Field grows for Morrow's seat
HIGH profile real estate agent Anne Webber has announced she will run for the open council seat of Division 5 in the March elections.
Sitting councillor Heather Morrow announced her retirement in May, saying it was time for some new blood on the council.
Mrs Webber said she had discussed her decision to run for the council division with Cr Morrow and said she would bring energy and enthusiasm to the area.
"In the last decade, this city has come a long way," she said.
"It excites me to think of what else can be achieved with some fresh faces representing the divisions."
Mrs Webber said the council needed to encourage more emphasis on community consultation and involvement.
She said the proposed Norman Street bridge development affected her directly and the proposal had caused angst for those in the area.
"Although there is a definite necessity for an alternative route to the northern side of the city, more consultation and input from the community could have relieved some of the stress being felt by the residents and business owners in the path of the development," she said.
Mrs Webber said plans to revitalise the CBD were also a priority.
"It seems that many of the cities that closed their main street to create a pedestrian mall have had issues with it," she said.
"In fact, some are re-opening them to vehicular traffic with beautification in the form of gardens and low speed limits.
"Townsville is one that comes to mind. I don't want Ipswich CBD to be anything other than the heart of our city, I want it to be a place our residents want to come to shop, eat, drink and be entertained."
Mrs Webber moved to Ipswich in 2002 and operated her own boutique real estate office in town before selling the business and joining First National Ipswich.
She said with a strong background in event management, tourism, sales and marketing, she would be a strong candidate in representing the community.