Hervey Bay Independent : 27th November 2014
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer Taking the lead I met Lyn a couple of days before her fi rst garage sale to raise money for a poor girl and her sick aunt in Kenya. At her stylish, comfortable home at Dundowran with views of the bay, she hit the nail on the head when she said; the more you give the more you get. Lyn and her husband Sam fi nd so much joy in providing for others, that everything else is a bonus. They are rich in spirit and radiate with happiness. It’s people like Lyn and Sam that help restore my faith in humanity. They can teach us all a lesson in giving and gratitude. While at their home I met more giving people - a man from down the road who donated new household items because he didn’t have anything second-hand, Lyn’s friends who are always happy to lend a hand whenever and wherever needed, and her family - all with welcoming smiles for this note-taking journo. The garage sale was a roaring success with a whopping $3500 raised towards the $4500 target. Such was everyone’s generosity that Lyn is holding a second sale this Sunday for just one hour between 8-9am. If there is one lesson to learn, it is not to wait for someone else to help - to take the lead and make a difference. The way the Dundowran and wider Hervey Bay community pitched in to help the Kenyans clearly suggests that grassroots charity initiatives strike a chord with the average person. Most of us want to help, but like me are not that keen on committing to a direct debit each month to which we can’t see where our money is going. After feeling incredibly inspired by Lyn, her family, friends and neighbours, I decided the least I could do was nominate them for a Fraser Coast Council volunteer thank you letter. If there is someone out there that has impressed you with their kind deeds, I urge you to go to www.frasercoast.qld.gov. au/volunteer-achievements-congratulatory-letter to download a nomination form. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #gooddeedsdeservethanks /herveybayindy @HB_Indy YOURSAY Call for clarifi cation on parking rule It is interesting to note that Council Compliance Offi cers are about to fi ne drivers for parking on footpaths and median strips. Some time ago I wrote to Council and requested a defi nition on where one is allowed or not allowed to park. I received no reply. To me a footpath is a designated path of gravel, bitumen, pavers or concrete on which pedestrians can safely walk and it is illegal to park on or across a footpath. A nature strip is the piece of land between a property boundary and the roadside which does not have a proper footpath on it. If it is illegal to park on the nature strip along Old Maryborough Rd and Beach Rd is it therefore illegal in the suburbs too? In many of the new housing estates the roads are so narrow it requires one to park on the nature strip or block traffi c. A median strip is a raised piece of land down the middle of the road to separate traffi c fl ow and made with vegetation, pavers or concrete. Obviously one wouldn’t park there! Many people park their cars in the driveway section of the nature strip which prevents people from walking along the nature strip and I understand that this is illegal also; if not here it is in Brisbane. Some clarifi cation from the Council of when and where it is legal to park and not legal to park on nature strips would be greatly appreciated. Kathryn Ingleby Urangan Behind the smoke and mirrors Many thanks to Sylvia Mod for informing us that the electricity service charge has now quietly increased once again to a mouth-watering $87.16. Only a couple of years ago it was in the twenties, but now with Smart Choices and a Smart Government we are all left smarting. The fi nancial effects are lessened as I have solar panels, but for those on low income it must hurt. So why is it suddenly increased; partly to off-set the over production of day time electricity from the abundance of solar panels and to pump up profi ts before disposing of the very profi table business. Labor, while in power, spent a fortune gold plating the power industry infra structure. The Qld Utilities bring in over $2 billion dollars to the government coffers. The relentless public relations machine tells us that they have listened to the public about selling off the assets and now claims it’s the “smart” thing to do - lease them for 50 years with an option for another 49 years. By default, these Smart options infer a Smart Government which expects to be re elected next year. Will the investments in infra structure bring about earnings that would warrant the conservative loss of profi ts from Qld. Utilities of over a $100 billion over 50 years? I think not. Such a loss of income to the government and the community wouldn’t be a Smart move. Just as government tries to manipulate us, so do the petrol companies. I did a rough calculation for the fair price of petrol as oil is at a four-year low and this would give a price around $1.27 unleaded, not discounted. I was on my way back from Brisbane recently and passed a petrol station displaying an unleaded price of $126.9 per litre (spot on). I decided to fi ll up on my way back in an hour. GENTLE POSTURAL & STRUCTURAL BALANCING Karen Sonter Ortho-Bionomy® Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle form of bodywork which works with the natural patterns held within the muscles, joints and connective tissues of the body and can aid in: Lower back pain Frozen shoulder Knee, ankle & foot problems Headaches & migraines Prevention of sporting injuries Neck & shoulder pain Elbow, wrist & hand problems General stiffness & immobility Whiplash Increased endurance Developed by an Osteopath, it is like no treatment you’ve had before - treating pain with comfort! 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Yes, Hervey Bay has grown dramatically but not too its detriment, it is still a family friendly seaside location as evidenced by the annual return of families. With the exception of tourism/retail, the Bay has limited employment opportunities and it is good practice for the Council to embrace progression in these areas to assist in the generation of jobs. We would not have fi rst class hospital facilities; expanded retail options; increased airline services; expanding public transport and better roads (an ongoing work in progress) etc, without an increased population, but would still be travelling down the Bruce to spend our dollars “out of town”. Investors are not purchasing cheaper housing, the rental returns are not worthy of the investment. Housing appears to be taken up by retirees looking at having a few dollars in the bank after selling their pricey properties in other centres and others breaking into the housing market with limited funds at their disposal. Hervey Bay becoming “a slum of the future” is without any semblance of reasonable thought, furthermore, the real estate agent should consider ceasing business and accepting commissions under false pretences. Your comments scream out “this is my utopia and I don’t want it changing nor sharing it with anyone else”. My recommendation; if you are so disillusioned with the path Hervey Bay is heading, relocate to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay etc, each of these towns (lovely in their own right) will provide you with a family friendly seaside location and less traffi c congestion/noise. But you will still have to suffer limited employment opportunities, Centrelink recipients and cheap housing. Elaine Cole Eli Waters Ideas on building a better future Does Kane Thornton (November 13) really want to clutter Queensland with those ugly structures which, when they turn, kill innocent birds and also make just as innocent land owners, ill to the point of walking away from their homes and livelihood? Their family properties worthless, who wants to live near a health destroying monstrosity? When the blades don’t turn, the huge ‘things’ just stand there waiting for someone (taxpayers) to start them and run them on ‘what’?. I can understand investors being angry, but they just jumped on the money bandwagon and made a poor investment. SUMMER JADE Treat yourself to our SPRING FOIL Inc SPECIAL! ONLY $ 109 * Limited spaces available. Must mention this advertisement to receive offer. Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba ludes half head of foils, toner, style cut & finish GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today! BOOK NOW FOR CHRISTMAS!
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