How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?
Here in the west of the city we are lucky to have the Flinders Peak to Karrawatha wildlife corridor. I’d like to see this 30km corridor named as a National Park to preserve it forever. I want to see repairs to the upper Oxley Creek riparian zones as they are in poor condition and subject to erosion.
What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your division?
Division 7 is a major hub with the Mt Lindsey Hwy and Brown’s Plains Rd. The continued upgrade of the highway is a significant project for all of Logan and I will be pressuring the state and federal governments to commit to this project.
What can Division 7, 8, 9 & 11 councillors do to assure more of the city budget is invested in the west?
Given the changed role of councillors since the changes to the local govern act since Operation Belcarra, councillors have a commitment to the city as a whole not just their own divisions. It will be important to build a concensus with other councillors to ensure the west of the city gets its fair share. Talking to other councillors and making sure they are aware of our needs is essential.
What do you think is the most important issue facing your division and how will you respond to it?
Div 7 is the most mature of the western divisions with the most established suburbs. Our challenge to is make sure that council matures the facilities as well. There is much aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced and updated. The addition of modernised playground equipment and more toilets has been raised with me a lot while door knocking.
What is one thing you’d like to achieve during your first term as councillor?
I want to ensure that the new council regains the trust of the people of Logan. We do this by concentrating on doing our job of providing the services the city needs, the facilities the community wants while giving strategic direction for the years to come.
How can residents in your division be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with council?
The easiest way is to talk to me. I have made a commitment to many people while out door knocking since last August that I will hold monthly mobile offices in Div 7. No need for appointments, no hoops to jump. Just come and see me. It is my commitment to you all that I will listen to every issue you have, small or large.
What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?
I believe my integrity sets me a part from most. I have a Top Secret Security Clearance, worked as a media advisor for the QPS and was a Customs officer. My integrity is a matter of public record. I have also worked as a media advisor to a federal cabinet minister and have written policy. I taught a Griffith University for 10 years, including Logan Campus, and I hold four degrees.
How were you involved in your division prior to announcing your candidacy?
In a number of ways. I have been active in the P&C of my daughters school, helped the Brown’s Plains Girl Guides of which my daughter is a member and I am a member of the Brown’s Plains Rotary Club.