1. Council already have in place stringent guidelines in regards to heritage conservation but I believe these should be examined at regular intervals to ensure they comply with and exceed community expectations and maximise our potential.
I propose as part of the Ipswich Central redevelopment and potential performing arts precinct that a project be included, with possible audio app, that highlights our local heroes – people like D’Arcy Doyle, Neville Bonner AO, Hilda des Arts, Allan Langer and Vi Jordan, amongst many others. Heritage is not just about buildings, it’s about the people who have shaped who we are today as a city.
2. Ipswich Central should be a vibrant community hub, with entertainment precincts to entice residents back into the heart of our community. I commit to be an agent of communication between council and the community.
A: Community access and engagement: Better planning of roads, footpaths and safer pedestrian crossings, particularly for residents using mobility scooters and parents with prams. Safe and secure bus shelters. Toilets in our local parks to make them more family friendly. Flower and or community gardens in our local parks and suburbs to enrich a closer sense of community. Focus on the older suburbs of Division 7.
B. Support existing community organisations and build for the future: Work with all levels of government to bring an evacuation/ support hub to Ipswich which can provide meeting and office space for our numerous volunteer organisations, possibly based at Ipswich Show Grounds. Additionally, create a forum to bring together volunteer organisations to assist them to streamline their potential and provide assistance in obtaining grants.”
C. To be the people’s voice in Council: Listen to and respond to residents, community groups and business people. Work on grass roots issues that build community trust, assist in enhancing the lives of residents and business owners and the community as a whole.