Business

Permits, charges take toll on beach operator

ONE of the Fraser Coast's best-known tourist operators is selling his jet boats to prepare for the fight of his life to keep the vision of a business expansion.

Aquavue Cafe and Watersports owner Larry Burch has been hit with huge price increases in electricity, insurance and permit costs.

The Hervey Bay man admitted he had plans to sell his two jet boats and pull back his operations.

While the funds raised from the boats sale will partly go toward making up the price increase, Mr Burch also revealed he had plans to expand the cafe to drive more people to his business.

Mr Burch said the plans involved an outdoor alfresco-type atmosphere - and would revolutionise the region's tourism industry.

"It will offer locals and visitors an experience different to other places," Mr Burch said.

"And add another dimension to tourism."

Despite the vision to expand Aquavue, Mr Burch faces a tough time making ends meet.

"Our costs this year- have gone up 20%," he said.

"That's why businesses are going broke - costs are going through the roof."

While he partly blames the Fraser Coast Regional Council for difficult beach permits, Mr Burch claimed the bureaucratic system was hurting all businesses.

"We wonder why things are not going right here," he said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell declared the council's support for Aquavue and Mr Burch.

Mr Burch declared the calm waters of Hervey Bay as the biggest problem- with several permits required to use it.

"Anyone who has anything to do with that has dramas," he said.

When asked what the future of Aquavue was he paused, and became defiant.

"I'm not going to tuck my tail between my legs and head for the hills," he said. "I will win, I'm not going to let this go."

Topics:  aquavue costs electricity fraser coast regional council hervey bay insurance jet boat permits torquay



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

OPINION: Mixed feelings over Cashless Debit Card

Federal member for Hinkler Keith Pitt supports the introduction of a cashless debit card.

I worry that having this cards will stigmatise people.

Are crocodiles breeding in Mary River?

Are crocodiles breeding in the Mary River?

Is there evidence of crocodiles breeding in the Mary River?

New laws to give Fraser Coast teens ID cards

Residents should be on the lookout for credit card fraud.

What do you think about thhe new cards?

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!