Idea just blowing in the wind
HE CRUISES along Fraser Coast beaches with the wind in his sail and the sand at his feet.
The salty breeze sprays his skin while the sun warms his shoulders.
It is an experience Stephen Dietz has been enjoying for at least the past eight years. And he would like to share it with you.
The only problem is, when he introduced blo-karting to the region those eight years ago his dream of turning the hobby into a hire business was rejected by the then-Hervey Bay City Council.
“They knocked it back for safety reasons because there were no brakes. But it doesn’t need brakes. And they didn’t even give me an opportunity to alter things,” Mr Dietz said.
Mr Dietz says that at the time he was told he could go ahead with his tourism venture on private property or he could continue to use it on the beach but recreationally, not for business.
Although he currently does not have an application with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to get the project up and running, he says he is very keen to.
“I would like to get it back up but I don’t want to go through the hassles of council. I’ve thought about trying again many times.
“I get a lot of people asking to hire it but I have to say no because the council won’t let me.
“If the opportunity was there I’d probably try and go ahead with it.”
Fraser Coast councillor with the tourism portfolio Anne Nioa could not be reached to see what her views were on the possible attraction, however Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism general manager Damien Massingham said it was worth a shot.
“I’d certainly encourage him to talk to the Fraser Coast council.
“I know council staff have worked with a number of operators such as the camels on Scarness Beach.
“The council has certainly had a very positive and open mind to a number of tourism operators.”
Mr Massingham said the tourism board would help Mr Dietz in approaching the council to make an application.
“The more quality tourism products that we have the more chance we have of keeping tourists here for longer and I know the council has that same goal.”
According to www.blokart.com.au there are more than 700 blo-karts sold across Australia with close to 13,000 sold worldwide.
There is also a handful of blo-kart clubs across the country, including one in Brisbane. To find out more about the activity visit the website.