People and property prices bring 'new' locals to Hervey Bay
AFTER a brief visit to Hervey Bay on the last school holidays, it didn't take long for Hervey Bay's newest local Thomas Matyas to make the decision to move here from Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.
"We went on a three week trip to Longreach in the caravan and we had a nanny with us, so stopped here so they could watch a movie as we had been out bush and there was not much out there," Mr Matyas said.
"They watched the movie and I went and looked around time, I thought this was nice and then I looked at real estate prices and I thought oh my God, we could sell our house and buy a better house here and maybe have some change.
"So then I though let's try it, we got a loan and here we are."
Mr Matyas said they lived on a busy street in Yandina and his daughter was unable to play on the street, but the cul-de-sac in which they now live provided the perfect place for her to interact with other children, with parents in the street taking their turns to watch over them from the front lawns.
"Better for my daughter, Esther, she's seven years old.
"She just started school at Star of the Sea yesterday, she loves it there already.
"And we have newer house, in a better area, which is quieter and a bit more relaxed."
Mr Matyas likened Hervey Bay to what the Sunshine Coast was about 15 years ago, when people were more courteous and had more time for each other, he even had a Urangan restaurant worker offer him a pair of shoes so he could dine at the Boat Club.
"I went to behind the Mantra to get dinner one night last week and the guy was closing and said to try the Boat Club - beautiful food there," he said.
"And I said 'they might not let me in, I've only got thongs on' and he said he'd lend me his shoes.
"Are you for real? He was genuinely was going to lend me his shoes."
Mr Matyas owns his own rubbish removal business, which was a success on the Sunshine Coast and he would continue the business here in Hervey Bay.
He said he often was asked to remove items that were still in perfect working order, so each Sunday he gives away one or two items to someone in need.
This Sunday, September 24 he will give away a blower and vacuum cleaner (pictured) to someone who can't otherwise afford it.
For a chance to receive these items send him a friend request on facebook, just search for Thomas Albert Matyas.