Hervey Bay - The Fraser Coast Beacon

HATCH Design and Creative

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HATCH Design and Creative Store is a delightful shop found in a most scenic part of Hervey Bay, at 1 Pier St Urangan. HATCH gift store was the brainchild of its creator and owner Nathalie Albouze and sells the most wonderful and unique “local creations amongst others”. With Nathalie’s background being in the field of graphic art, the shop highlights not only the owners own creative flare with the fantastic and colourful displays of the goods sold, it also is quite apparent in her selection of excellent local artistry.

Nathalie came up with the idea for her shop and after 12 months of preparation, found a location, a few weeks of renovating and opened the doors in August 2018. Nathalie identified that there was a need to help local artists in all fields and handcrafts to find an effective way to market their creations in a professional retail forum. The shop provides shelf space at reasonable rates with Nathalie using her experience in retail and marketing, to promote these products using her expertise.

I must admit the shop is a delight to walk around and browse. The range of crafts range from paintings to jewellery with so much to see you will not be disappointed. The store even boasts a terrific skincare range made here in Hervey Bay, and is all natural and quite luxurious. Nathalie is always up for a chat and with excellent coffee facilities on hand, one could make themselves quite at home while they decided which gifts most took their fancy.

I needed to circle the shop several times and each time I found something that I had missed in my previous round. The store is a credit to its owner and the artists whose work fills it.

If you are looking for that unique and special gift at reasonable prices and love things that are handmade HATCH Design and Creative Store is definitely the shop for you.

Drop in and give Nathalie a visit, her wonderful shop will definitely not disappoint.

Shop address: 1 Pier St, Urangan, Hervey Bay
Visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/Hatchdesignandcreativestore/

The Message is in the Art

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Painting is a powerful medium for expressing emotions and sending messages. Hervey Bay artist Leticia has created a multitude of paintings that use colour and various subject matter to capture and express her moods and feelings. The walls of her home are filled with beautiful richly-coloured artworks featuring whimsical images in golds, yellows and reds – representing the happiness and passion in her life. But there are some that depict…


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Feeding Hungry Mouths 160

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Photos: Stephen Bendall

For six years Comfort Kitchen has been serving three-course meals each Wednesday night to those who need a meal.

Comfort Kitchen is run by 20 volunteers who spend their Wednesday preparing and cooking soups, mains and desserts for 160 people.

Together they have made over 40,000 meals that have fed the Fraser Coasts hungry. Comfort Kitchen provides wholesome meals such as warm soups, lasagne, corn beef, vegetables and ice-cream with fruit as well as a Christmas and Christmas in July meals to those in need, to bring them joy in the holiday seasons.

Anyone can come along on a Wednesday night and receive a meal, no questions asked as anyone may need a meal. Seventy per cent of people who need a meal are single senior pensioners.

Money made from the Community Centres café and catering goes towards running the Comfort Kitchen. Doors open at 4:30 pm on Wednesday night and they start serving at 5:00 pm. Comfort kitchen also provides take away to people for neighbours or friends that aren’t able to make it to the community centre, if they have enough for everyone that night.

Comfort Kitchen count on sponsorship to keep their doors open for those that need a meal. If you would like to donate, call the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre on (07) 4194 3000.

Litter, Plastic our Beaches

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Rubbish, trash, litter it’s everywhere especially plastic and it’s contaminating everything in the ocean and on terra firma destroying our beaches and oceans, killing fish, whales, birds and animals. What can we do to play our part in alleviating this problem? We can recycle, reuse and limit our use and addiction to plastic, we can also not litter.  But what we can do very easily is pick up rubbish when…


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