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January 8th, 2013


In 18 months time, the eight-bed St Stephen’s day surgery at Pialba will be transformed into a gleaming new medical facility with five operating theatres and 96 beds.

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Mayor Gerard O’Connell described Monday’s sod-turning as a “red letter day” for the region, and said the $87.5 million, Australian-first digital hospital would be the biggest development ever built on the Fraser Coast.

“This signals the start of an 18-month construction period that will create jobs for 300 people and, by the end of it, we will have a new hospital that will create another two or three hundred jobs,” he said.

Senator John Hogg, artist Jackson Martin, UnitingCare Health executive director Richard Royle and doctor Paul Neeskens at St Stevens new private hospital image

“A lot of the services that this hospital will provide are services that people currently have to go to the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane for.

“It is of real economic and community benefit.”

St Stephen’s general manager Leanne Tones said work would start in earnest on January 24, subject to receiving final approval from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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“It’s exciting that we’re finally taking the next steps,” she said.

“It’s the first hospital of its kind in Australia and it’s great to get going.”

The new e-health facility is “the way of the future” and will benefit patients, the Fraser Coast community and medical health sectors, Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said.

The first sods of the new St Stephen’s hospital were turned by UnitingCare Health executive director Richard Royle and Queensland Senator John Hogg.

The shovel used was a unique tool, hand-painted by artist Jackson Martin, who created a modern twist on indigenous art by painting turtles in a 3D style.

Once the building is complete, the painted shovel will take pride of place as an art instalment.

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As well as being the country’s first hospital to use a state-of-the-art digital system for medical records and equipment, the new facility will have five operating theatres, six renal dialysis treatment bays, six oncology treatment bays, and will also provide acute care.

The hospital, at the corner of Urraween Rd and Nissen St, will also offer training for nursing students and allied health placements.

The e-health system will include portals for patients, the community and medical staff, and will link to other parts of the health system including Hervey Bay’s public hospital, medical practitioners, universities and diagnostic providers for radiology and pathology.

The system will also allow easier access to up-to-date records, provide alerts for allergies and abnormal results, and create electronic orders to diagnostic providers.

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The Federal Government has committed $47.1 million to construction of the new hospital, under the Health and Hospital Fund Regional Priority Round.

Keys to the St Stephen’s Regional Hospital are expected to be handed over in August next year, to allow for testing of the new systems ahead of a September 2014 opening date.
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Sourced from the local chronicle paper & published by Henry Sapiecha


April 16th, 2012

Learn how you could reduce your electricity bills at one of these community meetings to be held in Maryborough, Hervey Bay & Bundaberg by AGL.

Come along to this free community meeting to learn four great ways to help reduce your electricity bill.
We will have experts at the meeting who will be on hand to explain:
> How solar power systems work and whether solar power is right for you.
> How to access the federal and state government incentives.
> Ten common mistakes to avoid when going solar.
> How you can go solar without large upfront costs.

5 reasons to come along:
The knowledge you gain from this free community meeting could help you save energy and money


1. Protect yourself from rising electricity bills.
By generating your own electricity, you could reduce your electricity usage charges and help protect yourself from rising electricity prices.
2. Go solar now and make the most of the government incentive
The federal government’s solar incentive is set to drop by 33% from 1 July and to qualify for the current incentive, solar power systems must be fully installed before then.
But you need to act now, because to ensure installation in time, we need to receive deposits before 12 May 2012.1
3. Learn the advantages of going solar with a trusted company.
AGL has been a trusted energy company for 175 years, so you can be confident that we will support you from inquiry to installation.
4. We make solar affordable.
With our payment plan, you can go solar by paying only $199 upfront for installation of a 1 kW system, then pay your system off from $2.45 a day over 2 years (total minimum cost of $1,990 or from $1,699 without a payment plan).2
5. Maximise the return for any electricity you feed into the grid.
As a retailer, AGL offers an 8 cent premium on top of the amount payable under the Solar Bonus Scheme, giving you a great return on the electricity you feed into the grid.3


Launch location When Where

Hervey Bay

Sunday, 22 April 2012
Hervey Bay RSL
11 Torquay Road, Pialba.


Monday, 23 April 2012
1.30–2.30pm and 6.30–7.30pm.
Bundaberg Civic Centre
Supper Room, 190 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg.


Tuesday, 24 April
1.30–2.30pm and 6.30–7.30pm.
Maryborough RSL, Heritage Function Room,
163–175 Lennox Street, Maryborough.

To register your attendance,

Call Michelle Hislop on 0447 776 379.

PDF doc of this notice available here


August 24th, 2011

Passenger numbers take off
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An 8.5% increase in passenger numbers at the Hervey Bay airport in the past 12 months would strengthen Council’s case for increased services to the Fraser Coast.

A total of 169,893 passengers moved through the airport en route to and from Sydney, Brisbane and other destinations.

Fraser Coast residents and tourists continued to take advantage of Virgin Australia’s direct flights from Hervey Bay to Sydney, with an increase of 16,824 passengers in the past year.

Qantaslink flights to Brisbane also increased, up by 3,389 passengers.

“The figures show that air travel is still popular despite the tougher economy,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said. “It also shows that there is room for expansion.

“If the trend continues we will have a good case to pursue more services on existing routes; more routes, especially a northern service linking the Fraser Coast to the Mackay and Townsville regions; or bigger aircraft servicing existing routes.”

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha


April 25th, 2011

Anzac spirit is everywhere

Lest we forget

Henry Sapiecha