Environmental

Point Vernon Protest

YELLOW RIBBONS HAVE BEEN USED TO PROTEST ABOUT TREE DESTRUCTION IN AUSTRALIA

Tomorrow (Sunday 13th December) you are invited to attend a protest in Point Vernon at 11:00 am where trees are marked for their demise.

Please bring a yellow ribbon to tie on these habitat trees and stand together to send a clear message this is totally unacceptable.

Five mature trees and 13 saplings will be removed as part of the project to rebuild 1.2km of the Esplanade at Point Vernon.

The trees will be removed from a 40 metre section near the intersection of Flinders Street and the Esplanade. They are the only trees that have to be removed as part of this project. Under Council’s tree policy, two trees will be planted for each tree removed.

Hope to see you there 🙂

In Australia, the Save Albert Park group have utilized the yellow ribbon as a symbol of protest. The group is a coalition protesting the reclamation of public space in Albert Park, Melbourne for the annual Australian Grand Prix. When the race moved to Melbourne in 1996, yellow ribbons were tied around the trees in the park which were designated for removal.

Although the group were unsuccessful in protecting the designated trees, they and their supporters still tie ribbons around the trees each year at the time of the race.

In 2009, the yellow ribbon was used during the appeal for those affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

On 16 September 2012 the Yellow Ribbon was adopted for the unilateral support of volunteer firefighters across the State of Queensland and one month later ratified in State Government Hansard on the FIRST

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INNOVATION NEEDED

Jeanette Maynes’ Letter to Editor – in Fraser Coast Chronicle 9th October 2015

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Larry Burch’s Letter to Editor – Fraser Coast Chronicle 12th October 2015

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Email Received – Steven Penrose – 17th October 2015

The appalling lies and misinformation of Larry Burch (FCC 12/1015), cannot be allowed to pass without comment. The “waste” has been the wanton destruction of our coastal vegetation, the subsequent erosion and the loss of the key demographic of the younger tourist visitor. He talks of those making criticism of this vandalism, having little practical knowledge, but what exactly is this guy’s qualifications? He is unaware that all the science says the maintenance and improvement of coastal vegetation has been the best practice of beach erosion control, for over 60 years. He then uses misleading anecdotal evidence about a single tree falling over. The coastal vegetation requires the full gamut of plants to hold firm against the sea. The upper canopy plants, the middle storey and under storey. As it exploits every niche of space above, the full range of coastal plants exploits every part of the root zone as well. Indeed the only parts that held firm under the wrath of ex tropical cyclone Oswald, were the areas that were left untouched, from the ignorant vandalism, euphemistically called “Enhancement” or “Beautification”.
This area is now being destroyed as I write this. Another path, not 10 metres from the existing bike/pedestrian way, is to funnel thirsty coffee drinkers into Mr Burch’s beach hire lease that has morphed into a café. He ends with the line “…so we can all improve our lot”, rubbish! The destruction of the Esplanade, has been for the benefit of the few. The hardest vandalism occurred in front of the vacant blocks with approved unit D.A.s. While the other beneficiaries were the operators of “Beach Hire” businesses, that have been permitted to become restaurants, to the detriment of the existing owners and operators of businesses across the road. They have lost both trade and “Goodwill”, well and truly got the shaft, while the beach hire leases have been given the gold mine. Due to the “Material change of use” of these leases, the leases should be cancelled and both put to tender!
S Penrose
Craignish

Jannean Dean’s Letter to Editor – Fraser Coast Chronicle 28th October 2015

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Cabinet Ministers Meeting

On Sunday Jeanette Maynes and I traveled to Bundaberg to meet with Qld State Government Officials to voice our concerns, start conversations and offer ideas and solutions.

We were warmly welcomed by Mayor of Bundaberg Mal Forman and to my delight the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was keen to speak with me on many matters.

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I spoke with 17 Government Officials on a range of matters and look forward to continuing the conversations.

I spoke to The Premier several times during the afternoon on Medical Cannabis, Hemp Industry, Job Creation, Supporting Farmers, Boosting our Economy and Innovation, Domestic Violence. Annastacia received all the literature and evidence and advised she would read it on the plane tomorrow and be in touch.

Jon Black, Director-General – Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Chris Hill, Director – DEHP joined Jeanette Maynes and I for clarification on the Maryborough Original Township Site and any future development protocols. Jon Black made a call to seek confirmation and further information. We discussed our perspective of this magnificent site and what we believe is a better approach and under no circumstances should this site have an ‘iconic development’ built there. They listened intently to our argument for this and were keen to learn more.
We also mentioned the current application for Pialba Memorial Hall and the Cenotaph, which will be heard in the near future. Freedom Park and the Railway Station were also discussed. We will discuss this again.

Jeanette Maynes champions for the protection of our foreshore by speaking with Steven Miles MP for Environment. Rodney Dudgeon also standing strong on the correct and proper decisions that should be made. Great advocates for environmental awareness.

Qld Treasurer – Mr Curtis Pitt MP made time to discuss the Indigenous Employment and Training Programme, Col Bowman and I have been working on for some time. Joining us was Manny Hegarty, Regional Director CQ – Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and several other people. They loved it and are going to advise how to make this happen. I stressed that 90% Indigenous unemployed on the Fraser Coast was a fail and not good enough, especially since something like this which is 100% Federally funded is not already running is poor. We also discussed how this would improve relations and acknowledging the Traditional Owners we move forward. Keeping Indigenous Bush Medicine and Culture and valuing it is something we should all want to do.
I am thrilled they agreed and Manny will be working out the best way to make this happen and soon. Fingers crossed.
They also advised to speak with another DG Megan Houghton regarding the Fraser Island (K’Gari) Tourism and Dingo Management Policy. Megan is from Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.
Megan and I discussed some of the points from the document to highlight why it needs to be seriously changed. She agreed and accepted, advising she would circulate to all the relevant Departments for consideration as it takes into account environment, tourism, small business, education, medical etc. We will have further discussions.

Linda from the Community Cabinet Ministers Office will personally deliver the De-amalgamation Public Address from Cliff Hammer to Hon Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad, Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade. This will be followed up.

Qld Police Commissioner Ian Stewart enjoying Jeanette Maynes conversation. A big thank you to the Police Commissioner for willing to look at the people’s Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Policy incorporating the Judiciary System. Whilst speaking with another high ranking police official we both agreed the current system is not working and a fresh approach is required. I look forward to discussing this further with them in the near future.

Michael Hogan, Director-General – Department of Communications, Child Safety and Disability Services spent every moment exchanging information on Domestic Violence – I requested Qld adopt the Batty Findings by Judge Ian Gray in Victoria. We also discussed time frame, $’s and education and training amongst other topics including risk assessment and information sharing. Briefly discussed the inadequacies of the Bail Act. This is crucial to winning the war on DV. It was a valued meeting. As requested I will complete a submission to task force for consideration.
The DG will also look into the helicopter being permitted to land next to a Children’s Disability Park and the concerns we have about this and how this was approved.

Acting Director General, Stephen Johnston – Dpt Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning was concerned as we were about the direction FCRC have taken us all and was unaware of some points made. There will be follow up communications on a range of matters.

CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME

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I like incentive and introducing deposit legislation is a great incentive. Instead of seeing a bit of rubbish on the creekside or the beach or in the street, we are seeing 10¢ – that’ll soon disappear.
Northern Territory and South Australia already have Deposit Legislation.

Victorian recovery rates on beverage containers are less than 35 per cent and 7% in Queensland, whereas in South Australia they are 87 per cent.

Lets start getting this message out folks and make it happen on the Fraser Coast.

Great opportunity for community groups to fund-raise.

We need to get our representatives to introduce a private member’s bill to create a container deposit scheme.

Savings to rate payers of over $59.8 million a year
– Raising up to $90 million in government revenue
– Creating hundreds of green jobs
– Decreasing litter by 12-15%
– Increasing recycling of drink containers from 50% to 80%
– Diverting more than 740,000 tonnes from landfill
– Reducing national greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 each year – the equivalent of switching 197,000 homes to renewable energy
– Improving air quality to the equivalent of taking 140,000 cars off the roads

This is a fully costed plan to save taxpayer money, create new jobs and save the environment.

INDIGENOUS YOUTH EMPLOYMENT / TRAINING PROGRAMME

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This involves working with tribal elders to collect seed, plant cuttings and root stock from known “bush medicine plants” in the 430 sq kilometre area of state controlled land north of Saltwater Creek Rd.

Is it too big a step to consider a program such as this similar to the program run at Macquarie University in Sydney by Professor Jo-ann Jamie who works with Indigenous people in NSW to collect, propagate and subject known bush medicine plants to scientific evaluation when indigenous use would be described as “Folk” medicine at best. This is a program which would involve a Qld University run in conjunction with the Green Army program run by FCRC for local indigenous youth who are over represented in unemployed youth in Wide Bay which unfortunately has the highest youth unemployment in Qld and I could see many doors for further and higher education opportunities from such a program.

The front page of Week End Australia has an article regarding Indigenous Recognition in the Constitution, also further article page 16 in Inquirer section this would be relevant training for Indigenous youth by Elders as a recognition of their traditional knowledge. Also Col has heard of a local Landcare Group who are interested in working with local people to reintroduce Endemic plants which have gone from some areas because of over clearing and a project such as this would fit well with the propagation and spread of these plants to ensure survival for future testing as well as replace them where they were known to exist naturally for we don’t realise their value in our environment until they have disappeared, this would also create further work in our region.

There is a sense of urgency with a program such as this as the suggestion for a coalmine on the northern side, (Churchill Mine) and the Colton Coal mine on the western boundary plus the application for 2000 ha of land along the Churchill Mine Rd by the Maryborough Sugar Factory means if and when these 3 projects get under way the total removal of native vegetation would mean the end of any plant collection.

This program has been maintained by 5 separate Governments which has had great success and continues to have great success and is 100% federally funded.

It’s an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years interested in protecting their local environment. Participants will receive an allowance and gain hands-on, practical skills, training and experience in environmental and conservation fields.
Also, we have had many discussions on recognising by 2050, there will be more than 9 billion hungry people in the world and less farmland and resources than there’s ever been. We believe there is a need for young leaders to be engaged in finding sustainable agricultural solutions to the growing global need for safe, nutritious food.
On 24th August 2015, 100 young leaders from around the world will gather at the Global Youth Ag-Summit in Canberra, Australia to discuss ideas, develop a vision and deliver action.

This would be an Event I highly recommend a Councillor attend and believe it has something of value for our region and will be gained from a workshop such as this. Global Youth Ag Conference

With 90% Indigenous youth unemployed I am keen to have this started.

Green Army Fact Sheets

Is it council vandalism?

 

 

With all the public outcry over trees being removed, how could the Council allow tree loppers to mistakenly remove the wrong trees?  Where’s the arborist report?

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Fraser Coast Community Unites

MARCH AUSTRALIA INVITE (1)

I have organised this event in Hervey Bay Qld for the entire Fraser Coast in line with the weekend there will be Welfare Marches around Australia 11th – 12th July.

The venue was chosen for several reasons. As you are probably aware Freedom Park is the home of the Hervey Bay Communities remaining two historical buildings – Memorial Hall and the Railway Station; which Council is trying to clear for their proposed new building. I thought this was the best location, as it is a perfect position to highlight the concerns of the people surrounding heritage, environment, foreshore management, small business, rates, crime, drug epidemic, jobs, dingoes and all the issues affecting our community by the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s poor and mismanagement practices, including State and Federal Governments.

People from ALL OUR Communities will be attending. Specialist parties have also been invited. i.e. Foreshore, Environmental, Rates Association, Youth Groups, Domestic Violence Advocates, Child Welfare Groups, Save the Fraser Island Dingo, Homeless Advocates, Heritage Committees, Small Business Representatives, De-amalgamation Committee, all Community Groups that utilise the Memorial Hall on a daily basis and the Vietnam Veterans Association currently working from the Railway Station etc.

Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, Mayor, Councillors and Executive of the Fraser Coast Regional Council will be given special invitations. Some are already aware and waiting confirmation of event details.

I am waiting on confirmation from two worthy groups to cater for the event as an opportunity to fund raise.

If you know a group or speaker who would like to be heard please ask them to contact me.

Click here to join the event

Original Maryborough Town Site

My heartfelt appreciation to Sandra Armstrong for taking the time to walk with me back in history today. I can certainly understand why Robert Bolton did not want to leave the Maryborough Original Town Site.

Council is supposed to be maintaining this site under State Legislation – yet very few markers have plaques on them. Some are surrounded by weeds and disintegrating old tyres. Very disrespectful.

Sections that were mowed / slashed by Council, where chopped up and left in patches with damage to trees.

I could envisage the boot makers, jail, church, houses and all the buildings, transport, Chinese market, shacks, Butchulla people playing the didgeridoo, and a thriving community. Imagine when it floods and the landscape would completely change leaving little islands.

Because Council hasn’t blocked the fence off, cars are being driven around on this heritage site.

TBC $30K spent on fencing off the site for development.

Council and Heritage are only ones to have seen the Archaeological Register from this site.

What a hidden jewel – I recommend if you have not been to this serene and majestic site, please go and enjoy.

Battle for Heritage rolls on

Hervey Bay Heritage Vote

Please Share: Contact all the Councillors who voted against keeping our heritage the Memorial Hall and Railway Station in Hervey Bay. Let them know what you think. Contact Details can be found here:

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Resource:  The Independent

On 17th July at Council Meeting No. 8; Councillors had two (2) votes surrounding the Memorial Hall and Railway Station.  
 
To amend the Master Plan to again REMOVE the Railway Station, and develop a working group to look at the future of Freedom Park.
 
Upon a division being called by Councillor Hansen, the following voting resulted:
 
FOR: 
Councillor O’Connell     
Councillor Sanderson     
Councillor McDonald     
Councillor Garland     
Councillor Taylor     
Councillor Truscott     
Councillor Light 
 
AGAINST: 
Councillor Seymour      
Councillor Everard      
Councillor Loft     
Councillor Hansen
 
Cr Seymour’s motion to preserve the Memorial Hall, Railway Station and War Memorial as an historical precinct was lost 5-6.  You will note Councillor Light changed his vote second time around.

 

Chronicle Report here

Pier’s work completed a year early or are they?

Hervey Bay Pier

Well we thought it was finished but alas this $5 million project is not. The sleeves on the bollards have slipped and were not sealed properly this is the fault of Engineering through Council and not the contractor. grrrrrr Wonder how much more money this will cost for the repairs. This is a joke, how inept is this Council?

Earlier Chronicle Report here