Ireland and Baldwin back call for more community centres
THE NEED for extra community centres is an issue two of the contenders in the Division 9 election race can agree on.
Cr Sheila Ireland, who is gearing up for her fourth election after 12 years in the council, and candidate Darren Baldwin have both received feedback to that effect.
"I really want to get some community centres in," Cr Ireland said.
"That does seem to be something the people seem to be saying, and that they don't have somewhere to gather.
"So I will be working on getting those community centres."
Cr Ireland said there were "a lot of positive things coming in this next term" including a library which would be built in the CBD of Springfield.
"It will go to design and goes into the budget this next financial year and will be completed by 2019," she said.
"That is really exciting because we have been waiting a while for that.
"There are two new playing fields at the back of Springfield Central State School and Springfield Central High School, being developed by the developer Lendlease.
"That will also ease the traffic congestion around the four schools that are there.
"It will provide more parking spots that the parents will be able to access.
"People seem to be very happy with the way Ipswich is going.
"Especially down Redbank Plains, Springfield Central and Springfield Lakes because we have got a lot of development happening down that way."
Mr Baldwin has been doing a lot of door knocking and visiting plenty of community groups in his grass roots campaign.
"I am getting my name out there particularly in Redbank Plains and Springfield Lakes," he said.
"And the new areas of the electorate now with Bellbird Park and a section of Augustine Heights.
"I am busy, busy, busy.
"I have pretty much door knocked all of Springfield Lakes and two thirds of Redbank Plains."
Nuts and bolts issues remain front and centre of residents' concerns.
"Around Redbank Plains in particular they are concerned about footpaths, parks and services," he said.
"They feel neglected. They feel Springfield Lakes is getting everything.
"I had a man this morning pull off on the side of the road and say 'please fix my roads'.
"People are concerned that Redbank Plains is set to fall further down the pecking order.
"They want things done now.
"They want an extra community centre.
"There is already one at Springfield Lakes State School that is not being used enough.
"They want a post office and they want better internet coverage as well."
Who will get your vote in the Ipswich City Council election for Division 9?
This poll ended on 19 March 2016.
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