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FRASER COAST & AUSTRALIA SOMETIMES NEED TO LOOK AT OTHER COUNTRIES TO SEE HOW THEY DO THINGS-HOLLAND FOR ONE.

September 29th, 2013

THE NEDERLANDS DOES THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE FRASER COAST

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  • School finishes at midday on Wednesdays. This is so parents can spend more time with their kids, and many employers allow parents to go home at midday on Wednesdays.
  • Amsterdam really could not be less about prostitution and marijuana. They are small parts of the city that some tourists (and few locals) enjoy, but there’s so much more to Amsterdam than that!
  • Riding a bike is the primary means of transport for most people in cities, regardless of the “event” – going to a wedding (bride included!), dressed up, dressed down, wearing a suit, going to the beach, taking kids to school, moving house, going to work, shopping, having breakfast, talking on the phone, putting on makeup at the lights. Any time a person in LA might consider using a car, Dutchies will ride a bike. No one wears helmets.
  • On warm summer evenings, many people will eat on the street (or on their front steps), cos most homes do not have air-con, and the streets are generally lovely.
  • Parties often happen on open boats that motor around the canals (as opposed to, at someone’s home). They stop near public toilets every so often (and at bottle-shops, to stock up). I find it very weird seeing parties motor past our house, just like a party in someone’s living room… but on the water.
  • Many people leave their curtains open, so people walking down the street can see right into their home. It’s not uncommon to see people going about their lives, including moments that others might consider private, when looking thru windows. It’s considered impolite to look thru windows at these times, however.

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Henry Sapiecha

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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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Sourced from the local Chronicle paper & published here by Henry Sapiecha

HERVEY BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AGM BREAKFAST MEETING @ BOAT CLUB 27TH June 21012

May 30th, 2012

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Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce

Breakfast and AGM Notice


Wednesday, 27 June

CLICK HERE to download registration form.

The Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them at their AGM Breakfast on:

When:   Wednesday, 27 June
Where:  The Boat Club, Buccaneer Drive, Urangan
Time:     6.45am for a 7.00am start
Cost:     $20 Members
$25 Non Members
RSVP:   25 June

Download Agenda/Notice of AGM

Proxy Forms and Nominations forms can be downloaded from this email or can be found on the home page of our website – CLICK HERE.

Nominations to be received by close of business 13 June, 2012.

If you would like to view the 2011 AGM Minutes prior to the meeting, please contact the Secretary on secretary@herveybaychamber.asn.au.  

CLICK HERE to download registration form.

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Pam Gregory
Secretary


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Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

COMMONWEALTH GAMES VENUE 2018 TO BE GOLD COAST AUSTRALIA.CROWDS REJOICE

November 12th, 2011

GOLD COAST ECSTATIC OVER 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES VENUE DECISION

An outpouring of emotion swept across the crowd as the news sunk in, with strangers hugging each other, united in their joy.

The Gold Coast is to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a predicted injection of $2 billion into the local economy and tens of thousands of jobs to be created.

Pacific Pines local Michelle Davies couldn’t contain her emotions as she described how the win made her feel.

“This is incredible, just incredible, it’s just so exciting,” she laughed.

“I think this is going to be so wonderful for the Gold Coast, it’s going to change the face of this city. We so need this.”

Olympic triathlete and Gold Coast local Courtney Atkinson, who was involved in promoting the bid locally, said the big winners were young kids.

“They’re going to have something to aspire to; get healthy, get active,” he said.

“This will be a big driving force for so many kids. Some will get there, some won’t – but what it will do will get kids hoping, dreaming and striving to be involved in sport.

“Yes this is a fantastic thing for the Gold Coast and is great news for infrastructure (but)…for me, it’s the kids that matter. Sport has been such a big part of my life and taught me so many values. I think it’s amazing that kids on the Gold Coast will have this to look forward to.”

Helensvale State High student James Paviell is one of those aspiring youngsters.

Aged 17, he is already training to go to the World Athletics Championships for 400-metre hurdles and said the Commonwealth Games win would push him even further to achieve his dreams.

“I just can’t believe we’ve got it. It would be a dream to be able to compete in a games being held where I live,” he said.

“This is just so exciting, we were so, so nervous. I just really want to get there.”

Acting Premier Andrew Fraser told reporters the economic benefits to the Gold Coast were priceless.

“When the Commonwealth Games are on it will be the Gold Coast on show to the whole world. We’re about to see the sort of exposure that money can’t buy,” he said.

“This is going to change the future of the Gold Coast. An economic benefit in the order of $2 billion, 30,000 jobs.

“We know that tourism has been struggling underneath the Aussie dollar in recent times, this is a great chance to step forward.

“The trick to the Gold Coast bid was the massive community support.”

However not all of the Gold Coast seems in support of the win. Within minutes of the announcement, websites were inundated with negative comments from locals complaining that the Games were a waste of money and would cause traffic headaches.

Commonwealth Games CEO Perry Crosswhite told Fairfax from the Caribbean that the naysayers were to be expected.

“I’m not quite sure how some people can be so negative at such an exciting time like this but they’re always around,” he said.

“There were people who said the Olympics were bad for Sydney. There’s always a group like this – but what they don’t realise is how good this is for our city.

“It raises such a feeling of pride and i think you’ll find the majority of the people on the Gold Coast will be united on this, realising it puts us on a world stage. No one can take that away from us.”

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke, speaking from St Kitts in the Caribbean where the final announcement was made, said the overwhelming enthusiasm conveyed by locals towards the Games had impressed visiting delegates deeply.

“That’s a big part of why we won – so many delegates spoke about the obvious passion that the community had for the Commonwealth Games – and I think if there had been a lot of negativity that would have been noticed,” he said.

“These people clamour to be heard but they’re not representative of the Gold Coast.”

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

HOME & BUSINESS LIGHTING SPECTACULAR AT THE FRASER COAST

December 6th, 2010

Christmas Lights Competition

Light up The Fraser Coast

(includes a Section for Businesses)


It is that time of year again when the residents of The Fraser Coast know how to put on a light show. They have untangled the cords, replaced the light bulbs, and spent hours ensuring that their light display will put a smile on your face.

For the first time, in many years, the Light Up The Fraser Coast Christmas Lights Competition includes a section for businesses.

If you would like to nominate a business for the competition, CLICK HERE to download a nomination form.

ENTRIES CLOSE 10 DECEMBER, 2010


For more information, visit the Fraser Coast Regional Council website at www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

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