I look forward to working with Campbell Newman and his team on the Gold Coast in delivering better outcomes and lower costs, and helping to reinstate the Gold Coast as the recreation and lifestyle capital of Australia.
The LNP has a massive majority across the State and we will need a strong and experienced Mayor to ensure our issues are well heard – a Mayor who understands the challenges and opportunities for our unique city, a Mayor who has experience as a statesman for the city and a Mayor who can negotiate and achieve results.
Quite clearly there are issues the LNP government can implement arising from its commitments and these include:
- Funding for more Police and the Police helicopter.
- Improving rail services to Brisbane.
- Strengthen the anti-hooning legislation.
- Dredging the Broadwater.
Each of those are very welcome and vital to our city.
As Mayor, I would like to work with the LNP government to:
- Allow GCCC to take back control of water distribution and retailing without the costs arising from the Labor government ‘water reforms’.
- Maximise our opportunity to introduce ferry systems and improved recreational use of the Broadwater and waterways using the LNP Marine Infrastructure Fund.
- Remove controls on local government activity that make it difficult for GCCC to financially support local clubs and groups with their development programs.
- Change State legislation that requires GCCC to use prohibitively expensive Surfside buses for delivering innovative public transport services such as the YourBus home-pick up and delivery bus service currently being trialled in Pacific Pines, Coomera and Bonogin.
- Change State legislation to allow Council to designate locations where people can legally park with two-wheels up on the kerb.
- Change State legislation that restricts commercial ferry services to 6 knots, and instead adopt a ‘no-wake’ limit so we can make these services viable.
- Change State legislation to allow Council to deploy speed cameras to keep our local streets safer.
- Stop the Boral quarry at Reedy Creek by removing the Key Resource Area designation.
- Change legislation so that we can maximise the potential for growth and city transformation in the light rail corridor.
- Cut red tape to provide support for business, instead of restrictions.
- Maximise the investment in tourism infrastructure.
- Develop a special focus on Springbrook to deliver truly sustainable outcomes for economic enterprise, community well-being, and maximum protection of the fragile eco-system.
- Establish an off-shore cruise ship facility so our great city can quickly begin to benefit from this rapidly growing sector.
I believe I am the only Mayoral candidate that can effectively pursue these challenges and opportunities for the benefit of Gold Coasters.