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 Advocate 

What I Stand For

Our City of Logan has an opportunity to vote at the 28 March 2020 local government general election for the candidates that will serve their community for the best possible outcomes.

I have been a passionate advocate for "4207 Heaven" for many years.  I only want the best for our community and its residents. 

Communities

In Division 12 we already have a strong core of hard working government, NGO's and community organisations that serve our people.  My vision is to unite them to identify and address the challenges we face through a united force.

I have worked for Wesley Mission in Division 12 as a Housing Youth Worker assisting young families find accommodation and have a full understanding of the struggles that are faced.

Together we must all work on the issues:  

  • Drugs and alcohol abuse 

  • Homelessness

  • Crime 

  • Traffic control

  • Safety 

Environment

The Coomera Connector is one of the greatest concerns to Eagleby residents regarding their suburb and the important Eagleby Wetland reserves.  The Coomera Connector is a proposed future state-controlled north-south road corridor between Loganholme and Nerang situated east of the Pacific Motorway (M1).  We must provide an active voice for the residents that are directly and indirectly affected by this planning to ensure an outcome that is best for all of Logan and South East Queensland. 

Progress

All levels of government must work collaboratively and strategically to create a clear vision for the planning of infrastructure and development projects across Division 12.  Both government and private investment is needed in the central business district of our very strategically located hub. 

 

Key to this is to upgrade the city centre of Beenleigh and the Beenleigh Town Square to increase traffic flow for our current businesses.  Parking is also an essential part of the planning for central Beenleigh.

The Eagleby hub needs to be revitalised and government owned property utilised to full effect for the community.  Advocating to the state government for more Police is also essential, as is:

 

  • Public consultation on key matters

  • Sourcing local investment and development 

  • Public transport and more services 

  • Recreation areas and park land maintenance 

Mount Warren Park has seen smaller infill developments on the remaining land.  These have included multi living dwellings of aged care facilities and dual living housing, making sure the current facilities are serving the community and all their needs.

Transport 

Division 12 is well positioned with services to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Due to an increase of population we must continue to provide further public transport and parking facilities.

Working with the State and Federal Members of Parliament will be key to these outcomes.

Key issues 

  • More bus services to both Mount Warren Park and Eagleby

  • Parking at the Train Station 

  • Long term / day parking at the Beenleigh Train Station 

  • Increased traffic from new estates on major roads

Businesses 

For the last 2 years I have been the President of the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce and have seen first hand the impact on businesses in the area.  It is essential that we continue to support our local industries, small and micro businesses.  They provide many opportunities for our local families in employment and support the community in general. 

 

Our city hubs need further activation with many buildings that are empty or are in need of development or repair. 

Roads

With increasing infrastructure and development projects we must continue to provide a usable road network.  Advocating to State and Federal Government is an ongoing commitment to ensure our communities are catered for. 

Our current road network must continue to be maintained in a timely manner.

Rubbish 

Many residents have expressed their desire for further rubbish collection, weekly recycle collection and a green waste bin for households.

Kerb side cleanup must be done in small areas at a time so that whole suburbs aren't covered with piles of rubbish at one time.  

Rates

With families already struggling to make the budgets go further, I will advocate for downward pressure on increases to rates.