Alison Bonner of Maryborough is worried money to increase activities for Fraser Coast youths, including her son Darren McPhee, is being channelled into Hervey Bay.
Alison Bonner of Maryborough is worried money to increase activities for Fraser Coast youths, including her son Darren McPhee, is being channelled into Hervey Bay.

More fun for teens in Hervey Bay

TEENAGERS living in Hervey Bay are spoilt for choice as far as school holiday activities go – Maryborough’s youth aren’t so lucky, according to some frustrated parents.

Tinana mum Alison Bonner is calling on the council to put more effort, and more funds, into Maryborough’s teen scene.

“I wish there was more here for the teenagers to do,” she said.

“The teenagers in Maryborough really haven’t been catered for.

“There’s really only the pool.

“The council are subsidising holiday activities in Hervey Bay – it would be great if they could do something similar here in Maryborough.

“A lot of kids have nothing to do so they end up doing the wrong thing.”

But rather than just complaining about the problem, Ms Bonner is ready to contribute some possible solutions for holiday fun.

“It wouldn’t cost much to set up a big inflatable (slide) at the pool that is specifically for older kids. And some more trips away and council-subsidised activities like ten pin bowling or skirmish – the boys love skirmish.

“Our kids are missing out. They need more than painting murals and going to the skate park.”

The Hervey Bay PCYC has a jam-packed school holiday program and, along with the Fraser Coast Regional Council, has organised a day trip to the Gold Coast later this month.

But Maryborough has no PCYC and there is no shuttle bus to take Maryborough teens to Hervey Bay’s myriad activities.

The council has, however, organised craft activities in Maryborough library for primary-aged children.



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