FRASER PROUD: Flair for hair and the region
CHANTELLE Durston, owner of Fraser Shores Hair Design, is an extraordinarily Fraser Proud business woman who has owned hairdressing salons in both Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
"I love them both. I wouldn't pick one town over the other," Mrs Durston said.
Mrs Durston, her husband John and three children, moved to Hervey Bay from the bright lights of the Gold Coast a little over 15 years ago.
"We wanted a quieter lifestyle where we could safely raise our kids," she said.
Originally she took a hairdressing position in Maryborough so the children could attend St Marys Catholic Primary School.
In 2010 she purchased her first salon in Maryborough. Primary schooling done, Mrs Durston moved the children to Xavier College and bought the salon in the Fraser Shores Shopping Centre.
The children now aged 18, 15 and 12 have all benefited through their parents' lifestyle choice.
"The quality of education in the region is excellent," Mrs Durston said.
Originally Mrs Durston became aware of the Chamber of Commerce Fraser Proud Campaign through a hairdresser's usual means - salon gossip.
"We were discussing where I should advertise our new hairdresser Bec Skerrit, who is a local," Mrs Durston said.
"She went to school and trained in Maryborough and has also worked in different salons in Hervey Bay."
It's this interconnectedness which keeps the communities close knit. It's clear that word of the Fraser Proud program was already circulating.
Mrs Durston said that during the Maryborough floods and subsequent rebuild, people pulled together.
That's what she loves best about the Fraser Coast community - the ability of the people to pull together.
Fraser Shores Hair Design is an extension of her own family where clients also feel welcomed into the fold. It's a lively salon which opens two evenings a week and on Saturdays.
A rotation of three senior hairdresser care for clients' needs.
Drop in and see Chantelle at Fraser Shores Hair Design, 25/81 Boat Harbour Dr, Urraween.