Hervey Bay

FCRC to conduct 2 polls


If you are not one of the 9% who only care if your water runs, toilet flushes and the lights come on and you wish to be heard on these 2 contentious issues; please sign, like  and share. 

Fraser Coast Regional Council conduct 2 polls to gauge exactly what the community wants:

1.  Referendum to put in abeyance the development of the Hervey Bay sports precinct and stop all further development of the above until the people have had their say.
2.  Referendum on the separation of the Maryborough Region (Tiaro, Woocoo shires) from Hervey Bay.

Click on image or here for petition

Hard copies can be download here, distributed and printed for those that do not have internet access. FCRC Poll Petition__hardcopy_24_05_17


FCRC Organisational Review tabled in Parliament

The document we have all been waiting for has finally been released.

Thank you to Rob Pyne: Putting Cairns First for tabling the Fraser Coast Regional Council‘s Organisational Review and Development Plan today in Qld Parliament.

The CPEM report was behind the decision to vote for the dismissal of CEO Lisa Desmond, which was carried 7 / 4 at a confidential council meeting on April 6.

Recommendations Review Feedback to the Organisation – pages 93 and 94

1. There needs to be a public thank-you from the Mayor for their commitment to improve the organisation.

2. A feedback document should be created that summarises all findings for all staff.


3. Elected members (Mayor and Councillors) need to undergo significant training and development focused on appropriate Councillor behaviour.

This includes but is not limited to:

i. Understanding the strategic and governance role of Councillors acting as if they were a board

ii. Councillor behaviour when dealing with operational staff such that inappropriate micromanaging behaviour ceases from Councillors and allows the operational and management staff to perform their duties without inappropriate interference

iii. Councillor behaviour when dealing externally with community and/or media to ensure appropriate perception and reputation management of the organisation

4. The relationship between the Mayor, other elected members, and the CEO must be significantly addressed to minimise the current state of trauma and embarrassment within the organisation.

This should include:

i. Agreed delegated authority confirmed by Councillors as a group

ii. Agreed protocols for information sharing, communication and decision making

iii. Agreed and transparent accountability around professional conduct of both the Mayor/Councillors and CEO


5. The CEO needs to rebalance (redacted)– focus on leadership (strategy, culture and people) and management (task and function) so (redacted) significantly increase leadership behaviours and delegates typical management tasks and behaviours.

6. The CEO needs to move from a directive autocratic style of decision making towards a more consultative style of decision making thus demonstrating respect for internal expertise.

7. The CEO needs to develop a set of delegated authorities that will significantly limit. ed to get involved in day-to-day operational issues.

8. The CEO would benefit from setting up a series of clear observable and measurable KPls for senior and key staff which will obviate (redacted) to become involved in numerous meetings, conversation and decisions.

9. The CEO needs to actively increase the leadership capability of (redacted) Executive Management Team. This should include but not be limited to; i. Developing contemporary leadership competencies and behaviours ii. Developing a dynamic and interdependent leadership team

10. The CEO needs to significantly improve the clarity, transparency, and reasoning behind decisions being made.

11. The CEO needs to actively support, encourage, and drive a values based, high performance, customer centric culture that has zero tolerance for bullying, harassment, favouritism or other behaviours that reflect poorly on the integrity of the organisation.

Click here for undated, titled ‘Fraser Coast Regional Council – Organisational Review and Development Plan’ (redacted)

#transparency  #goodgovernance  #politicalnews



Our time is now



#HadEnough – FCRC we call on you to end the chaos in Council.

If you care at all about fixing the ongoing dysfunction in the FCRC you must turn out in force on Wednesday morning at 8:30am, City Hall, Maryborough. Democracy can be reasserted here if we make the council hear our voice. Rally to End Council Chaos!

Bring signs or just bring yourselves and your friends but turn out as this is our time, they must listen.

Wednesday 9th November, 2016
City Hall

Enough is enough Fraser Coast. Our reputation, our economy and our community is being destroyed by the infighting between the CEO and the Mayor and between councillors. We can no longer afford our council and CEO to be focusing their energies on attacking each other and point scoring rather than working together to better our wonderful region.

We also can not tolerate that the staff of OUR council are forced to work in such a “toxic” work environment and that there is a culture of “favouritism” and “reprisals”. The CEO needs to take responsibility for the HR problems and toxic work culture. The CEO and the Mayor can not work together in any positive way. One of them must go. The Mayor is elected, the CEO is an employee, whatever the many faults with the Mayor, its the CEO who must resign or be sacked for there to be any chance of this community rebuilding faith in the council.

Apathy has hurt our community for too long, if you care this may be your only chance to really stand up and make change happen.

Our demands:
1. We ask the CEO of the Fraser Coast Council to resign immediately.
2. Should this not happen we ask the council to pass a resolution in open chambers requesting the resignation of the CEO.
3. If not passed or CEO does not resign, we request the Mayor to use his powers to sack the CEO.
4. If this doesn’t happen immediately we request Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to sack the entire council, appoint an administrator, sack the CEO and call fresh elections for March 2017.

This rally is just prior to the council meeting starting with Public Participation at 9am, please stay and make your voice heard if you can.

Thank you for caring about our region and I urge you to make sure you attend and bring friends so we can make our voice powerful as one.

Michael Weekes & Jannean Dean
Rally Organisers
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Council should at least explore de-amalgamation


Study after study has found that the benefits of regional amalgamation have failed to materialise. Costs generally increase after amalgamation, largely due to a harmonisation of costs and wages, and increases in service-efficiency remain elusive. The transitional costs after amalgamation are often quite high and, in some cases, reduce or even eliminate any anticipated immediate cost savings.

Mounting evidence suggests that amalgamation on the Fraser Coast – Three quarters of the Wide Bay is part of this Council and has not led to more efficient service production or delivery. Regional mergers reduce competition between regions, which weakens incentives for efficiency and responsiveness to local needs, while also reducing the choice for residents to find a community that best matches their ideal taxation and service rates. Since regional mergers rarely result in boundaries that encompass the entire region, externalities may still exist in transportation and land-use planning. Regional amalgamations have sometimes forced rural residents to pay for urban services they do not have access to.

With so many negative aspects, it’s no surprise that local restructuring proposals have often been met with stiff resistance from local residents. It also comes as no surprise that many residents argue that their communities were better off prior to consolidation. In the wake of lingering resentment regarding amalgamation, de-amalgamation is often suggested as a solution.

We have seen the call for de-amalgamation emerge in many cities and towns across Queensland. There is no reason why de-amalgamation cannot be pursued. Provincial governments have the ability to amalgamate regions and, therefore, also have the ability to separate them.

The difficulty in successfully implementing de-amalgamation means that amalgamation is something that cannot, and should not be easily entered into. More care needs to be taken in finding the best institutional structure for our local government.

Chris Loft was asked for his standing on a referendum for de-amalgamation of Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo Shires and boundaries joined to make one city pre-election and writes “Yes let the process begin. We must listen to community.” So why did he vote against it?

Anne Maddern Councillor for Division 2 sitting under the allocated Small Communities portfolio is trying to represent her communities aspirations, but unfortunately not many of her fellow colleagues do not seem to be supporting her which in turn means they are telling the community we are not listening. We don’t care, we will do what we want!

What are they scared of? Is the Council worried they may get a drop in pay? There is no reason why Council cannot have a conversation about this with people and initiate a poll considering in excess of 9,000 people wanting it that I know of. Under the LGA Councillors have to listen and report back to the people. They have failed Chapter 14,2 C Democratic representation, social inclusion, and meaningful community engagement.

Click here for Fraser Coast Chronicle article – Monday 20th June 2016

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Clifford Thomas handing Bruce Sanders Maryborough MP 8000 plus signatures

Fraser Coast Sports Precinct

Decision time is fast approaching

Both State and Federal Governments will not be contributing to this project. The only hope they have of getting this funded in part is by starting fresh and making it dual purpose i.e. entertainment centre so all can benefit not just sporting community.

There is also the issue location, no infrastructure or business plan, no town water or sewerage etc. The home rented out on the site still has to be sorted. Will Council exhume the land, offer a proper amount of $s? This is a bad location to develop for this project and it would be better if they saved the $10M on earthworks and found a more appropriate site that does not have an effluent water system. Farmers have to be vaccinated so will the children also? This has a possibility for children to get quite ill, yet no-one is talking about this side of it.

I have said many times, I am not against the concept as if we want to grow we need to be looking at the future. Then again, plenty of schools with excellent sporting facilities which go under utilised especially on weekends. All parents sending their children to be educated have contributed to these also. Maryborough has a surplus for the next 50 years and our regional localities have very little – some don’t even have a park.

There is urgency surrounding this for those trying to push it through as it will be decided upon at the next meeting 15th June. I am praying the Council will scrap this project and begin to include the people with a new plan and approach.

Please sign and share the Opposing Letter 

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Freedom Park No Deal Campaign


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Hervey Bay Independent Articles – 2nd June 2016

Oral Presentation to Heritage Council

Oral Presentation – Pialba Memorial Hall

Friday 6th May 2016 – 9:50 am

Recently I went on a tour of Maryborough examining the buildings designed by architect Phillip Hawkes spanning several decades. It was wonderful to see so many structures preserved and restored, whether they were civic, religious or domestic buildings.

Take a trip 33 kilometres down the highway and we reach a city fighting desperately to preserve its history; the case in point being the Memorial Hall at Pialba. The community don’t want Pialba to look modern and slick; they love their Hall in Freedom Park precinct. I, like many others find it unbelievable and foolhardy to even consider such a move.

I wish to put forward reasons why the hall should retain its current position. The fact that it had been shifted many years ago is no justification to have it moved again. The position is perfect.

The architect of the changes when it went from being the shire hall to memorial hall, Phillip Hawkes, was a very significant – but is underrepresented on the Queensland Heritage Register.

The Pialba Memorial Hall, dating from 1906, is of state aesthetic and rarity significance for its monumental scale within a regional urban setting. The hall has state historical significance for its demonstration of a major investment by a tiny community in commemorating the large proportion of its citizens who enlisted in World War I and World War II. The Pialba Memorial Hall is of state representative significance for its memorial function designed to permanently commemorate the local men and women who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. Its status as a war memorial represents the importance of “remembrance” in Australian culture. Remembrance Day ceremonies, they are an important element of Queensland’s towns and cities and are also important in
demonstrating a common pattern of commemoration across Queensland and Australia.

The Pialba Memorial Hall has been in continuous community service since its establishment; first as a memorial Shire hall, and then as a memorial hall. A heavily utilised building, and a source of fond memories for generations, it has a demonstrated long standing and ongoing social and cultural association with the Hervey Bay community and the Fraser Coast Region.

The hall also has representative significance as a high quality regional hall used for social and cultural events that draw the community together, including its years of functioning as the local dance hall. The hall helps to tell the story of Hervey Bay through its use as a local government office, memorial hall and community hub.

The Pialba Memorial Hall is an early, intact, well-utilised, and representative example of this type of utilitarian World War I and World War II memorial: a building with a dual role of living commemoration and providing a community learning and entertainment space. The hall is ‘living heritage’ – it is booked almost every day with events and activities from bingo to Zumba.

The building is sited in a prominent and highly visible location within its community; it provides hall space and a stage. It has been modified over time to accommodate its continuing use and changing community needs.

The Pialba Memorial Hall, Cenotaph and Railway Station are a reflection of the hard work of the community. They are the only surviving heritage structures we have and were pivotal in creating progress, driving our economy and tourism. It reflects the pattern of development in a coastal community. As a community facility that documents and represents the evolving and growing nature of coastal settlements, it is of State Significance.


Push for hall state heritage continues


THE push to add Pialba’s Memorial Hall to the State Heritage register will continue after the neighbouring cenotaph was recognised.

The heritage council has recommended the cenotaph be added to the state’s register due to its historical significance.

Last year Jannean Dean submitted the application to add the cenotaph and the Memorial Hall to the state register.

While “thrilled” to see the cenotaph recommended, Ms Dean said the goal was to secure the hall for the future.

“Chris Loft told me the council has no intention of moving it but regardless, we need to lock it in,” Ms Dean said. “I’m hoping the community will come forward with more historical information or pictures. It’s got significant local heritage but we’ve got to get it across the line.”

The submission to the Queensland Heritage Council comes after the previous Fraser Coast council indicated the hall could be moved to an undisclosed location.

Fraser Coast councillor for heritage George Seymour said the hall was a “vital community hub”.

He will move a motion at next week’s council meeting to prevent it from being re-located. “It’s the only surviving building of the Pialba Shire Council,” he said.

Ms Dean hopes to have most of Freedom Park heritage listed. “Once we get the hall listed then we’ll have a better chance of getting the railway station done,” she said.

Article Fraser Coast Chronicle

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


Hall campaigners are hoping for heritage listing


CAMPAIGNERS seeking to have the Pialba Memorial Hall and cenotaph heritage listed are quietly confident in their chances.

Hervey Bay woman Jannean Dean, who lodged the application, said she was positive about the chances of the hall making it to the state register.

“Everybody was really thankful that the application was put forward because it gives them hope,” she said.

Public submissions for the state heritage listing closed on Friday afternoon.

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokeswoman said of the 15 submissions, only one was against the listing.

“The department will then make a recommendation about the heritage significance of the place to the Queensland Heritage Council who will decide whether it is entered into the Queensland Heritage Register.

Fraser Coast Regional Council is yet to make a submissions and an extension has been granted to them until next month.

The application will be considered in May next year.

Read the article Fraser Coast Chronicle 9th December 2015