49.5km Fraser Island Hike

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

Fraser Island Great Walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Sinclair (far right) with the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation in 2002

John Sinclair (far right) with the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation in 2002

The man who fought to save Fraser Island to become a doctor. Conservationist John Sinclair had a favourite quote to use when he battled sand miners to save Fraser Island and have the pristine island added to the World Heritage List in 1992. “I used to say, ‘If you are going to scratch 1 per cent of the Mona Lisa, which 1 per cent are you going to scratch’?” Full Story HERE. Images HERE

SEAFRONT MASTERPLAN UPDATE:

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

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

Yours sincerely
Ray Burton PSM
Acting Chief Executive Officer

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Lake Mckenzie Fraser Island

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

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Mt Walsh & Utophia Falls / Rock Pools

Mt Walsh & Utophia Falls Rock Pools

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

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

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Mount Walsh day use area

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

Utopia Rock falls from From Biggenden

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

Council meetings are now LIVE!

Fraser Coast Regional Council Live Streaming

Council meetings are now LIVE! Sing Hallelujah!

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

Quick trip to Canberra in Feb!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAY 1 – THURS
08 Dec 8:40am

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

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FRI 09
Dec – 7am

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


SAT 10
Dec – 6:30am

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


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

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

WE MADE IT!!!

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

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‘Fraser Coast Rail Trail’

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

Sunshine Coast Marathon #2 Review!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Mary Cairncross

Mapleton Falls

Buderim Falls

River Heads to Beaver Rock Paddock

Massive 14.5km hike through mud today!

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

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Mangrove eco-tours @ ‘Tandora Walkabout Tours’

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

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

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

Fraser Coast Chronicle – Press Release HERE!

Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight hike

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

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

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

Smashed off 5,000 calories in 28hrs.

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

A week of hiking at the Sunshine Coast!

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

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

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

At the tablelands lookout!

Summit of Mount Cooroora!

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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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!
JUST PUT A NUMBER ‘1’ IN THE BOTTOM BOX AS SHOWN.

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]

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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.

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

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Parraweena Bird Sanctuary at Gatakers Bay

Lorikeet feeding Gatakers Bay

Lorikeet feeding Gatakers Bay

Parraweena Bird Sanctuary at Gatakers Bay

OPRAH hits BrisVegas!

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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!


$54 Million Sports Precinct ‘OPPOSING’ letter

Sign the Opposing Petition Here!

Earlier this week on Wednesday Lisa Desmond the CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) sent an email out titled “Letter of Support – Fraser Coast Sports Precinct “ for the $54 Million Sports Precinct Brochure coupled with a letter of information and a ‘letter of support’ to community leaders, organisations and key stakeholders for them to sign in support?
(….. PROPAGANDA??)

As we live in a democratic society; I believe it is only fair and just that the people have a say in response to the CEO’s request, so Jannean Dean and I have composed a letter so that you the community FCRC (Fraser Coast Regional Community)  / rate payers paying for this have an option of signing an ‘OPPOSING’ letter.

My report on the Sports Precinct from the last Council meeting I went to in Hervey Bay (WEDNESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2015):
“Cn George Seymour recently queried at Ordinary Meeting No. 11 which sporting clubs wanted to move to this area. The CEO waffled on and refused to answer. George asked four times till it was revealed the only clubs that were spoken to and would consider moving are Netball and Football (Soccer).
Every other club on the Fraser Coast will be forced to move. All sporting Club’s satellite hub buildings are going to cost each little club between $300K – $450K! Cn Trevor McDonald and Cn James Hansen both agreed, no one wants to move out there.
FCRC recommended business like the RSL and / or Boat Club to manage the satellite hubs – They would then have complete say as they have management rights, therefore to me they can name their price, fees and rent through the roof!!! I can see a complete collapse of most local children’s sport and a rise in obesity from 50% to 75%+
It seems our sports grounds are so great the 2015 Junior State Cup Touch Football Carnival thinks they are suitable for STATE LEVEL events every year. Why would FCRC need to spend millions of dollars on a new one?
The rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.”

 

Did you know? (Quite Alarming Stats emailed direct from the CEO)

• 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage.
• 25.6% of families with children under 15 years have no parent employed.
• the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015.
• from 2011 to 2036, the population for Fraser Coast is projected to increase from 97,661 persons to 146,602 with significant growth anticipated in the 0 – 10 years age group.
(I asked for evidence of where this stat / figure came from but the CEO emailed she was declining to answer)
• the region ranks among the worst three areas in Queensland for obesity and smoking, and among the worst for cancer deaths – the region has a 32% higher obesity and 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.

These stats directly confirm what an irrational, uneconomical, nonviable community expense and clearly further demonstrates how out of touch the Council is with our community …..!

Compound Interest on a $56 Mill loan for 20 years will double the cost to above $100 Mill

Alot of people are struggling with their rates (2015 Overdue rates $13,889,122) plus rising electricity, so with the rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.

Also who pays for the ongoing upkeep of the fields the Clubs or the rate payers?

Council has purchased the land, so if in 10 or 20 years and we have the numbers we just build it.  Why don’t we review the currents plans for Tavistock St and possibly assist current sports grounds / clubs with money to help with upgrades to their current precincts instead?
Maybe if we improve what we currently have, we can grow the numbers and justify the expense  ….