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Residents taking concerns to MPs

Community consultation with Maryborough residents

Maryborough residents held a community meeting on Sunday hosted by Fraser District Community Voice (FDCV) and discussed a range of issues. Councillor James Hansen must be congratulated for attending and providing helpful and trusted information.

The contentious sports precinct and deamalgamation from the Fraser Coast Regional Council were the hot topics for the afternoon. 7 News Wide Bay, WIN News and the Fraser Coast Chronicle arrived before the meeting and remained until they interviewed several people after the meeting had closed.

During the meeting a resolution for several delegates to meet with Members of Parliament Ted Sorensen and Bruce Saunders to discuss the concerns and legislation surrounding deamalgamation.

Both 7 and WIN ran stories on their respective news broadcasts on Monday evening. Click here to view 7 News coverage

#deamalgamation  #NO2sportsprecinct  #politicalnews

Our time is now

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RALLY TO END COUNCIL CHAOS!

#HadEnough – FCRC we call on you to end the chaos in Council.

If you care at all about fixing the ongoing dysfunction in the FCRC you must turn out in force on Wednesday morning at 8:30am, City Hall, Maryborough. Democracy can be reasserted here if we make the council hear our voice. Rally to End Council Chaos!

Bring signs or just bring yourselves and your friends but turn out as this is our time, they must listen.

Wednesday 9th November, 2016
City Hall
Maryborough

Enough is enough Fraser Coast. Our reputation, our economy and our community is being destroyed by the infighting between the CEO and the Mayor and between councillors. We can no longer afford our council and CEO to be focusing their energies on attacking each other and point scoring rather than working together to better our wonderful region.

We also can not tolerate that the staff of OUR council are forced to work in such a “toxic” work environment and that there is a culture of “favouritism” and “reprisals”. The CEO needs to take responsibility for the HR problems and toxic work culture. The CEO and the Mayor can not work together in any positive way. One of them must go. The Mayor is elected, the CEO is an employee, whatever the many faults with the Mayor, its the CEO who must resign or be sacked for there to be any chance of this community rebuilding faith in the council.

Apathy has hurt our community for too long, if you care this may be your only chance to really stand up and make change happen.

Our demands:
1. We ask the CEO of the Fraser Coast Council to resign immediately.
2. Should this not happen we ask the council to pass a resolution in open chambers requesting the resignation of the CEO.
3. If not passed or CEO does not resign, we request the Mayor to use his powers to sack the CEO.
4. If this doesn’t happen immediately we request Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to sack the entire council, appoint an administrator, sack the CEO and call fresh elections for March 2017.

This rally is just prior to the council meeting starting with Public Participation at 9am, please stay and make your voice heard if you can.

Thank you for caring about our region and I urge you to make sure you attend and bring friends so we can make our voice powerful as one.

Michael Weekes & Jannean Dean
Rally Organisers
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Bauple visit

I want to hear what you think – your opinion matters!

I am off to Brisbane tomorrow for the week with lots of meetings scheduled.

On my return I will be heading to beautiful Bauple to catch up with the community and listen to their concerns, thoughts and ideas.

If you would like me to visit your regional locality please don’t hesitate to let me know.

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QLGRA address in Maryborough

Thank you Michael Weekes for reading this for me at the Queensland Local Government Reform Alliance meeting in Maryborough 10th September 2016

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Unfortunately I was unable to return from Victoria so I could attend this important Community Meeting, please accept my apologies.

Study after study has found that the benefits of regional amalgamation have failed to materialise. Costs generally increase after amalgamation, largely due to a harmonisation of costs and wages, and increases in service-efficiency remain elusive. The transitional costs after amalgamation are often quite high and, in some cases, reduce or even eliminate any anticipated immediate cost savings.

Mounting evidence suggests that amalgamation on the Fraser Coast – Three quarters of the Wide Bay is part of this Council and has not led to more efficient service production or delivery. Regional mergers reduce competition between regions, which weakens incentives for efficiency and responsiveness to local needs, while also reducing the choice for residents to find a community that best matches their ideal taxation and service rates.

Since regional mergers rarely result in boundaries that encompass the entire region, externalities may still exist in transportation and land-use planning. Regional amalgamations have sometimes forced rural residents to pay for urban services they do not have access to.

With so many negative aspects, it’s no surprise that local restructuring proposals have often been met with stiff resistance from local residents. It also comes as no surprise that many residents argue that their communities were better off prior to consolidation. In the wake of lingering resentment regarding amalgamation, de-amalgamation is often suggested as a solution.

We have seen the call for de-amalgamation emerge in many cities and towns across Queensland. There is no reason why de-amalgamation cannot be pursued. Provincial governments have the ability to amalgamate regions and, therefore, also have the ability to separate them.

The difficulty in successfully implementing de-amalgamation means that amalgamation is something that cannot, and should not be easily entered into. More care needs to be taken in finding the best institutional structure for our local government.

Chris Loft was asked for his standing on a referendum for de-amalgamation of Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo Shires and boundaries joined to make one city preelection and writes “Yes let the process begin. We must listen to community.” So why did he vote against it? Anne Maddern Councillor for Division 2 sitting under the allocated Small Communities portfolio is trying to represent her communities aspirations, but unfortunately not many of her fellow colleagues do not seem to be supporting her which in turn means they are telling the community we are not listening. We don’t care, we will do what we want!

What are they scared of? Is the Council worried they may get a drop in pay? There is no reason why Council cannot have a conversation about this with people and initiate a poll considering in excess of 9,000 people wanting it that I know of. Under the LGA Councillors have to listen and report back to the people. They have failed Chapter 14,2 C Democratic representation, social inclusion, and meaningful community engagement.

Unless we have ALL Councillors embracing The FIVE Local Government Principles underpinning the Local Government Act 2009, we will continue to not have our voices heard. The only way forward is to either:

1. Have a Council that has:
a) transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest
b) sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of
effective services
c) democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement
d) good governance of and by local government
e) ethical and legal behaviour of Councillors and local government employees.

OR

2. Have our councils re-instated under old shire boundaries.

I support the rights of communities to determine their own future as an independent local government area.

ABC radio live debate

ABC Live Debate

You can view the full Wide Bay electorate debate here: Live Debate

Jannean Dean – Glenn Lazarus Team, Elise Cottam – One Nation, Scott Lamond – ABC, Llew O’Brien – LNP, Bruce Mayer – Family First, Barry Cook – Katter Party

Bron Marsh – Greens sent apology unwell. Lucy Stanton – ALP sent apology commitments in electorate.

 

Tomorrow (June 30) from 8.30am join ABC again for the Hinkler electorate debate – 100.1FM, 855AM and again on Facebook Live.

Click for Hinkler Live Debate 8:30am

#vote1 #janneandean4widebay #glennlazarusteam4senate

 

Glenn Lazarus and Jannean Dean doing the hard yards

Vote 1 Jannean Dean 4 Wide Bay     Vote 1 Glenn Lazarus 4 Senate

Meet and greet – Cherbourg

Cherbourg

Boys Dormitory – Ration Shed  

19 Barambah Avenue, Cherbourg

2:30pm

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Meet and greet – Murgon

Murgon

Graham House Community Centre

21 Taylor Street East, Murgon

10:00am

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Meet and greets – Pomona & Gympie

Pomona

Pomona Community House

The Great Room, In the Lawson Shed, 1 Memorial Avenue, Pomona

11:30am

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Gympie

Gympie Community Place

18 Excelsior Road, Gympie

5:30pm

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Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday at Pialba Memorial Hall 🙂

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