DIVISION 4: 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 4 includes the suburbs of Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Hollywell, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, South Stradbroke Island and Sovereign Island.

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

She’s one of just two candidates for the seat, with former division 3 councillor Cam Caldwell looking to change seats due to boundary changes.

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

Cam Caldwell

A few words about yourself.

I live in Hollywell with my wife Lauren, daughter Mackenzie, and family dog Baxter. I was a local lawyer running my own small business prior to being elected to Council. I was first elected to Council in 2012 and have been the Chair of the Economy Planning & Environment Committee since that time.

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

Liberal National Party

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Keeping rates and water prices low
  • Making sure our community is safe
  • Maintaining our roads and parks to the highest standards

Why should locals vote for you?

Since first being elected in 2012, my vision for the local area has led to greater engagement with a program of events, including New Years Eve and the famous a Sunday Sounds. I have used my senior position in Council to ensure decisions made support the Gold Coast as the best place to live, work and raise a family. I have a proven track record of delivering for my community over the last 8 years in Council. Getting the basics right – from footpaths in Hollywell to a new toilet block in Coombabah, together with a major renovation of the Paradise Point Parklands and Runaway Bay Library have been the focus of my work.

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 greatest current challenge is the impact of the COVID-19 on the city’s economy and lifestyle. I have concerns that there will be severe damage to key parts of our economy including tourism, education and construction. Our focus must be on recovery, and having shown strong and responsible governance for the last 8 years we have the ability to a City lead response.

 

Kristyn Boulton

 

A few words about yourself.

I’m the current Councillor for Division 4. I’m the current Deputy Chair of the City’s Water and Waste Committee. I was elected in 2016. I’m running in the New Division 4, which has moved further North with a recent boundary re-distribution, and now includes Hollywell and Paradise Point.

I’m a local. I believe representatives should live in the area they represent, to really understand their own backyard. I attended Griffith University here on the Coast and have worked in many local employment sectors including hospitality, events, politics and charities. I forged a career in the not-for-profit sector as a community advocate and event planner, including work for Heartkids Qld Inc, Bravehearts and C&K Kindergarten.

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

I am not a member of any political party nor affiliated with one. I’m an Independent.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

 

  • Drainage Up-grades! Recent flooding and ‘overflow’ issues in Hollywell and Runaway Bay. Poinsettia Avenue and St Francis Xavier School has flooded twice in the past 12 months. If elected, I’ll get Council Engineers to investigate council drains and gully pits and pending the outcome, schedule and fund required upgrades ASAP for residents.
  • Road and Safety Up-grades! Pine Ridge Road and Captain Cook Drive approach lanes to Brisbane Road need widening to improve traffic flow from the North and South. Planning is well underway but I want to personally ensure this project is delivered ASAP for residents. Hansford Road, Coombabah and The Esplanade Paradise Point both need up-grades, to make these roads safer for cars, pedestrians and cyclists. If elected, I’ll conduct road safety audits and ensure these roads are upgraded as a top priority.
  • Infrastructure issues surrounding ‘growth’, and improved community facilities (e.g for our Northern Gold Coast Netball Association, Runaway Bay). New footpaths need to be built and better shared pathways, improved lighting at crossings and more pedestrian refuges.

Why should locals vote for you?

Locals should vote for me because I’m one of them, this is my backyard too and I understand our local issues. I focus on the basics – on our parks, gardens, recycling, kerbside clean-ups, footpaths, our roads and pedestrian safety. I’m also committed to serving a full four year term- I’m not interested in a seat in state or federal parliament.

I’m passionate about seeing my community prosper and I’m especially keen to advocate for better local services, facilities, programmes and activities for us!

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?

I believe is traffic and congestion. Everywhere I go people are speaking to me about the lack of parking and required road upgrades, so people can get around easier. In my opinion council should be looking at increasing the car park ratio for developers in City Plan from 1.25 to 2 car parks per 2 bedroom unit in residential areas. And also lifting the 1.5 car park ratio to 2 car parks per 3 bedroom unit in residential areas. In my opinion we also need council to invest heavily in road upgrades and major infrastructure projects to help alleviate congestion on our roads. I know the Mayor has highlighted this before. But we need to keep investing.

 

 

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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