Election, Jannean Dean, Mayor, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser CoastHow I engage in life on the Fraser Coast – Jannean Dean

“You Don’t Need Sight To Have Vision

Politics cannot be about one individual; whether it be Local, State OR Federal Governments; it has to be about the entire population and the people that it represents. Time is precious and things need to change.

I am not a member of any political party and aim to stay that way.

All campaigns are completely self-funded.

Work History

I am confident in being able to achieve anything I set out to do. Having worked at the Law Department, Ministers Office for Survey and Mapping, 2nd in charge of Qld Hardwood Sawmills, Executive Secretary to Director of Education Training and Services amongst other executive management positions equips me to have more than enough experience to represent our community. I am driven by my passion for all people and not by ego or money. Currently I am studying Diploma of Counselling with 6 study majors and a strong community advocate 7 days a week. I am job fit.

Previously I have worked in voluntary capacities as Executive Secretary and Fete Coordinator to the Parish Council of Hervey Bay Anglican Church, Executive Secretary to Hervey Bay Football Association (soccer), assisted in the co-ordination of Children’s Ministry and supported families and individuals in crisis.


I have attended many Council meetings in person and addressed council in Public Participation on several issues including a deputation. Thankful to Council for giving the green light to my request for livestreaming council meetings. I would like to see public participation included also in the near future, so those having the courage to speak to council may get some support from their community and be aware of some of the issues they face.

With so many issues at a local level we need to ask why? Just look at the recent rates debacle where council has not complied with the legislation making them invalid. Then declining that both parties pay their own costs, ratepayers are paying for not only council costs but the appellant by judgement of the court because they wouldn’t go 50/50. This not only affected us but 25 plus other Councils across Qld. Something is seriously wrong.

How much money does the Local Government Associate of Qld (LGAQ) actually get from ratepayers? Why do we need them? So many questions, so few answers.

Saving the Fraser Island Dingo is something I champion for and the State Government and they still have not listened. I have written a policy endorsed by many that have solutions to the issues surrounding K’Gari (Fraser Island) and our rapidly declining dingoes. Save the dingoes before they are extinct.

I am a strong advocate / campaigner for Medical Cannabis because people are suffering needlessly. People’s rights are at risk. Laws are different in every state. These laws need to be the same for the entire Nation in my opinion. Why people are suffering needlessly is beyond me and the fight for Drug Law Reform will continue until people’s rights are returned to them. Addiction must be treated as a health issue. The opposite of addiction is connection.

The Hemp Industry is a million-dollar crop and a trillion-dollar industry – why don’t we have this already? We need to be preserving and protecting our water and we can replace everything plastic and start to clean up our oceans and waterways. Support our farmers, protect the environment, boost our economy and create jobs, jobs and more jobs. We must start phasing out plastic. We cannot continue to land fill at the enormous expense without considering alternatives. Having championed with others the Qld State Government agreed to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme. It was set for July 2018 but has been delayed until November 2018.

We are right in the middle of a food bowl, by 2050, 9 billion people will be wanting to be fed, we should be tapping into this right now. I support our commercial fishing industry and believe there is room for recreational fishing also, but both must be subjected to the same legislation. We need infrastructure that complements sustainable industries that value add across many portfolios. Decentralisation of government departments would be welcomed here.


I have and continue to grow excellent partnerships with many across Australia of which I regularly communicate with. If I can video call, I will. Costs nothing to use technology this way. Emails, phone calls, social media are all excellent tools, I utilise on a daily basis. When I travel across the region, throughout the state and fly interstate, it has a silver lining, as I get to see my loved ones. At my expense. Everything I do revolves around people – it is my purpose. I don’t profess to know everything and I know there are much smarter people than me out there but someone must stand up for those that don’t have a voice. I genuinely care so I want what is best for everyone, even those that don’t agree or those that spread misinformation about me. When someone asks for my support and I can see an injustice and / or I am in a position to help with whatever gifts, skills and resources I have, I do and will continue too.

I have been constant, committed and behaved as one would expect an advocate to behave. I am fine with being corrected and if you can show me a better way I am more than happy to embrace it and run with it.


I support many community advocates across many portfolios throughout Australia. I have donated to many by way of a cash donation, pay it forward, purchasing medical equipment, purchasing marketing materials and gifting them, pay for printing of posters for groups having events, many ways and often. I have assisted many families by welcoming teenagers into my home and support the family to unify them. This is who I am, this is what I do. Not for money as some are saying. I have run in several elections and it has cost me money. I have not received one cent of tax payer’s money. It is ridiculous to think I would be in it for the money when I’m spending my own for no return other than caring for others.

Someone like me cannot play on an even ground with the majors, there is a lot of grubbiness in politics and this most definitely has to go. Right from the get go it has been difficult with getting fair play in the media. Earlier on before I started asking too many questions it was ok, but as my knowledge and understanding increased and now have a fairly good idea on what has and is transpiring, it is becoming more apparent that the truth will be exposed and because I won’t go away, I will probably be threatened again.

They can call me a serial candidate but they need to add ‘serious’ to that. It is not a game to me, this is serious business when your representing someone else. The bullies and online trolls will not stop me from speaking up on the issues that need addressing. We need the facts, what is it with all this practice of secret squirrel business today? Why is it necessary that I be threatened, bullied, intimidated and misinformation spread about me? Must be onto something!

Never did it cross my mind that cottonwoods would end up shining a light on so many more important issues.


I have been to every town and regional locality across the entire Fraser Coast several times and still have not spoken to everyone.

Part of the problem is exposure and unless you have a big budget and team of people working for you through political alliances, you are at a disadvantage. Working out how to overcome that is challenging and a steep learning curve. My passion for a better tomorrow has never wavered and the community knows that I don’t give up and follow through on my commitments. Even though I have not been elected, I have not gone away and continued to support those that need it daily. Not like most candidates just go away and don’t get involved until an election is called.


I cannot control what other people think as far as my allegiances go, and I understand why people would associate me with others. The important thing to remember is you have to have some sort of relationship with everyone to have conversations. There are several people I have no admiration for in the political world but they wouldn’t know it because I respect the conversation and work with them.

As for Chris Loft, this goes much further than the man himself and people will learn about this over the coming weeks. What he did with staff bullying and having the CEO removed was also part of my campaign in the last Mayoral election and I will support the issue first and foremost. People may see it as supporting the man which I do, but I see it more importantly as supporting what is right. Chris Loft did not get my vote, I voted for ‘me’ but I stand by him as he has had an uphill battle right from the get go, being targeting in my opinion. Remember, “the wheels fell off the bus” 3 days before election day in 2016. Non-compliance. https://janneandean.com.au/ceo-calls-executive-team-urgent-meeting

There is so much unrest in council chamber, contrary to what you may read in the media. I rallied with others to end council chaos. There is way too much political interference and a democratically elected Mayor was sacked. We are told he was sacked due to the reasons before the court which was not following the correct procedures, but he was sacked for exposing corruption in my opinion.  Remember the secret $170million slush fund?

Government Partnerships

During this past 5 years I have met and spoken with several times, the Qld Premier, State Ministers, Director Generals and executive levels of Qld State Government Departments, Senators and Members of Parliament; working in partnership to be in a position to deliver. These are healthy relationships; which will provide further discussions and benefits in the near future.


  • As a protector of the environment, I have rallied and voiced my concerns over the removal of the 4 lines of defence along our coastline because of irresponsible / inappropriate development. I have coordinated, organised, participated and attended many events, forums and alike. More recently in the #water4life campaign in Maryborough and asking the Government #dontfrackthefrasercoast. Water security is paramount.
  • I am passionate about our Heritage and in 2016 had Pialba Memorial Cenotaph Queensland State Heritage listed. Coupled with this, Fraser Coast Regional Council following my ‘No Deal’ Campaign voted unanimously to keep the Pialba Memorial Hall and Railway Station in Freedom Park, preserving the very little historical buildings Hervey Bay has; which were instrumental in the growth of the region. Further to this I was a strong advocate in protecting Maryborough’s Original Township Site. My request for livestreaming Council meetings was given the green light and several other requests also granted.
  • Being the Chief Petitioner against the Sports Precinct I continue to ask questions.
  • Where’s the Business Plan?
  • Has the privately-owned residence been sorted yet that was overlooked by the previous CEO?
  • What benefits are there to the rest of the Fraser Coast?
  • Maryborough and surrounds wants to divorce Hervey Bay 15,000 plus signatures should be respected and a poll on de-amalgamation should take place.
  • The Toogoom Rockwall
  • For starters ratepayers should not be paying $100k on top of their rates for failing infrastructure not constructed according to the specifications and the incorrect rocks being used to be built on Crown land.
  • What if this was you?
  • There remains serious issues in relation to the appointment of the contractor, the maladministration of the AS4000 contract, including questions of corrupt payments made for work not completed and materials never delivered. Councillors have claimed that the Toogoom rock wall is this council’s greatest achievement!
  • Correspondence dated October 2015 shows that the Department of Environment had reported to the then Minister, Dr. Miles, that a large number of the rocks were fracturing and significant shoreline erosion occurring at the western end of the rock wall. Fracturing and erosion to the west is far worse today.
  • And what about the fake fees for backflow devices, proven by the Ombudsman?
  • Why hasn’t all the money been refunded when they refunded all the cat registration fees?
  • What is really going on with the rates review?
  • Why are we paying a base rate instead of cents in the dollar to our land value?
  • Why are we paying a $75 infrastructure fee that is what our rates are for?
  • Why can’t we have 2 hard rubbish collections a year?
  • With $229 million in the bank I’m sure there are many things that could be done to improve services and council’s reputation. Some good will wouldn’t go astray right now.

Winston Churchill said, “A nation that forgets its past has no future”.

The same applies to a council. There a number of matters listed here that must be transparently examined and resolved or the FCRC cannot move ahead and will remain with very little respect from a large number of rate payers. Such transparent examination must be free of party politics. The desire of council to hide the truth about a number of issues that people want exposed. The common comment is, “I’m not going back there”. That is simply not good enough.

As at 31 Jan 2018
FCRC loan borrowings $115.04m, $40m has been repaid since those figures.
Cash Reserves $229.48m
There are no borrowings planned for 17/18.

Neighbourhood Watch

On a brighter note, I thoroughly enjoy being Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Area 4 – wonderful people in our community. This has provided many opportunities to network across the state with QPS, Crime Stoppers, NHW Qld and other states, local agencies and community service groups. NHW is a terrific organisation and the best part is working with everyone to make our communities safer and I encourage you to get involved.


Where are the jobs? We are the 2nd highest unemployment low social economy in Qld. If we keeping going this way we will make the World Guiness Book of Records. What hope are we giving our children for a prosperous future? Are we just going to sit back and let some or many of them roam the streets putting risk to themselves and others and possibly end up becoming career criminals or are we going to provide employment opportunities for them, so they can enrich their lives and everyone around them?


I’m not in it to belittle or demean people that are courageous enough to stand up and want to represent the people. In fact, I tell people all the good individual candidates have done and focus on that. There are enough people bagging out or defaming all candidates on social media, I won’t add to that and remain focus on the issue at hand. Again, showing it is not about me but the betterment of community. This is what I wish for mostly from the community, to focus on the issue, focus on the positives and create conversations about how we can improve together. Educating people on how to communicate effectively is problematic, something we all need to pay attention too.

Fact: I have removed and blocked people from my social media platforms NOT because they have a difference of opinion; BECAUSE they breached the rules: coarse swearing, bullying, offensive remarks, offensive pictures and forcing of views – no other reason. #zerotolerance

I ask everyone to consider the following before commenting:

  1. Identify the subject matter/thread.
  2. Explain why you feel there is a pro or con to the subject matter/thread
  3. Give your idea as to advancing subject matter/thread or give a viable option to the subject matter/thread.
  4. It is all very well saying no to something but if there is an alternative given then that will advance the discussion and maybe your idea may end up as the model to follow.
  5. Just to say no without espousing your reason only leads to conflict and personal attack.
  6. Recognise that one’s opinion is not necessarily the correct one but people should be free to put the idea into the mix without vilification and ridicule.
  7. We all need to realise that our beliefs may not be the consensus of the majority and where decisions are being made, they are for the majority and not the perceived majority. Consultation and discussion are the only ways to get the best for all concerned.
  8. Any member who feels they cannot control themselves and abide by the rules, please remove yourself – admin will not hesitate to remove anyone that breaches these rules.
  9. This is not the right platform for advertising, there are plenty of other pages and groups to choose from specifically for that.
  10. Any group, party, candidate or organisation that wishes to post should first get permission from an admin.
  11. I welcome all contributions from valued members and encourage you to comment on the issues that are most important to you. If you have a policy submission, I would love to hear it. From one idea solutions, can be found.

Not unreasonable in my my opinion.

Previous Elections

I stood as an Independent for the Queensland seat of Hervey Bay, January 2015 to gain experience and create some awareness around the issues and get conversations started. I received 3.81% of the vote from throwing my hat in the ring 4 weeks before the election. In 2016, I ran as an Independent for the Mayoral position on the Fraser Coast Regional Council. This also created more awareness, conversations and some welcomed change. I received 10% of the vote. For the Federal Election in 2016 Glenn Lazarus approached me to join his party with all the rights of an Independent; this provided a bigger platform and opportunities to network further afield and speak of the issues that affect us all. This was a three-week campaign. When the State Election was called in 2017 I was in Western Australia. I returned to Hervey Bay soon after prepoll commenced and again ran an awareness and education campaign. If I am serious about change then I must stand in the elections, opportunity not to be missed to give people a different vision.

I would like to assist you by taking on-board all you share and having your voice at the 2018 Mayoral By-election for the Fraser Coast. I will be accountable and totally transparent and expect all candidates and representatives to be the same. I listen to the people; I talk to the people, I Serve the people. All these things have been missing! If they were there I wouldn’t need to be. I am not driven by money nor ego but my passion for people. Let’s work together to make the Fraser Coast the best region in Australia. Let’s give our community maximum opportunities to reach its full potential.

It is crucial we elect the right person, please vote wisely. It will be good to know exactly where the community stands on everything, then we will be able to move forward in the direction the people have chosen. What are we leaving future generations to come?

We’re in this TOGETHER!


  • Law Department
  • Ministry of Housing
  • Land Titles Office
  • Minister’s Office Department Survey & Mapping
  • Department of Employment & Training
  • Ergon Energy Corporation Limited
  • Queensland Sawmills Pty Ltd
  • Ray White Real Estate
  • Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors


  • Schizophrenic & Mental Health – Personal Care / Support Worker
  • Football Hervey Bay Incorporated – Executive Secretary
  • St. John’s Anglican Parish – Executive Secretary / Fete Convener
  • Hervey Bay Foreshore Protection Group


  • Voices of the Valley
  • Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc
  • Area 4 Coordinator Neighbourhood Watch
  • Lock the Gate
  • Fraser District Community Voice