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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.”

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TRIATHLON EVENT IN HERVEY BAY @ the FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND

September 24th, 2010

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MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON @ THE BOAT CLUB HERVEY BAY QLD

September 10th, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,

FLEMINGTON IN THE BAY


Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Melbourne Cup Betting Free Bets

Date: Tuesday, 2 November, 2010

Time: 11:45am for noon

Cost: $90 per head for members and $100 non-members OR $800 per table of 10. CLICK HERE to download registration form
ALL tickets booked and paid for prior to 30 September, 2010
will receive a $10 discount per ticket


Venue: Fraser Room – Hervey Bay Boat Club

RSVP:    On or before Friday 29 October 2010
(if not sold out prior)


Member rates apply to members of the Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Burrum

and Tiaro Chambers of Commerce and Fraser Coast Young Professionals

You don’t have to be at famous Flemington to celebrate the historic 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, as the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce is bringing Flemington to the Bay.

The Boat Club will be transformed into a race day precinct, including a seafood smorgasbord lunch, fashion parades, lucky door prizes, sweepstakes, entertainment and raffles.

CLICK HERE to download the flyer.

This event will definitely be limited, so it is best to book in early.

Please note that payment is required at time of registration.

If you have any queries, please contact Sharon at
admin@herveybaychamber.asn.au

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GET YOUR ADVERTS IN FOR THE RURAL NEWS RE- THE TORBANLEA PICNIC RACES

August 26th, 2010

SEE YOU AT THE TORBANLEA PICNIC RACES @ QUEENSLAND

HI,

It’s that time again! Thought I should give you as much notice as possible…

Planning for the annual Torbanlea Picnic Races on Saturday October 16 is well underway. This year, like 2009, Wide Bay Rural Weekly is a major media partner, and will feature the event over a 3 week series, maximizing promotion, especially to encourage bus bookings, camp site bookings, and all those people who prepare for Fashion of the Field.

The biggest advantage of featuring the event in Wide Bay Rural Weekly, apart from the hugely discounted rates on offer, is the insertion of Wide Bay Rural Weekly into Bundaberg’s NewsMail, Fraser Coast Chronicle and Gympie Times, which provides virtually triple the coverage.

This year the event is likely to be bigger than ever, bus bookings already, campsites and stalls booked already, folk from as far as New Zealand enquiring, and now even Corporate Marquee bookings available for groups 10, 20, 40 and more.

We invite you to consider participation, promote your message and support Torbanlea’s biggest fundraiser of the year. I look forward to opportunity to discuss this with you, and will follow up with a phone call in the next few days.

Should you have any query please feel free to contact me at your earliest opportunity.

  1. Bus bookings with Wide Bay Transit and G & D Ross Bus Charters
  2. Campsite bookings
  3. Entries for Fashion of the Field
  4. Team entries for the Team Tug of War event
  5. Riders and horses nominating for events
  6. The newest addition…..corporate tables and marquee bookings…groups of 10, 20 , 40, 50 or more can prebook to have a set place ready for their group, in the shade of a marquee, with table and chairs and includes the gate entry….for just $25 per head…and it’s all set up and cleaned up for you….

For event details folk can email torbanleapicnicraces@live.com.au and for participation in the promotion, and program, supporting this major fundraiser email edith.rutherford@apnnewspapers.com.au

We look forward to your bookings and seeing everyone on the day…

Cheers for now,

Edith Rutherford

APN NEWS & MEDIA

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Mobile: 0409 609 971

Email:edith.rutherford@apnnewspapers.com.au

PO Box 100 Childers 4660

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CLOSURE OF FISHING GROUNDS ON AGENDA WITH CHAMBER BREAKFAST @ FRASER COAST

June 23rd, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,
Hervey Bay Chamber Breakfast – Wednesday 30 June, 2010
at 6.45am for a 7.00am start at the Boat Club, Buccaneer Drive Urangan


Find out how the potential closure of our local Fishing Grounds could impact your business


Can Hervey Bay afford to let an industry that generates 100’s of millions of dollars for our local economy be put at risk through the potential closure of our fishing grounds?

Recently the Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced a series of areas for further assessment in a move to assess the unique economic and environmental values of the country’s east coast marine environment.  Unfortunately for the Fraser Coast region one of those areas is directly off the coast of Fraser Island and takes in some very prominent and highly productive fishing grounds.  Whilst the Federal Government has suggested that these are simply areas where more detailed information will be collected, history has shown that when fishing grounds are closed the impact of these closures on the economies of the coastal communities is significant.

In a 2000 report prepared by Mr I Murphy titled “Spending Habits of Recreational Fishermen and their Contributions to the Economy, Pumicestone Passage”, to quote the ozcoasts.org website,  it was estimated that fishers spend $38m to go fishing in the Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Straits area whilst fishers visiting the area are estimated to spend an additional $102m on accommodation. These estimates are for direct expenditure and do not include expenditure on capital such as boats, trailers or boat storage facilities. When the direct expenditure is considered together with the flow-on effects to the regional economy then the total impact on the region is considerable.

And this is just recreational fishing.  Consider the impact on the community of our commercial fishing industry and the money it generates for our economy.  If this Federal Government assessment results in the closure of our fishing grounds then all businesses in Hervey Bay will be affected. It is important that we all fully understand what the Federal Government is proposing and what this means for you.  .

To help us understand what is happening the Chamber will present three speakers:

  • A representative from the Federal Government to explain what the assessment is and why it is happening
  • Mr Scott Mitchell, Chairman of Sunfish Fraser Coast, who will explain the concerns of the recreational fishing industry; and
  • Mr Michael Garrahy, Director of Law Essentials and representative for the Queensland Seafood Industry Association who will explain the concerns of the commercial fishing sector.

DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT BREAKFAST

PRE-PAYMENT OF CHAMBER BREAKFASTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD OR EFT.
CASH AND CHEQUES STILL BEING ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR

For a low Cost of of $20 for Chamber members or $25 Non Members you really can’t afford to miss these great speakers.

Please RSVP before close of business Monday, 28 June, 2010

Click Here to RSVP (if you wish to pay at the door)
Click Here to RSVP (f you wish to pay by EFT or Credit Card)


OUR NEXT FUNCTION WILL BE OUR MONTHLY BREAKFAST ON  28 JULY, 2010

Sharon Philp
Chamber Secretariat
T: 0428 725 662

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