PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURE – A MUST READ

FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL – PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURE

Documents were tabled in Qld Parliament today by Member of Parliament Rob Pyne – not only putting Cairns FIRST; also putting Fraser Coast First. Representing all Queenslanders.

This is why a Queensland Independent Commission Against Corruption is NEEDED NOW!

Parliament Footage HERE!

#ICAC #fcrc #corruption #politicalnews

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#Politicalnews Jannean Dean

Kokoda Challenge 2017 96km, 33hrs 40mins no sleep …

We Did It! 96km, 33hrs 40mins no sleep …

Mateship. Courage. Endurance. Sacrifice.

On Saturday the 15th of July 2017 I completed the Kokoda 96km Challenge at the Gold Coast. I filled in for a team member that dropped out of team ‘Rebels with a Cause’ with my good mate Kym that I have done the Sunshine Coast Marathon with twice, plus Chere and Christian were the other two awesome team members. Jacqui, Sean, Adam plus Ray were our sensational support crew, we could not have done this without them!

I felt pretty good the whole way and handled the no sleep ok, the main issue was pain / pressure under my feet. I’d done 50km on Fraser Island 2 weeks prior and 80km 3 weeks prior to that, wearing in two pairs of shoes. I started out with my trail runners for the 1st 28km, switched to my waterproof boots for the next 50km which were a god send for overnight in the rain and mud slop, then I borrowed a pair of Kym’s light trail runners for the last 15km; even drugs didn’t numb the pain at this stage!
I was so impressed with the team, my feet pulled up blister free with only a few hot spots and dead skin from two weeks earlier but the others copped terrible blisters the whole way and all our feet were treated by the medics with band aids and Elastoplast to assist with the pain to continue to the finish line. There will be a few lost toenails. (Chere’s busted feet below next to mine, YEOUCH, Careful Viewing! What a Champ!)
I burnt over 17,000 calories, my polar activity monitors says I hiked about 171,000 steps and I enjoyed a 13hr sleep on completion. My feet were a little tender and slightly swollen with fluid the next day.

Talk about the experience of a life time!!!
A Massive thanks to all the Volunteers, Organisers, Traffic Control, SES, Medics, our Sensational Support Crew, Photographers, those who Donated and our Amazing Team Mates!!! Feeling Blessed!

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Kyms review the night after, July 17th, 3:12am:

Lying here in absolute agony I thought I’d write a post about The Kokoda Challenge 96km.
I was originally part of the support crew for my gorgeous friend Sunshine but when a place became available I got into the team. I had no idea WTF I was in for. I got a nasty cold on the Wednesday before and spent the whole thing popping Cold and Flu tablets and blowing my nose! I pulled my hammi ten days before and hurt my knee on the Monday before. Definitely the odd were stacking up! 
I honestly didn’t do much training for it, which wouldn’t surprise many of my friends. I completed the Brisbane Kokoda 30km six weeks ago and did a few walks and about two swims. Training for events is something I am not good at and I’m just lucky I have the mental strength to pull these sorts of crazy shit off.
I really shouldn’t have started because of my cold but I couldn’t let the team down. I thought I’d pull out when it got too hard physically and then be their support.
It was all going ok, although it wasn’t easy, and I was enjoying it. Making it up Polly’s Hill was ‘fun’ but then it started to rain. We put on our rain coats and kept going but everything was turning to mud.
As night fell we turned on our headlamps and I started to feel like James Bond on a mission  It was kinda fun being in the bush at night and I could see why people do this for fun. Then it kinda stopped being fun and was just bloody hard work with lots of bits I didn’t enjoy. I was going to pull out at 15km to go as my feet were excruciatingly painful. My blisters even had blisters! A quick fix by the podiatrist at the last support check point and a few pain killers and we were off again.
Finished in just under 34 hours. NEVER doing it again!!!

Kym is now planning next years event ….

PRESS RELEASE: Backflow Prevention Device Fee $190K Credit


PRESS RELEASE:

Finally, an outcome to my Official Council / Ombudsman Complaint into fake backflow fees that began 14 August 2015. Fraser Coast Regional Council will credit over $190,000 of fake Backflow Device fees to the Fraser Coast rate payers for 2016/2017.

I still must further pursue another four years of fake fees back to 2012/2013 charged to myself and the other 30 owners in my complex. Communications are continuing with the Ombudsman …if the response is unsatisfactory I will escalate the complaint to the CCC.

I want an investigation into the entire backflow register for the Fraser Coast since implementation in 1998 and every fake fee credited to our rate payers.

Another WIN is I have saved the rate payer a further $18.20 per annum on this backflow device fee as it will be reduced from $91 to $72.80.

Although $72.80 is to be refunded for last year when the actual fee charged was $91, there is still further monies ($18.20) owing to the rate payers for 2016/2017 for the Fraser Coast, which I am chasing up.

Section 38 of Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 states
(1) A local government must implement and maintain a program for its local government area for the registration, maintenance and testing of testable backflow prevention devices installed in the area.
(2) The local government, or an entity authorised by the local government, must keep a register of the testable backflow prevention devices.

“The wheels have fallen off this bus…We are floundering on our continuous improvement and efficiency drivers across Directorates and failing basic legislative responsibilities. Examples: backflow prevention device testing  …. Cheers Lisa Desmond CEO” 16th March 2016

More info HERE!

 

 

49.5km Fraser Island Hike

A massive thanks to the Mooloolaba Outrigger Masters Ladies Champs for coming with me on a fun and adventurous 49.5km hike; Kingfisher Bay Resort to Eurong Resort return overnight; that clocks me off at 885.5km on Fraser Island on Foot to date! Awesome to be able to help the ladies do some hardcore and adventurous off season training, plenty of laughs and fun along the way!
We can’t wait to go again …!

Fraser Island Great Walk

On Sunday I completed the Fraser Island Great Walk for the 2nd time.
80km walk in under 35hrs (over 2 days – 38km & 42km full marathon 2nd day).
YAY Team, We’ve set the Benchmark!

What an Amazing Adventure with some Awesome, Fun & Fit Ladies (Tash who has done the Great Walk with me before, Nat, Jas & Annette) and Sensational Support Crew (Greg & Gary)! Thank you to everyone involved, these goals and adventures are a massive combined team effort to pull off!

There was no complaining, only the odd ‘EW’ & ‘Arrgh’ sounds I would make every time a leech had to be pulled from my feet, kindly by Nat!

The Giant Santinay tree pictured here is over 1,000 years old and not accessible by car.

“The forests of Fraser Island were logged from 1863 to 1991. The overall canopy of the forests is higher than occurs on any dune system in the world.”
– FIDO Backgrounder No 21

That clocks me off at 836km on foot on Fraser Island to date! Can’t wait to do it again!

SEAFRONT MASTERPLAN UPDATE:

Email to Council 27.04.2017:
Why has this ‘PLAN’ NOT been made available on the Council website at any stage to the community?

Originally, the detailed plan was not included on Council’s website as it contained images provided under copyright by third parties. These pages have been removed from the version attached to this email as no approval has been given by the third party to release these images. Discussions are now being held in relation to publication of the document on Council’s website.

Yours sincerely
Ray Burton PSM
Acting Chief Executive Officer

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Lake Mckenzie Fraser Island

Circumnavigated / strolled around the whole perimeter of Lake Mckenzie on Fraser Island today from Kingfisher Bay Resort; 24km, 6hrs = 2,345 calories ✔
734km on Fraser Island on ‘Foot’ to date – can’t wait to clock off 1,000km!

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Mt Walsh & Utophia Falls / Rock Pools

Mt Walsh & Utophia Falls Rock Pools

Awesome hike up Mt Walsh today at Biggenden followed by the bestest ever swim at Utopia rock pools! About 8km all up and smashed off 2,000 calories with the help of the incline!

Mt Walsh 2hrs 52 mins, 460m high, 3.86km = 1,460 calories ✔
+ 3.7km stroll to Utopia Falls = 600 calories (including swim) ✔

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Mount Walsh day use area

Turn right off the Maryborough – Biggenden Road 2km east of Biggenden or turn left 80km west of Maryborough. Travel a further 5.3km along the signposted National Park Road to the picnic area.
See Mount Walsh National Park map (PDF, 177K)  [Info via Qld Parks]

Utopia Rock falls from From Biggenden

From Biggenden travel along the Maryborough – Biggenden Road for 22km, turning right at Innooroolabar Road. Follow this road for about 2.5km and then take the first right at Utopia Road (no street sign). Follow Utopia Road until you reach the car park.

Council meetings are now LIVE!

Fraser Coast Regional Council Live Streaming

Council meetings are now LIVE! Sing Hallelujah!

We first bought this up with Council April 15th, 2015. A huge thank you to Mayor Chris Loft and Fraser Coast Regional Council for testing the live streaming at Ordinary Meeting No. 2 on 8th February (just needing to tweak the sound). Public Participation in live streaming commencing Ordinary Meeting No.3 on 1st March 2017. More info HERE!
Ordinary Meeting No.05 April 15th, 2015 HERE!
— with Jannean Dean.

Quick trip to Canberra in Feb!

First up I did my 2nd hike up Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain 2,228m, 80km winds at the top! 13km loop from Thredbo Chairlift circuit, 2015 was the Charlotte Pass 22km loop.

It was also lovely to catch up with Derryn Hinch in Canberra. He was very appreciative of the 10km walk I organised in Hervey Bay to raise awareness for his national sex offender register. He offered to come and speak at Parliament House on medical cannabis oil the following day at the Medical Cannabis Rally at Parliament House I attended with Jannean Dean who gave an excellent speech. Derryn Hinch also spoke to the crowd gathered saying ‘Free the Weed’!
I’m also pictured here with the new Federal Health & Sport Minster Greg Hunt who was the Environmental Minister when I had the Fraser Island Marathon debacle!

I saw the ceremony for the House of Representatives for their first sitting in Parliament for the 2017. Initial discussion was in relation to Centerlink, 4,000 (20%) wrong fines a month they are continuing to send out and not doing anything about it. Then I went over to watch the Senate saw Wong, Hansen, Xenophon, Hinch, Bernardi, etc.

We also rejoiced in the amazing news that the Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Lisa Desmond had finally been dismissed by the Council and were excited for a better future!!

“Thankyou Jeanette for all your support. Here’s to an exciting fresh start with respect to the people of the Fraser Coast. Thank you everyone for standing strong, fighting hard and supporting us to bring accountability and transparency to our region.” – Jannean Dean

I even had the opportunity to enjoy an awesome Salsa Class with Salsabor at a gorgeous location!!

“Learn to Latin dance for free and practice your new moves afterwards; every Tuesday from 6.30 pm at The Highball Express in Civic. The Latin Taster Lesson is free and runs for 20 minutes and is followed by a 45 minute Open Beginner (walk in) class.”

‘The Overland Track’ 65km in 3 days – Tasmania Notes

The Overland Track Cradle Mountain – Tasmanian parks info here to plan your trip!


DAY 1 – THURS
08 Dec 8:40am

18.5km hike
7:45 hours including breaks
Temp: 5.4 °C to 9.8 °C
Backpack –
Jeanette: 18kg
Sarah: 15kg  (pretty much the same gear, could not figure out why the weight difference)
Start: Ronny Creek (Dove Lake) to Lake Windermere, skipped Waterfall Valley hut.
Marion’s Lookout (Highest point; Alpine plateau between Marions Lookout and Kitchen Hut, 1,250 m), no view, heavy rain, high wind, blown off the track a few times.
Too wet, windy & dangerous to climb to Cradle Mountain summit (1,545 m), no visibility.
Sun came out about lunch.
Boots and trail were wet for entire trip!
Set up tent in light rain.
iPhone got drenched (died), no RunKeeper, GoPro played up and heart rate monitor wouldn’t work! (No Technology! OMG)

Please click on images to view full size.


FRI 09
Dec – 7am

16.8km hike
5:45 hours including breaks
Temp: -0.9 °C to 5.4 °C
Start: Lake Windermere to Pelion
Woke up at 5am to snow everywhere, camped in $15 tent from Kmart with a blue tarp slung over the top!
Feet and fingers were frozen, numb and sore!
Snowed for first two hours, high wind, some rain.
Stayed in a hut, dried clothes and socks, had a delish coffee.


SAT 10
Dec – 6:30am

18.2km hike
7:15 hours including breaks
Temp: -0.2 °C to 6.3 °C
Start: Pelion to Windy Ridge, skipped Kia Ora hut
Stayed in a hut.
Boots still wet, black muddy sludge, deep water puddles, roots and rocks everywhere. There are hardly any boardwalks at pictured in the brochures.
Passed Mt Ossa (1,617 m), Tassie’s highest mountain, to wet & windy to climb to summit.


SUN 11
Dec 2016 – start 5:30am finish 8:20 am
72hrs exact to the hour to complete the 65km Overland Track – Total hiking / walking time 23 hrs 30mins

9km hike
2:45 hours including breaks
Temp: 3.2 °C to 11.2 °C
Start: Windy Ridge to Narcissus
Some sun! Caught ferry to arrive in Cynthia Bay for massive feed!

WE MADE IT!!!

A Massive thanks to my gorgeous cousin Sarah for helping me achieve this goal! We were both quite surprised at our speed, endurance, willpower & fitness levels! ( … though our muscles were alittle stiff and sore)

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What is a vision board?

I just updated my vision board, well I actually use it as my positive, law of attraction screen saver. Each time I achieve a goal I replace it with another image; 3 new images today …. give it a try ….

“A person is what they think about all day long!”

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“A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.”

“As you think, so shall you become.” – Bruce Lee

“What is the Law of Attraction?
The law of attraction is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy.”

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PRESS RELEASE: MYSTERIOUS BACK FLOW DEVICE FEE

16.Nov.2016

Well it’s now over 12 months and still no answer from CEO Lisa Desmond at the Fraser Coast Regional Council in relation to refunding my rates for their made up ‘backflow fee’.
So far in the past five years Council has made $6,427.50 from the complex I live at for NOT monitoring or recording backflow testing. “Council has a responsibility under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to maintain a program for the registration and auditing of the annual maintenance and testing carried out”  … yet does NOT do this but charges for it.

“The wheels have fallen off this bus…” – CEO Lisa Desmond

“We are floundering on our continuous improvement and efficiency drivers across Directorates and failing basic legislative responsibilities. Examples: backflow prevention device testing  …. Cheers Lisa Desmond CEO” 16th March 2016

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Quite the little cash cow this backflow fee. If you are now wondering why resorts and apartments are receiving requests to have their backflows tested in the past two weeks it is because I have busted the Council milking the system and charging for work not done. If you have been charged an annual backflow fee on your rates, and the work has not been completed by a plumber and recorded by Council, please contact them for a refund.

Section 38 of Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 states
(1) A local government must implement and maintain a program for its local government area for the registration, maintenance and testing of testable backflow prevention devices installed in the area.
(2) The local government, or an entity authorised by the local government, must keep a register of the testable backflow prevention devices.

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21 Jan 2016

back flow 2QUESTION:
IS ANYONE ELSE ON THE FRASER COAST BEING CHARGED A
$57.44 BACKFLOW FEE ON THEIR RATES FOR NON EXISTENT TESTING THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR PROTECTION AGAINST CONTAMINATION?

Upon reading this story today below in relation to legionella bacteria I am very alarmed at what is going on with our water!

FRASER COAST CHRONICLE here
THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s routine water quality testing program has confirmed a positive test for legionella bacteria in hot water at the Hervey Bay Oral Health and Cancer Care Centre. Two isolated positive results have been confirmed at hot water outlets in hand basins, but cold water has been cleared by current testing and all sterile water used for clinical purposes including all dental procedures is treated and unaffected. “

Where I live we are charged a backflow fee in our rates which is an annual maintenance and testing carried out on testable backflow prevention devices installed in the Region which is an important role played by Council as it contributes to the protection against contamination of the town water supply.

backflow 1The alarming part is Council does not do, monitor or record this testing yet charge me for it annually!!!

1. Council does not send the required notices / letters to advise of this required annual testing to my home / apartment complex
2. A licensed Plumber (with Backflow Testing endorsement on their license) is not engaged to carry out the test at my home
3. Our body corporate does not pay this non-existent licensed Plumber for any work
4. This non-existent licensed Plumber does not give his report to Council to be filed, with which device, at which location, was tested on which date
5. Council have said in writing they have NO list what so ever of back flow testing as per Councils responsibility under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to maintain a program for the registration and auditing of the annual maintenance and testing carried.
Council email extract – “Council does not keep a list of the number of inspections carried out.”

• The below is an email I sent to Council / Lisa Desmond on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 4:07 PM and the Ombudsman plus Ministers that the CEO only acknowledged after repeated emails (15 in total) SEVEN WEEKS LATER on Thursday, 14 January 2016 3:56 PM
Sent: Thursday, 14 January 2016 3:56 PM
Subject: Official Acknowledgement of Complaint – J Maynes – 2015-16 Fraser Coast Regional Council Annual Rates Notices

Dear Ms. Maynes
Thank you for your emails of 6 and 13 January, 2016, in relation to the above matter. In summary emails to internal Council staff, relating to this matter, commenced on 14 August, 2015, with the following being a chronological order of emails received and responses provided by Council Officers in relation to this matter:- ……………………….. Lisa Desmond  (I will advise the response when I receive one)

• EMAIL SENT TO COUNCIL FROM previous ongoing rates communication ‘he’ is in reference to two separate staff members correspondence provided:
Sent: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 4:07 PM
Subject: RE: 2015-16 Fraser Coast Regional Council Annual Rates Notices

Thanks ……………………..,

……………….. emailed me this information:

All Backflow Devices have to be tested. All test reports are to be submitted to Council.  No Devices are tested by Council.  Council keeps a Backflow Device Test Register.  The Backflow Device Fee issued by Council maintains the register and pays for any inspections required due to complaints.

  1. When did this charging for this Backflow Device commence within our rates and what Minutes was it approved in?
  2. Why would he say there is a register?
  3. How can you say that “it appears that the backflow devices at ……………. are overdue to be tested”? How would you know this, when you state you do “not have a full list of the testing history for the backflow devices on your property” and then further state that you actually indeed have NO list what so ever – ” Council does not keep a list of the number of inspections carried out.”  ????
  4. Why would Council not record inspections and complaints made? This would be a mandatory incident report under the LGA 2009 and Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002?
  5. You mention “Council has a responsibility under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to maintain a program for the registration and auditing of the annual maintenance and testing carried”Why would you not have a list of inspections for our premises if they are annual and a record of the above auditing for the registration as per your statement being that this is a Council requirement – “they are required to be tested annually”?
  1. Our receptionist has confirmed the “premises”(address removed) has never been contacted in relation to this by Council.
  2. As the Chairman of the “premises” I can confirm the body corporate has never been contacted in relation to this testing.
  3. This is fraudulent to charge our “premises” per annum for work that;
    has NOT been carried out
    has not been recorded or documented in any form
    that Council has no evidence of
  4. Due to there being NO record of any backflow testing inspections I demand the owners of our “premises” be refunded the $57.44 per annum you are charging for work not done or recorded since the commencement of this Backflow Device fee.That is $1,723.20 per annum Council has stolen from our 30 owners.

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Fraser Coast Regional Council – State Intervention under the Local Government Act 2009

DOWNLOAD THE FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL REPORT IN FULL HERE!

“THE relationship between the CEO Lisa Desmond and mayor Chris Loft was the “single biggest issue the council continues to face,” according to the findings in the advisor Mr Stephen Johnston’s report….

The report said the Local Government Department had received more than 30 complaints about Fraser Coast councillors between December 2015 and June 2016.
“Should the situation deteriorate to the point where further intervention is required under the Local Government Act 2009, either in the form of removal of a councillor or councillors, or the dissolution of the council, my message to the Fraser Coast Council is simple: this government will take action,” Jackie Trad said.

THE advisor’s meetings with council staff have uncovered a work environment described as ‘toxic’ and possessing low morale. The advisor indicated “severe tensions” present within the executive management team and further cultural issues within the general staff. The culture was described as one of “control, favouritism, lack of trust, a fear of reprisal, low morale and a toxic work environment.”
[Info via the Chronicle]

Looks like I could be running for Council again, more info here!

MEDIA RELEASE – Jannean Dean

“There is reasonable prospect of the council working well with a new CEO and after a proper internal review. Only the council and in particular the mayor, have the power AND DUTY to deal with the CEO”.

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“I CALL ON the Mayor Chris Loft to sack the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Desmond immediately.”  … story in full here!

Fraser Coast Regional Council - State Intervention under the Local Government Act 2009 Jackie Trad

‘Fraser Coast Rail Trail’

What an adventurous morning riding a loop of Hervey Bay via the ‘Fraser Coast Rail Trail’. Thanks to my good friend Svetlana (who is raising money for a cause here ) for an awesome 36.5 km bike ride. What a great start to the day! We were on bike paths most the way and left from Sunshine Acres to the pier return following the old Hervey Bay / Urangan railway line and beachfront bike path. We rode through cane fields, a dirt path at the Old Chapel Road section, through the centre of town, to the pier, along the foreshore and through the wooden boardwalk.

Sunshine Coast Marathon #2 Review!

On the 30th of August 2015 I ran the full 42.2km Sunshine Coast Marathon with my mate Kym in 05:12:43 mins. Kym and I are friends from high school and ran our first 10km together in 2009 at the Gold Coast Marathon.

This year on Sunday 21st of August we decided we would run together and try to crack 5hrs by trying the Jeff Galloway run / walk method with 3:1 splits (run 3 min: walk 1 min).
We started out excited after 4hrs sleep but our race didn’t exactly go to plan; at 1.3km in Kym told me she was in pain with a recent knee injury and would need to walk and I should go ahead! OMG!
I forged ahead and ran the first 9km then decided to start my splits. Feeling pretty good I decided to do longer 5:1 splits for the next 23km. At 32km for the last 10km I decided to change back to 3 min run : 30 second walk splits and ran the last 1.5km to cross the line via the red carpet!
Passing a friend of ours during the run she told me Kym was still struggling and was going to drop out at the half way mark 21km. Oh No I thought, knowing Kym would feel disappointed and must be in alot of pain! A few km later I hear a, “Hey, I’ve come good, I’m going to finish the race!” from Kym bounding towards me for a high five mid race with a massive smile! I was so happy for her, she did a negative split, running the last 21km NON STOP, heaps quicker and still managed a very good time 5:24 mins! I was so impressed with her mind work and determination to turn that race around! (Kym’s review below)
I had a good run, stayed focused on my splits, I didn’t hit a wall at any stage, and found I had heaps more energy than last year; at 38km another runner said I looked like I just started!
Crossing the line and checking my watch I realised I may have cracked the 5hr mark and achieved my goal and a PB!
Official time was 4:59:20, I just did it by 40 seconds!
I’m very happy to have found a system that works for me for marathons and to have completed another fun adventure with my mate Kym …… A MASSIVE Thanks to the Sunshine Coast Marathon organisers and volunteers, such a fun, professional and well run event!
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Kym’s Review (Coach Kymba): Sunshine Coast Marathon recap.

I have NEVER cried in a run but I cried in this one. At the 1km I knew my knee wasn’t good. I stopped and took painkillers at the first water station.

I tried to stick to my race plan of 3 min run, 1 min walk. It hurt too much to run for 3 mins! At 6km I just couldn’t help myself and started crying. It was so painful and I was distraught at the thought of pulling out. I didn’t want a DNF. A lovely lady Amanda helped me through this. She told me to walk with her and together we would do it. Her aim was to be inside 6 hours.

So I walked and jogged and walked and shuffled my way through the next 9km. Amanda was walking too fast for me to keep up. I’d caught my friend Rach and stayed with her for a while. I told her to leave me as I was in too much pain. I’d taken more pain killers that started to kick in at around 19km. I was going to pull out but I’d managed to catch up with Rach and Reece who managed to inspire me to continue.

2 hours 50 mins of shear hell. I was only halfway ?

I then saw my buddy Cassie, who is an Ultra Marathoner. Her words of wisdom are ones I tell myself. ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’ I pushed on, no more tears! The pain was easing.

My great Bushido Brother Roy jumped in to run with me and he lifted my spirits. Seeing other running buddies out there was awesome too.

In a nutshell, the second 21k was so much better. I was strong!
2 hours 34……. A negative split!!!!
Total marathon time was 5:24. Not bad considering my previous injury.
(Coach Kymba Facebook here!)

 

As per usual I also had to get my Nature fix whilst in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, so for the three days prior to the marathon I hiked Mary Cairncross, Linda Garrett Circuit, Mapleton Falls and Buderim Falls!

Mary Cairncross

Mapleton Falls

Buderim Falls

River Heads to Beaver Rock Paddock

Massive 14.5km hike through mud today!

A big thanks to Lindsay ‘Butch’ Titmarsh from Tandora for leading us thorough this amazing land, showing us the first leg of his amazing 81 km Double-Marathon Mud, Run for the Mary River and extending his awesome local knowledge!
We made it from River Heads to Beaver Rock Paddock 12.5km on foot via German Creek and were picked up at Turkey Creek Shed.
It was roughly six hours to get to Beaver Rock Paddock from River Heads.
Only 20 people have done this hike with Lindsay.
We were following the wild pig, fox & kangaroo tracks through the mangroves (No crocs thank god).
I ripped holes in my pants and had to throw away my boots as the sole came off one, we were in mud up to our knees!
What an amazing experience!
2,380 Calories

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Mangrove eco-tours @ ‘Tandora Walkabout Tours’

Today I had an awesome Mangrove eco-tour of ‘Tandora’ owned by the legendary and very knowledgeable Lindsay Titmarsh.
This was the second tour to date and I did the first half of the tour this time.
We had a lovely group of people and there was so much to learn. Some of the trees were between 200 to 900 years old and their different root systems were amazing!
There was at least 10 different species of mangroves (9 near us and one other further down), pink native berries, mangrove fruits, flowers & seeds and 25 species of crabs. The oxygen bubbles in the mud were interesting, some of the mangroves species excrete salt from their system via the back of their leaves and we were able to taste this; mistletoe and old mans beard also decorated the leaves.
It was the best stroll in the mud I’ve had in a long time …

“Tandora is an 11,000 acre grazing property situated near the mouth of the Mary River on the ecologically diverse Fraser Coast of Queensland, Australia. For over 100 years, this vast estate has been owned and operated by the Titmarsh family. Lindsay Titmarsh, the current manager, is a well known local identity, naturalist, photographer and author.”

Please contact Lindsay to find out more about his exciting Mangrove eco-tours – ‘Tandora Walkabout Tours’ on the Fraser Coast – http://www.tandoragrazing.com.au/index.htm

Fraser Coast Chronicle – Press Release HERE!

Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight hike

I’ve just returned from another Awesome 50km hike on Fraser Island being Kingfisher Bay Resort to Eurong Resort return overnight stay.

The white ghost gums near Central Station are so Amazing just in the middle of no where!

I enjoyed our buffet dinner at Eurong Beach Resort in my classy five finger under grip / non slip toes socks, an essential necessity for thongs in the cooler climates!

Smashed off 5,000 calories in 28hrs.

Hikes on Fraser Island to date:
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Central Station 24km  (2009 the start of my Fraser hiking – organised trail run TRAQ)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 26km (2010)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight (2012)
15 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 20km return (2012 – 2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 56km overnight (2014)
1 x Dilli Village to Happy Valley Great Walk 90km 2.5 days (2014)
1 x Z Force / McKenzie Jetty / Dundonga Creek / Beerillbee Trail 12.5km loop (2014)
3 x Z Force / McKenzie Jetty / Kingfisher Look Out 10km  loop (2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie via Z-Force 24km return (2015)
2 x Lake Wobby  5km (2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 18.5km return (2016)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 17.5km return (2016)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight (2016)
= 708.5km on Fraser Island

A week of hiking at the Sunshine Coast!

All in 7 days! – Mt Cooran, Tablelands Lookout, Mt Cooroora, Buderim Falls, Baxter Falls, Kondalilla Falls, Mary Cairncross Reserve, Gardners Falls, My Ninderry & Mt Eerwah!

2 summits and a lookout! About 4hrs of climbing = 1,900 calories burnt for the day.

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I’m at the summit of Mt Cooran, now to figure out the way back down!!

At the tablelands lookout!

Summit of Mount Cooroora!