Employment

Region ripe for the new-age industry

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MEET YOUR CANDIDATES – 2016 federal Election

Fixing the unemployment problem in wide Bay

A Cooloola Coast Road linking Rainbow Beach / Tin Can Bay to Noosa

Improving Health services and facilities in the Wide Bay

Combating domestic violence

Tourism

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How will mayoral candidates boost the Coast’s business?

To boost business we need to work at creating more jobs from tourism and by working to bring Government Departments to the Fraser Coast. Reducing council fees on business so they can grow and employ more staff. Create sustainable Industries to reduce our ever increasing 9.9% unemployment rate.

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ATTRACTING business to the Fraser Coast could be one of the vital things the region’s next mayor can do.

With one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, the region is crying out for more jobs.

Reducing fees, providing infrastructure and essential services were among the top priorities for our six mayor candidates when it came to business.

Incumbent mayor Gerard O’Connell said looking to the future council needed to keep investing in the region.

“Building new infrastructure, that’s one of the key things we have control over,” he said.

Candidate Steve Coleman agreed, but said council needed to help out financially.

“We need to be looking at council infrastructure fees and charges,” he said.

Mr Coleman said by reducing charges, businesses may find the region an attractive place to set up.

Division 3 councillor Chris Loft said fees and charges would be a part of his focus on boosting business.

“We need to make existing business a priority,” he said.

Cr Loft said he would look into the function of Fraser Coast Opportunities and ensure it was focusing on attracting tourism.

Candidate Jannean Dean also spruiked a focus on tourism and lowering council fees.

“(I would encourage business) by working to create more jobs from tourism and by working to bring government departments to the Fraser Coast,” she said.

Greg Schmidt would fund a survey to let the region’s retailers know what the customers wanted.

“I would also relax some of the overheads of starting up a small business until they got up and running,” he said.

Former teacher Lee Carter said he believed council’s function was to provide essential services.

Mr Carter said he would focus on developing a sustainable town plan to help ensure businesses could continue to flourish.

Fraser Coast Chronicle Article 26th February 2016

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FRASER COAST MATTERS

Initiatives

Fraser Coast has highest unemployment rates in Australia and has held that position for many years now. Time for a new approach.

Indigenous Employment and Training Programme.
** Involves working with tribal elders to collect seed, plant cuttings and root stock from known “bush medicine plants” in the 430 sq kilometre area of state controlled land north of Saltwater Creek Rd.
** Similar to the program run at Macquarie University in Sydney by Professor Jo-ann Jamie who works with Indigenous people in NSW to collect, propagate and subject known bush medicine plants to scientific evaluation.
** The ‘blushwood’ tree has been used for topical skin cancers on animals at a cost of $32 million with an excellent success rate. Further to this $600 million on human studies for breast, cervical and testicle cancers with amazing results.
** Antibiotics have become less effective, precisely because they have worked so well and have been used so often.
** This is a program which would involve a Qld University run in conjunction with the Green Army program run by FCRC for local indigenous youth who are over represented in unemployed youth.
** Unfortunately we have the highest youth unemployment in Qld and I could see many doors for further and higher education opportunities from such a program. 90% indigenous unemployed on the Fraser Coast.
** A local Landcare Group are interested in working with local people to reintroduce Endemic plants which have gone from some areas because of over clearing and a project such as this would fit well with the propagation and spread of these plants to ensure survival for future testing as well as replace them where they were known to exist naturally for we don’t realise their value in our environment until they have disappeared, this would also create further work in our region.
** There is a sense of urgency with a program such as this as the suggestion for a coalmine on the northern side, (Churchill Mine) and the Colton Coal mine on the western boundary plus the application for 2000 ha of land along the Churchill Mine Rd by the Maryborough Sugar Factory means if and when these 3 projects get under way the total removal of native vegetation would mean the end of any plant collection.
** This program has been maintained by 5 separate Governments which has had great success and continues to have great success and is 100% federally funded.
** It’s an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years interested in protecting their local environment.
** Participants will receive an allowance and gain hands-on, practical skills, training and experience in environmental and conservation fields.
Supported by:
** Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister
** Lance Stone, TESS
** Office for the Minister of Indigenous Affairs
** Fraser Coast Opportunities
** Queensland Cabinet Ministers

Light Rail / Guided Busway
** Connect to Main train lines
** Connect to airport
** This is vital infrastructure needed to connect the entire Fraser Coast. Creating jobs and boosting our economy.
** Manufactured on the Fraser Coast
** Safety is pretty impressive
** Cost effective 50% less $’s than a light rail system
** Efficient, quiet and simpler
** All the benefits of light rail and air conditioning and comfort of a bus.
** Tourist Draw Card
** Reduces household income expenses with reduction in fuel purchases and mileage on vehicles.
** Saves millions of dollars with maintenance on roads
** Travel to and from school, sport, socialising, networking, work etc
** Will reduce accidents, days out can be planned to see what our area has for the locals
** Stops at all locations, operating 24/7
** Will free up logistics and encourage manufacturing and distribution companies and warehouse operators to set up in our region.

International Regional Airport
** New airport that we can fly north, east, south and west
** FIFO – strain on family relations
** Hervey Bay airport currently operating on a special permit because of defect in runway – yearly maintenance.
** Fuel has been removed from Maryborough airport.
** Maryborough being developed for private aircraft resort.

Lobby State Government to relocate a complete Government Department to the Fraser Coast. i.e. Heritage Department to Maryborough, Fisheries or Tourism to Hervey Bay.

Invest in a Cultural Centre

Container Deposit Introduction
** Develop Recycle Initiatives
** Attract small business to create recyclable products i.e. glass bench tops, toys made out of recycled plastic milk jugs, packaging is 100 percent recycled (and recyclable), old vinyl records by turning them into functional bowls, wet/dry surf bag made with 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, bags, totes, and wallets out of pre-consumer leftover, excess, or obsolete airbags.

Encourage community to create fruit and vegetable gardens on nature strips and their properties. Council to also plant fruit trees in parks and gardens.

Invest in Renewable energy

Create the biggest Hemp Industry on the Fraser Coast – approach State Government
** Anything made with plastic can be made with hemp. 48,000 + products
** Hemp concrete – hemp, lime and water – zero emissions, stronger than concrete.
** Support our farmers, boost our economy, creates jobs.
** Creating jobs through farming and agriculture

Build and they will come’ mindset has to change – we need AFFORDABILITY! We need to utilise, build, create, introduce revolutionary ‘industries’ like hemp, wind or underwater turbines, solar, organic farms, medical cannabis; industries that are forever sustainable and then the people will come. This will also lower rates, by making things more affordable. ‘Affordability ATTRACTS People’ not High Rates, Empty Buildings and No Jobs!

We need to recognise by 2050, there will be more than 9 billion hungry people in the world and less farmland and resources than there’s ever been.
With the recent increase to China’s one child policy to two, this number will only increase.
There will be a mass exodus of farmers in the next 10 to 20 years and I believe there is a need for young leaders to be engaged in finding sustainable agricultural solutions to the growing global need for safe, nutritious food.
We are right in the middle of a food bowl, the only thing we can’t deliver is sheep.

Future-Jobs

INNOVATION NEEDED

Jeanette Maynes’ Letter to Editor – in Fraser Coast Chronicle 9th October 2015

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Larry Burch’s Letter to Editor – Fraser Coast Chronicle 12th October 2015

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Email Received – Steven Penrose – 17th October 2015

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

Jannean Dean’s Letter to Editor – Fraser Coast Chronicle 28th October 2015

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Cabinet Ministers Meeting

On Sunday Jeanette Maynes and I traveled to Bundaberg to meet with Qld State Government Officials to voice our concerns, start conversations and offer ideas and solutions.

We were warmly welcomed by Mayor of Bundaberg Mal Forman and to my delight the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was keen to speak with me on many matters.

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I spoke with 17 Government Officials on a range of matters and look forward to continuing the conversations.

I spoke to The Premier several times during the afternoon on Medical Cannabis, Hemp Industry, Job Creation, Supporting Farmers, Boosting our Economy and Innovation, Domestic Violence. Annastacia received all the literature and evidence and advised she would read it on the plane tomorrow and be in touch.

Jon Black, Director-General – Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Chris Hill, Director – DEHP joined Jeanette Maynes and I for clarification on the Maryborough Original Township Site and any future development protocols. Jon Black made a call to seek confirmation and further information. We discussed our perspective of this magnificent site and what we believe is a better approach and under no circumstances should this site have an ‘iconic development’ built there. They listened intently to our argument for this and were keen to learn more.
We also mentioned the current application for Pialba Memorial Hall and the Cenotaph, which will be heard in the near future. Freedom Park and the Railway Station were also discussed. We will discuss this again.

Jeanette Maynes champions for the protection of our foreshore by speaking with Steven Miles MP for Environment. Rodney Dudgeon also standing strong on the correct and proper decisions that should be made. Great advocates for environmental awareness.

Qld Treasurer – Mr Curtis Pitt MP made time to discuss the Indigenous Employment and Training Programme, Col Bowman and I have been working on for some time. Joining us was Manny Hegarty, Regional Director CQ – Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and several other people. They loved it and are going to advise how to make this happen. I stressed that 90% Indigenous unemployed on the Fraser Coast was a fail and not good enough, especially since something like this which is 100% Federally funded is not already running is poor. We also discussed how this would improve relations and acknowledging the Traditional Owners we move forward. Keeping Indigenous Bush Medicine and Culture and valuing it is something we should all want to do.
I am thrilled they agreed and Manny will be working out the best way to make this happen and soon. Fingers crossed.
They also advised to speak with another DG Megan Houghton regarding the Fraser Island (K’Gari) Tourism and Dingo Management Policy. Megan is from Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.
Megan and I discussed some of the points from the document to highlight why it needs to be seriously changed. She agreed and accepted, advising she would circulate to all the relevant Departments for consideration as it takes into account environment, tourism, small business, education, medical etc. We will have further discussions.

Linda from the Community Cabinet Ministers Office will personally deliver the De-amalgamation Public Address from Cliff Hammer to Hon Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad, Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade. This will be followed up.

Qld Police Commissioner Ian Stewart enjoying Jeanette Maynes conversation. A big thank you to the Police Commissioner for willing to look at the people’s Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Policy incorporating the Judiciary System. Whilst speaking with another high ranking police official we both agreed the current system is not working and a fresh approach is required. I look forward to discussing this further with them in the near future.

Michael Hogan, Director-General – Department of Communications, Child Safety and Disability Services spent every moment exchanging information on Domestic Violence – I requested Qld adopt the Batty Findings by Judge Ian Gray in Victoria. We also discussed time frame, $’s and education and training amongst other topics including risk assessment and information sharing. Briefly discussed the inadequacies of the Bail Act. This is crucial to winning the war on DV. It was a valued meeting. As requested I will complete a submission to task force for consideration.
The DG will also look into the helicopter being permitted to land next to a Children’s Disability Park and the concerns we have about this and how this was approved.

Acting Director General, Stephen Johnston – Dpt Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning was concerned as we were about the direction FCRC have taken us all and was unaware of some points made. There will be follow up communications on a range of matters.

INDIGENOUS YOUTH EMPLOYMENT / TRAINING PROGRAMME

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This involves working with tribal elders to collect seed, plant cuttings and root stock from known “bush medicine plants” in the 430 sq kilometre area of state controlled land north of Saltwater Creek Rd.

Is it too big a step to consider a program such as this similar to the program run at Macquarie University in Sydney by Professor Jo-ann Jamie who works with Indigenous people in NSW to collect, propagate and subject known bush medicine plants to scientific evaluation when indigenous use would be described as “Folk” medicine at best. This is a program which would involve a Qld University run in conjunction with the Green Army program run by FCRC for local indigenous youth who are over represented in unemployed youth in Wide Bay which unfortunately has the highest youth unemployment in Qld and I could see many doors for further and higher education opportunities from such a program.

The front page of Week End Australia has an article regarding Indigenous Recognition in the Constitution, also further article page 16 in Inquirer section this would be relevant training for Indigenous youth by Elders as a recognition of their traditional knowledge. Also Col has heard of a local Landcare Group who are interested in working with local people to reintroduce Endemic plants which have gone from some areas because of over clearing and a project such as this would fit well with the propagation and spread of these plants to ensure survival for future testing as well as replace them where they were known to exist naturally for we don’t realise their value in our environment until they have disappeared, this would also create further work in our region.

There is a sense of urgency with a program such as this as the suggestion for a coalmine on the northern side, (Churchill Mine) and the Colton Coal mine on the western boundary plus the application for 2000 ha of land along the Churchill Mine Rd by the Maryborough Sugar Factory means if and when these 3 projects get under way the total removal of native vegetation would mean the end of any plant collection.

This program has been maintained by 5 separate Governments which has had great success and continues to have great success and is 100% federally funded.

It’s an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years interested in protecting their local environment. Participants will receive an allowance and gain hands-on, practical skills, training and experience in environmental and conservation fields.
Also, we have had many discussions on recognising by 2050, there will be more than 9 billion hungry people in the world and less farmland and resources than there’s ever been. We believe there is a need for young leaders to be engaged in finding sustainable agricultural solutions to the growing global need for safe, nutritious food.
On 24th August 2015, 100 young leaders from around the world will gather at the Global Youth Ag-Summit in Canberra, Australia to discuss ideas, develop a vision and deliver action.

This would be an Event I highly recommend a Councillor attend and believe it has something of value for our region and will be gained from a workshop such as this. Global Youth Ag Conference

With 90% Indigenous youth unemployed I am keen to have this started.

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Fraser Coast Community Unites

MARCH AUSTRALIA INVITE (1)

I have organised this event in Hervey Bay Qld for the entire Fraser Coast in line with the weekend there will be Welfare Marches around Australia 11th – 12th July.

The venue was chosen for several reasons. As you are probably aware Freedom Park is the home of the Hervey Bay Communities remaining two historical buildings – Memorial Hall and the Railway Station; which Council is trying to clear for their proposed new building. I thought this was the best location, as it is a perfect position to highlight the concerns of the people surrounding heritage, environment, foreshore management, small business, rates, crime, drug epidemic, jobs, dingoes and all the issues affecting our community by the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s poor and mismanagement practices, including State and Federal Governments.

People from ALL OUR Communities will be attending. Specialist parties have also been invited. i.e. Foreshore, Environmental, Rates Association, Youth Groups, Domestic Violence Advocates, Child Welfare Groups, Save the Fraser Island Dingo, Homeless Advocates, Heritage Committees, Small Business Representatives, De-amalgamation Committee, all Community Groups that utilise the Memorial Hall on a daily basis and the Vietnam Veterans Association currently working from the Railway Station etc.

Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, Mayor, Councillors and Executive of the Fraser Coast Regional Council will be given special invitations. Some are already aware and waiting confirmation of event details.

I am waiting on confirmation from two worthy groups to cater for the event as an opportunity to fund raise.

If you know a group or speaker who would like to be heard please ask them to contact me.

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