Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Articles for September 2008

September 15, 2008

Julie Takes a Dip to Win Bronze; New Tip Pays off in Beijing
Byline: Richard Harvey Julie Smith is never usually lost for words. She has been this weekend and with good reason. Winning a bronze medal in the Beijing Paralympics left the former Aldridge State High School student and member of the Maryborough...
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Waves Wash Away Hopes of Bombers
Byline: Richard Harvey Two points is not a lot in a game of footy. But it proved to be the difference between winning and losing an Aussie rules grand final at Frank Coulthard Oval in Bundaberg on Saturday. Bundberg's Across the Waves came...
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{WOMEN WIN BATTLE OF THE SEXES IN BAY} {Fire Too Hot for Men to Handle}
Byline: Richard Harvey They say anything a man can do, a woman can do better. Eleven Hervey Bay male cricketers discovered that was the case during a Twenty20 game at Urangan's Keith Dunne Oval on Saturday. The state's No.1 women's team, the...
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Butt; They Should Have Let the Fat Lady Sing First
About 10 seconds into Saturday night's Haka and I was trying to work out how I could quickly get to a TAB and put my house on the All Blacks. Not that I thought the Aussies would be intimidated by the Blacks' war chant but I figured if the Kiwis...
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September 16, 2008

Matt Powers Way to Triathlon Win
Byline: Richard Harvey Matt Braban showed his intentions very early. The 48-year-old didn't walk down the beach like the other competitors for the start of the triathlon in Hervey Bay - he swam. It didn't wear him out either. The former...
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Fine Day for the Cycling Champ
Byline: Richard Harvey It was a day of firsts for Maryborough cyclist Malcolm Rudolph. The day started well enough for the 19-year-old Australian and Queensland champion after he was invited to race in the prestigious Tour of Victoria for the...
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Fast News
CRIER CHAMPION: Ken Ashford really had something to shout about when he returned to Maryborough yesterday. The Fraser Coast's town crier was named Australia's best in the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Australian Town Criers 18th National Championships...
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Fast News
AMBO AWARD: Gayndah's Russell Kemp has snagged the regional and state award for Honorary Ambulance Officer of the Year. QAS commissioner David Melville said Mr Kemp was an exceptional member of his community who demonstrated a strong commitment to...
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It's about You and 70,000 Other Smiles
Byline: Nancy Bates If you live on the Fraser Coast and lead a secluded life, you might not be in the restless, low-slung sights of Pauline Rees. Everyone else is. If you walk down the street, answer a business phone, serve behind a counter,...
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Watts
What's the bet a lot of high school students are still limping about with sore muscles today? A lactic acid build-up during the Maryborough Tech Challenge at the weekend went into overdrive as the students pedalled for 24 hours in the human powered...
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September 17, 2008

How to Save on Fuel; the RACQ Offers Five Tips on How to Cut the Cost of Your Petrol Bill
INTEREST rates are going up, fuel prices are skyrocketing and private travel is becoming a luxury. But there are plenty of simple ways you can save fuel between bowsers and ease the burden on the hip pocket. Here's a list of the top five tips...
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Check Tyre Pressure to Ensure a Safer Ride; Bob Jane T-Mart's Technicians Are the Experts in Tyre Service
NOT only does correct tyre pressures, wheel alignment and balancing help to make your drive a safer one, they also contribute to give you greater road handling and ensure your tyres wear evenly. Maintaining correct tyre pressure gives you greater...
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Wheels in Motion for Top Career
Byline: Richard Harvey Jordan Kerby swapped his football boots for a pair of cycling shoes four years ago. The move from playing rugby league to cycling has proved to be a successful one The 16-year-old Xavier College student is powering his...
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Family Man Bill Left His Mark on the Bay
Early on Sunday, June 8, William George Drury, better known as Bill, died at Maryborough Hospital only a few kilometres from where he was born on September, 20, 1924, at Voshbrook Maternity House on John Street. He was the second child of George...
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Airport a Flying Shame. and Denis Needs $400K to Fix It
Byline: Jessica Grewal It was a cold and lonely night for Denis Dack as he lay on a stretcher in the pouring rain, fighting for his life, far away from the arms of loved ones. The Hervey Bay retiree says he owes his life to the members of the...
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Grewal; Just as Good as It Used to Be
I was a little bit nervous. It had been a while. I didn't know if I'd remember what to do or say. I had spent the better part of the afternoon grooming and although I felt good about the way my hair and make up looked, I was pretty self conscious...
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September 18, 2008

'Rubbish' Pads out 1000 Pages; No Summary for Dam Report
Byline: Loretta Bryce It takes some wading through but the "ridiculous" waffle of 1000 pages in the Supplementary Environmental Impact Study for the Traveston Crossing dam is now freely available. A leaked copy was tabled in parliament by member...
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Remember Those Times When Inhibitions Ran Wild
A steamy new book sending shock waves around the globe has dared couples to get adventurous and take their love making out of the bedroom and into well ... everywhere. The Chronicle is giving Fraser Coast couples a chance to get in on the action...
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sides of Centrelink
Byline: anne-louise brown Two boys are standing out the front of the Maryborough Centrelink office with their BMX bikes. As I get closer I realise they're not kids. Both are aged about 20. They are talking about their court appearances for...
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On the Dole and Darned Nasty
Byline: anne-louise brown "Some of my work mates got threatening phone calls at their homes. That was really scary for them. "I've seen people throw chairs at walls and rip metal poles from the floor and swing them around because something wasn't...
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September 19, 2008

Yum - Alex's Serving Up Fast Food with a Twist
Byline: Fresh Food File with Les Wilson When a chef's prepared to promote his own happy kids on the side of his delivery van, you know where his heart is. That's what Alex and Chantal Fraser-Watkins have done as their A and C Hearty Foods delivers...
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'Ave a Go; with Richard Harvey
What a huge surprise. Yet another scandal has rocked the boat in the National Rugby League world. It wouldn't be a footy season without one ... or two would it? And I for one am getting really sick and tired of hearing about each and every...
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MARYB'H ON MAP FOR WORLD CHAMP; History Making Hanny Hunts Aust Title
Byline: Richard Harvey Hanny Allston was crowned the best in the world a couple of years ago. Now the 22-year-old Tasmanian is hoping to become the best in Australia and she'll be trying to do it in Maryborough very soon. Allston, who became...
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Fast News
KEEM CASE ADJOURNED: Richard Giardina's committal mention in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday was adjourned to October 16 at 2pm. Giardina is charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Hervey Bay pet groomer Lisa Keem, 33, whose badly...
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O'Grady; Thanks, but No Thanks {Ndash} Not If You Haven't Earned It
Byline: Sue Paxton It's an odd one, really. That blind and fawning need to say thanks. You say thanks but it's really only so the recipient of your gratitude knows what a nice person you are. The whole thing is probably most pointlessly exemplified...
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September 20, 2008

Bernie Shared Tales of Life Well Lived at 100th
Bernie Otto was born at Coolabunia on February 13, 1908. His family moved to a farm on Barambah Road, Nanango, when he was 1. He attended the Sandy Ridges School. He went to work at an early age helping his father and older brother Jack clear land...
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Celebrating 100 Years of Home; Karleila Thomsen Visits the Campbell Family, Whose Historic Farm Inspired the Name of a Hervey Bay Suburb
The Campbells of Craignish are coming home. Sitting down today for lunch on the land they have owned for six generations and 100 years, the close-knit clan will gather to celebrate and reminisce. Australian-born blacksmith Robert Campbell of Maryborough...
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Blood Donors Get a Very Special Thank You for Giving Gift of Life
Lending her veins for the 40th time scored Maryborough's Kate Cherry a copy of the touching new novel Thanks for the Memories. Ms Cherry was one of 100 Australian donors to receive a copy of the book which explores the anonymous relationship between...
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Learning to Locate Your Arousal Switch
Byline: Love Life with Dr Sex Q I am 20 years old, have been sexually active for 2 months, and have yet to be aroused ever. I cannot arouse myself, my boyfriend cannot arouse me, and fantasies and porn do nothing for me. I really want to feel sexual...
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Maggie and Fraser - a Great Family Friendly Duo
WHILE many might think an island adventure is out of the family budget, a couple of old favourites (both close to shore) offer some great options for everyone. Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville, and Fraser Island, a short transfer...
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Impressive Impreza; after the Success of the Hatch Range, Subaru Is Expecting Big Things from Its Impreza Sedan
Subaru has expanded its new generation All-Wheel Drive Impreza range with the addition of naturally aspirated sedan versions. Pricing of equivalent Impreza sedans and hatches is identical, giving customers a direct choice between their preferred...
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Getting Their Rig Ready for Outback Adventure; Bruce Becker and Jenni Gibbs Are Embarking on the Big Aussie Adventure. Toni McRae Checks out Their Rig
Byline: Bruce Becker and Jenni Gibbs are embarking on the big Aussie caravanning adventure. Toni McRae checks out their rig. Making a decision to give up two jobs that Bruce Becker and Jenni Higgs love presented as very difficult- but the tug of...
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Phase Two Has a Lot More Jazz
Six years after its debut, and 2.5 million sales later, Honda Australia has introduced the second-generation Jazz with new levels of styling, performance, driving dynamics and ride quality while maintaining its renowned packaging, functionality and...
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Blair Does It for PM
Byline: Richard Harvey Maurice Blair admits he isn't shocked easily. He was though when he answered his mobile phone while back home in Maryborough this week. An Australian Rugby League official told the 23-year-old Penrith Panthers five-eighth...
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Bates; Finding Yourself the Centre of Attention
A quirky piece of journalist traditional was brushed aside with the advent of the Fraser Coast Regional Council. The reporters' table in the middle of the big semi-circle councillors' table in the august chambers of the City Hall is no more. ...
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September 22, 2008

Fast News
EXPOSED HIMSELF: A man pulled down his pants and exposed himsel in front of children while they were playing in the Brendan Hansen Park in Granville about 4pm yesterday. Police were last night interviewing a Maryborough man, 52, over the incident....
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September 23, 2008

Allston Shows Rivals Clean Pair of Heels to Win Titles
Byline: Richard Harvey Hanny Allston reckoned she was worried about her navigational skills, a real concern for an orienteering competitor. It didn't show in her performances though. The 22-year-old former world champion won two titles on...
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JULIE ON BIG HIGH; Paralympian Still Cannot Get over Medal
Byline: Richard Harvey It was not only a bronze medal Julie Smith arrived home with from the Beijing Paralympics The 25-year-old, who finished third in the 200m final, has a nasty cough. "It's probably as a result of too much partying and...
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Bike Rider Makes Grisly Find after Break Down
Byline: Anne-Louise Brown As dappled light filtered through the thick forest of ghost gums at Bauple State Forest yesterday, police went about their grisly task, examining a severely decomposed corpse found lying next to a bush road on Sunday afternoon....
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Peter Builds on Business Boom
Juggling millions in the civil engineering contracting business is not for the fainthearted says Peter Kendall. "This is the most stressful industry on the planet," he says as he sits in his chair at the Fraser Coast headquarters of CMC. An intensity...
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Watts; WATTS THAT? Pressure Heats Up for Young Home Owners
It was 1978 and feeding kangaroos at the back fence had become an early morning ritual for us. The roos roamed free on open land behind the small duplex unit at Rockhampton. A sale sign eventually appeared and the other half and I considered...
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September 24, 2008

Claire Renowned for Love of Teaching
Claire Margaret Albanus was born on September 28, 1933, to George Hartley Albanus and Elvira Hedwig Keller in Nuriootpa, South Australia. She was the elder of two girls. The family moved to Renmark on the Murray River, where her father was a lock...
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Fungi Love Spring as Much as We Do
Byline: Gardening with Graham Ellis Last week we looked at some of the insect pests that populate our gardens during the warmer months and this week, as promised, I will highlight some of the fungal problems you will probably experience during the...
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Shaun Rides into State Title Hunt
Byline: Richard Harvey School may be out but Shaun Marstella still has plenty of work to do. That's if he wants to be crowned the best in Queensland these holidays. The 13-year-old Maryborough State High School student will race into action...
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Dead Man Last Seen Getting into Yellow 4WD
A yellow four-wheel-drive may hold the key to helping police solve the mystery surrounding a decomposing body found in Bauple State Forest on Sunday. Yesterday the investigation focused on a highway motel at Curra. Police said the remains were...
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Island Emergencies Where an Ambulance Officer Hasn't Been Present in the Past Two Years
* SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER13, 2008 Fraser Island's resident mechanic was crushed between two cars and air lifted to Hervey Bay Hospital for treatment. * TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008 A 23-year-old man was issued with a notice to appear for driving...
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Fast News
EXPENSIVE TEXT: After paying $400 for sending a threatening text message, David Keith Gorman, 24, won't want to do it again. The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard the first-year animal husbandry apprentice from Maryborough had been intoxicated and...
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Let Mary Keep Her Rhythm; Musos to Spread Dam Message
Byline: Anne-Louise Brown The colours of the Strait are in a constant state of flux. That is what fascinates Dennis Morison the most. With a deep-seeded love of his seaside abode, Big Tuan, Mr Morison has a more intimate knowledge of the Great...
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Grewal; Schoolies Just a Prelude to Life after School
I see the Schoolies slagging has started already. Every time you turn on the news there are stories about evil school leavers stocking up on alcohol for the notorious event. I understand some parents and older people would be concerned that a...
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September 25, 2008

Pensioner Couples Struggle Too: Harry
Byline: Stephen O'Grady All on its own the single age pension would have done little or nothing for Harry Goodwin's livelihood during the past 18 months - and an extra $30 a week would have made little or no difference. The 83-year-old Maryborough...
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Coop; Point Drivers in the Right Direction
I was hardly surprised to hear this week research that says most drivers don't know how to use roundabouts. A five-minute drive around the Bay would have confirmed that and saved the researchers a considerable amount of time and, probably, money....
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September 26, 2008

Amount of Additives in Food Hard to Swallow
I've always had a sweet tooth. That was before they told me 10 years ago I was a type-2 diabetic and if I didn't take a large pull I'd go skywards in a cake coffin. Now, after so many years, the wrapping is off and it's become official. Sweeties...
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Magpies Swoop to Grab Our Man
Byline: Richard Harvey Today willbe a life-changing one for Hervey Bay's Anthony McDonald. It's his final day of being the AFL Queensland Bundaberg Wide Bay regional manager. After eight and half years in the role, McDonald is leaving to tackle...
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iT's a Weird World
Food for thought Former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash has made an important appeal - not on a cricket pitch though. The 39-year-old Test and one day International batsman has bared all to encourage people to eat more fibre by backing the...
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'Ave a Go; with Richard Harvey
When I heard Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith had been sent to the sin bin for the rest of the season on Wednesday night I was happy. Not that I don't like the Storm, I might add, either. I have nothing against the Storm other than that...
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Dalgleish Did Backflip on Bollards: Residents
Members of Hervey Bay's Yambala Residents Group say they are shocked Fraser Coast councillor David Dalgleish has "back flipped" on the issue of the controversial Samarai Drive bollards. They want to know why Mr Dalgleish spoke negatively about the...
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O'Grady; It's Not All Cuckoo When You Play Doctors and Nurses for Real
A dodgy liver, a cruciate ligament gone awry or even an excruciating exotic disease would have my lovely friend Rita reaching for her passport faster than her phone book. Rita, you see, is Swiss and as such is accustomed to only the highest levels...
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September 27, 2008

SAVE MARY; Steve Posselt Prepares for His Second Epic Journey - to Paddle His Kayak to Sydney
Byline: barry cheadle, northern star Steve Posselt, the environmentalist who paddled and dragged his kayak from Brisbane to Adelaide in 2007 to highlight the parlous state of the Murray-Darling river system, is gearing up for another long haul -...
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Face to Face with USA's Richest Man; as Australia's Young Millionaires Hit the Headlines This Week on the Nation's Latest Rich Kids' List, Chronicle Columnist LES WILSON Recalls Meeting the USA's Richest Man John D. McArthur Who Did His Business Sitting Behind a Single Phone on a Formica Desk {Ndash} and Dealt in Seriously Big Money
One steamy day in Palm Beach Florida I sat at a Formica table opposite John D. McArthur. MacArthur was the wealthiest man in America at the time and was sole owner of the nation's largest privately held insurance company. For a young reporter,...
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Elizabeth Banks Flits from First Lady to Porno; {lsquo}Laura Bush Is a Very Natural Fit'
TORONTO: Elizabeth Banks has what it takes to be a porn star or first lady. And she'll be strutting her stuff as both on the big-screen. Banks' take on Laura Bush arrives with W. Oliver Stone's film biography of President Bush, played by Josh Brolin,...
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It's a Natural Reaction, but Not a Healthy One
Byline: Love Life with Dr Sex QWhenever I find my boyfriend has saved a picture of another woman (often times a famous woman but not always) on his computer, it makes me angry. I want to close off my affections for him because I feel betrayed....
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Finding the Right Words for Your Vows; Planning a Wedding: Vows
There is nothing more important than sharing how you feel about your life partner on your big day. The wedding vow is the promise the bride and the groom make to each other during the wedding ceremony. A wedding without vows is an unfamiliar...
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They've Created a New Monster
Byline: Peter Thoeming More than a decade and a half after Ducati blew everyone away at the Cologne motorcycle show with a new model that created a new category, Bologna has decided that the Monster franchise needs updating. They were right, and...
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Bates; Life a Little Grey without the Colourful Characters of the Past
Colourful eccentrics seem to have been purged from our workplaces. We have become so efficient, plastic and processed that we have no place for characters who bent the rules outrageously, defied convention and generally made our world, and our work,...
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September 29, 2008

Money Mustn't Grow on This Tree
Too good According to Kerry Winsor laparoscopic procedures on the Fraser Coast are second to none with recovery quick. Ms Winsor, manager of the Fraser Coast Health Service District, reckons since she became GM in 2005 laparoscopic procedures...
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You'll Be Scared to Death with What You Find; It Only Took Jessica Grewal Five Minutes on YouTube to See What Would Leave Most People Scarred for Life
My search on You Tube for news footage of the Finish gunman who shot 10 of his classmates dead led me to something more frightening. I was interested in seeing the video which had caused such widespread controversy. All around the world people...
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Not Enough Willing to Dunk and Dive
Byline: Carlie Walker It was a case of double trouble for the 22 competitors participating in the Maryborough Masters Games ricochet tournament on the weekend. On Saturday Maryborough's Dorothy Whelan won the gold medal in the ricochet doubles...
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Fast News
DOG GONE: Fraser Coast dog owners have until tomorrow to take advantage of discounted dog re-registration. People who re-register by September 30 will get a $25 discount, bringing the whole-dog fee to $65 and the desexed-dog fee to $12. For every dog...
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Butt; This One's Going to Test You
The meat had gone off in the ridgy digerator after only a couple of days and my wife had to call on all her culinary skills to dish up a meal to meet standards in a hurry. There were only three of us to feed and at times I've been known to eat things...
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September 30, 2008

Tradition of Excellence Carries on; Advertising Feature
Individually handcrafting jewellery takes the finest of diamonds, gems and precious metals. Delivering excellence in craftsmanship while catering for a vast range of individual needs takes the finest of professionals and generations of experience to...
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WHOLE NEW BALL GAME FOR BLAIR; Police Tackle Fans Head on in PNG after Aussies Win Game
Byline: Richard Harvey Papua New Guinea rugby league fans have a reputation for being fanatical. Maryborough's Maurice Blair discovered just how fanatical they were after he had played for the Mal Meninga-coached Prime Minister's rugby league...
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Baptism of Fire from Caretaker to Permanent Manager Role
Hell started breaking loose pretty much from the day Kerry Winsor arrived to be acting manager of the Fraser Coast District Health Service in May 2005. The fallout from the Jayant Patel disaster in Bundaberg had flowed on to the Hervey Bay and Maryborough...
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Watts
Choosing a second-hand jerry can was a tough decision for a bloke at a recent garage sale in Maryborough. He turned one over, eyed it from top to bottom, sniffed inside, put it down and went to the next; moving back and forth between the three....
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