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Toogoom rock wall must be isolated

I am calling on Fraser Coast Regional Council to immediately place signs warning it is a high risk area and place temporary fencing to isolate access to the failing rock wall at Toogoom.

7 News Wide Bay – 1st November 2016

Thank you Glenn Lazarus for taking the time out of your hectic schedule and attend today’s Rally in support of our fellow community members on the Fraser Coast. Accompanied by your amazing wife Tess who we are all the better for organising us all at #glt. Your kind words today humbled me and I feel exactly the same – proud to stand with you and our team #CaringWithIntegrity.

Thank you to Councillor Denis Chapman Div 8 for listening as a regional Councillor and under the banner of your Portfolio: Planning and Infrastructure. You listened attentively to the communities concerns and we now have confidence that at least one Councillor stands by the Principles of the LGA. Something many others should aspire to reach across all Queensland Councils.

Norm Hoffman you are a true man of integrity and speak only in facts. It is an absolute privilege to have worked with you over the last few years. Your conviction to principle and righteousness is a courageous gift and all the while you go about it respectfully. Nothing but admiration for an outstanding Fraser Coastarian. Like I said today, we will not go away and I will keep fighting this until it is resolved satisfactorily to all parties.


It was great 7 News Wide Bay turned up, videoed and interviewed several people in attendance. Keep a look out, probably go to air Monday evening 6pm.

Fraser Coast Chronicle interviewed both Norm and I a couple of times this week, so I am looking forward to reading future editorials

Thank you to all those that travelled from different parts of the Fraser Coast today to attend the rally and share your concerns – Bauple, Urangan, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba, Sunshine Acres, Antigua, Maryborough, Toogoom, Point Vernon, Dundowran, Dundowran Beach, Sydney NSW, Melbourne VIC and others.

Thank you to everyone who sent support vie emails, texts, messages, social media etc. I do this for you, because you ask it, and this is how a representative of the people serves.


JanneanDean4Hinkler #GlennLazarusTeam

Toogoom Rock Wall Rally

Calling all Fraser Coastarians to stand united against the failed rock wall in Toogoom.

Sunday, 30th October 2016 – 10:30am

Standing united against the poor decision making of Fraser Coast Regional Council and Queensland State Government in protecting the environment, protecting the rate payer, protecting the integrity of good governance.


The important issues are:
1. The application to build the wall was not assessed in accordance with the legislation.
2. The wall was not in accordance with the SEMP and in fact contradicted the SEMP.
3. The wall was not constructed in accordance with the approved design.
4. The wall alignment is causing serious environmental impacts to the foreshore to the west of the wall.

And there is more.

Those paying for the wall have not got what they agreed to pay for!


Toogoom Rock Wall Rally Event Page


We finally know future of Original Maryborough Town Site



At Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Ordinary Meeting No. 6 on Wednesday there was a unanimous vote by councillors to use the site as a nature area with minimal embellishments. Music to my ears! Great decision. Good to see Council finally respecting the Qld State Heritage Listing. Many people fought to save this site which we say thank you: Councillor George Seymour, Councillor James Hansen, Sandra Armstrong, Save Maryborough Original Township Site Committee and members, advocates for heritage, environment, historians, Indigenous elders, culture groups and not forgetting the community. Without strong committed support we would not have these exhilarating, rare wins.

The vote to stop the push for an 89-lot residential development came after $651,000 was spent on designs and reports. This is a very good example of more wasteful spending.

Councillors now need to discuss plans to maintain and improve the site, especially after $500,000 was moved from the project and allocated to sinking the HMAS Tobruk on the Fraser Coast. After all they are guardians and should at the very least restore this site to the glory it once was. If they can waste over half a million on reports and remove allocated dollars then they can afford to make the repairs, replace the bins they removed and all the other changes they made in hasty preparedness to develop the site that didn’t get the go ahead.

With the right vision and community consultation this would value add to Tourism, Education and Environmental Portfolios. More jobs, more boosting of the economy and supporting small business.

#vote1 #janneandean4widebay #glt #ausvotes

Article Fraser Coast Chronicle 17th June 2016


Mayoral candidates share views on foreshore’s future

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THE Hervey Bay foreshore is a key asset to the Fraser Coast – now the region’s mayoral candidates are making their views clear on what they believe its future should be.

Last year, the Fraser Coast councillors endorsed an $8 million rock wall and sand-bagging plan to protect the vulnerable foreshore from erosion.

Sticking with his controversial “enhancement” policy, incumbent Mayor Gerard O’Connell promised more of the same if he was re-elected.

Cr O’Connell said when dealing with the issue of erosion, he would “rely on good science and engineering solutions”.

“My plan is a combination of protection and enhancement,” he said.

The Mayor refuted claims the council had destroyed vegetation on the foreshore.

Fellow mayoral candidate Steve Coleman told the Chronicle he was in favour of “grooming trees rather than eradicating them”.

When asked about dealing with the erosion problem, Mr Coleman said he would rely on “professional advice”.

“Nature is nature and it’s very hard to fight against it,” he said.

Mayoral candidate Greg Schmidt said he would push to keep the balance of vegetation and sea views to protect Hervey Bay from the dwindling sand mass.

“A tree’s root structure is crucial to holding the sand together and for the stability of the beachfront corridor,” he said.

Acknowledging the foreshore was the best asset Hervey Bay had, Chris Loft said future works should be halted.

“Let’s just push the pause button and smell the roses on it,” he said.

Cr Loft said solving the erosion issue would require dredging sand from the Dayman Spit and pushing it onto the beaches.

Jannean Dean said she would like to see five lines of defence on the foreshore.

That includes ground-covering plants, cottonwood trees, shrubs and gum trees.

“We are the only northerly facing beach in Australia and protecting our infrastructure on the foreshore is paramount,” she said.

Ms Dean said the council should consider geo-textile sand bags and more vegetation as well as investigate dredging to form a new Shoreline Erosion Management Plan.

Holding a science degree, candidate Lee Carter said burying rock walls under sand dredged from Dayman Point was a favourable option.

“The only time you’d see the wall is with a serious tidal event,” he said.

#Vote1 #JD4Mayor #TripleR – rates rubbish roads

Fraser Coast Chronicle Article 18th February 2016

Election Commitment 5 of 8



Pialba Memorial Hall & Cenotaph

**  Chief Petition for saving Pialba Memorial Hall, Railway Station and Cenotaph.  I delivered 1002 signatures to Councillor George Seymour on 6th May 2015 at Ordinary Meeting No. 6 where he tabled the petition objecting to the relocation of the Pialba Memorial Hall and the Pialba Railway Station.

**  Completed and submitted application to Queensland’s Department of Environment Heritage and Protection. The Department accepted application for proposed entry of the Pialba Memorial Hall and Cenotaph on 28th October 2015.

**  Public Submissions were sought and received by the Department before the close of business on 4th December 2015. Ref No. HRN 650026

**  Fraser Coast Regional Council is yet to make a submission and an extension has been granted to them until 27th April 2016.

**  The application will be considered in May 2016.


Railway Station

**  Brian Downey gave me a proposal for embracing our Heritage that included a buffet/restaurant dining car, having all the buildings in this vicinity themed with pantomimes and theatre creating ambiance that builds to the shopping experience.  It is also envisaged to run a further train as a tourist ride to Nikenbah. 


Historical Plaques

**  These plaques are packed in boxes in the Library – they need to be on display.

**  A suitable location needs to be found.

Old Maryborough Original Township Site

**  Strong campaigner in support of protecting this magnificent site. This is a gold mine with the right tourist vision.

**  Canoe rides when it floods around the temporary islands (safety and weather taken into consideration)

**  Great location to open up for an RV site.

**  Excellent for community events, weddings, education.

**  Theme entire site for the historical experience.

**  The only undisturbed original township site in Australia .

**  The Maryborough Original Township Heritage site is a marker of the past, and of people’s identity and memory. This place is LIVING history. Preserve our Heritage

**  Council reallocated $500K from Maryborough Original Township Site to the HMAS Tobruk with the CEO to find a further $500K.

**  Qld Heritage Council made it known on 9th October 2015 that the Application to list most of the Original Township Site had been successful and to be listed on the Queensland State Heritage Register.

**  On the 21st October 2015 Councillors O’Connell, Loft, Garland, Taylor, Sanderson, McDonald, Truscott and Everard voted to destroy and build on a site that floods, echoed by the Town Planner.

We need to ask all candidates if they intend being ‘respectful guardians’ to this special place.

I pledge to be a ‘Respectful Guardian’ and restore the Original Maryborough Township Site to the glory it once. I will also be listening to the people to find out the best way to make this magnificent site a Tourism Gold Mine.


Moolyyir Creek

**  Moolyyir Creek Community Environment Program

**  Strongly supported protecting Moolyyir Creek

Scarness Rotunda

**  Was opened in 1926 and I will start an application Queensland’s Department of Environment Heritage and Protection to be listed. 

**  This historical 90 year old structure should not be moved. An application should be made to be placed on the Department Qld Environment and Protection State Register.

**  The Scarness Railway picnics attracted 6 to 7 thousand people.

Torquay Tennis Courts

**  This proposed new tennis court is being built 50m -100m from a tennis court in perfect condition

**  75 years and still used regularly by locals and tourist.

** An application should be made to be placed on the Department Qld Environment and Protection State Register.

**  Build new tennis court in another town on the Fraser Coast that does not have one.  Granville residents have requested.



Election Commitment 4 of 8



Toogoom Rock Wall

**  Wrong materials were used created broken shards of rock on the beach and sink holes at the back of the wall.

**  Lines of vegetation defence have been removed.

This has been a very costly exercise not only to the rate payers of the Fraser Coast but more costly to the Toogoom residents.

It is in my opinion; the current Council should be stating how they are going to fix this very serious problem before the election. The recently submitted Engineer’s Certificate signing off on the project insuring it for the next 100 years is questionable.

If elected, I would be speaking to experts about the best approach in finding a solution. Coupled with this, it is imperative the home owners affected by this are involved in all future conversations to ensure all parties will be satisfied to achieve the appropriate outcomes.  

There are solutions which I would like to explore further. It is hoped Bruce Saunders MP for Maryborough will assist in this process and in particular have an enquiry into how such poor decisions can be made and how a project that has failed on so many levels be acceptable to both the current Council and / or any State Government.

Hervey Bay Rock Wall

**  $4.2 million so far

**  Regular clean-ups of sharp shards of basalt rocks on what was a sandy beach.


**  Update Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) with current information, resources and technology in line with current modern practices.

**  Sand from the Dayman Spit which has accumulated there since the Marina was extended should be used.

**  Further sand nourishment with vegetation and tree planting along the five lines of defense implemented between 1974 and 1999, should be undertaken.

**  $8 million to embellish foreshore plus $7.2 million to repair damage done by embellishment is just senseless.

**  Recommendations from the 2012 that $600 MILLION needs to be spent over the next 20 years. So why is Council mismanaging the foreshore? 

**  Comply with Module 10 of the Coastal Protection Policy – no building or developments on the erosion buffer zone.

**  Monitor Phellinus Noxius – brown root rot disease across the Fraser Coast.

**  Maintain and protect animal corridors across the Fraser Coast.

**  As Chief Petitioner for Saving the Cottonwoods I delivered 500 plus signatures to Councillor George Seymour who presented them to Council on 21st January 2015.  Council could not find the further 300 signatures posted that were lost in the mail.


**  Strong campaigner against the removal of trees from Scarness Caravan Park. 

**  Jeanette Maynes presented the petition with 650 plus signatures to Councillor James Hansen at Ordinary Council meeting No.16 on 2nd December 2015, to reference when the Council wants to chop the next lot of roosting tress the birds relocate to.

**  Councillor George Seymour raised a very important point “Rainbow Lorikeets are a very special native bird, to deliberately destroy their habitat to move them away sets a very bad example to the community and to children on how animals should be treated.”

**  The question suggesting ten trees would not be sufficient to provide a greater benefit is a ridiculous argument as is the health reasoning some Councillors iterated. 

**  Setting up a Lorikeet feeding station on a smaller scale such as Currumbin would pull in the tourists in droves (or flocks) as was discussed in today’s Council meeting is well worth looking at. 

**  Removal of these trees needs to be handled by the correct Environmental Agencies and impact assessed accordingly.

Bats – need to adopt an approach similar to Logan City Council

Introduce Environmental / Sustainability Portfolio

Introduce Private Member’s Bill for a Container Deposit Scheme – will assist in reducing rubbish that litters or beaches and land.


Point Vernon Protest


Tomorrow (Sunday 13th December) you are invited to attend a protest in Point Vernon at 11:00 am where trees are marked for their demise.

Please bring a yellow ribbon to tie on these habitat trees and stand together to send a clear message this is totally unacceptable.

Five mature trees and 13 saplings will be removed as part of the project to rebuild 1.2km of the Esplanade at Point Vernon.

The trees will be removed from a 40 metre section near the intersection of Flinders Street and the Esplanade. They are the only trees that have to be removed as part of this project. Under Council’s tree policy, two trees will be planted for each tree removed.

Hope to see you there 🙂

In Australia, the Save Albert Park group have utilized the yellow ribbon as a symbol of protest. The group is a coalition protesting the reclamation of public space in Albert Park, Melbourne for the annual Australian Grand Prix. When the race moved to Melbourne in 1996, yellow ribbons were tied around the trees in the park which were designated for removal.

Although the group were unsuccessful in protecting the designated trees, they and their supporters still tie ribbons around the trees each year at the time of the race.

In 2009, the yellow ribbon was used during the appeal for those affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

On 16 September 2012 the Yellow Ribbon was adopted for the unilateral support of volunteer firefighters across the State of Queensland and one month later ratified in State Government Hansard on the FIRST



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

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.