I take my nomination to be elected to Division 2 Councillor seriously. It has been suggested to me that I haven’t conveyed what I am standing for and what I will do for the Division.
Firstly, if elected I will be part of a team of thirteen. Thirteen people from the other divisions and the Mayor who will all have competing needs, wishes and wants. Being able to plan, review budgets, and handle Council briefs will be up to me to sort out fact from chaff. Priority will be to understand historical data and budgets, ask lots of questions and have a good mentor. A good sense of humour will help too because we really don’t know what is in the books. The audited reports presented to State Government will help.
The Strategic Development plan 2016 is far too complicated, not easy to understand and not being followed. It’s time to create a new improved development plan by consulting widely and getting something residents will understand, support and their Councillors will be mandated to maintain. Return clarity to ratepayers and business.
Council employees I can assure you I will be supporting the implementation of the Grassroots report in whole with the CEO. I value and respect all employees who are there because they are capable and competent- the basic assumption! I look forward to be able to enhance and grow the capabilities of staff. Happy confident and valued employees service the residents and ratepayers.
Am I up to this? Of course I am. I am skilled in getting things done at a local, State and Federal areas around health and maternity services. Being strong to negotiate to get the wants and immediate safety concerns of Division 2 sorted as a priority. I am a quiet achiever. I get results. I don’t need to brag or talk all hot air as some seem to do. I consider that style is because they are inexperienced.
The neighbourhoods in brief.
Driving around Beachmere it is clear drainage and roads a priority. I noticed the Caboolture River and the serious river bank erosion that needs adressing. Fishing, the fishing stations on the riverbank are great but what about pontoons so we can really get land based fishing and/or mooring happening?
Narangba– beautiful rural residences with the need for wildlife corridors. Koalas located in this region need to be counted and added to the Koala plan from State Government. The ambience of those rural residential blocks need to be preserved.
I understand there is talk of bypasses and fly-overs for this area. Land holders are being kept in the dark as Main Roads continue to review traffic planning. The traffic light co-ordination duly noted. Sitting at Burpengary Rd/Mackie Rd to go over the railway line for 15 minutes. Really! Simply needs to be better so traffic can flow.
Burpengary township serviced by many schools seem to come to a crawl along Station Rd and over the highway using Arthur Drewitt Rd. Both need serious work to improve flow and reduce congestion. Think laterally -combined bike/pedestrian pathways to the retirement villages on the other side of Burpengary Creek and could school times be staggered?
Burpengary East– it is clear residents like the rural residential lifestyle. Did anyone ever consult with them that this is already under threat with the emerging communities zoning resulting in dense housing planning as part of the Strategic Development plan 2016? I have committed to reviewing the strategic development plan 2016 as a priority. No resident should ever feel excluded because of the type of housing they are in or where they live. Wildlife corridors and waterway protection a priority. Community and economic development work processes needs to begin in Burpengary East. Industrial zoning to draw new businesses to the area a priority. Jobs and more jobs benefit everyone. Complete the designated Moreton Bay Bikeway on Old Bay Rd. Currently this road is too narrow, unsafe and affected by flood waters.
Freshwater National Park bounded by Creek Rd and Deception Bay Rd has an amazing array of unique woodlands and wildlife. It’s time to enjoy this park by locating walking pathways and creating an entrance point for the public to access.
North Harbour– I am committed to ensure your purchase in that area as what the developer had promised, approved by Council and State Government is followed through. The Harbour should be there. This area needs services like public transport. Promised?
The horticultural area, part of Ningi and Beachmere needs better access to get the trucks and workers in and out of the area safely. Bribie Island Rd upgrade is a State responsibility. It was needed yesterday.
Morayfield East, Caboolture Airport industrial zone similar concerns to all the others. Lifestyle, business and amenities.
In all areas people have expressed concern with development plan, hoons, crime, youth crime and animal control. All worthy of mention and I have addressed these issues in previous posts.
Roads, rates and rubbish the ones we all have to deal with local government. Roads- need to work with the State government to plan and co-ordinate for now and the future. Lets end the uncertainty for land holders who are concerned about roads proposed and development.
Rate increases should never exceed CPI and in recent years with minimal wages growth kept at an affordable level. Reviewing the Council budget, spending and with efficiencies can we do better? Consider electric cars for council business if it can be proven to be cost efficient. I believe so if your Councillor focuses on the division and prioritise. Change the focus from ‘we can’t’ to ‘we can do’! Get rid of barriers and red tape for businesses. Review animal management policies to support residents using commonsense and respect.
Rubbish – lets look at ways of reducing waste. Recycle and up-cycling should be part of core business. Methane gas harvesting generated from dumps. Twice yearly kerbside collection be re-introduced for communities utilising a voucher system for ratepayers. Not everyone has access to a ute nor able to afford hiring a ute/trailer. For everybody and not just for those who can afford alternatives.
Green space be included & protected with developments. Community Parks with public toilets be shared equitably with other council divisions. Community gardens and composting to enhance those that live in units or small residential blocks.
Community cohesion be improved with designated community facilities. Their locations, purposes sent out with rate notices and on Council web page. Supported by Council and leased to community groups. To simply ‘its on the web page’ cannot help those who do not have internet or of the age they don’t know how to use. Social inclusion respecting the diverse multicultural communities within MBRC, acknowledging, respecting and valuing everybody. Creating better healthier communities by giving a sense of belonging.
Achievable or aspirational? For too long residents have not been included in consultation processes and/or only done with those who know the meeting times and places of the many fragmented groups in the division. Time for real change. Vote Barbara Cook for Division 2!
Authorised BCook 20 Fodora Place Burpengary East 4505