Appointed as Councillor for Division 3 in late March 2015, I am thoroughly enjoying the relationships, projects, and connection with local residents, identifying areas in need of improvement and change, and delivering great outcomes. I have been able to use pre-existing connections within the local community to benefit the residents and this has resulted in many positive improvements.

Some of the highlights over the last few months have been:

Laurel Avenue

A long planned subdivision was approved at the top of Foster Road, Mount Sheridan. Residents were okay with the subdivision, but did not want their street to continue through to the new development. The road, unfortunately had been approved back in 2005 as a ‘trunk road’. After consultation with residents, I agreed with them that it seemed unnecessary to put this road through as Foster Road was the main road to feed into the new development. To change a road design that has been in the Cairns Planning Scheme for so many years is not normally an option considered. But together with residents, Council and Developers, we managed to have construction of the road halted and reassessed at the end of development to be potentially permanently closed. A great win for residents.

Traffic Crossing Supervisors – Bruce Highway

One of the first requests I had from one of the mums in the area was to get a Traffic Crossing Supervisor for the White Rock School kids who cross the Bruce Highway twice a day. My initial thoughts were; “sure, how hard could that be?” I soon discovered that Department of Transport and Main Roads policy stated that the six lane highway was too dangerous to put a trained Traffic Crossing Supervisor at the lights. So the question on everyone’s lips was “so how does that make it safe for our children?” It was like wading through mud. So on behalf of White Rock State School I organised an official petition, which was signed by more than 700 residents. I then gave this to our local State MP (who had also been looking into this situation) to present to parliament. The petition was successful and, commencing in 2016, we will have 2 School Traffic Crossing Supervisors to assist the school children morning and afternoon.

Representing the residents of Division 3 has been a rewarding experience, I have included details showing many of the projects delivered along with pictures that tell the story, on the following pages.

Very exciting as there is so much more in the pipeline!