Chamber members share ideas on Bay's future

OPINION: The Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce has recently surveyed its members in regards to: Hervey Bay's Future - What Are Your Thoughts?

While the survey was members-only and subsequently had a Hervey Bay flavour, the outcomes are for the benefit of the wider Fraser Coast community.

No prizes for guessing the number one key project that will help stimulate the Fraser Coast economy.

The Urangan Marina precinct remains a standout as a major priority for development, and to value-add to the entire Fraser Coast economy.

The Chamber has engaged the council, Fraser Coast Opportunities and a wider stakeholder group to advance the development of the harbour and to promote the economic, tourism and social opportunities it presents both nationally and internationally.

We also asked if members would support the sinking of a decommissioned naval vessel in our waters, to encourage marine life and provide dive opportunities.

This received a 100% favourable response.

It was pleasing to see the support of all levels of government for this idea.

Other questions included the following thought-starters:

Do you think a koala habitat on Woody Island would provide an alternative tourist/education venue?

Do you think a light rail project along the mobility corridor has merit?

Would you support a cruise ship terminal at Woody Island, enabling people to be ferried to Hervey Bay?

What type of attraction does this region need more of? The results were:

  • 90% for young children, teenage attractions
  • 55% for educational/scientific
  • 50% for fishing
  • 45% for environmental

Overall, it was a worthwhile survey and it was great to see our members giving careful consideration to ventures that would help the region move forward.

While some would take time and involve government financial contribution, other suggestions fell well within our local ability to do at minimum cost and effort.

Members and other interested parties can view the full results on our website.

The results will be discussed in more detail at our next chamber breakfast function on Wednesday, October 29, when we will welcome back international social media speaker and Bluewire Media marketing manager Adam Franklin.

Tim Powers is the president of the Hervey Bay Chamber Of Commerce