FRASER COAST COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

Message from the Acting Mayor

Hello

The storm season is nearly upon us and residents who have lived here all their lives, as I have, will be well aware that cyclones do hit our region. Lives have been lost in the past. We want to ensure that doesn’t happen in the future.

The key to your family’s survival during a cyclone, flood or bushfire is preparation.

The Council is helping you prepare by issuing every household with an Emergency Action Guide containing preparation tips, then holding public meetings to answer your questions.

Read your Emergency Action Guide then bring it along to one of the meetings listed on the Council’s website. When you get home after the meeting, put what you have learned into practice.

My husband John and I will be attending a meeting for our family’s welfare. It is so long since a cyclone came our way that we might well have forgotten some of the measures we should be taking and there are sure to be new, helpful ideas.

Gather your neighbours and family together and come along in a group. It could be a social occasion that could save your lives.

Kind regards,

Julie Arthur
Acting Fraser Coast Mayor


Use your Guide to prepare for the cyclone season
Meteorologists are predicting increased storm activity this summer so the Council is helping you prepare, just in case.

You should have received in your letterbox a Council Emergency Action Guide that includes tips on preparing for storms, flood, bushfire or cyclones.

Read your guide thoroughly  to ensure you fully understand how to prepare for an emergency then, most importantly, prepare!

Bring your Emergency Action guide along to one of the remaining free public seminars on how to prepare. Left: Seminar organiser Chris Vakas shows Acting Mayor Julie Arthur what an emergency pack could contain.

For remaining meeting dates and times – More …


Carols by Candlelight in Hervey Bay
Get your singing voices ready, dust off your santa hats and mark December 18 on your calendar for Carols by Candlelight on the Fraser Coast – a FREE event for the whole family. Don’t miss this spectacular celebration at the Hervey Bay Seafront Oval starting at 5.15pm.  More …

Be sure to check www.festivefrasercoast.com.au other holiday events throughout the Fraser Coast region.


New on-line service for common problems
You can now report a common issue or request a service from the Council on-line.

The new streamlined on-line service provides a convenient and easy way to contact the Council from your home and to ensure your report is dealt with as quickly as possible.

Simply click on to the “Report an Issue” icon on the home page of the Council’s website and follow the prompts to the form that applies to your request.

A Council Customer Service Officer will respond by email within two working days advising you of your unique customer request ID number and when you can expect to have your request resolved.


Light up your Fraser Coast
Help radiate the joy of Christmas by entering your home in Light Up the Fraser Coast.

The competition is open to businesses and private homes throughout the region and includes several categories in different areas with prizes to be won.

Entry forms are available in the Fraser Coast Chronicle or on the Council’s website. If you don’t want to enter the competition but want your lights display on the Chronicle’s Christmas Lights Map, tick the display only box on the entry form. Entries close 10 December.


Nominate for Australia Day Awards

Do you know any outstanding Aussies or community groups in the Fraser Coast region?

If you do, nominate them for an Australia Day Award in each of the four previous local government communities (Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo).

Nomination forms are available at Council’s administration centres, can be downloaded from the Council’s website (click here) or you can ring Council on 1300 79 49 29 to have a form posted to you.

Post completed nomination forms as soon as possible to:

Australia Day Awards
Fraser Coast Regional Council
PO Box 1943
HERVEY BAY Q 4655
or
Email to:enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au


It’s party time for kids on holiday
Witneys’and Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast. Bring along your skateboard, scooter or bike and win!

4 December: Howard 3pm.

7 January: Hervey Bay 3pm.

11 January: Maryborough 3pm.

10 December: Pool Party at Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre for 5 to 17-year-olds, $5.

10 December: Pool Party at Maryborough’s Aquatic Centre for 6 to 11-year-olds in the 25-metre pool and 12 to 17-year-olds in the 50-metre pool, barbecue, $5.
But wait, there’s more …

Check out the Hervey Bay PCYC holiday program for primary and secondary school age groups that includes a trip to Dreamworld and Cablewake, surfing workshops and more.

Maryborough’s young people should watch the newspapers for registration forms for a trip to Dreamworld, Cablewake, art classes at Gatakers Artspace ($10)

And … Kick it for Kids is re-opening for the school holidays from 15 December to 14 January at the Tiaro Community Centre.

Bauple’s young people will be able to enjoy the Council’s portable ramps at the Bauple Recreation grounds during January – keep a lookout for the dates.

For more information on Maryborough and Tiaro events contact Patrice on 4190 5822 or go to the Council’s Youth webpage …


Take a seat, a new seat, and enjoy the show!
When you visit the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park, you can now enjoy your chosen show in more comfort.

The Fraser Coast Council has replaced the 30-year-old seats in the MSEP grandstand with 576 bright blue, Australian made, polypropylene seats and upgraded the grandstand structure during a $160,000 renovation.

The concrete grandstand was also cleaned, repaired and sealed to stop water penetration. Roof sheeting and rusted purlins were replaced, the new purlins painted and the lighting was upgraded. Non slip and high visibility paints were applied to the surfaces of all walkways to improve safety before the seats were installed. More …

Right: MSEP Co-ordinator Thea Griffin and Acting Mayor Julie Arthur in the newly renovated grandstand.


Fraser Coast company to build Hervey Bay PCYC extension
Fraser Coast builder Monopoly Constructions has been awarded the $1.3 million contract to build the third court at the Hervey Bay PCYC. As part of the contract Monopoly Constructions will also utilise 12 local sub-contractors who employ approximately 97 staff.

It is expected that work on the project will start mid December, 2010 and be finished by April, 2011. More …


Grants available for community events
Are you planning a community event that could benefit from some financial support?

Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Community and Events Support Grants Scheme is now open for applications.

Eligible community groups and organisations are invited to apply for funding of up to $5,000 to assist with community projects and events taking place between May and October 2011.

Applications close on 11 February 2011 and successful applicants will be notified in April 2011. Application forms are available from Council’s Administration Centres, Libraries and from Council’s website www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

All enquiries should be directed to Council’s Grants Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or grants@frasercoast.qld.gov.au


What’s on
3 December Exhibition opening – Birds, Bats and Habitats 6.30pm Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough
4 December Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Howard Skate Park
To 4 December Exhibition: Impact and Fusion by Bello Benischauer Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
To 4 December Exhibition Critical Aspect by Wide Bay Institute of TAFE visual arts students Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
5 December Children’s Christmas Concert in the Park 4.30pm Scarness Park, Hervey Bay
8 December FCRC Ordinary meeting followed by Community and Development Committee meeting 9.30am Hervey Bay Council Chamber
10 December Kids Pool Party Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre
10 December Kids Pool Party Maryborough Aquatic Centre
11 December Glenwood Christmas Function 4.30pm Glenwood Community Hall
15 December FCRC Strategic and Organisational Committee meeting  9.30am Maryborough Council Chamber
15 December to 14 January Kick it for Kids Tiaro Community Centre
18 December Carols by Candlelight 5.15pm Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay
To 30 December Exhibition: Hinterland Magic by Tiaro Creative Arts Group Tiaro Community Centre
31 December New Year’s Eve celebrations at Tinnanbar from 1pm Tinnanbar foreshore and Rural Fire Brigade Shed
31 December New Year’s Eve concert at Howard 7pm Burrum District Community Centre
31 December New Year’s Eve Talent Search 5pm Scarness Park, Hervey Bay
31 December New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party 7.30pm Tickets $85 or $80 concession/family Brolga Theatre, Maryborough
31 December Midnight fireworks displays sponsored by the Fraser Coast Regional Council Queens Park, Maryborough

Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay

7 January Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Hervey Bay Skate Park
11 January Witneys’ & Fraser Coast Cycles Slick Moves Across the Fraser Coast Maryborough Skate Park

More Fraser Coast events …

Contact your Council

Phone: 1300 79 49 29

Customer Service Centre:
77 Tavistock Street, Hervey Bay
431 Kent Street, Maryborough
Forgan Terrace, Tiaro

PO Box 1943,
Hervey Bay Q  4655

Fax: 4197 4455

enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Quick Links
Main Street open to traffic by Christmas
Main Street Hervey Bay should be open to traffic again on Christmas Eve.

Unseasonal wet weather has substantially delayed the project but the contractor has allocated additional resources to the project and is aiming to complete the roadworks and open the street to traffic by December 24, weather permitting.
This project and other road projects planned for the near future will improve traffic flow through central Hervey Bay.

Landscaping and associated concrete works will continue into the New Year.

Christmas/New Year closing times for Council offices

All Council offices and depots will close 2pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on 4 January 2011. For urgent enquiries call 1300 79 49 29.

Christmas /New Year hours for Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park

Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park will close for the Christmas/New Year at 5pm 23 December 2010 and re-open again on 29 December 2010.

Have your say this weekend on Anzac Park upgrades

The Council wants your ideas and input into planned upgrades to Maryborough’s Anzac Park.

Shelters, barbecues, new play equipment and paths are included in the plans.

Come along to a public meeting at the Anzac Park playground off Cheapside Street at 10am on Saturday 4 December 2010 and help plan these improvements for our region.

New-look for Point Vernon community centre

Come along to an open day at the Halcro Street Community Centre in Point Vernon on Friday December 9 from 9am to 1pm, to see the centre’s new look and facilities after a comprehensive refurbishment.

The centre started life as a Telecom depot and is now home for Home Assist Secure and Community Radio 107.5FM.

Meeting rooms are available for community groups or government services looking to establish a presence in Point Vernon. Bay Connect is also setting up computers to offer training courses and a small lending library of novels has been started.

Point Vernon and Pialba residents will soon receive their first newsletter from the centre which will include a questionnaire asking for suggestions for a new name. Suggestions can be sent to the Community Centre Co-ordinator at 30 Halcro Street, Point Vernon.

Arborcrescent Road rebuild

A 110-metre section of Arborcrescent Road in Glenwood will shortly be rebuilt to improve its alignment. The gravel road has encroached on to three properties, and the owners have asked Council to move the road. The rebuild will include a three-metre verge and will be carried out while Council’s roadworks machinery is working on other roads in Glenwood.

Work under way on Hervey Bay Community Centre

Work is under way on the $ 6.7m Hervey Bay Community Centre in Old Maryborough Road.

Funding for the 1760 square metre building came from the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects ($4.4 m), the Queensland Government ($1.6m), the Fraser Coast Regional Council ($600,000), Hervey Bay Rotary Club Sunrise ($65,910) and the Neighbourhood Centre ($65,000).

Lead contractor Fraser Coast company VDM Constructions and 16 Fraser Coast sub-contractors plan to complete the project by the end of June 2011.

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