The first whale of the season was spotted yesterday in Hervey Bay … off Coongul Creek … by all those on board a fishing charter.
The first whales to arrive are usually juveniles who are in a hurry to get back to their feeding grounds in Antarctic waters so we can expect more in the coming days although the first tours aren’t due to start for several weeks.
It looks as though this is going to be a really good season for the whales in Hervey Bay and if you want to book a tour or get more information about the whale watching cruises here in Hervey Bay the best place to start is the Whale Watch Tourist Centre.
Scenes like this one … with whales coming so close to the boat that you can almost touch them … are common here in Hervey Bay.
Despite the fact that it managed to rain for at least some of the time every day over the long weekend here in Hervey Bay there was still enough sunshine and fine weather to make it a great place to be.
Even the sunset on Monday was worth seeing. This was Shelly Bay just after sunset … even the birds … those dots around the water’s edge at the left of the photo … didn’t want to go home.
If you missed the memo then I’ve got to tell you that work has finally commenced on the extensions to the Stocklands shopping centre here in Hervey Bay.
The back car park has been closed and the end of Central Avenue has been blocked off … there are cranes and trucks and even one of the exits to the car park in the shopping centre across the road from Stocklands has been blocked for at least a week.
No doubt it’s all a nuisance to some but the end result … a much improved shopping centre … will be worth it. But what will it all look like once it’s finished?
Once again the old Anchorage Caravan Park site in Hervey Bay has changed hands and this time we might be about to see the land put to some good use.
The latest reports suggest that the old caravan park has been sold to the same people who own the adjoining empty block in Pulgul Street … the block that Council has approved as being suitable for a water park.
With the additional land included it seems as though Hervey Bay is about to get the biggest water park north of the Gold Coast and it may not be long before it’s up and running. It seems that the various rides will be built in Canada and shipped to Hervey Bay in pieces.
At last we might see something that will be a real tourist attraction.
I bet you didn’t know that there was a Hervey Bay Heights but that’s what the latest developer is calling the small development at the end of Royal Drive.
Of course it was meant to be much larger but that all fell through when the original developer went bust. So now instead of the huge development that was to have taken over all the vacant land at the end of Royal Drive and extend right down to Main Street and up towards the Urraween Road intersection we have Hervey Bay Heights.
This video will explain almost everything you need to know about Hervey Bay Heights.
So there’s been some shuffling of the Councillor’s deck chairs at the Fraser Coast Regional Council?
According to the announcement that was made today these changes have been made to strengthen the Councillor’s portfolios system and ensure they best represent the interests of the community.
The changes are:
• Economic Development: Mayor Gerard O’Connell
• Events, Sport and Recreation Open Space: Cr Darren Everard
• Community, Heritage and Family Services: Cr George Seymour
• Cultural and Performing Arts: Cr Phil Truscott
• Infrastructure and Planning: Cr Trevor McDonald
• Primary Production and Rural Infrastructure: Cr James Hansen
• Community Health, Education and Training: Cr Robert Garland
• Small Business, Manufacturing and Service Industry: Cr Chris Loft
• City and Town Centre Development: Cr Daniel Sanderson
• Water and Wastewater: Cr Rolf Light
• Tourism and Regional Marketing: Cr Stuart Taylor
Will this really mean that we get a better performing council? Will it mean that we get a council that actually exercises some control over the Council staff?
This year the Autumn weather here in Hervey Bay has been a little unpredictable.
Autumn in Hervey Bay is usually a time for beautiful sunrises and sunny days but this year we seem to have a lot of cloud and showers about but it’s still worth getting out early in the morning for a walk along the beach or the bike track.
Here are a few shots taken over the last few weeks from my regular walk along the beachfront at Scarness. It’s a scene that’s always changing.
The street here in Hervey Bay may be called Boat Harbour Drive but at 5.50am a boat … a large boat … is the last thing you would expect to see inching its way around the roundabout at the intersection of Boat Harbour Drive and Main Street.
But there it was this morning complete with police escort.