How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?
We can’t stop people from moving into the western Logan corridor and the developments that are approved can’t be undone. However, what we can do is insist that the developments proposed have greater ratios of green space to houses and that we don’t allow new small-lot housing.It is important that we do all that we can to improve the water quality in the Logan River so it is the pride environmental asset of our city.
What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your division?
With a booming population in Logan Reserve, Park Ridge and Park Ridge South, we have to realize that we are in the centre of a huge western Logan development corridor.This means that we need to ensure that the road expansions we need are delivered before the estates are completed and that we ensure that we start to see some real investment in public transport going east/west across the city.
What can Division 7, 8, 9 & 11 councillors do to assure more of the city budget is invested in the west?
All of our issues are each other’s issues. The congestion that motorists in Divisions 9 and 11 experience are the same congestion motorists in Division 8 feel. The key element means working together in the Council chambers to ensure that Western Logan gets its fair share.There is a real sentiment that multiple Councils have made Western Logan carries the burden of the growth while not spending any money in the area to fund services.
What do you think is the most important issue facing your division and how will you respond to it?
Population growth in the Western Logan growth corridor.Our part of Logan has been left to carry the burden of the growth while no plan to fund the services and infrastructure to help the communities cope with it. This has to change. I will fight for improved road and public transport infrastructure to serve the population growth in Division 8. This means more buses, bus stops, upgrade and expansion of our roads.
What is one thing you’d like to achieve during your first term as councillor?
From inside the Council, I would like to achieve an upgrade in all of the parks in the Division to make them up to date community spaces. In terms of lobbying, I would like to see a result with the State Government where we get new investment into Chambers Flat Road and a proper whole solution for the Mt Lindsay Highway.
How can residents in your division be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with council?
In order to get empowerment, need a Councillor that is responsive to their needs. This is important for everyone from the long term residents in places such as Crestmead and Regents Park or the newest resident in Park Ridge and Logan Reserve. The key is to have community consultation geared around getting actual resident responses as opposed to doing it for the sake of doing it.
What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?
Qualified Criminologist and a small business owner. I have worked with at-risk youth and families right across Logan. I have a track record of advocating and lobbying for disadvantaged communities, policy development and laws reform both in Local, State and Federal governments levels. I understand how the government system and community work.This gives me a perspective as to what those on the edges of our community need from their community and from their Council.
How were you involved in your division prior to announcing your candidacy?
I sit on many Advisory boards and committees across Queensland and Australia. Locally, prior to announcing my candidacy, I was and still involved with Browns Plains Rotary Club, Fathering Project Ambassador, Browns Plains Little Athletics and now Public Relation Officer on the Committee, Southern Districts Football Club (Former Greenbank Football Club) as a member and player, my children school-Parklands Christian College at Park Ridge and my local Anglican Church at Regents Park.