Hervey Bay

Volunteer today

Political engagement can take on many different forms, including voting, contributing money to a candidate or political group, working or volunteering for a campaign, attending a campaign event or contacting an elected official. I am completely self-funded and have not accepted any money nor gifts in kind.

Elections rely on a pool of dedicated supporters who volunteer as election day poll workers and scrutineers. Without these volunteers, votes wouldn’t be tallied up in time and the voting day process would be costlier.

By volunteering as an election day poll worker, you’re helping ensure our nation’s elections are conducted fairly and efficiently. You’ll also get to know folks from your community better.

I would truly welcome your support to be present at one of the eleven (11) polling booths on 25th November in Hervey Bay wearing one of the shirts in cool breathable fabric screen printed especially for this election.

To get started on becoming an election day volunteer either at a polling booth or as a scrutineer, send me a message and let me know which booth and times you are available. Note: Scrutineers will need to complete and sign a form.

#volunteer2day
#BuildingBetterTogether
#Vote1JanneanDean4HerveyBay

Remember: NUMBER EVERY BOX

Money to splash

I don’t have lots of money to splash around during an election campaign – promising the people this and promising the people that, especially when we they are paying for it down the track. Even if I did I would be far more fiscally responsible and respect the money of the people. I haven’t seen the books at Treasury, have you? How could I in good conscience commit to spending multi millions of tax payers money without knowing the true figures and where money is allocated and where it is not?

Coupled with this I would ask the people where they want the money spent before committing to feasibility studies and paying for expensive reports. In my experience today’s leaders just come up with a thought bubble to impress you so much that you will vote for them. You decide what that money is invested in, not them.

People are more concerned about the cost of living, paying for children’s education, health, unemployment and disgusted with the disregarding of principles that are lacking at all three tiers of government. If the base is fractured, then everything is flawed. Let’s fix it. We’ll make it happen if you believe it more important to have good governance, open and transparent governance, then seriously consider where your vote is going.

I can promise you that I will not stop until we have our ICAC
(Independent Commission Against Corruption)
THIS MUST HAPPEN

You witness the mismanagement daily. This is what our Mayor has witnessed and trying to clean it up under extreme pressure. Vexatious claims, the truth not being told. If this was not true Chris Loft : Fraser Coast Mayor would not have made such a commitment and Jeanette Maynes and I would not have committed the past 5 years to exposing all this. You would still be getting hit with cat registrations, still paying fake backflow fees and being informed with issues that directly breach the legislation. i.e. rates debacle. But wait, there is more to come.

People are now more aware and involved and opening their eyes to the mismanagement of government and wasteful expenditure.

We championed for video streamlining, for better communications with Council, we saved Pialba Memorial Hall and had the Cenotaph Heritage listed, we championed for mobility mats so all could access the beach and the list goes on. We must champion together for an ICAC or the status quo will continue. Are you going to continue rewarding them for a job poorly done or would you like to complain right from the get go of them being elected and wait until the next election so you can vote again? I know I can’t! #VoteWisely I Will Be!

Vote with your rates notice – get the legislation changed at State level. Who else do you trust to do it?

Insight change in humanity is difficult. If you agree please like  tag, share and tweet and help get this message out.

 

#Vote1JanneanDean4HerveyBay

#BuildingBetterTogether

#ICACnow

Fracking pledge

Fraser Coast is famous for it’s amazing beaches, K’Gari (Fraser Island), pristine waterways, farmlands and cultural heritage.

Wide areas surrounding the largest sand island in the world Island is right here at our doorstep and we are at risk from unconventional gasfield exploration licenses and the Colton coal mine.

We need to stop gasfields and the Colton coal mine risking our land and water before it’s too late!

Our region is a valuable food bowl and is an internationally significant environment worth protecting.

#water4life #fishingNOTfracking #NOfrackingway

#doNOTfrackFraserCoast   #farmingNOTfracking

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 

 

Prepoll Hervey Bay

HERVEY BAY PRE-POLL
82 Dayman Street, Urangan – (cnr Florence Street)

13 Nov – 17 Nov: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
18 Nov: Sat 9am-4pm
20 Nov – 23 Nov: Mon-Thu 9am-5pm
24 Nov: Fri 9am-6pm

MARYBOROUGH PRE-POLL
76 Adelaide Street, Maryborough

13 Nov – 17 Nov: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
20 Nov – 23 Nov: Mon-Thu 9am-5pm
24 Nov: Fri 9am-6pm

I am not having how to vote (HTV) cards in this election – complete waste of money and paper. They cannot be recycled and it is not my place to tell people how to vote.

On Thursday, 21 April 2016 the Queensland Parliament approved a bill to replace optional preferential voting in state elections with a full preferential voting system. Full preferential voting example

Full preferential voting (FPV) means numbering every box on the ballot paper in your preferred order. If every square is not numbered, your vote could be deemed informal and may not be counted.

To make your vote count under the FPV system you must number all candidates in order of your preference. You must:
place a one (1) in the box beside your first preference;
a two (2) in the box beside your second preference;
a three (3) in the box beside your third preference; and
continue numbering until all of the boxes are numbered.

Instructions for completing a formal vote are always on the ballot paper. Please read this information carefully to ensure your vote is counted.

Personally, I would like to see the preferential system gone all together and one vote per person is all that should be required. Promotes a ‘two party system’ that is detrimental to minor parties and independents.

It also concerns me that it should be a secret vote but all the HTVs negate that and certainly have an idea of how people have voted. Not to mention those counting in the background of who took what HTV or whether they took a couple or all of them.

#Vote1JanneanDean4HerveyBay #BuildingBetterTogether

Two contentious issues


On 27th July 5:00 pm, I emailed the CEO thanking Council for the opportunity to represent the 11,000 plus signatures from across the Fraser Coast and requested a Deputation on the Sports Precinct.

It was hoped that Council would show belief in their own decision making by conducting a poll/referendum on deamalgamation and by doing this; it would have assisted in repairing the damage from the previous dysfunctional council. As you would know trust is something that takes a long time to repair, it can, but will never be the same.

This issue has sustained the distance for a reason – people want transparency and accountability. It is not up to 11 people to decide the future direction of everyone’s lives; it is up to them to fully inform the 104,764 current community members, listen to them and then vote on their behalf.

People desire a referendum so Council can demonstrate they are listening.

To date wasteful council expenditure would far out way any costs to deamalgamate. It is my belief that before any further expensive reports are ordered, community consultation must take place to ensure that rate payers money is not squandered on unnecessary marketing, brochures etc on projects that are lacking community support.

Having witnessed several Councillors vote time and time again as divisional Councillors when the CEO has pointed out at a meeting, they are regional Councillors. No wonder the people ask questions and are pretty unhappy.

If population forecasts tell us by 2036 we will have 146,461 people living on the Fraser Coast, makes me think of future planning. i.e. Do we need more now? If the Council remains amalgamated will we require additional regional Councillors? Should we have full-time Councillors? (Stats are doctored all the time in favour of pushing things through, how accurate is this really? Isn’t a regional Councillor a full-time Councillor??)

Further to this, the petition also includes a request for Council to conduct a poll/referendum on the highly controversial sports precinct and requested for several community members to address council at Ordinary Meeting No. 11 on 16th August in Hervey Bay with a Deputation on the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct.
With a State Election happening we have missed the opportunity to have both these contentious issues placed on the ballot paper – reducing costs significantly as opposed to conducting separately.

There should also be included a current poll/referendum on the maximum height / number of storeys in Hervey Bay and on the Hervey Bay Foreshore. Do 20 storey developments also apply to Maryborough and on the Mary River? Does it also apply to any regional locality i.e. Maaroom, Dundowran Beach, River Heads, K’Gari (Fraser Island) etc? More importantly does the significance of the town plan mean anything when it can be changed at whim to accommodate a development application, especially without proper community consultation? And does the minimum 35 metre distance mean nothing at the end of the day? More to be discussed on this in separate post.

The CEO discussed the deputation request with the Mayor and he decided (in accordance with Standing order 16.2) not to allow the deputation on the Sports Precinct.

The reasoning for his decision is as follows:
1. The Council has considered the development of the Sports Precinct on numerous occasions already and has resolved to proceed with the development
2. The Council is now contractually committed to the development of the Sports Precinct

While the Mayor did not provide his consent to the proposed deputation, the CEO would be pleased to receive my correspondence on the matter.

I was gobsmacked so on the 2nd August I emailed the Mayor:

Good Afternoon Chris,

Is the below true?

a) Are you not allowing the Deputation on the Sports Precinct to give the people a say?

The reasoning for the decision is as follows:

1. The Council has considered the development of the Sports Precinct on numerous occasions already and has resolved to proceed with the development.

2. The Council is now contractually committed to the development of the Sports Precinct.

After running your election campaign based pretty much solely on the fact you would do everything possible for the people to stop the sports precinct. I cannot believe you would take away the opportunity from community to have a say, which they are entitled to.

The Sports Precinct could be stopped at any stage with a vote. A new Council could potentially vote to block it for a four-year period or longer. Or possibly sooner if we go to a state election and /or bi-election.

The full amount has not been allocated or even voted on. There is at a minimum $30 – $40 million more required to complete the project plus ongoing maintenance costs that are not accounted for, not voted on, not in a business plan, not contractually committed or even in a budget.

b) Would you please explain how council is contractually committed?
The council is only contractually committed to preliminary earthworks which would certainly compliment a hemp farm. Did you know a hemp processing plant is only $3 million, far more cost effective and beneficial for the entire community? #boosteconomy #supportfarmers #jobs #jobs and more #jobs

Out of respect for the signatories it is important I continue to represent them and upon receipt of your response I will be issuing a media release on this prolonged public dispute.

c) Please explain a deputation on deamalgamation that has been contractually committed too since 2008; is approved but not the Sports Precinct?

Your urgent attention to this would be appreciated. This issue is very clearly not supported by the community and it is not too late to put a stop to it and the people deserve a say/referendum – once and for all to give an exact measurement of any support; either for or against before any further monies are spent/committed to this project.

No response so on the 14th August I forwarded the following:
Chris would you respond to my email dated 2nd August this instant please?

No response so on the 29th August I sent a further email:
Chris I will be needing a response for this today as I will be issuing a media release within 24 hours.

On 31st I received a response:
Sorry I am not in a position to answer this today.
There is lots going on in establishing the new way forward for our region.
Thanks
Chris

So there you go folks, #no consultation, #no deputation, #no sound reasoning and #no community representation.

#fcrc #sportsprecinct #deamalgamation #referendum #storeys #politicalnews

Reforms are necessary

PRESS 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 focused on being the real watchdog of the political landscape from misconduct through to crime and corruption. Only the NSW ICAC model (pre 2016 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

END

#icac #politicalnews #Vote1JanneanDean4HerveyBay

HTV cards so unnecessary

I am not having how to vote (HTV) cards in this election – complete waste of money and paper. They cannot be recycled and it is not my place to tell people how to vote.

Because we have compulsory preferential voting now, it is important every box is numbered. Don’t risk an invalid vote. Click here for ECQ website

Personally, I would like to see the preferential system gone all together and one vote per person is all that should be required. Promotes a ‘two party system’ that is detrimental to minor parties and independents.

It also concerns me that it should be a secret vote but all the HTVs negate that and certainly have an idea of how people have voted. Not to mention those counting in the background of who took what HTV or whether they took a couple or all of them.

#Vote1JanneanDean4HerveyBay

FCRC to conduct 2 polls

PETITION

If you are not one of the 9% who only care if your water runs, toilet flushes and the lights come on and you wish to be heard on these 2 contentious issues; please sign, like  and share. 

Fraser Coast Regional Council conduct 2 polls to gauge exactly what the community wants:

1.  Referendum to put in abeyance the development of the Hervey Bay sports precinct and stop all further development of the above until the people have had their say.
2.  Referendum on the separation of the Maryborough Region (Tiaro, Woocoo shires) from Hervey Bay.

Click on image or here for petition

Hard copies can be download here, distributed and printed for those that do not have internet access. FCRC Poll Petition__hardcopy_24_05_17

 

FCRC Organisational Review tabled in Parliament

The document we have all been waiting for has finally been released.

Thank you to Rob Pyne: Putting Cairns First for tabling the Fraser Coast Regional Council‘s Organisational Review and Development Plan today in Qld Parliament.

The CPEM report was behind the decision to vote for the dismissal of CEO Lisa Desmond, which was carried 7 / 4 at a confidential council meeting on April 6.

Recommendations Review Feedback to the Organisation – pages 93 and 94

1. There needs to be a public thank-you from the Mayor for their commitment to improve the organisation.

2. A feedback document should be created that summarises all findings for all staff.

Councillors

3. Elected members (Mayor and Councillors) need to undergo significant training and development focused on appropriate Councillor behaviour.

This includes but is not limited to:

i. Understanding the strategic and governance role of Councillors acting as if they were a board

ii. Councillor behaviour when dealing with operational staff such that inappropriate micromanaging behaviour ceases from Councillors and allows the operational and management staff to perform their duties without inappropriate interference

iii. Councillor behaviour when dealing externally with community and/or media to ensure appropriate perception and reputation management of the organisation

4. The relationship between the Mayor, other elected members, and the CEO must be significantly addressed to minimise the current state of trauma and embarrassment within the organisation.

This should include:

i. Agreed delegated authority confirmed by Councillors as a group

ii. Agreed protocols for information sharing, communication and decision making

iii. Agreed and transparent accountability around professional conduct of both the Mayor/Councillors and CEO

CEO

5. The CEO needs to rebalance (redacted)– focus on leadership (strategy, culture and people) and management (task and function) so (redacted) significantly increase leadership behaviours and delegates typical management tasks and behaviours.

6. The CEO needs to move from a directive autocratic style of decision making towards a more consultative style of decision making thus demonstrating respect for internal expertise.

7. The CEO needs to develop a set of delegated authorities that will significantly limit. ed to get involved in day-to-day operational issues.

8. The CEO would benefit from setting up a series of clear observable and measurable KPls for senior and key staff which will obviate (redacted) to become involved in numerous meetings, conversation and decisions.

9. The CEO needs to actively increase the leadership capability of (redacted) Executive Management Team. This should include but not be limited to; i. Developing contemporary leadership competencies and behaviours ii. Developing a dynamic and interdependent leadership team

10. The CEO needs to significantly improve the clarity, transparency, and reasoning behind decisions being made.

11. The CEO needs to actively support, encourage, and drive a values based, high performance, customer centric culture that has zero tolerance for bullying, harassment, favouritism or other behaviours that reflect poorly on the integrity of the organisation.

Click here for undated, titled ‘Fraser Coast Regional Council – Organisational Review and Development Plan’ (redacted)

#transparency  #goodgovernance  #politicalnews