Coast shone for nippers carnival in Hervey Bay on weekend
EDITORIAL: The beach was washed away, the rain drizzled down the whole weekend and the Bureau of Meteorology issued a strong wind warning for Hervey Bay waters on Sunday.
You could probably pick a worse weekend to hold a statewide surf lifesaving championship on the Fraser Coast, but you'd really have to work at it.
That being the case, it was a great testament to the Fraser Coast that the nippers carnival was as successful as it was.
It is even more so when you consider that organisers were so impressed they are talking about bringing the event back here sometime in the near future.
The event is set to be shared between venues on a three-year rotation, and organisers told the Chronicle that Hervey Bay could well be one of the three places to be chosen.
Thousands of young lifesavers and their parents came for the event, bringing a welcome boost to hospitality businesses that have been hammered recently by flooded roads, storm and erosion damage, a disrupted gas supply and all the loss of custom these things entail.
An example of how the Fraser Coast went the extra mile to keep the nippers happy was by blocking off one of the lanes along the Charlton Esplanade in Urangan for the weekend.
While some local drivers may have had a bit of a grumble about this, it certainly helped the dozens of buses needed to transport the children to the event each day.
By leaving the space from the closed off lane to be dedicated to picking up and dropping off the young lifesavers, it made the whole thing a much smoother and safer operation.
Event organisers were impressed, and said it is the sort of consideration they haven't received in other areas the carnival has been held.
The region has done well with attracting big events recently, such as the touch football championships or the superboats.
Let's hope the Nippers Carnival can be added to that list.
Let's also hope they get a weekend of glorious Fraser Coast sunshine next time, too.