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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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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

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

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

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#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

Long term inaction and cover-ups

PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURE – A MUST READ

Many documents were tabled in Qld Parliament today by Member of Parliament Rob Pyne – not only putting Cairns FIRST; also putting every other region First. Representing all Queenslanders.

The only politician standing up for transparency and integrity.

Here is one of the many tabled documents to give you an idea on why an Independent Commission Against Corruption should immediately be established. Fraser Coast Regional Council is not the only Council in Queensland that needs investigating.

“The Department of Local Government and the Crime and Conduct Commission (CCC) have exacerbated the situation by their long term inaction and cover-ups which has left the staff and community at unacceptable risk physically, financially and emotionally.” Anonymous