Current Issues

LOCAL

 1.  Health

  • 24 hour Pharmacy
  • Waiting list on waiting list needs to be reduced
  • Obesity Epidemic 70% is obese or overweight in the Widebay – 25% deaths are avoidable
  • Attract special doctors

2.  Sport

  • $56.8 million and rising Fraser Coast Sports Complex with little or no benefit to Maryborough & Districts citizens. The cost to ratepayers in the future will be colossal.
  • How much will each Satellite Hub (building) cost each little club?
  • Sporting Clubs and Associations forced to move.
  • Who will manage Satellite Hubs? Possibly managed by Hervey Bay RSL and / or Hervey Bay Boat Club. (they can name their price, fees and rent through the roof!  I can see a complete collapse of most local children’s sport and a rise in obesity from 50% to 75%+)
  • Invest in Tavistock Street and Boundary Road Sporting Precinct
  • Utilise school sporting facilities that are not being used on a weekend.
  • Swimming Pools – review entry costs; open pools at night over the summer months.

3.  Environmental

  • Fraser Coast Regional Council currently working off a 2007 Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP). This plan is 8 years old, out of date and needs not in line with modern practices and current technology.
  • Foreshore Management Plan in place before any works carried out along our beautiful foreshore.
  • Toogoom Rock Wall
  • Hervey Bay Rock Wall – $4 million so far….
  • Geotextile sand bagging, horizontally and compactly laid, tiered along the Torquay, Scarness and Pialba foreshores.
  • Sand from the Dayman Spit which has accumulated there since the Marina was extended should be used.
  • Further sand nourishment with vegetation and tree planting along the lines of the Five Lines of Defense implemented between 1974 and 1999, can be undertaken.
  • Phellinus Noxius – brown root disease
  • $8 million to embellish foreshore plus $7.2 million to repair damage done by embellishment

4.  Education

  • TAFE
  • Technical schools to make a come back

 5.  Household Expenses

  • Rates – Land and Water
  • Power
  • Fuel
  • Pets – Registrations, vaccinations, electronic tagging etc

 6.  Employment

  • Fraser Coast has highest unemployment rates in Australia
  • Work for the Dole Programme – positives and negatives
  • Creating jobs through farming and agriculture
  • Hemp Industry – phase out sugar as it creates a lot of health problems (THE Fraser Coast is on the verge of a health crisis with reported cases of type two diabetes rising by an enormous 17% in Hervey Bay in just two years.  The instances of the disease rose by 5% in Maryborough during the same period.The figures are a shocking show of the health in the region considering about 60% of cases of type two diabetes are preventable through an active lifestyle and healthy eating.Hervey Bay had the sharpest rise in type 2 diabetes cases with the Burnett the closest rival at 11% followed by Gympie which saw an increase of 10%.)
  • Anything made with plastic can be made with hemp.  24,000 + products
  • Support our farmers, boost our economy
  • Medical Cannabis
  • Reinvest in Light Rail System networking the Fraser Coast
  • New airport that we can fly north, east, south & west – Hervey Bay airport currently operating on a special permit because of defect in runway – yearly maintenance.  Fuel has been removed from Maryborough airport.
  • Build trains in Maryborough
  • Make fly in fly out simpler for employees – strain on family relations
  • Ageism / Discrimination
  • Tourism
  • Encourage companies like Sara Lea, Corsico (Ikea) and warehouse operators to region
  • Support Small Business
  • Incentives for small business to employ locals
  • Penalty rates
  • Bring a ‘complete’ Government Department to the Fraser Coast  i.e. Tourism or fisheries in Hervey Bay, Heritage in Maryborough
  • Indigenous Youth Employment / Training Programme
  • Renewable Energies

7.  Population

  • Increase population to 100,000 we become self-sustaining
  • ‘Build and they will come’ mindset has to change – we need AFFORDABILITY!  We need to utilise, build, create, introduce revolutionary ‘industries’ like hemp, wind or underwater turbines, solar, organic farms, medical cannabis; industries that are forever sustainable and then the people will come. This will also lower rates, by making things more affordable. ‘Affordability ATTRACTS People’ not High Rates, Empty Buildings and No Jobs!

8.  Whale Watching

  • All permits and fees need to be fair and equitable across the Whale Watching Industry including all operators
  • Direct marketing needs to be improved State Wide i.e. billboards on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast
  • Government needs to work in partnership to enhance the process in enhancing small business growth
  • Eight (8) operators battling to keep their small businesses operating. – There are plenty of permits sitting on the shelf.
  • Operators be able to sublease and run charters
  • Ability to hold a permit for a year without operating (take a year off without losing the permit) so small business can inject this money back into their business
  • Brochures and information provided by QPWS.

9.  Indigenous

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Bush Medicine ‘brushwood tree’ currently being researched by Macquarie University.
  • Cultural Centre
  • Tours

10. Fraser Island (K’Gari) Tourism

  • Return quick transfers to Marina
  • Conduct information sessions on barge transfers
  • Strategies for managing visitors are imperative if tourism is to remain sustainable
  • Establish an Interpretive / Information Centre
  • Brochures or other educational material to be provided to visitors at entry points.
  • Random inspections of vehicles to prevent flora and fauna from being removed
  • An informative talk by rangers or an Indigenous adviser whilst people waiting for barge
  • Butchulla People to run educational bus tours
  • Butchulla People to have camp fires for tourists including:
  • Aboriginal music
  • Aboriginal art – resources utilised including body art
  • Didgeridoo – history and playing
  • Dreamtime
  • Bush Tucker
  • Indigenous language

11. Dingo Management

  • Save the Fraser Island Dingoes before they are extinct
  • Establish Wildlife Centre
  • Develop application using facial technology
  • Feeding Station / Study Zone
  • Consider legislation protecting government agencies from litigation
  • Establish a Wildlife Advisory Committee

12. Fraser Coast Regional Council

  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Video streamline Council Meetings – Granted and approved
  • Proper scrutiny by Minister for Local Government with Independent Investigators
  • Return Whale Festival to original format – Encourages activity – Competition for schools for best float – Supports small business
  • Rates for residential, commercial and industrial highest of 15 major councils in Queensland – (32 categories)
  • Road completions very timely
  • Paving is inadequate in many areas
  • Appropriate Development
  • The back to back 6 to 8 story high rise from Beach Road to Urangan on the landward side of the Esplanade Road, already approved by FCRC
    Master plan for extensive parts of the Esplanade in Torquay, Scarness and Pialba between the shoreline and the Esplanade Road are already on the drawing boards of a private town planning company. Needs to be questioned and addressed at Queensland State Government level by the Ministers for Development, Local councils and the Environment, in terms of proper state environmental protections and impacts of severe weather events and climate change.
  • Ongoing maintenance costs caused by the removal of vegetation and trees
  • Waste of rate payers money on projects that are beautifying instead of critical infrastructure
  • CEO position to come in line with tenure of Council.
  • Marina Precinct Plan
  • Fraser Coast Sports Precinct
  • Fisherman’s Park Plan
  • Planning Scheme
  • Foreshore Development Plan
  • Wide Bay Water
  • Bike Trail $11 million
  • Introduce Environmental / Sustainability Portfolio
  • Introduce:
    Private Member’s Bill – Container Deposit Scheme
    Green Waste Bin
    2 Hard Rubbish Collections per year
    Review Tip Fees
    More visible rubbish bins along the foreshore at beach access points
    Restrictions on throwing ‘junk mail’ from moving vehicles onto nature strips
  • 2 vouchers issued with rates – reduce illegal dumping
  • Animal Registrations to be reviewed
  • Animal Management to be reviewed
  • Disability access mats to beach – Granted and purchased
  • Seafront Oval – Protected

13. Protection of Hervey Bay Foreshore

  • Geotextile sand bagging, horizontally and compactly laid, tiered along the Torquay, Scarness and Pialba foreshores
  • Sand from the Dayman Spit which has accumulated there since the Marina was extended should be used.
  • Further sand nourishment with vegetation and tree planting along the lines of the Four Lines of Defense implemented between 1974 and 1999, can be undertaken.

14. Voting

  • Prior to an election, every registered voter with the AEC; receives a card with their name and address on it.
  • When voting that card must be presented with identification, (drivers licence, passport, or other; proving identity and address).
  • The card is then collected by the person crossing your name off the roll, before receiving voting papers.
  • At the end of election the number of cards should equate to the number of names crossed off the roll.
  • Alternatively, you could have computer with AEC electoral roll database and mark off as voted so every polling booth will be immediately up to date – stops additional voting
  • Referendum voting on policies
  • Councillors to be elected under Portfolio expertise.
  • Availability for people to vote on line through the My Government, AEC or ATO website.

15. Heritage

  • Pialba Memorial Hall – Protected
  • Pialba Memorial Cenotaph – Qld State Heritage Listed
  • Railway Station – Protected
  • Historical Plaques
  • Old Maryborough Original Township Site – Protected
  • Moolyyir Creek

 

STATE

1.  Assets / Resources

  • Not for Sale
  • No Leasing

 2.  Farming

  • Without our farmers we don’t eat. Small businesses were the backbone of this country
  • The banks should be using Policy of Conscience.
  • We as Australians need to keep our land and support our people
  • No more overseas sales of land
  • Supermarket duopoly to increase payment to farmers
  • The right of ownership to everything that is produced on the farm without government interference
  • The right to make any and all decisions on the use of private property that does not harm others

3.  Government Advertising

  • Christmas cards – non-functional and waste of tax payer’s money
  • Election Campaign Materials – another waste of tax payer’s money
  • Negative Campaigns – People are desensitised to this sort of marketing approach, we need to start putting a positive spin on it.

4.  QBuild

  • Investigate dismantling QBuild so local small business can employ locals.

5.  Roads

  • Connecting roads
  • Road works take lengthy periods to complete
  • Several intersections are dangerous

6.  Employment

  • National disgrace with Qld at an all-time high
  • Creating jobs through farming and agriculture
  • Build our trains, submarines and ships in Australia
  • Help small business
  • Keep jobs in Australia
  • Invest in Innovation.
  • Make fly in fly out simpler for employees – strain on family relations
  • Ageism / Discrimination
  • Tourism
  • Light Industry
  • Agriculture

7.  Whale Watching

  • All permits and fees need to be fair and equitable across the Whale Watching Industry including all operators
  • Direct marketing needs to be improved State Wide i.e. billboards on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast
  • Government needs to work in partnership to enhance the process in enhancing small business growth
  • There are plenty of permits sitting on the shelf.
  • Brochures and information provided by QPWS.
  • Operators be able to sublease and run charters
  • Ability to hold a permit for a year without operating (take a year off without losing the permit) so small business can inject this money back into their business

8.  Drugs / Alcohol / Addiction

  • Legalise – Medical Cannabis – We are wasting $9 million on 5 yrs of clinical trials when the research has been done globally and we could be creating employment with this money. We need to give it to those suffering for treatment and cure now – not wait another 5 yrs.  Why aren’t we supporting OUR farmers and boosting OUR economy?  We really need to be pushing for cannabis to be grown and made in Australia and not imported – this is important not only to our farmers and economy but for quality control.
  • Will remove part of the criminal element
  • Treat drug addiction as a health issue. For every $1 spent on treatment centres $3 is saved on crime.
  • Raise drinking age to 21
  • Foster healthy celebrations for schoolies and not encourage alcohol and drug taking which results in poor behaviour

9.  Judicial System

  • Sex Offender Register
  • Laws need to be just and a deterrent – Crime Penalties – Jail sentencing
  • Style of boot camp for alcohol, drug and petty criminals – minimum 6 months including counselling / treatment
  • Paedophiles and sex offenders never to be released
  • Qld Bail Act 1980
  • No Parole period – do the crime, do the time
  • Life means life – not 25 yrs and out earlier
  • Hardened criminals i.e. murders, armed robbers – put to work – grow own food etc
  • Amber Alert

 

FEDERAL

1.  Laws should be the same for all of Australia and not different in each state

  • Driving i.e. NSW P Plater can only do 80km per hour yet in Qld and Vic they can do 100km
  • Cannabis is decriminalised in Canberra and Adelaide – different laws in every state
  • Energy bills should be regulated Australia wide
  • Stamp duty different each state
  • Motor Vehicle Registration
  • Australian Constitution must be upheld
  • Family Court Review
  • Duplication across State and Federal

2.  Politicians

  • Drive own car
  • Take or buy own lunch supporting small business
  • Superannuation access same as everyone else
  • Open, transparent and accountable
  • Salaries and Perks
  • Over governed
  • Over regulated

3.  Centrelink Payments

  • Increase $’s for better quality of living

4.  Taxation

  • First $10,000 paid on mortgage each year tax deductible
  • Second job tax halved

5.  Drugs / Alcohol / Addiction

  • Legalise – Medical Cannabis
  • This will assist in stimulating the economy and open up jobs all over the country
  • Will remove part of the criminal element
  • Treat drug addiction as a health issue. For every $1 spent on treatment centres $3 is saved on crime.
  • Raise drinking age to 21
  • Foster healthy celebrations for schoolies and not encourage alcohol and drug taking which results in poor behaviour

6.  Judicial System

  • Sex Offender Register
  • Laws need to be just and a deterrent – Crime Penalties – Jail sentencing
  • Style of boot camp for alcohol, drug and petty criminals – minimum 6 months including counselling / treatment
  • Paedophiles and sex offenders never to be released
  • Qld Bail Act 1980
  • No Parole period – do the crime, do the time
  • Life means life – not 25 yrs and out earlier
  • Hardened criminals i.e. murders, armed robbers – put to work – grow own food etc
  • Amber Alert

7.  Health

  • Include dental on National Health Scheme
  • Cheaper Medicines
  • Free Medical
  • Hearing Aid – elderly don’t wear (value $1600) faulty

8.  Education

  • Free education for all
  • Overseas students pay fees set by Universities
  • Increase school time so homework is not necessary; encouraging family time
  • Technical schools to make a come back

9.  Voting

  • Prior to an election, every registered voter with the AEC; receives a card with their name and address on it.
  • When voting that card must be presented with identification, (drivers licence, passport, or other; proving identity and address).
  • The card is then collected by the person crossing your name off the roll, before receiving voting papers.
  • At the end of election the number of cards should equate to the number of names crossed off the roll.
  • It costs the Australian taxpayer approximately $100 Million, to hold a federal election. This is separate to electoral funding those political parties and independents receive. It is important to our democracy, that we have trust in our voting system. From what I have seen and heard, we don’t.
  • Alternatively, you could have computer with AEC electoral roll database and mark off as voted so every polling booth will be immediately up to date – stops additional voting
  • Referendum voting on policies
  • Councillors be elected under Portfolio expertise.
  • Availability for people to vote on line through the My Government, AEC or ATO website.

10. Supermarkets

  • Colour coded labeling system to assist people.
    GREEN – Totally Australian, Australian product, Australian owned company, Australian produced
    BLUE – Must be an Australian product or Australian owned company
    RED – Totally foreign, foreign product, foreign company
  • There must be TRUTH in labeling!
  • HALAL – no religious labeling, there is no Christian, Orthodox, Buddhist
  • Touch screens in aisles to access product information
  • Duopoly
  • Touch screens to be placed in aisles to access up to date product information
  • Disability trolleys

11. Environmental

  • The rights that go with freehold title, including the exclusion of entry without a magistrate’s warrant.
  • The right to build dams and catch water without licence or regulation on Family properties. (Not applicable to rivers and creeks).
  • Hardwood Timber Industry
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Renewable Energy
  • Deposit Legislation

12. Sport

  • Free sport for school aged children – reduces obesity, increases health for body, mind and spirit

13. Childcare

  • Must be cheaper; making it worthwhile for parents to place their child / children in care
  • Employers to be more flexible and possible set up child care facilities within business framework

14. Family

  • Return of a moral compass
  • Encourage business to adopt family value practices with adding child care facilities or flexibility in the workplace
  • Family Court Review – Children need their fathers
  • Parental rights and obligations

15. Indigenous

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Constitutional Acknowledgement

16. Immigration / Asylum Seekers

  • Using current legislation enables people to pay their own way and allows being able to apply for visa
  • Assist farmers

17. Employment

  • National disgrace with Qld at an all-time high
  • Creating jobs through farming and agriculture
  • Build our trains, submarines and ships in Australia
  • Help small business
  • Keep jobs in Australia
  • Invest in Innovation
  • Make fly in fly out simpler for employees – strain on family relations
  • Ageism / Discrimination
  • Tourism
  • Light Industry
  • Small Business
  • Agriculture
  • Society is 24/7 wage appropriate for different types of industries

Subject to continual editorials and updates

Most of the policies are underway and in final stages, having contributions from many people.

These Policies will be ‘People Policies’ written by Australians for Australians with life experience and not just text book knowledge.

POWER back to the People!

Your thoughts on any matters are welcomed.

 

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