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

View Adventure Playground Public Version HERE!

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.”

PRESS RELEASE: MYSTERIOUS BACK FLOW DEVICE FEE

16.Nov.2016

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

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

“We are floundering on our continuous improvement and efficiency drivers across Directories and failing basic legislative responsibilities. Examples. backflow prevention device testing  …. Cheers Lisa Desmond”

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

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

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21 Jan 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks ……………………..,

……………….. emailed me this information:

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

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

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

DOWNLOAD THE FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL REPORT IN FULL HERE!

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

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

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

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

MEDIA RELEASE – Jannean Dean

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

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

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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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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;

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

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Lorikeet feeding Gatakers Bay

Parraweena Bird Sanctuary at Gatakers Bay

SPORTS PRECINCT to HEMP FARM!

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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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Removal of trees Scarness Caravan Park ‘Poor Lorikeets!’

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

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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,

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WIN NEWS VIDEO HERE!

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
2. 
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! :
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?!

8 Enzo Rockwall

• 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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$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  ….

Deputy Mayor Complaint letter by D.G.Barrowcliffe

Fraser Coast Regional Council Deputy Mayor

Fraser Coast Regional Council unlawfully elected Councillor Robert Garland to the position of Mayor on 6 May 2015 by failing to comply with the lawful requirements of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012.

As a consequence I have made a formal complaint shown below in its entirety to the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning on 15 May 2015.

It remains to be seen whether Minister Jackie Trad follows the actions of her predecessor David Crisafulli and does nothing about the complaints of non- compliance of the Local Government Act by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.   Will she discharge her legislated responsibilities and take action against the Council?

RE: Formal complaint concerning Fraser Coast Regional Council

I wish to make a formal complaint concerning breaches and non-compliance of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2010 by the CEO Lisa Desmond, James Cockburn Acting Director Community & Development Services, the Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell and councillors, James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland and Stuart Taylor.

On Wednesday, 6 May 2015 Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) held Ordinary Meeting No.6. Item 10.2 on the agenda was the review of the position of Deputy Mayor and the call for nominations. Two resolutions, one for the position of Deputy Mayor to be declared vacant and one calling for nominations for a new Deputy Mayor, both resolutions being carried unanimously (Doc1).

Councillor Light moved and Councillor Truscott seconded a resolution “If more than 1 nominee, a secret preferential ballot be conducted to determine the new incumbent to the position of Mayor”. The resolution was carried unanimously. Two nominations were received, one for Councillor Everard and one for Councillor Garland. A secret ballot was conducted by the CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Service James Cockburn. The ballot resulted in Councillor Garland obtaining a majority of votes, the number of which were not disclosed. A resolution was moved by Councillor Everard and seconded by Councillor Taylor that Councillor Garland be appointed to the position of Deputy Mayor. The motion was carried unanimously. (Doc2) (Doc4)

In the Fraser Coast Chronicle on Wednesday, 6 May 2015, published and circulated before the Council meeting were two articles, one headed “Deputy voted behind closed doors” and one “Councillors vote behind closed doors”. One of the articles correctly named the two nominations and correctly identified Councillor Garland being elected Deputy Mayor behind a closed door meeting held on Monday 4 May 2015, TWO DAYS before the open Council Meeting. The other article raises the matter of probity and transparency of Council meetings and decision making (Doc3)

The two articles clearly indicate that decisions were made behind a closed door meeting held on the Monday prior to the Ordinary Council meeting. The meetings are referred to as an “Executive Briefings” The meetings are attended by the CEO Lisa Desmond and other staff members and all councillors. The term “Executive Briefing” is to circumvent the requirements of the CEO Lisa Desmond to comply with Section 272(1) (2) (4) (a) Local Government Regulation 2012. It is a well-known practice of the council to conduct business in this manner which has been previously stated to me personally by 3 councillors on three different occasions. In this particular matter it has been evidenced in writing and published before the council meeting. This provides evidence that there was a structured and unrecorded meeting where a vote was taken in secret.

Under council Standing Orders the CEO Lisa Desmond is responsible for providing agendas for meetings. The meeting as reported in the Fraser Coast Chronicle held on Monday 4 May 2015 where a decision was made and a vote taken was done in contravention of Section 277 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Local Government Regulation 2012 Public Notice of Meeting.

The community assumes and expects that if the CEO Lisa Desmond was, as required under Section 194 (2) Local Government Act A person is qualified to be the chief executive officer if the person has the ability, experience, knowledge and skills that the local government considers appropriate having regards to the responsibilities of a chief executive officer she would or should have known that the resolution proposed by Councillor Light and seconded by Councillor Trustcott was not in compliance with Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010. She should have, or would have known that a secret ballot where the voting is not disclosed as to what number of councillors voted for each candidate that Section 260 (2) (b) (c) (d) could not be complied with. Likewise, it would be assumed that James Cockburn, in the executive position as the Acting Director of Community Development Services would have known that a secret vote was in breach of Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010(Doc5)

At a Council meeting No.6 held on Wednesday 7 May 2014 a resolution was passed 9 votes to 2 that a secret ballot be conducted should more than one person be nominated for the position of Deputy Mayor. On that occasion there was only one nomination so the secret ballot was not conducted. Regardless, it proves the point that councillors do propose secret ballots in the full knowledge and support of the CEO Lisa Desmond. (Doc7)

The manner in which Councillor Robert Garland was elected was in contravention of Section 260 (2) (a) (b) (c) (d). Local Government Regulation 2010, therefore his appointment is illegal and has no effect. He is not entitled to any additional remuneration as prescribed for a person who is the Deputy Mayor.

The CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Services James Cockburn have breached Section 4 (2) (a) (d) (e) Local Government Act 2009 (Local Government Principles), and Section 13 (b) (i) (ii) (c) (d) (e) (h) Local Government Act 2009.

The Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell, and Councillors James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland, Stuart Taylor and George Seymour, have all by their conduct breached Section 4 (2) (a) (e) (Local government Principles), Section 12 (1) (3) (a) (i) (b) (d) and Section 176 (1) (a) (3) (a) (b) (i) (ii) Local Government Act 2009.

As a consequence of the conduct of the CEO Lisa Desmond I sent an email to her concerning the election of the Deputy Mayor to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 9)

I also sent an email to all councillors and the Mayor Gerard O’Connell to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 8)

On Saturday 9 May 2015 a letter which I had written (edited) was published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle concerning the appointment of the Deputy Mayor (Doc 6)

Because of the breaches and non-compliance with the Local Government Act 2009 the Minister for Local Government has to act in accordance with Section 113 (1), (2) and 3 (b). Should the Minister not act she will be in breach of Section 4 (1) (a) (b) (i) (ii) and be answerable to the Parliament for her actions.

As it is a matter of record that you have previously failed on complaint to take action against the CEO Lisa Desmond and various councillors a copy of this correspondence will be sent to Bruce Saunders the Member for Maryborough with a request that he forwards it to the Minister for Local Government Jackie Trad directly for her information.

List of document in attached file. – HERE

  1. Copy of front page of Council minutes dated 6 May 2015 (Doc1)
  2. Page 6 of Council minutes (Doc2)
  3. Two articles in Fraser Coast Chronicle 6 May 2015(Doc3)
  4. Article in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 May 2015 (Doc 4)
  5. Letters to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 & 8 May 2015(Doc 5)
  6. Letter to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 9 May 2015 (Doc6)
  7. Page 4 of Council minutes dated 7 May 2014(Doc7)
  8. Email dated 8 May 2015 to all councillors (Doc 8)
  9. Email dated 7 May 2015 to CEO Lisa Desmond (Doc 9)

Yours sincerely
D.G.Barrowcliffe
E: dave.barrowcliffe597@gmail.com

 

 

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.

DO NOT REMOVE MEMORIAL HALL – ‘Historical Significance’

To The Chief Executive,

My reasons why the Memorial Hall and Cenotaph DOES SATISFY the cultural heritage criteria are is this You Tube clip and therefore they are to remain in Freedom Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hipcw5KRKwc

Memorial Hall

Please make a submission to QLD HERITAGE REGISTER APPLICATION to SAVE THE MEMORIAL HALL:
Public Submissions are being sought and must be received by the Department before the close of business on 4th December 2015.

Please quote Ref No. HRN 650026 and tell Heritage why you would like Pialba Memorial Hall and Cenotaph to remain in Freedom Park.

You can either email to: heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au
or post: GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001

Further information can be found on the Qld Heritage website.
https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/heritage/register/applications/

 


– Awesome Video by Mark Norfolk

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Please sign the petition here!

Please Sign & Share this petition against demolishing or moving the historic Main St Memorial Hall & Railway Station. So many of us do our exercise in this awesome hall!

“The hall was dedicated to the Old and New Diggers in 1941 and should remain in Freedom Park as the Returned Soldiers wanted it to be a benefit to the Community.” – Delma Taylor

“Possibly dates to 1906. The Burrum Divisional Board was formed in 1880. In 1905 the Board disbanded and a new Pialba Shire Council was formed. The council purchased land at Main Road and Torquay Road from Jocumsens for £80 and in 1906 Queensland Cabinet voted £300 towards construction of the shire hall. It was built by Ashton Nelson. In 1917 the Pialba Shire Council was replaced by the Burrum Shire Council. The building was moved in 1941 to its present locality for use as a dance hall and theatre.”

“Researching Halls of Hervey Bay: Pialba Shire Hall built and opened in 1906 (21/06/1906) for the Piabla Shire Council on the corner of Main Street and Torquay Road were now there is a car park. 1st picture the Hall is situated in the bottom right of the photo. It was used by the Council for meeting and also hired out to the Public. In 1905 the Burrum Shire Council was divided into two divisions and Hervey Bay’s got their own Council, Pialba Shire Council. Then on the 4th April 1917 the last council meeting was held in the hall as the Shire of Pialba was abolished in 1917 and the new Council become the Burrum Shire Council and meetings were held in Maryborough. The Pialba Shire Hall was still used by the public but was badly damaged by water from the flood waters and was in much need of repair. 1938 the Diggers from WW1 saw the need for the Hall to be keep for the people of Hervey Bay when the Council decided to sell the hall for removal and then sell the block of land it was and others in the hope getting rates from the new land owners. The Diggers applied to the Railway Commissioner to buy the Railway Reserve land that the Pialba Memorial Hall now stands on. The Commissioner granted their request and sold the land for 75 pounds instead of 100 pounds in response to the Diggers request. The Pialba Shire Hall was moved to it’s present site. The Diggers made many improvements to the Hall and it was opened 20/12/1941. During the opening the Diggers said that: Our motive throughout was public spirited and also of a patriotic nature to give our boys a fitting public memorial not a bleak and static one (statue) But a memorial both active and productive that would benefit the whole community. The Hall 74 years later is still doing what the Diggers had hope for the people of the district.”  – Delma Taylor

PIALBA’S NEW HALL FINE MEMORIAL TO DIGGERS – Officially Opened by State President Mr. R. D. Huish (Maryborough Chronicle Wed Dec 24 1941.)
Full story here!

Locals Protest against moving the Hall, Fraser Coast Chronicle here!

 

 The Last Post, Hervey Bay ANZAC Dawn Service 2011
 

 

My notes from Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 – 150415

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EMAIL TO THE COUNCIL CEO –
Sent: Sunday, 12 April 2015 6:55 PM
To: ‘Lisa Desmond’

Hi Lisa,

Could you please explain why the Ordinary Meeting No.04 Minutes – 250315 and next Ordinary Meeting No.05 Agenda – 150415 to be approved by Council on Wed 15th April 2015, DO NOT reflect the approved Ordinary Meeting No.04 Agenda – 250315; that is on the Council website and was printed out in folders at the Council meeting on the day for public viewing?

Could you also explain how a development application with no provisions for separate Water Supply (for council staff to read the meter), Telecommunications, Electricity etc meets the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and 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?

Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 Agenda – 250315:
http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/documents/4362881/41452626/Ordinary%20Meeting%20No.%2004%20Agenda%20-%20250315

Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 Minutes – 250315:
http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/documents/4362881/41452626/Ordinary%20Meeting%20No.%2004%20Minutes%20-%20250315.pdf

• These are the Conditions / hours approved at the meeting in the Council agenda on page 182 & 150?

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Now the minutes has completely different conditions / hours ???
As there was absolutely no discussion about a change of hours, how does the minutes then not reflect the agenda conditions?

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• 147 of the agenda
Vehicle Access
#16 is missing from the minutes

6

• page 147 of the agenda
Water Supply
#20 is missing from the meeting

7

• p. 147 of the agenda
Sewer Reticulation
# 23 missing from the minutes

8

• p. 147 of the agenda
No Telecommunications in the minutes

4
• p.148
No Electricity in the Minutes

5

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EMAIL to Rolf Light, James Hansen, Trevor McDonald, Lisa Desmond, Gerard O’Connell, George Seymour
Sent: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:41 AM

Hi George,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to this ….

If you had to look into it, means you didn’t know the development conditions had changed either.

James said he would ask it too, which depicts he didn’t know the conditions had changed either from the agenda

Therefore I don’t feel any of the Councillors had any idea which conditions they were actually voting on at the last Ordinary Meeting No.4 on Wednesday the 25th of March.

I don’t feel the last Council Ordinary Meeting motion or minutes can be passed or have followed correct legal local government procedure or the new conditions meet the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

I spoke for five minutes and mentioned the hours of operation new closing time of 11pm six days a week as per the agenda at the last meeting, and not one councillor or staff member present knew to mention it was now changed to another new closing time of midnight seven days a week as per the apparent new amended development conditions that were not made available before the meeting and altered in the minutes after the meeting?

Not one single person (CEO, Mayor, Councillors & Directors) in that meeting knew or mentioned the agenda on the website was incorrect, with false development conditions being portrayed to objectors and the public at large, nor were Councillors advised of this before voting.

You would think it would be a mandatory local government requirement to have exact, correct and current agenda details on their website?

Kind regards

Jeanette Maynes
OWNER / GRAPHIC & WEBSITE DESIGNER
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My notes from Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 – 150415

11139407_824822060935956_1587495872286353496_nStuart Taylor
– I have to make everyone aware someone is recording in the gallery (that was me filming on my phone)

Jeanette Maynes
– Is there an actual rule against that?

Stuart Taylor
– yes in the standing order.

George Seymour
– What section of the standing order were you relying on to say there is no recording allowed?

Stuart Taylor
– Couldn’t find a standing order.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– confirmed there was no such standing order but in the public participation documentation it is noted the chairman’s permission should be sought. Even the media are suppose to ask permission each meeting apparently.

Mayor Gerard O’Connell
– stated permission should be sought to record

Jeanette Maynes
– therefore I asked the Mayor if I could make the request and the councillors vote yes or no on this as to whether I could film this section like the media are able to do

Mayor Gerard O’Connell put forward a motion for the Councillors to vote on that I be allowed to record the meeting which was moved by George Seymour and seconded by James Hanson.
– I lost my motion 8 / 3 (Seymour, Hanson, Truscott in favour) to film the section of the Council meeting where Council was addressing why the ‘Minutes’ of the last ordinary meeting No.4 in relation to why Enzo’s building development conditions had been altered / doctored from the ‘Agenda’ that the Councillors had voted upon and was printed in front of them at the meeting.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– Tabling of a report for rectification of the public records. Lisa presented a copy of a report stating that it should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas of the last Ordinary meeting No.4 in relation to ENZO’s DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028 Conditions. Council then decided to table the correct development conditions excluded from the Agenda on the 25th of March at this meeting on the 15th of April. Lisa mentioned a Jamie Coburn emailed the councillors on the 23rd in relation to the changed development conditions.

Trevor McDonald
– Mentioned it is a public embarrassment, but supported Council

Stuart Taylor
– I was not sure what he was on about mentioning to further alter headers and footers

George Seymour
– mentioned that the copy of a report tabled by the CEO today was not attached to an email by a Jamie Coburn and today was the first time he had ever seen it. He stated he felt it was specifically produced for today’s purposes and by tabling this with the amended minutes Council would be trying to imply they received this new conditions report on the 23rd before the meeting, which they didn’t.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– Clarified the additional report tabled was not sent in an email to the Councillors by a Jamie Coburn on the 23rd before the meeting but should have been included in the official agenda

Chris Loft
– said that when voting at the last meeting he knew about the new amended midnight closing time and was not comfortable with it and would have preferred the 11pm time, stating he is not happy as he would like people in bed earlier. Contradicting and confirming that he was not aware of the change to the development conditions that he voted on at the previous meeting or he would have mentioned this concern at the time to be recorded in the minutes.

After the tabling of this magically appeared report, there was another motion in relation to the ‘Minutes’ of the ordinary meeting on the 25th of March as to whether it was a true and correct record of the conduct of that meeting and the motions passed. Obviously there is no way it could be as the CEO confirmed that the copy of a report that should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas was not at the meeting and was not voted upon.

George Seymour
– Spoke again against the motion stating this is the first time he has ever seen this report / document tabled by the CEO, stating it did not go into the public agenda on the website, did not go out in printed form, did not go in the agenda available to the public on the day and was not in the application used to read the agenda.
Nobody referred to this apparent email on the 23rd during the Council meeting before voting.
He believed he was voting on the agenda in front of him on the day as there was never an agenda produced with the additional report.
Nobody moved to included the changes in this additional report to the minutes, an example being not closing till midnight and reaffirmed this was not the agenda presented to the Councillors.

James Hansen
– stated he would be voting against the motion, saying he felt uncomfortable voting this as a true and accurate record as it was not the hard copy agenda in front of him at the Council meeting that he voted on, even though he had seen an email.

Motion was passed 8 / 2
George Seymour and James Hansen against.
Rolf Light abstained as he was not present at the previous Council Meeting.

Even though the CEO said in front of all Councillors and those in the public gallery that the copy of the building conditions report that should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas was not at the Ordinary meeting on the 25th of March therefore it was not voted upon plus even tabling and having a motion passed for rectification of the public records to say this report was to now be added as an adjustment to the minutes.
Eight Councillors (Cr Gerard O’Connell – Mayor, Cr Phil Truscott, Cr Chris Loft, Cr Daniel Sanderson, Cr Trevor McDonald, Cr Darren Everard, Cr Robert Garland, Cr Stuart Taylor) decided to vote for the motion that the ‘Minutes’ were a true and correct record of the conduct of that meeting, even though they didn’t vote on the correct report in the hard copy agenda in front of them on the day and the CEO did not provide it till yesterday?

Yep WOW and these people are the ones making decisions that affect us all on the Fraser Coast, and the future of the Hervey Bay erosion prone foreshore.

By the end of the Ordinary meeting Darren Everard requested the CEO Lisa Desmond to look into video streaming all Council Meetings.

A big thanks to George Seymour and James Hansen it is a really powerful experience and instils hope to watch men speak up with such honesty and integrity.

I would have loved for the Fraser Coast Community and the Ombudsman to have seen this video, I did try!

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Do Not Move the Memorial Hall & Railway Station!

“Met a great man this morning; Kenneth Hall who spoke to Council with passion and common sense regarding the Memorial Hall and Station. Let’s hope the Council not only listened but heard his words of wisdom.
Memorial Hall was moved in 1941 to its current location because of flood waters. He spoke with John Kelsey President RSL Sub Branch by phone to put our case to him.
John Kelsey President RSL Sub Branch agreed with Council the Freedom Hall should go to give more open spacers “Not a word when he was told that many of Hervey Bay Soldiers and Navy use the Hall for weddings, farewells and parties when they return. But he did say it was not Heritage Listed and that was that.”
Memorial Hall was for the return service men and woman and the people of Hervey Bay it was our town Hall as well.
Author Ken Hall: http://what-next-you-bastard.com/
Update 16.04.2015:
I have just had a call advising the Hervey Bay RSL is right behind Council with the removal of our valued landmarks. It appears the RSL has known about this for some time and wanting it removed or ‘dismantled’ to make way for further statues and monuments. The cost of moving the hall will cost too much money so it might seem the buildings will be demolished. Further to this the RSL is buying up properties all around Hervey Bay and some months back even took over the kitchen at the Golf Club. I have also been told the RSL are wanting to take over the building in Torquay Road and stop the community groups from utilising this space. This may also be demolished. My concern is the transparency and openness from the RSL and Council on these buildings. Why is it all such secret squirrel business? Why can’t we be told the complete truth? If they are not going to demolish these buildings then where will they be relocated? The timber floors are made from trees from Fraser Island, so will it be damaged when being moved? It certainly won’t be able to be replaced.”
Jannean Dean

Hi Ken,
I’ve had a look and it appears it is heritage listed, the RSL has told you a fib.
Kind regards Jeanette

Pialba Railway Station HERE!   Pialba Memorial Hall HERE!   

 

Fraser Coast Regional Council Meeting – Enzo’s Development Application Speech


Hi Guys, if you would like an awesome test of your self confidence and self esteem levels I suggest you engage in the wonderful opportunity to do a speech before the Fraser Coast Regional Council on important community matters. You will be given five minutes so will have to rush and speak quick, have a bell rung if you dare to go over, you will be made to stand down the back of the room, given no microphone unlike the Councillors and have to yell. Councillors will have their backs to you, there will be no level of common courtesy, they will be on their ipads, laptop, smart phones, or writing, no one will look at you and then the the Mayor will dismiss you if you go over time (6:05mins for me, PB!).  Take the challenge I dare you, all members of the public / rate payers that make a speech are treated like this. The time for speeches was changed to before the media arrives to avoid their knowledge of community concerns plus there are no minutes taken so that Council does not have to respond, answer, acknowledge or address your concerns. Oh and an added bonus is you even get to pay their wage ….!

Thank you to Jannean Dean and the gentlemen in the front row of the public gallery that commended my speech, research and information.
I also sat next to a gentleman named Allan who was really nice and very well informed on local matters, we had a good laugh and discussion. He showed me an awesome picture of a prize stud bull he had raised it was huge for only 17 months old and weighs 900kg!
The bull is named Lower Tully James Kenniff, Allan names all of his stud animals after bushrangers, this guy operated around the Rockhampton in the late 1800s to 1901.
Allan also gave me some images of his complaint where he caught council staff dumping rubbish / tree loppings in the bush, then they had to come and remove it again when busted, talk about double handling at rate payer expense.

speechThere  was some other very interesting & amusing happenings at the meeting …

The Mayor wanted to apply and pass his own new motion for Compass Helicopters to fly every holiday and ‘EVERY WEEKEND’ all day (Obviously there has been backdoor negotiations discussed that were not included in the council agenda nor were any other Councillors aware of this)  The Mayor looked quite desperate trying to get his new motion approved with the Compass Helicopters owner sitting  in the gallery – he lost 8 – 2.
Compass Helicopters only have to pay $1040 for exclusive use of the Esplanade, same or less than a personal trainer!!! George Seymour excellently argued why should they have ‘Exclusive Access’ to Community Open Parks  next to a playground for $5 a day and not have to pay airport landing fees like everyone else…..?

Watching George communicate and engage in Council meetings is an absolute  breath of fresh air. He is intelligent, professional, articulates well, keeps to the point and has a very thorough knowledge of Council and Local Government Legislation. I was nearly in hysterics watching the Mayor rolls his eyes every time George corrected the discussion to be in line and reflect the constitution, legislation and correct Council protocols.

The Councillors, town planners & CEO spent nearly half an hour trying to block having the Old Maryborough Township heritage listed as ‘rare’ by George … even though it is the only such site left not only Queensland but the whole of Australia.
Just in case this listing / wording may somehow affect the building development they want to construct on it. A local resident told me the site floods anyway that’s why the residents originally moved from there.

My speech below  ….. 

Good Morning Everyone. As a concerned resident, ratepayer, local business operator, vice president of the Scarness Action Group and chairperson of the Body Corporate representing all the lot owners in the Eden by the Bay Resort located opposite the proposed development site; I would like to speak in relation Enzo’s Development Application. I am extremely concerned current Council Town Planners accepted this development application in the first place due to the fact there were so many documented errors, coupled with Council’s recommendation to vote in approval of this application is extremely flawed and inaccurate.

Allow me to explain some of the reasons why.
Firstly, the application did not meet the 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.  This is validated in writing by Cardno’s Report on page 159 of your Council Agenda where they have put in writing that the Council Town Planners should have requested this mandatory information before accepting the application as being ‘properly made’ and that the lack of comprehensive dimensions hinders the ability of the public and assessment manager to easily understand the scale of the development.

Your attention to page 155 would be appreciated where the applicant, Cardno and your Town Planners have once again breached the mandatory requirements identified on the IDAS forms by again supplying approximant measurements for the utilities, the second storey and the building height. This current application still appears – not to be compliant with IDAS form requirements.

It is alarming that the public were denied the benefit and opportunity of being properly informed by only being supplied the one initial poorly prepared development application to review as well as incorrect information provided by Council staff during the ‘public notification’ period. How is this fair or professional?

  • The applicants, Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to satisfy the planning scheme’s parking requirements. For a development of this size being 667.56m2 there should be more like twenty carparks to meet requirements. This application must be amended to reflect this. We already have severe parking issues at Scarness and this development will further disadvantage the public and existing surrounding businesses on private land.
  • Also, on page 161 Cardno’s assessment states that the proposed building is to be a light weight structure. How will this hold up when Enzo’s own cement boat ramp cracked right through in numerous places. Increasing the scale and intensity of the development on land which forms part of the Coastal Management District and is mapped as erosion prone and subject to storm surge / tide hazard is inconsistent with Council requirements and does not represent a good planning outcome. This may result in even further public funds having to be spent on protecting the development once constructed from adverse coastal influence and the already known current erosion crisis.Building to this scale on this site is just absolutely dangerous and should not even be considered.
  • The applicants; Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to demonstrate that there will be no unacceptable noise nuisance to surrounding public areas or private properties nor have they demonstrated that the development will not have an adverse impact on the amenity of the local area and adjoining residents. Cardno falsely reports Enzo’s is 60m from residents.

Enzo’s is roughly 30 metres from caravan residents, 40 meters from the caravan park caretakers, 45 metres from Eden by the Bay Resort and under 60m from neighbouring restaurants. These distances will be less another 4 meters and back to the bike path if the application is approved. With an open rooftop bar, sound cannot be contained or controlled especially with sea breezes. At the resort we can already clearly hear the open microphone sessions on the Scarness stage well over 200meters away.

Before setting the precedent for developments applications on the entire Hervey Bay foreshore I ask you as Councillors elected by the community to be very confident that you are making a responsible and informed decision. The application made available to the public did not provide any indication whatsoever as to the proposed hours of operations.  Upon this being queried council staff confirmed the existing closure at the time of 4pm would remain. Interestingly the Cardo Report has recommended that the approval allow to use and to operate until 11pm. Monday to Saturday and 9pm on Sundays  Surely the public should have been made aware of such a proposed closing time 7 hours later than the current use when the application was advertised.  And where did Cardno Report pull those closing times from, they were engaged to review the application not make up times?
This Cardno Report recommends that Council agree to allow operation until 11pm with no supporting noise study recommendations in a two storey lightweight structure with unenclosed decks on a licensed premises and possible amplified music / sound is a very real concern when residential & tourist accommodation is less than 40m away. I can imagine the nonstop complaints to council already!

It appears that Council’s decision to approve the town planning application was or may have been made when negotiating leasing matters with the applicant rather than after the development application was lodged and certainly well before the public was given the opportunity to make submissions.  Perhaps this is why the applicant prepared such a poor and minimal development application and Council did not request any additional information or even require the application to supply mandatory information because the decision to approve the application has already been made before the application was even prepared.  I am seriously disappointed with Council’s handling of this development application.  I know many other people are as well.

The Cardno Report as tabled did not appear as an independent review and was possibly prepared in response to a (verbal) brief from Council staff to cover up the their stuff ups and reinforce an earlier decision to allow the development.

This rooftop bar will directly affect and compromise a pleasant experience for all resort guests, owners and residents. The second storey will significantly alter the current views. It will compromise the absolute right to privacy and the right to a quiet peaceful holiday or lifestyle plus devalue the property. Apartment owners, Scarness business owners and landlords may also incur revenue loss from their investments and sales. The noise pollution will be heard through the entire resort and Scarness foreshore businesses, Caravan Park and restaurants.

Would you like people drinking on a rooftop peering into your private home, resort room, caravan or business till 11pm all year around? Not to mention by the time party goers leave the venue and staff close up; this time will be much closer to midnight. The Beach House hotel even shuts all their doors when they have bands and functions on at night due to imposed noise restrictions.

  • This proposal is inconsistent with the Open Space Zone; which is to provide for the informal active recreation needs of residents and visitors. 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.
  • I do not feel your Town Planners Report, nor its recommendation is a clear or accurate representation and had not considered the effects to the community at large. I would like to think that the community can rely on local Council to look after local residents, business persons and ratepayers rather than one business leasing community land and using existing community infrastructure for a proposal with limited community benefit.
  • I would also like to ask George Seymour to please table a further 214 petitions signatures that will be forwarded electronically via email and their views against this development application.

More info on the Development Application here.   Chronicle Article here.

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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Fraser Island Marathon you tube