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 3 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 start this again would be costly as time has already been put into this. There is still further consultation. The plan is to 2041 but will be reviewed periodically.
- The city plan outlines what can be done in rural zones. I will consult before approving any development that will impact on our way of life.
- Creating jobs involves all three levels of government. I will work with the mayor and councillors. Small businesses play a role. Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek will create jobs before and after construction. Toondah will be a tourist gateway to boost Stradbroke Island’s economy and tourism.
- This I can’t give a definitive answer as it would depend on the circumstances.
- I believe Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek will offer employment for quite some time and I support both. There is spare office space in Cleveland CBD and I believe there is a great opportunity to use pop-up businesses, particularly for arts and craft. We have a lot of artists here and it would give them somewhere to display. If they opened on a Sunday they could be part of the markets and a tourist attraction. Tourism is important and I have been working on a grey nomad park.
- Eco tourism, renewable and alternative energy, investment in best-practice environmental rehabilitation of degraded land. Supporting local and existing business with sustainable and environmentally achievable practices.
- Simple tourism projects that can be implemented in a short time. I would open Cleveland showgrounds to grey nomads, bring the tourist information centre back to Cleveland and promote backpacker holidays to the islands. I would look at a backpackers at Toondah district, shuttle buses, cafes and retail. Shuttle buses could take visitors to our museum, indigiscapes and ferries. I would finish and promote the Moreton Bay cycle way. Have seaside pool like at Wynnum Manly with usable park land and promote the Redlands for adventure tours, like diving with the sharks off Straddie. I have already commenced looking into a motocross track.