Military aviators honoured in airport road name changes

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The Fraser Coast Regional Council has endorsed the renaming of the Maryborough Airport Access Road to Frank Lawrence Circuit and Hangar North Road to Clifton Cornall Road. Councillor Paul Truscott…

Life is not a self-help book!

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– Moments in Sport – This is not how he wanted it to end. At 3am on a dirt track, Andrew Dower had fallen to the ground for the last…

A life on the Sea

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By Kim Parnell – Marlene Stell, better known as Millie loves nothing better than the wind in her hair and the rise and fall of the ocean as she heads…

Australia Day award nominations open on Fraser Coast

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Nominations for the Fraser Coast 2021 Australia Day Awards are now open. Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the awards were an opportunity to recognise our local unsung heroes. “The…

Work to get underway on new Nikenbah roundabout

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Work will start next week on a new roundabout in Nikenbah. Councillor Denis Chapman said Fraser Coast Regional Council had awarded the $2.6 million contract for the upgrade of the…

Holiday Fun At Wide Bay Gymnastics

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We have two action-packed sessions on a Tuesday and a Thursday of Open Gym and Free G. Open gym is just that! We open up the gym and you can…

Hervey Bay Defence Trade Careers Information Session

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Thursday 10th September 2020 6pm Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay   Want to learn a trade? Or maybe you’re already qualified? Either way, the Australian Defence Force provides great…

Maryborough Open Gardens program grows

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  The annual Maryborough Open Gardens has grown and this year will be a two-day stand-alone event in August. The event showcases private gardens in and around Maryborough. “The gardeners…

A Creative Mind

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This month we chat to colourful and creative local fashion designer Nadia Seo as we chat about all things to do with design and the creative process.  Who is Nadia…

An Intimate Bush Concert with Touring Artists

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If you have ever attended an event with live music on the Fraser Coast, chances are you have heard The Hillbilly Goats perform. They are very different from any other…

Re-framing Comparison Into Motivation

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  Underrated but Educated  Underrated but Educated: The musings of Emily Jackson and Phoebe Tweddle and their experiences through the perilous journey of growing up. In 2020, it’s almost ‘the…

Take a Trike Tour

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Glenn Rhino Chapman or Rhino – as he is known to many, has been the owner/operator of Rhino Trike Tours for the past twelve years. If you live in Hervey…

Defence Force Information Night

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The Australian Defence Force is a modern, people-focused organization and one of Australia’s major employers. Located right across the country, the Navy, Army, and Air Force provide unique opportunities to…

Time for the next Generation

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By Mitchell, Summer and Jake – #44 Derbydore has been part of the Dunga Derby community since the events second year in 2016. Derbydore was purchased for two cartons of…

Wang’ari Dreaming Cultural Tours – here to tell a story

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  By Kim Parnell – What is the meaning behind the name, and where did the idea stem from? Wang’ari means Dingo, deriving from our traditional Batjala (Butchulla) Mother tongue….

Quiet Times at the Maheno

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  By Nathan Smith – As we slowly wake from lock-down and begin to venture from our homes to try to regain some sort of normality, The Maheno wreck is…

A unique holiday without the crowds

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It’s been almost 12 months since Fraser Island Boat Charters launched in the Great Sandy Straits Marina, and owners Scott Whitcombe and Stephanie Foster are now gearing up for a…

Moments In Sport

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Unconquered – The Story of Stix McGavin In 2012, Daniel Parker was a soldier in the Australian Defence Force serving a deployment in Afghanistan with the Second Combat Engineer Regiment. As…

What’s On Facebook and the Web?

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By Kim Parnell – An imagined event – I hereby declare Friday, July 10th as Piña Colada Day…Ok, it may not be an Australian thing, more American I think –…

Check yourself!

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The Hervey Bay PCYC, local police officers, and members of the community came together this morning to shave off their locks in support of colleague, Sergeant Kelly Chamberlain who has…

The new kid on the block

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By Kim Parnell – Earlier this week, on my way home from Maryborough, I  called into Susan River Homestead to catch up with Owner, Norman McLean. It had been well…

Popular Maryborough Markets set to reopen soon!

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Maryborough’s iconic craft and fresh produce market will be back in the city’s central business district in less than two weeks, reopening on Thursday 28 May 2020. This follows State…

Help Celebrate People with Down syndrome on World Down Syndrome Day!  

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March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, when people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome, creating a global voice, advocating for the…

Send some positive healing Energy!

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By Jackie Campbell – To me, a Full Moon Meditation represents an opportunity once per month to reflect on what has been happening in our busy lives. To take a…

The Crowded House and Split Enz Experience

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No band ever truly ends. By the end of 1984, Split Enz had come to some kind of end. And in the start of 1985, Crowded House had in some…

Back by Popular Demand!

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Marina Prior and David Hobson reunite once again for a limited time – by popular demand in their hit show ‘The 2 of Us’. This is your opportunity to get…

Planning a stay and fish on Fraser Island

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Places to stay There are a range of accommodation options at Fraser from camping to Resort style accommodation. For those that prefer to camp, you will require a permit and…

New boat charter to explore the beautiful Fraser Coast!

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The newest addition to the Fraser Island Boat Charters fleet launches in time for summer adventures around Fraser Island. ‘Indigo’, a Seawind 1000 catamaran is an entry level sailing boat…

Volunteers of the Beach

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Ron Thomas is definitely one of the stalwarts of the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club. His time on Hervey Bay beaches has been well documented – as I look…

Try your luck on the wheel for Charity

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  For over 65 years, The Hervey Bay Local Ambulance Committee’s annual Ambulance Goods Wheel has been held on the Scarness foreshore over the Christmas holidays.  It has become a…

FX of Coffee raises funds for Rural Fire Brigade

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FX of Coffee’s Andrew Sadler and Crew recently celebrated the Coffee Shops 5th Birthday. As part of the celebration’s Andrew wanted to give back to the Rural Fire Brigade who…

Free Family Events for Christmas!

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Get along to the Mary Christmas Street Party Come on down to the Mary Christmas – Maryborough Street Party which will take centre stage around the Maryborough City Hall and…

Book Launch – The New Rules of Health

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The New Rules of Health – 15 game-changing coaches reveal their secrets to help you achieve ultimate health and wellness. “Comparisonitis, self-hate and negative talk about ourselves and others must…

Friday nights Food and Groove Scene is about to get festive!

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A star-studded local line-up, family fun and a fabulous array of food will mark the return of next Friday’s jovial event. Condy Park’s Early Learning Centre is setting the benchmark…

UK Bee Geez head to the Bay

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  The UK Bee Geez are the most realistic tribute to the Bee Gees that you will ever see or hear! As the trio appear on the stage you can…

Get ready to Race!

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    The Hervey Bay triathlon club is running their 9th Beach House Hotel Hervey Bay 100 and looking at a capacity field. One of their smaller events – as…

Stomping Ivories

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Band members are: Murray Sheridan – on Drums and Vocal Greg Agar and Hugh Murry on Piano and vocals I often feel privileged having the opportunity to interview or have…

Art Exhibition “Early” by Emma Thorp

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Artist Profile Emma Thorp is a digital and mixed media artist who works with acrylics and coloured pencil on paper. Favouring sharp, high contrast images, she uses layering techniques reminiscent…

Trumpeter – Eamon Dilworth brings his quartet to the Bay

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Eamon Dilworth is an Australian trumpeter, composer, vocalist and educator. He performs with artists across the contemporary music spectrum with a sound inspired by the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dave…

Beekeepers can help save our planet

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    By Evon Binney –  Did you know that something as simple as becoming a beekeeper can help save our planet from destruction? Albert Einstein predicted:  If the bee…

Music to move you

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The Maryborough Regional Arts Council is once again bringing a delightful and exciting performance to Maryborough. Recent arrival, Anastasia Bickel has fallen in love with Maryborough’s beautiful old Queenslanders and…

Andrew O’Keefe “Shouts” Johnny O’Keefe

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  Johnny O’Keefe was the pioneer of rebellious Australian rock and roll, predecessor to the likes of Bon Scott, Jimmy Barnes, and Michael Hutchence that succeeded him. Often labelled as…

Justice Crew are back!

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Australia’s most exciting group and eight-time ARIA nominees Justice Crew are about to hit the road on tour to celebrate their 10th year of performing as a crew. Stealing the…

Oztag Fundraiser!

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Written by Sarah Weinert –  The very first games of Oztag were held in Cronulla and St George (NSW) in December of 1992.  In 1994 the Australian Oztag Sports Association…

The Model T Fords roll into Maryborough

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  A National Event for Model T Ford car owners across Australia is set to roll into Maryborough from the 29th September to the 5th October. The event is held…

The Fraser Lions Pier Festival

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  The Fraser Lions Club Inc was chartered in May 1986.  Around that time there was big talk of the Pier being fully demolished, the Fraser Lions became involved with…

A sentimental Journey, celebrating Doris Day!

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Join Melly Melody and her swinging five-piece band, for her wonderful matinee showcase as she celebrates the life and music of the wonderful Doris Day. Melly sings Doris Day’s most…

Dean Ray – you are not alone!

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Written by Kim Parnell – Singer/Songwriter, Dean Ray is heading back to Hervey Bay for one night only on Wednesday, September 18, at the Beach House Hotel with, ‘The Showcase’…

A celebration of Hits

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American born guitarist/singer Mark Lizotte, better known as Diesel, is heading to the bay this month to the delight of his many followers and fans. So there was no better…

Lee Kernaghan Stirs Emotion

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Country music singer/songwriter Lee Kernaghan was an absolute pleasure to interview a few weeks ago. He is warm, engaging, humble, witty and very open about the inspiration behind the lyrics…

A Spoonful of Sugar 15/24 hr Rogaine

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I have to admit that before I wrote this article, I did not know what ‘rogaining’ was, the word had not even entered into my vocabulary. So, before we talk…

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Needs YOU!

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Here on the Fraser Coast we are used to hearing the buzz of the LifeFlight helicopter on an all too regular basis, but did you know that an average mission…

Butchulla Men’s Business ready for their second Rites of Passage ceremony in 200 years.

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From the 31st of July to the 4th of August, Butchulla Men’s Business will conduct their second Rites of Passage ceremony in 200 years.  Twenty boys from four local high…

Deanne and Julie talk about ‘The Ibis Next Door’.

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Advertorial   Deanne and Julie – Owners of The Ibis Next Door, talk about their unique products, and the huge range that they have on offer.  Tell us a bit…

Soweto Gospel Choir – Freedom

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  RECENT WINNERS OF THE 2019 GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM (FREEDOM), SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR NOW BRING THEIR GRAMMY WINNING FREEDOM TOUR TO AUSTRALIA The SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR…

Get along to the Tiaro Field Day this Saturday! 

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  The 2019 Tiaro Field Day will be bigger and better than ever before, showcasing the best of our region’s agricultural and lifestyle offerings. As a celebration of all the…

Get into cosplay with FraserPop

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    FraserPop is a popular culture festival.  A celebration of popular culture, games and gaming, cosplay and much more. The festival is organised by students from grade 12 who…

Madama Butterfly set to enthrall

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Written by Kim Parnell Italian composer – Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is coming to the Brolga Theatre this month, so I thought it only fitting that I call China-born Australian…

Claptomaniacs hit the Bay    

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    FIVE-piece Noosa band the Claptomaniacs are dropping in to Hervey Bay’s RSL on Saturday, July 13 for one night of classic music from across the decades, with a…

2019 Junior State Cup – Day 1 results!

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  It was a jam-packed day here at the Qld Touch Football 2019 Junior State Cup, Day 1, Thursday 11 July. The chill-out zone powered by Optus was a great…

Call out: we want your bamboo donation for a World Whale Conference art project

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  In preparing for the World Whale Conference in October, Fraser Coast Tourism & Events is working with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to develop a whale sculpture on the…

One on One with Angry Anderson

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By Kim Parnell I last spoke to you in March of last year before Rose Tattoo rocked the Beach House hotel, and soon you will be doing it all over…

All New Poppins Precinct and Lets go fly a Kite a part of Mary Poppins Festival

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A new edition to the Mary Poppins Festival, Let’s Go Fly A Kite is a kite flying event in Queens Park where children can decorate their very own Mary Poppins…

John Paul Young brings the hits to the Fraser Coast

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I had the absolute pleasure of having a chat with the one and only John Paul Young a few weeks ago about his upcoming show – John Paul Young and…

Country Music Legend James Blundell to perform at the Hervey Bay RSL

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Country Music Legend James Blundell to perform at the Hervey Bay RSL   It was great to talk to James Blundell once again, read our interview below and don’t forget…

Wood & Craft Expo

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MARYBOROUGH WOOD & CRAFT EXPO 2019 Do you have someone who is hard to buy gifts for? Maybe you’re looking for something unique that you just can’t buy in any…

ELEGANT AND ENTHRALLING: THIS IS ONE DINNER PARTY INVITATION YOU CAN’T DECLINE

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Book a babysitter and brush up on your table manners because Expressions Dance Company’s The Dinner Party is coming to Maryborough in May. The Dinner Party debuted in 2015 at…

RV PARK OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED

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FRASER COAST RV PARK IS THE FIRST PROPERTY IN THE FRASER COAST REGION TO RECEIVE  “LAND FOR WILDLIFE “  STATUS IN 11 YEARS. 11 years ago I had a dream…

Comfort Kitchen turns Seven

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By Kim Parnell On May 14th, 2012, Comfort Kitchen’s doors opened for the first time. Seven years later the kitchen is still going strong. Team Leader Wayne Martin has been…

Forget Me Not – Supporting families in Nepal

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The Fraser Coast community is set to get colourful for a cause close to the hearts of many locals on June 2 when they gather for the third annual Colour…

Jimmy Barnes to Rock By the C

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Get ready for the biggest concert of the year on the Fraser Coast, with By The C. When you have a headline act such as Jimmy Barnes, you know that…

Echoes in Maryborough – MusicFest 2019

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Written by Kim Parnell While PubFest is no more, a small group of publicans, and volunteers didn’t want to see an event that drew thousands each year disappear altogether. Organiser…

Brewed Awakenings

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For the Month of May, we are stoked to have Brewed Awakenings on board. If you are a lover of coffee and haven’t checked them out yet then pop into…

Miss Street Rod Nationals Pinup Pageant Update

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The Pageant was held as part of the ASRF NATIONALS, and saw ten beautiful ladies dressed in their best rockabilly outfits on stage for one minute to impress the judges…

The Model T Fords roll into Maryborough later this year

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A National Event for Model T Ford car owners across Australia is set to roll into Maryborough this year. The event held only every 3 years, will be hosted for…

The Fraser Coast Art Gallery and Academy Officially Opens

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The Fraser Coast Art Gallery and Academy opened with a bang last Saturday night with the ALL IN Grand opening Exhibition that runs through until May 4. This brand new…

The Mason Rack Band are Back in Town!

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I am so excited; the Mason Rack Band will be back this month at the Beach House Hotel. If you haven’t seen them yet make sure that you catch them…

Art Exhibition by Kevin Rogers

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About the artist: Kevin was born in Brisbane but raised on the Gold Coast.  He joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1977 and completed twenty years’ service. As a…

FREE Come & Try Day

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Wheelchair Basketball Saturday, March 9 9.30am – 11;.30am Anyone can play! Any age, gender, or ability. Able-bodied players are welcome. All equipment is provided and we offer experienced coaching. Skill…

There is something Afoot at the Z-Pac Theatre!

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The Game’s Afoot (Holmes for the Holidays) Written by Ken Ludwig Directed by Liane Mills The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit farce. It is December 1936…

Aussie Rocker Ian Moss heads to the Brolga.

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Like many people of the generation, my childhood in the eighties and nineties was dominated with the songs and music from Iconic band Cold Chisel. These songs weren’t just words…

Townsville flood relief fundraiser

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Cool Country Social Music Club. Is proud to be hosting this incredible day. Come along and be part of the reason this country is so great. Aussie’s caring about Aussie’s!…

Singer-songwriter, James Reyne heads to the Beach House Hotel!

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James Reyne returns to North Queensland for a handful of dates as he delivers Summer all year round. Fans of the acclaimed singer-songwriter will be treated to an array of…

New dates for Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays after successful trial

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After a successful six-week summer trial, Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays will move from a weekly event to be held monthly until the Easter school holidays. The last weekly event, featuring…

Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes to headline By The C

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Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes will be joined by one of the most exciting line-ups of rock talent assembled in Queensland when he headlines the second annual By The C…

It’s time to get active on the Fraser Coast 

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Hervey Bay Have fun, make friends, be challenged, stay fit, be active. If you would like to see and hear about the activities, groups, and clubs operating across the Fraser…

A Club for the over Forties

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By Snezana Gosden Secretary, Hervey Bay APSL The Hervey Bay APSL is situated at 61 Hunter St, Pialba, right next door to HBW Food Service, and is a club that…

Grab your mates and start your Australia Day celebrations early

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Wrap your laughing gear around as many lamingtons as you can manage at the Lamington Eating Competition during the special early Australia Day celebrations at Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays on…

Fireworks at 8pm cap off family-friendly New Year’s Eve party

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Fireworks at 8pm cap off family-friendly New Year’s Eve party   Revellers should dress in their best beach party costume to make the most of the family-friendly 2018 New Year’s…

New Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays event set for launch in Hervey Bay

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New Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays event set for launch in Hervey Bay An exciting new Friday night food scene, featuring dishes from the region’s many multicultural groups, will be launched in…

Come on over to the Brolga for the Shania Twain Show!

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Come on over to the Brolga for the Shania Twain Show! With over 100 million albums sold globally, Shania Twain is indisputably a global music phenomenon and Australian music fans…

Spin and Win for a Great Cause

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Spin and Win for a Great Cause   By Jo-Anne Farrell It’s that time of the year again! The annual Ambulance Goods Wheel, run by the Hervey Bay Local Ambulance…

Things are about to get MASSIVE!

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Things are about to get MASSIVE! Things moved incredibly quickly for Melbourne rockers Massive after forming in Mid 2012. Within 6 months, they’d performed a number of showcase gigs in…

A Dawn with no Birdsong

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A Dawn with no Birdsong November 11 this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War but one of the least known aspects of the…

Fraser Coast R.U.M. Fest

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FRASER COAST R.U.M. FEST (Rodeo – Utes – Music) By Fraser Coast Agriculture Show Society Inc. National Finals Rodeo returns to the Fraser Coast and this year adds a Ute…

Christmas at the Refuge

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Christmas at the Refuge Four years ago, it was suggested by a volunteer that we hold a photo day at the refuge so as the people could bring their animals…

Men in Pink Tights – A night to Remember!

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Men in Pink Tights – A night to Remember!   Les Ballets Eloelle’s Men in Pink Tights promises to entertain all those who go to see the show. With some…

The Superboats return to battle it out once again!

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The Superboats return to battle it out once again This month catch all the action on the water and on the land, with Round 3, of the Offshore Superboat Championships,…

Get Your Frock On for the Annual Torbanlea Races

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Get Your Frock On for the Annual Torbanlea Races The popular Annual Torbanlea Picnic Races are on again this month. We are hoping to have six to eight horse races…

Relay for Life – Going for Gold!

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Hervey Bay Relay for Life Vibrant costumes, decorated spaces, quirky games, market stalls, live music, fitness demonstrations, fun and community spirit will highlight the 16th Hervey Bay Relay for Life….