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Kelsey Corcoran

Books by the Sea

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Cate Akaveka from Books by the Sea, formerly Mary Ryan’s, has given the shop a new look at their new location on the Esplanade in Hervey Bay

The book shop stocks a range of eclectic books that you wouldn’t be able to find in big department stores as an alternative option for local customers. They also provide a service that they will find and order you any book you are looking for as long as the book is available in print form.

It is important for an area like the Fraser Coast to support local shops to keep them in business. The development of big shopping centres brings large retail stores that local stores can’t compete with.

“Every town needs a book store and if it’s not supported it won’t be here anymore,” Cate said.

Many towns across Australia are being left without independent book stores that put time and passion into books and ensuring that locals have an opportunity to read. Books by the Sea is making sure that they are also helping support locals in every way possible as they have recently changed their coffee to a local company. Having a coffee shop attached creates an ambiance that allows people to come and have tea or coffee around books. Rainy days and weekends are the best days for reading a book with a hot drink. The atmosphere is calm and pleasant and great for people to come in alone and not feel alone.

Books by the Sea provides many events for locals as well. You can attend book clubs, ‘Brilliant Women’ talks, children’s events, Coffee Tea philosophy group and kids’ workshops that run through school holidays. Books by the Sea does a lot of work with the local libraries like being heavily involved with the Lines in the Sand Festival each year. Recently they had Meg Keneally attend a Lines in the Sand talk and are now stocking the latest of the Keneally books as well as being able to get copies of the previous books in the series if you have not read them already.

Cate said that the biggest support of printed books is children and teenagers. They enjoy the time of not being on screens when the rest of their lives are. Half an hour of reading before bed has been said to drastically improve sleep and ensure you wake up well rested. Books by the Sea hopes that all ages will find or re-find their love for reading by coming in and having a local coffee and a good read.

Common Dream Meanings

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Every night when we lay down to bed our brain is busily creating situations from our unconscious. Dreams are a way of relieving stress and bringing to light what we are really feeling but have to decode the dreams before you can really understand what your subconscious is telling you.


Dreams, where you are falling, can be interpreted as a sign of lack of control in your life. It is thought that falling is the most common of dreams that people share and experience in our lives. Many believe that the dream signifies that your life isn’t going to plan and suggest that you rethink a choice or consider a new direction in an area of your life to improve your waking life as well as dreams.


Being naked in public

Dreaming of being naked in public or in front of peers is a type of dream many people experience throughout life but it can be indicating that you may feel like a phoney, insecure, humiliation, shame or might be afraid of revealing your imperfections. It is suggested that you may want to get a taste of freedom or break out of your chains in your waking life to relieve these dreams.


Being chased

Being chased in a dream can mean that you are trying to escape your own fears and desires but can have a few different interpretations and it stems from who or what you are being chased by. If you are being chased by an animal then it could mean that you are hiding from your own anger and feelings. If you are being chased by an unknown figure then it could imply that you are running from past trauma. If you are being chased by someone of the opposite sex then it could suggest you are afraid of love or running from a past relationship in life. It is likely that you are having these dreams as a way of your subconscious trying to tell you to address issues and problems head-on in life.


Losing teeth

When dreaming you may lose a tooth or you may have a constant flow of teeth falling out and that can indicate that you are worried about your appearance to others and your attractiveness. It can also signify that you may be worried about your ability to communicate with others or even that you might still be holding on to something you said that was embarrassing.



Dreaming of flying can either mean you are feeling free and independent or can indicate that you want to flee or escape. Some flying dreams are actually lucid dreams which mean you’re aware that you’re dreaming while asleep. You can take control of this dream and do anything you can imagine until you wake up.

New Species of Dolphin found of the Fraser Coast

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Story by Kelsey Corcoran
Photos provided by Paul Aurisch

Next time you see a dolphin in Hervey Bay, take a good look because it could be the newly-named Sousa sahulensis.

Local marine biologist Yvonne Miles said our local humpback dolphin is actually a different species to other humpback dolphins. She said it had been identified as a third species, so had been renamed from Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin to its Latin name, Sousa sahulensis.

The discovery was made by researchers who came to the Fraser Coast to conduct studies into dolphins a few years ago.

“There was a young lad who came and did some work for the Southern Cross University and was looking at dolphins in the area,” Yvonne said.
“It was noted that this dolphin in Australia didn’t have a prominent hump compared to those which are more easterly.  After looking at that, and looking at the mouth, the research and team counted the number of teeth and realised the number was different as well.  Their dorsal fin is central, its one-third of the body and their beak is quite big, and they have a prominent melon, which is a very different head shape to a dolphin.  They realised that the species perhaps didn’t belong to the family they had put it in.”

So Yvonne joined the team when they went out to take some DNA samples. Using a dart they took a small sample of skin. Unfortunately, people on the beach had seen them ‘shooting’ the dolphins in Tin Can Bay. The incident made the news and it was reported that they had been killing dolphins. Yvonne said it was all eventually straightened out. Importantly though, when the tests came back they realised that the dolphins were from a different family and they had to restructure the family tree.

The humpback dolphins which were found in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean were then split into three species – the Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin, the Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin and now the Australian Humpback Dolphin or Sousa sahulensis.

Yvonne, who is the managing director of the international marine mammal observation organisation Scanning Ocean Sectors, spoke about the newly-named species during a lunchtime wildlife talk at the Fraser Coast Regional Library. She travels the world observing and monitoring marine mammals and training others to do the same.

During the talk, she also spoke about the threats to coastal marine animals. She said they faced habitat loss and degradation, being caught as bycatch, water pollution, damaging underwater noise, vessel traffic, overfishing of their prey and some pitfalls from wildlife tourism. She described dolphins as ‘children of the sea’ and said they had complex family relationships.  The females don’t reproduce until they are eight to ten years old and are strong enough to give birth. They are pregnant for about a year and then look after the calf for two years.

Yvonne described a scene she’d witnessed where hundreds of dolphins greeted a whale with a newborn calf. She said the mother whale and calf were circled by the massive pod of dolphins which appeared to be welcoming the newborn, and singing to it.

She said that if anyone found a marine mammal washed up on the shore or in distress, you should contact RSPCA or Wildlife Rescue Fraser Coast.

Easter treat recipes

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Carrot patch cupcakes

This cupcake batch gives a whole new meaning to carrot cake.

You will need:

    • Chocolate cupcake mix (any will do)
    • 1/3 cup butter
    • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
    • 1/3 milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • Oreos (remove the cream)
    • Strawberries
    • White chocolate melts
    • Orange food colouring.
    • Piping bag
    • Kitchen utensils
  1. Follow the instructions on the cupcake box and leave to cool.
  2. While cupcakes cool prepare the icing: melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat and gradually add cocoa powder. Stir until smooth and thick.
  3. Remove from heat and place in a medium-size bowl. Let cool slightly.
  4. Add the milk and vanilla alternately with the powdered sugar to the bowl and beat with an electric mixer until you have the consistency you desire.
  5. Using a knife, cut a hole in the centre of the cupcake for the strawberry.
  6. Ice the cupcakes around the hole.
  7. In a ziplock bag crush the oreo biscuits.
  8. Sprinkle the Oreo crumbs around the hole to create a dirt look.
  9. Place the white chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in intervals of  20 seconds stirring between until melted. Add orange food dye and mix well.
  10. Dip the clean, dry strawberries in the melted chocolate up to the leaves. Let the excess chocolate drip off and place on a lined tray.
  11. Place excess melted chocolate in a piping bag and drizzle chocolate over strawberries for texture.
  12. Place strawberries in the fridge to set.
  13. Once set place strawberries in the cupcake hole and serve.

Recycled Easter Bunny Planters

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Recycled Easter bunny planters

This craft is lots of fun but will require adult supervision and assistance.


You will need:
  • Acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sharpie
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic bottle
  1. Using a sharpie mark out where you want your ears to be. (this might take some planning)
  2. Cut the top of the bottle off with a box cutter or knife. Adult assistance is needed.
  3. Using scissors cut along the lines that you just drew and continue around the bottle so you are left with a pot with ears.
  4. Using your paint and brush paint the body the colour you want. Leave to dry and repeat until you have enough layers.
  5. Once the final layer has dried it’s time to add the features. Paint the insides of the ears and the face.
  6. Fill your planter with potting mix and add flowers.
  7. Leave in a sunny spot and water regularly.



The Great Duck Rescue

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The mother duck and her two offspring were in serious trouble. They were in the gutter of the roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Boat Harbour Drive, Hervey Bay.

As we rounded the corner on our way home from the beach with two very exhausted dogs, we were shocked to see the situation.  We thought she was trying to cross the road and was likely to get hit by a car. So we quickly exited Main Street and parked the car. My brother and I ran to the scene. A young couple arrived around the same time and told us there were ducklings down the drain. By then the mother had taken refuge in the bushes with the last two ducklings.  We could hear the frantic peeping of the ducklings but couldn’t see them down the deep drain.

The wildlife rescue was called and said they would be out as soon as they could. While we waited, the four of us made sure the mother duck and her ducklings didn’t try to cross the street again.

It wasn’t too long before the fantastic volunteers from the wildlife rescue organisation turned up and took charge. The grate was lifted from the drain and a male volunteer jumped down with a net.  The drain was dark and deeper than he was tall. We worried that we might have to find a ladder to get him back out.

But within a few minutes he was passing up ducklings – one, then two, until we had six tiny balls of feathers safely contained in a cage.  They were no more than a few days old. Turned out, getting the ducklings out of the drain was the easy part – catching mum was a much bigger challenge.  It was all hands on deck as the mother and ducklings went running in all directions. The two ducklings were caught but the mother flew across the road. Using the basket of her peeping babies, we coaxed her down the bike path towards the fields beside Main Street. She was exhausted and had to stop to rest several times, but the sound of her ducklings spurred her on.  When we reached the field the mother went into the big drainage area hoping to find water but had to continue on.

She was frightened and at one point flew off out of sight. Eventually she flew back just as the volunteers were about to give up as it was getting dark.  It was decided that it was best for both the ducklings and the mother to be put in the field where there was a bit of water and protection.

A joyous reunion of mum and ducklings followed, which was amazing and well worth the hours it had taken to conduct the rescue. Knowing that these ducklings were back with their mother made it all worth it.