A lonely dog wades through water left as the low tide hits the Urangan Pier at dawn yesterday.
A lonely dog wades through water left as the low tide hits the Urangan Pier at dawn yesterday. Alistair Brightman

Signing over our charm

MOTORISTS will have no excuse not to drop into Maryborough this summer, after a billboard was erected on the Bruce Hwy to advertise its status as "Queensland's Friendliest Town".

The giant sign advertising the Heritage City's charms will stand proud at the entrance to the Fraser Coast until about January next year, when it will be moved to other locations throughout the state.

"It's a big achievement for Maryborough to win out of the 73 local government areas in Queensland," Fraser Coast Regional Council mayor Mick Kruger said.

Cr Kruger said a number of factors had helped Maryborough take out the title, including the Mary Poppins Festival in the Park, the Staycations scheme and the visitor-friendly electronic walking tour Heritage Trails.

"The Heritage Trail tour helps people find their way around town at just the touch of a button, and they can learn all about the buildings," Cr Kruger said.

"But it's really the community spirit that determines who will win the friendliest town."

The ad, which reads, "Nice of you to pop in" with a silhouette of Mary Poppins, was provided by Bishopp Outdoor Advertising.

"I spend a lot of time here on the Fraser Coast and I truly believe Maryborough is the friendliest town," managing director Brad Bishopp said.

The award was announced in October at the Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland's Tidiest Towns ceremony.


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