Queens Park for Botanic Garden status


QUEENS Park in Maryborough is set for Regional Botanic Garden status after recently being nominated with Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour said the move recognises the importance of the heritage-listed park in the heart of Maryborough.

“We recognise and celebrate the historic homes and buildings, but Queens Park also provides an enduring link with our past,” he said.

“And it’s a link that is worth valuing, preserving and celebrating. Maryborough has a proud history and this park has been central to the community over the years.”

The reserve for the park was gazetted 140 years ago in October 1873.

Cr Seymour said plans are underway to recognise this milestone.

“To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the gazettal of Queens Park, we will be running guided walking tours as part of Maryborough Open House on Saturday, October 26,” he said.

“Over the last 140 years the landscape has remained much the same, but a number of important memorials and aspects have been added. The bandstand rotunda and memorial fountain were erected in 1890.

“The war memorial and memorial gates were added in 1922. These memorials and features add a sense of place among the ancient trees and lush foliage.”

The war memorial was designed by Maryborough architect P.O.E. Hawkes and built by local monumental masonry firm F.W. Webb.

“It’s an idyllic and beautiful park to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, from the lily pond to the avenues of trees including banyan figs, Poinciana trees, celtis and weeping figs.

“The park is an early example of the state government vesting local authorities with the maintenance and control of public reserves and also features memorials commemorating well-known local citizens, including Richard Bingham Sheridan.”

Prior to its proclamation as a park, the area was the site of a boiling down works operated by Edmund Blucher.

Heritage-listed Queens Park covers 5.2 hectares in the heart of Maryborough, with sweeping river views, rolling green lawns, a waterfall, ornamental flower beds, towering trees and unique heritage features.

On the last Sunday of each month, the Mary Ann (a replica of Queensland’s first steam engine) and several miniature steam engines give children and adults rides around the park. It also runs every Thursday in conjunction with the Maryborough Markets.

“For generations, Queens Park has provided the venue for many happy memories in the heart of Maryborough.  The decision today reflects the need to care for it and protect its valuable heritage,” Cr Seymour said.


Looking back… Queen’s Park in 1908, with the Band Rotunda and the Port Residence in the background.
Looking forward … Queen’s Park in 2013 is one of Maryborough’s most popular locations for wedding photography. Photo: JOCELYN WATTS

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Best Fraser Coast wedding locations

Consider timing when choosing wedding locations

With so many superb ceremonies, photography and reception sites offering on the Fraser Coast, choosing the best for your wedding can be difficult.

Among the myriad things to consider, you will also need to think about timing.

You might want a traditional church wedding in Maryborough and have a favourite restaurant in Hervey Bay but when it comes to timing, the travel distance between the two cities will impact on your overall plan for the day.

And getting from one venue to the next during wet weather is not only uncomfortable, but it’s also hazardous.



Barbeler wedding

If time is short, the places where you and your family dress, the ceremony site, choice of photography locations and reception venue should all be short distances apart.

Without much traffic to worry about, you’re more likely to get to the ceremony on time and you’ll have more time between that site and the reception venue for photography.

Plus, the day will run more smoothly for family and guests if they can walk from their motel rooms to the ceremony and reception, and enjoy a few drinks, without worrying about their cars.

In terms of convenience, my top choice for Fraser Coast weddings is Susan River Homestead, located halfway between Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

The adventure resort has a number of stunning outdoor spots ideal for wedding ceremonies and photography but if Mother Nature delivers rain on the day, the bride can be driven directly to an undercover car park and arrive totally dry.

The ceremony can also be held under cover just outside the restaurant and photos taken inside. Not only that, with motel rooms onsite, the groom, his attendants, family and guests can all dress and simply walk about 100 metres undercover and arrive dry at your wedding.

Popular close-by combinations on the Fraser Coast include:

Fraser Coast   
Susan River HomesteadSusan RiverSusan RiverSusan River
St Paul’s Anglican ChurchTown Hall GreensCarrier’s Arms HotelCarrier’s Arms Hotel
St Mary’s Catholic ChurchQueen’s ParkBrolga Theatre/GustoKimba Lodge
Mary River ParklandsWharf StreetBrolga Theatre/GustoMcNevins Motel
Queen’s ParkQueen’s ParkBrolga Theatre/GustoMcNevins Motel
Hervey Bay   
Pier Park, UranganUrangan PierPavilion by the PierAkama Resort
Dayman Point, UranganUrangan PierWaterfront RestaurantMantra Hervey Bay
Quota Park, UranganUrangan PierBayswater HotelPeppers Pier Resort
ESA Park, Pt VernonBeachGatakers Landing Rest.White Crest Apartments
Fraser Island   
Kingfisher Bay ResortSunset BeachSeabelle RestaurantKingfisher Bay Resort

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Wedding date easy to remember

 Damien Youngberry and Leisa Olsen were married on the beach at Urangan on December 12 at 12.12pm. Leisa is the daughter of Julie and Kevin Olsen of Maryborough and Damien is the son of Vivienne and Stephen Youngberry of Glasshouse Mountains. Photographer: Jocelyn Watts/ASP Photography

Damien Youngberry and Leisa Olsen were married on the beach at Urangan on December 12 at 12.12pm. Leisa is the daughter of Julie and Kevin Olsen of Maryborough and Damien is the son of Vivienne and Stephen Youngberry of Glasshouse Mountains. Photographer: Jocelyn Watts/ASP Photography

Story by Carlie Walker, Fraser Coast Chronicle

Twelve will always be a lucky number for Leisa Olsen and Damien Youngberry.

Twelve days and twelve months before what would be their wedding date, Damien popped the question with the intention he and Leisa would be married on December 12.

Leisa said yes and the two started making plans to be married on the special date.

If that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday the two were married at 12.12pm on the dot.

“We both liked the idea of it being the twelfth of the twelfth,” he said.

It was a date that he wouldn’t see again in his lifetime, Damien said.

Damien described the day as “awesome” as he and Leisa confirmed their love in front of their three children and family and friends on the beach at Urangan.

Damien said he heard on the radio that the number 12 was the number for completeness, which was completely fitting to him after he married the love of his life.

The couple didn’t plan to get married at 12.12pm on the dot, but somehow it just worked out that way.

Damien, who met Leisa 14 years ago when they were both studying at TAFE, said any time about noon would have been fine but that had made it extra special.

Damien said the date would make remembering his anniversary much easier.

“There will be no excuse if I ever do forget,” he said.

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