17 December 2010
Christmas message from the Mayor
Residential or commercial? Home based business assessments
Carols by Candlelight in Hervey Bay and New Year’s Eve across the region
Christmas Picnic at the Pines
Hervey Bay foreshore cleanup day
It’s party time for kids on holiday
Chinese garden for Botanical Gardens next year
Tour the Fraser Coast galleries during Christmas
What’s on
Christmas message from the Mayor


Christmas is always a time of reflection, when we analyse the previous 12 months, pondering on our successes and failures, keen to ensure next year is even better.

2010 was a challenging year, yet Council achieved important milestones such as delivering our second budget which included a $66 million capital works program.

To maintain the Fraser Coast’s reputation as one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, Council launched its Economic Development Strategy and the Fraser Coast 2031 Strategy which will guide the development of the region for the next 20 years.

The Fraser Coast 2031 Strategy is the first step in developing a Community Plan and creating one Fraser Coast Planning Scheme.

We worked closely with the tourism industry, the development industry and ratepayers to build a better region.

We listened to our residents at Community Chats throughout the Fraser Coast and strived to implement their wishes where practicable.

We finally put amalgamation to rest and will continue to move forward confidently.

While our communities within the region have significant differences, that adds colour, interest and variety. We are not just a beach region. We are not just a country region, or an historic centre. We are all of those and more, with much to offer new businesses, new residents and tourists.

We have every reason to be proud of our Fraser Coast and confident in its future. While we have buckled slightly under the weight of the economic blues, we are now in a position to bounce back strongly as the economy lifts.

I wish you a joyous Christmas with your families and friends and trust that you enter the New Year with confident enthusiasm.

With very best wishes,

Mick Kruger
Fraser Coast Mayor

Residential or commercial? Home based business assessments
Council routinely undertakes inspections across the region to ensure that property use is consistent with the rates charged.

Acting CEO Lisa Desmond said that under Council’s revenue policy residential rates are applicable to properties used solely for a “single residential dwelling” purpose. Where a property is used for commercial, business or similar purposes, “commercial rates apply.”

Recent inspections have highlighted a number of residences being used as museums or to showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage.

“The inspection process was not designed to impact on those properties,” Ms Desmond said.

“Residents who open their own homes for the public to occasionally view their heritage character or gardens and who may request a gold coin or nominal entry fee to cover expenses such as public liability and insurance will not be impacted.

“Council supports and encourages small home based businesses which are an integral part of providing opportunities for the community and visitors to the region to experience our rich heritage.”

Ms Desmond encourages residents to contact Council for information regarding the impact on their rates of operating a home based business, as some have already done, to ensure that they have the relevant approvals in place to operate a home-based business.

Enquiries from some property owners in early December resulted in Council resolving at its Ordinary Meeting on December 8, to review and clarify the rating structure and charges for home-based businesses as part of the 2011/12 budget deliberations.

Carols by Candlelight in Hervey Bay and New Year’s Eve across the region
Make sure your vocal chords are in tune this weekend because Fraser Coast Regional Council proudly presents the RSL Carols by Candlelight, starring The Twine, The Great Scott Show, Bayside Christian Band and Choir and All Sorts Vocale Ensemble on Saturday December 18 at Hervey Bay’s Seafront Oval. Bring the whole family. It’s FREE and starts at 5.15pm.  More …

Welcome in 2011 at a New Year’s Eve celebration near you –

Howard – Concert
Brolga Theatre – Masquerade Ball
Mary River Parklands – Fireworks
Tinnanbar – sausage sizzle, golf, entertainment and outdoor movie
Urangan Pier – Fireworks
Poona – twilight supper and dance
Scarness Park – Hervey Bay Council for the Arts talent quest and other entertainment
Details …

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

Christmas Picnic at the Pines
Don’t spend Christmas alone. Head to the Pines Playground on the Hervey Bay Esplanade for Fraser Coast’s Christmas Picnic Lunch at the Pines.

There’s no age limit, children are welcome and lunch is from midday to 2pm.

Anyone wanting to volunteer to help or donate money should contact the Mayor’s secretary Jenni Oort on 1300 79 49 29.

More …

Hervey Bay foreshore cleanup day
Everyone’s invited to the Hervey Bay foreshore on Sunday 20 February 2011 for a two-hour clean up and celebration of our fantastic natural environment.

Fraser Coast Regional Council’s environment section has selected 10 natural areas along the Hervey Bay foreshore that will benefit from the removal of weeds, rubbish and dead plant material. Trees will also be planted near the All Abilities Playground.

“We are aiming to have a fun morning with a celebration barbecue to round it off after work finishes around 10am,” said Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger.

“We live in one of the most beautiful areas in Australia. We have World Heritage Listed Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait RAMSAR site and our mainland foreshore is nothing less than stunning. I would encourage everyone to set Sunday 20 February aside to come along for a couple of hours light work, but more importantly to celebrate and enjoy our natural environment.”

This Fraser Coast Regional Council initiative to highlight the work of the Community Environment Program (CEP) in which groups of residents help maintain parks and natural areas. The popularity of the CEP is growing across the Fraser Coast region with 18 groups already under way. Residents can form their own groups or join an existing group.

Just contact Community Environment Program Officer Marc Russell on 4197 4644 for more information.

Volunteers on 20 February are encouraged to turn up no later than 7.45am for 15 minutes of induction and instruction, before pitching into the clean up action at 8am. A prompt arrival would be appreciated so Council staff need to carry out only one group induction.

All tools will be supplied but volunteers are encouraged to wear a hat, gloves, sunscreen and covered-in shoes and bring a water bottle.

“We are hoping to get at least 250 people register so that we can make a significant impression on our foreshore,” Cr Kruger said.

“We would also encourage businesses, particularly near the foreshore, to come on board and help sponsor the celebration barbecue. Any business interested should contact Lauron Power on 4197 4458.”

Volunteers will be allocated an area and notified where to turn up on the day. Watch this space for more information closer to the event.

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!

7 January: Hervey Bay 3pm.

11 January: Maryborough 3pm.

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 ..

Chinese garden for Botanical Gardens next year
Expect a Moon Gate and Cloud Wall,  two contemplation courts, a fortune wall, an arbour, riffle and ponds in the Chinese garden planned for the Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens.

The garden design by Fraser Coast landscape architect Stephen Perry, is finished and building will start in the New Year once the plans are approved by Council’s buiding department.

The Chinese garden was planned in co-operation with designers from the Fraser Coast’s sister sity Leshan. It will include artifacts brought back to the Fraser Coast by Councillors visiting Leshan in May this year.

The garden will be located near the Urangan Community Centre.

Tour the Fraser Coast galleries during Christmas
Visit the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery in Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay for –

The Promised Land: The Art of Lawrence Daws

Water Line photographys by Queensland artist Craig Holmes. More…

A celebration event is planned for Saturday 15 January  2pm – 4pm.

Also on Saturday 15 January 2011 the 21st Century Kids Summer Festival on Tour, 10am – 2pm,  a day a free activities for children of all ages, organised by Queensland Art Gallery.

At Maryborough’s Gataker’s Art Space –

Flying Arts

Jewellery by Fraser Coast artist Val Bennett

Birds, Bats and Habitat by Lee Carter (left) More…

What’s on
15 December to 14 January Kick it for Kids Tiaro Community Centre
18 December Carols by Candlelight 5.15pm Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay
23 December Merryborough Twilight Christmas shopping All day until 8pm Merryborough CBD
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 …

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha