Men splashed by large crocodile while fishing from a boat in the Mary River Fraser Coast

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TWO Maryborough men suffered what they believe was a crocodile shock while they were out fishing on the Mary River.

The two men were in a boat at Walkers Point fishing for catfish when the incident happened.

One of their friends, who asked to remain anonymous, called the Chronicle in an effort to warn other boaties who might be caught by surprise in the river.

He said the anglers were hanging the fish off the side of the 14-foot boat because they didn’t want to bring the slimy catfish into the vessel.

As they continued fishing, suddenly they heard a huge splash at the side of the boat where the catfish were hanging and both men were left drenched.

Their friend said both men believed the huge splash could only have been made by a crocodile.

While the fish weren’t taken from the side of the boat, the man believes that’s what the crocodile was trying to do.

The man, himself a long-time resident and keen angler, said it was no secret there were crocodiles in the Mary and probably more than just the two that were confirmed to be in the river on April 20.

He said it was important for boaties to be aware the reptiles were in the river and to keep an eye out.

The man said it was even more important for boaties to be wary on the river after reports that a 46-year-old woman was believed to have been taken by a crocodile north of Cairns at Thornton Beach.

“After what happened in Cairns, it really sends a message home,” he said.

He said he had told the two men not to leave fish hanging over the side of the boat anymore.

The two crocodiles spotted in the river last month, including a 4.5-metre-long reptile and a smaller 2.5- metre croc, have been targeted for removal from the river.

In the past few years, two crocodiles have been taken from the Mary River and re-homed at Koorana Crocodile Farm in Rockhampton.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Parks and Wildlife encouraged Maryborough residents and anyone using the Mary River to be croc-wise.

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August 2: Monster 12-foot croc spotted off Burnett Traffic Bridge

May 31: Men splashed by ‘croc’ while fishing in the Mary River

May 15: Mary River crocodile: cold snap does not stop search

April 28: Was Mary River croc spotted near the Brolga?

April 21: Mary River crocs – why are they so far south?

April 21: OPINION: Crocodiles should be left alone in Mary River

April 20: WATCH: Wildlife officer says crocs ‘must be removed’

April 20: Wildlife officer ‘not at all surprised’ by croc sighting

Those who spotted a crocodile could also report it by calling 1300130372

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Water from Colton Mine will “improve Mary River” says New Hope Coal

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The proposed open-cut Colton coal mine is facing a legal challenge in the Queensland Land Court in Brisbane.

Community group Aldershot and District Against Mining has objected to the mine based on dust and noise concerns as well as Colton’s proposal to discharge water into the Mary River.

But Colton lawyer Damien O’Brien told the court the proposed water discharge was not involved in the mining process and was “chemically benign”.

Mr O’Brien said the discharge could help offset water released from an upstream sewage treatment plant.
“It’s actually of a cleaner standard than the water in the Mary River,” Mr O’Brien said.

He said the water was runoff collected from the mine and stored in a different dam than any water used in the mining process.

Mr O’Brien said experts from Colton and ADAM agreed on noise and dust restrictions – except for the possibility of real-time noise monitoring.

The hearing is expected to finish later this week.

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EARLIER: Controversial New Hope Coal project dragged into court

A PROPOSED Fraser  Coast coal mine will be the focal point of a Brisbane court hearing today.

The  Land Court this morning will start hearing arguments in the legal challenge against the proposed Colton open-cut coal mine near Maryborough.

Aldershot and District Against Mining Group will argue the New Hope Coal project could put the Great Sandy Strait at risk if it is allowed to go ahead with plans to discharge untreated waste water from the mine into the Mary River.

The group will argue drinking water could be tainted, there will be excess noise from the mine and  coal dust could also be a major issue for the residents of Aldershot.

The proposed mine is about 2km outside the village.

THE TASER & CATTLEPROD STANDOFF BY POLICE IN BIZARRE INCIDENT @ TORBANLEA. FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.FC CHRONICLE VERION OF EVENTS

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THIS IS THE POLICE VERSION TO THE PAPERS-OTHER VERSION COMING IN NEXT

HOWARD police say they tasered a man who assaulted police in a shock-weapon stand-off involving a woman armed with a cattle prod at Torbanlea.

Police said a routine task “turned to custard” when they attended to speak to the occupants of a house who had allegedly moved back in since it was repossessed in October.

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Sergeant Martin Slack said two police officers had attended to make inquiries about 9.15am on Tuesday, but when the situation escalated to threats and violence, a stand-off developed and a Howard police officer used his taser on the 34-year-old man.

The Torbanlea man and his 31-year-old female partner were arrested.

He was charged with assault on police, trespassing and obstructing police.

The woman was charged with serious assault on a police officer, trespassing and obstructing police.

Both have been given notice to appear at Maryborough Magistrates Court on November 26.

“No one was injured in the incident,” a spokesman for the Howard police said.

Sgt Slack said the taser was used to create an opportunity for officers to restrain the person.

“It stops the person from being able to lash out,” he said.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the man was armed with the cattle prod.

  14th  November 2013

Topics:  hervey bay, howard, police, taser, torbanlea

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The Torbanlea Taser & cattleprod Saga unfolds as the perpetrators say they are the victims.

Watch out soon for the other sides version of what happened >>

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IS TORBANLEA @ THE FRASER COAST THE CROSSROADS FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKPACKERS TRAVELLING THE QUEENSLAND COAST

BACKPACKERS HITCH A RIDE AT THE CROSSROADS @ TORBANLEA

Several days ago these charming 3 girls travelling north from Hervey Bay heading to Bundaberg & beyond, claimed a truck driver heading that way to take them to the next hot spot of their journey.

Despite the fact that it rained in part during their hitch hike attempt & yours truly supplied them with a tarp & umbrella & ‘cold drinking water’ whilst here, they persisted until the ride came.

We at the Fraser Coast wish the girls the best in their quest for adventure in Australia & welcome them back at any time as well as telling their folks back home to come and adventure here as well
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PACIFIC HAVEN AT HOWARD HAS SOME SERIOUS BUSHFIRES

A BUSHFIRE is blazing near properties in Pacific Haven, outside Howard.

The fire is believed to have broken the containment lines and is burning near at least a dozen properties.

Ambulance, police and fire crews are at the scene of the fire near the airstrip.

It is understood there are three urban firefighting units, three rural units, a tanker and a bulldozer to create a fire break in the are

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A fire burning near the airstrip at Pacific Haven is being fought by multiple urban and rural fire crews.

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THE TORNADO THAT STRUCK BURRUM HEADS QLD IN JAN 2013

 BUURUM HEADS TORNADO CARNAGE TO BE MADE GOOD

Hillcrest Holiday Park in Burrum Heads is now the focal point of clean-up operations as council, State Emergency Services, and community volunteers slave under the hot sun to put things right.

The Burrum Heads Library has become a centre of community support today, providing breakfast and dinner at 5.30pm.

To combat high temperatures and water shortages, council staff have been distributing free water and sandwiches for those working to restore order in Burrum Heads.

The riverside promenade and a narrow strip 10kms long where the tornado tore through the township Sunday morning remains strewn with smaller debris.

Power and telecommunications have been restored.

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The post office and ATM services have been restored and are operating as usual out of the Burrum Heads Foodworks.

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EXPLOSIVE FORCE OF A HURRICANE TORNADO RIPS APART A BURRUM HEADS FRASER COAST QLD HOME & MORE

WHEN IS A HOUSE IN A STATE OF DESTRUCTION BY A TORNADO

WITH an explosive force that tore an entire wall off her home, Ann Roberts was thrown against her bedroom wall by the tornado that struck in the early hours of Sunday.

“We’ve been here for 18 years…I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.

“It was frightening.”
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Mrs Roberts was in bed with her husband, Barry, when the worst of ex-cyclone Oswald hit Burrum Heads.

She said she had just got out of bed when the windows smashed, sending glass everywhere – including one large shard that embedded itself deeply into the wall just above their bed.

“I go thrown back so hard… it was like an explosion,” Mrs Roberts said.

Along with the extensive damage to their home, Barry said their boat and campervan were also damaged in the storm.

Their story was echoed by many other residents of Burrum Heads on Monday.

Next door, Kevin and Gay Parr also had glass shatter throughout their home.

They said the tornado happened so quickly there was nothing they could do to prepare for it, before it moved on in a narrow path of destruction towards the Hillcrest Caravan Park.
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Some 1500 properties lost power and dozens suffered serious damage such as roofs or walls being torn off by the strong winds.

A number of vehicles and boats were also damaged, with witnesses telling the Chronicle at least three boats were sunk during the storm, including a large local fishing trawler.

Huge trees were snapped in half like twigs and sheets of metal flew through the air until they found something to lodge into.

It was a night Ann will never forget and nor will the rest of Burrum Heads.



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HOWARD BURRUM DISTRICT KINDY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO STAY OPEN-RALLY NOW – APPROACH YOUR MEMBER-WHERE ELSE CAN YOU GET CHILDCARE AT $5-$10 PER DAY

THE BURRUM DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE KINDY IS NOT TO BE SHUT DOWN IF WE HAVE ANY SAY IN IT

BURRUM District Community Kindy at Howard is closing due to financial stress caused by Bligh Government funding changes, low enrolment numbers and a lack of community funding support.

A kindy spokeswoman said an executive meeting of the Burrum District Community Kindy decided for financial reasons to close the kindy doors.

She said they deeply regretted the decision but to continue to operate the facility under the current funding situation would have been illegal and irresponsible for an incorporated body.

“We would have been trading while insolvent,” the spokeswoman said.

“Staff have been notified about their jobs and we are notifying parents.”

The kindergarten has been operating out of the Burrum District Community Centre at Howard for a number of years.

“This will also be a blow to the Community Centre, as they rely on the rent from the kindy as part of their operational revenue,” she said.

“So this closure affects the whole area.

“The financial stress has been brought about by the funding changes made by the Bligh Government.

“Sadly, lack of community funding support and low enrolment numbers has also contributed.

“The committee has met with the ruling body C and K  to follow all possible avenues of recovery funding, but so far have been unsuccessful.

“We will continue to work together to try to solve the financial problems but at this stage we have no resolution and will need to commence selling off the assets.

“If the community wants to see the kindy re-open they can register their interest in fundraising support by contacting the Kindy on 4129 0994 immediately, before the assets need to be sold off.”

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As a result of being notified today 23rd Jan 2013 by Ailsa of the centre of the impending closure of this much valued kindy, a well structured & heavy support campaign to retain the kindy facility shall be undertaken by this web site and support requests shall be sent to the many thousands of emails in our data base so that the kindy centre shall become viable & government support continued

In the meantime send your email & or letter of support to the centre.

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CROCODILE SIGHTINGS AGAIN IN THE FRASER COAST,ELI CREEK POINT VERNON HERVEY BAY

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CROCODILES have reportedly been sighted by a kayaker in Eli Creek leading to signs being erected at Point Vernon warning people against swimming in the area and to keep well away from the water’s edge.

Fraser Coast councillor Trevor McDonald said a kayaker reported spotting a croc on a bank in Eli Creek and then when he was paddling out of the creek he saw another in front of him in the water.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection manager wildlife operations Mike Devery said the report was received on Friday.

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He said rangers had conducted land and vessel based surveys of the area, however the crocodiles reported were not seen.

Rangers had also erected recent sighting signs and would conduct a further survey of the area during the week, he said.

Cr McDonald said the rangers would perform a night search at high tide and the process of searching for evidence would last for seven days.

He said if no sign of crocodiles was found, the signs would be removed.

Point Vernon resident Kerri Wouters said she usually swam in the area two to three times a week with her husband and six-year-old son but was “not game to go in the water at the moment”.
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She said it was not an overly popular swimming area but more of a secluded spot.

“We sometimes take the kayak out ourselves,” Ms Wouters said.

“We saw the first croc signs put up on Friday.”

She said she would probably still walk along the foreshore but “it sort of makes you a bit cautious”.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP at any time on 1300 130 372.
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WIDE BAY WATER EX CHIEF TIM WALDREN COMMENTS ON FRASER COAST COUNCIL TAKING OVER WATER BOARD

WATER BOARD  WIDE BAY FRASER COAST RESUMED BY LOCAL  FC COUNCIL.. COMMENTS BY TIM WALDRON EX-WATER CHIEF

The decision to put the Fraser Coast’s water and sewerage infrastructure and servicing back into total council control is a major step backwards, says Tim Waldron who ran Wide Bay Water Corporation for 10 years.

“You should never move something efficient into something less efficient such as a council-local government-style entity and that’s what’s happening,” Mr Waldron said.

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