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TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EARMARKED FOR DEVELOPMENTS IN HERVEY BAY FRASER COAST QLD

February 21st, 2013

TORQUAY & URANGAN DEVLOPMENT PROJECTS FOR HERVEY BAY

This Chronicle press release was put out just prior to xmas 2012  12th Dec 2012

A NEW Torquay shopping centre, a controversial $60 million eco-resort, and a six-storey Esplanade resort in a low-density part of town are expected to gain council approval on Wednesday.

The developments, if granted, would follow an endorsement at last week’s penultimate council meeting for a $25million McDonald’s and IGA supermarket at Urangan.

Earlier this year, the Torquay shopping complex was approved and Wednesday’s decision should see the building design signed off on.

An artist impression, sourced from council’s website, shows a Woolworths supermarket, fast-food and speciality stores.
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Documentation also revealed the complex has permission to trade from 6am -7pm seven days a week, and would provide 302 car parking spaces, including 63 in a basement level.

Controversially for some, the $60 million Rosewood eco-resort at Urangan has been recommended for approval although there still appears to be concerns.

Butchulla elders have made it known the area near the Pulgul St site is of significant importance to them.

FC Division 10 Cr George Seymour admitted he was worried about the development.

“I don’t agree with it, I think it’s still too high-density. It still doesn’t fit with low-density in my view. It’s 22-units-a-hectare, low density is meant to be up to 10, so I think it’s out of character for the area and I can understand residents concerns about it.

Also expected to be given the green light is a six-storey resort that will front Beach Rd and the Esplanade at Pialba.

The 81-unit project features a resort lounge and reception, spa and gym, squash and tennis courts, swimming pools and playground.
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BEACH HOUSE HOTEL IN HERVEY BAY TO BE TORN DOWN FOR NEW COMPLEX

February 21st, 2013

BEACH HOUSE HOTEL TO BE REPLACED WITH NEW STRUCTURE

WARREN Persal, a Maryborough-born man who “worked his guts out” all his life and became a multi-millionaire, will tear down Hervey Bay’s historic Beach House Hotel in May and rebuild it.

The investment is $6 million on top of the $4 million he spent to acquire the property from football legend Norm Provan and a consortium last year.

Mr Persal, who owns the historic Carriers Arms in Alice St, Maryborough, has already spent $200,000 on giving the bar a fresh coat of paint, totally refurbishing the beer garden and introducing smart new furniture throughout.

“Frankly, this hotel was holding Scarness back,” Mr Persal, 70, said yesterday.

“We couldn’t leave it like it is, the layout is all wrong.

“We took the lounge furniture straight to the dump.

“But in May we’ll pull down the whole place and build a stunning 2500sq m pub to be open by Christmas.”

He said there would be no accommodation in the new two-storey complex.

“Hervey Bay has enough right now. We’re building a new drive-through bottle shop, a function centre upstairs for 400, a car park, bistro and cafe, gaming room and outdoor decks.”

Manager Paul Robins said the hotel might open a ‘donga’ to maintain bar service to regular patrons.

Mr Persal has hired KP Architects, which recently won an award for best hotel in Australia.

“We’ll straighten this one out and it will be great,” he said.
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MARYBOROUGH RSL HUGE EXPANSION PLANS ON TRACK & WITH PUBLIC SUPPORT

February 21st, 2013

THE MAGIC THAT IS MARYBOROUGH RSL & IT’S EXPANSION

THE Maryborough RSL is planning a two-storey expansion worth $6 million, in a move RSL president Bob Evans vows will be “the makings of Maryborough”.

“We are building two storeys in the two Adelaide St shops we own next door,” Mr Evans said.

“Our offices and poker machines will move into the new building.

“We’ll have a sports bar there with a TAB and upstairs will be a function area to seat 300 but which can be divided into three separate areas.”
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Construction is scheduled to kick off in June.

“This is big for Maryborough and we’re just waiting on final approval from State RSL but we have already commissioned two builders to come up with the final design,” Mr Evans said.

“Significant local jobs will come out of this and I am absolutely confident the project is now a goer.

The name of the new building is being held tightly by Mr Evans but the hint is a “significant RSL name” will grace the structure.

“There’s more on the way when this goes through,” Mr Evans, who has served as president for six years, said.

“I’d like to see with members’ support more office space being created in the three shops we own in Adelaide Street on the other side of the club.

“I’d like to see Legacy, our library, our sub-branch all accommodated there on ground level so our veterans can easily access services.

“And my vision is that one day this club will have a multi-storey car park.”

The committee is already looking at the opportunity to introduce fine dining in the current club poker machine area and to redesign the kiddies’ room with a soundproof glass front.

“Our smokers’ area will encompass murals contributed by local schools to commemorate the 2015 Gallipoli centenary,” he said.

“2013 will be Maryborough RSL’s big year.”

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CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD MOLESTATIONS BY FUN RIDE OPERATORS IN THE FRASER COAST

February 21st, 2013

PARENTS SHOULD BE DILIGENT IN PROTECTING THEIR OFFSPRING

Recently there have been rumours about about some child fun rides and amusement structures that have been the scenes of FC child molestations.

These rumours have to be substantiated & amusement operators be warned

If these rumours are unfounded so be it, it is better being safe than sorry

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FRASER LAKES GOLF CLUB CLOSED FOR GOOD

February 21st, 2013

DEVASTATING FLOODS LEAVE THE CAMERONS DESTITUTE

FRASER Lakes Golf co-owner Kathy Cameron said it felt like Groundhog Day as she watched floodwater swallow the 18-hole course for the third time in as many years.

FLOOD PRONE LAND AT THE FRASER LAKES GOLF CLUB WORTHLESS

The Craignish course on Castles Rd South, which is home to both the Craignish and the Fraser Lakes golf club, resembled a lake as water submerged most of the recently repaired fairways and greens.
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In a further blow, the torrential rain and powerful winds of ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald also caused damage to the clubhouse, where a small part of the roof caved in and flooded the facility.

Cameron said it was like another kick in the guts.

The Camerons fully understand kicking people in the guts.

“Unfortunately, we are getting used to it now,” she said.

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“It makes it tough, every time we get heavy rain the same thing happens.

“We had just renovated all our greens and put new turf on the fairways within two days before it went under water again.

“We’ve had the carpet pulled out of the clubhouse and a lot of the tables and chairs have been damaged and a lot of equipment is no good anymore.”

Cameron said she felt for the members. Ha..Ha..!!!

“It is probably the only course that is financially within reach to these people who play here because most of them are pensioners,” she said.

While golf was out of the question, members have instead rallied round to help with the clean-up.

Cameron said she was unsure how much damage had been caused to the course, but she was hopeful golfers could be teeing off again next week.

At Maryborough Golf Club, meanwhile, golfers have returned to the course with 11 holes re-opened after volunteers spent hours removing the debris and silt that blanketed the course.

Holes seven, eight and nine were the worst affected with about 4m-high floodwater washing over the greens and fairways.

Club manager Paul Bray said the repair bill would likely be more than $100,000.

He said the club could have up to 15 holes playable tomorrow.
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BIG MONEY MILLION DOLLAR PRIZES IN THE FRASER COAST FOR FISHING COMPETITION

February 21st, 2013

FRASER COAST TO BE A BIG TIME PRIZE AREA FOR FISHING COMPS

THE Fraser Coast could soon be offering $1 million in prizes to boost recreational fishing.

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Tourism Fraser Coast has proposed a three to four-week competition called the Million Dollar Fishing Classic, which could be introduced as early as next year.

Tourism Fraser Coast general manager Pip Close said a $15,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study into the event had been secured.

The proposed event would target different elements of recreational fishing including game, fly, beach, sports and family style fishing events, Ms Close said.

“Our plan is to create the largest annual fishing event in Australia with prizes to the value of $1 million,” Ms Close said.

“An event such as this would provide a major boost to tourism and the associated economy, in what is traditionally a quieter tourism period in November, by attracting large numbers of intrastate, interstate and international tourists.

“The aim of this event would also be to generate significant publicity on a domestic and international level, to further highlight the Fraser Coast as a leading recreational fishing and holiday destination.”

Ms Close said by running the event over three weekends it would provide an extended economic boost during the off-peak season for Fraser Coast’s tourism operators.

The feasibility study is expected to be completed by June.
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NATIONAL NEWS PRESENTERS ON THE PROJECT GIVE FRASER COAST MASSIVE EXPOSURE

February 21st, 2013

FRASER COAST GETS NATIONAL NEWS COVERAGE FOR TOURISM

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Channel Ten’s The Project will be featuring stories highlighting the Fraser Coast tourism industry after a reporter meets operators across the region for one-on-one interviews on Thursday and Friday.

Tourism Fraser Coast general manager Pip Close said the publicity the region had secured this week, including Sunrise weatherman Grant Denyer broadcasting from Hervey Bay and Fraser Island from Tuesday to Friday, was hugely significant.

She said it would play a key role in attracting visitors back to the region in both the short and long term.

“Businesses have been doing it tough across the region since the recent flooding – and now that the recovery efforts are well underway it is important to show that we are open for business as a region and the Fraser Coast is a fantastic destination for a holiday,” Ms Close said.

“We have been extremely fortunate to secure this publicity, and to have this level of exposure through both Sunrise and The Project in the space of two weeks is a massive coup for the region.”
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MARYBOROUGH RV PARK DEVELOPER GETS RAW DEAL FROM QLD STATE GOVERNMENT

February 21st, 2013

FRASER COAST PARK DEVELOPER GETS SNUBBED BY STATE TRANSPORT

THE developer behind Maryborough’s RV Homebase has slammed the attitude of Minister for Transport Scott Emerson after he refused to review requirements to upgrade a major intersection.

RV Homebase chairman Peter Shadforth met the minister last week and asked for infrastructure agreement, where the department would fund a $750,000 upgrade to the corner of Teddington Rd and Gympie Rd.

The company would then pay back the money in increments over the next five years, as the upgrade was a condition of their development being approved.

But Mr Shadforth said he had been bitterly disappointed by what he called an anti-industry reaction from the minister in their 20-minute meeting, with a flat-out no to the proposal.

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“He had made his mind up before he came,” Mr Shadforth said.

Mr Shadforth said he accepted it was their obligation to complete the upgrade, but said had he waited for an infrastructure agreement to be included in the development application, he would still be waiting to start the project.

“I am not looking for a handout, just some relief in spending in the early stages of the project,” he said.

The Tinana retirement village is currently home to about 35 people, with that number expected to double in the next few months.

It will eventually have 210 homes with large garages and communal leisure facilities, built to suit grey nomads, at a cost of about $70 million.

A representative for the Minister said their priority was repairing flood damage, not bailing out a developer.

“Mr Shadforth entered into an agreement committing him to upgrading the intersection at a certain stage of his development,” the representative said.

“We won’t be accepting Mr Shadforth’s request for taxpayers to fund his responsibilities.”


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THANK YOU FRASER COUNCILLORS FOR VOTING TO REMOVE THE POISONOUS FLUORIDE FROM OUR WATER

February 21st, 2013

AT LAST REASON PREVAILS BY OUR FRASER COAST COUNCIL.

We must not be forced to drink poisons that have been forced on us by the state.

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has voted 8-3 to stop adding fluoride to its water supply at its ordinary meeting in Maryborough on Wednesday morning.

Councillor Rolf Light, who supported the removal of fluoridation, took the opportunity to voice his displeasure at the State Government for handing responsibility back to councils, saying he was “absolutely disgusted”.

Cr Trevor McDonald, who refused to support a motion to remove fluoride on the basis it was a State Government responsibility, said he believed the LNP had shown a lack of leadership.

Earlier, protestors gathered outside the Maryborough council chambers to voice their concerns about the controversial additive.

A date for stopping the addition of fluoride to the water supply is yet to be set.
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MARYBOROUGH COMMERCIAL CITY PEOPLE SHOW APPRECIATION FOR HELP AFTER FLOODS

February 21st, 2013

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS PEOPLE IN MARYBOROUGH SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION FOR HELP AFTER THE RECENT FLOODS

Maryborough CBD shop owners Julianne Sutcliffe, Kevin Vincent, Anne Proctor, Andrew and Allison Duggan, Lida Nielsen, Claudia Davidson and Darren Smith are postive about their future.

COMMUNITY spirit and the will to work shoulder to shoulder with retailers have Maryborough’s central business district shops back in business.

Most are trading as normal, while others are only days away from doing so.

But all have one thing in common – they want to say a big thank-you to those who helped out during the biggest flood in 60 years.

On Australia Day this year, as the rains came down and the winds howled, business owners, staff and volunteers moved stock and fittings out of shops that were in danger of being inundated with the muddy floodwaters of the Mary River.
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Most of those people were back several days later, along with the army to help clean-up the aftermath.

TSG Tobacco Station owner Kevin Vincent said it took some work.

“The support I received from customers was excellent,” he said.

“We had a metre-and-a-half of water in the shop.

“I had a guy who I didn’t know from a bar of soap offer me a container and storage space for the entire contents of my shop.”

Mr Vincent said businesses saw the community as priority number one.

“I had specially designed cabinets made and fitted within a week after the water subsided,” he said.
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“You can’t beat that community spirit.”

Jane-Ellen Proctor of Anne’s Irresistible Lingerie said the cellar was full and there were a few metres of water in the shop.

“Mum and I weren’t even in Maryborough, we were stranded out of town,” Ms Proctor said.

“Family, employees and total strangers moved all the stock out.

“We came home to mum’s double garage full of bras, undies and dolls.”

Ms Proctor said people came from everywhere to help.

“It has restored my faith in the town,” she said.

“Now it’s just one foot in front of the other – it’s good to see everyone getting back on board.”
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