Redland City Council candidate Rowanne McKenzie aims to bring fresh perspective to division seven seat

Lifelong Redlands local and young mum Rowanne McKenzie will contest the division seven seat against career councillor Murray Elliott at next year's Redland City Council elections.

Ms McKenzie said she was well equipped to take on a councillor's role, having served in executive and volunteer roles in the community.

"As a small business owner, wife, mother and volunteer, I know about the hard work, determination, and perseverance it takes to look after locals," Ms McKenzie said.

Ms McKenzie's volunteer work has taken her to Myanmar, in a role with Exousia Australia. She was a founding board member and treasurer.

"Exousia Australia is charity working to improve the lives of people through education," she said.

Ms McKenzie is on the Redfest Strawberry Festival committee and an advocate for Compassion Australia, a charity which helps children living in poverty.

Rowanne McKenzie

Rowanne McKenzie

She sits on the Wellington Point High School parents and citizens committee and volunteers in the Hilliard State School tuck shop.

She said she enjoyed what the Redlands had to offer.

"What I love about living in the Redlands is the diversity of our area," Ms McKenzie said.

"We have access to the calm waters of the bay, beautiful islands and an array of parks, conservation areas and bush land to enjoy.

"However, when I look at how other council areas are moving forward, I know that we can do better in the Redlands."

Ms McKenzie said she had something different to offer division seven constituents.

"It's nothing personal against Cr Murray, but after over two decades in the role, I think it's time we gave someone else a go," she said.

"I will be bringing new energy and a fresh perspective to division seven."

Mrs McKenzie, a Redland City Chamber of Commerce member, said one of her priorities was to support local business and drive tourism to create and keep jobs in the Redlands. She will also strive to preserve green space while accommodating sensible population growth and ensuring Council is vocal about the quality of schools, roads, Redland Hospital and crime prevention.

"We also have an opportunity to maximise the use of our natural assets to increase tourism and propel Redlands forward as a must-see destination, with adventure playgrounds, water parks, caravan and camping accommodation and ecotourism," she said.