1. Ipswich’s future lies in its past. The success of the Top of Town, Cooneana, Great Houses of Ipswich open day and the Railway Workshops demonstrate we have a winning formula.
I propose a city-wide heritage plan, with expert architectural and design services so property owners are supported to protect, restore and reflect our heritage; commercial buildings, grand old homes and workers cottages and everything in between.
A greater investment is needed in our local historical, mining and railway museums...and a world-class educational and tourism facility at the Ipswich Showgrounds, as part of the new convention and evacuation centre.
2. The Council’s mall concept plans create a destination; a place we are proud to bring our visitors. We must avoid filling the city with more office buildings or creating another cookie-cutter shopping centre. The key is putting people first with:
■ A unique business mix of food, entertainment, local retailers and an all-year event calendar.
■ Consideration for people with disability, older people and families. Creating walkways that are safe, shady and easy to move around.
■ Ample and well located public amenities large enough for families, wheelchairs and mobility aids.
■ Lots of public seating and shade and good public transport and parking options.
A. Open and accountable to the people. I want to end the negativity and restore confidence in the Council. I will not take donations from developers or corporations that create a conflict of interest.
B. A convention and evacuation centre. The Council can and should develop a world-class convention centre, that is a fully-equipped evacuation centre, at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
C. Back to basics. Division 7 features older streets that need repair, restoration and ongoing maintenance. I’ll bring pride to our residential streets with heritage precincts, streetscaping, safe walking and cycling routes.