THREE candidates are keen to represent Division 4 of Ipswich City Council after Councillor Trevor Nardi announced his intention to step down.
The Advertiser sought comments on the division's issues and why they have nominated.
BRUCE Casos grew up at Booval and was educated at Silkstone State School and Ipswich Boys Grammar School.
"I have spent the majority of my working life in local government, both as an elected representative and as a council officer," he said.
"I know that Cr Nardi has been very methodical in extending footpaths to link the more populated areas of the division with retail centres, schools and public transport routes.
"There is also a program for installation of kerb and channel. I believe that we need to be more aggressive with both of these. If not, we are setting the city up to be polarised in the future.
"The newly developed areas have all of these facilities from inception while the traditional and historic areas are playing catch-up.
"Council needs to show the lead with an extension of this infrastructure and, by doing this, we encourage residents and potential residents who have an appreciation of our historic architecture to invest and settle in our older established suburbs."
GRANT Vandersee has lived in Ipswich for more than 13 years.
"I currently work as a web software developer in Springfield Central. I have worked as a secondary and tertiary teacher, and as a web developer and graphic designer," he said.
"I enjoy helping others to see, and then reach, their potential, which was the highlight of my teaching career. I am passionate about community, sharing with and supporting each other.
"Obviously last year's flood caused a lot of damage and heartache throughout Ipswich, and Division 4 is no exception.
"There are also many parts of this area where the streets are not up to the standard I would be happy with, kerbing and channelling, footpaths and lighting, and it is sad that this is still the case in 2012."
SHAWN Ingle is a resident of Silkstone and currently works as an inspector with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
He says the revitalisation of commercial and retail precincts of Booval and Bundamba is a priority.
"I'm concerned that these areas have been given less attention by council due to increased priority of the CBD and Springfield," he said.
Mr Ingle intends to ensure that council doesn't increase the numbers of parking meters within Ipswich.
He would also increase kerb and channelling for residential and commercial areas of Division 4, and improve clearance of overgrowth in natural watercourses such as Bundamba Creek.
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BRUCE CASOSName ... Bruce James Casos Status ... Married to Mary. Family ... Three children, Steven, Jane and Sally. Two grandchildren, Penelope and Phoebe. Interests ... Motor Racing, fishing, bushwalking, history, . Born in Ipswich, I grew up at Booval and was educated at Silkstone State School and Ipswich Boys Grammar School. I have spent the majority of my working life in Local Government both as an elected representative and as a council officer. I have also worked in our family service station at Booval and was CEO of the Australian National Drag Racing Association. Comments re Division. I know that Trevor Nardi has been very methodical in extending footpaths to link the more populated areas of the division with retail centres, schools and public transport routes. There is also a programme for installation of kerb and channel. I believe that we need to be more aggressive with both of these, if not, we are setting the city up to be polarised in the future. The newly developed areas have all of these facilities from inception while the traditional / historic areas are playing catch up. I believe that Council needs to show the lead with an extension of this infrastructure and by doing this we encourage residents and potential residents who have an appreciation of our historic architecture to invest and settle in our older established suburbs. This in turn contributes to a feeling of neighbourhood pride and ensures that all areas are a desirable place to live. I can see that there is a pressing need to finish the analysis of localised flooding throughout the division so that the impact of stormwater on properties during summer storms can be addressed. As an example, there is a major drain that takes stormwater from the area around Cameron Park to Booval behind the railway station . It joins with a similar drain taking stormwater underground from the the catchment around Booval shopping centre. It all then goes into the Bremer River. During heavy rain the manhole lids need to be bolted down because the undergound pipes are up to capacity. This is one example. I believe that we need to have a long term plan in place so that drainage throughout the division can be improved in a planned and structured manner. Reason for nominating My reason for nominating for council is that this is the level of Government where you can make a positive difference to our community. Previously as a councillor I had the pleasure of taking former environment minister Pat Comben to the top of Mt Flinders to show him why the whole area from Mt Flinders through to White Rock (Redbank Plains) should be preserved for conservation. It is very satisfying to see that this has now happened thanks to the efforts of the State Government. As a Councillor I was one of the original architects for the whole motorsport precinct at Willowbank. The planning controls we put in place ensured the future of the whole complex, setting a standard throughout the country while creating one of our regions most successful sporting and tourist attractions. I believe that Local Government is is the level where an elected person can make the most positive contribution to the community in which we live.
I am married with 3 children aged 17,15 and 12, and have lived in Ipswich for over 13
years. I currently work as a web software developer in Springfield Central. I have
worked as a secondary and tertiary teacher, and as a web developer and graphic
designer, including a 2 and a half year stint running a web design business in
Springfield Lakes. My interests include music, photography and technology. I enjoy
helping others to see, and then reach, their potential, which was the highlight of my
teaching career. I am passionate about community, sharing with and supporting each
What is the main issue in your division?
Obviously last year's flood caused a lot of damage and heartache throughout Ipswich,
and Division 4 is no exception. There are still people getting over the events of last
January, and this is a major issue for many.
There are also many parts of this area where the streets are not up to the standard I
would be happy with, with kerbing and channelling, footpaths and lighting, and it is
sad that this is still the case in 2012.
Why are you running for council?
Over my time living in Ipswich, I have seen the city grow and blossom from the "poor
cousin" of Brisbane to now becoming the "younger sister". This is one of the major
development corridors for Greater Brisbane. I am running for council this time,
because I want to continue this work, improving the city for all those who live here,
and for the many who will come to call Ipswich home over the next couple of
decades. We will continue to remind Brisbane that Ipswich is a proud, progressive,
modern city with huge potential.
DIVISION 4 CANDIDATE DEMANDS BETTER STREETS FOR LOCALS
Local Division 4 Candidate Shawn Ingle has spent the last week doorknocking Dinmore, Bundamba, Silkstone, Ebbw Vale and North Booval and isn't happy with what he saw.
'As the only candidate who lives in the area I knew our streets have often been neglected by Council, but I wasn't aware of the extent until I spent a week doorknocking and speaking to residents'.
'Residents are crying out for kerbing and channelling work on their streets. With their help I've compiled a list of streets that need urgent attention'.
'The residents of Division 4 have the right to expect the same level of Council money spent in our suburbs as in the rest of Ipswich'.
'The residents know that if they elect me as their representative they'll have a dedicated local resident on their side to fearlessly fight for our fair share'.
Mr Ingle has put out a challenge to the other candidates for Division 4.
'These other candidates might not be residents within the division - they might not recognise some of the streets on my hit list - but I encourage them to do the right thing and support my initiative for better streets for locals in Division 4'.
Resident of Silkstone
Father of 1 (16 yr old Son Nicholas)
Current employment: Inspector with Fair Work Ombudsman
Previous professional history: Qld Department of Industrial Relations
Priorities for Division 4
- The revitalisation of commercial and retail precincts of Booval & Bundamba. Concerned that these areas have been given less attention by Council due to increased priority of CBD, and Springfield;
- Ensuring that Council doesn't increase the numbers of parking meters within Ipswich. Concerned that suburban retail and commercial districts of Booval & Bundamba might have parking meters installed in the future.
- Increase levels of curb and channelling for residential and commercial areas of Division 4.
- Improve clearance of overgrowth in natural water courses such as Bundamba Creek. Potential issue with silted waterways and overgrowth restricting flow of future floods or even water from storms.
- Increased construction of footpaths in residential areas.
- Construction of a community garden within Jack Barkley Park on Gledson Street North Booval, similar to the Westfalen Community Garden in Collingwood Park.
I am running for Council to ensure that Division 4 has a strong, local, and fresh voice within Council. I believe that the best chance Division 4 has of ensuring a high priority is placed on local concerns is by electing a resident of Division 4 rather than a Councillor residing outside the Division.
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