Greg Forster

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

1. Her­itage is what brings the char­ac­ter and charm to our city. We can­not for­get our past, and need to pre­serve it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. We need to help peo­ple who re­store homes and com­mer­cial build­ings with ap­provals and a com­mon-sense ap­proach to colour schemes and restora­tion. Some build­ings in the main street are in des­per­ate need of re­pair. Some own­ers have tried to re­furb the ex­te­ri­ors but have been hin­dered by bu­reau­cratic non­sense and the build­ings have been left crum­bling away

2. First 30 min­utes park­ing is free! Help sup­port small busi­ness as more peo­ple drop in for a quick cof­fee as they call into the so­lic­i­tors or ac­coun­tants or re­tail shops. Plant more plants in Queens and Lime­stone Park. Toowoomba at­tracts 200,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally for the car­ni­val of flow­ers, we should be lever­ag­ing off this. We need to bet­ter pro­mote our com­mu­nity events, shows and street pa­rades.

3. A. Bet­ter foot­paths Many streets are still in the same state they were in 100 years ago with slop­ing grass verges. Thorn St is still with­out a foot­path or kerb and gut­ter­ing on one side of the street. I’ll push for a street foot­path team to be formed to fin­ish off the miss­ing links in our divi­sion, with the nu­cleus of this team com­prised of young Ip­swich school grad­u­ates who are find­ing it im­pos­si­ble to get a job. With more cit­i­zens need­ing walk­ers and mo­bil­ity scoot­ers it is im­per­a­tive we have a street sys­tem that is useable.

B. Open coun­cil

Be will­ing to do what is right, and not con­form just to see your­self re-elected. Sup­port the mayor in his now en­dorsed agenda to make the coun­cil more ac­count­able to the cit­i­zens of Ip­swich.

C. Value for money

I in­tend to en­sure coun­cil spend­ing is, whereever pos­si­ble,with lo­cal busi­nesses. This in­cludes our cur­rent fleet of cars which for the coun­cil­lors and mayor alone cost in the vicin­ity of $750,000. I pro­pose we of­fer coun­cil­lors a car al­lowance in­stead of a new $60,000-plus ve­hi­cle.

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