Candidate vows to fix up footpath
DIVISION 5 candidate Brian Scott is concerned a dangerous footpath on the banks of the Bremer River is leaving children and parents at risk of serious injury.
Three years of river bank erosion has left the footpath at Cribb Park, North Ipswich, hanging over the edge with a reducing foundation and two metre drop.
Mr Scott is worried one of the many children who play in the park, go fishing or ride their bikes along the path, could fall victim to the paths sudden end.
The candidate said over three years the footpath has been picketed off at varying times - but the problem never fixed.
He said it was a perfect example of how issues can get lost once reported to council.
"This has happened three years ago, I have reported it, they have come out and surveyed it and it goes onto someone else and disappears into the council network," he said.
"I can't get a straight answer off anyone because it all goes into different departments."
Mr Scott is taking on sitting councillor Heather Morrow, Vicki Ash and Michael Melling for the seat which encompasses Ipswich's northern suburbs.
The North Ipswich resident of 24 years said he would put an emphasis on quality road repairs as opposed to the quick fix for pot holes which he sees as a waste of rate payers money.
He used an example from unhappy residents in Chuwar.
"When I have been walking the streets, the people in Chuwar on Cranes Rd have said the bus service which is driven through their streets, rips the streets up and uses the side street for turning and rips up the road."
He said quick fix maintenance solutions were only good for a short period of time.
"A five minute fix is only good for five minutes.
If it takes an hour to do, do it properly."
The Ipswich Skylights owner was one of many families in Division 5 affected by last years floods.
He and his family moved to Brassall for nine months last year while their home was renovated.
His constant driving around the division gave him a great insight into the roads.
"We live in a strong city. Ipswich is seeing a steady growth of families moving into the community.
"We need to provide more for our children and grandchildren to be able to play whether it is in parks or having more access to the river to fish and play."
He said the Bremer River was recreational assets to the community.