How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?
Where possible, green space that developers are required to plan for should favour natural green spaces like hiking trails and natural recreation options in addition to the parks and playgrounds, as well as wildlife corridors. Bird habitat is especially important for insect control. Council needs to be proactive to ensure our natural beauty is not taken over in favour of growth. Proper planning will let us have both.
What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your division?
First and foremost, the bus transportation system in Division 11 needs to extend to weekend and late nights, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. There are 3 pubs within range of the division, two of which are on Teviot Rd and Middle Rd. An extended transport schedule can assist in keeping intoxicated people off the roads. On top of this, Park And Rides should be planned and started before the train network arrives, not after.
What can Division 7, 8, 9 & 11 councillors do to assure more of the city budget is invested in the west?
Councillors need to ensure they are proactive with the communities, not just taking concerns, but seeing first hand what those concerns are. It is far easier to get funding for needed infrastructure when documentation and first hand evidence can be supplied. At the end of the day, the people who know best about what infrastructure is needed is the people themselves.
What do you think is the most important issue facing your division and how will you respond to it?
Division 11 is a large assortment of areas with different concerns they feel is important. Flagstone is concerned about public transportation and lack of infrastructure for growth, Greenbank is concerned about traffic issues and the impact on landowners due to road expansions, while those on the Mt Lindsay Highway want to know if the roadworks will ever stop. Two-way communication with the residents is key. In most cases, residents just want to be informed.
What is one thing you’d like to achieve during your first term as councillor?
Residents have told me that they wish there was a regular community hall meeting with their representatives, to be able to hear what is going on in Council and air their own concerns. I think this is a wonderful idea, and would like to establish this as a reoccurring event within the first three months of taking office, if I am elected. Again, communication with the residents is the most important thing.
How can residents in your division be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with council?
Having community meetings on a regular bases that is open to any resident to bring up all concerns is an important part of involving the community in the decision making process. In these meetings, ideas can be brainstormed, and ideas I may never have thought about can come to light. I don’t know everything, but as a community, we can find solutions to our problems.
What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?
I joined the military when I turned 18 , gaining the dicipline that comes from that training. I have studied Mathematics and Drama at the University of Queensland, while being a stay at home dad for my wife’s kids, to give them a better start in life than I had. In the twelve years I’ve lived here, I saw this division grow to something I am proud to call home.
How were you involved in your division prior to announcing your candidacy?
I have hosted international students at my home for one of the local schools, as well as supported troubled teens known to the family to give them a chance to finish school. My wife and Ihave donated books and a piano to our local school, feeling the children would get better use of them then we could.