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FRASER COAST WHALE WATCHING BUSINESSES TAKE NOTE OF KILLER WHALES

March 22nd, 2015

Canadian woman dies after whale jumps onto boat

A grey whale looks at tourists on a boat in Mexico in 2006.

A grey whale looks at tourists on a boat in Mexico in 2006. Photo: Reuters

A 35-year-old Canadian woman has died and two other tourists were injured when a surfacing grey whale crashed onto their boat.

The Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection in Mexico said on Thursday two other tourists suffered “considerable” injuries when the whale breached and hit the side of the boat.

The office said the boat had been carrying nine tourists on a snorkel tour.

The Baja California Sur state prosecutor’s office said the collision near the beach resort of Cabo San Lucas tossed the victim into the water.
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A crew member and a passenger lifted her back onto the vessel and Mexican navy personnel moved the woman to shore. She was taken to a clinic, where she died during treatment.

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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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FRASER COAST HOSTS HUGE SCOUT JAMBOREE IN MARYBOROUGH AS THESE PICS SHOW

January 5th, 2013

Photo record of Fraser Coast scout meeting at Maryborough as per these pics

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Scout leader Tomohide Sato from the 6th Ishinomaki Scout group in Japan – 400km north of Tokyo, 2 scouts from their group lost their lives in the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. He and four Japanese scouts came over with the help of the Australian and Japanese scouting organisations. He’s pictured with scouts from the Hume region in NSW
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Scout-Christopher Kirkman, 14, from Manly-Lota, QLD, goes through the mud

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Scout-Reece Williams, 12, from Alice River, Townsville QLD – in the mud
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Scout-Meg Wilhelmi, 13, from Alice River, Townsville, QLD, goes through the mud obstacle course image
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Scouts Caitlyn Fussell, 13, Laura Moore, 13, scout leader Gavin Moore, Matthew Kirton, 12, and Simon Cottee, 14, from Nepean District scouts, NSW image
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Scouts Gerry Wright, 12, Kailan Degnian, 13, Kyle Bennett, 13, Duncan Paterson, 11, Nicholas Rawson, 12, and Kael Walter, image
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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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HERVEY BAY QLD AIRPORT HAS JUMP IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC

August 24th, 2011

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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.”

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HERVEY BAY CHAMBER BREAKFAST TO TALK ON TOURISM

August 24th, 2011

Hervey Bay Chamber Breakfast
Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 (NEXT WEEK)
Event Tourism


A couple of months ago the Hervey Bay Touch Association held an event that filled every bed  on the Fraser Coast for 3 days.

The Chamber believes Event Tourism presents an opportunity to utilise our natural advantages and add new dollars to our economy. But how can the business community help?

Hear the Hervey Bay Touch Association talk about their experience.

And Darren Everard will discuss his new position as a Local Sport and Recreation Coordinator and what is involved in preparing the Hervey Bay business and sporting communities for major future events.

When:   Wednesday, 31 August
Where:  The Boat Club, Buccaneer Drive, Urangan
Time:     6.45am for a 7.00am start
Cost:     $20 Members
$25 Non Members
RSVP:   30 August (10am)

CLICK HERE to download registration form.

Don’t miss this breakfast – RSVP today!

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MELBOURNE TO FRASER COAST FLIGHT SUPPORT MESSAGE FROM FRASER COAST COUNCILLOR MESSAGE

February 13th, 2011

Melbourne Flights Update
Dear Maybe Melbourne Supporter

Firstly, let me thank you for the incredible support that this campaign has generated. We received over 3600 emails or letters in support of a new air route to be established between Melbourne and Hervey Bay.

At this stage, I do not have anything super positive to report. We have been in constant negotiations with the airlines and they are still very keen to explore the establishment of a new route when the economic climate is more stable. Whilst we missed out on the summer scheduling, we are by no means out of the race.

Please be assured that I will continue to give this project my energy and dedication, and hopefully in the future, we will all be able to fly to Melbourne on a direct flight.

Once again, your support is not only much appreciated, but critical to the cause.

Kind regards

Anne Nioa
Cr Anne Nioa
Fraser Coast Regional Council

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FILIPINO DANCING @ THE FRASER COAST CULTURAL EVENT

September 28th, 2010

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MORE GREAT THINGS FROM OUR FRASER COAST COUNCIL

September 22nd, 2010

Enjoy your region these holidays @ the Fraser Coast Queensland holidays
Do you want eco-experiences to revitalise your soul, adventure activities to get your heart racing, history that amazes or art and culture that inspires?
The good news is that you can have it all here on the Fraser Coast. Check out 20 discovery trails to get you started. Go to www.ourfrasercoast.com.au

Call for Audit Committee members

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is calling for expressions of interest from people who would like to sit on its Audit Committee.
The structure of the existing audit committee had to change with the introduction of the new Local Government Act on July 1. A committee member has also resigned requiring a replacement.
Under the new Act the number of Councillors sitting on the committee has been limited to two, plus two external members. The committee meets four times a year. Expressions of interest close on 30 September 2010 and should be forwarded to the Council’s CEO outlining your relelvant experience and skills. Further information is available from Council’s Internal Auditor Graham Jeffery on 4197 4547.

Get ready for National Youth Week 2011!

The theme for National Youth Week from 1 – 10 April 2011 is “Own It” and the Council wants young people to do just that by helping to plan the Fraser Coast’s celebrations. A meeting will soon be held to discuss ideas. Watch this eNewsletter and the Council’s website www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au to find out how you can get involved. For more information contact the Council’s Youth Development Officer Sue Lawler on 4190 4330 or Youth Services Officer Patrice Bates on 4190 5806.

Young people rejuvenate Rainbow Gully Community Garden


The once languishing Rainbow Gully Community Garden, off Oleander Drive in Hervey Bay, is bursting into orderly growth again. Young participants in the Hervey Bay Community Solutions’ Get Set For Work program, with the help of the Fraser Coast Regional Council, are clearing, replanting, mulching and nurturing the two-hectare garden back to its original glory. Watch that space as it develops into a gem of a park that we can all enjoy.

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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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