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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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Henry Sapiecha

THANK YOU FRASER COUNCILLORS FOR VOTING TO REMOVE THE POISONOUS FLUORIDE FROM OUR WATER

February 21st, 2013

AT LAST REASON PREVAILS BY OUR FRASER COAST COUNCIL.

We must not be forced to drink poisons that have been forced on us by the state.

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has voted 8-3 to stop adding fluoride to its water supply at its ordinary meeting in Maryborough on Wednesday morning.

Councillor Rolf Light, who supported the removal of fluoridation, took the opportunity to voice his displeasure at the State Government for handing responsibility back to councils, saying he was “absolutely disgusted”.

Cr Trevor McDonald, who refused to support a motion to remove fluoride on the basis it was a State Government responsibility, said he believed the LNP had shown a lack of leadership.

Earlier, protestors gathered outside the Maryborough council chambers to voice their concerns about the controversial additive.

A date for stopping the addition of fluoride to the water supply is yet to be set.
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Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha [Local Chronicle paper]

WATER THEME PARK PROPOSED FOR HERVEY BAY TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST & WILL ENSHRINE THIS AREA ON THE TOURIST MAP ONCE AGAIN

December 18th, 2012

PROPOSED WATER THEME PARK IN URANGAN HERVEY BAY TO BE HUGE

The proposed Splash Bay development is in a suburban neighbourhood in Urangan.
The proposed Splash Bay development is in a suburban neighbourhood in Urangan. google and artist

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CONCERNS are being raised about the impact a proposed $28 million Urangan water park will have on the surrounding neighbourhood.

While acknowledging the benefits Splash Bay would bring to the Fraser Coast, some residents living near the intended site are worried about their quality of life.

John Brummell, owner of a townhouse in Seashells, a complex that would be next door to the water park, said he was concerned about the traffic and noise the estimated 300,000 annual visitors would generate.

“The noise will be huge,” Mr Brummell said.

“There will be no acoustic barriers that could be effective unless they were 15 metres high, and then Seashells would be like a prison.

“Then it’s a privacy issue.

“I know some units are facing directly into where the slides are going and their bedrooms are on the top floor – they are two-storey units, they face north – and people will be able to look directly in.”

He suggested other locations with better infrastructure could provide an improved buffer zone, citing recreation areas such as Wet ‘n’ Wild on the Gold Coast as examples of good planning.

Satellite images of the Urangan site and Wet ‘n’ Wild reveal the different neighbourhood dynamics.

Splash Bay is proposed for what is predominantly a residential zone, surrounded by homes, units and townhouses.

While the popular Gold Coast theme park has green areas on all sides, and the Pacific Hwy running along one of its borders.

Another who believes the Urangan venture has been proposed at the wrong end of town is Barry Osborne.

He said many people in that neighbourhood bought there with the belief the character of the area would be maintained.

“They (the developers) are showing no consideration for residents adjacent to the proposed water park,” Mr Osborne said.

“These people purchased with the understanding that the area was residential and have a right to enjoy their life without interference.”
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How the two compare:

Wet ‘n’ Wild

  • Wet ‘n’ Wild is about 150m from its nearest home. Other frontages stretch 1.4km before meeting residential areas
  • Bushland provides a natural noise buffer
  • The Pacific Motorway, which borders another frontage, prevents traffic from clogging residential roads and neighbourhoods
Wet 'n' Wild satellite image.
Wet ‘n’ Wild satellite image. google

Splash Bay

  • It is proposed Splash Bay be built in a suburban neighbourhood
  • Its nearest homes would be as close as next-door or across the street
  • Acoustic-buffer fencing would potentially be the only measure in place to combat noise
  • Traffic would be funnelled on to suburban roads
Sourced from the local Chronicle paper by Henry Sapiecha
Fraser Coast Chronicle

DRINK THE POISONED WATER & BE SAVED SAYS THE FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL & WIDEBAY WATER, BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU.

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

HERVEY BAY MARINA DEVELOPMENT SHELVED

December 4th, 2010

Neville Slams Shelving of Marina Development


Wednesday, 27 October 2010


Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville has slammed the State Government’s decision to shelve the Hervey Bay marina redevelopment, saying Labor’s incompetence had delivered a crippling blow to the entire region.

“I cannot believe the breathtaking cynicism of the Premier and then-State Member and Minister Andrew McNamara taking the political credit for the project at the time, and then have the Premier blithely walk away from it,” he said.

“The Fraser Coast is now reaping the bitter harvest sown by Labor, losing the jobs, growth and prosperity which would have flowed from the marina redevelopment, all because Anna Bligh and her colleagues have mangled Queensland’s economy.”

Mr Neville said the Hervey Bay area had a relatively constrained industry profile, with few medium and large industries to rely on.

“Surely the State Government realises that the Wide Bay’s unemployment levels are amongst the worst in Australia.

“In October 2007 the region’s unemployment rate was 3.4 per cent – now it is 9.3 per cent.

“The entire region would have benefited enormously from the marina redevelopment.

“This is a lifestyle, seachange and tourist community and the project would have raised tourism to a whole new level of activity, with a flow on effect to other related businesses.

“What the State Government has offered in place of the redevelopment is piffling by comparison.

“Quite frankly, if the Bligh Government is only prepared to carry out relatively small upgrades to recreational boating facilities, it should look immediately to improving facilities at Burrum Heads.

“The existing small boat facilities are little short of dangerous. The relevant State Government department knows about this because it had officers sitting on a committee chaired by Chris Foley which was investigating the issue.

“If we can’t have progress, let’s at least have safety.”

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

WIDE BAY BURNETT REGIONAL PLAN DISCUSSION & H ERVEY BAY FORESHORE CLEANUP TALKS

November 17th, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,


Hervey Bay Chamber Breakfast – Wednesday 24 November, 2010
at 6.45am for a 7.00am start at the Boat Club, Buccaneer Drive Urangan

NOVEMBER BREAKFAST SPECIAL

2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1

This month the Chamber has the unique opportunity to be able to offer two presentations for the price of one with both presentations focussing on the future development of our great region.

1. UDIA BRIEFING ON THE WIDE BAY BURNETT REGIONAL PLAN

Now is the time for you to have your say.  The State Government has outlined its’ plans for the development of the Fraser Coast over the next 20 years and is calling for submissions on how this plan will impact on you.  We are talking about a plan that will impact on how you live and how you do business for the next 20 years and it is essential that you understand what it means.

To help us understand what it all means the Chamber has asked the local branch of the UDIA to provide us with a comprehensive briefing on how the plan will impact on life in Hervey Bay.

2. PETER CHAPMAN, EDITOR OF THE CHRONICLE ON THE FORESHORE DEBATE

We have all seen the recent media debate about cleaning up the foreshore and have asked Peter Chapman, the editor for the Fraser Coast Chronicle to talk to the Chamber and tell us about the feedback he received as a result of the survey and what he thinks the next step is.
DON’T MISS OUR LAST BREAKFAST FOR THE YEAR


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

Please RSVP before close of business Monday, 22 November, 2010

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OUR NEXT FUNCTION WILL BE OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY ON 17 DECEMBER, 2010

Sharon Philp
Chamber Secretariat
T: 0428 725 662

LATEST GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGIES IN ENERGY WASTE AND WATER SUMMIT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

November 4th, 2010

18 November 2010

Industrial Eco-efficiencies

Come to QWESTNet and find out about energy, waste and water savings and other innovative technologies that can reduce your costs, lower your emissions and give your business a competitive edge.

Hear from technology users and local business case studies about their experiences with energy efficiency, waste management and retrofitting. Find out what business assistance schemes are available to your business. Visit the trade display area and find out about today’s most innovative, best practice sustainable technologies and services.

Who should attend?

  • Small to medium sized industrial businesses
  • Manufacturers
  • Consultants
  • Academic and research organisations

Register Now

?WHEN-Thursday 18 November 2010

TIME-9:00am – 1:00pm (registration open from 8:30am)

VENUE-Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club

Cnr Sparkes & Francis Rd, Bray Park
Click here for a map of the venue

COST-$44 (incl. GST)

QWESTNet Agenda

Register Here Before: 2pm, Monday 15 November 2010

CONTACT-qwestnet.info@derm.qld.gov.au
or phone (07) 3330 5433

QWESTNet is an initiative of the Department of Environment and Resource Management to accelerate the use of sustainable water and energy technologies and environmental best practice for business in Queensland.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha



TRIATHLON EVENT IN HERVEY BAY @ the FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND

September 24th, 2010

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

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.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha


PORT OF BUNDABERG HANDBOOK AVAILABLE

July 19th, 2010

Port of Bundaberg


The Port of Bundaberg is proud to release its Port Information Handbook 2010. The handbook provides prospective port users with a wealth of information on the Port’s capacities and capabilities.

The Port of Bundaberg is an important component of the Queensland Government’s port network.

Should you require a copy of the handbook or further information about the Port, please do not hesitate to contact Jason Pascoe, Manager Bundaberg on (07) 4130 2200.

The handbook is also available from the website www.portofbundaberg.com.au

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha