Get to know your councillor - Cr Jacob Heremaia
Tell me about life growing up.
I was born in New Zealand. The Heremaia family moved to Queensland when I was in primary school. I’m the youngest in my family, so my siblings call me the baby of the family. All joking aside, it’s so important to have a family around you, especially during an overseas move.
Where did you go to High School?
I went to Citipointe Christian College and then started working full time straight after graduating from high school. Like a lot of locals, I started my first full time job right out of school. Looking back, I’m so glad that I went straight into the workforce. It gave me a taste of the wider world, showed me how industry works and built my personal confidence.
What were you doing before running for council?
I worked as a project manager across the business and government sector. My most rewarding projects were ones that delivered real value for people. I loved working at the Commonwealth Games down in the Gold Coast. It was great to see our work really benefit people.
Can you remember the moment when you decided to run for Council?
Yes, I was driving back from work one day when I saw school children crossing a dangerous and busy road. Hundreds of families and school children were using ageing infrastructure to cross the busy road every day. The school zone was forgotten. My parents taught me that when you see something wrong, you have to act and make sure it becomes right. I gathered a group of more than 300 residents and supporters to lobby the local council. The community started to act. A petition was lodged and the local newspaper published the story. I believe that government is all about getting the basics right. I wanted to make sure our youngest people got to school safe. It wasn’t happening, so the community gathered together to make a positive change. Within a few months, council had upgraded the school zone. I was really inspired by how community came together to protect our most vulnerable members.
What are you looking forward to over the next twelve months?
Our area, and Division 8 in particular, is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland. With all of this change, we need to make sure that residents aren’t negatively affected. I’ll be making sure our roads, our infrastructure and our family parks are upgraded.