Standing for 'issues that matter'
DANNY Donohue grew up in Collingwood Park and he lives and breathes local issues that matter to residents.
That is why he is running in the local government elections in Division 3.
Mr Donohue, 32, will line up against sitting councillor and deputy mayor Victor Attwood and Jim Dodrill.
Mr Donohue, who lives in Gailes with his wife Afra and four-year-old son Fergus, works as the industrial organiser for the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and is based in Brisbane.
"I lived there all my young life and I am still in the area now. I feel like I need to give a bit back to the people that raised me, and I also feel that more could be done for the area," he said.
"I've been doing lots of door knocking and people are interested in very local issues
"They are things like the local park doesn't have a barbecue, the roads aren't kept up to scratch and kids can't cross the major roads to get to school in a safe fashion."
Mr Donohue will also campaign on several major issues that confront residents in Division 3.
"There is an application before council to increase the capacity of the waste dump at New Chum by 40 times, but the feedback that I am getting from the community is that we need to reject that application and any future plans for its expansion," he said.
"In fact there is a lot of discontent that the dump was put so close to suburban areas in the first place
"I am hearing a lot from people in Riverview and Collingwood Park who are most concerned about it.
"I have also got an issue with the way the people of Collingwood Park have been treated by council since the mine subsidence. There are issues with cracks in driveways of houses that were bought out.
"There are some houses in the area that have big cracks. Not only are they are an eyesore but they are a reminder of the heartache for residents when the subsidence occurred."
Cr Attwood said he had already come out publicly opposing the expansion of the dump.
"And I have secured the votes of all the councillors to oppose the expansion," he said.
"I hadn't had the opportunity to oppose the dump until now because it was approved in 1998. That was before I was elected in 2000."
On the subsidence, Cr Attwood said: "It is a State Government issue but I have personally lobbied to have the people in Collingwood Park whose homes were affected by the subsidence compensated by the State Government.
"I think the State Government should have compensated them all and I said that when it first happened.
"They have been treated disgracefully by the previous state government," he said.
Mr Donohue said that if elected, he would be a constructive member of the council and would be able to work together with the other councillors.