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 6 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?
- Yes. The current town plan has crammed houses in the Redland Bay part of Division 6. This is over-development with a lack of forethought for infrastructure.
- It would depend on the type and location of the development, but not in the southern end of Division 6 with the Shoreline development already approved.
- How would you create more jobs in the city in the next four years? Health and tourism are the largest employers in Redland City. So let’s establish educational facilities in the areas of allied health and tourism. A Redlands campus of one of the larger universities would keep our young people in the city and create jobs associated with the University’s ancillary services.
- Yes, and it should include genuine community consultation across the City. Redlands 2030 Plan, adopted in 2010, included the whole community’s needs and wants, not just a selected few.
- Let us first address the infrastructure issues and lobby for their much needed improvement . The roads and Redland hospital are at their maximum capacity and the southern end of the City requires another primary and secondary school.
- The only new development outside the current urban footprint should be for enterprise areas that deliver long-term jobs. Particularly with the increasing number of people moving into Redlands. Residential building is only a short term fix to local employment issues.
JULIE TALTY (Incumbent)
- No, the process has not been completed, council has made no significant changes to the scheme. Community submissions are yet to be assessed and applied. Council may go out for further consultation.
- Subdivision is generally prohibited under State Planning Regulatory Provisions outside the Urban Footprint in rural zones. Homes, sheds, rural infrastructure are generally as of right in rural zones.
- Support small business, tourism and events. Provide council-led infrastructure like our tracks and trails and promote natural assets, Toondah and Weinam, as well as Health and Wellness Precinct. Relocate Surf Life Saving, a new school in Redland Bay, encourage other levels of government.
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