Redland City Bulletin reporter JUDITH KERR asked the 29 candidates in the March 19 election to answer questions on the town plan, the urban footprint and jobs. Their answers were published on the paper’s 22 February 2016 issue.
Here are the answers of the Division 2 candidates, in the order of their appearance on the ballot card.
The questions were:
1) Do you think the current town plan process should start again?
2) Would you approve more development in existing rural zoned areas?
3) How would you create more jobs in the city in the next four years?
- No, to urban residential development
- I would strive to: Invest in internet infrastructure (NBN, etc) to support small and innovative businesses and attract the jobs of the future. Focus more on health, education and enterprise solutions and less on housing development. Encourage tourism so visitors can “rest, relax and rejuvenate in the Redlands”. Create a Gateway to Straddie that is inviting and informative. Provide more cycleways and boardwalks, open a foreshore caravan park, protect our marine and wetland resources to sustain fishing and bird watching activities and promote Redlands as the escape from frantic city routines.
CRAIG OGILVIE (Incumbent)
- Yes. The current proposed plan isn’t what people want.
- According to population projections there is enough land zoned for residential until well past 2040. The only development in rural areas should be sports fields and jobs related.
- Continue to lobby for State Government administration centres and Tertiary Education facilities. (Broadband is key). Support local small business and help them get big. Tourism has potential, if we protect the bay. Aquaculture has potential too.
- No. The existing process has been extensive and is ongoing.
- Possibly, I do not want rigid plan interpretation to have us miss any significant community opportunity.
- I will first ask local businesses what help they need from council. I will then work with them and officers to deliver what is possible. I will be open to fully reviewed innovative or bold ideas that have community benefits. Education facilities, boutique hotels, or Toondah harbours promise of 500-1000 jobs. I want to help to attract and then communicate opportunity, welcome quality projects and subsequent employment of our families.