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COUNCILLOR James Hansen has called on the council to admit their timed parking changes in Maryborough were wrong.
New four-hour signs were erected earlier this year in the CBD including Kent, Richmond and Wharf Sts, in areas which used to be all-day parking, drawing the ire of some drivers.
Wednesday’s debate between councillors came after rural Cr Hansen called for a review into the parking changes, with a report to be provided on October 21.
“It’s time to admit it was a wrong decision and move on,” he said.
Mayor Gerard O’Connell said the council was always going to do a review.
“It’s not about a right and wrong, it’s about getting an outcome that’s best,” he said.
Cr Hansen’s call for a report was rejected by seven votes to four.
Maryborough councillor Daniel Sanderson followed with a motion of his own, calling for a review to begin in October.
Cr Sanderson’s motion was passed 6-4 and the council will do a review into the Maryborough parking strategy in October.
BEST THING TO HAVE HAPPENED TO HAVE A MAXIMUM PARKING TIME.
You cannot have people parking in the main city street all day including business owners & workers.
Shoppers go into the city, do their business over an hour or two & leave. Parking must be available to the shoppers not to shop workers in town.
All day parkers can park on the shop property or just outside of the CBD if they want to park all day.
The complainers about max times for central city parking need to get out from under their rocks & realize the new parking initiative will help revitalize the city centre.
A vacant lot in the city where a multi-level carpark can be built by council or a developer for all day parkers, but they pay for it just like in any other city centre…
Fraser Coast Commerce & Industry
Mix of new and old faces on board as FCO looks to the future in business opportunities in the Fraser Coast
THE new board members of the previously embattled tourism entity, Fraser Coast Opportunities have been announced, featuring a mix of new and old faces.
Fraser Coast USQ executive manager Brett Langabeer, Stockland Hervey Bay centre manager Paul Kelsey and former CEO of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Libby Anstis are the three new members of the FCO board.
Southern Cross Media Fraser Coast and Bundaberg general manager Greig Bolderrow and Fraser Coast man, Dr Paul Cotton successfully re-applied for their positions, with Dr Cotton replacing Mayor Gerard O’Connell as chair.
Cr O’Connell said he was pleased with the mix of new and old faces selected.
“They have varied skills, including running large organisations, and are passionate about the Fraser Coast,” he said
The five members have been appointed for two years.
*Comment-So how is the new team going to change anything when previous members are in control of the panel?
We shall wait & see I suppose..Hi Paul. Doug Kelsey’s son.
COAST mullet fisherman Kevin Cannon’s small but experienced team has had a weather-delayed start to this year’s season.
Fraser Coast Chronicle has got to be one of the best provicial newspapers in Australia without a doubt.
Fishermen to his north and south have had success but so far, this winter has only provided the Mudjimba-based veteran “a little hatful”.
The ocean temperature has yet to drop to the suitable 20-degree mark and south- westerly winds which he desires are yet to blow in.
Traditionally, early June is when mullet start running in beach gutters.
“It doesn’t really look like we are going to get a south- westerly for a couple of weeks,” Mr Cannon said.
“It’s just been a case of wait and see.”
He had heard of good hauls at Caloundra as well as Noosa but as yet, no luck in between.
Mr Cannon, 67, said his crew members were aged 66 and 65 with the youngest member about 45.
He has been walking the beaches with nets since the late ’50s but struggles to see how younger generations could take up the craft.
He said the possibility of laws changing or restrictions being added meant it was unlikely banks would loan the money needed to get started.
“There’s no certainty in it for the young fellows,” he said.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness said the traditional winter migration of the sea mullet provided commercial operators with an important opportunity and netting activity had already escalated.
“Seafood wholesalers should have a plentiful supply of fresh local mullet,” Mr Bowness said. “It is a commercially important species and although inspections show high levels of compliance with fisheries regulations, including fish size, licensing, net length and mesh size, QBFP will be in the region to monitor activity.”
Mr Bowness asked recreational fishers to allow commercial netters to conduct their activities safely during the mullet run by giving them room to operate.
*PS…These are hard working people. Give them a break.
LNP candidate for Hinkler Keith Pitt and senate candidate Matthew Kanavan talk with Paul Hodson from Urangan Fisheries in front of a tray of ocean king prawns from the Coral Sea.
A WARNING issued to a Urangan seafood processor for scallop disposal into the ocean is writing on the wall, says State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen.
Mr Sorensen said the company, which wanted to remain anonymous, had been warned by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage for breaching a little-known law which made it an offence to dump animal matter into the ocean.
He was concerned the warning pre-empted regulation changes that would make it illegal to dispose of natural seafood by-products into the Great Sandy Strait.
“If seafood processing companies are going to be fined for the likes of disposing scallop shells into the ocean, it means that such companies may have to move their processing activities to Asia,” he said.
“A loss of such industry could spell over a hundred job losses for Hervey Bay.”
The warned company had put scallop shells in Urangan Harbour for the past 40 years in accordance with state laws, Mr Sorensen said.
“Red tape like this is killing business,” he said.
“If one trawler operator spends about $200,000 on fuel a month, imagine what this means for the local economy if they can no longer operate out of Hervey Bay.”
Mr Sorensen wanted Fraser Coast seafood businesses that have been warned to contact him on 4124 1386.
EXTERNAL consultants will be employed by Fraser Coast Opportunities on a needs basis to replace the position of a full-time investment attraction manager.
Following a meeting on April 15, the Fraser Coast Regional Council voted to conduct a review into the structure of FCO.
Included in that structure review would be the appointment of an investment attraction manager, currently vacant along with the general manager role.
Despite a recruitment process being finalised and candidates short listed in April, Mayor Gerard O’Connell said the appointment was on hold.
But yesterday he confirmed the position would not be made into a full-time role in “the foreseeable future”.
Cr O’Connell said the benefit of not having an investment attraction manager was the ability to hire specific consultants.
“To be able to get ready-made firepower, if I can call it that,” Cr O’Connell said. “Consultants who have got very focused and expert abilities, we thought that would be a better use in getting the investment attraction.
“For instance if we were going to really ramp up investment attraction in aviation, let’s go and get an aviation expert.”
The investment attraction office has been left vacant since the highly respected Scott Rowe resigned in August 2014.
Cr O’Connell said momentum was building for the restructuring of FCO.
He and the council’s CEO, Lisa Desmond, along with councillors Stuart Taylor, Darren Everard and Chris Loft have removed themselves from the FCO board.
Expressions of interest have gone out for new independent directors
EDITORS NOTE:- Grand idea & workable if done in the right manner.
However it would still require a member of council to decide what area is needed to be promoted for the consultants to work on.
This little black duck [me] was the advisor for investment to the Pine Rivers Council in the shire at Brisbane north side before the amalgamations of the councils there.
I did the deals on a shopping centre at Kallangur & the huge AMCOR paper mill at Brendale by attracting them into the developments & even sold properties to the council & its head solicitor.
The council heads are aware of my & my credentials yet I received no expression of interest forms to fill out. So who did they send the forms to & decide not to appoint anyone anyway.
Does that speak of the quality of the applicants or just a change of direction by council?
What we have had to deal with in this council & previous councils is that none of them have had any real experience in developments & really have limited knowledge of what major investors want. Any investments made in this shire have already been decided by the investors & the council members are just shirt tailing the developments for political mileage.
We have good people on council but there need to be some experienced persons in the system.
Talk fests & committees are great if they are focused on what will attract developers & investors & action it accordingly.
Tiaro Coal has entered voluntary administration.
The miner has four major projects, all of which are located in Queensland, as well as another located in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
It has appointed Martin Madden, David Winterbottom, and Rahul Goyal of KordaMentha as its administrators.
It comes after the company commenced legal proceedings against Hudson Resources in an attempt to seek the return of its books and records, after administrative services Hudson were providing ceased last year.
According to Hudson it was retaining the books as Tiaro owed money for services rendered.
Canadian woman dies after whale jumps onto boat
A grey whale looks at tourists on a boat in Mexico in 2006. Photo: Reuters
A 35-year-old Canadian woman has died and two other tourists were injured when a surfacing grey whale crashed onto their boat.
The Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection in Mexico said on Thursday two other tourists suffered “considerable” injuries when the whale breached and hit the side of the boat.
The office said the boat had been carrying nine tourists on a snorkel tour.
The Baja California Sur state prosecutor’s office said the collision near the beach resort of Cabo San Lucas tossed the victim into the water.
A crew member and a passenger lifted her back onto the vessel and Mexican navy personnel moved the woman to shore. She was taken to a clinic, where she died during treatment.
Huffing & puffing with steam coming out of his ears a wart hog of a man came running out of the service station to a chap who was filling 2 x 20 litre water containers with water from a tap at the bruce highway BP service station. Ranting about ‘this is my water’ you cannot take it. One sick puppy ‘Bob’ Wessles employee come manager we are told was the ‘WART HOG MAN OF TORBANLEA’. WART BEING SHORT FOR WATER PERHAPS..
This tap & all taps at the Bruce Highway BP servo have been changed to key operated units so clients cannot use the wessles BP servo water.
Get a tap key from bunnings to solve the problem.
No signs saying the water could not be used from the tap & everybody gets their fuel & water from fuel statons at times.
The problem is this:–
This local chap has been getting his fuel & water from this service station for the last 15 years.
The clown ‘wart’ [WATER] hog man obviously has no connection with his customer base & decided to abuse the customer without giving any consideration to the consequence to the business from that regular local client not buying fuel from that servo.
We are told that ‘wessels’? petroleum had given directions to staff to kurb the use of servo water etc.. Save 1 cent & lose 1 dollar..Idiotic .
BUSINESS PRACTICE GONE WRONG BIG TIME BY BRUCE HIGHWAY BP SERVO BUSINESS..
It has been noted that since that event by ‘wart hog bob’ that chap had not bought fuel from that servo since & used the one up the road at the Maryborough industrial estate instead who do not have a problem with using their water.
So giving that ‘wart hog bob’ had abused this customer for 5 cents worth of water has lost at least $280 worth on fuel over the last 2 weeks fom that customer… It baffles one as to how some people calculate the worth & value of their customers..
The client base of any business is dependant on continued support by customers of the service or products any business supplies. Service +++ also.
Too bad so sad. It would have been easier to let the chap use the water & change the tap to a key operated unit later.
No taps now are at that servo where people can use water without paying $3 for 20 litres..?? Council only charge .47 of 1 cent a litre or under 10 cents for 20 litres..
Management or ‘wart hog bob’ or wessels petroleum have in their business wisdom said we will screw our customers till they bleed.
GREAT MATE-VERY UN-AUSTRALIAN. The sexie coffie servo on the bruce highway closer to Maryborough gives better service, lets u use the water & has more trucks stopping there. Change your stopping venue people to let the Wessle petroleum servo know they cannot screw you.
The staff at the Wessles servo are great by the way, they just have to deal with a management ownership problems.
There are some great people at the Torbanlea post office who supply fuel next to the highway at cheaper prices & friendlier service card operated.
* BY THE WAY U CAN GET THE KEY FOR THESE TAPS FROM BUNNINGS. IS HE GOING TO ABUSE ALL HIS CLIENTS.??
So the ‘wart hog clown’ has exchanged the profit on $240 fuel sales to date over 2 weeks from one customer for some perverse satisfaction of not allowing the chap to get the few cents worth of water. Strange but true….
MOTOWORX MOTORCYCLES REFUSES TO REMEDY A SERIOUS PROBLEM SAID BY THE CUSTOMER THAT MOTOWORX MARYBOROUGH CAUSED
Woman takes in a quad bike to get some work done on it for her 5year old boy.
Budget set & works to be done agreed to by parties
These were the only works required to be done on the quad bike as all else was in good working order.
This was done on the 7th August 2014 & the bike was delivered to the motoworx shed for the necessary repairs.
The bike was in good condition with the tyres blackened & steering with wheels in good working order.
Earlier photos & witnesses will testify & vouch for that fact on the day of delivery to the motoworx motorcycle Maryborough workshop.
The repairs were allegedly carried out within several days as claimed by the bike repair motoworx business in Maryborough.
The woman was notified that the job was completed, in working good order & ready for pick up.
A few weeks later Wednesday 15th Oct 2014 she arrived at the motoworx bike business n Maryborough to pay the $136 & pick up the bike.
The quad bike was bundled into the back boot of a falcon without being given a demonstration of its working
nor was it asked for by the lady as she trusts that when a repair person says it has been fixed then she believes them.
However when the bike is taken back for the child to use, the father who is a diesel mechanic noted it did not start &
that the wheels were all covered with red mud, the front wheels were well out of alignment, the frame was bent & the steering bar was loose
and not functioning. The woman immediately rang the offending motoworx motorcycle business in Maryborough to complain.
She was told that a Dale fellow was not there & that she needs to talk to him & he will ring her tomorrow [Thursday]
He never rang nor did the owner of the business who’s name is John. John was sent an email on Wednesday night [the bike pick-up day]
outlining the details of the complaint. He also did not contact the lady who told him via the email that she will be bringing
back the quad bike on Friday 17th Oct 2014 to have the repairs carried out properly & the further damage repaired.
On arriving at the premises to drop off the bike for the correct repairs she was greeted by John the owner at the front of the premises.
The woman calmly outlined the position & requested that the repairs be carried out & that she would leave the bike there for that purpose.
At sometime between the alleged repairs to the bike by the workshop & the pick up by the woman of the bike,
it appears that some member of the staff at Motoworx motorcycles Maryborough has thrashed the bike & wrecked it.
The response by John the owner of the motoworx motorcycle business in Maryborough, said that the bike was just hand pushed
around the front of his premises until it was picked up. He claims the red mud on the bike was from that action..??
There is no red mud at the front of his premises only concrete, blue metal gravel. His story is obviously a concoction.
NOTE THE PICS BELOW WITH NO RED MUD AT THE FRONT OF THE MOTOWORX MOTORCYCLE MARYBOROUGH SHED
He would not fix the bike & began to abusive when the lady insisted that he does the right thing & honour his warranty
and investigate what happened. It would be strongly suggested that because he did not ask his staff what happened
that implicates his prior knowledge of what went down. He made no attempt to check if the bike would start ,became abusive & defensive
& did not take any serious interest in remedying the problem. He was more concerned about the BAS tax payment he had to make of $9,000
& that he was not going to be f……d up the a……. with this bike problem & he was quite vocal about his ex wife ripping him off etc.
It would have a minor issue to fix the problem he caused to avoiding further dramas & somehow saving face for this major cockup
caused by either himself or his staff. It appears his term in the business is to be short lived as he takes little interest in correcting wrongs.
They took the woman’s money,repairs did not work & further extensive damage caused to the bike whilst in their care.
The demise of this business is undoubtedly imminent given his response. We will say GOODBYE now to Mr ‘John’.
The quad bike was immediately taken to another reputable repairer the same day Friday 17th Oct 2014 to get a detailed report & quote to repair
the damages alleged caused by & ineffective repairs done by Motoworx Motorcycles Maryborough.
The lack of concern by the owner of MMM for the lady & her dissapointed crying 5year old son was pitiful to behold.
This is the young boy below who MOTOWORX MOTORCYCLES MARYBOROUGH has hurt
*** THESE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF THE PARENTS
We certainly do not need or want this type of approach by any businesses in the Fraser Coast Region & some wonder why they are doing it tough.
If you wish to go over his BS banter about-Warranty-Integrity- Respectability-Service etc etc etc etc then go here www.motoworx.com.au
IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY BAD DEALINGS WITH MOTOWORX MOTORCYLES MARYBOROUGH PLEASE ADVISE US.
OR FOR THAT MATTER WITH ANY BUSINESSES IN THE FRASER COAST REGION.>>>>…HERE