Mark McCon­nell

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

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.

3.

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.

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