April 12th 2012
Magnetic Island's council election candidates' Q&A
With Townsville City Council elections just a little over two weeks away, Magnetic Times has put a range of questions to the three prospective candidates for Council Division 3 which includes Magnetic Island.
The candidates include: Vern Veitch who is presently a Townsville councillor and running under Dale Lastís Townsville First team. (Click here) for his background. Vicki Salisbury is running for Jenny Hillís Team Hill (Click here) and, Magnetic Islander, Harrison Duncan, an independent, who has no website nor uses a computer. Harrison is a retired school teacher.
Over the days up to the election we will be releasing the candidates' responses with the first two Q&Aís posted below.
Why do you want to be a councillor?
I believe that creativity is the ultimate economic resource. The ability to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things is ultimately what raises productivity and living standards. I have not witnessed enough innovation or long term solutions from this Council to the significant issues facing us now and the future. I am concerned about the direction this city is going and I believe I can do better.
Prior to becoming a councillor, I was a researcher and a community representative for recreational fishing. I want to be a councillor so that I am in a position where I can influence funding decisions that get real on-ground outcomes that benefit the whole of the community in the areas I represent. Whether the issue is basic infrastructure or high level strategic decisions that influence the future direction of the city, I want to make Townsville more sustainable from every perspective.
As a, now retired, school teacher of 30 years, I believe in community service. I have a positive outlook but am frequently unhappy with many who have served on Council. I believe I can do better and I do not belong nor represent the views of any political party or interest group. Party politics isnít needed in local government and with Townsville growing rapidly we need people who will plan for growth.†
What do you hope to achieve for Magnetic island?
I hope to be able to improve the quality of the infrastructure and address some of the long standing issues of drainage and flooding, sewage connections and the quality of the roads. I also want to see Magnetic Island showcased as the most sustainable holiday destination in Australia and with some help from marketing organisations, the most sustainable holiday destination on the world.
We are wasting millions repairing Island roads and patch ups cost much more than properly fixing them. I am for a state controlled road from Horseshoe Bay to West Point. As tourism is the main source of income for Magnetic Island and for the state which should spend far more on Island roads and tourist focussed infrastructure.
I will work for:
*a 24 bed hospital and a nearby 50 bed nursing home on Magnetic Island and suggest the site east of the all seasons hotel.
*the expansion of the 9 hole golf course to 18 holes
*expansion of the TCC library system on Magnetic.
*proper bus shelters for the RSL
*establish walking tracks on public land along the beaches from Nobby Head to Alma Bay.
*extension of the bus route to pass the Foodworks Shopping centre in Nelly Bay
*short bush walks from the roadside to Ned Lees Falls and Endeavour Falls even though they are only seasonal flowing streams.
To ensure a balance in terms of development and lifestyle and provision of services, similar to the mainland.† I will act as the voice for the Island to deal with issues such as; public transport/ferry to ensure the best outcome for residents and visitor.
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