S.O.S CAMPAIGN: Hervey Bay swim instructor Penny Elder has backed the Fraser Coast Chronicle's Save Our Schoolkids campaign, which urges the State Government to add swimming lessons to the school curriculum.
S.O.S CAMPAIGN: Hervey Bay swim instructor Penny Elder has backed the Fraser Coast Chronicle's Save Our Schoolkids campaign, which urges the State Government to add swimming lessons to the school curriculum. Valerie Horton

The latest from the Fraser Coast Chronicle's Editor's Desk

NOW the summer holidays have well and truly ended and school is back, Fraser Coast residents are finally settling into a normal routine. 

Thankfully it's easier than ever before to stay up to date with local news when you have a subscription to the Fraser Coast Chronicle - even when your daily schedule is hectic.

As a subscriber you have full access to all of the Chronicle's content and the stories that matter to you.

Whether it's inspirational yarns like Maryborough's very own Jay McCarthy who made cycling history on the weekend as the first Australian to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race or a look at why Hervey Bay's suburb Urangan is about to experience an economic boom.

Cadel Evans Road Race in Geelong.   Jay McCarthy of team Bora-Hansgrohe with the bunch sprint to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race    .Pic: Michael Klein
Cadel Evans Road Race in Geelong. Jay McCarthy of team Bora-Hansgrohe with the bunch sprint to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race .Pic: Michael Klein Michael Klein

If you prefer following what's going on in your local council, our Deputy Editor Jessica Grewal this week had an exclusive chat with embattled Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft about his last-ditch plan to save his job.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor, Chris Loft.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor, Chris Loft. Valerie Horton

Reporter Blake Antrobus also spoke to former Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell who has ruled out a run in a potential by-election should current mayor Chris Loft be sacked.

This week the Chronicle joined the Courier-Mail and 44 other News Queensland publications - with the backing of major bodies such as the Australian Water Safety Council, Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Surf Life Saving Queensland and leading Olympians - to launch an S.O.S. campaign to "Save Our Schoolkids".

Our campaign is calling on the State Government to commit to compulsory swim and water safety lessons in Queensland primary schools.

Hervey Bay swim teacher Penny Elder, who has taught more than 10,000 children to be confident in the water, has backed our campaign and called on the State Government to make changes to the curriculum.

 

PLEA FOR CHANGE: Penny Elder from Elders Swim Centre has backed a campaign to introduce compulsory swimming lessons in Queensland schools.
PLEA FOR CHANGE: Penny Elder from Elders Swim Centre has backed a campaign to introduce compulsory swimming lessons in Queensland schools. Valerie Horton

In local sport, it has been a huge week for AFL Wide Bay.

The organisation will hold a women's Flash Footy Carnival at Maryborough on Saturday, as the five local teams are joined by Nambour-based Hinterland Blues.

The pre-season precursor to the inaugural Wide Bay Womens competition is set to be a big day of Aussie rules.

That news was followed by the expansion of the men's competition from four to six teams.

Maryborough Bears will compete in the senior grade for the first time in years, while AFL Sunshine Coast clubs Gympie Cats and Pomona Demons will merge to create a sixth senior team.

Other highlights:

  • The 100-year-old woman named as Fraser Coast's sportsperson of the year after eight decades of dedication to hockey.

 

Court has returned for 2018 and our journalists have been on the ground reporting the latest crime from across the region. 

Within a few days, our court reporter Annie Perets covered a story about a mother facing court for not taking her children to school, while another mum left her children aged one, three and five home alone while she disappeared to work.

We have also introduced improvements to the digital edition of our paper, making it far easier to read the paper as it is printed on desktop, tablet or even your mobile.

You can read more about that here.

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You can email me below. 

Jordan Philp

Editor

Fraser Coast Chronicle. 

jordan.philp@frasercoastchronicle.com.au