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

Mayoral candidates share views on foreshore’s future

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THE Hervey Bay foreshore is a key asset to the Fraser Coast – now the region’s mayoral candidates are making their views clear on what they believe its future should be.

Last year, the Fraser Coast councillors endorsed an $8 million rock wall and sand-bagging plan to protect the vulnerable foreshore from erosion.

Sticking with his controversial “enhancement” policy, incumbent Mayor Gerard O’Connell promised more of the same if he was re-elected.

Cr O’Connell said when dealing with the issue of erosion, he would “rely on good science and engineering solutions”.

“My plan is a combination of protection and enhancement,” he said.

The Mayor refuted claims the council had destroyed vegetation on the foreshore.

Fellow mayoral candidate Steve Coleman told the Chronicle he was in favour of “grooming trees rather than eradicating them”.

When asked about dealing with the erosion problem, Mr Coleman said he would rely on “professional advice”.

“Nature is nature and it’s very hard to fight against it,” he said.

Mayoral candidate Greg Schmidt said he would push to keep the balance of vegetation and sea views to protect Hervey Bay from the dwindling sand mass.

“A tree’s root structure is crucial to holding the sand together and for the stability of the beachfront corridor,” he said.

Acknowledging the foreshore was the best asset Hervey Bay had, Chris Loft said future works should be halted.

“Let’s just push the pause button and smell the roses on it,” he said.

Cr Loft said solving the erosion issue would require dredging sand from the Dayman Spit and pushing it onto the beaches.

Jannean Dean said she would like to see five lines of defence on the foreshore.

That includes ground-covering plants, cottonwood trees, shrubs and gum trees.

“We are the only northerly facing beach in Australia and protecting our infrastructure on the foreshore is paramount,” she said.

Ms Dean said the council should consider geo-textile sand bags and more vegetation as well as investigate dredging to form a new Shoreline Erosion Management Plan.

Holding a science degree, candidate Lee Carter said burying rock walls under sand dredged from Dayman Point was a favourable option.

“The only time you’d see the wall is with a serious tidal event,” he said.

#Vote1 #JD4Mayor #TripleR – rates rubbish roads

Fraser Coast Chronicle Article 18th February 2016

Point Vernon Protest


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


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.

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


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

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


ERNIE ORGAN PARKFraser Coast Regional Council voted 4/7 against community consultation on the removal of the native hibiscus (cottonwood)Obviously the removal of the cottonwood trees will just enhance the serious erosion problems at Torquay, while not even creating a view. It will be an unnecessary taxpayer expense to continuously combat the erosion, remove the cottonwood trees for no reason plus lay and maintain lawn.  There will be added expense to business including the time to clean sand and leaves from their properties and merchandise.This park has its own ambiance and does not require a needless upgrade.  I am sure there are other areas that would like a park on the foreshore or even back from the beach within the community for children as 70% of the Wide Bay is obese I am all for more recreational areas!