1. I would make the most of our city’s heritage by working with businesses and the community to develop a Heritage
City Strategy. The Strategy could include: assist heritage building owners with rate concessions and grants; make Ipswich a heritage tourism destination by supporting events which showcase Ipswich heritage; promote Ipswich as a centre of excellence for heritage trades, supporting a range of professions from architects to stone masons to refine their craft, grow their business and train and employ locals.
The Strategy will leverage heritage assets to grow the economy, create jobs and preserve Ipswich heritage.
2. I would work with residents and businesses to develop a CBD revival strategy which could Include: re-establish the Activate Ipswich program which would work with landlords, craftspeople, artists and start-up businesses to fill empty shops; implement traffic calming to reduce the speed and volume of traffic; remove curbs in Brisbane St to create a more welcoming environment; investigate options for more off street parking; and increase the supply of affordable medium density housing.
A. Accountability: People tell me they have raised serious concerns with council but council was unresponsive. As your councillor, I will put people first and involve you in making decisions that affect you.
B. CBD: It’s time the CBD receives at least as much attention as Springfield. Our CBD is unique, but struggling. We’re knocking down part of the mall without a coherent CBD plan. Council must work with everyone to develop a CBD strategy.
C. Support services: Council plans to demolish the Humanities Building, the only community centre of its kind in the city. A host of organisations are based there and provide a range of services. It must be replaced. I will work to convince council the city needs a modern community hub - a one stop shop that hosts a range of government and community services.