Hervey Bay Independent : 2nd July 2015
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer Self centred PEOPLE are strange. Is it just me, or a bad manners the norm now? I want to share with you an example of rude, unnecessary behaviour that is becoming rife in our communities. After fi nishing a meal in a friendly local establishment, I challenged my fellow diner to a game of pool. I ambled over to a pool table, rummaged around my bag for a coin and once found I put it in the slot. As the balls dropped, a gruff little man appeared out of nowhere to aggressively announce that he “was going to play on that table”. Well “so was I” I politely told him, and as if I needed to explain myself added that I too was keen for a game. Seriously, that would be like following someone down a shopping aisle and saying “they’re my eggs”. Indignantly the man turned to bitch and moan to his blonde piece, who called out to me that “since I was quick off the mark to take the pool table” I should at least look after her bag and coat while they played on another a few metres away. The pair behaved like I had stolen their drinks when I refused to be responsible for their valuables. Their attitude shocked me, but sadly it is not an isolated case. Among many of my own experiences there are plenty of others. Such as the owner of a new car that was scratched because it was parked on a slight angle or something just as minor (see page 22). Even if the rude pool player and I had raced to the table and he fumbled with his coin for me to swoop in and put my $2 in the slot - he still would have had no right to be upset. He, like everyone trying to live in a community, should remember that their needs are no greater than anyone else’s. Life is never fair - if we snooze we lose, and it is nobody’s fault but our own. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy YOURSAY Spend our cash wisely Knock, Knock! Is anybody home on this council? People in the Bay have expressed their disapproval of the intended removal of the old historical Pialba Railway Station on Main St. Once again, our wonderful wise men in council who were elected by the people in the Bay choose not to hear their call for it not to go ahead. Once again, ignorance towards what the people of Hervey Bay want. This is an historic land mark that has been situated in the same spot now for numerous years, giving locals and tourists alike the opportunity to take in some history of what the area was like in the past years. Shame on this council to even consider what they are about to do. On top of that, they have the hide to, after only been in offi ce for three or so years, to raise the average rates once again by 2.4 per cent which will add an extra cost of $104 to your rates. This has been the fourth rate rise in just as many years. They state that this increase is due to costs that have risen in council with insurance up by 10 per cent and electricity increasing by 15 per cent. Fuel costs are also on the rise. We the ratepayers also have these increases yet no increase in our income. I don’t know how this council expects the average householder to afford another added cost of $104 added to their already stretched budget of living. Well done Council. Not a bad effort for a mayor who when campaigning for offi ce, said; “I will not raise rates in my fi rst term”. Well he did and claimed it was unavoidable. Maybe stop spending so much money on bandaid solutions on the foreshore, unnecessary road works, and numerous projects within the Bay that are wasting rate payers’ money. Here’s an idea; start spending money on how to promote Hervey Bay as a tourist destination. Start working on how to bring in money to the region. Economy fi rst, beatifi cation second, not the other way around. If we don’t have anything to draw tourist dollars fi rst, why bother making the Bay look beautiful when only the locals will see it? Rate payers’ money spent unwisely. Dave Savin Wondunna Better off with little? Do you know how future-planned changes to super asset tests will alter the way people save for retirement? Under planned changes, a couple with $700,000 in total assets, which shall we say is in a super fund, who takes 5% per annum gets $35,000. The new changes mean that the couple would receive $9573 from the government co-contribution, which gives them a total of $44,573 a year plus a health care card. A couple with $350,000 in super taking 5% per annum gives you $17,500 and you get full gov pension of $33,701 gives a total of $51,201 plus a pension concession card. Hang on that means you will be better off with less money in super. Conclusion; either have $350,000 or over a million. Robert Lock. Urangan Floating a few ideas Hervey Bay and Maryborough are two cities that need a strong tourist visitor drawcard and many of us over the years have tried to come up with an idea. Myself and many like me have thought about the Urangan Pier, but I am sorry to say it’s a small drawcard and cannot be built into a bigger drawcard as there are too many laws that stop it from growing and this pier can’t help Maryborough - the city that built it. Maryborough is limited to its heritage and it only has a few buildings to attract tourist visitors to Maryborough. Yes it has the Mary Poppins author and yes, we have a festival about her, but I am sure these folk (visiting the festival) would love to take a ride down to Hervey Bay with those dollar bills burning a hole in their pockets. Many have mentioned re-laying the rail line and having a train that travels from Maryborough to Hervey Bay at each end with a bus service for the tourist visitors. My dear wife and I travelled in our camper for three years across Australia without a break and we have seen many things to draw tourists to places like the Fraser Coast. The main one we believe would open Hervey Bay and Maryborough is the O’Barn bus/train service they run in Adelaide. For more information about the O’Barn in South Australia, go to www. youtube.com/watch?v=vPhhbF0Ms7g https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/. Replace the railway line between our two great cities and at either end provide a bus service that takes passengers to locations around the Bay and returns them to the train station to head back to Maryborough or the other way around. Workers at either end could travel by this service to and from work. This is just an idea. Ken Hall Point Vernon Some more good ideas Recently Fraser Coast constituents tried to give Council ideas via newspapers to improve our region and economy - these are all great ideas. I too think a foreshore like Townsville, Cairns or even Eastern Beach at Geelong - it’s fantastic. They have painted power poles into lifesavers outside their clubhouse and beauty pageant entrants on the beach, for example. We could do a similar thing by getting our local indigenous people to paint traditional artwork on the removed old pier pylons and place them along the foreshore. Also, the water park could be expanded into the Seafront Oval area with a free beach style swimming pool like ones in Mackay, Geelong, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns. The tourists love something for free and it’s adjacent to caravan parks and the CBD for visitors to spend their money. I have mentioned these ideas to councillors at community chat sessions, but none seem interested - they prefer to spend millions of dollars on sports parks we already have and no one wants these moved, and taken no notice of the fact we have absolutely no Christmas tree or traditional decorations displayed which could easily be done at Scarness park stage area where a tree and electricity already exist. This would compliment the Christmas Ambulance Wheel and encourage community spirit. Any of the above suggestions would promote the Fraser Coast, create local jobs and encourage tourists. We pay some of the highest rates in the entire State so if Council doesn’t start listening to their constituents, then surely at the upcoming elections we need to elect people who will listen. Karen Kahler Wondunna NO MORE EXCUSES It’s easy to put insurance off until a time when you think you need it. Problem is, you never know when that’s going to be. 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