Fraser Island

Mayor Loft should be supported for exposing systemic corruption

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Glenn Lazarus Team candidate for the Federal seat of Wide Bay and Advocate for the Fraser Coast region, Jannean Dean, today called for the community to get behind Mayor Chris Loft and other Councillors in their push to have allegations of corruption involving previous Councils investigated by the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CCC).

“It appears there are quite a few people keen to deflect the truth, agitate and steer the community away from having the facts disclosed,” Ms Dean said today.

“It takes great courage and integrity to walk through the front doors of the CCC and our Mayor has done just that.”

“Chris Loft has followed through with his election commitment to expose the ‘goings on’ of previous Fraser Coast Regional Councils.”

“It is of the utmost importance that we understand how things operate and I believe it is in our best interests to stop targeting the process and Councillors.”

“Unfortunately some people have been misguided and there is a great deal of misleading information being circulated.”

“Given this, it is imperative that we all support the Mayor and our current Councillors in their attempt to get to the bottom of things.”

“I have grave concerns that if the agitators get their way, the truth will never see the light of day.”

“Further to this, if we don’t stand united behind the Councillors we elected, our region will be destroyed and you know it will be us that have to foot the bill.”

“Too much has been covered up for too long. Questionable dealings and mirky arrangements have plagued our region for too long.”

“Mayor Chris Loft is determined to shed light on past practices and to hold people to account however he is facing a lot of pressure and push back from different parties.”

“It takes strength to do this knowing he will be targeted. The work on the investigation by the Mayor has taken hours and hours of research to uncover serious systematic anomalies.”

“I am extremely disappointed in the Queensland State Government.  It appears they have done nothing to assist the Mayor and this has given him no choice but to bring the matter to everyone’s attention.”

“I understand the Member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders has not yet met with the Mayor and nor has he attended the Council offices in Hervey Bay.  I am advised however that a meeting has been scheduled for 28 September so it is the hope of the community that Mr Saunders gives our Council a decent hearing.”

“I am also led to believe that the Fraser Coast Regional Council (Council) has not supported the Mayor and nor has it provided staff to assist him in work needed to research serious issues of corruption.”

“This needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.  If the Council has nothing to hide then it should be supporting our Mayor to undertake his work in cleaning up the region.”

“I also urge everyone to exercise calm, stop, listen and be informed properly.  Let the process continue and we must also exercise patience as this will all take time.”

“I encourage anyone with any information that may assist with the Mayor’s investigations to contact either myself or the Mayor.”

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.

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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