OPINION: The Esplanade is amazing, it just needs more lights
LIVING on the Fraser Coast, it is easy to forget how lucky we are.
Few coastal cities around the world would be able to boast such an amazing beach-side paths as the Esplanade in Hervey Bay.
And it's not just beach-side, the thick trees in some areas on occasion gives the illusion of escaping from the traffic and bustle.
But, this amazing resource can only be enjoyed part of the time.
As daylight wans, so too does the use of the Esplanade.
And there is one simple factor - there are no lights to show the way.
Just before sunset on Easter Monday, I went for a short run along the Esplanade.
I'm not usually fond of running in the evening, due to safety reasons.
But, I thought, it was Easter Monday, one of the busiest times of the year, there are bound to be people around.
There were not.
The Esplanade area was almost deserted, left were a few straggling walkers returning home and a couple of families having dinner in the barbecue areas.
Everyone else was choosing to walk on the opposite side of the road, where the lighting was adequate enough to see.
I stubbornly stuck it out on the Esplanade side for about half way.
In the end it was just too much - the trees, usually friends to help shade took on a spooky feel as if anyone could jump out at any time.
The uneven path, sticks across the road, usually easily dodged, became far too much of an obstacle for fear of a turned ankle.
All this could be easily remedied, and give tourists more time to enjoy our beautiful region.
Sometimes we all just need a little help to light our way.
What other areas in the region do you think need more lighting? Let us know in the comments below.