My family has lived in Logan for more than 45 years and its where I’ve raised my two sons. As a local living in Hillcrest, my hope for the electorate of Algester has always been for a community that’s inclusive, innovative, friendly, and works together for a thriving future.
What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?
Whether it’s in my roles as a high school teacher for over a decade, managing state wide education policy, leading national strategy for the Australian Red Cross or as the local State Member of Parliament over the last two terms I have always been values driven and community focused.
Our community is a great place to live. The diversity in culture, experience and knowledge in our local area provides for unending opportunities for future growth.
My vision for the electorate of Algester is a community that’s inclusive, innovative and thriving. A community that’s multicultural, friendly and works together.
How were you involved in your electorate prior to announcing your candidacy?
My family has lived in Logan for more than 45 years and its where I’ve raised my two sons.
I’ve been a local school teacher and have worked with the Australian Red Cross.
I’ve had the great privilege of working with community groups and families in the area for many years.
What is one thing you’d like to achieve during the next term of government?
To continue working with my great community to ensure we are at the forefront of Queensland’s economic recovery plan.
How can residents in your electorate be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with you?
I am a huge supporter of community organisations like the Neighbourhood Watch which is a great place to start if you’re interested in being involved.
Environment – How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?
The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s has a track record on environment. From ending broad scale tree clearing with the passing of sensible vegetation management laws, delivering the SEQ koala conservation strategy, creating the strongest koala conservation strategies this state has ever seen, and upholding some of the strongest environmental protections in the country.
Transport – What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your electorate?
We have already seen the congestion busting $500 million upgrade of the Logan Motorway make a huge difference to the daily commute of so many. I announced more than $30 million committed to upgrade the Beaudesert Rd, Algester Rd, and Illaweena St intersection. This upgrade will include easing of congestion, additional slip lane, greater safety for road users and pedestrians, and will create more than 30 local jobs.
Since being elected I’ve also delivered on securing the Greenbank RSL Park n Ride upgrade which is well underway and will provide local jobs in the construction of 600 additional carparks, 3 bus bays, additional security measures and bike facilities.
I’ve also been able to announce increased bus services in the electorate to ensure locals get to work and home quicker and safer.
Infrastructure Spending – What can you do make infrastructure spending in Logan West a priority for the next government?
Since being elected I’ve been able to deliver more than $27 million in infrastructure for state schools. Including new and refurbished classrooms, air conditioning, outdoor learning areas, installation of solar panels, and infrastructure maintenance
Inland Rail – What can you do as a local member to help residents affected by the inland rail project?
Inland Rail is a Federal Government project. The State Government’s position remains that the Australian Government, as a minimum, should not increase the existing line’s freight capacity, including allowing coal trains, until it also provides capacity for a passenger line between Beaudesert and Salisbury.
Under the terms of the Inland Rail agreement signed by both levels of government, coal trains will not operate on the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge section of the line until construction starts on the Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail extension.
FREE HIT – What do you think is the most important issue facing your electorate and how will you respond to it?
We all know how dangerous and disruptive hooning is to our community. I was pleased to announce that new technology to find, identify and prosecute hooning drivers will be deployed in our local area. This means new covert high-tech drones will come online with high resolution night vision cameras to assist police.
More police and vehicles will also be deployed and assist local law enforcement to ensure our community is safe. 150 extra police will be deployed to the Police Region that covers the Algester electorate, and we’ve welcomed the announcement of funding for $3.75 million for 25 new mobile police beat vans.