I’ve had some recent enquiries about any affiliation I may have to a political party or members of parliament. As President of the Bonogin Valley Community Association we strive for good relationships with all elected representatives for our area and the Gold Coast. However, my campaign for election to Gold Coast City Council is not aligned with any political party and no member of parliament has offered support.
I am confident, however, that these good working relationships with state and federal MP’s will be an advantage if elected to Gold Coast City Council. Collaborating for solutions to the shared issues of our area is a good use of the public resource and sharing innovation and creativity in problem solving is a key to good governance and strategic planning.
As a keen local observer for the past several years, I’ve noticed the relationship between local and state government in Mudgeeraba could be a great deal better. My fresh approach will focus on better working relationships with all levels of government and the community.
I met with Steve and Sheila who live on Springbrook Road the other day. Although we didn’t agree on every topic we talked about it really seemed as though their concerns had been shut out of the conversation. I do not see why any resident, no matter how vocal they are about their concerns, deserves to be excluded from contributing their opinions.
It’s this area – community engagement – that excites me about representing our area. My plans for the area include forming several strategic resident committees that can help shape what Mudgeeraba and the Hinterland looks like in the future. These committees could include a planning group, a tourism group, a business group, a sport/recreation group and a community service group. If we can meet quarterly and report back on our planned initiatives, with measurable accountabilities, I’m convinced we can set a benchmark for the city for good open & transparent governance and community collaboration.
This past week I also caught up with Stephen and Linda who have a business on Mudgeeraba Road. They expressed concerns about communication with Council as well as a poor experience they had regarding land zoning. What I liked about Stephen and Linda was their passion for the area. They are active at the Chamber of Commerce and have operated their business in the area for over 20 years. They invited me along to the next Chamber of Commerce event and I intend to drop by and meet more of the businesses in the coming weeks.
Finally, I’m back at work this week so I’m now balancing a full-time job, my cattle business, the Council campaign, and my wonderful family. One of my key priorities over the next fortnight is to put together a group of people committed to my fresh approach for Mudgeeraba and the Hinterland who can help with passing out flyers, wearing our t-shirts, and possibly even helping cover some of the costs of the campaign advertising. If you think you’d like to be a part of the team, please phone me on 0400 11 4000.