CAP CANDIDATES FOR 2016 ACT ELECTION
On Saturday 15 October 2016 you will have an important decision to make. You will be voting for candidates to represent you in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
I am standing as a candidate for the Community Alliance Party, Canberra's fourth oldest political party. I want to represent you in the new Electorate of Murrumbidgee. If I am elected, my pledge is to ensure:
* the ACT government is accountable to you;
I have a strong record of positive community involvement for over 25 years. I have led many local non-profit community groups, sporting and small business. I am trusted and respected. I deliver tangible outcomes for my community. My community achievements include introducing Canberra's first Community Bank branches at Calwell and Wanniassa and laid the foundations to include Curtin. This community driven commercial initiative:
* created local employment opportunities with salaries in excess of $500,000 remaining in the community;
I also chaired a community group alliance - the Tuggeranong Community Council, Valley FM, the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Lake Tuggeranong College, The Vikings Group, and Communities@Work - to persuade the ACT and Federal governments to design, fund and construct an outdoor performing stage in Tuggeranong Town Park.
As the immediate past President of Tuggeranong Festival (serving a record ten years), I led it through a growth period of increasing community group participation levels from 30 to over 65 groups, stallholder participation from 12 to over 95 and sponsors from 15 to over 30. The Festival is a respected annual free-to-the community family event which carries the motto of bringing the community together.
As Convener of Brindabella Residents' Group, I have made submissions to the ACT Land Development Agency on the future planning of the Woden Town Centre to make it a vibrant and revitalised town centre with adequate facilities and services, eg. an art gallery.
The ACT election in October 2016 is all about you and your needs and expectations of your elected representatives. Please, let me be part of making where we choose to live a better and more enriched, informed and empowered community.
For further information:
AccountabilityProblem: The mainstream parties are not open and accountable. Recent changes in campaign finances allow vested interests to pay for political influence to the disadvantage of the wider community.
Solution: We will hold the major parties to account and keep them honest. We will initiate legislation that repeals the expanded provision for campaign contributions. We will legislate for an ACT corruption watchdog with the power to address sleaze, maladministration and cronyism which are rife in ACT government.
Problem: ACT quality of life is affected by government neglect. Waterways are polluted, suburban shopping centres are run down, and sporting ovals are overgrown. Outsourced services are often expensive, inefficient and unaccountable.
Problem: Vulnerable groups in the ACT do not receive sufficient resources.
Problem: Public schools are not adequately funded compared to private schools in the ACT.
Law and order
Problem: Putting offenders in jail perpetuates criminality.
Problem: The ACT has reached its maximum carrying capacity. Because of overpopulation we already have water restrictions, less affordable housing, rush hour traffic jams, disappearing green space, longer queues for health services, increased pollution and declining biodiversity.
Sport and recreation
Problem: Sporting facilities are not properly maintained by the government. There are insufficient facilities in the ACT to cater for a variety of sports, for example motor racing.
Problem: The bus service is underutilised which is discourages the government to provide better services. Canberrans rely on private transport which causes pollution and traffic jams in peak hours.