Creating employment a focus to help area's hidden homeless
EDITORIAL: They are called the hidden homeless. They do not sleep on the streets, but move from shelter to shelter, couch-surfing with friends for as long as they can stay, living on short-term leases in caravans, always moving on.
It is near-impossible to get accurate figures, but anecdotal evidence suggests the Fraser Coast has a significant hidden homeless problem.
In National Homeless Week, a Hervey Bay group trying to solve the problem has done more than change their name, they have changed their approach to target the region's specific problems.
Chief among those is high unemployment - one of the key issues the Chronicle will be putting to federal election candidates.
The region needs more than vague promises of employment possibilities: it needs commitment to real projects.
We trust the candidates will look carefully at the proposals being put to them by Fraser Coast Opportunities. The voters will be watching.
As seen on TV
A SPOT on Channel Seven's Sunrise appears to have boosted bookings for Hervey Bay whale watchers.
Operators report an increase, particularly in locals coming out to meet the humpbacks.
It may be the power of celebrity, but it's the cetaceans who are the real celebrities.