DIVISION 7: 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 7 includes the suburbs of Arundel, Helensvale, Labrador, Molendinar and Parkwood.

It’s currently held by Gary Baildon, who is retiring.

The candidates hoping to replace him are Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden, Andre Saint-Flour, Tony Melia, Wendy Coe and Amin-Reza Javanmard.

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

Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden

A few words about yourself.

I am Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden, 27, a teacher of science and languages at The Southport School; and respite carer for children with disabilities at Orana house in Labrador for over eleven years.

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

I am a member of the Liberal party, but not endorsed by any party and completely self-funded as I believe council should be separate.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

After doorknocking over 11,000 homes, listening and taking residents feedback, my priorities will be:

  • Improving the delivery of council services and infrastructure,
  • Protection of green spaces and the environment,
  • The Broadwater; upgrading recreational spaces, whilst ensuring transparency and integrity.

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?

Resounding feedback from residents I have spoken with is the desire to scale back on big ticket items, and deliver well the basics and infrastructure Council should be providing.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Born here and living in Arundel, I have been actively involved in this community my entire life.  I have shown to be the hard working and most committed to delivering for our community.

 

Andre Saint-Flour

A few words about yourself.

My background has been in the area of business development manager over 20 years in various industries … A BDM skills set is creating value to the clients of a business, to assess evaluate and fine stream processes and procedures while still meeting compliance… I have spent 18 months full time as a volunteer with the Gold Coast Show as a business development manager. I have also spent $10k of my own money in a music festival on Australia Day 2017 show casing Nerang.

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

I am not affiliated with a political party.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • I would like our streets to be a safer place for the community, so I believe the crime needs to be controlled and the youth in our suburbs need to be addressed and handled by providing a place where they can interact safely (not just a youth group of a church) and the Judiciary need to stand up and take lead to reflect the communities attitudes. So that does not mean a slap on the wrist and let back out into the community.
  • Infrastructure is an issues, the Gold Coast is not renowned for its infrastructure when you look at all the other cities in Australia it is pretty poor, so why would you allow any local long term Queenslanders to even have a say on how to fix it, because I can assure you they have no idea. Unfortunately apart from drainage and sewage most of the streets may be a state issue, but I will lobby to have the traffic lights synchronized and the traffic sensors with the correct timing with the appropriate algorithm for a smoother flow of traffic.
  • Development is an issue, not just height restrictions, but the parking problems. I would not let any further development take place with out the appropriate parking requirements. The other thing I find completely, incompetent is the lay out of the city, as there is only 2 ways to get into a or leave a suburb and in some cases the streets are just dead ends. If you look at well functioning cities they are set up as a grid on purpose, so that if there is a road disruption traffic can still find its way around. This is the issue of allowing Developers to decide how the city streets should be built. Take an example of one of our most modern wonders, the internet. Not a trait of the Gold Coast to listen to what works…Purposely information is broken up into bits of data which is then sent across the network from multiple pathways, so as to ensure messages are received at the other end even if there is a disruption. Fortunately I have access to Engineers that have implemented infrastructure in town planning of one of the worlds most liveable cities.

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?

They should read stream line (fine tune) I have worked with an AFL footy team, I have been Associated producer of a feature film and currently working on another project… I want to bring more industry to the Goldie and I have ideas to achieve that goal. Collaboration and finally working together is the key.

 

Tony Melia

A few words about yourself.

I’m a born and raised Gold Coaster. Along with my family, we’ve lived within the suburbs of Division 7 for 24 years. I have 32 years working experience with the Council of the City of Gold Coast.

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

No. A true independent. I don’t believe they have a place within Local Governments.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • I don’t approve with the proposed City Plan amendments that could not only see height density levels increased throughout Labrador but develop sprawl further west from Frank Street.
  • Better maintenance of the division’s storm water drainage system.
  • Better maintenance and upkeep of the division’s road infrastructure and parks.

Why should locals vote for you?

I’m an upstanding committee member who is passionate about Division 7 and the City. I have vast experience and knowledge regarding Council and my network of contacts within it, will get things done quicker.

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?

Feedback received from residents suggest the proposed Cruise Ship Terminal, the extension of the Light Rail and the proposal for a second Casino. Along with many residents I’ve spoken with and the results of feasibility studies, Council should not continue with a Cruise Ship Terminal. Council should have an open discussion about a possible hybrid transport system incorporating buses with the Light Rail. The Light Rail should not be extended beyond Broadbeach. Council should not continue with ideas around a second Casino.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Council needs to refocus and bring a better balance to the City’s “Wants” against its “Needs”. Council needs to become more “outcome” than “internally” focussed. Council needs to stop selling off public land. Council needs a more responsible and structured approach to spending ratepayers money. Bring a “Back to Basics” and “Common Sense” approach to governing.

 

Wendy Coe

A few words about yourself.
Ran Rosies leading over 200 volunteers provide outreach services to the homeless and marginalised, 25 years experience volunteering/Committee Member/Board Member in community groups, Labrador Neighbourhood Watch Area Coordinator, Associate Degree in Law, Ending Domestic Violence Advocate

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.

  • Molendinar Community Centre – Playground and exercise equipment facilities in the park, establish the Community Gardens in the park behind the centre to improve the health and enjoyment of the local residents. We had an onsite meeting with Council representatives to discuss and hopefully secure these improvements.
  • Ferry Trial – I am advocating for the Ferry Trial to include Labrador, decrease traffic congestion. Increase tourists to our beautiful part of the Broadwater
  • Safety – Increased fixed and mobile CCTV cameras, increased lighting in parks

Why should locals vote for you?

Locals should vote for me because I have a proven track record as a community leader with 25 years of experience of either working or volunteering within the community. My whole adult life has been one of service. Previously, I have been a foster parent and a volunteer with a Community Legal Centre, an official with Surf Life Saving Qld, a Parkwood Rotarian and I was also a Community Visitor at Numinbah Correctional Facility. I have served on the Committee or been a Board Member of: SWV Foster Care Association, Surfers Paradise State School P&C as Treasurer, Labrador Free Community Christmas Lunch and St Johns Anglican Crisis Care. Currently I volunteer as: Area Coordinator Labrador Neighbourhood Watch, Driver Program assistant for the Multicultural Families Organisation, Member of the Gold Coast Interfaith Advisory Group. I will be the voice of others and implement ideas to create a better standard of living and an improved lifestyle for the people of Division 7.

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?

Traffic Congestion. Council should implement the light Rail all the way to Coolangatta, work with the State and Federal Government to get the heavy rail to the southern end of the Gold Coast, coordinate traffic lights better to help with the free flow of traffic (especially Wintergreen Dr Parkwood), extend the Ferry Trial to the northern coastal suburbs, encourage families to use public transport especially for kids going to school.

Amin-Reza Javanmard


A few words about yourself.

I’m a Community Pharmacist, small businessperson, and long-term resident. I’m the father of 3 wonderful kids who love the libraries, beaches, and plentiful sushi the Gold Coast has to offer.

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

I am a member of the Queensland Greens, and have been endorsed as their candidate for Division 7. I’m not pretending to be an independent.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Improve public transport links and affordability, especially to and from the north of the city to reduce through-traffic.
  • Better investment in climate change mitigation and adaption – the eastern part of the division is particularly vulnerable to the effects of increased sea levels, and the western part will need more investment to deal with flash-flooding.
  • Supporting our local shops and small businesses to allow them to thrive

Why should locals vote for you?

If they want a councillor who’s open and transparent, and willing to make decisions informed by evidence, then they should certainly consider voting 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?

Making the Gold Coast A City For All Of Us – council should focus on making the the city a place people can and are able to stay in, whether that be through improved housing affordability, improved public transport, and maintaining our beaches and green spaces.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m currently out of toilet paper and hand sanitiser. Sorry.

 

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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