Bromage shows she cares for her city
FROM securing the future of the bilby to helping the needy and giving business women support, Cr Cheryl Bromage has an impressive record of serving the city where she has lived all her life.
Cr Bromage is getting reading for her fourth election after becoming a councillor in the 2004 local government election.
She has been out door knocking, but said she had been doing a lot of continuous campaigning for the last 12 years.
"You need to show people that you are out there working and delivering for them," she told the QT.
Her record in that regard is certainly impressive, across a wide cross-section of the community.
Cr Bromage has jointly established several community groups in the city, including the Ipswich Women's Development Network, a co-operative body created by women's organisations in Ipswich to promote the achievements of women.
"Yes, there was a chamber, but we needed something where women could get together themselves and help provide mentors for people and provide some of that support network that we felt was needed in the city," she said.
"It has been very well received and is still in existence. There is also the Heather Bonner Scholarship that is provided to a local Ipswich woman."
Women experiencing disadvantage, single mothers and Indigenous students are encouraged to apply
"So it has also got a fundraising arm that makes an investment back into our community," Cr Bromage said.
Cr Bromage also started Ipswich Women in Environment which she founded when she was the council's environment chairperson.
She has also worked with and supported the Ugarapul Women's Business Group.
"I've actively supported these women, because (the group) is all about conserving and preserving some of the sacred women's business areas in the city," she said.
"Some of those areas are White Rock and Evelyn Dodds Reserve. The aim of the group is to enhance the cultural aspect of these areas and share these with the community and tourists for generations to come, before the stories are lost forever.
"It is also about helping them with employment opportunities inside and outside of council."
Bilbies have a sanctuary in Ipswich and Cr Bromage worked closely with bilby protector Frank Manthey, Dreamworld and the state government to bring the loveable creatures to the city.
"Frank moved to Ipswich and as everyone knows he is a very strong advocate for saving endangered species, especially the bilby," Cr Bromage said.
"Prior to that the only place you could see a bilby was at Currawinya National Park where he raised funds through the Save the Bilby fund to put a fence in to help save the remaining bilbies here in Queensland.
"The other place was at Dreamworld. So we were keen to have another place for bilbies to be seen and have more prominence so people can understand they are endangered.
"We were able to make Ipswich a place where bilbies could be homed and get some funding, which council put in for, so that we could have the bilby enclosure at Queens Park."
Cr Bromage has also worked with Tzu Chi Buddhist group for the past five years, an organisation that helped Ipswich massively through the floods.
"They continue to come here four times a year and we co-ordinate food hampers that we give out at the Brassall Shopping Centre," she said.
"We get about 300 people who come along, we set up a table and buy the food locally here at the IGA…and they get their hampers.
"Sometimes there are blankets given out in winter, and at Christmas the shopping centre here adds a $50 food voucher that has to be spent on food.
"I help co-ordinate that with the Tzu Chi to give people a hand-up, not a hand-out."
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