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September 7th, 2014

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Sour Lemons: T.J. Guerrero, 12, set up a time-honored American tradition: a lemonade stand in front of his family home in Dunedin, Fla. Then a neighbor replied with a newer American tradition regarding innocent youthful pastimes: he reported the stand to authorities. “Please help me regain my quiet home and neighborhood,” complained Doug Wilkey, 61, in a letter to city hall. The stand is an “illegal business” that increases traffic and parking problems in the neighborhood, and “I am very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area.” The city wasn’t concerned, especially after finding all of the other neighbors support T.J. “We’re not in the business of trying to regulate kids like that,” said city planning and development director Greg Rice. “We are not out there trying to put lemonade stands out of business.” Publicity over the fight has business booming for T.J., but the city is investigating Wilkey because of a tip that he allegedly runs a financial services company out of his home, and doesn’t have the license required to do so. He faces a $250 per day fine. (RC/Tampa Bay Times) …That would buy a lot of lemonade.

Henry Sapiecha



February 12th, 2013

THE Gatakers Artspace Courtyard will come alive to the sounds of didgeridoos, saxophones, harps and classical, Spanish and acoustic guitars as some the region’s best performers ply their trade for a good cause on Saturday, February 23.

Musicians from across the Fraser Coast will unite to raise money for flood-affected residents at the next Gatakers by Night on from 5-9pm.

They include:

  • Al Davies (classical/spanish guitar)
  • Crystal Newmann (guitar and vocals)
  • Dan Boulton (acoustic guitar)
  • Lynda and Harry (harp and didgeridoo)
  • Jon Vea Vea (guitar and vocals)
  • Paul Marshall (saxophone)
  • Sam Hutchinson (guitar and vocals)

Councillor for community, cultural and family services George Seymour said all money raised from the gold coin entry will go those affected by the recent wild weather.
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“Some people are doing it tough following the floods and storms and the money raised will go those who need it most,” he said.

“Lillianas on the Bay will also be operating a mobile coffee station and will donate $1 from every cup sold to the flood appeal.

“Hervey Bay calligraphy artist Haiyi Wu will be writing traditional Chinese messages of hope and inspiration for a gold coin donation. All the proceeds will be donated so it’s great to see so many people lending a hand.”

As part of the Haiyi’s calligraphy exhibition on show at Gatakers, Chinese Lion Dancers will also make the trip from Bundaberg to perform as part of ongoing Chinese new year celebrations.

Local poet Shelley Hansen has written a poem, inspired the resilience shown by flood-affected residents of Maryborough and will recite it on the night.

Local Butchulla people will open the event with a traditional dance and welcome to country.
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Cr Seymour urged all residents to show their support.

“Gatakers by Night has become extremely popular and all the traditional favourites will be there including food and wine stalls, live art demonstrations and much more,” he said.

“It’s been a tough time for a lot of people but the support from the Fraser Coast community has been nothing short of overwhelming.

“Every little bit helps and I’m looking forward to seeing a great crowd.”

Fraser Coast Regional Council hosts Gatakers by Night on the last full weekend of every month.

This month the event will cap off Australia Day II celebrations across the Fraser Coast.

“Because some events were washed out as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald drenched the coast, we’re rescheduling Australia Day,” Mayor Gerard O’Connell said.

“The fun and games will start with a free community breakfast on the Town Hall Green from 7am. It will be followed by the presentation of the inaugural Fraser Coast Australia Day Awards at 9.30am and a Citizenship Ceremony at 11am.

“I hope everyone can come out to celebrate, especially to recognise the achievements of the Australia Day Award recipients”

At the breakfast, the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise will provide 500 free breakfasts as well as a range of games including egg-and-spoon races, sack races, thong throwing and celebrity dummy spit.

Australia Day II events are also being planned by Hervey Bay Meals on Wheels for Scarness Park at Hervey Bay, community celebrations will be staged by the Burrum Heads Progress Association and the Glenwood Progress Association.

A full list of Australia Day II events is available from the Fraser Coast Events website

Sourced from the local chronicle news & published by Henry Sapiecha

March 4th, 2012

Invitation to UDIA’s International Women’s Day “The Great Debate” lunch
The Women’s Right To Vote Has Strengthened Our Country
8 March from 12 noon (Hervey Bay Boat Club)

International Women’s Day is about celebrating the vital role women play in enhancing economic security for their families, communities and countries as a whole, while recognising that significant barriers to achieving women’s ecomonic security and equality continue to exist.

Come along to this unique event where we will take a tongue in cheek look at debating one of the most significant changes to women’s place in our community – The women’s right to vote.

CLICK HERE to download the flyer and registration form.

RSVP closes Monday, 5 March, 2012.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha


June 27th, 2011

Media Release

Fluoride in Fraser Coast drinking water

The compulsory addition of fluoride to our drinking water is an issue that has polarised opinion within our community. It has created much heated debate with those on either side holding very strong convictions as to its benefits or potential risks.

The central problem is that this addition has been mandated by the state government without any consultation with the people who use the water. One would think that, in a democracy, such consultation would be seen as necessary.

But there will be a state election within the next 10 months, so we have the opportunity to pressure all the candidates to commit to a change of this legislation. To commit to making the addition of fluoride to drinking water a voluntary process depending on the wishes of the people.

If the legislation was so changed then it would be incumbent upon the Council to conduct a referendum of all the water users to determine whether or not they wish to have fluoride added to their drinking water.

If elected to the mayoralty next year I pledge that I will do everything I possibly can to ensure such a referendum occurs and that Council abides by the peoples decision.

Bur first we must have the legislation changed. So I urge people to let the candidates know how you feel, either for or against. Sign any of the petitions circulating or submit a ‘people’s mandate’ form with the appropriate authority.

This may be our one opportunity to allow the people’s voice to be heard on this issue, so do not let it go to waste.

More Information

Jim MacKellar

Fraser Coast

Mobile: 0418 732 506

The publisher Henry Sapiecha wishes to add that he strongly opposes addition of any poisons [& THAT MEANS FLUORIDE] to our drinking water supply

How dare any government do this without confirmation by the people.

If we want it we can add it ourselves to the water we drink.

Public servants tell us we need protection from ourselves & police us to the max with most aspects of our lives. Now they are telling us what to drink.

They say they know what is good for us & we have no choice.

Well F…….. you I say.Let the council people drink the poisoned water and leave us our fresh clean unpolluted water to drink


March 22nd, 2011


House of Representatives



Tuesday 22 March 2011

One-day public hearing for outdoor advertising in Sydney Friday, 25 March 2011

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is heading to Sydney on Friday 25 March 2011 to hold a public hearing for its inquiry into the regulation of billboard and outdoor media. The Committee is investigating ways that the current self-regulatory system could be improved.

Advertising industry stakeholders Outdoor Media Association, the Communications Council, and the Media Federation of Australia, will discuss industry self-regulation and the growth of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium.

“Outdoor media is a very popular form of advertising that is rapidly growing in Australia, and this is reflected in the increasing proportion of complaints about outdoor advertisements compared to TV and print advertisements,” said Committee Chair Mr Graham Perrett MP.

The Committee will also hear from witnesses about the link between food advertising and childhood obesity, the process of making complaints about advertising and appealing decisions, and issues of stereotyping and vilification in advertising images.

“We are interested in hearing from community groups about their perspectives on advertising standards, the adequacy of the various voluntary advertising codes of conduct, and the complaints process upon which the self-regulatory system is based,” said Mr Perrett.

Public Hearing

9.00am – 3.00pm, Friday 25 March 2011

Macquarie Room, Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

The program can be accessed at

A public forum will be held from 2.00pm at which interested members of the public are welcome to make a brief statement regarding the inquiry.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Monday, 4 April 2011, in Melbourne.

Information about the inquiry is available on the Committee website at or by contacting the Committee Secretariat on (02) 6277 2358.

For media comment, please contact the Committee Chair, Mr Graham Perrett MP, on (07) 3344 2622 or 0408 883 312.

Issued by:

Andrew Dawson, media manager, International & Community Relations Office,

Parliament of Australia Tel: (02) 6277 2063 wk, 0401 143 724 mob.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha