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Media Release – Ideal location for schoolies

Media Release

Fact is it is illegal to drink if you are under the age of 18. Alcohol is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions which affects the way you think, feel and behave. Raise the drinking age to 21.

School-leavers in Queensland are engaging in alarming rates of risk-taking behaviour under the influence of alcohol and it is only 2 days away before they engage some more. Many don’t want to listen to any warnings about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Many schoolies start drinking in their rooms before hitting the beach parties.

More than a third of Queensland teens have admitted to being a passenger in a car with a driver they believed was over the legal limit, according to shocking RACQ statistics.

Parents are right to be anxious about Schoolies, but not only for reasons of binge drinking, pill popping and random sexual encounters. Property damage and reckless behaviour leading to violence increased so much that it doubled the 2015 tally in 2016 – this part of the equation is deeply troubling.

Five ways that Iceland tackled its huge problem of getting young people between 15 and 16 to give up drink and drugs decreased from 42% to 5% by implementing a 5-point strategy. We can do this here.

  1. Bring in a curfew – Kids under 16 must be indoors by 10pm. This is not a curtailment of rights, these are positive boundaries.
  2. Parents sign a pledge – Groups of parents agreeing on rules for their children’s behaviour so they can reach their full potential.
  3. Keep kids occupied – Every year they receive a voucher for $500 for outdoor activities.
  4. Teenagers fill in a survey every year – Measuring different aspects of their lives in order to make good choices for their future.
  5. Get politicians onside – Build on evidence and research. Funding.

Wouldn’t it be terrific to be fostering healthy celebrations for schoolies and not encourage alcohol and drug taking which results in poor behaviour? We must be working with all the tourism operators and motels putting packages together, value adding to our tourism portfolio. I’m sure parents would prefer their children to come here as opposed to the Gold Coast given the option.

We must encourage these young adults; there is no better high than a natural one and marketing this as an alcohol and drug free event. Nightlife could be increased during this period and also during other holiday periods to give the youth some experiences that they will fondly remember for the rest of their lives. Tourism bodies and stakeholders could put packages together and have live music playing in several places along the esplanade. With so much accommodation available for all budgets, this should be seriously considered for the future.

#safealternative #schoolies #BuildingBetterTogether

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Media Release – Plastic and the hero industrial hemp

Media Release

In 2015 I campaigned for a Container Deposit Scheme and lobbied the Qld State Government. QLD Parliament made some historic decisions on plastic litter and waste by banning plastic bags and introducing a container refund scheme which will commence on 1 July 2018. These were unanimous and popular decisions, welcomed by many in the community.

I have continued to campaign and lobby for the phasing out of all plastics and replacing with Industrial Hemp. #billion$crop #trillion$industry #zerocarbonemissions #strong #compostable

Pic: Organics Recycling Eenee

Industrial hemp requires same security as any other business. No body steals crops of sugar, so I doubt anyone would steal a product that is for industrial use only.

With the millions in profit these big supermarket chains make each year they should be looking at alternatives to plastic bags. I believe we could replace everything plastic and create jobs, jobs and more jobs and help clean up our water ways, flora and fauna; effectively cleaning up the planet. Not to mention drastically reducing landfill waste which again costs millions of tax payer dollars and contaminates.

Creating opportunities for people to reach their full potential, boosting our economy and supporting our farmers are all integral to the success of our great state. Excellent crop rotation for agriculture (3rd less water required than other crops) which is pertinent to growing fresh produce to sustain the masses. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people in the world that need feeding, so replacing those nutrients lost in the soil, industrial hemp is the hero so nutritious crops can be constant. Not to mention building our roads, houses, infrastructure, tourism, fuels, medicines etc, value adding to many portfolios all thanks to removing plastics. Practical yet abundantly resourceful and a sustainable industry.

PRIORITY: We must secure water for the future, water sustains all life. #water4life

This brings us back to plastic bags, not only should bags be unavailable in the imminent future – they should be already gone and starting NOW, everyone needs to be mindful that all this plastic stuff has to go somewhere. (Still trying to find an effective solution for this – recycle options etc). If you have any suggestions would appreciate them.

I am asking you to keep the good work going and support policies on the next important steps to reduce and rid plastic litter and waste. I support and ask you to support the following:

  • Instigate a Plastic Litter Reduction Plan for QLD to identify and find solutions for single use plastics – in the home, away from home, in industry and agriculture and in the marine environment
  • Introduce a levy on waste going to landfill-to stop the 100,000’s of tonnes of waste being dumped in QLD from NSW

Come on Queenslanders we need to be leaders in the market.

What are we leaving future generations to come? Let us leave a legacy we can be proud of.

We’ll make it happen. #BuildingBetterTogether

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My message is clear

“I represent accountability for government at all Levels, providing a voice – a real voice for the people of this great state.” Jannean Dean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask all candidates to commit to these two things and publicly make it an election promise:

1) An Inquiry into Local Government in Queensland

a. With the powers of a Royal Commission
b. Established within 3 months of the election.
c. Implement findings prior to the next LG election in March 2020.

2) Deliver Queensland a FULL ICAC

a. Based on the NSW ICAC prior to their 2016 amendments
b. Legislated, Established, fully Resourced and Operational within this term of Parliament (within the next 3 years)

Inquiry – recognise the harm, diagnose the causes, stop the harm.
Hit the reset button BEFORE the next LG election in March 2020.

ICAC – put the teeth in the watchdog and let it off the lead.

• The CCC investigates less than 2% of complaints with the other 98% being referred back to department or other body where they “Largely Disappear”. Professor Timothy Prenzler.

#ICACnow (Independent Commission Against Corruption)

#BuildingBetterTogether 

 

Media Release – ICAC

MEDIA RELEASE

The situation in Queensland (Qld) is beyond the capacity and powers of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) where currently less than 2% of corruption complaints are investigated (Prof Tim Prenzler). People have lost faith in the system and it is now urgent that Queensland establishes the long overdue Qld Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Reforms are necessary to the way complaints against people involved in local government and other public entities are handled. Qld’s Local Government Act (QLGA) sets up a state of affairs whereby complaints about mayors, councillors and officers are assessed by the council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) before they are referred on to the CCC.
The same Act also sets up a process whereby the CCC refers complaints back to the councils in question for ‘preliminary assessment’ which is essentially putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

The present complaints framework surrounding Qld’s local and state politics suffers from a complete lack of meaningful scrutiny around political donations. No one actively investigates this, not the council themselves, not the CCC and not even the Electoral Commission Qld (ECQ) which actually handles the disclosure of political donations. The enormous void in handling and investigation of electoral complaints has been evidenced at the recent CCC Operation Belcarra Public Hearing.
Queensland has a real need for an appropriately empowered and resourced body which is solely focussed on being the real watchdog of the political landscape from misconduct through to crime and corruption. Only the NSW ICAC model (pre2016 amendments) achieves the level of deterrent, scrutiny and convictions that are acceptable to the public.

I stand alongside Rob Pyne MP and urgently call for a proper Qld ICAC and a Federal ICAC.

“There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver

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Click here to read media release supporting an ICAC from Qld Local Government Reform Alliance (QLGRA)

New media release

Back by popular demand

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of politics.

You can stop messaging me now folks  We’re back with a new look and focus.

Thank you Design House for continuing to deliver outstanding work.

#politicalnews  #auspol

It is time to get real in the dealing of healing

MEDIA RELEASE

Recently I spoke at Parliament House on the assault on our democratic rights when it comes to medical cannabis. Derryn Hinch offered to join Jeanette Maynes and myself a day earlier when we were discussing the National Sex Offender Register and attended shouting ‘free the weed’.

It is entirely hypocritical that cannabis is not available to treat a multitude of human problems and illnesses. Cannabis medicine should be made available to all those that may benefit or need it. Cannabis is one of the most valuable natural plant medicines. Treating glaucoma, epilepsy, asthma, insomnia, eating disorders, muscle spasms, cancer and the list goes on.

Cannabis has served mankind for thousands of years and was once the world’s most traded commodity. It was such an important crop, farmers were directed to grow the plant, it was legal tender and could be used to pay taxes.

There are thousands of rural acres crying out for a value adding crop. It could rejuvenate rural Australia. The phobia and inhibitions people have about cannabis would be better put aside and recognise this is not a drug related crop. Once it achieves respectability it would be all systems go. Huge industrial potential being hempcrete roads, hemp houses, fuels, textiles, food, medicine etc and replace all plastics, cleaning up our waterways, protecting our flora and fauna.

We need to be investing the money we spend on prosecuting people into actual crimes and freeing up police resources so they can tackle the violence and serious offences against our community. It will also remove part of the criminal element if it was regulated correctly and the black market on cannabis would literally disappear over night.

Notwithstanding the issues for patients trying to access cannabis through authorised prescribers, the Federal Government’s proposal to import cannabis is not guaranteed as overseas countries have restrictions on exporting.

Australia should just get on with cultivating it’s own supply of cannabis and change state laws to provide authorisations under health regulations so patients are not at threat of being arrested under unjust state criminal laws.

Why are we not attracting the growers and a vital industry to the Fraser Coast? Jobs, jobs and more jobs.

#million$crop #trillion$industry

Police from Strike Force Elkmont – Griffith Local Area Command in conjunction with Strike force Hyperion – SCC Drug Squad have uncovered almost $5,500,000 worth of cannabis following a crime scene warrant at a farm in Colinroobie of the Riverina in southern NSW on 23rd February. I am praying the authorities won’t destroy what could be a great start into having medical cannabis oil available in Australia relatively quickly. Other wise this will take a lot of medicine away from people who need it now!

Jannean Dean
Glenn Lazarus Team

Jeanette Maynes, Derryn Hinch and Jannean Dean discussing National Sex Offender Register and Medical Cannabis

Click here for more information – Medical Cannabis Advisory Group Qld

Jeanette Maynes blog on Canberra visit

Conforming Petition FCRC CEO

MEDIA RELEASE

A petition is now circulating in both electronic and paper formats calling on the State Government to act in ensuring that FCRC CEO is removed from office. The electronic version of the petition can be found here: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2689

Paper versions will also be available and I will update on the relevant locations or events where the paper petitions can be signed.

So why this petition? So far, the CEO has flat out refused to back down and resign. The CEO has not explained her actions / inaction – it will take a massive public outcry to get the majority of Councillors or the Qld State Government to act in the public interest.

The Mayor has power to remove the CEO by putting a motion forward to Councillors but we know the numbers are not in chambers. It is important to note that 74% of staff have completed the
anonymous survey as requested by Mayor Chris Loft. Prior to this survey staff participation at best was 35 – 40%. This confirms that staff have a lot to say about what is happening behind closed doors and want a change.

It is understood that the CCC has 33 FCRC complaints before them which were submitted in 2016. I am waiting for Frankie Carroll, Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local
Government and Planning to advise which complaints have been finalised, how many remain outstanding and when they will be publicly available.

I agree with many who say ‘sack the lot of them’, however, there is no point sacking the Councillors until someone has dealt with the organisational transparency and accountability; which includes the Executive team and that starts with the CEO.

I cannot believe the rate payers are paying the salaries for these people and the saga is allowed to continue. When is the State Government going to show leadership and put an end to the ongoing open undermining of efforts and grossly disrespecting the Office of Mayor? How much longer will our staff have to go to work under this type of toxic environment and how long is the community going to have to put up with this?

In an email dated 16th March 2016, (3 days prior to the local government elections Lisa Desmond penned “The wheels have fallen off this bus, there is way too many matters that are falling through the cracks. No follow up, no accountability, no responsibility and urgent action is required now to start getting this organisation back on track.” She went on further to say “We are floundering on our continuous improvement and efficiency drives across Directorates and failing basic legislative responsibilities. Examples: backflow prevention device testing, animal compliance, DA register required under SPA, Asset Management, Forward Designs, capital infrastructure planning, I could go on.” This email is referred to in the State Government Report so the ‘advisors’ Steven Johnson, Deputy Director-General, Local Government and Regional Services, at the time, now CEO of Bundaberg Regional Council and Terry Brennan, former Cassowary Coast Regional Council CEO knew; therefore the Department and Jacklyn Trad Minister, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning knew about it also.
State Government, Councillors and the media are not asking the right questions about this. Why aren’t they? This should be discussed in open council.

After several requests for intervention from Qld State Government and my phone constantly ringing with ‘disgruntled’ staff and residents, I decided mid November 2016 to commence enquiries into a conforming petition to have Lisa Desmond removed as CEO from Fraser Coast Regional Council. The delay in publishing this conforming petition was because the Parliamentary Clerk went on leave.

The reasons for this Petition are numerous and varied:
* doctoring minutes
* inaccurate reporting
* micromanaging councillors
* wasteful expenditure
* Wide Bay Water fiasco
* Toogoom Rockwall debacle
* contractors contracts and obligations
* economic failure of Bauple
* approval of incomplete development applications
* missing backflow register
* secrecy surrounding CEO extension of contract
* staff working in a toxic environment and the rate payer is paying for all this plus much more.

This list of failures that demonstrate gross maladministration cannot simply be ignored. Again, why hasn’t State Government, Councillors and the media been asking the right questions about this?

A paper version of the petition is also available for those that would like to get signatures from those who are not on the internet. Please contact me to arrange hard copies. I will arrange locations for the petition to be available across the Fraser Coast and also advise of locations and times for the community to come say hello, ask any questions and sign. If you would
like to be a coordinator in your area please let me know.

Paper petitions must be returned to me by Tuesday 7th March 2017, so it can be finalised and tabled at Parliament sitting commencing Tuesday 14th March 2017. Online Petition closes Friday 3rd March 2017. Click Here: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2689

If all tiers of Government were doing their job properly at Local, State and Federal levels I would not be receiving all the requests I do for help 7 days a week.

I want our representatives to be striving for ‘great governance’. If you agree that basic ‘good governance’ is lacking, transparent and accountable government is no longer, then please sign the
petition. I want to see strong leadership with caring integrity. If you want this too, please sign the petition.

Thank you so much for helping fight for ‘good governance’.

Jannean Dean
Glenn Lazarus Team

#WeDemandGoodGovernance     #CaringWithIntegrity     #NotGoodEnough

 

CEO calls executive team for urgent meeting

CEO ADMITS FAILING BASIC LEGISLATIVE PRINCIPLES

Deputy Premier tabled a report dated 31 October 2016 titles FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL – State intervention under the Local Government Act 2009.

On page 10 of this report, 3.6 Governance states “As early as March 2016, the Chief Executive Officer identified concern for immediate action within Council in terms of its operations and compliance with governance requirements.” (Footnote 13 which is identified as “Email. Chief Executive Officer, 16 March 2016.)

Below is a copy of the 16th March 2016 email from Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ms Lisa Desmond. (3 days before the Election).

It is understood that the timing of this email coincided with the release of local polls that showed a swing away from the incumbent.

At the March 2016 Local Government Elections Mayor O’Connell was defeated and Mayor Chris Loft was successful. This outcome was clear on election night.

In this email, Ms Desmond ADMITS the council is failing basic legislative principles amongst a list of other things.

From publicly available records, Ms Desmond has been CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council since 2011 having served under Mayor Kruger and Mayor O’Connell. (5 years)

The Council has had two ‘advisors’ from Department Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) whose reports were relied on in the above mentioned report.

This email is referred to in the Report so the ‘advisors’ Steven Johnson, Deputy Director-General, Local Government and Regional Services and Terry Brennan, former Cassowary Coast Regional Council CEO knew; therefore the Department and Jacklyn Trad Minister, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning knew about it also.

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 #CEOmustGO

Jeanette Maynes has a history on the ‘backflow’ click here to learn more. 

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
Email Michael
Email Jannean

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.

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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

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