Remembering Our Anzacs

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Background Image: Statue of Duncan Chapman in Queens Park, Maryborough. The first man to have stepped onto the shores of Gallipoli in World War I.


Anzac Day is the annual commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on 25 April. Two types of morning services are hosted by the Returned Services League (RSL) Club throughout the Fraser Coast region. The dawn service is a solemn service where the local war veterans reflect upon the landing on the beach of Gallipoli in April of 1915. The general public are welcome to attend the main service and parade where wreaths are laid and citizens pay respects to those who have fought for our freedom.

President of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Brian Tidyman and secretary Kevin Collins are primary organisers for this year’s Anzac Day in Hervey Bay. They host many events to support local veterans including Remembrance Day, Korean Veterans Day, Peacekeepers Day, Vietnam Veterans Day, and a Digger’s lunch for 80 or so members. Brian explained how the welfare team looks after the veterans who are ex-service people. Their new location will be at 1 Bryant Street, Pialba.

“Our doors are always open, you can come and see us anytime,” Kevin said.


In February, 1916 the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) raised a new military unit called the 47th Battalion for the doubling of the infantry during World War I. The unit consisted of men mostly from Queensland and Tasmania; approximately half of new recruits were Gallipoli veterans. They adopted the title Wide Bay Regiment in 1927. Their motto defendere non Provocare means to defend and not to challenge, and their unit colour patch was a blue and brown. The Battalion headquarters was located in Maryborough and various depots were situated throughout the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

The infantry fought in the Western Front trenches in Poziѐres, France and later switched to the Ypres sector in Belgium, taking part in the battles of Messines, Passchendaele and Bullecourt. The Battalion disbanded in May 1918. Leonard Joseph McDonald was the last custodian for the 47th Battalion of Maryborough and Buderim, who passed away in late January this year at age 99. The 47th Battalion rugby league football match is hosted annually at the Central Division 47th Battalion carnival in commemoration of the army unit.

An officer from the Battalion, Sergeant Stanley McDougall (23 July 1889 – 7 July 1969), was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918 by King Henry V at King George Castle. The Victoria Cross is the most prestigious award given to members of the British Armed Forces and can also be awarded posthumously as a military declaration of gallantry in the face of the enemy. It was during World War I when MacDougall single-handedly attacked the enemy, killing several men. He captured an enemy machine-gun and turned it against them. Utilising the enemy’s guns, he killed many more men, including an officer, and made it possible for over 30 enemy prisoners to be held hostage. His actions prevented the enemy line from advancing, as well as saving his own line.

Dial A Driver – A story of Irony

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Dial A Driver (D.A.D) is a company created by owner Rob Braddock that has been servicing Hervey Bay and Maryborough since 1984. It is currently in the process of setting up franchises, hoping to introduce its remarkable service Australia wide, with the first franchise starting soon in the Sunshine Coast. The companies core business is keeping drivers who are over the limit off the street by letting one of his D.A.D drivers drive the customer home in their own vehicle. A second employee follows in a D.A.D car ready to pick up their partner once the customer is safely home. The service differs from Uber or taxis as it aims at not only getting the driver home safely but also their car. The convenience of this service is undoubtable as it also prevents the hungover customer from driving the next day to pick up their vehicle while still quite possibly over the legal limit.

On 12th January 2019 one of the Dial A Driver cars was written off in what could only be called a horrific accident. The irony of the accident was that the person driving the 4WD vehicle that ran into the driver side/back of the small D.A.D vehicle was allegedly way over the limit and should not have been on the road driving. The impact of the accident compacted the Kia to the point that the back seat of the car was rammed up against the drivers with the drivers door inoperable. The driver of the D.A.D vehicle a woman over six feet tall was lucky not to have sustained serious injury to her legs as she was crushed up against the dashboard. As it is, her shoulder is still being treated, months after the event. The passenger also a D.A.D employee was also lucky to sustain minimum injury though both driver and passenger suffered shock over the incident.

This story is not a new one, but it never ceases to amaze that no matter how many warnings governments advertise, no matter how many fines and penalties the police and government enforce, the message still eludes a small minority within our community. That the ignorance and selfishness of a few has the ability steal the life of a mother from her children, a daughter from her parents, a loved one from their family is beyond acceptable.

It was shear luck that no one died in this accident, but the warning is clear,

If you drink, do not drive!

Drive Smarter – Dial-A-Driver

Cashless Debit Card

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The cashless debit card is currently being rolled out in the Hervey Bay Area to a select group of 6000 people under 35 years old who receive welfare in the forms of Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowances (job seeker), Parenting Payment (single) as well as Parenting Payment (partnered). The cashless card has been controversial from the day it was started, but trials are proving that by limiting access of welfare cash payments by creating a debit card that does not allow the purchase of alcohol and access to gambling that the lives of both individual and families are improving.

The card’s success in other communities has shown a decrease of welfare payments being used for alcohol and drug use and a increase of welfare benefits actually being spent to improve the family. Independent evaluations have also found increased motivation to find employment as well as improved financial management.

Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said members of the community in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region stand to benefit from the success of the Cashless Debit Card trial. 

“Independent evaluation shows that the Cashless Debit Card is working. People are spending more money on their family welfare than on alcohol, drug abuse and gambling,” Mr Fletcher said.

“I am confident that the Cashless Debit Card can support the community to address social issues such as high youth unemployment and intergenerational welfare dependence in the region.”

It is important to note that welfare payments do not change in value with the new system, though they are now disbursed differently with 80% being made available on the cashless debit card and 20% being deposited as normal into bank accounts. This 20% can basically used as cash.

It can be used at most retail outlets (except liquor stores and gambling establishments) that have eftpos facilities. It is however limited by the product being purchased. In stores that sell both mixed goods ie food and alcohol, the card will not accept the purchase of the alcohol. If eating out in a café, restaurant or pub that sells alcohol, the debit card can be used to purchase the meal but not the alcohol.  The card can be used to pay bills via BPay. It cannot be used to withdraw cash. It may also have limits in purchasing some gift cards. You can also shop online at approved websites. To check out which ones go to the indue website and you will find all approved websites.

Those that have their rent paid via Centrecare can continue to do this as usual.

Once issued with a cashless debit card you remain in the scheme even if you leave the area. It is only when you turn 36 or your financial circumstances change then you will be removed.

There has been a mixed reaction to the card since its inception, arguments against creating a ‘nanny state’ being one of the greatest. But this is a difficult issue that cannot be solved overnight. The cashless debit cards have been issued in communities that have, as Mr Fletcher says: “Put their hands up for this initiative because they were determined to tackle the scourge of

welfare-funded drug, alcohol and gambling abuse in their communities – and their courage has been rewarded.”

The card offers the user all the freedoms of a normal card with the exception of withdrawing cash, using it to gamble or buying alcohol. Everyone still has cash access to 20% of their money.

It will be interesting to see how well the roll out goes in Hervey Bay and review the ongoing study results as to the benefits this has given to those in the program. If you need any further information please contact The Department of Social Security on 1800 252 604 or go to

If you need help activating your card please go to the new Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre shopfront at 4/55 Main Street, Pialba. This shopfront is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4.30pm (excluding public holidays).

For further information about evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card, please visit the Department of Social Services website.

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.

Tres Salsa

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Jemima fell in love with hospitality when she was just 14 years old and has been working in the industry for 15 years. She always knew hospitality was her passion and dreamed of opening a café in Hervey Bay but quickly realised that it was a market that had already been cracked. She spent the last few years saving away on minimum wage to make her dream into a reality.

It was while she was in London refurbishing and managing a café turned Mexican restaurant tequila bar that she fell in love with the food, people and culture. She decided to save up and travel to Mexico.  Staying in Mexico for two months and loving every second of it. Eating, drinking and researching as much as she could, soaking up all of the Mexican culture.

When she returned to Hervey Bay she realised that a traditional Mexican cantina is just what the region was missing. While there are already a few Mexican restaurants Jemima says they are the same cuisine but slightly different. Jemima wanted to create a restaurant that provided locals with affordable but good quality Mexican meals with great local produce. Tres Salsas opened its doors on the 13th of December and has been doing well ever since, serving happy locals and visitors to the region.

Tres Salsas delivers simple, delicious and healthy Mexican meals for the whole family in a great atmosphere right on the esplanade. The salsas all made from scratch in house and the meats are all marinated on site. Jemima created the menu from her time in Mexico and collaborated with a Mexican friend to ensure it had that traditional twist. Portions of food are generous and simply delicious!

Tres Salsas offers different levels of heat for all customer preferences – they understand that everyone has different levels of spice tolerance. They range from full of flavour but totally safe, to let’s go a little touch of heat, ending with a blow your mind and taste buds sensational heat. What a wonderful solution to adding just the perfect touch to enjoying your meal just the way you like!

Tres salsas is open 7 nights for dinner and Thursday through to Sunday for lunch from 11am. They welcome you to pop in and immerse yourself in the passion.

Address: 13/416 The Esplanade, Torquay Hervey Bay
Phone no: 07 4125 6237

Bingo at the RSL

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I’ve been playing bingo for the last three years now. I wouldn’t say its and addiction, I just do it for fun and for the entertainment. I started playing bingo when I was 15. I would always ask my grandmother if I could go with her. Bingo is just so much fun no matter if you win or not. I am regular player, and have met many nice people especially the elderly people. I enjoy going to bingo with my grandmother in my free time because it helps by keeping your brain active especially remembering the is not only a game older people can play but it is also a good experience for younger kids and it gives them something to do on the weekend or holidays. I don’t however recommend bringing kids younger than 10.

Bingo is a fair game just all depends if you got the lucky tickets. It’s not about the money although I have won several jackpots and raffle prizes over the years. But its not just about the money and prizes it’s a very social and interactive game.

Not only do I play at the Hervey Bay Sporties, but I also play at the Hervey Bay RSL. There is bingo there every day from Monday-Friday. You don’t have to be professional to play bingo, it is simple and easy you will become an expert in no time.

Down below are the bingo times and days at the Hervey Bay Sporties.

Monday Start 7:00pm $9.00 To play
Tuesday Start 10:00 am
Wednesday Start 10:00am Free book of 10
Friday Start 10:15am Free book of 10 $10 jackpots
Saturday Start 1:30pm $10 To play
Sunday Start 1:00pm $15 to Play