Get To Know Your Councillor - Division 7 Councillor Tim Frazer
What was life like growing up?
I was born in Sydney but my parents had wanted to move to Brisbane for years and so when I was eleven we finally headed north.
They bought a place in Redland Bay and in the Redlands is where I finished primary school, attended high school. I also switched allegiance and became a Queensland State of Origin supporter.
Family life was good and when in Sydney we'd always get together with uncles, aunts and cousins to celebrate Christmas and birthdays. They were great times.
Did you have family in Queensland?
One of my Mum's sisters was living in Queensland and later a few other relatives made the move. The weather up here is so much nicer - so that was incentive.
We still had a lot of family remaining in Sydney though, so we spent time going back and forward to catch up.
I still try to go every year or so to see everyone.
What was your favourite part about being in school?
Friends. In Sydney I had lots of friends and we spent much of our time together just hanging out and playing. Nothing really changed when I moved to Queensland - just different friends. It was always about having good friends.
What did you prefer, High school or primary school?
High school I guess because I had a bit more independence. When I was in primary school, I was driven to school, but in high school I got to walk to the bus stop and look after myself more. That was fine though. It was part of growing up and I enjoyed the new challenges.
So, what happened after high school?
Straight out of high school I joined the Army Reserve. Actually, it was only about a week after finishing year 12 and bang! - there I was doing a recruit’s course. That was quite an eye-opener and a very steep learning curve.
Doing the army reserves, that’s different from joining the army, or is that the process of joining the army?
At that time, the Army Reserve and the full time regular soldiers, both did the same course. So they’d just changed it, reserves used to only do a 2 week course. I was one of the first reservists to do the full six-week course and that was very tough.
What was the best part of it?
Learning how to use the equipment and also the camaraderie. We were young and in a tough environment and had to learn to rely on our mates to get through the training.
What did you do after that?
After I finished the recruit’s course I went to University and studied in a Bachelor of Science. It wasn't long before I realised it wasn't for me so I dropped out to consider my options. I still remained part of the Army Reserve though and took on a job as a truck washer.
I then did a prevocational course for Fitting and Turning which included work experience in a manufacturing company where I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship. I stayed there for the next 18 years working on food processing equipment.
I still really wanted to go to University so in 2007 I decided to enrol in a few psychology subjects as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree. I found that I really enjoyed them so changed over to a full Psychology Degree which took me 10 years to complete part time.
I was mostly on afternoon shift and typically two mornings a week I would get up early to be at University by 10 then do 2 hours of lectures followed by tutorials, grab some lunch and then head to work. Trying to work and fit in assessments was tough but became part of my life for quite a while.
What are the key life experiences that you would say have shaped you?
Joining the Army Reserve was tough at 17 but it helped me to grow up quickly. I really consider it was my first job and a good start.
My subsequent jobs taught me new skills and gave me the chance to hone those skills over time. Going to University gave me the opportunity to explore new avenues.
What about people that have really impacted you throughout your life?
Family. Firstly my parents because growing up with them gave me a solid grounding and taught me how to be the person I have become.
Then there was my paternal grandfather. He grew up in the forties and also worked in a trade so we had a lot in common and it was great to be able to talk with him about his experiences and life.
What’s the most difficult thing that you think you’ve gone through in your life and how has that shaped you?
My thesis project for the Psychology degree. It was a very difficult and stressful time both working and trying to meet all the University deadlines. I worried whether I had done enough but realised that once the papers were lodged it was out of my control. Fortunately it worked out well, I was happy with the mark I received.
What motivated you to run for council?
I had wanted to run for council four years ago, but I hadn’t quite finished my degree and wanted to be able to give it my all, so I decided to wait.
When this last election came around I knew it was time, so I started campaigning.
I’ve represented people in the workplace in previous jobs and enjoyed helping them. Also I love living in Logan so wanted to be able to represent the community in Division 7 and be their advocate to improve and fix what needs fixing.
What did you enjoy most about campaigning?
Standing on the side of the road with my campaign signs took a little bit of getting used to, but once I did I really enjoyed interacting with the people driving by. It was great to hear the car horns beeping encouragement although I'm not sure how the people that lived in houses around me felt when it got a bit noisy from all the beeping.
But for me, it was nice and I was truly happy being able to interact with the Division 7 residents.
What surprised you most about campaigning?
This election was different owing to Covid-19 and the constant changes that came with it. Pre-poll and election day was like no other - no handing out 'how to vote' cards or meeting and greeting.
But even with the changes residents still came out and voted. It was great to know that Logan people were willing and able to adapt and wanted to have a say in what happens in their community even in these new and difficult times.
What are you looking forward to in this next 12 months?
Once the Covid-19 restrictions are eased I want to keep learning all that I can about how the system works and how I can best represent the people in Division 7. The past year has been tough and residents have had to be patient so now we need to get out there and work to resolve the issues in the community - the big ones and the little things.
What sort of ‘little things’?
There are always things that need to be fixed - parks that might need upgrading or trees trimming. There might be graffiti that needs removing or issues with roads and footpaths.
I want to know what these problems are and then work to make the necessary improvements.
Any bigger projects that you’re hoping for in Division 7?
Public transport and roads are major issues so I intend to work with all levels of Government to investigate enhanced public transport options for Logan and road infrastructure and upgrade.
The Covid-19 restrictions have really reduced traffic on our roads but when everything is back to normal we’ll need a bit of relief for our traffic problems.