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)

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Back by popular demand

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of politics.

You can stop messaging me now folks  We’re back with a new look and focus.

Thank you Design House for continuing to deliver outstanding work.

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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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Email Jannean

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

Cliff petition_Bruce

Clifford Thomas handing Bruce Sanders Maryborough MP 8000 plus signatures

Election Commitment 1 of 8


I am funding my own campaign to be completely independent; to not allow decisions to be influenced, delivering the right outcomes.

I PLEDGE to embrace The FIVE Local Government Principles underpinning the Local Government Act 2009. This will be my job description if elected:

a)  transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest
b)  sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services
c)  democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement
d)  good governance of and by local government
e)  ethical and legal behaviour of Councillors and local government employees.

Introduce video streamlining of all Ordinary Meetings. Not only will we be able to observe body language and listen to how responses are expressed, absentee Councillors will still be able to vote.

Public Participation to be recorded and followed up. I value people’s time, energy and ideas. If they can find the courage to address Council than this needs to be respected and acknowledged. Recordings can be uploaded to Council website for future reference.

REVIEW Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position and salary. Review all Senior and Executive Management positions.

Put the focus back on the entire Fraser Coast and make it fair and equitable for all communities.

Review terms and conditions that silence Councillors and staff.

Discuss divisions and portfolios. Should future Councillors be elected under specific portfolio criteria or divisions? Do divisions just divide people?

Rate payers provide Fraser Coast Opportunities (FCO) wages to the sum of 2.6 million dollars per annum, plus contribute a further $500K in grant form. This is not viable when you look at the report. FCO need to be looking at all the undervalued treasures across the Fraser Coast and synergise with Council’s Economic Development Strategy.

Review Ambassadors for the Fraser Coast.

Open up a new conversation on de-amalgamation. Unless we have elected Councillors with vision for the entire Fraser Coast this is a must. Councillor salaries will reduce between $12,000 and $20,000 per annum. 8,600 plus signatures to date presented to the State Government wanting de-amalgamation.

Continue discussions with State Government on the guardianship of public / crown land. Again, if we don’t have a Council that respects the people’s open spaces then State need to take back control.

Rates – Rates for residential, commercial and industrial highest of 15 major councils in Queensland – (32 categories)
*  Review rates, categories and compounding interest.
*  Apply the yearly discount to quarterly accounts.
*  Review $75 Infrastructure Fee. (a) Reintroduce Environmental Levy Fee $25 (b) Vital Infrastructure Fee $25 (c). $25 reduction in rates.
*  After paying rates; present receipt to pick two (2) tube stock trees/shrubs free of charge for properties.

Rubbish & recycling
*  Issue 2 rubbish vouchers with rates notice – will assist in reducing illegal dumping.
*  Introduce Green Waste Bin
*  Review Tip Fees
*  Restrictions on throwing ‘junk mail’ from moving vehicles onto nature strips

Review animal registrations, fees and management.

Review Developer Incentive Scheme
*  The developers are eligible for infrastructure refunds of up to 75 percent on the project under the Direct Financial Incentives Offer and the Infrastructure Charges Incentives Administration Policy.
*  Under the criteria of the Infrastructure Charges Incentives Administration Policy, medical centres attract a 30% refund; and because the development was operational within 12 months of approval and created new jobs, it was eligible for a further 45% discount under the Investment Attraction Incentives Scheme.

What legacy are we leaving future generations? What direction do you want the Fraser Coast to take? Do you want to look like the Gold Coast / Hinterland with a touch of city life or do you want to retain the integrity of a country/seaside region?

Focus on vital infrastructure.

Facilitate a plan for future water supply. Focus on sustainable development and know CSG and open cut coal mining should not happen on the Fraser Coast. We need to protect ground and surface water.

I will expect my team to work hard and produce quality content and I will lead by example. As a leader I am responsible for a team of people and it is important to raise the bar even higher. I will be honest and my ethical behaviour are key values which my team will follow suit. I will promote a healthy interoffice lifestyle and encourage my team to live up to these standards. By emphasizing these standards, and displaying them myself, I will influence the office environment into a friendly and helpful work space. Morale is linked to productivity, and it’s my job as the team leader to instil positive energy.




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

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.