LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Sustainable IndustryThe Fraser Coast Regional Council keeps forcing expensive MASTER PLANS for ‘Hervey Bay’ on ALL Fraser Coast rate payers to build infrastructure we don’t currently need or want, in the hope people will move to the Fraser Coast Region:

– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN $52 MILL+ – I’m still waiting on confirmation from Council on whether the Nikenbah as the preferred location went out for Community Consultation ….
25.6% of Fraser Coast families with children under 15 years have no parent employed plus 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage, these are direct quotes emailed from the CEO when seeking signatures for her prewritten letters of support for the sports precinct. So therefore let’s force parents to drive out of town with the risingSustainable Industry 2 cost of petrol & Sports Clubs to move out there too against their will? If it’s needed in 20 years time just build it then, not now, especially while there are people living without basic needs, or proper kerb and drainage on rural roads

– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN is not suited to our socio-demographic
More than 50% of the region is overweight or obese. Type two diabetes also rose by an enormous 17% in Hervey Bay in just two years, and we have a 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.

– URANGAN MASTER PLAN $25 MILL+ and FORESHORE MASTER PLAN $25 MILL +
Is not suited to our quiet seaside lifestyle. If we wanted 20 storey buildings [to block our view] we would live at the Gold Coast. Council spent $8 MILL w
hich included removing the foreshore trees and vegetation for views, they are now spending $7.2 MILL trying to combat the erosion they created, plus now they have whipped up another FORESHORE MASTER PLAN to spend $25 MILL including removing more trees …. the mind boggles. Council calls this beautification, I call it sheer incompetence and a major waste of rate payer money. Is Maryborough going to be forced to have a section of 20 storey buildings in their CBD? Then the whole region can begin to look like the Gold Coast ….Does Maryborough even get a Master Plan or just some pavers?

– PIALBA MASTERPLAN $25 MILL+?
Eat Street, Vibrant Lane, New Council Chambers … Perhaps the New Council Chambers should be out at Susan River, half way, less petrol and travel for staff and residents, creating more quality of life and more time spent with families. Perhaps we could make that 20 storeys and attract some government departments to create jobs …. ???

– ALL MASTERPLANS are not suited to our economy / rate payers financial situations
$4.3 million gambled on pokies and this was only for the month of March, the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015, increased petrol, water and electricity costs, second highest rates in QLD, 37% rate rise since last election?

People will not move here when there are NO JOBS! No matter what view you create or what new infrastructure.

This build and they will come ideology is out of touch, senseless, wastes our rates and is slowly crippling the whole region. Council should stop sitting back and forcing rate payers to support their poor choices … approving endless housing developments just to bleed us dry and suck out more rates, it’s ludicrous when there are NO JOBS and the majority of the community is currently struggling!

We need to utilise, build, create and introduce revolutionary ‘industries’ like hemp, wind or underwater turbines, solar, trains that run on wind energy, organic farms, medical marijuana; industries that are forever sustainable and once we have provided jobs for our own, then the people will come. These products can be exported nationally and internationally.

This will lower rates, by making things more affordable.
Imagine if all the Fraser Coast 9,000 Ergon street lights were run from solar power or turbines, there’s a $4.7mill+ saving straight up. ‘Affordability Attracts People’ not High Rates, Empty Buildings and No Jobs!
Attracting more people here in the short term just increases the unemployment percentage, creating long term enjoyable jobs for the residents already here will create change, excitement plus inject money into the community through more local spending!

If the Council can create staffed companies like Fraser Coast Opportunities, surely they can create several new industries and companies to create jobs? You know, ones that actually make a profit and benefit the community. 2013 / 2014 Council Budget – $500,000 for funding of Fraser Coast Opportunities ….

Imagine a Council that had the foresight and drive to create massive long term profit, then used it to keep rates and costs down, to build infrastructure, to create more jobs, to create more industries, to inject money back into the community …. a self funding Council? These successful systems and processes could then be on sold to other Councils for implementation. The Fraser Coast could lead the way to revolutionise the rest of Australia!

Well that’s my thinking ….
Welcome to the ‘SUSTAINABLE FRASER COAST’, where our people and transparency are paramount plus we also love to Excel and Specialise in Tourism; being Maryborough’s Heritage & Hinterland, Hervey Bay’s Whales & World Heritage listed Fraser Island!”

– Jeanette Maynes | Scarness

Ps Readers: Sorry if any of my statistics or figures are out a fraction I have repeatedly asked the Council CEO Lisa Desmond for all relevant specific financials, figures and documentation to be supplied as I cannot find what I require on the Council website, alot of the website information is five years old or more. This is the reply I received, it appears one has to pay for information, with 550 staff what ever happened to customer service:
“As previously advised you may find any publicly available information on Councils web site including financials, annual report, budget. Should you seek information that is not publicly available you may submit a right for information application. ” – Lisa Desmond | Chief Executive Officer

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