DIVISION 12: 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 12 includes the suburbs of Burleigh Waters, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami and Nobby Beach.

It’s currently held by Pauline Young, who is running as a candidate this election.

She’s one of four candidates for the seat, with Cathy Osborne, Zac Revere and Scott Turner also running.

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

Pauline Young

A few words about yourself.

I am proud to call the Gold Coast my home for over 50 years, I grew up here, raised my family here, practised as a local nurse, have been a company director, worked in property, been a small business owner and have been very privileged to represent the residents of Division 12 over the past 4 years.

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

I have never been a member of or been affiliated with a political party.  I am a local independent candidate and I am self funding my own campaign.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Community Safety: Additional CCTV camera’s in our high use areas, additional relocatable speed awareness devices especially around our school zones, more street lighting in our public spaces, continue to push for improvements to ease traffic congestion at our intersections for both vehicles and pedestrians.
  • With nearly 600 small businesses along the 6.7km of the Light Rail 3A route support before and during the construction phase is essential.  I will continue to advocate for a specialised team to work with the businesses to achieve the best possible outcomes and for incremental  openings as sections are completed.
  • Continue to work with sporting and community groups to build capacity and improve facilities to accommodate the City’s future demands through community consultation and staged master planning.  Implementing the Pizzey Park Precinct master plan to get the best possible sporting and recreational use of this 60 hectare green space in the centre of our division.

Why should locals vote for you?

I am passionate and committed to preserving what’s important to locals, protecting our natural assets whilst ensuring that future generations will have sufficient resources to accommodate the lifestyle we enjoy.

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?

We live a very enviable lifestyle in our city and many more people are choosing to relocate to enjoy that same lifestyle, with our population expected to reach 1 million people by 2041.  Planning for the future housing needs, the infrastructure required to support the predicted population growth and the employment opportunities we will need to create.

Anything else you’d like to add?

At this upcoming council election, in this changing economic and social  climate I believe ‘Experience matters’.

Cathy Osborne

A few words about yourself.

I am a 25 year resident of Division 12. Happily married with a grown family, I am best known within my community for the recent battle I successfully waged with the Federal Government resulting in benefiting 200.000 residents affected by low flying aircraft over Division 12.

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

I have never been a member or affiliated with any political party. I am a truly local independent candidate.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • I am demanding compensation to businesses financially effected by stage 3a of Light Rail. The devastation inflicted on Surfers Paradise and Southport businesses during the first stage of light rail construction is well documented. Businesses and many jobs were destroyed without compensation, and livelihoods were ruined. If your property is resumed by government you are compensated so why aren’t public businesses protected? On completion Light Rail will be an integral part of our city transport system. What I don’t accept is the State Government and
    GoldlinQ destroying small business operators. I might add I’m the only Div12 candidate who has stood up for our local businesses and I suggest you watch this space. My business community is 100% behind my stance and I believe the Mayor has also come out in support of my position.
  • Sustainable Development is a very passionate issue facing our community. Our residents live here for the relaxed beachside lifestyle. We don’t want high rise canyons. We’re not Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach. We enjoy a more residential lifestyle, we’re not a tourist hub. What we want is sensible progress that meets the residential standards we now enjoy. I will be voting against any development that doesn’t meet city planning guidelines. In many ways our community is the forgotten place with parks and streets in serious need of upgrading. Children’s’ play amenities also require attention and the list can go on.
  • We all acknowledge the country is going through very difficult financial times. Recognising this I will not be adding to household financial stress by voting for any rate and utility rises during my first term of office.

Why should locals vote for you?

My greatest strength is that I get things done. People who know me know of my honesty, integrity and love of my
community. I know the problems and challenges facing our division and I know they won’t fix themselves. I am a hard
worker with good communications skills. I am blessed with a sense of humour and I’m a good listener. I find these
attributes will be essential for being a good council representative and that’s why my election campaign is enjoying
such across-the-board support.

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?

Anything else you’d like to add?

Within our division we have a large freshwater lake called Lake Hugh Muntz. Not so very long ago this was a healthy recreational amenity. Today after many bandaid solutions the lake is closed to the public. Following a meeting with senior council officials I was informed that Council had commissioned a Griffith University Study by world experts to advise Council on the best course of action for rejuvenating the lake. I have agreed that we wait for this report rather expending more money on untested short term solutions as advocated by my opponents. Division 12 is in urgent need of a safety audit for school zones. Many of our schools have very inadequate signage and poorly defined street crossings that again reinforces my belief that our division requires my firm practical stewardship. This is an important family safety issue that I will be treating as a priority. Your question of “Whole of city issues” is an easy one. Where ever I go people are saying they are sick of the political bickering and the corruption, perceived or not. They want our Council to operate in a professional business like manner. The public wants a return to sensible development along with supportive infrastructure. Parking is also a hot issue. I will be advocating appropriate off street parking as a necessary part of any new developments in division 12.
Our open spaces need protection as well as protecting our natural animal habitat. We live in a wonderful part of Australia and I see my role as being a voice in maintaining the lifestyle we all enjoy.

Zac Revere

A few words about yourself.

I’m 23, I went to school on the coast, I am a law student at Griffith University, a duty manager at a leading Gold Coast tourist attraction, a dedicated local volunteer and a residents of division 12 for 12 years.

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

I am a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland because I want to be tough on crime and fix our roads.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Protecting your lifestyle;
  • Preserving family parks and spaces;
  • Prioritising small, local and home based business.

These sound fancy, I know, but there is a lot beneath them. In essence, I want to get my divisional office back into the business of on-the-ground leadership and community focused outcomes.

Why should locals vote for you?

I am excited about our cities future and I’m passionate about the issues that matter most to you. This is why I am standing to install zebra crossings in our streets so your children are safe. I’ll work to implement greater CCTV throughout our community to deter bad behavior on our streets. Working for our retired residents so they are connected, included and independent. I’m advocating for a focus to secure a small business strategy which could mean businesses can gain certainty over their future, connect through free small business events and ensure local businesses can access and secure council contracts. Most importantly I’m working to refocus my divisional office on what matters most to our community, the streets that we call home.

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?

There is a lot facing our community. Rising crime in Burleigh Waters, Miami mums left with no footpaths or crossings for their kids, Mermaid Waters facing another year without a healthy lake hugh muntz. Small business has no certainty over its future and our councillor remains quiet on many key issues in our area. What we need now, more than ever, is a focus on what matters most and some on-the-ground leadership from our divisional councillor. I look forward to meeting you, serving you and working together to secure a greater future for our community.

Anything you’d like to add?

Back Zac on March 28th.

 

Scott Turner

A few words about yourself.

I first worked in scientific research and then worked in administration in healthcare, crisis accommodation & mental health, and education; and as a customer service agent for TransLink.

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

I am a proud member of the Greens and am running as an officially endorsed Greens candidate. I am not attempting to hide this from the voters and pretend to be an independent. Perhaps this will cost me some votes but voters will always know what they are getting or not getting. This is part of the Greens commitment to transparency, accountability, and integrity in government.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Stopping inappropriate development and giving residents a say on every development application received by council. This is a fundamental part of implementing a wider strategy which empowers residents and small businesses to collaborate with council to create a liveable and sustainable city for all of us.
  • Banning political donations from all corporations, and introducing real-time disclosure for individual donations. Money should not determine the level of access to our democracy.
  • Cheaper, more frequent public transport over a wider geographic area, to reduce traffic congestion, improve our lifestyle and to increase mobility and access to community facilities for non-drivers including youth and the elderly.

Why should locals vote for you?

To change the direction our city is going in, stop the second casino, stop the cruise ship terminal, and stop development on our floodplains. People don’t come to the Gold Coast from all over Australia and the world to sit and spend their money in a second casino. They can already do that at home. They come here to relax on the beach, explore the hinterland, enjoy the world-class shops and restaurants, and maybe go on a whale watching cruise. We all know that the majority of jobs on the Gold Coast are provided by small businesses. I will work with and support small business to maintain and enhance our city’s prosperity.

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 whole of the Gold Coast is climate change. The Gold Coast is the most vulnerable local government area in Australia to climate change induced coastal flooding and riverine flooding, causing some areas to already become uninsurable. While climate change mitigation and adaptation are primarily state and federal government responsibilities, council can make a contribution by installing solar panels on all council buildings and trialling cheap electric vehicles in the council fleet, as well as setting a carbon neutral by 2040 goal. This will also reduce annual expenses to ratepayers.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I will fight for more protection of the Gold Coast’s bushland and wetlands with a focus on protecting, restoring, and connecting koala habitat in cooperation with the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-24. I will fight to preserve our public parks and open spaces.

 

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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