Small Business

How will mayoral candidates boost the Coast’s business?

To boost business we need to work at creating more jobs from tourism and by working to bring Government Departments to the Fraser Coast. Reducing council fees on business so they can grow and employ more staff. Create sustainable Industries to reduce our ever increasing 9.9% unemployment rate.

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ATTRACTING business to the Fraser Coast could be one of the vital things the region’s next mayor can do.

With one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, the region is crying out for more jobs.

Reducing fees, providing infrastructure and essential services were among the top priorities for our six mayor candidates when it came to business.

Incumbent mayor Gerard O’Connell said looking to the future council needed to keep investing in the region.

“Building new infrastructure, that’s one of the key things we have control over,” he said.

Candidate Steve Coleman agreed, but said council needed to help out financially.

“We need to be looking at council infrastructure fees and charges,” he said.

Mr Coleman said by reducing charges, businesses may find the region an attractive place to set up.

Division 3 councillor Chris Loft said fees and charges would be a part of his focus on boosting business.

“We need to make existing business a priority,” he said.

Cr Loft said he would look into the function of Fraser Coast Opportunities and ensure it was focusing on attracting tourism.

Candidate Jannean Dean also spruiked a focus on tourism and lowering council fees.

“(I would encourage business) by working to create more jobs from tourism and by working to bring government departments to the Fraser Coast,” she said.

Greg Schmidt would fund a survey to let the region’s retailers know what the customers wanted.

“I would also relax some of the overheads of starting up a small business until they got up and running,” he said.

Former teacher Lee Carter said he believed council’s function was to provide essential services.

Mr Carter said he would focus on developing a sustainable town plan to help ensure businesses could continue to flourish.

Fraser Coast Chronicle Article 26th February 2016

#Vote1 #JD4Mayor #TripleR – rates rubbish roads

Fraser Coast Community Unites


I have organised this event in Hervey Bay Qld for the entire Fraser Coast in line with the weekend there will be Welfare Marches around Australia 11th – 12th July.

The venue was chosen for several reasons. As you are probably aware Freedom Park is the home of the Hervey Bay Communities remaining two historical buildings – Memorial Hall and the Railway Station; which Council is trying to clear for their proposed new building. I thought this was the best location, as it is a perfect position to highlight the concerns of the people surrounding heritage, environment, foreshore management, small business, rates, crime, drug epidemic, jobs, dingoes and all the issues affecting our community by the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s poor and mismanagement practices, including State and Federal Governments.

People from ALL OUR Communities will be attending. Specialist parties have also been invited. i.e. Foreshore, Environmental, Rates Association, Youth Groups, Domestic Violence Advocates, Child Welfare Groups, Save the Fraser Island Dingo, Homeless Advocates, Heritage Committees, Small Business Representatives, De-amalgamation Committee, all Community Groups that utilise the Memorial Hall on a daily basis and the Vietnam Veterans Association currently working from the Railway Station etc.

Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, Mayor, Councillors and Executive of the Fraser Coast Regional Council will be given special invitations. Some are already aware and waiting confirmation of event details.

I am waiting on confirmation from two worthy groups to cater for the event as an opportunity to fund raise.

If you know a group or speaker who would like to be heard please ask them to contact me.

Click here to join the event

Another business to close as push to get markets back builds

Maryborough Market Placards

Council election candidate Gordon Dale also took to the markets yesterday wearing a placard to support the cause – gathering feedback from shoppers and stallholders as he went.

But Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell has refused to answer questions or guarantee the future of the markets.

Chronicle Report here

Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun

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‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’, Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun, Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!

65% of the Fraser Coast’s population is overweight or obese
30% of residents are obese which is 32% higher than the QLD state figure
19% smoke daily which is 47% higher than the state figure
8% hospitalisations are avoidable
25% of deaths are avoidable!
[Stats Via Fraser Coast Chronicle]

August 2014 saw the launch of Fraser Coast Health and Fitness Community Action Group. Now re-branded to the simple and easy to remember ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ (No more tongue twister, soothing new colours, easy to remember, new directions, new activities, new goals & new timetable.)

Good friends Jeanette, Cheryl & Florian are excited about the new direction!

They are a team of passionate people and businesses in the community that are vested in helping others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun, productive and will make them happy and confident! I want to share with you their enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism, qualifications, encouragement, support and life experiences and encourage you to go on this amazing journey with them!

Jeanette is a qualified personal trainer and life coach who is extremely passionate about her fitness, striving for excellence in all aspects of her life, motivating and inspiring others on their journey. She definitely ‘Walks the Talk!”

Jeanette is a published author and has written the “4 Week Program” being a mind, meal and exercise plan that has proven to really work.
Since 2012 Jeanette has been leading people on mountain hikes, free 20km Community hikes on Fraser Island and free monthly 10km challenges in Hervey Bay (run or walk).
Her next 10km Challenge is on Saturday the 4th of July starting at Scarness Car Park at 6am. All welcome, take the Challenge, or go half way and do 5km!

Cheryl Virgo is a qualified natural therapies & massage therapist plus life coach with 15 years experience specialising in energy work.
Cheryl takes a free 6.5 km beach walk from Torquay Jetty to the Pier return each Wednesday at 6 am. All are welcome and you will experience the most magical sunrises on the East Coast! Cheryl is also excited about being “The Leader of the Pack” with her new 3 km “Dog Walks” on a Monday and Friday starting at Cafe Cavour on the Esplanade opposite Crown street.

Florian is currently working away but is looking forward to getting back to the bay for work and firing up his free fitness training business!

For more info on local fitness news and events please like and follow the Fraser Coast Fitness and Health Facebook page:

or Jeanette:

I am so grateful to small business operators like Jeanette, Cheryl & Florian who give their time, expertise and knowledge to our community free of charge.


Our unique natural asset should be a tourist mecca but is being ‘managed’ to the detriment of recreational fishers and tourism, so that a small number of commercial fishers and associated
businesses might benefit.

There are NO fish species commercially caught in the Great Sandy Strait that cannot be sourced elsewhere.

Fishermen and tourists are well informed. Increasingly they are traveling to regions with Net Free Areas because there is an abundance of fish there.

The Fraser Coast desperately needs a sustainable economic boost. Other regions such as Northern Territory are reaping the benefit of the economic multiplier effect that recreational fishing readily offers with low input costs.

The estimated value of recreational fishing on the Fraser Coast [as at December 2011] is: $203,812,337 [made up of $66,962,378 per year going fishing and visiting recreational fishers
spending $136,849,959 on accommodation] PLUS an additional $177,965,336 of capital equipment.
Every time an angler goes out on the Urangan Pier there is $31 in economic value contributed to our local region.

Every time a boating angler goes out of the Urangan Harbour or from one of our boat ramps, there is $71 in economic value contributed to our local region.

The Great Sandy Marine Park is the ONLY marine park in Australia (probably the world) that allows unrestricted commercial gill-netting to take place in Conservation Zones.

Not only is this happening in a World Heritage listed area , it is also happening in a declared RAMSAR Site, a dugong protection area, a major turtle ecosystem, as well as the recent declaration in the Great Sandy Biosphere.

In the Fraser Coast region, catch rates for anglers have dropped from 7.8 fish landed per person per trip in 1986 to 0.81 fish per person per trip in 2003 . This is the most current research but concerns are that this decline continues even further today.

The majority of commercial fishers comply with regulations. However, there are many practices that are exploitative, questionable and almost impossible for the Fisheries officers to police.
Recreational fishers have my support for the following reasons:

  1. Removing inshore commercial netting is critical to the value-chain of our local economy
  2. Restoring fish numbers in the inshore waters of the Fraser Coast for:
  3. Beach fishing – more of the family’s ‘bread & butter fish’ of whiting, bream and flathead
  4. Pier fishing – keeping kids off the streets with whiting, flathead, mackerel and bream
  5. Estuary fishing – restoring iconic sports-fish such as barramundi and threadfin salmon, as
  6. well as grunter and jew
  7. Rebuilding our local Reef, Rock and Offshore fish stocks for a diverse fishing experience
  8. Protecting – dugongs, turtles, dolphins and whales


  1. Fraser Coast tourism inflow, drawing visitors that would have gone to other Australian
  2. and overseas fishing destinations that have Net Free Areas
  3. Complementing whale watching which is only 3 months per year and has come under pressure from competition
  4. Re-opening the eco-tourism opportunities without having to weave around commercial
  5. nets and belligerent pros
  6. Seizing the opportunity to build a world class destination for sports-fishing

Businesses that benefit from Tourism

  1. Energised and growing tourism related businesses such as:
  2. Accommodation – motels & apartments
  3. Food services – restaurants, hotels, cafes and take-away
  4. Transport, vehicle and boat hiring services
  5. Air and water transport fuel, bait & chandleries
  6. Travel agency and tour operator services
  7. Arts, recreation and entertainment services

Retail trade

  1. Employment and the Local Economy
  2. Job creation and the underpinning of existing employment
  3. A positive ‘knock-on’ effect into other areas of our local economy
  4. Exploiting the multiplier effect to gain regional economic value
  5. Positive participation in the growth of regional Queensland
  6. Putting confidence back into the Fraser Coast
  7. High return for negligible initial cost

Communities all the way around the Qld coast have repeatedly requested waters close to their community centre be made off limits to gill net fishers. The practice of allowing industrial size gill nets in the middle of towns working right through the barramundi closed season has decimated fish stocks and affected recreational experience and tourism opportunities. There are 11 small areas identified and documented state wide requesting Net Free Areas (NFA’s). Other states and the Northern Territory have long recognised the importance of maintaining healthy fish stocks, Queensland has not.

Will release a more detailed report when time permits.