How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?
Responsible planning. As Councillor, I will advocate responsibly for a plan that would value living harmoniously with our environment. We need to strike a balance between the need for housing and the need to preserve our wildlife and fauna. Green corridors connecting our green spaces where our wildlife can move freely would make this achievable. I will also support conservation projects and activities to conserve our precious and endangered species.
What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your division?
I will advocate for the update and implementation of the West Mount Lindesay Highway Development Study (2010). We need to look towards the future and plan accordingly with identified funding sources. The purpose of the plan was to develop a road network plan for major roads in the western area of Logan City south to Beaudesert and the Bromelton State Development Area that caters for full development of the area beyond 2031.
What can Division 7, 8, 9 & 11 councillors do to assure more of the city budget is invested in the west?
I would work together with other Councillors to secure project funding for the west. Proactive planning and project prioritization, based on community consultation and community needs, will drive funding decisions.
What do you think is the most important issue facing your division and how will you respond to it?
A critical issue facing division 11 is ensuring the planning and the implementation of any plans meet the needs and expectations of the expected growth of 230,000 people who will be living in our area including services, roads, transport, education and jobs. I will work with Council, developers, investors, State and Federal Government to help build a community we can all be very proud of.
What is one thing you’d like to achieve during your first term as councillor?
We are building a community. Local government is the closest form of government to the City of Logan, which supports community development that is responsive to community needs. I want to work with our community with the development of our new suburbs, while not forgetting our more established suburbs. As previously stated, I will work with Council, developers, investors, State and Federal Government to build a community for everyone to enjoy living in.
How can residents in your division be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with council?
Logan City Council currently has many forums in which to be involved in the decision-making processes. I understand the value in community consultation and as Councillor, will provide avenues to discuss local issues in various formats to reach the most significant audience, including meetings, surveys, email.
What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?
With over 14 years of experience working in Government. I know first hand how Government works. As Principal Program Officer, my duties included ensuring projects are applying the correct levels of governance, and that ratepayers were getting bang for buck. I am also qualified to review and report on IT projects providing timely recommendations. I understand the importance of communication and due diligence, qualities that a councillor should have to be an active community leader.
How were you involved in your division prior to announcing your candidacy?
I am the founder of Gotta Love Logan (GLL), to provide the people of Logan a positive platform to share positive stories. Through Gotta Love Logan, I became an integral part of the alliance group who fought and won DRT transport, $1M for busses and an agreement to develop an integrated transport plan. I connect people in need with people who can help. I also actively support and promote our local charities and businesses.