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 9 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?
PAUL GLEESON (Incumbent)
- Do you think the current town plan process should start again? No, not it the short term. I feel that it would be irresponsible to commit to starting over before we identify residents concerns that were raised during the community consultation stage.
- Would you approve more development in existing rural zoned areas? Whilst I wouldn’t actively seek development in existing rural areas, it would be irresponsible to absolutely refuse the idea at the risk of missing out on future opportunities. Educational facilities, employment precincts, sporting grounds etc.
- How would you create more jobs in the city in the next 4 years? I have supported the reintroduction of the Thornlands Integrated Employment Area. I believe we are missing tourism opportunities along our foreshores and commit to putting pressure on the state to allow council increased rights to manage our foreshores.
- I believe the city plan needs to account for the feedback received through the election period. As such, it should be reevaluated by the newly elected council.
- Rural and green spaces are very important and a balance needs to be found. It is very important to protect what makes the Redlands special.
- As Capalaba is the industrial and commercial heart of Redland City I would fight to ensure Capalaba gets its fair share. By working with all levels of government to get Capalaba what it deserves we can attract businesses and increase jobs for all.