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 7 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. Starting again would be reasonable considering the number of submissions received.
- We need sensitive, sensible and sustainable development consultation to stop the dirge of small lot housing and issues that arise from it. Infrastructure needs to be considered.
- Our city is beautiful and we could capture this and create jobs through eco tourism, a marine science hub, cultural heritage tours, expanding the arts, improving sport facilities.
- Only on existing cleared land with a higher proportion of larger block sizes and acreage lots offered.
- Encourage more business to the area. Give large and small business various exemptions to either make the move to Redlands or for further expansion. Rejuvenate Queen Street. Support, patronise and promote local business first and give priority to those who take on trainees. Promote tourism to the area. Seek additional water, leisure and adventure type business and sport to enjoy and utilize the full range of our natural resources.
MURRAY ELLIOTT (Incumbent)
- No. Council conducted 54 business days of consultation well above the min 30 days. 6400 submissions indicates a good public response.
- I would consider mayoral candidate Greg Underwoods plan for a commercial precinct in the woodlands drive/ Taylor road area. Anything more should be under the existing rural zone allowances.
- See 2.