Mike McInnes

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

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.

3.

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.

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