DO YOU WANT THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE THE REPORTS INTO THE FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL?
Speech to QLGRA meeting (about de-amalgamation of the Fraser Coast)
Thank you again for coming along today, because you are here I know most of you feel it, that all is not well with our local government. You might feel that your voice is not heard. You might feel that local governments works for big developers but not for ratepayers, and certainly not for small business people.
You might feel angry that the big ticket Sports precinct seems to get preference over basic and critical infrastructure like water security and sewerage. You might feel bewildered that your rates have gone up massively for little to no improvement in services when the very promise of forced amalgamations was “economies of scale” which promised massive savings which could be passed on to residents. Or you might live in one of our smaller communities which feel completely forgotten by council. (READ MORE)
How to change the world!
We all absorb to some degree the goings on in the world around us, we see the news, listen to the radio or read about events on Facebook. While there are always some positive news around it tends to get drowned out by negative news and events. What do we do with the information we receive, with the emotions it triggers in us? Most of us, most of the time, will absorb it, maybe discuss it, but rarely will we ever do anything about it.
I ask you why is this the case? Yes we are all busy, yes most of us do not feel financially well off enough to make much of a difference, but I would argue that often it is the case that we do not feel like we can do anything of substance about the particular problem we are seeing.
So, given the constraints we all feel, how CAN we change the world? (READ MORE)
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Advisers Report Released!
Great to see the Advisers report released today. It outlined much that we knew or that was rumored. Dysfunction between Mayor and CEO, a culture of bullying and intimidation under the current CEO. Dysfunction between councilors. Councilors not understanding their responsibilities. In the end though it leaves it up to this same council to sort out!
What we also need to see is the report commissioned by the government and outsourced to a Corporate Private Investigation firm which is looking at all those areas the advisers were told not to touch. I personally think the writing is on the wall for the CEO and if the majority of councilors can not see it then they will feel the anger of the ratepayers. This report confirms our biggest fears and rumors in the areas the adviser was allowed to look at, there are more fears and rumors that also need to be exposed or put to bed. At this time the communities of the Fraser Coast must stand together and ask more of our council and our government. Keep up the good fight! Keep signing the petitions and keep up the pressure.
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Where is the water?
In January 2009 a document was published that we should all be aware of. Entitled “The McNamara Water Plan: Securing our water future”, written by then member for Hervey Bay Andrew McNamara using the resources of the state government and taking submissions from external agencies, organisations and the public. Two things jump out at me from this report. Firstly the report clearly states the danger that Lentahals dam will no longer be sufficient to meet Hervey Bays water demands by 2018. The second is, looking at the plan for addressing the regions water needs, we can see how little has been done since 2009 to address the whole regions need for water. (READ MORE)
LOCAL POLITICAL NEWS AND COMMENTARY FROM THE FRASER COAST
Councilors fail to attend Corporate Planning
How can it be, in this day of full time professional wages for councillors, that several of our elected members did not show up for council's recent corporate planning day? I understand it is a requirement under the Local Government Act that council prepares this document. Councillors are the equivalent to board members in a major company, if board members didn't show up for corporate planning their heads would roll as shareholders would be sure they were not doing their jobs properly. Why should we as citizens and ratepayers think any differently? I understand Councillor James Hansen was out of town on council business and that Councillor Rolf Light had long standing leave arrangements at this time so their absence can be excused. What reason did the other no shows have? Why did Councillors Truscott, Sanderson and Taylor not show up to represent the needs of their divisions (3,4 & 9) and the Fraser Coast as a whole in this vital planning day? Can't we expect more of our representatives?