Hervey Bay Independent : 28th January 2016
MyView Journalist Lee Gailer A parting farewell Well folks, this is it! After producing more than 80 straight editions, the time has come to say goodbye. It’s been great getting to know the Fraser Coast and all its charms, and I loved every bit. I’ve had a great job working in one of the most liveable places on earth with an awesome bunch of people I call friends. I was fair enough to divide my time equally between your two centres and can tell you some of my most fond memories will include absorbing the history in Maryborough’s old Portside Precinct while living in a rambling old Queenslander, and soaking up the sun on the balcony of my resort apartment where, for the past 10 months, I have stared at the magnifi cent view. Ahh, I’ve really enjoyed the best of your world and will always rave about how special the whale watching is and all the wonderful grass-roots events that visitors and locals enjoy. I found happiness here, I truly did. But in all epic dramas (yes, I believe our lives should play out like one) there should be twists and turns. I march to the sound of my own drum and t’s time for me to change the beat. I will miss the kind hearts, the friendly faces and the regular sight of elderly and immobile people zipping around on their scooters. Just the thought of it puts a smile on my face and has me thinking that when the time comes for me to downsize my four wheels I will be back creating footpath rage. There are of course, people I won’t miss - from the one-eyed nitpickers to the overzealous pastor who tried to save my soul. To them I say; do something different for a change. Accept somebody else’s view even if it doesn’t gel with your own. Because I believe, I really do, that the truth lies somewhere between you both. At our human core, we all have the same needs, wants, desires and dreams, and acceptance of difference is key to harmony. To those building bridges in this community, including my colleagues, keep up the awesome work. The pleasure has been all mine. YOURSAY Milk cruise visit it for all it’s worth This year sees us nearing our fi rst visit from a cruise ship to be anchored of Fraser Island, Kingfi sher. Cruise ships generally carry up to 2000 passengers, a great opportunity for us to take advantage of as a growing town What thought has been put into place by our council to gain the maximum advantage of this visit. Here are my thoughts. Negotiate with the whale watching boats to offer ferry services to the mainland (Hervey Bay). Drop tourists off at the marina - Kingfi sher is only a 30 minute trip to the mainland. Negotiate with market stall holders to erect their stalls at the marina. Also around town. Seek to employ small tour buses to take tourist in and around Hervey Bay. Speak with buisness owners whom have tours operating to make themselves avaiable for tours on the day, for example Rhino Trike Tours, Maryborough Bus tours and fi shing trips for the day. Bands or entertainment in most venues and in the parks. Most cruise ships I have cruised on arrive at 7am and leave around 5pm. This is ample time for a lot to be done and places to be visited here in Hervey Bay. Lets face it, this is a great opportunity for our economy, if we do this right, we will be looked upon as a future destination for these massive cruise ship to visit our shores. We need to milk this for all it’s worth. Dave Savin Wondunna Highly recommended adventure To day (being January 24) I booked with some friends on the adventure cruise departing at 9am and returning at 1pm. We duly arrived at the boat club and checked in and on board we went. We left on time with the staff and crew being most hospitable. Out the heads we went and steamed up the great sandy straits with the skipper pointing out the different land marks, the weather was just perfect, we steamed up past little woody and stopped at Pelican Banks Island. Morning tea was served which was pleasant. We then had a surprise about being invited to go to check out the boom net, there was about six of us male and female who took on the challenge including the writer. I am so glad I did it was the most amazing experience I have had in a long time. I strongly encourage the members of the boat club and visitors to Hervey Bay to book and do this challenge, you will not regret this. Go on the Boat Club web site and look at cruises. You will be pleasantly surprised as to what you can do at a reasonable price. I for one thoroughly recommend it. Jane Page Eli Waters Need a walk and no interruptions I live in Point Vernon near the Esplanade and one of my favourite things to do after work or early morning on the weekends is to walk my little dog along the walkway at Gatakers Bay. I fi nd this walk every day does wonders for my wellbeing; looking out over the bay refl ecting on how peaceful and simple life can be. It’s also my dogs favourite thing as I stop and watch her sniff every tree and whatever, completely lost in her own world. Please tell me why is it other walkers with their dogs insist their dog say hello up close and personal to my dog? Numerous occasions I have said “no thank you” and try to walk off the pathway around them only to fi nd the owner is still on the pathway but their their dog on a retractable lead keeps coming after my dog! I continually get shocked looks from the dogs owner with “ohh your dog isn’t friendly ?” Or “ doesn’t your dog like other dogs?” I fi nd I’m always defending my dog and myself as I keep walking off. Only this morning, after one lady decided her dog should meet mine face-to-face and after my saying “no thank you, my dog likes to be left alone”, she decides to inform me “well your dog is giving all the right signs to be friendly, maybe it’s the owner!” Really, all my little silky and I want is a nice peaceful stroll when it’s cool sniffi ng and breathing the world away and we don’t require any company two-legged or four. So please, walkers with dogs, keep your dogs and opinions to yourselves and just enjoy your walk. If you need to talk, you have your best friend walking with you , talk to them! Karin Stigh Point Vernon Encouraging a vote of confi dence I wonder if there is fi nally going to be one or two announcements for readers re; strong council candidates put their hands up. The plot thickens and this is only my personal speculation due to the fact I spotted Mr Dalgleish with Mr Muchkan out together. This may not mean much, but as I recall these two were always together when they were on Council and worked as a team to get many problems solved. I wanted to go and ask them if they were considering running for council, but there was a number of people talking to them already. I hope I’m right and both of these men stand because I have read many council minutes and it is clear these men were the movers and shakers of the council. Please stand guys, there are a lot of people out here that appreciate the hard work you did for our community. Les Ryan Torquay 2016 election warnings from Herb 1. Many of us are fi nding it harder to express our direct opinion in the news media. In contrast our Council, with well-paid spin doctors (paid with) our rates, give the pretence of what’s politically correct. 2. 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