David Austin

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

1: Ip­swich has long been known for its rich her­itage ap­peal and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and it is this as­set which needs to be more fully utilised. I would pro­mote sym­pa­thetic and sus­tain­able mixed-use de­vel­op­ment to make the most of Ip­swich’s her­itage ap­peal. I would pro­mote Ip­swich as a Her­itage des­ti­na­tion and would ac­tively col­lab­o­rate with the Ip­swich Cham­ber of Com­merce, lo­cal small busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to choose her­itage sites for their ac­tiv­i­ties/ busi­nesses. By be­ing in­no­va­tive in re­pur­pos­ing ex­ist­ing her­itage build­ings, we would add to the unique, vi­brant and bo­hemian ap­peal of Ip­swich.

2: The peo­ple of Ip­swich have been dis­cour­aged from us­ing the CBD due to poor de­ci­sions in the past. I would bring peo­ple back to the CBD by pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able mixed land use and busi­nesses rang­ing from cof­fee shops, restau­rants and a range of af­ford­able re­tail out­lets and pro­fes­sional of­fices. I want to pro­vide peo­ple with a rea­son to go to the CBD with, ac­tiv­i­ties such as en­ter­tain­ment, art dis­plays, public fo­rums and mar­kets.

3: Speed­ing along sub­ur­ban streets and rat run­ning through quiet sub­ur­ban ar­eas where chil­dren and fam­i­lies live and play has be­come a ma­jor is­sue. It is dan­ger­ous and what I will do is in­stall traf­fic lights on the cor­ner of Grange and Robert­son Roads, in­stall more smi­ley face/ve­hi­cle ac­ti­vated traf­fic speed signs as well as more traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures through­out Divi­sion 7.

We have great recre­ational spa­ces and in­fra­struc­ture, which has been al­lowed to de­te­ri­o­rate over time and also peo­ple can’t get to them with­out hav­ing to walk on the road.

I plan to address this is­sue by in­stalling new and up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing foot­paths and parks and public spa­ces in Divi­sion 7.

I am com­mit­ted to ad­dress­ing com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, in par­tic­u­lar youth sports and arts pro­grams.

I plan to de­velop more ac­ces­si­ble sport and arts ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple and work­ing with ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity groups to find op­por­tu­ni­ties to reach out to more mem­bers of Divi­sion 7.

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