Hervey Bay Independent : 29th January 2015
NEWSBRIEFS Police target speeding Hervey Bay and Maryborough police traffi c units will be targeting speeding drivers, specifi cally those who offend in school zones, in the coming weeks. Senior Constable Matthew Loudon said there would be a zero tolerance approach for any vehicles exceeding the speed limit within school zones. “It is important to adhere to the lower 40km/ hr speed limit around the local schools within the Fraser Coast area and the peak times that the reduced speed limit is in effect,” he said. “I would also like to remind parents about parking issues around the drop off areas at the schools. “Please do not park on yellow lines, double park or park in disabled parks as this causes a hazard to other road users and places pedestrians at risk.” Planning scheme changes Council will run two information sessions in the coming weeks to take residents through proposed amendments to the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme. “Council is working to attract development to the region and these amendments will help us forge ahead with the Maryborough Airpark based around the Maryborough Airport, the Fraser Coast Sport Precinct at Nikenbah as well as sell some surplus land,” Infrastructure and Planning Portfolio Councillor Trevor McDonald said. The fi rst information session will be held on February 9 at the Hervey Bay Community Centre, from 4pm to 6pm, and the second on February 12 at the Brolga Theatre, Maryborough from 4pm to 6pm. Electronic copies of the proposed amendments can be viewed and downloaded from the Have Your Say section of Council’s website www.frasercoast. qld.gov.au from Tuesday, January 27. Hard copies will also be available for reading at Council’s customer service centres in Hervey Bay and Maryborough. Cr McDonald said residents could make a submission on the proposed amendments by fi lling in a form on the Have Your Say section of Council’s website and either emailing it to planning.scheme@ frasercoast.qld.gov.au or posting it to the CEO. Shining a light on our haunted history Even for the most unimaginative among us, it’s diffi cult to resist the prickle of goose bumps upon hearing a ghostly tale or ghoulish local legend. Intrigued by the Bond Store Museum’s monthly ghost tours in and around some of the darkest corners of Maryborough, the Indy went on a hunt for records of paranormal activity. In the early days when the timber cutters were felling timber at Pialba, Ghost Hill on Main St was just called The Hill. One night, a worker by the name of Mr List was late home from the mills in Maryborough. His wife walked out onto the road and down the hill in her long white night gown with a glowing lantern, determined to fi nd her missing husband. At the time, two young men - Boyle Martin and Anders Christiansen - were said to be making their way back to camp at Bunya Creek after a night at the Hunters Hotel, when they paused at the top of the hill to rest their horses and light a pipe before making the steep descent. The men claimed to have seen Mrs List’s unearthly fi gure, illuminated by an orange glow, fl y behind a tree on the roadside and disappear. They returned to the town, claiming to have seen the restless ghost of a widowed woman on their travels. Carmel Murdoch from the Bond Store Museum (pictured) said a large number of local residents were fascinated by the region’s many ghost stories - some more unsettling than the namesake of Ghost Hill. “In Maryborough we have a number of houses that are actually haunted and not necessarily all old homes either,” she said. “There was one house at Bell Hilltop where the people were in bed at night, when they heard someone playing on their pool table downstairs. “They went downstairs and the lights were off - the whole house was locked up and there was no-one else there.” Carmel, who leads the ghost tours through Maryborough as the Mary Widow, said Mavis Bank on Queen Street was one of their regular stops. Built in 1874 by the family of prominent settler James Cleary, Mavis Bank consists of eleven rooms completely furnished in period style from 1890-1940. “We’ve had people come to us with reports of seeing a child on a dinky trike riding around outside the building,” Carmel said. “Orbs appear on the screens of their digital cameras when they try to take a photo of the child. “The lady who lives there now... one night she moved into another room that was a bit cooler and three times during the night was woken by someone patting her thigh. “There was no-one there.” Carmel said another ghostly haunt was the Criterion Hotel, which was built in 1878. Become a Non Smoker Kick start the New Year by taking action now! This program has an average 95.6% success rate Make a $200 saving with this New Year Special of $295 HERVEYBAYHYPNOTHERAPY.COM.AU Dip. Clinical Hypnotherapy Certified NLP Practitioner Certified Life Coach CONTACT JOHN PHONE 4194 5892 38 / Hervey Bay Independent, January 29, 2015 “We often see orbs upstairs, we believe these are the spirits of the Uhr children,” she said. “They were buried on the land behind the building and their graves were disturbed, the headstones removed. “You usually see them above the building, together.” Whether you’re an avid believer, a fi rm sceptic or an uncertain fence sitter, the Fraser Coast has weathered its fair share of spine tingling stories over the last two centuries. For more information about the Bond Store Museum’s ghost tours, visit www. ourfrasercoast.com.au/ghost-tour or call their offi ce on 4190 5722.
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