Nurse Irene Henley will contest the next Redland City Council election

NURSE and businesswoman Irene Henley has announced that she will stand for division 2 in next year's Redland City Council election.

CANDIDATE: Council candidate Irene Henley will contest Redland City Council's division 2 seat at the March election.

CANDIDATE: Council candidate Irene Henley will contest Redland City Council's division 2 seat at the March election.

The division is held by Cr Peter Mitchell and takes in Cleveland and North Stradbroke Island and the proposed $3 billion Toondah Harbour development.

Ms Henley declined to say where she stood on the controversial Toondah Harbour development but said a review of the project was needed.

"We need a review right now," she said. "This would be helpful to all parties.

"We need to get around the table and start consulting."

Ms Henley said not enough information on the project had been made available.

This was opposed to the big Shoreline project at Redland Bay where there had been substantial debate.

She said she would stand as an independent although she was a Labor Party member.

"That does not influence the way I think," she said. "I have not been elected or nominated by them."

Ms Henley said she had many issues dear to her heart that she would take up if elected.

She said she had worked hard, carving a successful career advocating for mental health services and working in mental health organisations.

She and her family fell in love with Redlands Coast when they moved here 14 years ago, when Irene started as nursing director of mental health services at Redlands Hospital and manager of acquired brain injury services at Wynnum.

Irene said she decided to run for council because current council had not consulted the community adequately in its decision-making processes.

These remained a mystery to many residents.

"I want to make sure that the community has a councillor who is an active and passionate voice on council," she said. "I intend to bring open and transparent representation of community views and ideas into council should I be elected."

Irene, who is a passionate advocate for volunteering, has been a member of community volunteer organisations like Foster Parents, Tuck Shop Mums, Zonta Club Wynnum Redland, and on Boards of Management for TAFE Council, Women's Health and Nederlands Australia Aged Care Services.