Hervey Bay Independent : 23rd July 2015
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Phone now ffo s now or The opening of the extended runway, capable of taking jet aircraft and direct fl ights to Sydney, was momentous for the region, with the fl ights and infl ux of visitors credited as the catalyst for tremendous growth. “The arrival of jet aircraft and direct daily Sydney fl ights on top of daily fl ights to Brisbane had a huge impact on the region,” Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said. “Several major developers were attracted here by the jet services. Residents have benefi ted with easy access to capital cities, for visits by friends and family; the tourism industry has access to a wider market which has had a fl ow-on effect in the building industry with resort development.” Cr O’Connell said the anniversary was a tribute to the forward-thinking Council of the day which backed the multi-million dollar plan to extend the runway and build a modern airport terminal. The airport’s runway extensions opened with both Virgin and Jetstar airlines operating and 11 jet services each week, which Cr O’Connell said far exceeded the originally hoped for three services a week. PH 4197 1475 | 67 Main Street, Pialba “In the past 10 years about 1.8 million passengers have passed through the terminal. “The number of passengers jumped from under 40,000 a year to almost 150,000 in the fi rst year.” we’ve changed our colours The Sticker Company is now the Chameleon Group 16 Southern Cross Circuit, Hervey Bay Call 1800 626 562 We are proud to unveil our new identity as the Chameleon Group which incorporates The Sticker Company, McTaggarts and Digital Powerhouse. With the same great team, we are working towards an exciting new vision for the future. DIGITAL grou p design print promo web chameleon-group.com.au 18 | Hervey Bay Independent, July 23, 2015 PO WERHOUSE The withdrawal of Jetstar services in 2009 saw numbers decrease, but the introduction of weekend Qantaslink fl ights to Sydney in 2014 returned optimism among airport businesses. In the year up to July, 108,000 passengers passed through the airport, ensuring the airport was on target to service 160,000 passengers by the 10th birthday. Among the major improvements made in the past decade were a big change to Rod Braddock’s Bay2dore Shuttle Service, which operates a shuttle service that takes people to and from the airport from around the Wide Bay. “It’s been great,” Rod said. “After 17 years of owning and operating Dial-A-Driver and driving mostly at night, driving during the day has been a great change. I’ve met some wonderful people taking them to the airport.” Taking over the airport café seven years ago was a lifestyle change for Len and Barb Norton. “It has been good. It’s interesting to talk to the people as they come through the café; to fi nd out where they’ve been and where they are going.” For Allan Atkinson of Hervey Bay Limousines, the changes at the airport in the 21 years he has been operating have been extraordinary. “The terminal was a demountable 21 years ago when we started,” he said. “Our passengers are still mainly locals, but we get the occasional celebrity.” The opening of the extended airport increased demand for services, especially on days when there were two jets landing. Businesses have grown to handle demand and the future remains bright, Cr O’Connell said. “The Council is in regular contact with major airlines in the hope of attracting more services and we are also working with industry partners to expand charters for the resource sector,” he said. “We’re working towards developing a hub for fl y in fl y out workers and expanding the number of aviation businesses at Hervey Bay and Maryborough. “I think that aviation will play a big role in our future.” Passengers on the Virgin fl ight next Wednesday will be met by the Mayor and welcomed with a small gift showcasing the Fraser Coast. “I hope people take a moment to go outside and wave as the jet fl ies overhead on its way to the airport,” Cr O’Connell said. Time to do something good GOOD Guys Hervey Bay is accepting nominations for local schools, community groups, charities, families and individuals to receive a helping hand during Doing Good Week (August 24-30). From the donation of a small appliance for a raffl e to volunteerism by staff, Good Guys Hervey Bay is on the lookout for opportunities, big or small, to “do good” during Doing Good Week. “Doing good and making a difference in the local community is an integral part of what it means to be a Good Guy,” Good Guys Hervey Bay Store Manager, Brad Lowe said. “We strongly believe in strengthening our community by supporting essential programs, services and projects at a grassroots level which is why we support various local community groups throughout the year. “We’re thrilled to have reached this milestone and are looking forward to receiving nominations for local groups in our area to receive an act of doing good.” Nominations can be made in-store or via Facebook at facebook.com/thegoodguysAU between Monday, July 13 and Sunday, August 16. “We will undertake seven acts of Doing Good as part of Doing Good Week and we encourage everyone to nominate a person or group they think deserves it most,” Brad said. “We encourage all of our customers to come in or jump onto Facebook to help us celebrate this achievement and look forward to receiving some great nominations, big and small, in the lead up to Doing Good Week at the end of August. “Doing good is at the heart of everything we do at The Good Guys and we are committed to continuing our community support long into the future.” Good Guys has donated $8 million to more than 200 charities and community organisations around Australia through its Local Giving Program. Since its inception in 1952, the organisation has grown to include 99 stores across Australia.
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