Is­sues that mat­ter most to our Divi­sion 7 can­di­dates

QT gets to know more about the elec­tion field

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DE­SPITE a cou­ple of late scratch­ings, it is still a packed field for the up-com­ing Ip­swich Divi­sion 7 by-elec­tion.

A field of nine can­di­dates, all rel­a­tively fresh faced, is bound to split the votes for the Oc­to­ber 7 poll.

But, the can­di­dates won’t need to win over all 12,000 divi­sion 7 res­i­dents to win a spot on the coun­cil.

Some com­men­ta­tors be­lieve this elec­tion will be de­cided by pref­er­ences, while oth­ers aren’t so sure.

A coun­cil­lor’s job comes with $117,000 a year pay packet but also a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Di­vi­son 7 cov­ers the CBD and in­ner city sub­urbs in­clud­ing East­ern Heights, Race­view, Silk­stone, Coal­falls, Sadliers Cross­ing, West Ip­swich, Wood­end and Race­view.

The can­di­dates come from a di­verse range of pro­fes­sional back­grounds. They in­clude lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, ex­perts in their fields, politi­cian’s em­ploy­ees, and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and lead­ers.

Many have po­lit­i­cal party af­fil­i­a­tions but all say they are run­ning as in­de­pen­dents, with­out fi­nan­cial help from par­ties.

Pre­vi­ous state and fed­eral elec­tions show that tra­di­tion­ally, the vot­ers liv­ing in Divi­sion 7 tend to vote for the Labor Party, how­ever, no one is run­ning in this elec­tion as an en­dorsed can­di­date.

Veteran politi­cian and lo­cal Fed­eral MP Shayne Neu­mann said as there was no in­cum­bent, the race was “wide open”.

In the lead-up to the poll, we sent a list of three key ques­tions out to all nine can­di­dates.

The ques­tions were as fol­lows:

1. How would you make the most of the city’s her­itage ap­peal?

2. How would you bring peo­ple back into the CBD?

3. Please name three ma­jor is­sues for the divi­sion and how you plan to address them.

We pro­vided equal space to each of the can­di­dates in re­sponses.

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