After 1043 votes, the answer is no to Newport Beach

A RESOUNDING 'no' has been delivered on the question of whether Hervey Bay's name should be changed to Newport Beach.

In an online poll on the Chronicle's website, 1043 votes were cast in about three-and-a-half days and 84% of the people who voted were not in favour of a name change.

The idea of changing Hervey Bay's name was suggested by real estate agent Chris Couper in an effort to shed the stigma of having high unemployment and high council rates.