What is the Beacon?

Quality Magazine for the Fraser Coast by the Fraser Coast

We are a new independently owned community & life-style magazine who’s main objective is to give a voice and support to the people and businesses in the Fraser Coast region.  A beautifully presented full colour magazine full of unique content from our own local journalists.

We give real stories from real people, to uncover all those things that go unnoticed but in truth should not. Conversations on social issues that effect our community such as unemployment and homelessness, to finding that little local coffee shop that no one knows about. Our magazine is informative, relevant and entertaining.

We are working closely with government departments and community support services to bring to light concerning issues such as the significant problem of youth unemployment and homelessness in our region.  We’re highlighting relevant government support programs, initiatives and helplines.  Aged care, indigenous affairs, health and safety, education, local government objectives and developments will also be topics of close interest.

Distribution: 5000 copies

We will discover our local heroes, unearth our local talent, tell unknown tales and support those in need.

We expect the number of magazines to increase as we grow, but you will already find us at local shopping centres, markets, newsagents, businesses and at events within the Fraser Coast.

Most of the content of our magazine is also available online for our subscribers and linked with social media platforms such as Facebook

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    Fraser Island Shark Attack

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    A Cappella

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    Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Art Auction

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    The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s inaugural art auction took place on Friday, April 19.  Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO Tanya Stevenson thanked local auctioneer Craig Winter for orchestrating the event…

    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. Present Anzac Day is the…

    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…

    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…

    Bayside Transformations

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    From Gutter to Glory Success stories from Bayside Transformations Ice destroys lives. It tears families apart. But Joshua Alsop and Zack Walthall are living proof that the destruction caused by…


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    Tori-Jay Mordey is a 24-year-old local Indigenous artist who began drawing when she was very young. She was raised in the Torres Straits on Thursday Island but spent a majority…

    Earth Hour – 30th March

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    Earth Hour 2019 8:30pm to 9:30pm Every year, for one hour, a movement of people turn out their lights in recognition of climate change.  This is a global event that first…

    Dial A Driver – A story of Irony

    | Local Business, Local Life | No Comments
    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…

    Rabbit Pattern

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    Download Pattern To start off with, I decided to make the bunny out of easy obtainable items found in your nearest Spotlight store. He has been made with a white…

    Hervey Bay School Strike for Climate

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    You are never too small to make a difference A group of Hervey Bay children and adults have become part of a global grassroots network calling for climate change action.…

    Bamboo vs Cotton vs Hemp

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    Cashless Debit Card

    | Local Life | No Comments
    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…

    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.…

    Steampunk makes a home on the Fraser Coast

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    If you haven’t heard the term ‘steampunk’ before, or not sure what it means, don’t worry - you’re not alone. If you have seen Hugh Jackman’s ‘The Greatest Showman’ or…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    Coconut oil face Masks

    | Girls Section, Lifestyle | No Comments
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