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.