‘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 Eurong 50km overnight (2016)
= 691km 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.


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

At the tablelands lookout!

Summit of Mount Cooroora!

Summit of Mount Woowoonga

jeanette maynesSummit of Mount Woowoonga Class 4

Distance: 3.6 km return
Time: Allow 4 hours walking time
Section 1: Start to rest area
Distance: 800 m one way
Time: Allow 1 hr return
Details: Start your walk near the picnic area and ensure you remain on the track at all times. This walk weaves you through thick vine forest where you can see the tracks from wallabies, bandicoots and brush-turkeys that have criss-crossed the track to venture through the forest. You arrive at a comfortable seat where you can take a break, surrounded by the peaceful sounds of the mountain.
This walk is rated as moderate to strenuous. Turn back at this point if you are having any difficulty. The track from here to the summit is a continuous, steep climb.

Woowoonga is about 90 minutes’ drive from Maryborough, 60 minutes’ drive from Bundaberg and 14 km north of Biggenden. Turn off the Childers Road into Giles Road 6.5 km north of Biggenden. Drive 2.5 km then turn left into Woowoonga Hall Road. Continue for 2 km then turn right into Mount Woowoonga Road and continue 3 km to the picnic area.

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Mt Walsh Summit! ‘The Bluff’

Feel like an exciting climb with maximum calorie burn, why not try out ‘The Bluff!’

“Rising to 703m above sea level in the Coastal Range, Mount Walsh National Park is a rugged park with spectacular exposed granite outcrops and cliffs. The Bluff area of Mount Walsh, at the park’s northern end, is a prominent landmark in the Biggenden area.”

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Did you know? – Jeanette Maynes for Div 9

Did you know since late 2014 (18 months) I have attended nearly all the council’s ordinary meetings open to the public (accompanied on most occasions by Jannean Dean Mayoral Candidate) and have gained a vast understanding of council matters and procedures. I read and report on all Council agendas and minutes of the meetings and have spoken at the meetings. I am eager to learn more from the inside.

How to Vote 1 Jeanette Maynes for Div 9!

12079499_923727957712032_278296895148094413_nI have also directly met, had conversations and corresponded with several government ministers, including the Premier and their directors. I have lodged several matters with ministers, the Ombudsman, and the Crime and Corruption Commission. I’m not afraid to ask questions at the top and find answers.

For the last 14 years, I have lived in Scarness being Division Nine, where I became a home owner in 2002. I have lived in Hervey Bay since 1978, growing up in Torquay.

I have extensive knowledge, qualifications and more than 20 years’ experience in business; computers; advertising and marketing; graphic and website design; tourism and hospitality; and event management. I have successfully run my own business for 11 years. Being an adventure and exercise enthusiast, I became qualified as a personal trainer and life coach to help others enjoy the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. I have a Post Graduate Masters Degree in Professional Studies plus three diplomas written on all aspects of business and have been a Justice of the Peace for 12 years. My community involvement over the years has been ongoing and extensive, I’m always involved or participating in something.

My campaign is self funded, I am completely Independent and not affiliated with any Political Party.

Vote 1 Jeanette Maynes for Div 9, someone who is passionate about the Fraser Coast Community and all aspects of life!

You can learn more about my campaign & myself HERE!

FaceBook Jeanette Maynes 4 Div 9 HERE!

• Election Day Sat 19th March – Polling Booths for Div 9 are:

Kawungan (Kawungan State School) Grevillea Street, KAWUNGAN
– Scarness (Hervey Bay Court House) cnr Queens Road and Freshwater Street, SCARNESS
– Torquay (Hervey Bay Senior Citizens Hall) Cnr Denman Camp Rd & Totness Street, TORQUAY
– Urangan West (Sandy Straits State School) Robert Street, URANGAN
– Maryborough (St Pauls Memorial Hall) Cnr Adelaide & Ellena Streets, MARYBOROUGH

[Photos courtesy of Win News footage]


Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO contract extension & pay rise!

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayoral Candidate Debate in Hervey Bay
Here is some footage from tonight’s Mayoral debate in Hervey Bay that confirms what I have been saying all along in relation to the CEO contract extension & pay rise!
…. “Initial appointment 27 April 2011, Chronicle review of extension published Monday 26 May 2014, extended to 2018. This was an arrangement between the CEO and the Mayor, apparently no current Councillor has seen her contract and it was not voted at any ordinary meeting or recorded in any minutes.”

All current Councillors have knowingly allowed this to happen, how can you vote ‘verbally’ on something you have not seen? DO NOT VOTE BACK IN those that aid, abet and do not report potential breaches of the Local Government Act!
All current Councillors are aware of this, we cannot have more of the same!

• Local Government Act 2009 Schedule 4
point (d) the CEO contract is above this figure $200,000 and was raised plus extended, why was this major policy decision not voted upon at an Ordinary meeting and recorded in any minutes…?

– major policy decision, for a local government, means a decision—
(a) about the appointment of a chief executive officer of the local government; or
(b) about the remuneration of the chief executive officer of the local government; or
(c) to terminate the employment of the chief executive officer of the local government; or
(d) to enter into a contract the total value of which is more than the greater of the following—
(i) $200,000;

Scarness Supercell

Last night we had a massive storm at Scarness!

I’ve just been over Scarness caravan park it’s absolutely smashed, all campers are being evacuated to Pialba. It’s just terrible that a man was killed by a fallen tree at 7:30pm last night.
Story here.

I also take my hat off to the bystander that got out mid storm and performed CPR on the poor man hit by the tree at Scarness Caravan park, imagine if they and the ambulance had of succeeded despite the conditions!


When I saw the ambulance go past it had to go onto the other side of the road to avoid all the fallen tree branches. I went  down in the rain and helped to clear the road so no one had an accident, community members also stopped to help (two guys had been clearing the whole esplanade), and other residents came down, a worker from the Beach House, it was wonderful community spirit, my centre manager where I live & I also went down and cleared the storm water drain as it was starting to flood which would have helped alot of the shops ….

Well done to all our emergency workers: Ambulance, Police, Fire brigade, SES and Ergon Energy for the power not being out for two long.

I helped out this morning for a few hours. Jay from Pedals Espresso – Hervey Bay City so kindly dropped us off free coffee! These Council guys are really cool, hard workers and certainly know their stuff!

I’m very impressed with the parks guys, Council workers and clean up team, it’s not even lunch and the whole of Scarness park is pretty much back to normal!!! Less quite a few tree branches.



Create Scarness lorikeets ecotourism feeding attraction!

Scarness tree destroyers

Jannean Dean 4 Mayor (Mayoral Candidate) and Jeanette Maynes 4 Div 9 Fully support ECOTOURISM!!!!!!

– Research making the lorikeets an ecotourism feeding attraction. Council confirmed in writing the report provided (after concerns forwarded by Cr Stuart Taylor) to Council from Officers did NOT highlight that the recommendation for the Scarness Caravan Park tree removals was because of any “health risk”. This was still fabricated by O’CONNELL and TAYLOR even after sighting the report that there was no such ‘health issue’.
These false comments could do alot of damage to tourism in the area and revenue for Scarness businesses, announced at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 9 November 2015.
Mayor Gerard O’Connell: Most importantly health issues surrounding this particular matter, so I think it imperative that we deal with it today.
Cr Stuart Taylor: My biggest concern is the health and safety in relation to bird droppings.
This is very deceptive to the community, as a health risk was indeed NOT a matter listed for Council consideration and nor a reason for the vote as per the Councillor quotes above.
Council also writes “intense noise” was NOT an issue either.
Council does not present a valid case whatsoever for their removal and destruction.


Rainbow lorikeets feeding at Banana Ridge Kiosk, Pialba, c1970 – 2000.


Parraweena Bird Sanctuary at Gatakers Bay

Lorikeet feeding Gatakers Bay

Lorikeet feeding Gatakers Bay

Parraweena Bird Sanctuary at Gatakers Bay


hemp jeanette maynes


It is imperative we implement and encourage the development and growth of new industries especially hemp for the stimulation of our economy via job creation on the Fraser Coast.

How perfect would the Sports Precinct farm land be for an immediate start. Once trailed, systems in place and production successful, duplicate in Maryborough also!
Sustainable and renewable industries are forever and these products can be exported nationally and internationally.

Trees mature in 50 – 100 years where as hemp matures is as little as 100 days! Hemp grows from a seed to maturity in 12 – 16 weeks and one acre can produce durable paper to the equivalent of four acres of trees! Hemp can also be growth without pesticides.

We must Lobby Qld government to change the law to allow commercial growing of industrial hemp on the Fraser Coast and obtain a State license for Industrial Cannabis / Hemp Production.

Components in cannabis can be used in medicines and are estimated to treat around 250 diseases and illnesses

Hemp is refined into products such as hempseed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, textiles, pulp, paper, plastics and fuel.  Industrial hemp can make our future roads, bike / foot paths and highways from hemp based concrete, which lasts for centuries.

“Hundreds of buildings now use hempcrete, including a seven-story office tower in France, a Marks and Spencer department store in the United Kingdom, and even a home built by Prince Charles.”

“Only 1 acre of hemp is said to produce more oxygen than 25 acres of current forest.” – Bryon, Alan D

Chronicle Story here!
“Mayoral candidate wants hemp farm to replace sport precinct”

Jannean Dean and division nine candidate Jeanette Maynes announced their plan on Friday stating a hemp farm mean an economic and jobs boost for the region.
Hemp Initiatives – Million Dollar Crop,  Trillion Dollar Industry!

This is a no brainer. Use the profits from an Industrial Hemp Farm to fund the sporting complex. The Fraser Coast Sporting Precinct will COST the ratepayer millions of dollars – will it create revenue overnight? The simple answer is No.
A Hemp farm costs relatively little to establish – no need for expensive chemicals when growing, and will create jobs, and inject money into the local area which can be used to fund a sporting facility in the future.
We need to be smart about the way we develop and bring jobs to our region. We can have BOTH.
Kind Regards
Jannean Dean 4 Mayor



OPRAH hits BrisVegas!

Oprah Winfrey Jeanette Maynes 2

I had a wonderful time last night at the Oprah concert in Brisbane, I always like to learn from the absolute best on subjects, especially spirituality! Oprah’s talk was so inspiring and engaging I have listed some of my notes I scribbled down in the dark. I even took a photo of the big screen, not even realising at the time that the photo was off myself, the camera was on me!!

I didn’t quite get my ‘real’ selfie photo with Oprah this time but I have been putting it out to the Universe, so the Law of Attraction will provide! After all, it is Law!  🙂

Write down 5 things you are grateful for everyday guys and watch your life change right before your eyes!!!!

– Turn up the volume in your Life!

– Live your life on purpose & in Purpose!

– What is the real dream for yourself?

– Oprah loves being at home with herself and never gets lonely (Me too!!!!)

– Surrender the dream that you hold for yourself to the life that is waiting for you to claim.

– There is no life without a spiritual life.

– Success comes from connection to spirit | source | power.

– What are you here? We are all here for a purpose; we enter the world because we are spiritually called. Honour your calling!

– Use your personality and physical self to serve your spirit.

– Favourite quote: “I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul”

– LUCK preparation meeting the moment of opportunity!

– Let no one keep you from your journey. Your life is validated through your service to other people. Use your job to service others.

– Oprah believes in; The 3rd Law of Motion (For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action)  and 1 Principle; The Principle of Intention.

– Every action, though & feeling is motivated by intention. What is your intention? You become what you Believe!

– “No” is a complete sentence.

– Control how you love, be love in the world.

– Excellence in the best deterrent! EXCELLENCE!!! Be the highest expression of who you were meant to be!

– Validation. Don’t ask others what they think, check in with yourself.

– Validation. When people ask, “Was that OK?”
What people want to hear is; Did you hear me? Did what I say mean anything? Do you see me? Do you hear me?

– Whisper = MESSAGE

Bikram Yoga BrisVegas

I have had a lovely stay in Brisbane the past week catching up with family at a wedding and my dear friend Naomi and made the most of South Bank, The Botanical Gardens, Kangaroo Point Stairs, the Storey Bridge and Riverside walk for my exercise (walks & runs)!

I also did my first ever Bikram Yoga class, well four actually in just one week!!
90mins, 40 degrees, 26 postures + two breathing techniques!

OMG my hamstrings were killing me, everything was aching and I had a great workout! Even though my muscle are very tight | constricted, I still tried to do my best at beginners level for the positions.
Such a wonderful class with our instructor Ben giving me excellent advice on how to get the best out of my workouts and complementing me on little improvements. I learnt so much about the wonderful exercises and benefits from Ben’s extensive knowledge, it’s all so very interesting! I felt marvellous after each class and was so relaxed!

I burnt 450 calories at each session so that is a good workout in itself!

“Benefits of Bikram Yoga – Gaining strength and flexibility are reasons to start Bikram Yoga but find out why this practice really changes your life!”

I also found lots of goodies at the midweek Queen St Markets!!! (Wednesday opposite Treasury Casino)

+ a couple of night pictures I took – So much to do in BrisVegas! …. including OPRAH!

Climate March

It was awesome to participate in the Climate March last week, there was a great turn out.

Australia is kicking off the world wide wave of marches and rallies before the United Nations Climate Summit starts in Paris next week. Paris is hosting the biggest UN talks on tackling global warming and curbing carbon dioxide emissions since the failed Copenhagen summit in 2009. About 40,000 people are expected to descend on Paris for two weeks of talks. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will meet to try to strike the first accord to limit global warming greenhouse gas emissions since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.
This weekend, there are 55 People’s Climate Marches and Rallies in cities and towns right across Australia. There will be more than 2000 events in 150 countries in the next couple of weeks. That’s 2000 events! We are part of a global movement making history.
Our new PM Malcolm Turnbull has not done one thing to cut carbon pollution. He is taking a 26-28% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 to Paris. This is nowhere near enough. Labour has set a 45% reduction by 2030 with zero net emissions by 2050. The Greens have set 90% by 2030. As the rest of the world makes giant leaps towards renewable energies, the Australian Government just approved one of the biggest coal mines in the world, the Carmichael Coal Mine. ………….. Rod Dudgeon  …. full story here”

A passionate group turned out for the Climate Rally held at Torquay, following a march along the Esplanade bike path led by organizer Rod Dudgeon. Chronicle Gallery here.

[Images also via Rod Dudgeon & The Independent Newspaper]

Removal of trees Scarness Caravan Park ‘Poor Lorikeets!’

DO NOT Remove Scarness Caravan Park Trees – Create Eco-tourism Lorikeet Feeding Attraction

Scarness Caravan Park

Sign the Petition HERE!

To the Chief Executive Officer, Mayor and Councillors of Fraser Coast Regional Council

We the undersigned request the Fraser Coast Regional Council DO NOT Remove any more trees / wildlife habitats in Scarness Caravan Park until they UNDERTAKE FURTHER RESEARCH into an Environmentally & Wildlife Friendly Eco-tourism Solution.

18 trees were removed in 2012 at the Scarness Caravan Park and the lorikeets are still here, removing more trees / wildlife habitats is not a solution, and did not work last time, it just destabilises more erosion prone buffer land.

– Bird faeces, the same as bat faeces, pose no health risks unless a person is playing in it eg. having direct bodily contact with the faeces or ingesting them somehow.  To our knowledge there has been no know cases of sickness / illness to humans recorded from the Lorikeets roosting near Scarness Caravan Park. (CEO Lisa Desmond & Fraser Coast Regional Council still to provide their reports on this health issue they have stated as a reason to cut the trees)

– Do the research into a bird feeding station for tourism, as FIVE Councillors stated it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc.  (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
There must be some research done into the feeding station as a tourist attraction, and on record and accessible, as Council have been discussing this since 2012 when they last cut down fully grown trees at the same location, and claimed at the time they would investigate a feeding station and tourism venture as an option, so they must have some data available.

– Council should market Scarness Caravan Park as being Eco-tourism / Lorikeet Friendly.
Offering holistic management of the interactions between their visitors and wildlife.

– Build shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings.
This would be a minimal cost compared to the cost of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that are proven to wash out to sea.

– How many more visitors would be attracted with nice shady camp sites all year round, especially during the summer heat. This could increase revenue, particularly with rising temperatures and climate change.

– Plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too and enhance the beautiful gardens. Plant spinach in these gardens, seeFeeding a Lorikeet’ below.

– Maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!

– Put is some bird baths to watch the lorikeets cool off.

– Make a lorikeet information wall plus sell toys, bird food, coffee cups, merchandise and t-shirts etc. There’s more to Hervey Bay nature tourism than just the Whales!

– Facebook, Instagram, Twitter  #lorikeetsherveybay  #lorikeetsscarness

– Have the feeding station where locals can purchase food to participate in feeding and provide photo opportunities for visitors.

Feeding a Lorikeet:
Lorikeets are one of the few parrots that eat mainly nectar and pollen and therefore need a specialised diet. There are now commercial brands of both wet (nectar) and dry (pollen) lorikeet feeds that have made feeding and nutritional maintenance of the birds easier. (These are easily accessible and quality brands can be purchased in bulk for optimum value.)  A daily supply of fruit and vegetables is also important in a balanced, healthy diet and native eucalypt flowers are always well received.

Info via – http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/fact-sheets/pets/pets-pet-care-native-animals/rainbow-lorikeets/#.VkalSLcrJaQ

Spinach or silverbeet leaves are important to provide calcium for the bird. Info via – http://birdsville.net.au/birds-for-sale/lori-and-lorikeet/rainbow-lorikeet/

Yours Sincerely,

Removal of trees Scarness Caravan Par


Scarness Caravan Park LorikeetsSome notes from the Fraser Coast Regional Council Ordinary Meeting 9 November 2015; –

– Removal of trees Scarness Park. Loft, Seymour, Hanson, Light and Everard wanted to lay the decision on the table as good goverence for three weeks till further research into a bird feeding station for tourism can be completed, as it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc.  (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
– 5 against / 6 for removal of the trees: 

Truscott, Mayor O’Connell , Sanderson, Taylor, Garland & McDonald voted the trees and lorikeets be removed immediately!! (Couldn’t wait three weeks!)

– Trevor McDonald: began by saying he was still to come to an opinion on that, then said “whether cutting down 10 trees is enough to bring about the change that we want”. He then said he “if we or I was going to be unpopular in the community and he wants to deliver a benefit and 10 doesn’t deliver that benefit, then why do it? Financially what do we achieve by cutting down 10, is there a figure that will deliver a greater benefit?”

– James Hansen: When do we stop, do we take out every tree on the Fraser Coast?

– Rolf Light: As Council has now set the precedent we won’t be able to stop people cutting trees on their own land when the lorikeets move there!! I can’t believe we can’t wait three more weeks on this decision, he stated.

– George Seymour: Shouldn’t be any rush to chop down trees solely on the basis they are a wildlife habitat and should wait and do the research.

Gerard O’Connell: Most importantly health issues surrounding this particular matter, so I think it imperative that we deal with it today.

Stuart Taylor: My biggest concern is the health and safety in relation to bird droppings.

– As it was stated the decision was also due to the “health issues” rainbow lorikeet faeces could impose on campers. This has never ever been a problem in the past till today?  (I wonder how every other caravan park in Australia manages to control their bird poo?) … and if it is such a concerning & alarming immediate “health issue” perhaps it is imperative the Park should be closed down ASAP, until further investigations are done by an official QLD health inspector for the safety of all?

– How hard would it be for Council to build little shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings.  This may cost $50K compared to the cost & destruction of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that washes out to sea…. and how many more visitors would you attract with nice shady camp sites all year round ….. plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too! …. maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!

– Fraser Coast Regional Council has been discussing doing something for THREE years in the line of tourism with the lorikeets and yet nothing!
How hard is it??!
They obviously have absolutely no intention to  ….. more Whaffle!

Info & images via Fraser Coast Chronicle:
1. O’Connell to make bucks from birds
Larrikin lorikeets ‘here to stay’
3. Bay lorikeets get ruffled –  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Toogoom Rockwall Fiasco

I’ve just been doing some reading on the Toogoom Rockwall Fiasco, No wonder the State Government has deemed this NON COMPLIANT! :
“Geotextile shall be placed from top to bottom down the excavated slope and maintained by appropriate weights at the top and toe of the seawall.”
THE CONCURRENCE AGENCY RESPONSE to CEO Lisa Desmond dated 1.10.2013 has this attached diagram where the layer of geotextile is shown as a dotted line situated under the rocks and extending down the slope, across the bottom of the trench and curls up around the toe of the wall.
The material pictured here at the Toogoom site build is lying flat on the ground and is running at 90 degrees to the direction it should be and it is supposed to be laid before any rocks are placed in the trench?

Mr Hoffman states EHP is not satisfied that this certification has met required content requirements and Fraser Coast Regional Council has advised EHP it is seeking to remedy this. EHP is still considering this as a compliance matter. Further conversation with EHP confirms that, “EHP considers that FCRC have failed to meet the requirements of condition 12 and the department is currently considering enforcement options for this breach of condition in accordance with its enforcement guidelines”.

The Company that built the Toogoom Seawall went into voluntary administration before the 12month warranty expired; have since started up again in another businesses name and Fraser Coast Regional Council is still engaging them for work on the Fraser Coast ….

Correspondence with Council:
Norm Hoffman Letter 20.02.14
Mayor Letter 05.03.14
Norm Hoffman Letter 12.03.14

Toogoom rock rubble  more detail here!
Chronicle: Sinkholes appearing as Toogoom rock wall ‘built on lies’

Excellent work Norm, thank you for looking out for the community!