In the Media

Tone of virus language must change

Exercise caution in communicating

20 March 2020

In mental health terms, a crisis refers not necessarily to a traumatic situation or event, but to a person’s reaction to an event. One person might be deeply affected by an event while another individual suffers little or no ill effects.

I write these comments in relation to 2 recent Fraser Coast Chronicle articles:
1. Rolf Light – Managing COVID on Fraser Coast is like ’40 cyclones, 20 bushfires and six floods hitting the region all at once’
2. Gerard O’Connell’s ‘war room’ ‘We need to be ready for war’: Call to combat COVID crisis

Leaders in the community must guide by way of example and we cannot underestimate the significance of remaining calm. I am awfully disappointed in the language used by chairman of the LDMG causing further angst and leaving people in the community with a feeling of impending doom.

Using a term like a ‘war room’ is inappropriate at local government level in my opinion. I am not comfortable with using a conflict term when we could be using words such as a command centre, strategy room, or similar which sends a completely different message. Candidates need to be mindful of the terminology that they are using.

Leaders must not be the cause of nervous agitation in this situation we currently face and must deal steadily with the present circumstances by taking a pragmatic and methodical approach. It is important that the right language is spoken, I cannot stress this enough.

Throughout this period, we need to be looking at how we are going to look after ourselves, besides being careful and cautious we must ensure we look after our mental health.

The strategic use of language and information are instrumental for creating a sense of order, particularly during an emergency. Adopting an empathetic tone during crisis communications is also hugely important.

Worried about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Take this quiz . And remember, testing for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is only available for people who are feeling unwell AND have travelled overseas in the past 14 days OR have had contact with a confirmed case of the virus.

If you haven’t been overseas or been in contact with a confirmed case, you will not be tested for COVID-19 because it is more likely you have another virus such as a cold or influenza.

#Transparent #Leadership #Trust #Elections2020 #VoteWisely #Vote1JD4mayor #ForwardThinking #COVID19 #SupportBusiness #RemainCalm #Vote1JanneanDean

Authorised J. Dean, 2 Patrick Street Point Vernon 4655 for J. Dean (candidate)

Leading through the crisis

Fraser Coast Chronicle Q&A

20 March 2020

1. If you are elected, what is your coronavirus game-plan, given this health issue will likely now dominate your term – leading through the crisis and then dealing with economic aftermath?

Local government will be quite restricted in what it could do. The first and most important initial move is to speak to the community and calm them. Many are afraid. There must be a concerted effort in particular from the Mayor to calm this fear that’s driving the panic shopping.

To speak with business and the Chamber of Commerce and together identify ways council can assist. Small business is the heart of our community. It’s important to stay focused, not panic and keep supporting where and when we can. This is an attitude that may keep local businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

2. How will you ensure election promises will still be fulfilled?

Working together with the elected council and the community will ensure what is required at the time; is actioned as the best approach and has the desired outcome. To develop a clear understanding of limitations that will be placed on council because of the COVID-19. Federal and State governments are making the big rules and we will need to work with that.

3. How has the latest health advice on coronavirus changed your campaign?

It hasn’t changed my campaign very much because I had foreseen and prepared to fit in with the effects and limitations given because of the virus. I was the first to initiate no HTV card handouts, no volunteers at polling stations and contacted relevant authorities for a contingency plan prior to the commencement of prepoll.

4. Some voters and candidates are concerned about the way the election continues to be handled especially in regards to social distancing and hygiene at prepolling and the handing out of HTV cards and flyers. What is your view about the way the election is being handled? Are you confident you have not handed out HTV cards or pamphlets where you have said you wouldn’t? If you continue to hand out, why?

My policy from the beginning of prepolling was not to be involved in distributing HTV cards and not to utilise volunteers, and have continued that policy. My preference would have been for the government to make the election a full postal vote. There is still time. In the interim the ECQ now has the power to not allow people to hand out materials, I hope they use that power.

5. Should the election have been postponed?

Definitely not. The only change I would recommend would go to postal vote which would alleviate any further issues.

6. How do you think the health advice is impacting how people vote? (E.g. are they less engaged and want to get it over with/are they asking you about how you’ll address the virus etc?)

Because I made my stance on separation very clear and maintained that stance, voters are not asking me about that, they know where I stand. People’s concerns about business and society as we go forward, that’s why I believe the role of the mayor is to alleviate the fear as much as possible.

People are mostly asking me about the economy, business, employment, compliance, cents in the dollar for rates, transport, ideas on improving regional areas with opportunities for growth as the spread of the virus is managed.

#Transparent #Vote1JD4mayor #Leadership #Elections2020 #VoteWisely #Vote1JanneanDean #ForwardThinking #Trust

Authorised J. Dean, 2 Patrick Street Point Vernon 4655 for J. Dean (candidate)

In the news

Representing the Fraser Coast residents and ratepayers on a range of their concerns…


#Vote1JD4mayor #Election2020  #Vote1JanneanDean

Please share with your friends and family 🙂

Authorised J. Dean, 2 Patrick Street Point Vernon 4655 for J. Dean (candidate)

Jannean Dean for Fraser Coast Mayor 2020

Democracy works best when we have choices

3 March 2020 – Jannean Dean

It can’t be overstated the importance of voting. We need to make sure our voices are heard. But that can’t happen if we don’t have viable candidates to choose from. In the past, we had plenty of options, but not this time and it looked like George Seymour would be re-elected unopposed. This election, the community will have a choice thanks to the many who contacted me to represent them.

Some concerns raised:
* Hervey Bay council administration centre
* Waste water releases from the Marina
* Unemployment
* Aging infrastructure
* Solar wind farm
* Water security
* Community Consultation
* Visionary planning
* Inadequate transport
* Retail decline / CBD upgrade

I will continue to listen, act and serve the residents and ratepayers of the Fraser Coast. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jannean Dean for Fraser Coast Mayor 2020

#Vote1JanneanDean #Vote1JD4mayor #Election2020 #VoteWisely
Authorised J. Dean, 2 Patrick Street Point Vernon 4655 for J. Dean (candidate)
Read updated FC Chronicle article here

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

33 Senators reduce transparency and accountability

Social Services Legislation Amendment
Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion – Bill 2018

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate that are entrusted to ensure good governance; remove and reduce transparency and accountability of this government on this highly contentious social policy?

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when there are way too many questions unanswered?

For example:

  • Who was/is on the Reference Panel?
  • The Department signed off on Indue terms and conditions which are implemented to each card holder.
  • Not the same as a normal debit card. Merchants are excluded unless put on the white list. (Individual agreements with merchants).
  • $7.9m Indue
  • $1.6m ORIMA
  • $24m trial 2 sites
  • CDC $10k per person
  • CDC $2k per participant now the program is expanded to Hinkler.
  • What is the per capital calculation?
  • Underpinning run cost per card per capita?
  • $17.8m trial 2000 participants
  • Cost to gov per capita?
  • Program cost?
  • Trial cost? Bundaberg / Hervey Bay (commercial in confidence) 6,700 card holders for Hinkler
  • Goldfields / Ceduna trial cost? Details unavailable (numbers published 4yr cycle).
  • What services will the Government invest in?
  • What are the relationships between the Government, Indue and the big 4 banks?
  • Where are the employment opportunities?

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when not even knowing how much this is costing taxpayers?

Senator WATERS (Queensland) (13:11): This is still not my first speech. Minister, forgive me if we’re going over some ground that we’ve already covered, but, just for clarity, can I ask: what is the estimated cost of expanding the card to the Hinkler region?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (13:11): I’m advised that it’s an additional $4 million. Sorry, let me just go through for you and let me just correct that number that I gave you. Funding for the Goldfields and Bundaberg and Hervey Bay trial areas was secured in the budget in 2017-18. The cost to establish the trial and operate for one year in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, as you probably already know, was $17.8 million, with about 2,200 people on the trial in those sites from 2016. The additional cost for the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay trial areas, as negotiations are still underway, can’t be finalised or advised.
Senator WATERS (Queensland) (13:12): Thanks, Minister. Sorry, but you said there was a budget line item. Was there no estimate for the Hinkler rollout?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (13:12): There would be, but at this stage it’s commercial-in-confidence.
Senator WATERS (Queensland) (13:13): Thank you. Just staying with that theme, you did say an extra $4 million before, but you’ve pulled that back.
Senator Fifield: Correct.
The TEMPORARY CHAIR (Senator Sterle): Sorry, Senator Waters. The minister just answered your question: ‘Correct.’
Senator WATERS: Yes, thank you. I’m just trying to get the figures straight.

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when they had not read the community feedback reports?

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (12:29): I will have to check the status and nature of the report, if it does indeed exist. If it’s possible to then of course we will.

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ to people conforming to the governments wishes without most of them even visiting the region and undertaking their own consultation?

Senator WATERS: Indeed. I just have a few questions—and, forgive me, I’m somewhat new to this area. I have just been in Bundaberg and had some fabulous consultation with the Say No to the Cashless Welfare Card Hervey Bay region people. They are dead against this card. They feel that it will increase stigma, it will reduce their autonomy and it won’t help them pay their bills. It will make it harder for them to live their lives. It certainly doesn’t empower them to make financial decisions about what they do with their own money. Is this just an ideological commitment from the government to tell people how to spend their money? There seems to be a disconnect there. I don’t think the minister has even been to the region and asked these people what they think.
There was a Senate inquiry that didn’t even get to the area. I managed to go and Senator Siewert managed to go. My predecessor, Senator Andrew Bartlett, managed to go, and I hear that a number of Labor senators have managed to go as well. When is the government going to send its minister to this region to actually listen to the community and hear that they don’t want this draconian approach to them spending what are already limited funds?
I note that yesterday Senator Siewert introduced her bill to increase Newstart and youth allowance, because they are clearly already below the poverty line. Then you are cracking down further on people who are doing it tough and who are doing their best, and who don’t need the patronising, dead hand of this painful Liberal government telling them what to do.

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when they are still waiting on questions on notice?

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (12:22): Can a trial participant stop being a trial participant if they become a full-time student studying away from the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay area or become a new apprentice after being placed on the card?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (12:23): I need to take that on notice.
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (12:23): You mean that your advisers don’t actually know the answer to that pretty important question?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (12:23): It’s an individualised circumstance, so they would need to check and take advice.

Read the full transcript here, see for yourself what questions where asked and learn the responses. Hansard

Judge for yourself. Don’t let party politics blind you. Be informed.

#cashcow #CashlessCardCosts

SAVE Fraser Island Dingoes before they are extinct!

Normally a population is considered to be genetically unsustainable if the effective (breeding) population is below 200. On K’Gari (Fraser Island) the estimated total population is unknown due to many of the policies outlined in the Program not being implemented and research funding and planned projects for the Island have come to a halt.

Recently there have been only nine (9) on the western side and seven (7) sightings; five (5) adult dingoes and two (2) juveniles on the eastern side. A more accurate population estimate is needed. This can be achieved by the use of strategic DNA profiling and other non-invasive methods, such as facial recognition technology. This approach could also potentially identify relatedness between individuals and groups. In addition, a facial recognition app could be utilised by visitors to the island to assist in the non-invasive recording of individual dingoes.
If we don’t change what “we” are doing then this unique population of dingoes is at risk of extinction. This includes a need for more research into the health and sustainability of the dingo population.

Considering the importance of K’Gari (Fraser Island) as a World Heritage listed National Park research must remain a priority and innovative methods of conserving and protecting the Fraser Island dingo should be constantly explored. Genetic research has identified K’Gari (Fraser Island) dingoes as being a unique lineage that are at risk of inbreeding. However, despite the importance of the population, there is little data on the levels and trends in genetic diversity. Although we have plenty of data on deceased dingoes there is no birth register. The potential consequences of lower levels of genetic diversity include reduced fitness and concerns for the long-term adaptability of the population. Therefore, to ensure the conservation of a self-sustaining viable population, and to assist with management decisions this much needed research should be considered a priority. Management of dingo/human behaviour remains a contentious issue with animals still being destroyed. There remains a large knowledge gap in understanding the causes of human-dingo conflict on Fraser Island and the factors that may lead to a negative encounter. We suggest that additional research be undertaken with a focus on eliminating the continued destruction of animals. Many of the policies outlined in the Program have not been implemented and that research funding and planned projects for the Island have come to a halt.

Do we have to get to the stage of a genetic rescue or is it the Government’s intention to rid the dingoes off K’Gari all together?

The determination of native title was a testament to the strength of the Butchulla people and their ongoing connection to the land when Native title rights were granted by the Federal Court in 2014. The Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) who provides advice to the Fraser Island World Heritage Area Management Committee on matters relating to the protection, conservation, presentation and management of the Fraser Island World Heritage Area must be just as frustrated with the protection of their dingoes as we all are.

I am absolutely appalled at the Queensland Government for its continuing mismanagement of the Fraser Island dingo population and believe it is at crisis point. I call on Fraser Coast Regional Council to support Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc (SFID Inc), Ted Sorensen and our community and apply pressure to save our distinct dingoes before they are extinct.

#dingoes #FraserIsland #kgari #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

Region ripe for the new-age industry

Click here to see Fraser Coast Chronicle article

#million$crop #trillion$industry #FARMacyNOTpharmacy #politicalnews

Rob Pyne responds to FCRC

ICAC style inquiry needed

Last year Rob Pyne called for an inquiry into local government in Queensland, stating that bullying, nepotism and toxic working environments are common. For more than a year he has been tabling examples of these matters and it is most disappointing that it has taken this long to legislate for change. Councils could be employers of choice—model employers. Mr Pyne reliably informed the House that Queensland councils are in many cases toxic workplaces that have damaged, and will continue to damage, people.

I stand with Rob Pyne in calling for a ICAC style inquiry into Local Government so that this harm and the many other offensive actions of Councils will be stopped.

Rob Pyne 

#toxicculture #icac #politicalnews