Redcliffe candidates: QLD State Election 2020

Redcliffe candidates: QLD State Election 2020

Moreton Daily invited candidates in the State Election to answer the same questions and provide a photo. Their responses are listed below in the same order their names will appear on the ballot paper. Some responses have been edited to ensure all are a similar length, and candidates receive fair and even treatment.

Name: Yvette D’Ath

Party: Australian Labor Party

Suburb: Clontarf

Profession: Member for Redcliffe, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Leader of the House

Top 3 issues to address:

1. Economic Recovery - supporting local businesses through grants, loans, reduced electricity prices, investment in tourism, manufacturing and encouraging Queensland investment in local businesses and jobs.

2. Health and housing - strong response on COVID-19 to keep our communities safe. Investing in hospital infrastructure and frontline health workers. Addressing homelessness in our local area.

3. Community Safety – ensuring our local police have the laws and resources they need.

Top 3 commitments:

1. Extra doctors and nurses. New MRI and building to open by end of 2020, extra CT scanner installed in 2021. Implement local initiatives to assist the homeless. Already we have housed more than 370 people locally since COVID started.

2. 150 extra police for our region, new mobile police beat, high-tech night vision cameras & drones for hooning.

3. Local infrastructure projects - over $3m for new lights at Dolphins Stadium, Redcliffe Leagues Softball Assn, Peninsula Cricket Club; $400,000 Scarborough Harbour Masterplan; $2.1m additional school infrastructure.

Name: Carolyn Kerr

Party: Independent

Suburb: Clontarf

Profession: Self Employed

Top 3 issues to address:

1. Health and wellbeing– We need to focus on protecting, supporting and promoting the sustainability of our primary producers. Starting with the health benefits of our only harvest industry on the Redcliffe Peninsula, the Commercial Wild Caught Seafood industry.

2. Water – Famine, Fire and Flood are natural cycles of our land however the cycle of water is being disrupted with excessive land clearing, poor vegetation management and insufficient water catchment maintenance.

3. Education – With productivity, economic development or crime, education is key and a large percentage of our kids and many teachers, are not coping and slipping through the cracks in an overcomplicated evolution of an archaic system. Currently the average education level in our youth detention centers are that of a 9yr old.

Top 3 key commitments:

1. I will fight for the health and wellbeing of our community in bringing back “localism”. In a world of chaos and the logistics of harvest to plate, we don’t need to be importing many products that are grown and harvested locally.

2. I will fight to have the “wisdom of the land” brought back… knowing that if there are no trees, there’s no rain and when there’s drought, the first thing a farmer does is dig out the sediment build up in their dams to ensure it holds more water when the rains come. We don’t need to build more dams; we need to positively manage the current ones.

3. I will fight for an overhaul of the entire education system to stop many of our kids falling through the cracks, landing in crime and to support our valuable teachers.

Name: Virginia Davy

Party: Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

We attempted to contact Ms Davy to invite her to provide a candidate profile, but have not yet received a response.

Name: Will Simon

Party: The Greens

Suburb: Margate

Profession: Student

Top 3 issues to address:

  1. The overdevelopment of our communities by greedy developers and the destruction of natural habitats
  2. Homelessness and housing unaffordability
  3. The need for world-class (and totally free) education

Top 3 commitments:

To stop the selling-off of public land and to make sure the developers start to listen to the communities they are trying to build in (and start paying their fair share in tax, too)

To prioritise the construction of new public housing to create construction jobs right across this state and in Redcliffe, making sure that housing is affordable and available to everyone

To fight for more funding for our state schools and fully fund childcare, early education and TAFE so that they are free

Name: Ian Philp

Party: Independent

Suburb: Redcliffe

Profession: Small Business owner and carer

Top 3 issues to address:

  1. A need for better allied health care access for all and care for senior citizens
  2. Local policing and addressing the problems with youth crime and employment for youth
  3. Looking after our local environment to protect it for our future generations and as a attraction for visitors to support our small business

Top 3 commitments:

To always be accessible to all Redcliffe citizens

To be honest and compassionate

To promote the Redcliffe Peninsula and all activities in a positive way

Name: Kerri-Anne Dooley

Party: Liberal National Party

Suburb: Redcliffe

Profession: Registered nurse, care service manager, nurse educator

Top 3 issues to address: As I meet and listen to locals doorknocking, phone polling and at the markets, residents are concerned with …

1. Increased local crime and community safety

2. Jobs for their kids and who is best-placed to navigate the economy beyond COVID19

3. Having elected representatives with common sense, consistency and compassion

Top 3 key commitments:

To create a safer Redcliffe with a mobile police facility and changes to laws to ensure appropriate consequences for crime

Dolphin Stadium lights upgrades to ensure the Dolphins are the next team in the NRL

Scarborough Harbour Masterplan to support marine education research facilities creating local jobs and tourism opportunities

Name: Robert Blohberger

Party: United Australia Party

We attempted to contact Mr Blohberger to invite him to provide a candidate profile, but have not yet received a response.

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