Ireland calls on residents to look at record
DIVISION 9 incumbent Sheila Ireland called on residents to look at her record over the last 12 years before deciding on who to vote for next Saturday.
Cr Ireland said voters could be assured that she was "in tune" with their concerns because of the strong links she'd formed over time.
"Over the past 12 years I have developed excellent working conditions and relationships with community groups, churches, sporting groups, and our Chamber of Commerce," she said.
"It is because of this that I get results for our residents."
Cr Ireland reiterated her standing as a self-funded, non-politically affiliated candidate who would continue to respond directly to the needs of residents.
"I am not a career polititician," she said.
"My family has called Ipswich home for five generations. I was born and raised here.
"What I always had was a keen interest in people and a love for our great city.
"I was never one for accepting the word no, and I could never understand why so many people would.
"I strongly believe my ability to look at issues and find a way forward sets me apart from my opponents in this election."
Changes to Cr Ireland's divisional boundaries to include Redbank Plains and Springfield Lakes - back in 2008 - resulted in some negative feedback from some residents.
A subsequent doornock of the area revealed at least some residents in the suburbs were fed up with being ignored by council.
"I have initiated monthly residents' meetings - holding these meetings at Redbank Plains Library and the Orion Community Room at Springfield - this gave residents an opportunity to get together, be heard and to hear first-hand what was happening in their area," she said.
It was in these meetings that Redbank Plains residents complained about a lack of basic infrastructure, including curb and chanelling, footpaths and parks.
Cr Ireland slammed her opponents for not showing up to any of the 85 public meetings.
When questioned if Redbank Plains was the "poor cousin" of Springfield, Cr Ireland said there was some significant improvement planned for parks in the area, including the Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve.
Cr Ireland was also questioned about internet access in her electorate. She said although the NBN was a federal issue, Ipswich City Council was doing its part.
SHEILA IRELAND RATING: 7/10. Not the most inspiring speaker. Sheila will be relying on her actions, rather than words.