Money CASH STASH in the tens of thousands of dollars found in recycled cabinet at a Hervey Bay market Qld Fraser Coast

Photo: Police are hoping someone may recognise this TV cabinet, found at a Hervey Bay recycling market.

A man discovered a cash windfall of thousands of dollars when the draw fell out of a cabinet he had just purchased from a council recycling market in southern Queensland.

Now police are appealing for public help to find the original owner of the television cabinet.

Police said the Nanango man purchased the timber cabinet at the Hervey Bay Recycling Market on Chapel Road and Aarlborg Road at North Nikenbah on June 27.

When he was unloading the cabinet at home, one of the drawers opened and the cash fell out.

The man then went to Nanango Police Station and handed the cash over to officers.

In a Facebook post from the Fraser Coast council, the sum of money found was in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Nanango Police Constable Kenneth O’Connor said police were eager to reunite it with the owner.

“We’re thinking it more than likely came from that council region,” he said.

“It could have been either picked up from a truck that goes out and picks items of furniture up from households, or it could have possibly been delivered to the recycling centre.”

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FRASER COAST Qld Touch Football confirms date for the 2018 Junior State Cup after 7,000 persons swarmed on the Fraser Coast Area in 2017


QUEENSLAND Touch Football has confirmed the dates of the 2018 Junior State Cup.

The organisation’s biggest event of the year will be held in Hervey Bay from July 12-14.

The second weekend of Queensland’s school holidays, players, referees, officials and spectators will flock from across the state to take part in the annual tournament.

Qld Touch CEO Jamie O’Connor said this year’s event attracted more than 7000 visitors to the region.

A record 220 teams entered from 29 affiliates, from Mackay in Nth Qld, south to the NSW border and west to the outback town of Roma.

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A marijuana farm on the Fraser Coast is not a silly idea…!!!

THE Fraser Coast IS the ideal place for a medicinal marijuana farm.

Jannean Dean thinks so. The long-term local and aspiring politician believes our climate and job shrinkages make the region ripe for the green rush industry.

Despite medicinal marijuana being legalised in Queensland, only three people in the state have asked for a prescription since 2015.

Producing the drug with permission is legal too – after the Federal Government changed laws last year – but an Australian manufacturer is yet to be established.

“We have a fabulous climate for it; it uses a fraction of water that cane sugar does,” Ms Dean said.

“It’s  produce that we would be distributing Australia-wide potentially, and even overseas.”

Ms Dean has campaigned for the medical type of marijuana, currently produced in labs, to be grown here since 2014. She says she is driven by seeing chronically ill patients suffering in pain.

Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft said the idea of growing industrial hemp had been brought to his attention before, once by a developer from China.

He is interested in hearing from the public on whether they would like to see a hemp farm here.

“If someone approached me with the concept, I’d say let’s talk further,” Cr Loft said.

“All we need is some water. And hemp can also be used for building materials, and clothing.

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Currently it takes about four months for a patient to receive a dose because it has to be imported from Canada or the Netherlands, due to delays in establishing a local manufacturer.

Queensland Health chief health officer Jeannette Young believes the long wait is the reason more Australians haven’t applied for access.

“There has been a lot of interest, but not many applications,” Dr Young said.

“We’ve only had the three individual patients apply for access through their doctors, and they were all approved.

“But there are other people in the state using, for example there is a trial at Lady Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.”

Sunshine Coast company, Medifarm, has been given approval by the Federal Government to grow the product.

Dr Young expects that once a local Fraser Coast Cannabis producer is creating product there will be more people asking for a prescription.

“Hopefully in the next one-two years, companies will be able to produce locally manufactured product,” she said.

“The Commonwealth has allowed for bulk importation of the product which will start soon, and also speed up access to the product.”

A health professional of more than 30 years, Dr Young isn’t surprised the drug is now an accepted treatment.

“A lot of therapeutic drugs comes from plants, like morphine from poppies,” she said.

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Enjoy these great photos of timber homes photographed at random over time to give one an idea of the character of some of the houses in this fantastic timber heritage city Maryborough Queensland Australia.No addresses revealed just the pics.

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Luxury rambles into Hervey Bay: work starts on $140m RV lifestyle Fraser Coast Qld

A LUXURY $140 million RV resort is officially under way in Hervey Bay.

The first sod will be turned on Wednesday at the site of Latitude25, a gated community specifically designed for RV and lifestyle enthusiasts.

The development, at Spring Way, Nikenbah, spans 20 hectares and will eventually be home to about 530 people in up to 281 homes.

It encompasses two lakes, green open space, parks, picnic areas and a $5 million state-of-the-art clubhouse and leisure centre.

Each home will have its own purpose-built garage to house its owner’s toys, whether they be an RV, cars or boat.

There will be a mail collection and forwarding service for when residents are on the road, although the full-size tennis courts, bowling green, golf chipping and putting green, billiard room, arts and crafts and games rooms, gym, pool, catering kitchen and bar may make even the keenest grey nomad stay home more.

Latitude25 will attract wealthy RVers to make their home on the Fraser Coast.

Director Mick Irwin said Latitude25 would be unlike any other lifestyle community before.

“I’m a local and also an RVer myself, so I’ve seen the need for this style of community for quite some time,” he said.

The clubhouse and leisure centre are due for completion early next year, with the first 15 homes also due to be finished in early 2018.

Home packages will start from $450,000 to $550,000.


  • $5 million leisure centre with tennis courts, bowling green, library, wifi, gym, pool
  • Significant wash bay for largest of RVs
  • First homes ready early 2018
  • Additional RV spaces connected to utilities for family and friends to visit
  • Easy access to airport, Bruce Hwy and main roads connecting to Maryborough and marina

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Maryborough tops locations from on Queensland’s biggest higlights for tourism for Easter holidays


MOVE over Noosa, step aside Surfers Paradise and bye-bye Brisbane.

Queensland tourism has a new star – Maryborough.

The historic Queensland town, which has an annual festival devoted to Mary Poppins in June, has recorded a huge surge in tourist bookings for the Easter holidays, according to leading travel website

Hotel bookings for the town, 30km southwest of Hervey Bay, have skyrocketed 75 per cent for the holiday period compared with the same time last year.

It’s shaping as a bumper holiday period for the whole region, with nearby Rainbow Beach recording a 70 per cent increase in bookings, according to

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Caloundra (up 60 per cent), Redcliffe (50 per cent) and Hamilton Island (almost 50 per cent) round out the top five. Hervey Bay is also expected to be packed, according to booking data from Mantra, Queensland’s biggest hotel group. But leading the pack is Maryborough, famous for its Mary Poppins festival and not much else. CRAP.

Maryborough has a timber city heritage with some of the most beautiful wooden houses in the state. The beer festival & so much more. So get a life ‘Not much else’ ????

Parade during the Mary Poppins Festival held annually in Maryborough

Parade during the Mary Poppins Festival held annually in Maryborough.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the Mary Poppins Trail, in honour of the character’s author P.L. Travers who was born in the town, before checking out the town’s “history and heritage” and “art and culture”. managing director Daniel Finch said there was plenty for visitors to like about Maryborough.

“This is a small town with a big personality. Not only does it celebrate the world’s most famous nanny with a town statue, visitors can also take part in a Magical Mary Trail, following in the footsteps and learning all about the region’s most famous ‘Mary’ as well as the character filled town itself,” he said.


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“It’s a great little town for Queenslanders looking to swap the beach for an inland stay this April.”

He also said it was one of the cheapest holiday options in the state, with a predicted daily accommodation rate of $124 a night through the holiday period.


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A PRELIMINARY development approval for the $60 million Scarness resort complex was carried unanimously at Wednesday’s Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting.

The proposal for the resort complex, which includes more than 100 residential units, a shopping complex and office complexes, means the developers will start their assessment of the site and consult with council before construction.

A new roundabout for the local streets in Scarness was also mentioned in the development plans.

Councillor David Lewis raised concerns over the traffic in the area, claiming the development would create problems for the Esplanade streets.

“The proposed roundabout will pose problems for the Queens Rd Esplanade intersection, which is already problematic especially in busy times,” he said.

“In busy times, it (the traffic) can back up a long way along the Esplandade.”

Cr Denis Chapman said it was about trying to use the commercial land as best as possible.

“It’s just a preliminary approval…they’ve got to come back to us and approve it. When you’ve got commercial land, you try and use as much of it as possible,” he said.

A date has not yet been set for the development, but Cr Chapman previously said he hoped to see development start by the end of the year


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2011 Maryborough Qld floods: Survivors recall the fast-moving/rising waters


Police and SES stand watch over a motorist who’s vehicle stalled in flood waters on Kent Street, Maryborough Qld

THE mud may have washed away, but the scars remain in the hearts of Maryborough residents.

This time six years ago, more than 20 Maryborough businesses were filled with muddy water, and people were stranded in their homes.

The date was January 11, 2011, and Maryborough was experiencing its worst flood since the 1990s.


John Perrins boat washing down the Mary River. Photo: Nat Bromhead / Fraser Coast ChronicleNat Bromhead

Over the next two days, 26 businesses were inundated, with losses totalling $4.5 million with a further $12 million in damages to Fraser Coast Regional Council infrastructure.

Melissa White from Earles Paint Place in Adelaide St said she remembered how quickly her team had to work to move the entire store’s paint supply to higher ground, in a race against rapidly rising waters.

“It was a quick one too as I remember, there wasn’t a lot of warning and I wasn’t able to get in again [after the floor was cleared], I remember I wasn’t able to get into the shop because it was so quick, I was stuck at home,” Ms White said.

“We pulled all the stock up and had it all ready and then we had to pull it all down after that.”


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“It was worrying yes, it was just lapping the top steps, but it came into the bottom of the store and underneath,” she said.

“We used to have the bottle shop in underneath the back of the shop in 2011, so the bottle shop then was [flooded], it got quite damaged and we had to redo some panels, but we knew it was going to happen, we know we’re in a flood area.”

Ms White said owning a store in a flood-prone area meant inundation was something they always prepared for around this time of year.

“We prepare for it every year anyway but it’s always devastating when it comes through,” she said.


A SES boat bring Granville residents to Maryborough. 

By the second day of the floods, The Pocket in Maryborough was also isolated.

Kevin Cordy has been living in The Pocket for 70 years, and has seen his fair share of Maryborough floods.


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“We had no warning, it came up very quick,” Mr Cordy said.

“On the Friday, January 7 at 6pm, the water was just over the bank a little bit, but by 1am that night it had come up very quick, it came up very close.

“Normally floods come from Gympie and we have two or three days notice, this time it came up very fast, in six hours, and from a lot closer.”

It was around midnight that Mr Cordy heard a knock at his front door; it was his neighbour desperately asking for help to bring in his cattle.

But it was too late.

“I was able to get all of my cattle up in time, but my neighbour actually lost some,” he said.


John Perrins boat washing down the Mary River.

“Some they found, some they found dead, they’ve got room to put them up, but they couldn’t get to that paddock before the water got there first.”

Mr Cordy and other residents in The Pocket were stranded for three days until the water levels fell below the road.

“I’m on a hill, the water comes up and surrounds us, but it’s something we’re always prepared for,” he said.

“I live on a farm and the wife has enough food in our pantry for about for six years, so there was no issue there.

“We just had to sit there and wait for the water to clear.”


The Criterion Hotel, Maryborough looking down Wharf flood

It would be two years later when Maryborough would be hit by a more devastating flood on Australia Day, with water levels reaching more than 10 metres.



More than 60 CBD businesses were hit and $15m in damage caused to council infrastructure.



The council is now working on a multi-million dollar flood levy in the Maryborough CBD to prevent serious future damage, but that will not protect every business or home in the CBD.




Ninth Irukandji jelly fish sting on Fraser Island Fraser Coast Queensland Australia

Ninth Irukandji sting on Fraser Island

A SNORKELLER is in hospital after the ninth suspected Irukandji jellyfish sting at Queensland’s Fraser Island in just over a week.

The 19-year-old man was stung on the lip while swimming in Coongul Creek on the western side of the island about 11am on Tuesday.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital.

Paramedic Phillip Switzer said the man didn’t see the jellyfish but experienced severe nausea, vomiting and pain within 10 minutes of being stung. The incident is the ninth suspected Irukandji sting at Fraser Island since December 22, with the venomous jellyfish positively identified as being responsible for at least one of the incidents.

Mr Switzer said all nine cases had happened on the western side of the island in its calmer and warmer waters.

“We have no evidence to say they are or are not Irukandji,” Mr Switzer said. “There are certainly jellyfish floating but no one’s actually caught one so we can’t disprove that they’re not Irukandji or a jellyfish in the same family that produced the symptoms of an Irukandji jellyfish.” Eight people were treated at Fraser Island for Irukandji-like symptoms in 2015, Mr Switzer said.

The Irukandji — the world’s smallest jellyfish — is usually found in waters north of Mackay, about 700km further up the coast.

But reported this week that the deadly jellyfish are on a southern invasion to warmer waters.

Scientists predict the jellyfish, of which there are at least eight species, will reach the Sunshine Coast within the next two decades.

Victims initially experience severe nausea, followed by multiple bouts of vomiting, pain that normally begins in the back and radiates up the neck to the chest and abdominal cavity, leg pain and cramping.

Mr Switzer said anyone believed to have been stung by one should treat the sting with vinegar and call triple-0.


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Passing Motorist views crocodile attacking & dragging cow into the Mary River

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The Mary River where the crocodile was spotted attacking the cow.

A SHOCKED motorist has spotted a cow being dragged into the Mary River by a crocodile at Maryborough.Qld.

The incident happened yesterday as the woman drove across the Henry Palmer Bridge into Maryborough.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she saw the cow on its side near the bridge and then saw the crocodile attacking it.

She said she would report the incident to the Department of Heritage and Protection.

“It was amazing to see,” she said.

The woman said she could not tell how big the crocodile was from what she had seen.

The sighting comes just weeks after wildlife rangers were on the lookout for a crocodile spotted in Tooan Tooan Creek on Hervey Bay’s Charlton Esplanade.

A spokesperson from the EHP said while the sighting could not be immediately confirmed, the warning signs were erected, but removed after 7 days.

In April two crocodiles, including one larger than a huge 4.5 metres, were spotted by staff from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

In 2015, a crocodile was captured on film near Petrie Creek at Tiaro by a Landcare group monitoring turtles.


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