FRESH START 

POLICIES

 
1. Sunlight Project

 

Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant. I want to shine that sunlight on council spending and other public information. I will improve public access to public information by making it available to the public, online, as near as real-time as possible.

  • Commission a full forensic audit – will publish findings and restore trust and accountability.

  • Write to CEO to ensure all council meeting minutes record how councillors vote on all items – ensuring full transparency of council decisions, will assist in conflict of interest matters.

  • Publish all awarded contracts and procurements over $10,000 as machine readable open data each month.

  • Publicly release monthly reports detailing expenses for councillors.

  • Invite the Queensland Ombudsman to set up an office in Ipswich.

  • Invite Crime and Corruption Commission to start a whistle-blower scheme.

2. Revitalise Business and Infrastructure Action Plan

 

Local businesses grow our economy and provide us with goods and services. They also provide local jobs, support local sporting teams and community groups, and help to create our identity. Ipswich’s economy needs reliable infrastructure across the entire city. 

  • Request a meeting with all Ipswich chambers of commerce.

  • Beef up the Office of Economic Development in Council.

  • Get a full briefing on all business cases requiring state and federal funding including 2nd bridge crossing, Ipswich to Springfield rail corridor, Cunningham Highway, Mount Crosby Interchange, Ipswich motorsports precinct, Amberley Defence Aerospace Precinct and sporting facilities.

  • Stocktake of all industrial land – unlock Ipswich’s potential.

  • Complete Ipswich State Election Submission 2020 for distribution to all state election candidates and party leaders prior to the October 2020 State Election.

  • Commence action to clean up Bremer River.

3. Ipswich Creative Initiative

 

An active arts and cultural scene in Ipswich will contribute to a strong sense of community identity, improve the livability of our city as well as provide economic and social benefits for residents.

  • Establish a Creative Summit with major stakeholders from the Ipswich arts and events community with a view to setting an arts strategy, policy and ongoing funding stream that will build community and deliver economic benefits.

4. Council in the Community Plan

 

Community engagement has benefits for you as a resident as well as the Council. It allows Council to access wider sources of information, points of view and potential solutions. It also gives residents a better understanding of the issues behind the decision-making process and the related constraints or opportunities that exist.

  • Develop plan to conduct council meetings in a transparent and inclusive manner, including meetings held in the evening, in different locations and allowing Q&A from the public gallery.

  • Commitments in the plan are to include; engaging a broader range of residents to inform decisions that impact their daily lives, ensuring residents have access to government information and services through interactive digital platforms.

  • Commence meeting with council staff.

  • Get a full briefing on all council accounts and FY2020-21 budget preparations.

  • Appoint a team to identify wasteful council spending – ensure good stewardship of council resources.

5. Mining and Waste Industry Roundtable

 

Mining has been a major industry for Ipswich since the first recorded coal mines started at Woodend in 1848. Waste and landfill are normally used as part of mine remediation projects. As Ipswich has grown, we have seen approvals for homes to be built next to mines and landfill areas and at the same time the landfill sites have had approvals to expand their waste and recycling activities.The impact of this is that we now have residential homes next door and downwind of mines, landfill and organic waste sites.There is no place for mines and waste treatment plants to be close to residential areas.

  • Get a full briefing on waste, mines and odours.

  • Establish a Mining and Waste Industry Roundtable with industry, community groups and stakeholders with a view to deliver a plan to state government on Ipswich’s way forward for waste, mines and odours.

 

POLICIES FOR A 

BETTER IPSWICH

"Ipswich offers a vibrant and affordable lifestyle for families and is a city filled with opportunities. We have been let down by bad administration and corruption but if we make the right choices now, Ipswich has an exciting future."

TERESA HARDING’S

100-DAY 

FRESH START PLAN

FIRST DAY

  • Commission a full forensic audit – will publish findings and restore trust and accountability.

  • Write to CEO to ensure all council meeting minutes record how councillors vote on all items – ensuring full transparency of council decisions, will assist in conflict of interest matters.

  • Invite the Queensland Ombudsman to set up an office in Ipswich.

FIRST WEEK

  • Get a full briefing on all council accounts and FY20-21 budget preparations.

  • Invite Crime and Corruption Commission to start a whistle-blower scheme.

  • Commence meeting with council staff.

  • Appoint a team to identify wasteful council spending – ensure good stewardship of council resources.

  • Request a meeting with West Moreton Health – better understand health needs of community to inform council policy and priorities.

  • Request a meeting with all Ipswich chambers of commerce.

FIRST 30 DAYS

  • Publicly release monthly reports detailing expenses for councillors.

  • Establish an Arts Summit with major stakeholders from the Ipswich arts and events community with a view to setting an arts strategy, policy and ongoing funding stream that will build community and deliver economic benefits.

  • Develop plan to conduct council meetings in a transparent and inclusive manner, including meetings held in the evening, in different locations and allowing Q&A from the public gallery. Commitments are to include; engaging a broader range of residents to inform decisions that impact their daily lives, ensuring residents have access to government information and services through interactive digital platforms.

  • Commence action to clean up Bremer River.

  • Get a full briefing on waste, mines and odours.

  • Get a full briefing on all business cases requiring state and federal funding including 2nd bridge crossing, Ipswich to Springfield rail corridor, Cunningham Highway, Mount Crosby Interchange, Ipswich motorsports precinct, Amberley Defence Aerospace Precinct and sporting facilities.

FIRST 100 DAYS

  • Publish all awarded contracts and procurements over $10,000 as machine readable open data each month.

  • Establish a Mining and Waste Industry Roundtable with industry, community groups and stakeholders with a view to deliver a plan to state government on Ipswich’s way forward for waste, mines and odours.

  • Beef up the Office of Economic Development in Council

  • Stocktake of all industrial land – unlock Ipswich’s potential.

  • Complete Ipswich State Election Submission 2020 for distribution to all state election candidates and party leaders prior to the October 2020 State Election

  • Set up an Office for Not-For-Profits; assist sport and community groups in their generous work supporting and encouraging our community, review funding processes that support these groups and amend them to be transparent, fair and consistent, and assist organisations to be NDIS ready.

6. Connected Communities Initiative

 

Ipswich’s community and sporting groups support, inspire and motivate us. Let’s support these mainly volunteer organisations with some assistance.

  • Set up an Office for Not-For-Profits; assist sport and community groups in their generous work supporting and encouraging our community, review funding processes that support these groups and amend them to be transparent, fair and consistent, and assist organisations to be NDIS ready.

  • Request a meeting with West Moreton Health – better understand health needs of community to inform council policy and priorities.

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Authorised T. Harding, 3 Darling Street East, Woodend QLD 4305 for T. Harding (candidate)