Hervey Bay Independent : 9th October 2014
OurView Journalist Jade Martin Journalist Lee Gailer Everyone has a story There is a website (and Facebook page) that has gained great popularity over the past few years called Humans of New York. The concept is simple. Its author Brendon Stanton, set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers during the 2010 summer holiday period with the aim of plotting them on a map to give an overview of the city’s inhabitants. Indirectly, he started collecting quotes, stories and gimmicks from those everyday people and soon, what started as a simple project, turned into a rolling blog that united more than eight million readers across a range of social media and online platforms. Its stories – while short and simple – offer an insight and evoke compassion, provoke thought and challenge the beliefs of readers who otherwise would pass those people on the street without a second thought. In my time both here in Hervey Bay, as a journalist, and as a general citizen of the world, I have always found people’s stories interesting. Stories that aren’t necessarily gut wrenching tales of devastation, a pinnacle of human achievement or heroic moments of battle – but stories, none the less, that resonate with the diversity and tenacity of the human spirit. I leave Hervey Bay this week for an adventure in Cambodia where I will be volunteering with the Sunrise Children’s Foundation – an organisation that provides education, medical care, and a home for orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable and disadvantaged children. While my time in the Bay has been short, I will take with me the memories of the many people I have met, who I have been fortunate enough to get to know, and sometimes share their stories. I’d also like to thank everyone who was so welcoming and made my time in the Bay so enjoyable. It’s been the best x Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #goodbyeherveybay /herveybayindy @HB_Indy YOURSAY NRL affi rms its sporting reign Glory Glory to South Sydney and Russell Crowe and Glory Glory to the NRL! Once again the NRL Grand Final delivers as the premier sporting occasion (with the possible exception of Origin) on the Australian sporting calendar. Congrats also on the pre-show entertainment with Train and especially Slash - an inspired choice! Made Tom Jones and the kid look pretty lame didn’t they. With a bumper ratings bonanza on Sunday night that meant by my reckoning that four of the top fi ve highest rating TV programmes of the year were Rugby League - not to mention the world wide audience in the 90 countries who witnessed the broadcast. Melbourne might be our “sporting capital” as far as hosting major sporting events go, and the AFL may be big in Victoria and in South and Western Australia where there are no current NRL franchises, but Rugby League is the heart and soul of NSW and QLD - and NSW and QLD are the heart and soul of sporting prominence and excellence in Australia. Our sporting heroes are a “who’s who” of Aussie legends: From Bradman to Brabham to Bertrand: Dawn Fraser to O’Neil and Rice: Perkins and Thorpe to Hackett and Magnussen: Greg Norman to Adam Scott and Jason Day: Cathy Freeman to Sally Pearson: Laver to Newcombe: Layne Beachley to Anna Meares: Kewell to Cahill: and the bulk of the Australian swim team just to name a handful. All from the home of the Maroons and the Blues! So we know a thing or two about sport. The Rabbitohs win on Sunday illustrated the stark contrast between the two major winter footy codes. One is a game of power and speed and physicality and passion, and the other is AFL. The only reason that “Aussie Rules” (a complete misnomer) has a following in QLD is because there are so many Victorians living up here who don’t assimilate terribly well or shut up about AFL - their arrogance is breathtaking. But for their invasion no-one would give a toss north of the Snowy Mountains. They argue that their game is the only indigenous footy code in Australia, which is not only hilarious but erroneous. Changing the shape of the ball and adding a couple goalposts doesn’t change the fact that it’s Gaelic Football - if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck! It’s quirky in Ireland, just really odd here. Queenslanders love their Rugby League because it’s tough and uncompromising (like us), but most of all because it’s in our blood and DNA. The tamer AFL enjoy greater market share because NSW and QLD are far more accepting and supportive of other codes - not so Victoria. The massive chip on their shoulders shows no signs of abating. Also the less physical AFL seems to appeal to women but that too is slowly changing. Don’t get me wrong, the fairer sex like the physical nature of NRL but can be put off by the odd act of thuggery which, for the most part, has been addressed in our game. I’m not saying AFL is soft, on the contrary, it requires a high amount of endurance fi tness, but who wants to run around in circles like a headless chook for 80 minutes? If you think bouncing and kicking a ball from one end of the Apprentice Style Cuts $15 81–91 Boat Harbour Drive Fraser Shores Shopping Centre 4124 4022 Formerly trading as Fraser Coast Discount Pharmacy 30 / Hervey Bay Independent, October 9, 2014 SUMMER JADE Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba fi eld to the other in order to kick it yet again in order to score is exciting then good for you but I just don’t get it. And let’s face it, I’ve seen bigger hits at a Boxing Day Sale. Go the Rabbits in 2015! Craig Bowden Urangan Electricity costs debunked In response to Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle (NM, 27/9), growers refute his statement that the price irrigators pay for power is “already below the cost of supply”. We have been working closely with Queensland Government, the Australian Energy Regulator, the Queensland Competition Authority and Ergon on power prices. Unfortunately, as our farmers go to the wall due to unpayable power bills, the Queensland Government and Ergon have not yet agreed to turn back electricity prices to reasonable levels. Cange growers and the Australian Sugar Milling Council commissioned energy economics consultancy CME (Carbon Market Economics) to advise on the relevant issues, and it has highlighted Ergon’s “extraordinary profi tability”. It positioned Ergon among 12 electricity companies, and key fi ndings include: • In the National Electricity Market (NEM), Ergon’s revenue per connection is far higher than any other distribution network service provider (DNSP). Ergon’s average price is second only to that charged by one of the 11 power companies – Essential Energy in NSW. • Ergon’s operating costs per connection are second only to those of Essential Energy, Ergon is by far the most profi table of all government-owned DNSPs, and CME reported: “We expect that profi tability in the 2013/14 fi nancial year will have risen further.” Against all of this, farmers are being brought to their knees. Ergon is a money-making machine. It is doing so at the expense of our agriculture industry and the communities they sustain. Electricity prices are not below cost. They are costing Queensland farmers their livelihoods. Growers need the 33 per cent power price cut to maintain a reasonable level of power usage. This would be revenue-neutral for Ergon. The alternative is to stop irrigating, and then everybody loses – Ergon, the Queensland Government, farmers and their communities. These mistruths must end and the buck must stop with the Government, which 100 per cent owns Ergon. Dale Holliss Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Weekend parking woes cont. Whilst enjoying the great weather, music, various displays and stalls at the Scarness Markets on Sunday, I also observed the assortment of happy, friendly and relaxed visitors. Then I watched what appeared to be a “parking offi cer” riding around on a bike taking close interest in the parked cars I was told that tickets were appearing on some cars. There was a scurry to move cars and in some cases just drive away. What really was interesting was that whilst he was doing whatever he was doing, he was parked in a taxi zone! I repeat what I said weeks ago, watch for the parking meters. 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