Only five out of 15 candidates meet Redland mayor to hear council election demands

A REDLAND City Council plan to leverage commitments out of election candidates has not done so well, with just five out of 15 candidates meeting with mayor Karen Williams.

REDLANDS: Cr Karen Williams says the Redlands has an unusual nature and needs to be recognised and funded accordingly by governments.

REDLANDS: Cr Karen Williams says the Redlands has an unusual nature and needs to be recognised and funded accordingly by governments.

Candidates in the upcoming state election had the opportunity to meet with Cr Williams and some councillors last week to outline where they stood on priorities.

Cr Williams said while only five of the 15 candidates took up the invitation, meetings yielded positive discussions.

The candidates who met with Cr Williams were David Keogh (Greens candidate for the seat of Redlands), Julie Talty (LNP candidate for the seat of Springwood), Matt McEachan (LNP candidate for the seat of Redlands), Jason Lavender (Independent for the seat of Capalaba) and John Taylor (civil liberties party candidate for Springwood).

“It is a little disappointing that more candidates didn’t take the opportunity to outline their commitments for this week’s state election so our community knows where they stand on these important issues,” Cr Williams said.

“I am concerned the Redlands is being left behind in this election and this was an opportunity to ask all candidates to commit to advocating for the Redlands if they are elected this Saturday.”

Cr Williams said discussion during the meetings focused on the priorities outlined in council’s state advocacy document, including upgrading state roads and public transport and increased funding for the transition of North Stradbroke Island.

“Our message to all candidates is simple – if you are elected by your community we would hope you will stand up for the priorities our city needs now and in the future, regardless of what party you are or aren’t in,” Cr Williams said.

“In other words we want local members to represent the community not just their party.

“Our state advocacy document outlines six priority areas and asks all candidates to advocate for these projects and initiatives if they are elected.”

Cr Williams said a key theme was the need for Redlands to be recognised and funded accordingly.

“The Redlands may be geographically close to Brisbane, but we have our own unique character, our own challenges and our own opportunities and we deserve local members who recognise, celebrate and advocate for our uniqueness,” she said.