Mathew Owens

Mathew Owens

contact@mathewowens.com.au

ENVIRONMENT
How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?
We need to preserve what we can through:
• Larger block sizes where possible and
support for Land for Wildlife
• Actively replanting areas
• Wildlife Corridors are a must, animals must
have a way to cross to the reserves
• We must have green public spaces too, good
parks with native trees which are good for the
community, wildlife and recreation.
In the past I have been an rspca volounteer, wildlife carer and Clean Up Australia Day Coordinator.
TRANSPORT
What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your division?
Access to Public Transport needs to be increased in our area, this has a flow on effect to decrease congestion. We need to lobby the state government for better state roads such as the Mt Lindesay Highway. We need to upgrade council roads such as Mundoolun Rd which is in dire need of rectification works. We also need to continue the rollout of curb and channeling and drainage infrastructure. Munruben also needs a community park
INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING
What can Division 7, 8, 9 & 11 councillors do to assure more of the city budget is invested in the west?
With 80% of the growth in Logan occurring here we need to work together to achieve best outcomes. As the area with the most growth simply put we need a bigger slice of the pie. the upgrades are needed to cope with the development. Namely out here the Yarrabilba and Flagstone Superestates.

I will also lobby the state and feds to get better outcomes for our region.
FREE HIT
What do you think is the most important issue facing your division and how will you respond to it?
Infrastructure and development are the biggest issues in Division 9. We are being swamped with estates without the infrastructure to support it.

We need to get better outcomes such as:
-Upgrade Mt Lindesay through Lobbying the state
-Fix Mundoolun Rd
-Get better access to public transport. This should occur through the developments, this is the positives that can occur with large developments either side
-Preserve central Jimboomba and preserve the history and semirural culture.
GENERAL
What is one thing you’d like to achieve during your first term as councillor?
I would like to see a historical precinct set up in Jimboomba containing the Jimboomba Hall, Dorrington House and the Little Brown Church. Similar to what we have in Logan Village. Lets make it a destination of historical importance for the locals and for people to visit. This is important for our culture on top of the infrastructure plans I have mentioned above. Through preserving history it will live on.
GENERAL
How can residents in your division be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with council?
Through communication if there is works occurring that effect residents we should communicate through multiple means such as
• Town Hall Meetings • Mobile Offices
• Doorknocking • Letterdropping
• And Social Media such as Facebook,
Instagram and Tiktok.
I would make myself available as I am now. We need to work together to keep this area great. If you have a concern call 0432235692 or contact@mathewowens.com.au
PERSONAL
What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?
I have a breadth of experience in business and business management which will be utilised to provide focused outcomes for my area.
I have been involved with community groups and believe this is the beating heart of a community. I am currently a Rotarian, Toastmaster, NHW member and publicly listed Justice of the Peace.
In the past I have been an RSPCA Volunteer, Wildlife Carer and Clean Up Australia Day Coordinator.
PERSONAL
How were you involved in your division prior to announcing your candidacy?
I am a proud member of Jimboomba Neighbourhood Watch of which I am the assistant area coordinator and Jimboomba East Zone Representative. I am also a proud member of Rotary Jimboomba and do community work through them in ours and neighbouring areas. I am a publicly Listed Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and am involved in Toastmasters Jimboomba. I also live in the centre of my electorate.

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