DIVISION 9: 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 open to locals from today.

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

Division 9 includes the suburbs of Advancetown, Austinville, Bonogin Valley, Gilston, Lower Beechmont, Mudgeeraba, Natural Bridge, Neranwood, Numinbah, Reedy Creek, Springbrook, Tallai and Worongary.


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It’s currently held by Glenn Tozer, who is running as a candidate in this election.

He’s one of four candidates for the seat, with David De Bastos Guimaraes, Mary-Anne Hossack and Keith Douglass also running.

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

David De Bastos Guimaraes

myGC was unable to get in touch with Mr Guimaraes, and there is no information available for him online.

Mary-Anne Hossack

A few words about yourself.

I am Mum of 2 Montessori qualified and trained, Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from USQ. have lived in Division 9 for over 17yrs I am an experienced business owner in Mudgeeraba with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Business, Planning, Customer Service.

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

Not affiliated to any party – I am a conservative business owner looking to stand up for the quiet majority.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Improved local road conditions – reduce road congestion in our neighbourhood, make school drop of zones safer for children and drivers and Install CCTV cameras in known ‘hooning’ hot spots
  • Invest in infrastructure that is both economically and environmentally sound
  • Improve the relationship between Division 9 and our Mayor-to facilitate continued growth and investment such as lighting to areas of need-including the skate park, car parks and bus stops.

Why should locals vote for you?

I want to put in place programs that build business investment in our local area that will attract investment and growth for the long term benefits of our community.
I want to protect our lifestyle by ensuring a strong economic base while working with our local chambers of commerce and community groups to deliver benefits across the division.
I want to clean up the culture of harassment and bullying at the Council level and ensure those making the decisions about our safety and care programs are not part of the cultural problem.

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 lack of infrastructure investment
  • local road upgrades and improvements to link in with State roads
  • Tourism growth opportunities being tied up by green and left Councillors

Anything else you’d like to add?

Division 9 is a diverse cross section of what makes the Gold Coast amazing. Our rural communities need and want better access to facilities that we in the more urban areas take for granted while protecting their rural lifestyle – this is an achievable objective if we can get some cooperation within the Council. We want to attract business and sustainable growth in the region – to do that we must invest in improvements to our local roads.

 

Glenn Tozer

A few words about yourself.

I love Division 9 and we’ve been working hard on safe roads, keeping our parks fun, and helping our sporting & community groups thrive, since 2012.

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

Yes. The LNP. Although I’d laugh that my personal view on actual issues is closer to the centre than either side likes.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Keep building the Firth Park sporting precinct, enabling local sporting groups to grow and the community to enjoy that precinct
  • Help the Mudgeeraba Show Society and neighbouring community groups grow and maintain the use of the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, to we can continue being the best AgShow inSEQ
  • Keep up the pressure on reducing road congestion around local schools, through the construction of improved roads and pathways, and programs like the Active Transport program in our local schools

Why should locals vote for you?

Locals tell me they want to vote for me because I’m a councillor who is collaborative, strategic and communicates well, while upholding honesty and integrity, and driving the hinterland economy forward.

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 and it’s impact on city productivity. A combination of a significant increase in the proportion of funds allocated to transport improvement, advocacy for public transport, and managing the urban planning issues around getting people moving.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Since being elected 2012 I’ve served the city on several committees, state government boards, and I’ve has served as the Council appointed ambassador for the global World Kindness Movement and Charter for Compassion. I’m a dad of three young sons, I’m married to filmmaker Jude Kalman, and I have a professional background in media, agriculture, and advertising. I’d love to keep serving the city as Councillor for Division 9

 

Keith Douglas

A few words about yourself.

I grew up on a farm at Alberton and my family connections to the Gold Coast go back over one hundred years. I am a genuine local.

I have stood up to be counted on many community issues. When President of the Marine Action Group I fought long and hard to get Tipplers back.

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

No, I haven’t been a member of a political party in years and my affiliations were very short. I am a very independent candidate.

Please list your top three policies for your division.

  • Domestic violence – zero tolerance. The biggest social issue facing our City and our Nation is domestic violence. We have to find new ways to deal with an old problem. I am calling upon my fellow candidates to support my push for the next Gold Coast City Council to take the lead in changing the culture that spawns domestic violence. I will propose a conference to bring together all organisations to find the ways in which Council and the community can impact this problem. My plan will include a feasibility study on the development of a sanctuary centre adjacent to the Numinbah Women’s Correctional Centre.
  • Helping families start businesses – our council development processes are costly and bureaucratic. The cost of fees and reports is suffocating business opportunities for ‘mum and dad’ start-ups. I propose a sliding scale for application fees and other reforms.
  • CARE FOR WILDLIFE – NUMINBAH The closure of the wildlife rescue and care centre at Advancetown has been a blow to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife. I commit to fund an animal ambulance service and rehabilitation facility in my first term through the Divisional Works Allowance.

Why should locals vote for you?

I have a track record for success when campaigning for communities because I am a doer – not a talker – with decades of business and corporate. In the eighties I led a six-year community movement that resulted in an environmental park and not a state housing development – Springwood Conservation Park, a key koala breeding area.

In 2013 I fought for recreational fisherman and the fishing industry and narrowly missed out on being elected to the Senate.

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 continues to be the City’s biggest problem. While Governments talk, the problem grows worse.

As a former Mayoral candidate, I was conscious of the need to take more creative approaches to solving our traffic problems and coping with future population grown. I will work closely with the next Mayor to introduce innovative solutions to these challenges.

For twenty-six years, I travelled and worked worldwide with my partner in our management consultancy business. Cities like Hong Kong and Signapore gave me the opportunity to observe many ideas – ideas that could make a real difference to the Gold Coast’s future.

 

Note: the candidates have been listed in the order that they will appear on the ballot paper on March 28.

For more information about voting, click here.

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