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Brisbane Times Sept 10, 2019
'Busy mum' wants to win hearts, wards ... and mayoralty of BrisbaneBy Lucy Stone September 10, 2019 — 4.00am
A “busy mum” has been preselected by the Greens to run as the candidate for lord mayor of Brisbane, the first woman in the race ahead of the March 2020 election. Kath Angus, a breastfeeding advocate, educator and parent, will face down incumbent LNP lord mayor Adrian Schrinner and Labor hopeful Rod Harding.
She will be joined in her bid by her friend and freelance communicator and parent Sally Dillon, who will seek to oust new LNP councillor Fiona Cunningham from Coorparoo Ward. Good friends who were motivated to put their hands up for politics by frustrations around suburban development and a lack of community input, Ms Angus and Ms Dillon will be joined by several other women preselected by the Greens.
Arts industry development worker Trina Massey was announced last week to be running in Central Ward against LNP councillor and committee chairwoman Vicki Howard.
Meanwhile, change-management consultant Donna Burns will face down LNP councillor and committee chairman Peter Matic.
The Greens hope that, spearheaded by current The Gabba councillor Jonathan Sri, such a diverse group will break into council and win seats from the LNP administration.
Ms Angus said both she and Ms Dillon were “regular people”, busy parents who believed the community had been left behind in daily decisions made by the council.
“... I would like to see a lot more power in the hands of residents,” Ms Angus said.
“I want to see a beautiful and connected Brisbane that everyone can access.”
Ms Dillon became interested in town planning laws when she joined a community campaign against a high-rise apartment development next to Buranda school approved by the council. Her frustrations about that situation triggered her decision to run.
“I realised the only way to do something about it was actually to run for council and get more people to run for council,” she said.
Ms Angus, meanwhile, had no plans to run for council despite encouragement from friends to do so.
She said Ms Dillon’s encouragement and confidence gave her the motivation to put her hand up.
“It’s really empowering - last council there were no women as mayoral candidates so I feel that makes it a really exciting time, and a challenging time,” she said.
Ms Dillon agreed, noting the priorities of parents were sometimes at odds with those of local government.
“Often mums are at the coalface for understanding how various council decisions affect our families,” she said.
The challenges of unseating a years-long administration, and a weaker Labor opposition, are many. But both Ms Angus and Ms Dillon believe they have a fighting chance, with results from the state and federal elections giving the Greens plenty of momentum.
“For both of us, we’re regular people, we’re busy mums, our biggest challenge is just going to be juggling time,” Ms Angus said.
“One of our greatest resources is the people who support what we’re doing.”
The Greens’ platform for the 2020 election will be one of fighting to bring community voices back to the table, particularly in issues such as neighbourhood plans.
Ms Angus said residents were frequently disconnected from local politics simply because they felt they didn’t have a say - something she is determined to fix.
A “binding referendum” on the final drafts of neighbourhood plans would be one way the Greens would change town planning if elected, she said.
But first, they have to win hearts, votes and wards.
Courier Mail/Quest Oct 17, 2019
Greens to scrap unpopular neighbourhood plans
October 16, 2019 12:00am
The Greens have promised to go back to the drawing board on unpopular neighbourhood plans and give Brisbane residents the final vote before they are adopted.
UNPOPULAR neighbourhood plans would be scrapped under The Greens in Brisbane City Council and a new system adopted giving residents the final vote on how their suburbs grow.
A bloc of southside Greens candidates announced the promised reforms this week, saying overdevelopment was the biggest issue raised by residents on the southside where The Greens vote has surged in the past state and federal elections.
Greens council candidates Jenny Gamble (Holland Park), lord mayoral candidate, East Brisbane resident Kath Angus, Cr Jonathan Sri (Woolloongabba) and Sally Dillon (Coorparoo). Picture: Brian Bennion
Woolloongabba Councillor Jonathan Sri, Greens lord mayoral candidate, East Brisbane resident Kath Angus, Coorparoo candidate Sally Dillon and newly announced Holland Park candidate Jenny Gamble met outside a 22 storey Buranda apartment towers complex built in an area zoned for eight storeys to announce the policy.
Cr Sri said infrastructure was not keeping pace with population growth and higher density was planned in the wrong areas without adhering to council plans.
“We are concerned that council ignores the community when it is drafting neighbourhood plans and we are angry that council doesn’t even follow its own plans,” he said.
“We are saying residents should be given a democratic vote before each neighbourhood plan is adopted.
“If council wants to introduce a new neighbourhood plan that changes the zoning, they have to get at least 51 per cent of residents to vote in favour of it. That forces council to consult with the community and give residents a meaningful say and it forces council to do a proper job of providing the infrastructure.
“Alongside that we need to ensure that the rules on height limits and setbacks are binding rather than negotiable.”
Ms Dillon, running for Coorparoo, said it was about listening to what people want and making the process transparent and binding.
Cr Sri said where a community petitioned to have their neighbourhood plan reviewed they would survey the area and if supported, they would scrap the plan and draft a new one.
“Send those neighbourhood plans back to the drawing board,” Cr Sri said.
“We will have a democratic process to deliver neighbourhood plans where infrastructure meets population growth because right now our neighbourhood plans are not worth the paper they are written on and they don’t plan for the long-term.”
Courier Mail Oct 17,2019
Greens confident for southside Council wards after recent swings
The Greens say the Brisbane council ward of Coorparoo is winnable and expect swings to the party to continue at the March elections.
Brian Bennion, South-East .October 17, 2019 5:30am
Greens council candidates Jenny Gamble (Holland Park), lord mayoral candidate, East Brisbane resident Kath Angus, Cr Jonathan Sri (Woolloongabba) and Sally Dillon (Coorparoo) campaigning at Buranda. Picture: Brian Bennion
THE Greens are campaigning early in southside Brisbane council wards anticipating swings to the party seen in the last state and federal elections and are confident of winning Coorparoo ward.
Their vote surged in Greenslopes and Stones Corner at the recent Federal election and with Coorparoo picking up East Brisbane and Buranda under boundary changes, the ward is one of their strongest chances for a new seat in council.
Greens candidate for Coorparoo Sally Dillon has been doorknocking since she was endorsed in August and said they had a “good, fighting chance of winning”.
“We are getting good reception to The Greens ideas on including people in decision making,” she said.
“People are getting frustrated about the impact of poorly planned development in their neighbourhood. The lack of parking, super-busy streets, overcrowded public transport or lack of green space that are coming out as big issues.”
Greens lord mayoral candidate Kath Angus said people were disillusioned with the major parties and were looking for someone to listen and represent them.
Brisbane Times Sept 30, 2019
Battle for Brisbane: Who is fighting to be lord mayor next year
By Lucy Stone September 30, 2019 — 9.07pm
Brisbane City Council has a $3 billion budget. That's more than the city councils of Sydney or Melbourne. The difference is, Sydney and Melbourne's central city councils, which serve 200,000 and 169,961 people respectively, are surrounded by smaller ones, breaking the cities into multiple local government areas.
But Brisbane's local government area – the largest in Australia – covers more than 1.2 million people, meaning the city's lord mayor and councillors are overseeing the future of a far greater area.
The city is also governed by its own legislation, the City of Brisbane Act 2010, enacted by then-premier Anna Bligh and effectively creating a city-state with its own council administration, opposition and minor-party councillors.
In six months, Brisbane's residents will decide who will oversee that $3 billion budget for another four years. And with political parties preparing their election campaigns, here are the people who, after March 2020, could be spending your rates.
Lord mayor Under Queensland's legislation, anyone can run for lord mayor of Brisbane, but they can't be a sitting councillor, and can not run for councillor and lord mayor in the same election.
That means the lord mayor can be elected from outside the council chamber, as happened with Campbell Newman in 2004.
The future premier of Queensland had no council experience and had never run for office, but he took on the lord mayoral role for the LNP.
When current lord mayor Adrian Schrinner inherited the job from Graham Quirk, he stepped aside from his ward of Chandler in Brisbane's eastern suburbs. He now holds only the lord mayoralty.
The three major parties have now nominated their lord mayoral candidates, with one bait-and-switch from Labor after 2016 election candidate Rod Harding was unceremoniously dumped for veteran TV journalist Patrick Condren.
Adrian Schrinner stepped aside from his ward of Chandler to become lord mayor.
The incumbent LNP lord mayor first joined Brisbane City Council in a by-election in September 2005. Since then he has worked his way up, sitting on several committees, including the public and active transport committee, which oversees the $944 million Brisbane Metro project – the LNP's election promise in 2016.
Under Graham Quirk, Cr Schrinner was deputy mayor before being elected by his LNP colleagues to replace the retiring Cr Quirk in April 2019.
His pledge was to create a greener city for the future, arguing that the infrastructure-heavy vision of his predecessors had been realised and it was now time to ensure Brisbane was green, clean and sustainable.
After Labor's luckless 2016 lord mayoral candidate, Rod Harding, did the hard yards for months keeping the mayoral candidacy fight alive, Patrick Condren's endorsement by the party on the weekend was a surprise for many. But it had been rumoured for months that he was a favoured option to take on the council's long-standing LNP administration.
After 30 years working as a reporter, including state political reporter for Channel Seven, Mr Condren admitted he was no smooth-talking politician, but said he hoped he would "cut through" with plain speaking and an honest admission of mistakes.
His first election pledge was to freeze the lord mayoral salary and put more funds into footpaths.
The Greens chose a candidate they also hope will cut through, selecting a southside early childhood educator and midwife to run alongside similarly grassroots candidates in wards they hope will tumble from LNP hands.
Ms Angus was encouraged to run by friends on a platform arguing that communities deserve more say in what happens in their neighbourhoods.
The council's current neighbourhood plans are keeping residents helpless in their own homes and she wants to see more power in residents' hands, she said.
Ms Angus pledged that a binding referendum on the final draft of neighbourhood plans would be required if she were elected as lord mayoress.
Brisbane City Council has 26 wards, of which the majority are held by the LNP. Labor holds five, the Greens one, and independent Nicole Johnston holds one.
Here are all the preselected candidates for each party so far. The Greens and Labor are likely to announce more in the coming weeks and months.