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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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Vote of ‘NO CONFIDENCE’

PRESS RELEASE

Vote of ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ in Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Another classic example of local government gone “mad” with no accountability to who really matters – the rate payers who put them there!

How is it in the interest of the rate payer to use their money to fund an appeal to the Supreme Court’s decision when this money has been ordered to be refunded?

AND why has this gone unchecked for so long? This makes me furious! And is exactly why I am running for a State seat in the current Qld election, we have to stop the rort and the sheer incompetence!

How an Administrator hasn’t been called in already is beyond comprehension as this would never happen in the private sector.

Holding Government (at any level) to account is a corner stone of my platform and an issue I am very passionate about. The CEO states the money has been spent and believes the rates were lawfully set but also states they failed to comply with the LGA. Unlike the CEO, the rate payer cannot just say they spent the money and not pay their rates. Court Orders must be upheld.

The fact that many of Councils in Qld are in the same boat demands that appropriate action be taken. Makes one wonder who was providing advice to them.

It’s appalling that this could happen to honest hard-working Australians, the FCRC is clearly living in a delusional “bubble” if they think for one minute their constituents would welcome their CEO’s decision.

What does this mean to the rate payer? Will interest be paid? What happens to homes sold for arrears in rates? $12,822,648 million in overdue rates, will this be waivered? What happens to deceased estates? Will there be class action?

FCRC needs to explain this and many other serious outstanding matters including the $170 million. Why wasn’t this money on the books? Where was this black money being spent? Why hasn’t the outgoing CEO who received big dollars to have the “wheels fall off the bus”; answered to this? Who else on Council knew about this?

It’s a conspiracy in the true definition of the word. How is this a democracy? This is a total money grab and to waste even more money attempting to change the Supreme Court decision is disgraceful.

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#fcrc #lgaq #reform #ICACnow #BuildingBetterTogether #AustraliasAgonyAunt

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

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

Councillors ignore community by voting 6/5

SPORTS PRECINCT UPDATE

 

I am not shocked but I am extremely disappointed in the decision by Fraser Coast Regional Council? today; voting 6/5 on #7million dollars without a business case.

Councillors who are allowing this to continue:

Councillor Paul Truscott – Division 3
Councillor Daniel Sanderson? (President – Football Maryborough) – Division 4
Councillor David Lewis? – Division 6
Councillor Darren Everard? – Division 7
Councillor Stuart Taylor? (President – Executive Members of Council, Wide Bay Football & Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets FC) – Division 9
Councillor George Seymour? – Division 10

This makes me angry to think an out of towner has the contract. What about local spend Councillors?

These Councillors just don’t get it! Maybe they should consider resigning, they certainly are not listening to the community they are meant to be representing IMHOATT.

The difference between the two voting pacts; one is community up, the other is government down. Pretty obvious to me.

The estimate of the project will now be over #55million dollars. I believe it will be at least double that.

There is still NO Federal funding
There is still NO State funding
ALL ratepayers money 🙁

Do you think it wise spending of rate payer money Councillors when it only gets us this?
* Bulk earthworks
* Fence around it all
* Northern Road 250 car parks
* Water reticulation, electric and lighting facilities

There are NO:
* soccer fields
* netball courts
* change rooms
* toilets
* canteens

Nothing in the budget for maintenance going forward.

Think my first live discussion will need to include this as one of the topics. Too many questions unanswered. It is my opinion that there is far more to this considering the Councillors still pursuing after a great deal of opposition from the community across the entire Fraser Coast.This is a very poor decision, using very poor judgement.

Click here to read and sign the petition

#NO2sportsprecinct
#politicalnews
#icac

Public Interest Disclosure is no leaking matter

MEDIA RELEASE

This was sent to media outlets on Wednesday 28th May 2017 in relation to the Fraser Coast Chronicle article which has since been removed.

If you have information about wrongdoing in the public sector, it is in the interests of all Queenslanders that this information is disclosed to someone with the power and ability to act.
Disclosures by members of the public and public sector employees help uncover corruption, misuse of public resources and poor administration. Reporting wrongdoing allows the matter to be investigated and action taken. This helps stop corruption, misuse of resources or wrongdoing and helps public sector agencies prevent it from reoccurring.
The Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act 2010 encourages people to make public interest disclosures and provides protections to those who do. In simple terms, this is a form of whistle-blower protection.

Maybe the Councillors need to read the Regulations of the Local Government (LG) Act, CCC Act and PID Act. If people were acting appropriately there would be no need to have an Act where decency and honesty are made compulsory in elected and organisational leadership and we certainly would not be having these types of issues and reports full stop. Evidently this shows there are major failings within both local and state governments. Further to this, the many complaints within the Fraser Coast Regional Council, both elected and management, shows they are worthy of an ‘F’ on their score sheet in my opinion.

The CPEM Report highlighted the problem did not start or end with the CEO, it was justifiably chastising of the councillors and executive and management team.
Do the councillors’ comments published in the Chronicle warrant a formal complaint to the CCC for breach of the PID Act? Did they not see this document is clearly marked PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURE (PID) stamped in red on every page? I cannot see how they could have missed it.

Under the PID Act a relevant person can make a PID to a Member of Parliament and a Member of Parliament can do certain things with that information including, but not limited to, tabling it in parliament.

Did the Councillors attacking Rob Pyne ‘the messenger’ and making reference to a ‘leak’ know it is an offence under the PID Act? The assumptions of these councillors are offensive to the truth and demonstrates that some councillors are not able to operate with integrity and transparency in the public interest. Councillors should not be questioning motive or origins of this CPEM report in the form of a PID. Council should have already published it. The report tabled in Parliament is the subject of a council resolution that stated the report, as redacted, be released to the public. It is understood that Council got caught up in their redaction process however the redactions in the tabled document are more than adequate. The councillors’ comments not only contradict the intent of their own resolution; it seems they may have breached the PID Act as well.

Is this action by disgruntled counsellors reasonable under the circumstances? Is it an example of how well council is working following the CPEM’s report, findings and recommendations which are costing rate payers exponentially? The public are entitled to have access to this report and counsellors trying to bury it should be embarrassed and ashamed.
Why did it take an MP out of our region when we have four that have not had the courage nor conviction to right the wrong? Where was / is Keith Pitt LNP Member for Hinkler? Where was / is Bruce Saunders LAB Member for Maryborough? Where was / is Llew O’Brien Member for Wide Bay? Where was / is Ted Sorensen Member for Hervey Bay? All I can say is thank God for Rob Pyne. Why are our local MP’s not standing up for the staff at Fraser Coast Regional Council?

While the findings reinforce a State Government report handed down in 2016, they go further to identify “councillor behaviour of in-fighting, political game playing” and “significant risk around psychological safety across the organisation” and many other issues. The first step to recovery is to admit there is a problem and some councillors are yet to cross that bridge and work together towards real solutions to the organisations problems. These problems are not in dispute.

All of Council (the whole entity of elected and management) needs to be united with strength which involves seeing this mess thoroughly understood and working through the necessary changes which will be a blend of staff and systems. Managers must begin to act as any employee should and stop behaving like they are Directors of a Company, and thinking they know what the community needs and wants when in fact their view of the world is not rooted in reality at all. They are not operating with a foundation of reality and they do not know what is needed or wanted. They are representatives of the people. The rate payers are the boss. Rate payers pay the salaries and all the perks of the job. I certainly am not paying for this shameful conduct to continue. Are you? What values are we teaching our children if we let this continue?

The Crime and Conduct Commission (CCC) Amendment Act says that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must now do a full report and state clearly all reasons a complaint was NOT referred to the CCC. It seems that there are plenty of reports here that should have been sent to the CCC.

Anyone who has followed Rob Pyne’s actions and agitation on local government would appreciate that he has a strong calling for an ICAC style inquiry into local government. Such an inquiry could deal with the thousands of local government complaints that ‘go missing’ in the current complaint system.

I join Rob Pyne in calling for an ICAC style inquiry into the Queensland Local Government. Who else believes it obligatory?

Fraser Coast Regional Council need to get on and do the job they are paid to do and stop the harm! This whole situation may give weight to the increasing call for deamalgamation.
I have taken this paragraph out because it is not correct, nor relevant to the CPEM report. The CPEM report is not a “complaint” and does not have to be reported publicly. Except council passed a resolution to do so and that has been delayed which has probably lead to the PID being sent to Rob Pyne.

 

 

#toxicculture  #icac  #transparency  #politicalnews

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

 

Deputy Premier tables Fraser Coast Regional Council report

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Glenn Lazarus Team candidate for the Federal Seat of Hinkler and well known Community Advocate, Jannean Dean, today said no amount of Queensland State Government intervention is going to solve the issues currently facing the Fraser Coast Regional Council. These sentiments were echoed in the Report on the Fraser Coast Regional Council which the Hon Jacklyn Trad tabled in Queensland Parliament today – “No amount of State intervention is likely to resolve inter-personal issues of this nature.” 

“If this is so, why is the Queensland State Government not acting now,” Ms Dean asked today.  

“How much longer are we expected to tolerate this continued poor behaviour from our elected representatives?” 

“It is clear from reading the Report that the information contained within has confirmed our suspicions and I believe there is more to be disclosed.” 

“In my view, there are sufficient grounds to sack the entire Council and Executive Team and with the weight of the statement above this should be expedited. Even with mediation, communications have deteriorated and the continued presence of the current Council is not tenable.”

“There is reasonable prospect of the council working well with a new CEO and after a proper internal review. Only the council and in particular the mayor, have the power AND DUTY to deal with the CEO”.

“I CALL ON the Mayor Chris Loft to sack the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Desmond immediately.”  

“I also request the release of details of the one substantiated complaint of the 33 lodged. The people of Fraser Coast would also like to know if the remaining 14 complaints mentioned in the report have been fully investigated or are still ongoing?”

“We as a community deserve to know the reason why one of the 33 complaints has been investigated and substantiated? We need to know the breakdown of the complaints, the time frame in relation to the election. I believe the majority of the complaints would relate to the previous Council / Mayor and not the current Council / Mayor.”

“Right now, I do not care if we have to pay, it is inevitable – the CEO must GO!”

“We deserve to have strong leadership, goodwill and more importantly good governance. The Council has been plagued with infighting and because of this they have failed to provide good government. They have been brought to a stand still with dysfunction and are unable to work together in the region’s best interests. The people of the Fraser Coast deserve a Council that will represent them with pride, upholding the 5 Principles of the Local Government Act and it is my opinion the current Council will never be able to work together for the betterment of the community. Time is money and they are wasting rate payers money”.

“There are several Councillors who have my support and I continue to support Mayor Chris Loft. If our Mayor was supported by a team of Councillors that represented their Divisions and Portfolio, embracing their regional role; we would have a dynamic regional Council. Sadly this is not the case.”

ENDS

Read the Report: fcrc-report-from-trad-2016-11-02

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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.”