The threat of rain didn’t keep an eager crowd of car enthusiasts away from the Hervey Bay Rodders Show and Shine display on Sunday.
Gates opened at 9am at the Pialba State School and by 9.30 there was no parking available for blocks around the school grounds.
By 10.30 there were hundreds of hot rods … and more modern vehicles … on display and more were still coming in the gate. And by that stage people were lining up to enter the school grounds.
Vehicles on display ranged from a very early vintage Ford right through to a late model Ford Falcon. In between those two extremes there was everything to an early Fiat Bambino to a Chevrolet people mover that would have been right at home on the set of Happy Days
Some of these beautifully maintained vehicles come from Hervey Bay but any come in at this time each year from other parts of Queensland and from interstate too.
One local car that really caught our eye was this fully imported Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. It arrived in the country in poor condition but just look at it now.
You can see more of this vehicle, and some of the others that were on display, in the gallery below.
You may not have noticed but since Christmas a number of new businesses have opened up here in Hervey Bay and that’s a good indicator of the health of the local economy.
One business you may have missed is tucked away in one of the back units at 17 Liuzzi Street (next door to St Vinnies) … you can’t even see it from the street but once you’re in the store you’re not going to want to leave.
There is just so much interesting stuff in this shop that big kids (i.e. adults) are going to have trouble leaving.
Look up and you’ll see some amazing radio controlled planes. Look down and you’ll see plenty of hot radio controlled cars that will bring out the latent petrol head in any adult.
Performance Hobbies is open Monday to Saturday at 17 Liuzzi Street Pialba.
Work is continuing between Scarness and Pialba to stabilise the Hervey Bay foreshore with most of the work currently being done around Scarness.
There still appears to be plenty that needs to be done and of course work can only be done between each high tide.
It’s been a while since we’ve had such heavy rain as we’ve experienced over the last few days so it’s easy to forget that we always end up with a lot of damage to roads around Hervey Bay.
So for the next few days when you’re driving around Hervey Bay keep a lookout for potholes because the Council never seems to see them as a major concern.
While they may not swallow your car there are some big ones along Old Marybourough Road … near the High School … and along The Esplanade between Pialba and Torquay that will certainly damage your suspension.
If you were hoping that your quarterly power bill would go down now that the carbon tax has been removed from it you could rather disappointed when your next bill arrives.
A customer service representatitve from Ergon told us last week that consumers in Hervey Bay should not expect to see our power bill decrease … in fact we should expect to see it increase.
It seems that Ergon have removed the carbon tax but, at the same time, they have increased their service fees to more than what the carbon tax was worth.
And the electricity companies wonder why so many home owners are moving to solar power.
There’s no doubt that there are times when driving down The Esplanade … especially the very narrow parts of the Esplanade here in Hervey Bay … are a challenge.
Two cars passing down around the Surf Club are a tight squeeze when other cars are parked on both sides of the road. Change one of those cars to a bus and and there can be just millimetres to spare.
Now let’s add in the new one metre rule for passing bikes and things become even harder … and not just in front of the Surf Club.
Something certainly needs to be done about parking and traffic flows along the Esplanade and it needs to be done sooner rather than later. Of course the Council won’t do anything unless enough people make a noise about the problem so it’s time to think about signing this online petition.
This is not about cars v bikes or how car drivers are impatient and inconsiderate and bike riders are a pain in the proverbial … so no comments along those lines will be published.
This is about getting Council to do something to save lives so please sign the petition.
For the past couple of weeks that’s the question one local cafe owner has been asking visitors from Europe who have been coming into his cafe and the answer in almost every case is the same.
“We didn’t know about this place till we got off the plane in Brisbane.”
Surely that says only one thing … Hervey Bay is missing out because most people already have their trips and itinerary planned before they get here. They don’t know about us as they plan their Australian holiday so they don’t come here.
Sure, there may be some marketing for Hervey Bay at Brisbane airport but that’s way too late for most people. We need to be doing more to reach out to the European market … and it wouldn’t take much to tap into that European market.
Here in Hervey Bay we already have a rich heritage of Danish settlement … so what are we doing to attract Danish tourists? The Danes are not poor and they do travel so why not encourage them to come here to enjoy the unique beauty of Hervey Bay?
Have we ever done anything to establish a sister city relationship with any comparable city in Denmark? Have we even bothered to do something as simple as take out some advertising in Danish newspapers?
Why aren’t we encouraging the French and the Germans to come here too? We have so much to offer them and yet we’re just not interested. We’d rather try and hitch a ride on the coattails of Brisbane, and other areas that are prepared to market themselves to the world.
We don’t have to spend large amounts of money …we don’t have to employ expensive marketing firms … we can start small and there are people here in town who have the ideas that will work. Unfortunately Council doesn’t seem to want to listen to them.
It’s all well and good for Council to have great plans for the development of Hervey Bay and Maryborough but if we don’t start doing a better job of promoting what we already have those plans probably won’t develop into anything more than another cloud of hot air!
Hervey Bay is an amazing place for tourists and everyone thinks of us as a tourist town but there’s a lot more to Hervey Bay than just tourism and some of the most innovative businesses here in town are not among the most obvious.
These businesses might not have a shopfront or an office. Clients and customers rarely if ever come to their door but those businesses are out there, taking their products to the world thanks to the Internet.
There are packaging designers … importers of everything from coffee machines to paper flowers … retailers and wholesalers who sell everything from computer mice to fishing tackle and cafe equipment … and even people who have designed, manufactured and now retail their own products.
The latest that we here at the Gossip have come across is an unassuming guy who, despite some debilitating injuries that now confine him to a wheelchair, has designed a simple tool that gives other wheelchair users the freedom to go fishing.
Robert Agius from Reel Keen has designed the Reel Keen Rod Holder … a tool that basically turns a wheelchair into a game chair in just a few minutes. A heavy baseplate uses a person’s weight to anchor the rod holder to their wheelchair and the rod holder then holds and supports a fishing rod.
Robert is now marketing the tool on his website and he’ll ship it anywhere in the world. So if you know someone who loves to fish but is restricted because they’re in a wheelchair then get them to have a look at the Reel Keen Rod Holder.
The morning high tides, for the last couple of days here in Hervey Bay, have reached levels that put them into the king tide category. With the wind behind them we’ve seen them reach even higher levels than usual.
The open area adjacent to the Seafront Oval was inundated and there will be something akin to a lake there for several days to come. Down at Scarness the water reached the top of the rock wall behind the beach and at Shelly Beach some seawater managed to reach the roadway thanks to the access ramp at that location.
And of course down at Urangan bigger waves were coming over the seawall in several places.
These photos were taken just after the tide had peaked.
The beach at Scarness looking towards Pt Vernon
The beach at Scarness looking towards Urangan
Waves coming up the access ramp at Shelly Beach
Shelly Beach looking towards Urangan. The stormwater pipe is usually quite exposed … even at high tide
The Council is to start shifting sand from around Tooan Tooan Creek at Scarness down to the beach at Pialba today and here are some of the sand hills that have been built up ready to load onto trucks.
Over the last month or so most Hervey Bay beaches have been affected by strong winds and high tides but the beach from Aquavue down to the Surf Club at Pialba has received the most damage and the next big tide could really do some major damage to the foreshore.
At this time of year we often do get some big tides and towards the end of next week we can expect four consecutive days of high tides where the peak will reach or exceed four metres and that means more damage.
If nothing is done it’s quite likely that Aquavue, parts of the caravan park on the beachfront at Pialba and the Surf Club will receive considerable damage.
Unlike the last time Council moved sand from Scarness to Pialba the beach can no longer be used by trucks transporting the sand so over the next 10 days we can expect to see quite a few big trucks rumbling along the Esplanade.