is weighted at 20% of the overall evaluation criteria. The other criteria are Relevant Experience 30%, Vision and Innovation 25% and Methodology 25%.

This contract is for the design phase only of the project and represents about 7% of the $6.5 million project budget. Tenders for the construction work on the pool complex will be called next year and local companies will be encouraged to tender to undertake the project.

While the Council in its Five Point Plan, committed to using Fraser Coast suppliers and contractors where possible, this is one of the very few occasions where the majority of Councillors believed the winning tenderer had the best expertise for the project at an acceptable price and was offering best value for the community.

Council continues to support local businesses with more than $12m injected recently into the local economy through 10 major projects, not including civil, road and bridge building projects.

Cr Mick Kruger, Mayor

Council wins in Tourism Awards
The four awards that the Fraser Coast Regional Council won in the prestigious Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism Awards are recognition of the Council’s determination and effort to promote the Fraser Coast for the benefit of all residents, says Cr Anne Nioa.

Awards won by the Council include –
– Tourism Associations and Visitor Information Centres Award – Hervey Bay Airport VIC right: VIC Co-ordinator Vanida Petts with Fraser Coast Chronicle General Manager Jonathan Steel ;
– Tourism Retailing Award – Quintessential Fraser Coast and Visitor Information Centre at the Hervey Bay Airport;
– Regional Festivals and Special Events Award – Mary Poppins Festival;
– Tourism Promotional Material and Media – FCRC for its marketing initiatives including Our Fraser Coast website, the Staycations and My Fraser Coast campaigns, the development of Discovery Trails, Our Fraser Coast Magazine and widespread marketing. More …

Special Commendation for Regional Gallery’s Mudskippers
The Hervey Bay Regional Gallery was recognised with a Special Commendation in the prestigious Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards for its outstanding art education program, the Mudskippers and Little Skippers education programs.
Little Skippers is tailored to three to five-year-olds and the Mudskippers Club workshops are designed for eight to fourteen-year-olds.
The judges recognised the Gallery’s commitment to lifelong learning and its approach to developing new audiences. The judges said the gallery had raised awareness of its activities and created a sense of belonging by developing membership-based programs. More …

Enjoy an affair with art
Expect to experience a broad range of talents and artwork when you visit 2010 Art Affair – a Fraser Coast exhibition that highlights the skills and abilities of people with a disability.

Cerebral Palsy League and Fraser Coast Regional Council, in conjunction with sponsors Hervey Bay Council for the Arts, the Queensland Government, and Lifeline, are staging the exhibition but this year it will include Maryborough as well as Hervey Bay.

The official launch of Art Affair will be at the Hervey Bay RSL, Torquay Road on 30 October (open 9.30am to 2.30pm). It will stay in Hervey Bay for two days before moving to Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough from 2 to 19 November (open 9am to 4pm). Entry is free. More …

On your bike for Tour de Bay charity ride!
Wake up the kids early, hop on your bikes and pedal to the Urangan Community Centre, Elizabeth Street, Hervey Bay for the start of the 2010 Tour de Bay Charity Bike Ride at 7am on Sunday October 31.

Organised by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre and Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise, the ride aims to raise more than a sweat – all proceeds go to the Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program.

Choose an easy flat run for beginners and younger folk or the challenging loop for more experienced cyclists to take in some of Hervey Bay’s high country.

Water and healthy snacks will be provided along the route. The ride finishes back at the Urangan Community Centre where a Community Breakfast will be ready to welcome all intrepid riders!

Money raisers earn prizes.

Nominate for Australia Day Awards
Do you know an outstanding Aussie or community group in the Fraser Coast region? If you do, then nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

Australia Day awards on the Fraser Coast will be given in the following categories in each of the four previous local government communities (Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo):
– Citizen of the Year
– Junior Citizen of the Year
– Senior Sportsperson of the Year
– Junior Sportsperson of the Year
– Senior Cultural Award
– Junior Cultural Award
– Community Event

Nominations should be returned to Council as soon as possible, with the successful candidates being presented their awards at Australia Day celebrations on January 26, 2011 across the region.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Council’s administration centres, downloaded from Council’s website or by telephoning Council on 1300 79 49 29.

Completed nomination forms should be posted to:

Australia Day Awards
Fraser Coast Regional Council
PO Box 1943

Help bring back the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) has become locally extinct due to loss of its natural habitats.

Come along to a free community workshop to find out how you can help bring it back to the Fraser Coast by restoring its habitats.

Maryborough City Hall – Saturday 6 November – 9am to 3pm. Hosted by the Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network and Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee.

Workshop includes an information booklet, a Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vine to get you started, morning tea and a light lunch. Register with Jenny Whyte by Friday 29 October on 5482 4766 or email

Read about our Outback Trailblazers’ journey
On Day One the Council’s three Outback Trailblazers CEO Andrew Brien, Director of Infrastructure and Environment Wayne Sweeney and Executive Manager Strategic Integration discovered the rally rules included bribing judges and thievery.

“If you can steal something from another team, preferably their car keys or tents, they have to buy them back which gives your team more money to bribe the judges and win points,” said Mr Brien.

Follow the intrepid trio’s fundraising journey through outback Queensland on the Council’s website More …

Guitar and flute recital – a must see
Internationally renowned classical guitarist Rupert Boyd and acclaimed Australian flautist Jillian Norton will perform at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough – the only Queensland venue in their six-concert 2010 Australian tour.

The recital at 4.30pm on Sunday 14 November, is sponsored by Janet’s Art, Kent Street, Maryborough and will be staged in Gatakers courtyard.

The music is guaranteed to delight and so are the wine tasting from Vintner’s Secret Vineyard, Childers and a gourmet buffet during interval. More …

Community Voice – your on-line connection with Council
Click on Community Voice on the Council’s website to have your say during community consultation or to find out where and when you can talk with your Councillors or senior Council staff at a Community Chat near you.

In Community Voice you can register to receive the Council’s eNewsletter that keeps you up to date with Council news, you can nominate a Council staff member for a Customer Service Excellence Award, or you can make an enquiry or submit a concern on-line. More …

What’s on
27 October FCRC Ordinary meeting at 9.30am followed by Community and Development Committee meeting Maryborough Council Chamber
30-31 October Tiaro Landcare Fishing Competition Petrie Park, Tiaro
31 October Tour de Bay charity bike ride Urangan Community Centre, Elizabeth Street, Urangan
31 October Halloween Batty Ball Apex Park, Hervey Bay Esplanade
Until 31 October Suburban Goddess by Christine Turner Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
Until 31 October Epilogue by Jorge Pujol Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
Until 31 October Exhibition by Maureen Hansen Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
Until 6 November Collective 35 Wide Bay Burnett Potters Association’s 35th annual exhibition Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
Until 6 November A Personal Odyssey by John Winch Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
6 November Book Launch – Beyond the Far Horizon by Jeannette Davis Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
6 November Bauple Nut Bash Bauple Recreation Ground
14 November Guitarist Rupert Boyd and flautist Jillian Norton Recital 4.30pm Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
23 November Tiaro Community Chat 6.30pm Tiaro Memorial Hall
28 November Carols in Queens Park Queens Park, Maryborough
18 December Carols by Candlelight, Hervey Bay Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay

More Fraser Coast events …

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha





Recently executives of the Burum Chamber and those from Hervey Bay – Maryborough & Tiaro met at the Susan River Homestead to draft a memorandum of understanding for the formulation of what is to be known as the-


to replace the original Wide Bay Chamber of Commerce.

A president was nominated for the body [Steve Dixon] and a draft of the new chambers structure was discussed.

Herein I have posted in a short intro letter of a longer submission  Steve gave all executives by way of a report on proceedings and of the minutes for that meeting

An earlier report & pics on the event I had posted into this site for members access  can be found in the July archives of this site.

Go to FCCC catergory of this site in the Right  Hand Column

Dear Fraser Coast Chamber Presidents,

Steve Dixon


I have received very encouraging feedback from all the local chambers following our dinner on the 9th July about the ideals and fellowship associated with the Fraser Coast Chamber. This is a solid foundation upon which we can continue to develop the Chamber movement across our region.

Last Meeting

I would appreciate it if I was included in your executive circulation lists so I can monitor issues that may be of interest across all the local chambers.  I certainly respect the sovereignty of each individual chamber, and will not be put out if I am excluded from any particular issue or discussion, but if the President of the Fraser Coast Chamber is generally included in the circulation lists amongst your executive then over time we will find better cohesion amongst the chambers.

Please raise this issue with your committees.

Next Meeting

I am grateful the Burrum District Chamber has so enthusiastically risen to the challenge of organising the next regional meeting and note we are to meet at the Burrum Districts Community Centre on Thursday 15th October at 5.00pm for 5.30pm with what is becoming the usual meeting format with a dinner break at 6.30pm. and would appreciate all chambers executives responding direct to the Burrum Chamber confirming their atendance via or   red-dial-phone41290182/41290995

Economic Development……….>>>

More information only available to executives of all the chambers on request and those who need to know….


I will however report to members and affiliates on developments.

Published by Henry Sapiecha 27th August 2009