Facebook page bags Hervey Bay
A FACEBOOK page called Hervey Bay Sucks has been set up on the social networking website.
With 70 members, the group complains about the lack of waves at Hervey Bay’s beaches and how “boring” the town is.
It also complains about a lack of shops and the new water park.
But Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen and Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger have taken heart from rival Facebook page, I Love Hervey Bay, which they believe more accurately represents the region’s sentiments.
With 520 members belonging to the group, they might just be right.
One member writes, “I am originally from western Sydney, then moved west of Ipswich before coming here to Hervey Bay in Sept 2007. I love it here!!! There is nothing nicer than sitting having a cuppa at Enzo’s on the Beach at Scarness, while sipping on a cappuccino, and looking out over the sparkling calm blue waters of the Bay. What a great place to live!”
Others write about spending family holidays in the Bay or looking forward to moving to the area soon.
One happy Hervey Bay resident even joined the Hervey Bay Sucks group just to leave a message of support for the city, insisting: “Hervey Bay isn’t a hole.”
Mr Kruger said that while he did not follow Facebook, he was glad to hear Hervey Bay had more supporters than detractors.
“I think there are more people that appreciate what’s around them,” he said.
“Some people have just got to get their head out of the sand.”
Mr Kruger said there would always be negativity but he believed most people were positive and believed in growing and improving the area.
MR Sorensen agreed, saying he loves Hervey Bay.
He said he was pleased Bay supporters were winning the online war.
“We’ll always win the war,” he said wryly. “It’s a top spot.
“We have beautiful, safe beaches. Lots of people choose to retire here. It’s a good place to live and it has a good future.”