DIVISION 10: Here are your council candidates

Gold Coast’s local council elections are coming up on the 28th of March, with over 50 people gunning for seats at chambers.

Early voting is now underway, with eleven places to vote now open to locals.

myGC is going through division by division, to give you a closer look at the candidates.


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Division 10 will soon include the suburbs of Broadbeach, Broadbeach Waters, Bundall, Isle of Capri, Main Beach, Paradise Waters, Sorrento, Surfers Paradise and The Spit.

It’s currently held by Paul Taylor, who is retiring.

A whopping seven people reckon they have what it takes to replace him; Adrian Johnston, Mike Winlaw, Darren Taylor, Rowan Panozzo, Seema Chauhan, Eddy Sarroff and Stephen Cornelius.

myGC put some simple questions all of the candidates, here’s how they responded.

Adrian Johnston

     

A few words about yourself.

After 24 years of Commercial Radio on the GC (where I was proudly number #1 in the 9am – 12 noon spot) I took a 12 month hiatus driving Horse Transport trucks and bussing the Scoot Airline Crew to and from the GC Airport.

Are you a member of/ or affiliated with a political party – if so, which one?

I have never been a member of a political organisation and am purely independent.
Please list your top three policies for your division.
  • Build better neighbourhoods, with more money for Neighbourhood Watch and more CCTV
  • Create stronger sporting and community clubs, including up to $100 off annual fees for Division 10 residents who play sport in Division 10
  • Protect our lifestyle, with a commitment to no height and density increases on the Western side of the Gold Coast Highway in Broadbeach Waters, Isle Of Capri and Paradise Waters and the Western side of Tedder Avenue at Main Beach
Why should locals vote for you?
As the host the Number #1 Commercial Radio Morning Show for 15 years, I have spent much of my life involved with the local community. Division 10 has been my home for almost 25 years.
The Gold Coast is full of opportunity; it’s a great place to live, work and play. But we can always do better. That’s why, if elected, I’ll be working as your Councillor on my plan listed above.
In your opinion, what’s the biggest issue facing the whole of the Gold Coast? And what should Council as a whole be doing about it?
Improving the safety of our city by installing more CCTV and ‘re building Neighbourhood Watch to its past glory. Growing local business with dedicated precinct plans for Main Beach, Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach that bring locals back and help local businesses flourish.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Vote #1 AJ……Your Voice

Mike Winlaw

A few words about yourself.

I am a long-standing Main Beach resident, city leader and Vice Patron of the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. I have a Bachelor of Business, Masters of Business Administration and extensive international and national management experience, and implemented the renowned Major Events Strategy through my role as CEO of Surfers Paradise Alliance on the Gold Coast. I am the eldest of seven children, a proud husband, father and grandfather – and not to mention a keen golfer. I am known as a people person who is compassionate and supportive of those without a voice and I am dedicated to listening and delivering for the Division 10 community.

Are you a member of/ or affiliated with a political party – if so, which one?

I am a true independent. Unlike many other council candidates, I am not a member of a political party. My sole motivation is to be a strong voice for residents and businesses. I have proven financial acumen, having been responsible for multi million dollar budgets. I’ll fight financial waste, particularly when it involves the public purse, and will campaign for stringent fiscal responsibility. I will also push for a more equitable distribution of the millions of dollars council receives from development fees. Divisions impacted by such projects are surely entitled to a greater share of such revenue for investment in their division.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Bringing business back – A specific focus will be demonstrating support for the key villages and business centres within Division 10 including Main Beach, Chevron Island, Isle of Capri, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Each hub has unique characteristics and I will work with local traders and residents to help grow business and remove blockages to economic development. This will include leveraging my contacts at organisations such as Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, to help devise strategies and host workshops that will benefit Division 10 businesses.
  • Safer, cleaner, quieter suburbs – I firmly believe the glue for fostering a safe and healthy division is creating a safer, cleaner and quieter suburbs – from responding to issues of homelessness and youth crime, cracking down on ‘party houses’ and cleaning up our waterways and dumping hotspots. As someone who lives and works in Division 10, I am one of the many people desperate for a cohesive and long-term response to these issues. We must crack down on crime, whilst showing compassion for those genuinely in crisis – a tough but fair approach. So-called ‘party houses’ and short-term rentals are also causing concern for Division 10 residents. I promise to be the voice residents need to represent their views across governments and agencies. When elected, the days of buck-passing on such issues will be a thing of the past.
  • Ensuring the protection of our beaches; the heart of our city’s tourism and promotion – In reviewing the council’s current position on this issue it is clear they have taken the broad-brush approach to policymaking and resource allocation with respect to the issue. As I understand the City of Gold Coast’s climate action strategy expired in 2014 and has not been revised since. This is a concern for me and should be for the wider community. I have noted that the council’s Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy is not broad enough and focuses solely on flooding and inundation risks. When elected I will be a strong voice for action and allocation of appropriate resources.

Why should locals vote for you?

As the former CEO of Surfers Paradise Alliance, I built strong networks and relationships with all levels of the community, business, government and key stakeholders in order to overcome challenges and deliver exceptional results. I have gained an intimate knowledge of local issues affecting residents and businesses in Division 10 and have a strong reputation for keeping my promises and getting things done. Have you been to Sand Safari, Surfers Paradise LIVE, SeaFire, VIVA Surfers Paradise, Kids Week, Fest-Evil, Magic Millions Barrier Draw, Beachfront Night Markets or the Festival of Film, Music and Dance? These are some of the great events I developed and delivered, alongside a team of wonderful people, which provided 255 days of FREE entertainment for families and the community itself. This boosted the economy for Gold Coast traders and businesses to over $60M each year and, in turn, supported the 42,000 tourism jobs on the Gold Coast. This is my proven experience, and this is why you should vote for me.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest issue facing the whole of the Gold Coast? And what should Council as a whole be doing about it?

 

Darren Taylor

A few words about yourself.

I am community and business minded, committed and hard working. I pride myself on honesty and having an open mind. I believe that every persons opinion matters.

Are you a member of/ or affiliated with a political party – if so, which one?

I am a member of the LNP

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Forward plan our infrastructure such as roads and public transport and ensure development of future high-rises do not go outside our city plan criteria’s.
  • Revitalise Surfers Paradise and surrounding suburbs and create a renewed culture for our families and locals.
  • Develop and support our sporting and community organisations and to ease the administration burden placed on our volunteers.

Why should locals vote for you?

Having grown up in division 10 for over 40 years and been involved in sporting and community organisations from Surf Life Saving, Soccer, Rotary and AFL where I’m currently Chairman of the Surfers Paradise AFC. I understand what our community and volunteer’s want and need to keep our community alive. My business background running our family owned business which employs over 30 staff, I know what challenges our business face and will support them through these tough times. Our five boys are working or undertaking their schooling on the Gold Coast; like all parents, I want quality education and employability in the future right here on the Gold Coast for all of our children.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest issue facing the whole of the Gold Coast? And what should Council as a whole be doing about it?

Our roads and infrastructure are being stretched to its limits and we need to reassess the accessibility of our public transport and roads. We need to forward plan for twenty years where an estimated 1 million people will be living on the Gold Coast. Council needs to develop a road and public transport system that will cater for a regional city that is growing every year. Council has to re-evaluate how high-rises are approved to ensure any future projects do not impact communities lifestyle.

Anything else you’d like to add?

With cost of living high, I will fight to keep our rate increases low.

I am going to beautify and clean our city and protect our green spaces for future generations to enjoy as I did when I grew up in Division 10.

Rowan Panozzo

A few words about yourself.

After years of holidays on the Gold Coast as a kid coming up from Victoria, I now proudly call the Gold Coast home; it has been my home for the last 15 years. I’m a surfer that is passionate about our beaches and ocean conservation. I’m a keen Cyclist and active member of the GCCC. There’s so much opportunity for our region to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable mode of active
transport. Get people out of their cars and into the outdoors. I have been Involved in greyhound rescue with a local charity gumtree greys for the last 6 years, and live with two companion  Greyhounds named Chyka and Genie.

Are you a member of/ or affiliated with a political party – if so, which one?

I am a proud member of the AJP, a party that’s core values align with my lifestyle, one of Rationality, Kindness, Equality and non-violence.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Support land management and acquisition to protect and conserve wildlife habitat
  • Support sustainable developments with a community consulate approach
  • Lobby to increase public green spaces and public use land with a push towards creating eco friendly tourism opportunities

Why should locals vote for you?
To offer a new direction for local government that offers a caring and consultative approach to all residents in our community, including animals and the environment.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest issue facing the whole of the Gold Coast? And what should Council as a whole be doing about it?

One of the biggest issues is large-scale development without a sufficient level of community consultation and a sustainable approach to how we live. The community wants progress, but not at the expense of our environment. It is time to optimise eco-tourism and support sustainable innovative business and move away from the antiquated mind-set that building more high-rises, more roads and more light rail is the only way the Gold Coast can prosper.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I will bring rationality and innovative thinking to Council, to ensure that our community’s desire to take immediate action on the climate emergency by changing the way we do things is actioned quickly. Vote 1 AJP.

 

Seema Chauhan

A few words about yourself.

Passionate Gold Coaster for over two decades, mother of twins who believes in the collective wisdom of the wider community and is accessible, committed and independent.

Are you a member of/ or affiliated with a political party – if so, which one?

None

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Ensure sustainable development
  • Promote local economy & create jobs
  • Address issues of safety and security

Why should locals vote for you?

My focus is on delivering real results for the residents and businesses. I have lived and worked in Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and know Division 10 very well. With a strong belief in the value of all members of society, men, women and children alike, within a thriving community, I actively support causes to help connect our community. Over the years I have volunteered with various community organisations in roles which include acting as a Multicultural Community Ambassador for the Commonwealth Games 2018, Vice President 2nd Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin, Gold Coast chapter since 2018, RizeUp Australia since 2015, Committee Member for Supporters of Creative Arts at St Hilda’s School since 2015, Gold Coast Marathon, Mother’s Day Classic and Salvation Army.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest issue facing the whole of the Gold Coast? And what should Council as a whole be doing about it?

WHO has declared coronavirus a global pandemic, residents and businesses across the Gold Coast are already feeling the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. We all need to stand strong as a community. Council should introduce measures to support residents and businesses by allowing rate payers to defer payments, waive the tables and chairs levy for struggling hospitality businesses and provide additional funding for marketing Gold Coast to the domestic market.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I completed Bachelor of Management (Tourism and Hospitality) from University of South Australia and moved to the Gold Coast in the late 90s to pursue Master of Business Administration at Griffith University. I fell in love with Gold Coast and have been calling it home for over two decades now. For the last 11 years I have been working as a Registered Migration Agent, assisting potential migrants navigate the complex Australian immigration system. I have an in-depth understanding of migration legislation and transferable skills to comprehend other legislations. In addition, I have worked in many jobs across different industries on the Gold Coast, some of which include Bollywood film production, hospitality, tourism, education and event management.

 

Eddy Sarroff

A few words about yourself.

Proud father of 4 children. Represented Broadbeach for 5 terms and best known for being the voice of the community and someone who gets the job done.

Are you a member of/ or affiliated with a political party – if so, which one?

Not a member of any political party

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Committed to delivering transport and community infrastructure
  • Reinstate Surfers Paradise as the city’s focal tourism destination
  • Implement the Spit Masterplan

Why should locals vote for you?

I understand the business of council. I have a track record of delivering essential services and infrastructure for this important division and understand all aspects of town planning which is a key concern not just in Division 10 but citywide.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest issue facing the whole of the Gold Coast? And what should Council as a whole be doing about it?

The biggest issue facing the Gold Coast at the moment is to address the serious challenges facing businesses across the city. I have publicly announced my support for the integrated resort at Star Gold Coast which will create thousands of jobs and at the same time inject $100 million to develop the next stage of the convention centre at no cost to the city. This is a shovel-ready economic stimulus which requires sign off at the State Government level.

It is important that the new council is made up of individuals that are prepared to stand up and not be afraid of speaking out in the public interest. This has been my trademark during my time in council.

Stephen Cornelius

A few words about yourself.

*Swum for Australia as a kid 1979-1982,
*WA’s Scarborough Senior High School were I was school prefect,
*Captain of the WA swimming team 3 times
*Moved to the Gold Coast 1989.
*Professional Swim Coach,
*Denis Cottrell’s assistant 2002/04, During Grant Hackett, Ky Hurst & Gian Rooney’s time
*Masters Degree in Business Griffith Uni 2014
*Director Community Concepts Ltd a not for profit company since 2013
*Flagship project “Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club” Developing the Open Water Swimming scene on the Gold Coast

Are you a member of/ or affiliated with a political party – if so, which one?

No affiliation with a party therefore Independent

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Ocean Pools (Suitable for Multiple venues along the coast) – Will save lives, free of sharks, stingers and dumping waves, safe for novice swimmers and International visitors, a place for locals to hangout in a social hub of activity, a place where people will go every day to keep healthy and mingle with others over a good coffee/cafe shop., A low cost asset that according to UNSW studies September 2019 will bring in over 200,00 visitors per year to the area.
  • Sustainable Development – The footprint of the building not to be the size of the block. What is ok’d here should work if approved multiple times, currently if we keep going the place will look like Hong Kong, approvals needs to be challenged and urban sprawl needs to be in place for a better looking city.
  • Syntropic Management style – Simple put I want to leave this world a better place than when I found it. A style that can be done by Corporations, Governments, Businesses and Individuals.

Why should locals vote for you?

To bring in Ocean Pools, a community asset delivering project, to keep the open spaces not to sell off parks and public land, supporter of the Ocean way walk path project, I’ve been on committees all my life on all levels, local clubs, State Committees and National Committees. I’m a strong negotiator, And because I’m brand new to this arena I will listen to all concerns and represent the people of Division 10 and the greater community of the Gold Coast.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest issue facing the whole of the Gold Coast? And what should Council as a whole be doing about it?

Corona Virus is choking the city of it’s visitors and shops are closing, restaurants are down by two thirds revenue therefore needing to sack staff. Council needs to stimulate business by getting people back to the area, advertising to get people Australia wide to visit us, build places like the Ocean pools project (200,000 visits per year) and put on low level entertainment and events to get the locals outdoors and into the streets.

 

Note: the candidates have been listed in the order that they will appear on the ballot paper.

For more information about voting, click here.

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