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Chain of events after the floods on the 10th January 2011

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We all know the premier gave her heart warming speech after the 10th January floods where many men, women and children lost the lives homes and possessions with a tear in her eye. The events that followed was an overwhelming response by the people of Australia and afar in the setting up of the premiers relief fund.

Assistance was given by police, emergency services and volunteers to assist the people and to preserve life, however it has all gone downhill since the initial response.

The banks for example gave and in some places were reluctant to but did give a 3 month holiday on all loans mortgages etc. What should have happened and did happen were very different.

Insurance companies were advised by senior officials to be fair and to be prompt in their handling and dealings with victims however we will show this has not occurred either.

The bungling and bad handling and in most cases obstruction by the Bligh government of the premiers relief fund has resulted in 5 months since the disaster only 90 million of the 260 million dollars has been handed out. This was the case as of the 1st of June 2011 despite the most recent promises of the Bligh Government the saga continues.

We will now show that due to the complexity of the application forms for the premiers relief fund it is effectively creating a deterrent for people to apply for this assistance. On the other hand you have people that should be entitled for assistance that were insured and now find 5 months on that either their insurance has been refused or still not processed all the while the Banksters are calling their loans on properties that are still damaged.

We must note that the premier has stated that part of the criteria is to provide 2 seperate quotes by a registered builder and there is many instances where builders are refusing to quote on the jobs for the simple reason they do not believe they will get paid as the governments reputation for looking after the contractors precedes them, the author of this site has firsthand experience of not being paid on government jobs.

The lack of resources for our police and emergency services are putting the people at risk during disasters such as this. Police are in desperate need of resources namely 2 helicopters for QLD more officers on the ground and better training for emergency 000 staff. Police should have at their finger tips and be able to call on private resources to assist in such disasters.

It is noted that every time Bligh has been ambushed or questioned publically she has a knack for putting out spot fires while the real issues continue to blaze away. The author is very happy to be able to inform the premier that the opposition have now agreed to assist in doing the job she is unable to. Surely there has been a great enough loss of life due to the natural disasters without depression, feelings of abandonment, hopelessness, having the potential to cause further loss of life.

*We invite the premier and her ministers to respond to the issues reported in a  meaningful and constructive way unlike what we have seen so far.

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Flood Victims Letters

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Read More to see 122 Flood Victims Letters submitted to us since January this year.

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Murphys Creek Photos

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Latest Flood Pictures

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North Booval Story

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I was invited to visit this area approximately 5 weeks ago and 5 weeks ago I brought to the Premiers attention the desperate plight of her people. The North Booval story has emerged as an area that has received little or no help whatsoever. Listen to the interviews, see the pictures and make your own mind up. Six months on from the disaster little or nothing has happened.









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Audio: Interview with Jimmy

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Audio: Interview with Julie

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Audio: Interview with Tegan

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Thankyou

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THANKYOU READERS


We wish to thank you for all the interest and support you have shown by visiting this site.  We apologise for being absent, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the last three to four months have been consumed with personal issues. But we are back, and we are here for you.

As we reflect on the loss of life and trauma of the January 2011 floods, we understand that many of you are still experiencing difficult times.
Your stories and opinions are valued covering all topics and we encourage you to share this with us.

We intend to have regular stories and updates to keep you informed. Your comments and opinions are welcome.

Again, thank you for your support.

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Save Australia Now!

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SAVING AUSTRALIA

Some of you might say ... SAVE IT FROM WHAT ...what's wrong?
Others might say ..... HOW ...... we don't think we can!
And more might say ..... WHAT'S WRONG ....... we’re fine!
Most will say ......WE CAN'T CHANGE IT ........ so why bother!

I want to say to you all. YES YOU CAN make a difference and you should. It's each and every Australian’s responsibility to protect our way of life. As Australians we are so lucky to have this great and beautiful country. We as its people should not be afraid to stand up and say we are going to protect the Australian way of life for many generations to come. We start by sending this in a clear message to both the government and those people who want to change this great country into something it's not or shouldn't be.

As Australians we have always enjoyed our relaxed way of life. There is no need to stress over things not being finished on time, because she'll be right!  The Aussie way is to just live life with a smile and enjoy all that our country has to offer.

BE AUSTRALIAN  .....if you’re  lucky enough to come here...... or live here.

Australia is a young democratic country which has the opportunity to decide who will represent us on all levels of government - Local, State and Federal. How do we choose the leaders for our country? How do we make these decisions?  What are the questions we need to be asking ourselves? In a time where this is more important than ever, we must think about the future – for our children and other generations to come.

Our indigenous people are a big part of our Australian culture.  The beauty of our country is beyond compare. We have resources envied by many and landscapes from the beaches to the bush.
SO YES GUYS ........next place to immigrate to is the moon.

Some of the smartest minds and the bravest of God fearing men have gone before us so we could be a free and democratic country. We owe it to them to protect what they gave their lives for. Not only in words, but in actions as well, so remember together we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

We are lucky in a way really when it comes to being a young country because we can look to the West to learn from their mistakes. We need strong leadership and people that are not afraid to make good decisions for the foreseeable future to bring this country out of debt and give Australians and Australia the prosperous future we all need.

Throughout the floods I have witnessed blunder after blunder, unfair behaviour and a disassociation with good firm leadership by our government. Once the cameras had gone and things got too hot in the kitchen, I have seen our leaders pass the parcel with the Premiers Relief Fund to the Red Cross and the Salvos. I am, to say the least, disillusioned when I revisit these areas still in trauma. Many people have been treated unfairly and unequally. Charity should begin at home or so we would be lead to believe.

I have seen the arrogance and pompous behaviour of leaders from Local, State and the Federal governments throughout our natural disasters and before these events also. Prior to January 2011, I was busy with the day to day running of my companies trying to survive the fallout from the opportunists, less than honest businesses and bankers, resulting from the global financial crisis for years in QLD.

The natural disasters our people were faced with brought me to their areas to help. These people required immediate action from their government leaders which was not forthcoming. The government should be accountable. In some of the worst affected areas people had to fend for themselves. It could be compared to a war zone. Add this to the many blunders, broken promises, so on and so forth, then ask yourself, “is this acceptable or should we go back to basics and ask ourselves......?”.

What do we all need now in order to go forward? How do we fix things that are wrong?
How do we choose good leaders?  What is their job description?  What qualifications are required to make a sound leader?

We have the responsibility to make an informed decision to protect our right to vote. Future leaders need to be aware that arrogance will not be tolerated.  We say we need a change, so let's make a change to protect our industry, protect our way of life, protect our farmers and farming communities, save our businesses ...........SAVE AUSTRALIA.

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Who I am

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WHO I AM

Born in England in 1969.

Raised in Ireland from 1970 to 1985.

Tortured and at deaths door many times throughout my childhood from 1975 to 1985. Tortured and beaten every day, with blows to the head, little hands and fingers broken, arms broken, legs and pelvic damage, driven over with farm machinery. Beaten with implements from around farm, fractured scull, horrific injuries to both myself and my siblings as we were forced to work as slaves and so on.

Escaped to England 1985.

Chose to make a stand and fight for my life and that of my siblings from 1975 through to 1998.

Fought and won some of the largest cases of their kind and time in the EEC from 1990 – 1998.

Helped change the legislation of government bodies along the way for the greater good of all children & families.

Fulfilled my childhood dream and emigrated to Australia in 1998, making it my home.

Inherited the Papal medal in 2006 upon the death of the greatest man I've ever known.

Nominated and awarded the QLD flood heroes medal twice in 2011.

Fighting all my life for the weaker people in this world and at some points in my life that was us.

I have always tried to be fair and honest in my dealings with others. I have found it to be the case in later life that it is important to treat others with honesty and kindness even if it's not returned.
At some point everybody sees the light, even if it's at deaths door.

Throughout my life I have fought to survive never once giving up, even at the darkest hour. I have seen and experienced pain in most of its forms. I know what it's like to be hungry, to go without and to have suffered great loss.

I have found comfort in helping and making the difference for others and have made true friends along the way.

I still have faith in human nature. I have seen how disaster and tragedy can bring out the best and worst in people. We are all human after all. By keeping my faith in god and people the journey continues.

I am also the same as you. Human.

The above events are a small excerpt of my life.

My full life story is soon to be written.


WHO I AM………….just an ordinary man.

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Celebrate Austalia Day

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CELEBRATE.    Australia day. Be proud! Be Australian! We wish you all a great and happy day! Upon the same day We Queenslanders have cause to CELEBRATE THE END that is now in sight to,without doubt, the worst premier Queensland has ever seen . And the worst state government Australia has ever seen. A change of government heralds an end to the lies and the cheating of our people. We can look forward to a bright new future and beginning for Queensland. Our premier speaks of the truth? We are listening Premier! What is the truth Premier? We have watched as our great state has been robbed of the wealth of our railways and essential services. We have witnessed the destruction of our health system. We have listened as our premier has promised to care for our people who have been devastated by floods and cyclones. The truth is our railways are gone, our health system fails to provide for families and the aged and our people struggle to come to terms with the loss of life and the destruction of their homes brought about by the disasters of 2011. Today is a happy day people! We can now look to the future with confidence knowing we can choose a New Government! And again have a great Australia day.   GBK.

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What is the truth? For more than 10 months I have watched and observed the goings on in the Lockyer Valley.
I have seen first hand the suffering of our people. I have watched as those in authority used the misfortune of these people to further their own needs or political agendas while the suffering continues.

The flood commission not only needs to, but should deliver a fair and just report for the greater good of all Australians. I ask the question now - "How can this possibly happen when all  evidence has not been presented to or requested by the commission?".
I direct you all to the following facts and ask that you put yourselves into the position of those families who have lost their loved ones.

The saga continues!

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The missing Flood Inquiry vital evidence has finally surfaced, 4BC Drive host Gary Hardgrave plays a voice message that has been released from Mr Terry Brennan, CEO Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Listen now.
http://www.4bc.com.au/blogs/4bc-blog/crucial-voice-message/20120215-1t4s1.html

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Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry


Mr SEENEY: My second question without notice is also to the Premier. I refer to questions 2 and 3 of the four questions posed for the last 10 days by the Courier-Mail, and still unanswered, which relate to the standing down of Deputy Commissioner Cummins and his nonreplacement on the commission. I ask: can the Premier confirm that Deputy Commissioner Cummins was her personal choice for the role? Can she explain why he was stood down? And how can the inquiry proceed without a dam expert and not be regarded as a total farce?

Ms BLIGH: I refer the honourable member to the statement that Justice Holmes made from the bench on the Saturday when this matter came into the public arena. Every single fact in relation to that matter has been laid out and made very, very clear by the commission. One of the things that the commission made clear is that the commission is formed by Justice Holmes and Justice Holmes alone.
And how will Justice Holmes reach her conclusions? As a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, she will take evidence under oath, she will examine the submissions and cross-examine witnesses. That is how a properly constituted commission of inquiry conducts its work.
Opposition members interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! I call the honourable the Premier.

Ms BLIGH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Let us remember that when the Liberal and National parties were last in government they spent almost 90 per cent of their time obsessed with nobbling the CJC, and what they did was establish a commission of inquiry—

Mr Seeney interjected.

Ms BLIGH: What they did—and let us not forget our history here—was establish a commission of inquiry so poorly constructed, so biased, that it was struck out by the Supreme Court.

Mr Seeney interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: The honourable the Leader of the Opposition. The Premier is going to come back to answering the question that was asked.

Ms BLIGH: What I can say is this: we on this side of the House want the truth about the operation of the dam. That is why we set up a properly constituted commission of inquiry with all the powers of a commission—all the powers under the act—to examine witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses and to take expert evidence.
Opposition members interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! Those on my left. I directed that the Premier come back to answering the question. The Premier is doing that. There is no attack on the opposition. I ask the House therefore to treat the Premier’s call—she has the call—with courtesy.

Ms BLIGH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. One expert witness that the commission did not need to call was the member for Callide, who of course had one solution to the operation of the dam and that was to fill it up more. He wanted more water in the dam! He did not want any flood mitigation; he wanted more
water in the dam. Did you put in a submission to the commission of inquiry? Did you put in a submission about how you would have run the dam? I do not think so. You do not have the courage of your convictions.

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Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry

Mr SEENEY (Callide—LNP) (Leader of the Opposition) (10.16 am): My first question without notice is to the Premier. For the last 10 days the Courier-Mail has published four questions which need to be answered about the Floods Commission of Inquiry. I refer the Premier to the first question which is, ‘How did the commission miss pointers to key evidence that forced the resumption of the inquiry’, and I ask: can the Premier explain how her $15 million hand-picked commission of inquiry has degenerated into such a farce?

Ms BLIGH: I thank the honourable member for the question. This is the man who the Liberal National Party would see as the Premier of Queensland in the event that the LNP secured enough seats to form a government but not the seat of Ashgrove.

Mr Seeney interjected.

Opposition members interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The House will come to order. The Premier has been asked a question. She is attempting to answer the question. I understand the Leader of the Opposition is under attack and, therefore, I allowed that. We are not going to have too much unruly behaviour today. I will just give you a
gentle warning on that. The moment I am on my feet I want you to keep quiet, otherwise I will toss you out.

Mr SEENEY: I rise to a point of order. My question was about the Floods Commission of Inquiry. I do not believe it is appropriate for any member in this House who asks a question about anything to have to sit quietly and listen to a personal attack immediately at the start of the answer. The Premier made no attempt to answer the question. She did not even address the issue of the commission of inquiry but sought to attack me. I and every member on this side of the House will respond to that whenever it happens.
Government members interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: Those on my right will cease interjecting. I did say that I understood that you had been attacked and, therefore, I sympathised with that but not when the others sought to join in with that. I understood that. The honourable the Premier has the call.

Ms BLIGH: I think I am perfectly entitled to make comment about the nature of the question and the person who is asking it.
Honourable members interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! I made my position quite clear on it and I would ask the Premier to address the answer.

Ms BLIGH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am very pleased to have an opportunity to talk about the work of the commission of inquiry. This is a very important commission. The work that it has been charged with is very, very important to the future of our state. It is not only important for all of those people who were affected by last year’s disasters but it is also important to the future safety and security of the capital city of our state and the city of Ipswich and the regions around those two cities.
Why did my government set up the commission of inquiry? We set it up for one reason, and that is to get to the truth of these matters. I gave them one instruction and one instruction only: to leave no stone unturned. So what happened? When further matters were drawn to their attention what did the commission do? They reopened the hearings and heard more evidence on the matter—exactly as you would expect a commission of inquiry determined to get to the heart of the matter to do. We can only presume from the nature of the question from someone who may or may not want to be Premier of Queensland that the Queensland National Party have learned nothing from history. They have form when it comes to undermining commissions of inquiry.

Mr Lucas: Connolly-Ryan.

Ms BLIGH: Of course the Connolly-Ryan inquiry stands as one of their most embarrassing moments. Mr Speaker, make no mistake: this is an attempt by the Liberal and National Party to undermine a commission of inquiry with one point.
Opposition members interjected.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The House will come to order.

Ms BLIGH: If the honourable member believes that this is not an attempt to undermine the inquiry, he will have the courage to walk outside this chamber and say it.
Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry

Mr NICHOLLS: Happy Valentine’s Day to the Premier as well. My question is to the Premier. The Premier committed to ensuring that her Floods Commission of Inquiry would leave no stone unturned, et her good friend and the state’s most senior public servant at the time of the flood, Ken Smith, was not called to give evidence until the hearings of the commission were recently reconvened, despite his integral involvement. Given that Ken Smith was involved at the highest levels during the flood crisis, did the Premier ever think it was odd, and that stones had in fact been left unturned, that Mr Smith had never been called to give evidence?

Ms BLIGH: Let me make this absolutely clear: our government wants nothing from this commission of inquiry other than the truth, but in seeking that truth this government will not be seeking to inappropriately intervene. We will not be giving a running commentary. We will not be seeking to undermine the commissioner—a sitting Supreme Court judge—as she goes about her work, nor will we be seeking to erode public confidence in a commission whose work should not be underestimated in its importance. What we know, as I said, is that the commission will not be calling the member for Callide when it is looking for expert advice on how to run a dam as a flood mitigator, because we know that the member for Callide put out press statements calling on the government in the lead-up to that terrible weather to leave more water in the dam.

Mr Seeney: You can’t tell the difference between a drought and a wet season. That is the
difference—the level of your incompetence.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the Opposition will cease interjecting.

Ms BLIGH: We also know that the commission of inquiry heard evidence, and it is publicly available, that the member for Callide is not the only member of the Liberal National Party who wanted water held back in the dam when the question is: should it have been released earlier? The documents submitted to the inquiry and available in the public arena show that the dam operators released less water than they thought was necessary for five hours at the express request and direction of the Brisbane City Council.

Mr Nicholls: Direction?

Ms BLIGH: The Liberal National Party here—

Mr Nicholls: At the direction?

Opposition members interjected.

Ms BLIGH: Oh, they are touchy.

Mr Seeney: Who is the minister?

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The House will come to order.

Ms BLIGH: As I have said, our government will respect the work of the inquiry.

Mr Nicholls: You moved on from that one.

Mr Seeney: You dropped that one quickly.

Ms BLIGH: I am happy to talk about how the Brisbane City Council wanted less water. You want another bit of that? For five hours—

Mr SPEAKER: Order! Resume your seat. It is impossible to hear. The Leader of the Opposition has worn out my patience. That is the last warning under standing order 253(1). I will ask you to leave the chamber if I have to call you to order again.

Ms BLIGH: As I said, the Liberal National Party intervened on this issue on two occasions—the member for Callide calling for more water to be held in the dam in the lead-up to the wettest summer that we knew we were going to have and the LNP-led Brisbane City Council calling for the dam to operate at a lower level than the dam engineers thought was prudent for a whole five hours at that critical time. What we know is that our government has a plan to make Queensland stronger as the result of our disasters. What we do not know is the leadership plans of those opposite. There are only two options: you have a secret plan B or you have no plan B. Either of them is a betrayal of the people of Queensland. What we saw on Friday was Australia’s only opposition leader say that he never wanted to be Premier but his deputy has not ruled it out. There is a plan—a plan Clayfield.

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Disaster Management

Mr RICKUSS (Lockyer—LNP) (10.06 pm): I rise to say a few words about some of the disaster
management that has occurred in the Lockyer Valley. I table some documents that I think are relevant to this matter.

Tabled paper: Letter, dated 13 February 2012, from Ms Carola Washbourne to Mr Ian Rickuss MP, regarding the flooding in the
Lockyer Valley.

Tabled paper: Letter, dated 14 February 2012, from Mr Ian Rickuss MP to Ms Carola Washbourne, regarding the flooding in the
Lockyer Valley.

Tabled paper: Extract from web page of Mr Carl Reichelt.
It is important to be able to provide the people of the Lockyer Valley and Queensland information gathered by such experts as Carola Washbourne, the disaster manager with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Carl Reichelt from the Disaster Management Branch. These people are experts in their field. There was also a member of the Cairns council who was a disaster management expert who came down to the Lockyer and helped us. These people are leaders in their field. It is important that we actually get reports from them and that these reports get to the flood commission and also to the Queensland community.

It is unfortunate that public servants want to keep this information secret. It is unfortunate that the
CEOs of councils decide that the information is their property. I am sure most ratepayers and the public would want this information made public. I am an honest person and when people in positions of trust try to keep what should be a public document secret I wonder why. It has a tendency to make me suspicious when what should be used for the public good is kept secret. Why is this a problem? Let us have the information made public so that we can move on with knowledge. Murphys Creek and Postmans Ridge were two very badly affected communities that suffered badly in the floods. There was devastation and also loss of life. They were left to fend for themselves for several days until the Department of Communities and locals started to get involved. We also had a lot of volunteers from around South-East Queensland come to help. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council did not seem to realise the urgency in the area. That is why some of this information could be important. Let us have this information, let us see if it is relevant. Let us see if we can improve the situation if a flood like this happens again. If something or someone is being protected here, what is the problem?

I again call on the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and the Cairns Regional Council to provide the information and reports relevant to the disaster in the Lockyer to the Queensland flood commission and the public. Do the right thing by the council and the public and make this information public. It is important that this type of information is not stashed away because some CEO of some council decides that it is important for them to protect their own little fiefdom. It is important that this sort of information is made public. We have experts in their field—the disaster management people of the Cairns and Cassowary Coast who have a lot of expertise in these fields. Carl Reichelt of the Disaster Management Branch is also an expert in his field. Let us make sure that the information that they have collected is made public and sent to the flood commission.

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9 February 2012



Carola Washbourne
C/- Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Innisfail
QLD 4860

Dear Carola Washbourne

As the member for the Lockyer Electorate I request that you now provide the report that you completed into operations by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and other groups assisting with the Murphy's Creek recovery.  It is imperative that I receive this report as it could contain some vital data and information that may  assist the Lockyer community in future disasters and also give a clearer understanding of what transpired after the devastation of the 10 January 2011.  Some of my constituents have also requested this report as they feel it may give them some closure having a full understanding of how the recovery operated after the events of January 10.  Remembering lives were lost and grieving and sorrow continues and will continue for some time into the future.

This report would be tabled in Parliament next week so that there are no ramifications for the author or any person involved in compiling the report.  I do not want this to be a media circus I require this  document so it can be used to assist my community and the Queensland community as a whole as to what can be done and what could be done better.  After reading and tabling the report in Parliament I will also ensure that a copy is given to the Flood Commission so that it can be properly looked at and used in their final report.

I want this report to compliment the significance of the Flood Commission Report.  When this report is given to me (through GBK) I will ensure that it is appropriately used to assist the community in the future. This report is required to ensure Natural Justice is afforded to the flood victim of the Lockyer Area. Your assistance is appreciated .

 


Yours faithfully



Ian Rickuss   MP
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Transcript - 1
Carola Washbourne
GBK - I am in Innisfail, North Queensland. I have been to Carola Washbourne, disaster management expert that was brought to the Lockyer Shire Council to advise them in their procedures. She was sent by her own council, the Cassowary Shire Council, to show them where their downfalls were - attend meetings, so on and so forth. After many weeks of being there, she was huddled out of that area and pushed away from the flood commission. She has not given her evidence.
She has a report that she compiled that is pretty damning after the event. I am about to ring her back and come up here and get the report from her. I’ll be at the request of the sitting member for the Lockyer Valley. So far she has refused to give it to us. She is now supposed to have got her CEO to meet with me and a phone conference with the sitting member to arrange the handover of this document. However, it is now 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I’ve been in meetings with her since 11 o’clock this morning and I have been waiting now for an hour and a half for her to get back to me which she hasn’t done. I am just about to call her. It is now the 9th February 2012, Innisfail at 2.58pm.
Transcript of phone call (phone ringing)
Carola - Cassowary Coast - this is Carola.
GBK - Carola – how are you luv.
Carola - Oh GBK, he hasn’t called me back yet.
GBK - He hasn’t called you back yet.
Carola  -No, No. How long have you got?
GBK - I’ve got get a decision one way or another on this today either that you can give me the report today. That’s it really. I have come such a long way to get the report.
Carola - Yeah I know, I know that GBK
GBK - We have got to get it tabled in Parliament in next week. We are running out of time. I have got today and tomorrow to get it to Brisbane for Monday – you know.
Carola - I know – in all fairness too, this has all of a sudden come up and there hasn’t much preparation to get this. I would like – I do need to make him aware of what is happening.
GBK - Surely he is aware – like he has had ten months to be aware of the report.
Carola - He is aware of it but doesn’t know what’s in it.
GBK - He has had ten months to have a look to see what’s in it.
Carola - No he doesn’t know what’s in it. Like I said it is a private recollection. It’s just that he needs to be aware, I need to make him aware so that he can say whether there is any impact or anything. I went there as a Cassowary Coast representative that’s all. I didn’t go there as a private citizen. Like a volunteer. If I did, there wouldn’t be any issues.
GBK - Do you think there would any issues if you handed the report over to the sitting member.
Carola - I actually don’t know yet until I speak to the CEO. Because like I said, I went there as the Cassowary Coast rep. That’s all GBK. I would like to speak to him first. And I did leave a message for him.
GBK - That’s fine I will wait. Like it doesn’t matter if it’s after hours this evening. So long as we get a decision. I have got to get a decision either way Carola. We’ve got to give the sitting member the respect he is due. He’s got to have a response from yourself in writing you know letting him know that either it is going to be offered up or not.
Carola - I realise that GBK but at the same time too, I spoke to him a good 4 weeks ago - 3 weeks ago or something and now all of a sudden it’s got to be done today. When I spoke to him that time he said to me he was going to send an email. He could have put these things in earlier so that we could have had time to consider all of the ramifications of it.
GBK - Right, right. As I say, if there is nothing in there that’s not factual there shouldn’t be any problem with it. If there is stuff in there that is factual that needs to be removed well you can’t really do that either.
Carola - No, no, no – I don’t want to remove anything. There is nothing that will be removed. I only want my CEO to be aware of what’s happening.
GBK - That’s fair and reasonable. Look I will wait around. Because it is such a distance Carola, I will wait around til close of business and then we’ll decide then what’s going after that. I will wait around and hopefully, hopefully he will have some time this afternoon to discuss it and to...
Carola - As soon as he rings me I will be pushing for that.
GBK - That’s fine. Is there any.......I am just doing a bit of sightseeing at the moment seeing as I haven’t been up here before and – yeah a very beautiful little town.
Carola - I am really sorry about this GBK but I do need to make sure that it’s alright with the council. At least that he is aware not that it comes out of the blue.
GBK – yeah that’s fine......I can’t see the council really being involved in it like that because obviously it’s a report that was made and look it doesn’t matter who makes a statement or who works for who. At the end of the day the truth has got to be told. Unless we are trying to pervert the course of justice - the truth, you cannot change the truth. It is as it is - there is no difference to it.
Carola - And I understand that. This is absolutely nothing about that. It’s just that I feel that I have a duty to advise him of what’s occurred because I was there as a representative of the council.
GBK - I would expect that he would be aware that at any point you could have been called to give that evidence anyway to the Flood Commission. The fact that you’re giving it via the sitting member is basically the same thing you know. That’s the way I view it but anyway look, you give us a call as soon as you let me know. That will be terrific. I will persevere with you today just to make sure that we can get this information to the commission because I think it’s important that we do not have a miscarriage......
Carola - GBK, GBK – you are breaking up mate.
GBK - I said. Are you there.
Carola - Yeah, yeah
GBK - I think it is important that we get this information to the flood commission so that we don’t end up with either a miscarriage of justice or the director-general misinformed at the end of the day with facts and figures.
Carola - I do know. I do know GBK. I don’t want to tie up the phone just in case he is trying to ring me.
GBK - That’s all right sweetheart. No problem. I will wait. Talk to you shortly.
Carola - Ok then. Thanks
Well there you go. I can’t really do any more than that other than just wait and hopefully they will see the light and want to hand over the report because it is detrimental to this flood inquiry.

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CEO Cassowary Coast
CEO - Ah – Good afternoon GBK.......Voice mail - Message received today at 3.23pm.
“Good afternoon GBK, Terry Brennan, CEO Cassowary Coast Regional Council. I understand you have been in contact with our disaster manager concerning an issue relating to the Lockyer Valley. As she has indicated to you, the report she’s prepared was on the basis of her involvement down there and would only be disclosed if it was required by the flood commission. Council will not be providing it to anyone who requires it in regard to principle issues. If you want to discuss this with me, please give me a call at Cassowary Council.
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