Dar­ren Bald­win

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

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.

3.

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.

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