Redlands electors are now choosing their next Mayor and Council. Pre-poll voting has started ahead of the 19 March local government elections (and referendum on fixed four year terms for State MPs).
Voters can choose traffic congestion, inadequate infrastructure and more poorly planned development under Karen Williams and her team. Alternatively, voters can elect Greg Underwood as Mayor to “restore the balance” and pick other candidates for Council who are not part of the Williams team.
Local councillors are elected on a divisional basis but they have to decide on city-wide issues. So it’s important to be clear about what kind of future you want for the Redlands and pick the people who you think will make the best decisions for the City.
Karen Williams, wants a planning scheme and major developments that would result in:
- More multi-storey apartment blocks and small lot housing
- Overcrowding and traffic congestion
- Inadequate parks, sporting facilities and other community infrastructure
- Massive dredging for 3,600 apartments in 10 storey towers on the Cleveland foreshore near the Toondah Harbour ferry terminal
- Environmental harm to koala habitat and Moreton Bay’s wetlands and wildlife
Under Williams, the number of local jobs has fallen. Redlands is turning into a large dormitory town where people have to travel long distances for study, work and play. This is good for a few property developers but not so good for existing residents watching ‘their’ Redlands disappear under new housing estates.
Greg Underwood offers a more balanced approach to governing the Redlands with better planning, genuine community consultation and growth in local jobs. He would seek to wind back the scale of development at Toondah Harbour and recommence consultation on the draft City Plan.
Karen Williams has identified the candidates that are part of her team, as reported in the Redland City Bulletin and shown on her How to Vote cards.
Greg Underwood and the other candidates for divisional councillor positions offer a less aggressive approach to development.
If you want a change from Karen Williams and her team then vote Greg Underwood for Mayor and one or more of the “other” candidates running for your division.
|Greg Underwood and
|Karen Williams team|
|Mayor||Greg Underwood||Karen Williams|
|Division 1||Wendy Boglary||Corinne Tomasi
|Division 2||Tom Taranto
|Division 3||Troy Robbins
|Division 4||Lance Hewlett||James Harling|
|Division 5||Junita Grosvenor||Mark Edwards|
|Division 6||Melanie Lavelle-Maloney||Stephanie Eaton
|Division 7||Janine Healy
|Division 8||Tracy Huges
|Division 9||Jesse McNamara||Paul Gleeson|
|Division 10||Paul Bishop||Joy Stewart|
Make sure you vote counts
There is optional preferential voting for local council elections. If there are more than two candidates in your division, consider giving a second preference to make sure you get the kind of councillor that would best serve your interests. In its advice, the Electoral Commission says:
If the elector wishes to vote for only one candidate, this may be done by placing a one (1), tick or cross in the square opposite the name of the candidate. The elector may then choose to indicate preferences by numbering in the squares, some or all of the candidates remaining on their ballot paper.
What division you are enrolled in?
You can find out what division you from the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) website.
Where can you vote?
If you want to cast your vote before 19 March here are details for pre-poll voting in Redland City.
Most people will vote on the election date 19 March. Here is a list of ordinary voting booths for each division in Redland City.
There is also a referendum on four year terms for state MPs
As well as voting for new local councils, voters are required to vote in a referendum on whether or not to have fixed four year terms for the Queensland Parliament.
The view of Redlands2030 is that people should vote No. In recent years we’ve had bad government from both Labor and the LNP. In each case, a four year fixed term would have let these governments to do more damage.
Let’s stick with three year terms.
Redlands2030 Editorial Comment – 8 March 2016
Update 15 March 2016 Stephanie Eaton is now grouped in the Williams team following comments by Karen Williams on ABC612 Radio this morning