Candidates for the Logan West electorates of Logan, Algester, Jordan and Woodridge have been invited to contribute responses to the questions below.
|Bio – Tell us about yourself.||For the past 12 years, I have lived in Logan City with my wife and children. Working fulltime in the construction industry and being involved in our local community.
I have always been community-minded, whether volunteering with surf lifesaving, coaching and managing rugby or serving on committees with rugby, cricket, hockey and local P&F’s.
|What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?||With a diverse career in the building industry, I have developed many skills in Project, Contract and Site Management on multimillion-dollar ventures across Civil, Residential and Commercial Construction, combined with my experience in serving our community in a voluntary capacity. I know that I am best placed to deliver the fresh start our community needs by being our representative in State Parliament.|
|How were you involved in your electorate prior to announcing your candidacy?||I have been involved with my local Neighbourhood Watch for the past 8 years, I spent 5 years as the Assistant Area Coordinator and the past three years as the Area Coordinator. I have been attending P&F meetings at my local school for the past 6 years and served as Vice President for two of those. I have volunteered with Bluelight Disco for the past three years including being on committee.
I have also worked with local community groups to work to close not only the right-hand turn on Mount Lindesay Hwy at Parkinson but also the originally proposed northbound set of traffic lights by Transurban. The final outcome from this advocacy was the construction of the Logan Enhancement Project.I have also been engaging with members of IRAG for the past three years as well as having conversations with Local Councillors plus State and Federal MP’s regarding Inland Rail.
|What is one thing you’d like to achieve during the next term of government?||The LNP has a bold plan to cut land tax for new build-to-rent housing projects as part of a plan to create thousands of construction jobs and secure investment in Queensland.
The LNP has a vision to make Queensland a low tax state to stimulate the economy, create jobs and lead Queensland out of recession.
Under the LNP’s new scheme, land tax would be slashed by 75 per cent and exemptions on international investor taxes would be provided on eligible build-to-rent projects. The plan is expected to secure $2 billion worth of investment, create 4600 construction jobs and 4,000 new homes over the next ten years.
Reducing tax on build-to-rent projects is a pro-jobs policy that will mean more work for carpenters, electricians, plumbers and suppliers.
We will deliver the certainty needed to build and create jobs in these uncertain times.
When Queensland is building, Queensland is working.
|How can residents in your electorate be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with you?||We need to balance the liveability of our area with adequate services and infrastructure. We can’t just keep putting housing developments in without proper roads, schools and hospitals. Developments need to consider housing, employment, amenities and transportation.
Consultation and communication with the community form a key requirement of stakeholder engagement as local communities best understand the nuances of their area.
|Environment – How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?||By having the ideal of “liveable community” at the forefront of any decision making, engaging and communicating with the community, working in cooperation within the three levels of government to strive to deliver developments that not only support and consider housing, employment, amenities and transportation, but also endeavour to protect our environmental, heritage and cultural blessings.|
|Transport – What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your electorate?||The Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger rail is currently not slated until 2041. This is a vital piece of heavy transportation required to ease congestion on Mount Lindesay Hwy.
Key to the Passenger Rail service is the requirement for shuttle services to bus interchanges. These shuttles are required to ensure we maintain our key transport connection hubs to greater Logan.
A reduction in bus patronage on current routes due to heavy rail will enable busses to be redirected into other residential areas to create additional services closer to where people live.
|Infrastructure Spending – What can you do make infrastructure spending in Logan West a priority for the next government?||Labor has ripped $12 BILLION out of the state’s infrastructure spend over the last three years, while Logan has, and continues to experience, significant population growth and we continue to incur the all too familiar lack of infrastructure and investment.
In addition to the $40m announced by the Federal LNP Government for upgrades between Johanna St to South St in Jimboomba, the LNP will invest $40 million to continue the four-lanes on the Mount Lindesay Highway, south of Chambers Flat Road interchange towards Beaudesert, and fast track planning for future widening upgrades south of Jimboomba.
I will Champion projects to ease our congestion problems to allow our residents to get to where they are going as quick as they can. Including the duplication of Park Ridge Rd – Chambers Flat to Clarke Rd, and engage with the community and other stakeholders for projects along Waterford Tamborine Rd.
|Inland Rail – What can you do as a local member to help residents affected by the inland rail project?||I’ll prioritise a decision on the inland rail route. It’s currently with the Co-ordinator General for decision, despite Labor having five years to do something about it.
Since early 2017 I have been engaging with the community and community organisations like Inland Rail Action Group (IRAG), as well as attending Community Consultative Committee meetings in Crestmead, Jimboomba, Algester and Parkinson; and whilst my preference is for the section, Kagaru to Acacia Ridge be dropped and for the Inland Rail project to be re-routed through to the Australian owned Port of Gladstone in lieu of the foreign-owned Port of Brisbane, I am unsure if this is achievable.
We require certainty on this route as the proposed Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Line is to run through this corridor also.
|FREE HIT – What do you think is the most important issue facing your electorate and how will you respond to it?||We will slash waiting lists at the Logan Hospital – something Labor has been unable to do.
We will slash electricity costs for manufacturers by 20% – driving investment in small business and manufacturing. That’s what Logan needs – jobs and small business for our people.
Just two days before the last election Labor announced four new taxes.
Labor has introduced nine news taxes in this term.
Taxes and cost of living will always be lower under an LNP Government.
Becoming a low-tax state again will help make Queensland one of the best places to get a job, get ahead and raise a family.
Importantly the LNP has a plan to grow the economy to raise the revenue needed to support our growing state.
A majority LNP government will grow the economy so there’s enough revenue to do that.
Visit the LNP website for a full list of party policies.