Issues that matter most to our Division 7 candidates
QT gets to know more about the election field
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.