FCRC

Council admits mistake

Something as significant as this should have been put before the public to gauge whether a name change would be appropriate.

Following the receipt of many messages and phone calls from annoyed people on Sunday 30 June 2019, I started a Petition compelling the Mayor to explain the renaming of the Seafront Oval to the community. People did not express concerns about what ‘they thought’ as suggested by the Mayor of FCRC; people expressed their concerns about what they actually saw. A sign clearly labelled ‘Pialba Esplanade Park’ erected at the Seafront Oval. In fact, the media release issued by FCRC this afternoon clearly showed it was intended.

We don’t expect the Mayor to know everything that happens across the region but something that requires the spend of ratepayer money, one would think that Cr Seymour and his fellow Councillors would be aware of it. Didn’t they recently approve a budget? Wasn’t this itemised anywhere? How many other spending related decision making are unknown to the Mayor and Councillors?

Council appeared to have started down the path engaging the community in deliberative democracy, so what happened here?

Most people understand change is inevitable but there are somethings that are valued highly in Hervey Bay and that is their heritage. With very few areas of historical significance remaining it is understandable why the community would voice their disapproval. Did they not learn anything from trying to move Pialba Memorial Hall?

The Seafront Oval is rich in history. Initially it was an indigenous corroboree ground and cooking site. It is significant in Butchulla people’s lives, where their ancestors would swim from K’Gari (Fraser Island) to the corroboree ground. The coolooloi (Cypress Pines) are sacred to them also, as are the girraman (flying fox) of which they have a spiritual connection too.

The Seafront Oval was one of the first sporting grounds in Hervey Bay, soldiers trained there during World War I, hosting many sporting and community events have transformed and impacted many people’s lives.

Bravo to George Seymour on his quick action of having the sign removed today. To finalise the matter the community would like some answers to reasonable questions, then the matter can be put to rest.

Who thought up this idea?

Who designed the sign?

Who approved the design?

Who approved the ordering of the sign?

Who approved the payment of the sign?

Why was this sign erected in the first place?

Why did we spend $80k on a corporate style guide for it not to be used? Which raises a couple of questions, why was the $80K corporate style guide not put out to tender at the time and just given to a friend of a councillor?

The more important question is why didn’t the Mayor know about the renaming of an iconic and historical part of Hervey Bay?

When will the Butchulla people be consulted considering they have the richest of history?

Who pays for the mistake? Well I guess we know the answer to that one. Ratepayers of course.

7 News Wide Bay coverage 

#CommunityConsultation #DeliberativeDemocracy #ButchullaRecognition #fcrc

Real solutions for unemployment

Youth unemployment in the Wide Bay region, taking in Bundaberg, Maryborough, Kingaroy, Gympie and Hervey Bay, currently sits second on the list with a youth unemployment rate of 19.8 per cent.

It’s a rate about eight per cent above Australia’s national youth unemployment rate.

In the lead up to the federal election, all candidates need to develop solutions rather than focus on headlines, blame and slogans.

For example, I offer the following: We should be phasing out plastic and replacing everything with Industrial Hemp reducing the multi millions of dollars on landfill, effectively cleaning up the planet, supporting our farmers, boosting our economy with jobs, jobs and more jobs. Million $ Crop, Trillion $ Industry.

Uses third less water than sugar, farmers could use as a rotation crop, replacing nutrients lost, build our roads at a third of price and vital infrastructure – little to no maintenance, saving millions on maintenance and easing budget pressures. Fuels, textiles, medicine, the list goes on and let’s not forget the stop of deforestation with 3 crops a year – all things paper.#water4life

Another solution: All this plastic stuff has to go somewhere and with that Cliff Thomas and I have been working on a solution to bring plastics back to its molecular level through pyrolysis. Once plastics have been replaced landfill sights can be mined to remove all plastics.

Another example: 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. There will be a mass exodus of farmers in the next 10 to 20 years and I 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.

And again, another solution: We need infrastructure that complements sustainable industries that value add across most portfolios including water security.

Stop listing to all the blah blah blah – ask Candidates for real detailed solutions and stop heading towards the best educated dole queues in the world.

#employmentopportunities #realsolutions

CEO’s false accusations of death threats send police on a wild goose chase

The CEO, Ken Diehm of the Fraser Coast Regional Council has made false accusation to the police claiming death threats had been made against councillors by a local resident. This serious categorically untrue claim resulted in a wild goose chase across the Wide Bay Burnett from Hervey Bay to Maryborough and beyond Gayndah to Binjour Plateau by a number of detectives and uniformed officers.

Police scattered across the region on Friday night (7 December 2018) only to find that no such threat had occurred. The CEO claimed that “we” reported the matter to the police without stating who else was part of the “we”. The matter has been referred to the Mayor as a formal conduct complaint against the CEO.

Residents involved are also considering referral to the Minister for Department of Local Government and lodged a complaint with the Police Commissioner. Defamation action against the CEO is also being considered by the falsely accused party.

Documents show that no such threat was made by the person so accused by the CEO.  Making knowingly false accusations to a police officer is an offence. The Police Service Administration Act 1990 states:

10.21 False representation causing police investigations

(1) A person who by conduct, by statements (oral or written), or by conduct and statements (oral or written), falsely and with knowledge of the falsity represents that an action has been done or circumstances exist, which action or circumstances, as represented, is or are such as reasonably calls, or call, for investigation by an officer commits an offence against this Act.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units. Currently $13,055.

This knee jerk reaction of Mr. Diehm and others, seems to be principally an attempt to deny free speech on a matter of community concern and an attempt to silence community comment on widespread FCRC wrongdoings.

I think it is important to realise that the police would not be off to Binjour Plateau late on a Friday night, if the CEO had made some simple complaint about a post. The police were simply trying to determine the intent of the post. It MUST have been implied to police that there was a direct threat to life for the police to so react in such a precipitous manner. The police conducted themselves professionally and were most reasonable.

#fcrc #falseaccusations #freespeech #QldICACnow

Report being kept secret

Toogoom rockwall report being kept confidential

Jannean Dean: Politics, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, QLDWhy is the report confidential and to remain confidential until Council decides otherwise?

Why is an asset that is public infrastructure on public land being kept secret?

Is there something in the report about a piece of public infrastructure that is so damning?

Why is this being buried? Is it the intention to keep it buried?

Who authorised the payment of this consultant’s report?

Who is the consultant?

How much did this report cost?

Where is the transparency required by the LG Act?

The residents are paying for this public infrastructure and its maintenance.

The community has every right to read this report which they paid for. So many questions, so few answers.

#fcrc #toogoom #noncompliance #politicalnews

By George he’s done it

Thank You Fraser Coast

Congratulations George Seymour on being chosen by the people for the Mayoral role of the Fraser Coast. We look forward to you following through on your commitments and unifying the Council so a brighter future is paved out for all.

Thank you to the community for taking part in the democratic process and especially those that had taken their time to research and understand the truth of what has transpired.

I deem it a great honour and privilege to have represented the community in this by-election and grateful that many found value in what we achieved together.

To the many volunteers supporting their respective candidates, thank you.

To the amazing volunteers who spent their valuable time at prepoll and polling booths believing in my ability, I extend heartfelt appreciation.

Thank you to all those who expressed kind words, thoughtful discussion, distributed and collected corflutes and HTV cards and sharing a post or two.

I especially acknowledge all those that voted for me personally, which showed you trusted and had confidence in my service to you.

Jannean Dean

Jannean Dean: Politics, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, QLD
#fcrc #politicalnews

 

The people’s candidate

PRESS RELEASE

I am delighted to confirm I am officially a Mayoral Candidate in the upcoming Fraser Coast Regional Council By-election.

“We’re in this together.”

Although it is a concern that a Government may be able to sack a democratically elected Mayor, I will not let this deter me from serving my community.

Please keep informed of my campaign by following me on social media or go directly to my website www.janneandean.com.au

Browse all the issues to confirm where I stand, and why they may be important to you.

My campaign is self-funded.

#byelection #fcrc #Vote1JD4Mayor

FCRC Mayoral By-election

I have some concerns over the by-election and still believe it is premature to be thinking about it, when we don’t know what the outcome of Chris Loft’s appeal will be.

So far, we have one confirmed candidate to run in the unconfirmed by-election and three others publicly acknowledging they are considering dependent upon Chris Loft’s appeal. Legal teams for both Chris Loft and the State Government agreed on a timeline to exchange relevant documents. A new hearing date is expected to be set after 19th March.

It will cost approximately $400K to hold a by-election. I would want an outcome from the Supreme Court before confirming said by-election. I hate wasteful expenditure.

What happens if the by-election goes ahead and after that time, Chris Loft gets reinstated? What do we do with the person who has been elected?

What if George Seymour runs in the by-election or any other Councillor decides to run? During the care taker period that would mean Division 10 and Division 7 and possibly another Division will be unrepresented and Rolf Light will step up as acting deputy mayor leaving Division 5 under represented.

If a Councillor is elected in the role of Mayor we will need another by-election at a further $400K to fill the vacant divisional councillor position. If a Councillor fails to be elected as Mayor, just goes back to their current role.

Stirling Hinchliffe MP needs to either reinstate Chris Loft or put an administrator in and call a full Council election. Leadership is something that is required and right now this whole fiasco is failing the Fraser Coast.

Until the Writ is issued by either the Governor or the Speaker, depending on the circumstances, I will continue to focus on creating awareness, educating and have meaningful discussions on the issues that affect us all. Why waste valuable time and energy on something that may not eventuate or a game changer of another nature comes into play?

#fcrc #byelection #candidates #politicalnews

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

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

Gutchy creek bridge replacement

Too much spending is never enough on some projects

It was a close call at Gundiah, north-east of Gympie, where two-thirds of the town came within inches of being inundated back in March 2012. Gundiah received about 500 millimetres of rain that week, causing flash flooding in the Gutchy Creek, which flows into the Mary River. Luckily, no homes were flooded, but both Gundiah Community Place and the Gundiah Community Hall were inundated by the surge of water from Gutchy Creek reported as the Highest Flood in 100 Years.

Moving forward to December 2014, I spent some time speaking to locals, surveying the beautiful landscape, dreaming of better times for this regional locality and knowing I could help this community. In January 2015, I reported “Gundiah folk are very concerned about the single bridge on the main road. This is the access point to the school for their children and needs a safe walkway for them. Kids have created a bike track themselves but still have the safety issue of crossing the bridge. Would also like a park, skate park or something for the kids. There is only one bus stop and Gundiah residents would like a bus on the opposite side of the road for the kids. They loved my idea of the light rail and can’t see why a train in the meantime doesn’t stop at least once a week.”

At every opportunity, I raised this creating awareness and requesting action be taken to make a safe travel path for children to get to school.

One year later in January 2016 the then Acting Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss joined the then Fraser Coast Regional Councillor Phil Truscott to announce a new $2.3 million bridge would be built to replace the one lane bridge.

Mr Truss said the old bridge would be replaced with a two-lane, 40 tonne limit concrete bridge and would be 28 metres long with a pedestrian lane. The project was jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $1.144 million, with the Fraser Coast Regional Council matching the cost under Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme.

On Tuesday 18th July 2017 I returned to see what the outcome of this big spend was. On approach, I was grateful for improving the safety of students, saving heavy vehicles a 78km detour at a cost of $1,200 per load and improving access and response times for emergency services by removing a 35 km detour; which back in 2015 I highly prioritised. When I actually took a closer look, my gratitude was quickly replaced with astonishment that this project was not complete. A great deal of work needs to be done to ensure the water flow is not hindered by its poor design and construction. Stones and rocks are filling the drain pipes and breaking the road surface. The embankments need widening to allow water to run away without washing all the support framework away with it.

Why does it look this way today? Because of not consulting the people who understand local flooding. I’m no expert in building bridges but I listen to the locals and completely understand what they are saying and local, state and federal governments must listen too. How much more money is it going to take to get this sorted properly and I wonder what time frame?

I have added an images of Emerys Bridge to show how a bridge that is 3 times bigger, cost $860.000 to replace back in 1998 which would cost $1,286,578.08 today. How does a bridge a third of the size cost $2.4 million? Value for money is thrown out the window, when governments fail to time the construction of infrastructure to make sure they’re not inflating the prices of labour, materials and equipment.


#wastefulspend #buildingbridges #politicalnews #gundiah