Bay is brimming with history
One of the best things about Hervey Bay and the wider Fraser Coast is that it is steeped in history.
Whether or not you choose to seek out the information and stories that underpin the culture and development of the region, in one way or another you eventually become privy to the quirky tales and occurrences that have shaped our home.
Over the weekend we celebrated the Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough. The whale watch season is only days away from launching and next weekend the Howard community will host its annual Burrum Coal Discovery Festival – where organisers expect to draw a record breaking crowd of more than six thousand.
While each and every event isn’t always to everyone’s taste, they are a reminder of our heritage and as Mayor Gerard O’Connell said last week in response to news the State Government has allocated a monetary grant to Fraser Coast Show, they are a chance for the community to celebrate its identity and the people who make it so.
As Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast continues to grow, it will be the volunteers and the united community that help to maintain that sense of ‘local’ we’ve come to enjoy.
That is why recognising the Bay’s earliest pioneers such as Robert Greig, who owned and farmed land adjacent to Stockland in Urraween, is so important.
Naming a section of dry vine forest in Mr Greig’s honour is not only a respectful tribute to him and his family, but also a simple step in ensuring the foundation of this city is forged forever as part of our future – however that may unfold.