SPORTS PRECINCT to HEMP FARM!

SPORTS PRECINCT to HEMP FARM

PRESS RELEASE: SPORTS PRECINCT to HEMP FARM!

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

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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!


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! :
KINGFISHER BAY SEAWALL – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
“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!

Letter to the Editor

Larry Burch Aquavue

Dear Mr Larry Burch, Sorry for the delay in responding to your letter to the editor dated the 12th of October, (which was in response to my letter to the editor) I have been speaking in person to several Ministers at the Community Cabinet in Bundaberg on the 18th of October and further corresponding via email about our foreshore erosion crisis and development applications on the Hervey Bay foreshore.

Jon Black, Direct – General, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Chris Hill, Director, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection told Jannean Dean and I (to which I took notes); in person they sent a letter with technical advice that development applications on our foreshore DO NOT comply with “Module 10” of the Coastal Protection Policy.

Which then had us thinking well who approved it – in relation to Enzo’s Development application that they said they knew about and we were discussing. We recalled that Chris gave me his business card and said he would email the letter.

I wrote down these notes in front of Chris in relation to module 10 which he was over looking and giving me the exact words.

Further to this, the last words at the end of the day Jannean had from Stephen Johnston in relation to the foreshore was he will be looking into the concerns raised today.

Later towards the end of the day after our initial discussion at the start of the day with Jannean, myself and Stephen Johnston, Acting Director General, Dpt Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning he came to the table where in front of Jon Black I asked him about this letter (EHP’s technical advice to DILGP for Enzo’s Development  Application) to which he replied he would email it to me and took my business card. He also wanted me to email further info on Enzo’s development which I said I would once I had received his email. (This quote has been approved by Stephen Johnston)

So how then did they get approved?

Land zoned for PUBLIC USE as OPEN SPACE and set aside as an EROSION BUFFER should not ever be compromised or alienated by changing its use for the benefit of a commercial enterprise.

The Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef spoke to me and agreed to come and inspect our foreshore erosion crisis and to do a hike on beautiful Fraser Island with me. I have contacted his office to arrange a time that would suit his schedule.
He also mentioned his government is in the process of putting far stricter regulations on Councils in relation to control of State land.

Now back to your letter to the editor:

My Statistics were direct from the CEO Lisa Desmond, Council, their Ordinary Meetings and Minutes so you will have to ask them if their stats are ‘crap’ or ‘for their own advantage’?
I personally wouldn’t be bragging about them, they do not reflect the voice of the community.

Of course you would think the Council has done a good job you have been handed a gold mine on a platter, then cry out poor me demanding the Council / community / rate payers protect YOUR business ‘located in a coastal protection erosion buffer zone from eroding?’

Cafe owner frustrated by lack of erosion protection – 6th Feb 2015 AQUAVUE
Cafe owner Larry Burch doesn’t know how much more frustration he can endure after the council shunned erosion protection for his beachside business. “It just does my head in – it’s a lack of support,” he said.

Council money for foreshore protection is allocated to protect public infrastructure and public esplanade or parkland areas, not private enterprise on our foreshore.

I have been further reading some or your practical knowledge and quotes in the Chronicle – $7m rock wall ‘last chance’ to protect foreshore – 21st Aug 2015

cottonwoode– Owner Larry Burch said he would prefer a rock wall similar to the one built outside Enzo’s Cafe at Scarness.  “Rock walls have stood the test of time.”
Really Larry?
Is that why the rock rubble wall at the Hervey Bay Sailing Club collapsed along with the boardwalk during ex-cyclone Oswald ?
The Council CEO Lisa Desmond verified in writing there are NO bulk sand bags in front of the Cottonwood trees adjacent to the east of this rock rubble wall. They are still standing?
Is that why the Council just approved more funding in August to once again rebuild the Scarness rockwall for a third time, when they only just rebuilt it at a cost of $1.3 MILL in Jan /  Feb 2015, six months earlier?
And how would your practical knowledge explain the Toogoom rock rubble wall breaking up, eroding in front and behind, and collapsing catastrophe?

Chronicle: Sinkholes appearing as Toogoom rock wall ‘built on lies’
Toogoom Rockwall
I really feel for the residents at Toogoom with the sheer incompetence of this Council. This would also be a good location for The Hon Dr Steven Miles MP to view.

– “Mr Burch said building codes had meant new rock walls weren’t visually appealing.”
Which building code, rockwall structure and material are you referencing here?

Please see picture below of Scarness rockwall at Enzo’s “Standing the test of time”….. well the THIRD test of time … are you sure you want one like this Mr Burch at rate payer expense?!

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• Subject: Burch’s bull! Another Letter to the Editor from the Community

The appalling lies and misinformation of Larry Burch (FCC 12/1015), cannot be allowed to pass without comment.  The “waste” has been the wanton destruction of our coastal vegetation, the subsequent erosion and the loss of the key demographic of the younger tourist visitor.  He talks of those making criticism of this vandalism, having little practical knowledge, but what exactly is this guy’s qualifications?  He is unaware that all the science says the maintenance and improvement of coastal vegetation has been the best practice of beach erosion control, for over 60 years.  He then uses misleading anecdotal evidence about a single tree falling over.  The coastal vegetation requires the full gamut of plants to hold firm against the sea.  The upper canopy plants, the middle storey and under storey.  As it exploits every niche of space above, the full range of coastal plants exploits every part of the root zone as well.  Indeed the only parts that held firm under the wrath of ex tropical cyclone Oswald, were the areas that were left untouched, from the ignorant vandalism, euphemistically called “Enhancement” or “Beautification”.

This area is now being destroyed as I write this.  Another path, not 10 metres from the existing bike/pedestrian way, is to funnel thirsty coffee drinkers into Mr Burch’s beach hire lease that has morphed into a café.  He ends with the line “…so we can all improve our lot”, rubbish!  The destruction of the Esplanade, has been for the benefit of the few.  The hardest vandalism occurred in front of the vacant blocks with approved unit D.A.s.  While the other beneficiaries were the operators of “Beach Hire” businesses, that have been permitted to become restaurants, to the detriment of the existing owners and operators of businesses across the road.  They have lost both trade and “Goodwill”, well and truly got the shaft, while the beach hire leases have been given the gold mine.  Due to the “Material change of use” of these leases, the leases should be cancelled and both put to tender!

S Penrose  |  Craignish

• Subject: Accentuate the positive. Another Letter to the Editor from the Community 

IN RESPONSE to Larry Burch’s article to the Chronicle, 12th October 2015.

I’m not sure what article you were reading Larry because all I heard from Jeanette Maynes was a very a positive direction the Fraser Coast could be headed in.  If we invested our time, energy, money and resources into creating employment opportunities for many, then this would depict a clear vision for the legacy we would be leaving our future generations.

It is imperative we focus on sustainability, ensure proper processes are followed and build infrastructure that improves everyone’s lives across the entire Fraser Coast, not just a few. It takes courage to stand up and voice concerns especially when it is shared by many; in particular when they are warranted. Common Sense should be the Governing factor.

Jannean Dean |  Point Vernon

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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FRASER COAST FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO 2015


My speech & some images from the day:
In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese which includes 50% of the Fraser Coast being overweight or obese.

Therefore being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’ve organised today’s ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO to raise awareness, promote prevention and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast! Please note: Audience participation is compulsory!

I have written and published a ‘4 Week Program’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle, which will is available at the Zumba stall as I hope to revolutionise the Fraser Coast! I find the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic very serious and am working towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign with the help of other like minded professionals!

This event would not be possible without the Awesome support of Karen Chatfield the site manager and the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts​ who generously gave us one of their open mike days for the event, covered the insurance plus all stall fees have been donated back to them for their support of this fun day.

I would like extend a huge thanks to Katie form Z Club Dance Fitness for kindly providing the use of her awesome sound equipment for the day, plus she will be doing some high energy zumba for us to participate in also!

I would like to thank my Fraser Coast Fitness & Health friends, where are you, hand up ladies, if you have any questions today just ask the girls. We also go for a walk every Wednesday at 6:30am with Cheryl from the Torquay Jetty to the pier return and all are welcome to join us.

A massive thank you to the Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills, tools and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun with maximum audience participation! There are stalls, performances, talks and demos including and on – Bio-aging, Massage, Foot Reflexology, Crossfit, Gyms, Meditation, Yoga, Face Painting, Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Tennis, Burlesque & Fitness Demos plus heaps more.

We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and they have a stall with more info. I would also like to mention that Climbmax the rock wall here is donating 10% of their profits from today to Bayside so make sure you have a climb!

We are a team of passionate individuals and businesses on the Fraser Coast that work together to raise awareness and help others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun and will make you happy!

Our only competition is laziness, a sedentary lifestyle, poor choices, mental health, fast and junk food plus the television!

 

NIKON D5300 DSLR CAMERA WITH 18-55MM VR II LENS KIT | GO-PRO & iPHONE

Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!

 

81 km Double-Marathon Mud, Run for the Mary River, September 2008

Lindsay TitmarshI recently met the very interesting local legend ‘Lindsay Titmarsh’ at a talk on dingoes at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. I took a photo of Lindsay holding a paper article with a picture of himself in his 20’s and a very interesting editorial he wrote on dingoes, ‘Living with the Wild Ones’. Noticing that I was into fitness Lindsay told me about his massive history making 81km mega ‘ultra’ marathon run he did when he was 60. It was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. I found it so interesting, impressive and inspiring I have asked him to forward his account of the event, which he has, so that I can share it with the public in this blog story. We’ve also made tentative plans to possibly go wild pig spotting together on his mangrove islands and to have a look around his property ‘Tandora’, so that should be another interesting blog story!

Lindsay Titmarsh Mary & SusanLindsay also kindly gave me one of his books ‘Mary & Susan’ Sister Rivers of the Fraser Coast and autographed it for me. The images and photographs are so magical and it is full of awesome and educational history!

To visit a place on this overcrowded planet of ours, where no other person has ever been, should certainly give the lucky participant a thrill. So it is when I venture out into the largely unexplored wilderness of the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers. Viewing an ancient, twisted mangrove tree for the very first time or standing in a few square metres of open mud in an otherwise seemingly endless scrub, is just magic.

He has also published another book being:

Tandora – A Pioneer’s Dream The author presents 36 chapters of ‘no holds barred’ interesting reading that has something for everyone. Droughts, floods, dingoes, wild pigs, horses, cattle, birds, trees, earthworks are just some of the topics explored.

Lindsay TitmarshRead more in full here of Lindsay’s massive effort and Erica’s report here!

Some people write letters, some people attend rallies, but for Lindsay Titmarsh of Tandora, a history making 81km mega marathon run was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. “I live with my family at Tandora, the only property situated beside the estuary of the Mary River. Having lived here for just over 100 years, we have seen the watercourse change dramatically in that time,” explains Mr Titmarsh. “For all of my life I have looked at the two hilly headlands, North Head and South Head, which are only one kilometre apart and form the mouth of the Mary River. Nobody has ever traveled on foot from one headland to the other. “I’ve wanted to be the first to do this run for years. The threat of a dam on the Mary River has given me the extra motivation to go ahead with my plans this year, a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. I hope it will draw attention to the importance of the Mary River for the estuary and for the communities that live along it’s length.”I hope my run will help us prevent the damming of the Mary.”

 

 

O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat – We’re on the Road to No Where!

Some pictures from my trip to O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat last weekend.

In rainforest I am definitely, “In my element – You are where you should be and you fit in. You’re in your zone and no one can stop your game.”

I went down for a 35km paid hike to the Stinson plane crash, which is supposedly being rescheduled due our inebriated tour guide getting us, a group of eleven completely lost!

We walked lost in circles for 9km and 7.5hrs once away from Echo point and were told prior to our walk by the guide we would not even be going to the Stinson crash site, which is why we were there?

O’Reillys General Manager Shane O’Reilly stated to me on the phone they went through after our hike and the track was not even cleared so none of the group would have made the hike anyway, aside from the fact that the guide was drinking heavily the night prior, also took four bottles of wine on the hike and not knowing where to go.

O’Reillys proudly boasts 100 years of hiking this route, yet does not know the accessibility or check the tracks condition before advertising paid hikes to the public?

I have reached an agreement with O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat General Manager Shane O’Reilly in relation to remuneration for the inconvenience and dangerous situation, that I am now satisfied with.

It appears General Manager Shane O’Reilly has reneged and is not extending the offer of a free walk to me anymore …..

Positives of the hike, I met a lot of nice people & still hiked 25km mainly in circles. Here is an awesome clip made by one of the hikers  … ‘We’re on the Road to No Where!’

I also went to Buderim Falls,  Kondalilla Falls, Mapleton Falls & climbed Mt Cooroora at Pomona. Whilst I was away two of my photos were used in the background on Hannah McEwan’s weather segment on WIN News Wide Bay. How very exciting ….

Orchid House Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

Today’s snaps from the Orchid House at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, only $2.50 to have a look around, money well spent, it was so Magical!

NIKON D5300 DSLR CAMERA WITH 18-55MM VR II LENS KIT | GO-PRO & iPHONE

Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit

15 NikonI’ve finally bought a good beginners camera to further my interest in photography being a – Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit, with wifi and gps.

Yesterday I did some camera practice on a 10km hike on Fraser Island. Some of my beginners snaps here and a couple taken of me by acclaimed award winning local photographer Sandra Boles on her weapon of a camera. Thanks heaps for all the helpful tips Sandy!!

Turia Pitt Motivational Talk

On Saturday the 6th of June I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the very inspirational Turia Pitt at the Brolga Theatre Maryborough.
Turia was burned terribly to 65% of her body in Sept 2011 by a grassfire when competing in a 100km Ultra Marathon across the Kimberley. She mentioned she passed away three times on the operating table and her amazing transformation has so far taken over three years and over two hundred surgical procedures. She wore her mask for two years and didn’t like it at all, mentioning how we all wear masks ….. something to think about!

She spoke of how people have so much more potential and are capable of so much more than they realise. If you really want to do something you will always find a way to make it happen, anything is possible if you never give up. Time is our most precious resource, make the most of every single day.
Earlier this year Turia ran the Huskisson 42km Marathon and beat her time from before her injuries! She is currently training between 8am – 11am in the morning to compete in an Ironman! 4km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42km run.

Turia mentioned that long runs can be tedious which I tend to agree with so she uses her imagination for distraction such as seeing herself as a messenger running to the Queen. Her talk was very amusing.
She mentioned one day she may get back into engineering as she missed the maths and spread sheets (I couldn’t think of anything worse hee hee) but for now is enjoying her motivational public speaking and supporting the charity Interplast plus possibly staring a family with Michael.
She has also written a book ‘Everything to Live For’, more info here! … and is currently working on her new book, ‘Life is a Gift’.
[Images via Turia’s website, Womens Weekly, News.com.au and 60 Minutes]

 

UPDATE ENZO’s DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028:

9The DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION ON FILE is confirmed in writing from the CEO as being NON – COMPLIANT and pursuant to a clause they chose to “exercise their right” and deem it as acceptable.
The correct Building Conditions WERE NOT in the AGENDA VOTED ON by Councillors at the Ordinary Meeting on the 25th of March 2015. Council has twice DOCTORED THE BUILDING CONDITIONS / RECORDS OF THE ORDINARY MEETING MINUTES that they NOW are NOT A TRUE & CORRECT RECORD AND DO NOT CORRESPOND WITH THE DECISION NOTICE. The CEO also gave herself permission to waver the Public Tender / Expressions of Interest Process on the adjoining lease (someone else in the community may have liked to put a little cafe next door).
I have emailed the CEO more questions today and expressed that as a rate payer I am NOT happy to pay the wage of town planners that do not do the job they are employed to do and am alarmed they do not make sure Development Applications meet mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a ‘properly made’ development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland..
If I was a Councillor I would be refusing to VOTE for anything that was NON – COMPLIANT like Councillors James Hansen, Trevor McDonald & George Seymour did.
How can a NON COMPLIANT Development Application that CONFLICTS with all of the attached from the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 be in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
With TWO Independent Town-Planner Reports submitted AGAINST the NON – COMPLIANT Development Application clearly stating it is not safe or appropriate to build there, the CEO, Council Town Planners & some Councillors choose to declare it “otherwise”
Other correspondence with FCRC has stated that – “The Fraser Coast Shoreline Management Options Assessment Report highlights the long term changes that the Fraser Coast will face along its shoreline. The influences of a receding shoreline and rising sea levels indicate that demand for capital and operation management will increase over time.”

More info here & here.

Fraser Island Marathon “The run so good they had to ban it!”

UPDATE: Letter John Glaister | Director-General (Seems the Minister has passed my questions even higher).
FINALLY CONFIRMATION: THERE IS NO SPECIFIC PENALTY FOR A PERSON RUNNING ON FRASER ISLAND!!! YAY!
Obviously there is no ‘Fraser Island Marathon’ event now and no permit, but on the upside it appears one could still possibly enjoy running on the Island at their own leisure and own choice of whether there is a ‘personal safety risk’ keeping in mind the dingo safety rules, whether they are in a dingo prone area or not & most importantly ‘stick to groups’!!

 

Director general

 

Fraser Island Marathon you tube

Mt Warning – near the Queensland border 1,156 m

Mt Warning 1,156 m (3,793 ft) above sea level, near the Queensland border.
9km, return walk took me 2:25mins, 1420 calories burn’t.
What a magical spiritual experience, beautiful rainforest the whole way, I’ll definitely be climbing this mountain again!

Mount Kosciuszko – Australia’s Highest Mountain 2,228 m

Today I climbed Mount Kosciuszko!

2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level, Australia’s Highest Mountain
Distance: 22km (loop) – Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake, Main Range & Summit Walk home. 2535 calories burnt.
It was freezing at the top, you can hear the wind in the clip, magical scenery, saw one black centipede, one black crow and a finch.
I was also visited the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House in Canberra before the Mountain hike.
I even phoned the Environmental Ministers office to discuss the new QPWS ‘Do Not Run’ rule on Fraser Island, State Member Steven Miles wasn’t in today so I spoke directly to the Federal Environmental Ministers office of Greg Hunt and advised of the situation …. more info here!
Check out our awesome stretcher tents, so comfy, my portable investment home!
The night before the climb we camped at Island Bend and had 80km winds in the snowy mountains nearly lifting our tents off the ground for about seven hours!
I’m sure I got about 2 hrs sleep before my morning assault on the mountain! Failure is NOT an Option!

EVENT UPDATE FRASER ISLAND MARATHON: PERMIT REFUSED “The run so good they had to ban it!”

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DUE TO NEW (Late Jan 2015) DINGO SAFETY RULES: DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION.
– MINISTERS OFFICE: I’m still waiting on a response from the new minister’s office on – What is the current governments view / stance on this?
– COMMUNICATION FROM TEAM LEADER | SOUTHERN TOURISM AND RECREATION PERMITS:
I have forwarded your questions onto the appropriate officers (Rangers) for a reply.
These matters do not have any bearing on the basis of the decision, which is that the safety communication had changed and any permit must be consistent with these messages.
– FRASER COAST MAYOR: No response
– QUESTIONS STILL TO BE ANSWERED:
• These questions do have a bearing and big impact as to what people can do on the island.
If I am doing my community hikes I will need to advise people very specifically of the new dingo rules and any repercussions or possible fines.
If due to gravity I engage in a light downhill jog on one of the many steep hills, I want to know the rules.
• Could you please also specifically respond as to why the dingo safety rule changed when the reported women had slowed to a walk and were standing still for a period of time before the actual attack?
I need to clearly and specifically understand with evidence why this is different to dingo attacks in relation to walking, camping, swimming and passing out in the bush.
• What are the repercussions if you are caught ‘trail running or jogging’ in the national park?
• Will rangers be issuing a fine?
• Do they have the authority to do this and if so how much?
• What is the different to walking in groups or running in groups?
• There has been numerous attacks on walkers and people standing still plus in groups so why is walking not banned or listed as triggering negative behaviour also?
• If a dingo attacks a child will we be fining or reprimanding the parent that ‘runs’ to their aid?
• Will fines be issued to the parents of children that ‘run’ on the beach or play on Fraser Island.
I feel your current (FIDCRMS) are extremely misleading to the public and should be more specific and include years of evidence on the Island –
• “Do not walk. There have been many cases with significant evidence of walking triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been bitten and attacked”.
• “Do not pass out drunk. There have been many cases with significant evidence of passing out drunk triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been bitten and attacked”.
(Sufficient evidence of an attack – Jul 30, 2012 – German tourist who was attacked by dingoes on Fraser Island)
• “Do not swim. There have been many cases with significant evidence of swimming triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been lunged at and attacked”.
(Sufficient evidence of an attack – were a dingo was killed that lunged at the girl swimming at Eli creek in Jan 2015)
• “Do not run in the vicinity of dingo prone areas as per areas of concern mentioned on the Fraser Islands Conditions report” (being up top on the other side of the island to the proposed course)
So what exactly is the risk?
Recent history of dingo attacks has, as far as we know, centred on areas where people stay overnight, cooking food and in some cases feeding dingos, a situation which can encourage dingo aggression.
Organised runs on Fraser Island have a long history starting in the 1980s.
The routes are away from risk areas like campsites, mostly on remote trails.
To my knowledge there have been no dingo attacks during organised runs.
For this new Fraser Island run we had planned participant briefings and advised runners to run in pairs or larger groups, on encountering a dingo to stop and face the dingo. Since there are many runners in a race any stopped group will shortly be joined by others. These precautions ensure the risk is much lower than that presenting for campers at the main island overnight sites.
Parks staff may well know more details about dingo behaviour, but a necessary step before imposing extreme strategies is public consultation and scrutiny of the evidence. Because this strategy affects public events on Fraser Island it has long term implications for the public perceptions of the island’s safety and tourism industry. If the island is not safe for an organised and supported run, how safe will remote walkers feel? How soon before you have to ban camping? or swimming at high visitor areas?
A big THANK YOU to everyone for your support to date and the valuable time you have invested into this AWESOME event (Excluding Qld Parks, what a hideous Experience!), the whole event had been organised in the background and was pretty much ready to go (with Qld Parks not advising they were looking at changing the dingo safety rules the whole time). Thanks to my fitness & hiking / adventure friends, all businesses involved, TRAQ, especially Greg Waite (Co-founder TRAQ), Fraser Coast SES, Kingfisher Bay Resort, 4 Week Program, Design House, Graphic Screen Printing, Bay City Engraving, the official confirmed volunteers …. stay tuned folks there is talk of a “PROTEST RUN!”

More info here!

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Stay tuned and “Happy Power Walking” ……

UPDATE 17.02.2015;  ON HOLD – PERMIT REFUSED

Due to a NEW Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy (FIDCRMS)  – DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION. – Introduced by QLD Parks after the third week in January 2015.
I am still corresponding with Qld Parks on numerous questions that need specific clarification and will advise.
I will also be communicating direct with the Ministers office now that they are out of care taker mode.

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OFFICIAL COMPLAINT: NEW DINGO SAFETY RULES | FRASER ISLAND MARATHON |  PRESS RELEASE

I have been advised in person by Matt Davies | Visitor Management from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service via a phone call , 4 February 2015 at 11:30am that there is new dingo Safety Rules; BEING DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION.
I have also been informed they will now not be issuing a permit for my Fraser Island Marathon Event Proposed for the 19th of July 2015 as it will contradict their new rules. An email is supposed to be sent at some stage ….  2 days on and still no notice?????

  • I am extremely interested as to how Qld Parks intend to maintain this Policy?
    Especially as there is no evidence that runners are at more of a risk. Attacks have happened to a range of visitors, the two women attacked in October 2014 were not running at the time – this is the really important point, running is simply not relevant to risk of attack. Qld Parks really need to have a rethink as this is clear discrimination and I cannot see how they will be able to defend this Policy.
    The new policy banning running is simply not appropriate, and makes the Park service look amateurish and unrealistic.
  • 10647106_387231901432673_5765589970881632444_nI have been working towards this event for six months, Parks have been supportive, we had a plan in place to manage the dingo risk and confidence in it. My Marathon Proposal has all the relevant processes in place to make people safe. Importantly the risk for an event falls on the event organiser, not Parks; I am a local, I understand the risks and we have them covered, including briefing entrants before the run.
  • 10636258_715980451825684_2583485308637997144_nEvents like this also bring important benefits: publicity for the region, future visitors, money injected into the local community / Fraser Island and promoting healthy activity regionally (The Fraser Coast has 65% of people being either obese or overweight) – all this will be lost.
  • I have applied for an internal review of the decision, lodged a formal complaint and will be speaking direct to the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport who has been contacted. I have also asked for a comment from our State Member who’s office has contacted me and the Mayor. I have also contacted the Butchulla People & Queesnland South Native Title Services  about any New Native Title requirements that may need to be respected or adhered to in relation to the Great Walk Tracks.

This isn’t something we would deal with and can’t see how Native Title would impact your application to hold your event.
Erin Lang | Administration Officer – Legal
Queensland South Native Title Services

  • FIMI was told by Matt they on the 4 February 2015 Qld Parks have been discussing these new rules since before Christmas with Matt even telling me to apply for my permit plus I also had a face to face appointment with Matt to discuss all aspects of the race including my eight page safety contingency plan and six page proposal during this time frame / period. It is my belief that Qld Parks should have disclosed these new impending rules to me and been honest before I applied the permit application. I have also been advised in writing my application fee is not refundable. (We will see about that)Matt only made contact via phone when I emailed on the 4th “Are you not getting my emails, I’m not getting a reply?” …. numerous time was spent asking Matt to answer emails throughout the process ….
    On Wednesday, 24 December 2014  Matt approved for a notice to go up to advertise the event was coming on social media, even though Parks was discussing in the background to implement new dingo safety rules of no running on Fraser Island unbeknown to me ….quote Matt “Yes I’m comfortable with this going up given the dates and exact location are not mentioned.”


Sent:
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:08 PM
To: Jeanette Maynes
Cc: Sunshine Fraser Permits
Subject: RE: Dingo Safety Rules

Hi Jeanette,

It is really important for you to thoroughly read through the Information Notice that will be sent to you today or tomorrow. This notice includes review and repeal provisions should you wish to take that course of action. This is standard procedure that we need to follow in relation to your application. Permit fee is refundable but not application fee.

2 days on and still no notice?????     Notice eventually received …..

  • Total of invoice complied for compensation to lodge with an Official Complaint at the Queensland Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport dues to Qld Parks staff not being upfront since before Christmas in relation to the impending new dingo safety rules / policy that would affect the event.

– 5 hrs writing all website pages and race terms & conditions / legalities, (10 Pages)
– 2hrs liaisoning with Kingfisher Bay resort, including phone calls, emails
– 5hrs liaisoning with TRAQ, including phone calls, emails, safety contingency plan
– 1hrs liaisoning with SES, Fraser Island Police & Ambulance, including phone calls, emails
– 5hrs creating risk safety management plan (eight pages) as per Matt from Qld Parks request to provide
– 3hrs creating Marathon Proposal (Five Pages) as per Matt from Qld Parks request to provide
– 1 hr organising finishers shirts and the artwork design
– 1hr organizing finishers medals
– 2hrs organising insurance, underwriters reviewing race terms & conditions / legalities, including phone calls, emails
– 10hrs, logo design, poster, social media design, website template as per Qld Parks approval in writing to advertise upcoming event
35hrs @ $100 + gst per hour = $3,500 + gst

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  • On the 13th of January I was contacted by a Claire Wright | Ranger, Visitor Management, “As Matt indicated I have experience in assessing competitive running events in protected areas and already have some ideas to run past you. My intention is to work collaboratively with you over the coming months so that the event can be delivered safely and productively and that your permit facilitates this to best effect. As you are well aware Fraser Island presents unique challenges, particularly with regard to visitor safety and experiences. I  will call you for a bit of an initial chat when I get back from leave next week but in the meantime we are looking at a tentative date to visit Hervey Bay and meet with you of Friday February 6th.”(I was initially informed the permit would be all finalised in January)……..”– the permit would be approved sometime after the meeting on 6th as our visit up to meet with you forms part of our assessment process.  There is a certain level of detail required for your permit and this will take a little time but please be assured the more time spent in planning  the event and having  this properly represented in a workable and helpful permit the better. (13th of January)”…..” I always intended to speak with you on the phone prior to our meeting on 6th  ……. What I can confirm is that there is no other event booked in for that location on that date at this stage and I will ensure the day is kept reserved pending your assessment . (19th of January)” ….”QPWS and this Region  is supportive of the utilisation of Great Walks and is working positively with groups to promote running events, but Fraser Island is unique in terms of being home to dingoes and the delivery of Dingo- safe public contact messages must necessarily be factored into the assessment of your permit application. I am not able to comment further at this stage but will endeavour not to keep you waiting any longer than absolutely necessary. (21st of January)”…..”
    ……. on 4 February 2015 I emailed Claire to confirm our appointment time for the 6th and have heard nothing nor did she ever ring me as she said she would in numerous emails. I have been completely led on by Qld Parks in relation to my event.
  • The proposed Marathon course is on the other / Western side of the island and is not even in the main dingo prone areas of concern being Happy Valley, Eli Creek, The Maheno, K’gari, Cathedral Beach, The Pinnacles, Burad to Indian Head and Waddy Point to Duling including Orchid beach.
  • I have not seen a dingo once on any Fraser Island track in any of my hikes being – 2 x Z Force 10km, 15 x Lake McKenzie 20km, 1 x Eurong 28km, 2 x Eurong 56km and 1 x 90km Dilli Village to Happy Valley.
    That’s 550km of Fraser Island walked / run on foot and not one single dingo ever seen on the Great Walk track.
  • I have asked Matt from Qld Parks on the 4 February 2015 to forward the New Dingo Safety Brochure plus the exact new ruling / wording / policy.
    What exact date where the rules / policy were implemented / approved / changed?
    What are the repercussions if you are caught ‘trail running or jogging’ in the national park?
    Will rangers be issuing a fine? Do they have the authority to do this and if so how much?
    Will this be consistent across the island eg. at campsites, kids playing on the beach, etc.
    I have not received a response to date …..
  • It’s interesting to note the two sisters attacked on the other side of the island nowhere near the proposed marathon course weren’t even running when attacked, they were standing still?
    “The sisters, both mothers-of-two, were about 1km from their holiday unit at Yidney Rocks when they slowed to a walk after the dingoes began watching them and growling. “We knew it was bad. We stood tall and shoulder to shoulder and stayed still and stared them in the eye, which they say is the best thing to do,” Ms McGovern said….. more info here
  • Could Qld Parks please explain the difference between a dingo attack on a walker or a dingo attack on a jogger standing still?
  • If runners and joggers are not allowed to enjoy the Fraser Island Great Walk & hiking tracks how is that different to walkers and all national / international tourists. Fair is fair, same rules for all?
  • QLD Parks website reads:
    “Walk in groups – People walking alone on Fraser Island have been threatened and bitten by dingoes.” …. So the new 2015 dingo safety measures are to ban running & jogging in groups, but you can still walk even though walkers are bitten by dingoes as per their website?
  • As a dingo was killed that lunged at the girl swimming at Eli creek in Jan 2015, will we also be banning all swimming and visits to popular waterholes for dingo safety rules on Fraser Island? More info here
  • If a dingo attacks a child will we be fining the parent that ‘runs’ to their aid?
  • Will fines be issued to the parents of children that ‘run’ on the beach or play on Fraser Island.
  • I feel you have more chance of being attacked by a dog walking your local streets
  • I wonder about the dingo safety contingency plan for the Australian Outback Marathon at Ayers Rock / Uluru, isn’t there dingos there too, they seem to manage?

“I don’t feel running / jogging or walking is necessary an issue unless at dawn or dusk more so on the eastern beach as this is the dingoes natural food foraging time”
– Ray Revill | Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary

dingo 1Maybe it’s time we discuss the real issue here being the safety and fun of all; humans and dingoes.
AND IMPLEMENT A SOLUTION!

  • Dingos should be being fed.
    That fact they are not and are starved completely contradicts Qlds Parks latest “Working on Fraser Island” potential employee information image here clearly stating “Conservation of the Fraser Island dingo is of national significance”
  • Should the dingos perhaps be in some sort of large enclosure separated from humans? Problem Solved?
  • IMG_4899Would this work as they are territorial? Perhaps two or three enclosures could work?
  • They could be a possible tourist attraction where safe selfies could be taken from outside a fence during feeding times. Starvation Problem Solved?
  • As the Fraser Island dingoes are nearly extinct (experts suggest less than 100 exist) should we be starting an immediate breeding program?…..to quote Qld Parks again “Conservation of the Fraser Island dingo is of national significance”
  • Should it be compulsory for all tourists to tick a terms and conditions box when purchasing their barge ticket acknowledging they are entering dingos natural territory and do so at their own risk accepting all responsibility for themselves and their children?
  • Should those that break the dingo safety rules be fined?
    This money could be spent on food for the starving dingoes!