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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fraser Coast Fitness & Health Speech – by Jeanette Maynes (Personal Trainer & Life Coach)

Last Sunday I spoke at a community meeting on different topics to highlight the concerns of the Fraser Coast people in relation to different levels of government and different issues, organised by 2016 Council Candidate Jannean Dean.

Thank you for organising the talk Jannean, I’m still excited about all the things I learned, I thought it was successful and informative plus I met lots of passionate people.

I spoke in relation to obesity on the Fraser Coast and learnt lots of exciting and interesting information on a variety of community issues and topics, it was a very interesting day.

– Awesome Video by Mark Norfolk

My Speech:

In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese.

The 2014 fifth report from the Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young clearly states obesity is arguably the most confronting public health issue of this century.

It reads the evidence is clear that obesity is fuelling the prevalence of other chronic diseases, some of which can’t be turned back. Conditions like stroke, hypertension, heart attack, some cancers and a rapid escalation of type 2 diabetes.

In 2008 Obesity was recognised as a national priority. If the current upward trend continues, there will be about three million Queenslanders overweight or obese by 2020. 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 children are measured as overweight or obese. Obese adults were twice as likely as those of healthy weight to report poorer mental health in 2011–12. In 2015 the Queensland president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Shaun Rudd said the “state emergency” of obesity was costing the state economy more than $11.6 billion every year. Dr Rudd said more education was needed to lower the alarming rates of obesity across the state. “What was used to be called the smart state we now call ourselves the fat state,” he said.

It is estimated that about 124,000 hospitalisations (6.7%) in Queensland were associated with overweight and obesity in 2011–12.

In 2014 University of Adelaide research showed there is more than 45,000 overweight and obese people living on the Fraser Coast. That was 46.3%, of the region’s 99,000 residents at that time. A massive 30% of those Fraser Coast residents are obese which is 32% higher than the QLD state figure.

August 2014 saw the launch of Fraser Coast Health and Fitness Community Action Group when I called a meeting with my friends to launch the concept of ‘Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun, Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast.’

I have written and published a ‘4 WEEK PROGRAM’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle.

In June 2015 we rebranded to the simple, fresh & easy to remember Fraser Coast Fitness & Health‘ (FCFH No more long name, it’s easy to remember, soothing new logo and colours, new activities, new goals and new free fitness timetable.)

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

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

We often share for free our enthusiasm, motivation, skills, professionalism, qualifications, encouragement, support and life experiences on this amazing journey!

We have a facebook page ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ that shares fitness news and events on the Fraser Coast plus we will be holding a free Fitness & Health Expo in Scarness park on Sunday the 16th of August from 10am – 2pm that I am currently organising. My next FREE 10km Community Challenge will also be on this date leaving at 6:30am from Scarness Park.

I would love for the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build fitness & tourist icons such as a rock pool, outdoor gyms, huge sets of stairs, more community gardens and open spaces, hiking trails, fitness equipment and bike paths for the residents to utilise. Allocate funding to free community exercise groups and become constantly vocal and proactive within the community about obesity awareness, especially prevention and create ongoing local initiatives. I have spoken to the Mayor a couple of times in relation to this matter but to no avail. As our State government & medical professionals report the obesity rate as arguably the most confronting public health issue of this century and a “state emergency”, why does our Council not take the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic seriously and work towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign?!!

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

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

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

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

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

Turia Pitt Motivational Talk

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

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

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

 

LATIN DANCE WORKSHOP & PARTY CRUISE + After Party!

A huge thank you to everyone that participated in our Latin dance day! Fun times! Thank you Lupita!!! & Blue Dolphin Marine Tours!!!

Salsa Group
L.A.D Studio – Latin Dance
Zumba Caliente Fraser Coast
Design House

LATIN DANCE WORKSHOP & PARTY CRUISE + After Party!
Sat 30th May 2015 With Lupita, Ana & Jeanette!

Just do the workshop, or the cruise, or both, the Choice is yours!
HURRY email for payment details: info@salsagroup.com.auSalsa Workshop & Cruise May 2015 FINAL

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

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

 

Director general

 

Fraser Island Marathon you tube

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
 

 

Mt Warning – near the Queensland border 1,156 m

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

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

Today I climbed Mount Kosciuszko!

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

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

7 News Clip –


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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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Director general

Fraser Island Marathon you tube

Stay tuned and “Happy Power Walking” ……

UPDATE 17.02.2015;  ON HOLD – PERMIT REFUSED

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

Parks Bans running on Fraser Island 2

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hi Jeanette,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big Woody Island Middle Bluff Lighthouse

Some pics we took the other day when my mate Carol and I decided to explore Big Woody Island and Middle Bluff Lighthouse heritage listed in 1866. We walked about 1.5km along the rock lined tracked (with 100’s of spiders & their webs) then scaled down a cliff face to walk back to the boat via the beach.

Big Woody Island Middle Bluff Lighthouse

Relive the fascinating history of Queensland’s early light keepers as you explore around the lighthouses. Follow the walking track up to the Middle Bluff Lighthouse from the Gas Shed. For your safety, please do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures. A rock-lined track once linked the Middle Bluff Lighthouse to the North Bluff Lighthouse. The track can now only be seen in places and is not sign posted.
[More info here]

Some interesting images here.
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.

Some interesting images here. (Pictured below)
“A call for tenders for the construction of lighthouses and a lightkeeper’s cottage on Woody Island was advertised in the Maryborough Chronicle on 26 May 1866. ….. John Simpson was appointed as the first lightkeeper of Woody Island and the lighthouses became operational on 1 October 1867.  Simpson, remained at Woody Island until 1870, when he was transferred to the Sandy Cape Lightstation. Simpson’s replacement was Peter Hardie, lightkeeper, who remained on Woody Island until 1897. In 1883, Hardie’s daughter, Sarah May Hardie, died of lung congestion and was buried south of North Bluff. It is thought that a number of other unmarked graves are located in the area.
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.

Fraser Island Marathon 2015!

“If You Ain’t On Fraser, You Ain’t No Where!”

I am proud to announce I am the organiser & Race Director of the 2015 Fraser Island Marathon.

LATEST UPDATE – PROPOSED RACE DATE SUNDAY 19th JULY 2015

• EVENT PENDING (EARLY MARCH): proposed route confirmation & final plotting – waiting for fire bans to lift, numbers confirmation and further meetings with Parks for final authority assessments & permit finalisation. Without this permit, as per Parks time frame above (which has extended from January 2015) the event will not go ahead.

• LATE MARCH (Pending Parks Assessment & Permit Approved or Not) – TICKETS MAY GO ON SALE!!!!
(Exact ticket release date to be advised – will now need to consider if viable to proceed with the event this year due to new minimal time frame for marketing and sales)

• No more details can be advised till final permit approval. Sorry.

• Stay tuned, happy training and thank you for your support!

– Jeanette Maynes “The Motivator”

Fraser Island Marathon Facebook

Race DATE & EVENT details announced early 2015!
This will be one of the Most EXCITING, ADVENTUROUS & PICTURESQUE EXTREME Marathons in the ENTIRE World!
Explore the world’s largest sand island on foot – 42km or 25km option of Non Stop Hills, Soft Sand, Eucalyptus Woodland, Pristine Lakes & Magical Rainforest!
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TRAQ – Trail Running Association of Queensland
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Kingfisher Bay Resort
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Fraser Coast Massage – Torquay Qld

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SUBMISSION AGAINST DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028 by Enzo Andreuzzi for Enzo’s on the Beach.

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Enzo's Against Submission Hervey Bay

SUBMISSION AGAINST DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028
Development Application Seeking Development Permit for Material Change of Use
– Food and Drink Outlet and ancillary Function Facility; and Shop (Outdoor sport and recreation equipment hire and associated retail goods) over Land described as Lot 219 on SP166253, Part of Lot 218 on MCH4901 and Part of Lot 220 on SP185042 and situated at 351A & 351B Esplanade, Hervey Bay

Dear Community,
I wish to advise I am AGAINST and OPPOSED to the Proposed Development Application to Council by Enzo Andreuzzi for Enzo’s on the Beach.

Jeanette MaynesBeing a local since 1978 I just love our gorgeous foreshores and simplistic lifestyle.

It’s Awesome to see the locals, national and international tourists come together using the lawn, playground and park for relaxing, reading, exercising (cricket, frisbee, football plus Personal Training businesses), families with toddlers / children, takeaway lunch and dinner meals from local business outlets, group picnics, Council BBQ’s all enjoying the quiet beachside atmosphere and ocean views from the lawns.

When I found out one week ago from a local business owner about the development application, I instantly thought WOW, How Exciting, I’m more than happy for progress and thought modernizing the cafe would be FANTASTIC!!! (Good bye eyesore shipping container!)

Upon walking over and looking at the plans I noticed the cafe would be extending right into the middle of the park and lawn (now I understand why the children’s basketball court was removed) plus right back towards the bike path and be developed into a multi level / double storey function centre right in front of my home. There goes my sea view and breeze plus that of many of the other residents in my resort complex and many of the other business owners or landlords leasing their properties on the Scarness Esplanade.

When speaking to Enzo face to face about this after a meeting he advised he didn’t care and will be going two storey. I said fair enough but I will do whatever I can to stop the second level.

Myself as the Vice President of the Scarness Action Group feels the President (Ezno is currently in this position) should represent and be conscious and considerate of all of the Scarness businesses and residents best interests including success, growth, lifestyle, happiness, well-being, financial gain / profit  not solely his own.

For those of you that are unaware of how ferocious and destructive the constant erosion is at Enzo’s I have attached some images below I took Australia Day Jan 2013.
I’ve lost count of the number of times the Council have added more sand and added more rocks, pictured here on the beach in Sept / Oct 2013.
Here is also a movie I took from Australia Day Jan 2013 of the ocean –
How is this a suitable and safe place to build? 

There is also a severe problem in the area with parking which the council is very aware of affecting every single business owner plus residents trying to do their shopping, doesn’t make sense to add to this problem. I see illegal parking on the grass everyday, even Enzo himself.

Neighbouring businesses are also extremely concerned about noise (I personally like to listen to the sea) and alcohol / liquor licensing especially being so close to a children’s playground and Council caravan park. The Beach House Hotel was just rebuilt so we already have a huge function room and licensed venue on the Esplanade. We don’t need two with in a 150 meters.

The area is zoned as “Open Space”, it’s a park, get it?!
Applying to change the zoning from “Open Space”, to “Food and Drink Outlet and Ancillary Function Facility; and shop (outdoor sport and recreation equipment hire and associated retail good), I think you are confusing the beautiful public foreshore “Open Space” zone for all business and community members to enjoy at their leisure with that of a commercial shopping centre / food outlet application / pub license solely for your own profit!

There has been some construction in the car park today. I went and had a chat to the boys, it appears Ergon is putting in new three phase power to Enzo’s, plus removing the pole in front of his building (under Council direction they stated)?
The application is not even approved so why do this?
And who pays for this? Tax payers opps I mean Council?

Fraser Coast Chronicle -“ANOTHER manager at Fraser Coast Opportunities has quit the tourism and economic body, days after publicly supporting the Enzo’s on the Beach development application….. The cafe is owned by Enzo Andreuzzi, whose wife Danielle works alongside Mr Cornelius as the marketing manager at FCO……It is understood that numerous small businesses in the Scarness precinct are opposed to the Enzo’s development, on the grounds that they themselves will lose business and that the facility may encourage drunken behaviour and result in vandalism. This is an incredibly narrow view which Fraser Coast Opportunities fundamentally disagrees with.”  …. full story HERE!
Thanks for letting us know what you think of the Scarness businesses Fraser Coast Opportunities!!

ANYWAY AFTER SOME RESEARCH, GUIDANCE, EXPERT ADVICE AND INVESTIGATION I HAVE SUBMITTED THE BELOW OBJECTION TO COUNCIL. ANYONE IS FREE TO COPY, USE THIS INFORMATION, RESUBMIT THEMSELVES TO COUNCIL OR DO THEIR OWN FURTHER RESEARCH BASED ON IT…..

I certainly hope the “Boys Club” Fraser Coast Regional Council, Fraser Coast Opportunities, Enzo and all involved with this Proposed Development Application are being honest and transparent with the Fraser Coast Community.

1. Council Website Proposed Development / all info / documentation here (click I accept): http://pdonline.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/Modules/ApplicationMaster/default.aspx?page=wrapper&key=391171#
2. Plans here: http://pdonline.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/cache/2535368.pdf
3. My server if unable to download from Council Website (it seems to be down alot), Please click here http://designhouse.com.au/files/ then right click and select save as on the files titled Enzos

SUBMISSION AGAINST DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028  

8th October, 2014
Chief Executive Office
Fraser Coast Regional Council
PO Box 1943,
HERVEY BAY Qld 4655 

Dear Lisa,

RE:       SUBMISSION AGAINST DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028
Development Application Seeking Development Permit for Material Change of Use

– Food and Drink Outlet and ancillary Function Facility; and Shop (Outdoor sport and recreation equipment hire and associated retail goods) over Land described as Lot 219 on SP166253, Part of Lot 218 on MCH4901 and Part of Lot 220 on SP185042 and situated at 351A & 351B Esplanade, Hervey Bay

Please accept this letter as a properly made submission under Section 305 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 opposing the above development application for material change of use (i.e. “the above development application”).

The grounds relied on in making this submission objecting to the above development application and the facts and circumstances supporting these grounds of objection include the following:

  1. The development application fails to identify all the land that is the subject of the proposed development for material change of use. 

Facts and Circumstances relied on in this submission for Ground No. 1 include the following:  The development application identifies the subject site as being Lot 209 on SP166253, Lease C in Lot 220 on SP185042 and Lease D in Lot 218 on MCH4901.  It should be noted that the aerial photograph in the report is deceptive as it is captured obliquely and as a result it appears closer to the road than a vertical photograph would more accurately.  In any regard, plan SP254557 provides connections to cadastral boundaries across the nearby (20.1 metre wide) gazetted road which confirms that none of the subject site as identified in the development application has a direct frontage to the gazetted road known as The Esplanade.  It would appear that Lease D in Lot 218 on MCH4901 is the closest part of the identified site to The Esplanade but Lease D is still approximately 18 metres from this road.  All access to the proposed development is therefore required to traverse part Lot 220 on SP185042 which is outside of Lease C in Lot 220 on SP185042 or any other part of the site identified in the development application.  Contrary to advice from Council, Lot 220 on SP185042 is State Land and along with Lot 223 on CP850484, Lot 128 on MCH2468, Lot 218 on 4901 and Lot 227 on SP235162, comprise reserve allocated for “public” purposes and for which Council is a trustee for such purposes but has not authority to act as trustee for other purposes under the Land Act 1994.

Case law has confirmed that the use of the land for development includes the access for that use to a public road and the like.  The above development application did not include all of the access as part of the proposed land use.   All access to The Esplanade will need to traverse part of Lot 220 on SP185042 which is outside of Lease C in Lot 220 on SP185042 or any other part of the site identified in the development application.

The above development application is therefore considered invalid. 

  1. The development application has failed to include information on the proposed design of the alterations to the existing building which is necessary for both the public and Council to properly assess such a development proposal especially considering that the subject site is totally surrounded by State land allocated for public purposes.                                                                                  

Facts and Circumstances relied on in this submission for Ground No. 2 include the following:  The subject site is a lease by a private party over State land and completely surrounded by public land and in a node on the foreshore that both the Council and the applicant have acknowledged as being of local and regional significance for various economic and recreational reasons.  It is unfortunate that the development application as placed on public display does not include information on the proposed design of the development that the public and Council would normally require in order to make an informed assessment.  This information includes, but is by no means limited to the following:-

  • the floor areas for existing and proposed new buildings;
  • maximum building height for existing and proposed building above existing ground level;
  • location of refuse storage;
  • delineated any existing (lawful) use areas external to the building as determined under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009;
  • proposed vehicular access and manoeuvring areas for services vehicles as well as any vehicular access by staff and/or patrons;
  • access between the nearest disabled parking space and the proposed entry into the development;
  • proposed location of any air-conditioning plant assuming that this must be within the approved leased area; and
  • proposed location of any heating gas storage.

The applicant has failed to clearly quantify the existing and proposed floor areas, location or refuse storage and maximum height above natural ground level for existing of new buildings, which among other things, are normally required for a properly made development application.
Even though the applicant had confirmed in IDAS Form 5 that such information submitted, it has not been made available to the public with the original information or the change application during the public notification period.  This failure is of serious concern and has disadvantaged the public in being able to make an informed assessment.

…………  (Click HERE to read full twelve page pdf document or download word document HERE.)

ParkRun Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ParkRun is a fun day for everyone and is organised by Jeanette Grigoris, more details contact via Facebookpage HERE!

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all.

Using the events page, select the event you are most interested in and review all the information about the course, local news items, the photo gallery and information about volunteering. Also, take a look at the extensive results page where you will find an incredible amount of information about your past performance.

If you’re interested in signing up to run at an existing parkrun event, or you fancy starting an event where you live, click HERE to find out more…

Athlete ID Key Tags – This is the most convenient way to carry your parkrun Athlete ID barcode – on a durable plastic key tag.
Attach it to your car keys, shoelace, necklace, wristband or zip. Click here to order one.

Some Awesome Images  by Chris Bergin from Aristocat Photography & Myself – 4 Week Program.

 

Tour De Bay

45km charity bike ride this morning with my mate Carol, took us 2:12mins with lots of wind!
Plus we ran the ’10km Community Challenge’ I organise the day before hand! Get involved everyone!

A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported the Tour de Bay! We couldn’t have done it without your help! On the day, we had 239 registered adult riders and about 100 children riding in the Amazing Family Ride. The speed demons on the 100kms finished in under three hours. And we raised over $25,000 to support the Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program! It was a great morning, full of community spirit! Thanks to our partner in Rotary, our naming sponsors at Wilson HTM, all of the sponsors of the event, our riders, young and old, and our volunteers. We are so very grateful! Mark September 20th, 2015 in Calender! We’ll take a week off before starting work on Wilson HTM Tour de Bay 2015! Watch for our professional photos coming up on the page! – Tour De Bay

Hay House Writers Seminar in Sydney

LEON NACSON, JEANETTE MAYNES, REID TRACY

LEON NACSON, JEANETTE MAYNES, REID TRACY

Over the past weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending the Hay House Writers Seminar in Sydney as I had been fortunate due to the help and support of many voting for me and had WON a free ticket to the event.
Talk about Awesome, I learnt so much and had many questions and thoughts answered in relation to my self-published soon to be BEST SELLING ‘4 Week Program!’ plus my marketing jeanette maynes hao house writers seminarplan, my platforms, my websites and the way I am implementing my goals and book / program within the community.
The energy and vibration in the room was electric and I met so many wonderful friendly like minded people. I hung out with a lovely lady and made a new friend also a ticket winner being Melissa Gibson a psychic, we got along fabulously – the Butterfly Whisperer.
Now to finalise my Synopsis to present to Hay House!
Someone (or maybe more than one person) who attended the seminar will WIN a publishing package with them; I could be the next best selling author accelerating my passion to “Get Australia Motivated!”. I hope so as I can feel it within my whole being!!

I had the pleasure of meeting and having a photo with the authors in order (the 1st four even before the seminar started!) as per my Law of Attraction photo print out (pretty powerful – reminds me of my Law of Attraction Donald Trump picture here) and the rest throughout the two days. I was also on the print out as a featured author as I will be speaking at the seminar in the future (L.O.A. at work). I even had a photo taken on stage with my book to assist my Law of Attraction processes! All the authors had such inspiring stories and were great at public speaking.
The images in the gallery include:

–       REID TRACY President and CEO of Hay House Publishing the largest publisher of self empowerment books, cds, dvds and empowering live events in the world.
–       LEON NACSON Managing Director of Hay House Australia, and the author of nine books. His current International Best Seller ‘A Stream of Dreams’ has been translated into four languages.

PAM GROUT

PAM GROUT

–       PAM GROUT author of ‘E Squared’ #1 New York Times best-selling author – (who signed my book I bought from home and told her about my bean experiment lol I learnt to look at things from a different perspective – story here.)
–       BRONNIE WARE –author of “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”
–        MEGAN DALLA-CAMINA author of “Getting Real About Having It All”
–       MARTINA SHEEHAN & SUSAN PEARSE authors of “Wired for Life”
–       JESS AINSCOUGH author of “Make Peace With Your Plate”
–       JULIEANNE CAIRNS author of ‘The Seven Money Myths’ being released by Hay House in September 2015

Some of the Awesome quotes from the weekend:
–       “A blog is an important place to start. Show up every day and write a blog post with no agenda other than to be of service.” – Jess Ainscough
–       “Write every day, even if no-one is going to read it. Practice your voice.” – Jess Ainscough
–       “Whenever we’re rejected, it’s always because the universe is holding something better for us.” – Jess Ainscough
–       “There’s an entire world of natural healing out there. We can love food that loves us back.” – Jess Ainscough author of Make Peace With Your Plate
–       “Teach what you need to learn.” – Reid Tracy
–       “If it’s worth writing, it’s worth writing. Write because there is a market, because you have a muse. Write for yourself and write regardless. Just show up.” – Megan Dalla-Camina
–       “The more narrow your niche is, the less followers you need to be successful.” – Reid Tracy
–       “The point of a platform is for you to connect with people who care about what you have to say. This takes time, there are no shortcuts.” – Reid Tracy
–       “Focus in on one core audience that you’re trying to build. Know who you’re trying to reach. Ask people why they’re being referred to you to try to figure out who this is. Build an avatar for your audience based on gender, age, interests.” – Reid Tracy
–       “Books are intimate things. They’re one of the only things apart from your husband/wife/partner that you take to bed with you.” – Reid Tracy   (or if you are me it’s your Laptop to listen to Reid and Louise Hay lol)
–       “Ask yourself, what makes my book so different? So interesting? Don’t write to be a best seller. Write for and from your heart, not your wallet. Write something you want to be remembered by.” – Leon Nacson
–       “The hard part about writing a book is getting people to read it.” – Reid Tracy

After the seminar I ran 11.5km around Sydney for some exercise and even managed to get my weekly stair runs in at the ‘Oprah’ House,  proudly promoting the Fraser Coast Health & Fitness Community Action Group.

OPRAH HOUSE

OPRAH HOUSE

I received quite a few looks and comments, it appears fluro yellow socks and runners are not very common in Sydney!
“Need A Hand?”
GOAL # 1 – REDUCE OBESITY ON THE FRASER COAST FROM 70% TO 50% WITH POSITIVE AND GOAL ORIENTATED INITIATIVES INTURN DRAMATICALLY LOWERING DIABETES!
We need to have at least 1,000 people doing my ‘4 Week Program’ to create a flow on effect to change 20,000 people to achieve the goal of dropping the obesity / overweight statistic from 70% to 50% on the Fraser Coast! (this could be executed in as short a time frame as 12 months!) Just imagine how happy, energetic, motivated and productive everyone would be! Too Exciting! (Then I / We can start on the rest of the 63% of Australia!)

4 Week Program facebook page here!
The Motivator here!
Design House here!

[some info & images via the legendary Hay House Auditions & Hay House Australia & Something Social! Thank you for one of the best seminars ever, so well organised and a fantastic venue being SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney!]

Pomona King of the Mountain

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10669003_880584225298831_3556877164980287351_oYesterday I entered the Pomona King of the Mountain Race and I’m feeling it today!
A good sore all over – legs, arms, shoulders, back; talk about the Ultimate Workout and Awesome Fun!

I went with a friend who participated in the Zinc 96.1FM Mountain Dash 2.8km before the main race. I also got chatting to Sarah Mycroft who is the first woman to run continuously around Australia, and went in the race at the last minute too! It’s Excellent to be among and meet so many friendly and like minded people!

The main race at 3pm, The Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge, is a steep, almost vertical climb up the mountain, 4.2km race to the top of the 439 metres high mountain and back.
I came 88th out of 100 competitors in 52:20mins = 650 calories ✔

Looking at the Splits on Runkeeper I took  34:57 mins to pretty much crawl to the top and 17:23mins to get back down to the finish line.

On the way down one of the volunteers asked me if I had ‘Jelly Legs’ yet?
I thought hardly, I’d been up and down the mountain about seven times before without ‘Jelly Legs’ but certainly not at this pace!
Opps spoke to soon, as I hit the the base of the mountain to run home ‘Jelly Legs’ totally kicked in, now I knew what he meant.
I had to really concentrate as I didn’t have control of my legs like I normally did, they went abit numb also, quite an unusual feeling!

Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge Winners:
Men
1st Ben Duffus – 23.47
2nd Lance Downie 26.16
3rd Aaron Knight 26.26

Women
1st Kim Beckinsale 31.11
2nd Leslie Saunders 31.39
3rd Shona Stephenson 33.37
Check out the results here !

What an Awesome Event! So well organised! Sensational Volunteers & Supporters!!!
Just loving my calf burn today!
See you next year!
Keep up the good work Barry!
Talk about Livin’ the Dream, couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do on that Sunday arvie!

Pomona King of the Mountain Facebook page HERE and the history of the race HERE!

[Some of the image are by Simon Green, Michael Leadbetter and the Sunshine Coast Daily]