Rochelle Caloon

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

1. As Queens­land’s old­est provin­cial city, our his­tor­i­cal value should be cel­e­brated. I com­mit to cham­pi­oning the tourism ap­peal of our Her­itage hot spots. Our Top of Town precinct and CBD con­tain many build­ings that, if re­stored, would make a sig­nif­i­cant change to the visual ap­peal of our city cen­tre. I be­lieve Queens­land was built off the back of Ip­swich and I be­lieve one of the va­cant build­ings could be trans­formed into a her­itage mu­seum.

2. Our CBD has so much po­ten­tial. One of my ideas is to en­cour­age own­ers of her­itage build­ings to in­vest in their restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion. A fresh facelift of our his­tor­i­cal build­ings would en­cour­age both small busi­ness and vis­i­tors to re­turn. No­body wants to have their busi­ness in a tired-look­ing es­tab­lish­ment. One of the quirks of Ip­swich’s CBD is the old build­ings and I be­lieve that the restora­tion of th­ese build­ings would add to the quirk of our city, and fam­i­lies would want to step back in time and ad­mire what once was.

3. The ir­re­spon­si­ble man­age­ment of the CBD is bor­der­line neg­li­gent, with zero fore­cast­ing of the im­pacts upon the CBD of the open­ing of River­link. This back and forth of the CBD re-de­vel­op­ment is un­ac­cept­able.

With the way the CBD looks now, the com­mer­cial ap­peal of the city cen­tre acts as a re­pel­lent. Restora­tion of what we have now should be the pri­mary fo­cus, and would be a sig­nif­i­cantly lower cost bur­den com­pared to the cur­rent plans.

Divi­sion 7 lacks safe and en­gag­ing youth-friendly spa­ces. Young peo­ple should not have to travel away from Ip­swich to find en­ter­tain­ment. So many peo­ple whinge about the young peo­ple in our city, but no one wants to take own­er­ship of the is­sue that the young peo­ple re­ally have noth­ing for them­selves.

Our streets are a near em­bar­rass­ment, when you com­pare Ip­swich to other cities of a sim­i­lar size and de­mo­graphic. Even af­ter Pisas­ale’s promised "Streets Ahead" pro­gram back in 2006, many sub­urbs of Divi­sion 7 are still with­out ba­sic curb and chan­nelling, eleven years later.

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