How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?
|The State Planning Act legislates governments’ right to rezone for future development. With rights come responsibility. I will lobby loud and long for environmental accountability. Wildlife corridors and protection of waterways, particularly the natural vegetation near water courses, will be my priority. We must do better! Stop destruction and there is no requirement for restoration. Developers’ environmental offsets must be prioritised as replacement of native species not just being able to buy their way out.|
What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your division?
|Residents travel long distances out of Logan for work. Only 3.9% use public transport. 75% travel by car. Community feedback, the ‘Regional Transport Plan for South East Qld’ and council’s ‘Way2Go’ convinces me to advocate for ‘Public Transport’. Increase access to ‘Demand Responsive Transport’, expand ‘Park & Ride’ depots, build more bikeways & footpaths. Seek federal funding to supplement council’s upgrade of existing roads and it is critical that we develop industry creating local employment.|
What can Division 7, 8, 9 & 11 councillors do to assure more of the city budget is invested in the west?
|Know their facts. Good decision making is based in fact.
The west will find common ground with the impact of rapid development . We number 4 and have 2 of 3 priority development areas in Logan; Flagstone and Park Ridge. The third, Yarrabilba, sits in Division 4. A consolidated effort to mount a compelling argument, based in fact, will ensure a fair share is spent where it is most needed - here in the west.
What do you think is the most important issue facing your division and how will you respond to it?
|From residents I have learnt that the lack of infrastructure supporting the rate of growth in Division 8 is having the most impact on quality of life. I will be an influencer on council who researches, values forward-planning, understands government and bases decision-making in integrity and transparency. There are planning constraints but consistently applying principled decision-making will see less habitat destruction, more open space, less congested roads, less opportunity for hooning and better sized allotments.|
What is one thing you’d like to achieve during your first term as councillor?
|Forward planning for a joint use community centre and library. Being honest and pragmatic I won’t go into council with unrealistic aspirations and promises that are not within my power to deliver. All of your issues will be my issues. I will not be the councillor who tells you “that’s someone else’s responsibility”. I would value the trust and respect of Division 8. I want the community to say confidently “Ring Kylie she Cares”.|
How can residents in your division be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with council?
|I will base my voice in community feedback. Currently council consultation has limited success. I want community based interest groups as a council consultative group. Attendance at meetings would be issue based eg school parking problems, P&C representation. Park Ridge news is a great community asset and I would love a ‘Catch up with Councillors’ column where questions are asked and answered. Develop further apps which can be uploaded to for council attention.|
What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?
|Self-funded, beholding to no-one but community. 28 years of public service, experienced, ability to communicate with a diversity of people and effective listening skills make me stand out. I believe in a fair go and am a member of the Labor Party. 15 years working in local members’ offices, dealing with grassroot issues on a daily basis, I know my way around bureaucracy. When I say I’m going to do something I do it.|
How were you involved in your division prior to announcing your candidacy?
|I believe in giving back and volunteering has always been my thing. My passion for community based organisations is well known; they are the lifeblood of community. My involvement in Division 8 included School P&Cs, Browns Plains BMX, Little Athletics and Park Ridge Panthers; our children are our future. My philosophy is every little bit helps; whether it’s donating a trophy, buying sausages, cooking up a storm or serving in a canteen. I’ll be there!|