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VICKI Ash works as a financial controller and has nine years' experience in local government finance and administration, coupled with strong leadership and management skills.

She is the co-ordinator for Ipswich Flood Survivors Tivoli and Moores Pocket.

Improved disaster planning is her main aim.

"My family and I were affected by the floods and I understand how dramatic and devastating a disaster can be," she said.

"All residents need to be prepared, whether it be a flood, bushfire or other disaster.

"I will ensure that Division 5 residents have a family safety plan in place.

"I will have regular community meetings so that all residents are able to voice their concerns."

 

MICHAEL Melling has worked with Ipswich City Council for a number of years as a small business owner through his involvement with the Top of Town Working Committee.

"In 2011 I assisted in an official capacity in the assessment of flood-affected houses," he said.

"As a multiple recipient of Ipswich Heritage Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2011 for restorative work on residential and commercial properties - and having also completed an audit of original buildings from their beginnings to their new adaptive uses - I am proud of my continuing contribution to Ipswich heritage."

Mr Melling says people are seeking change in how they are represented in local government.

"As an Ipswich local I am passionate about our city," he said.

 

BRIAN Scott moved to the North Ipswich area and established the business Ipswich Skylights about 24 years ago.

"Like many families in Division 5, our home was flooded in January 2011," he said.

"I understand the heartache and constant struggle we have all had as a community in the rebuilding of our lives and homes.

"I drive around our division every week and I know the condition of the roads we travel on and the holes that need attending to.

"We live in a strong, growing city. We need to provide more for our children and grandchildren to be able to play, whether it is in parks or having more access to the river. It is my vision for Ipswich to see a development of facilities and some positive developments of our greatest asset, the Bremer River."

HEATHER Morrow was elected in March 2000 to represent the residents of Division 5 and has thoroughly enjoyed this challenge over the past 12 years.

As a long-term resident of the division, Cr Morrow says she understands what needs to be done to continue the expansion of infrastructure to support the growing population of both young families and seniors.

Through her personal involvement with the local school communities, sporting and community groups, Cr Morrow has been able to gain valuable feedback when prioritising projects.

"I support growth as this is the recognised pathway to future prosperity but I believe that growth must be tempered with consideration for the community and the environment," she said.

 

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VICKI ASH

38 years old, married with two young adult sons. Currently works as a financial controller with a Redbank based company. Nine years experience in local government finance and administration coupled with strong leadership and management skills. Co-ordinator for Ipswich Flood Survivors Tivoli and Moores Pocket.

In 2012, presented with City of Ipswich Medallion by Mayor Paul Pisasale at the Australia Day Awards for community work. In 2011, received Disaster Hero Medal.

  What is the main issue in your division?.

Improved Disaster Planning for ALL areas.  My family and I were affectted by the floods and I understand how dramatic and devastating a disaster can be. All residents needs to be prepared whether it be a flood, bushfire or other disaster.

I will ensure that Division 5 residents have a Family Safety Plan in place, so that the safety of their family comes first. Residents will know in advance where evacuation centres and emergency alternative routes are.

Alternative Route in Karalee During Flooding/Bushfire

As well as

 • Improved communication

• Greater community consultation

• Greater support for Small Business

• Rubbish Removal from Bremer River

• Rates

• Dog Registrations

• Noise Complaints

• Road Surfacing

• Kerb and Channel

• Footpaths

• Drainage

• Stormwater

• Pot Holes

• Street Lights

 Why are you running for council?

I live in Division 5 and I am passionate about the dvision and want to make a positive contribution to our community. I will ensure equity in the provision of services and facilities. I will have regular Community Meetings so that all residents are able to voice their concerns and suggestions, I will encourage and promote strong links with the local community.

I am not associated with any political party and will work solely to promote the interests of Division 5 residents and the City of Ipswich. I am hardworking, honest, trustworthy and reliable . Divison 5 needs a strong, proactive representative with a proven track record of community involvement on the Council and I will fulful that role. 

 

MICHAEL MELLING

My parents were small business owners, choosing to raise their children in Ipswich and I have chosen to do the same. I have worked with Ipswich City Council for a number of years as a small business owner through my involvement with the Top of Town Working Committee. In 2011 I assisted in an official capacity in the assessment of flood-affected houses within the surrounding Ipswich area. As a member of The Ipswich Arts Foundation, and writer member of the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) I am a strong advocate of new local emerging and established visual and performing artists and will continue to promote and advance this significant cultural element. As a multiple recipient of Ipswich Heritage Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2011 for restorative work on residential and commercial properties and having also completed an audit of original buildings from their beginnings to their new adaptive uses I am proud of my continuing contribution to Ipswich heritage.    
What is the main issue in your division?
I have been speaking with local people across Division 5 for some time. I have walked every street in every suburb to ascertain how people feel, what their hopes are and discuss the concerns affecting them. The resounding theme of these conversations is change.  People are seeking change in how they are represented in local government, a change in how they are communicated with and a change in how they are treated.  A lack of communication, commitment, representation and poor response times to issues were key identifiers from many residents. People are seeking a fresh attitude, a fresh perspective and a fresh voice.   
Why are you running for council?
As an Ipswich local born and bred I am passionate about our city and wish to play an active role in its future. Our community is unique and it is this uniqueness and diversity I wish to protect. Whether you live in Basin Pocket or Karalee you are part of the wider Ipswich community, one that pulls together and exists as one.  My 18 years of community service experience provides me with a unique insight into the provision of frameworks which link to  state government strategic planning. My involvement with the community through heritage, arts, small business and disability  is evidence of my commitment and passion.  I will be a strong voice for Division 5, ensuring that your investment in our city, whether as a resident or business owner is respected and your views  heard. I give a commitment to always act in your best interests without fear or favour.  

 

BRIAN SCOTT

It is my vision for Ipswich to see a developmemt of facilities for these families and some positive developments of our greatest asset, the Bremer River.

This natural resource offers so much in the way of recreational benefits to the locals with boating, swimming and fishing - not to mention its natural beauty.

Community organisations I have been involved with:

Coached rugby league at Northern Suburbs Football Club

A member of the North Ipswich Sea Scouts

A member of the North Ipswich Scouts Group

Ran the P&F at St Edmund's School dance

Rotary Ipswich

Have taken elderly residents from local nursing homes to the Christmas lights tours for the past eight years.

I intend to bring all these qualities and local knowledge I have learnt over the past 24 years in running Ipswich Skylights as your local representative for Division 5.

 

HEATHER MORROW

 

In March 2000 Heather was elected to represent the residents of Division 5 and has thoroughly enjoyed this challenge over the past 12 years.

 

As a long term resident of the Division Heather understands what needs to be done to continue the expansion of infrastructure to support the growing population of both young families and our seniors.

 

Through her personal involvement with the local school communities, sporting and community groups, Heather has been able to gain valuable feedback when prioritizing projects.

 

Division 5 has seen an increase in interest by property developers and commercial industry. "I support growth as this is the recognised pathway to future prosperity but I believe that growth must be tempered with consideration for the community and the environment", Heather said.

 

"My intention is to continue to obtain funding for future infrastructure needs, continue my kerb and channel program and continue to be a dedicated and committed representative getting the job done using a commonsense approach and leading by example", she said.

 

Heather is asking for residents support to finish the job that she started in 2000 by electing her to represent and work for the community for another 4 years. 


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