Robinson draws top spot on Division 5 ballot
IT IS going to be a 'thriller'.
Which is why it was somehow appropriate the only Division 5 candidate not to attend the ballot draw yesterday was Michael Jackson.
The coveted number one spot on the ticket was claimed by Peter Robinson, followed in order by Eve Sirigos, Anne Webber, Wayne Wendt, Brian Scott. Mr Jackson, Barry Ryder and Trisha Boike.
Mr Robinson, an accountant, said it was "awesome" to claim top spot.
He said his campaign was progressing well with the nuts and bolts of council affairs his focus.
"I am getting back to basics with people," he said. "The big ideas are great but we've got to address footpaths, bus stops, shelters and things like that.
"Then we can think about the bigger plans.
"The footpaths are an issue for some elderly residents down in Basin Pocket and East Ipswich.
"People are saying to me 'I've been living here for 53 years. I'd like to walk but I haven't got a concrete footpath'. So I think we need to address that."
Mr Robinson said traffic issues on Mt Crosby Rd needed to be dealt with, while acknowledging it was a state issue.
Mr Ryder agreed with Mr Robinson on the traffic issue and said he had a strong understanding of how council worked.
"I worked on the council for 35 years, so I have experience with aspects of council," he said.
"There are many questions I have concerning decisions being made regarding… subdivisions and a lack of parkland in subdivisions in my area.
"I am concerned with increasing traffic, particularly on Mt Crosby Rd in the morning and afternoon.
"There needs to be urgent remedies there. I know it is a Queensland Government (issue), but the local councillor needs to work with council and government to find solutions to the problem."
Mr Wendt, the Jets CEO and former Ipswich West MP, is ramping up his campaign.
"It has been a busy couple of weeks and with just over four weeks until election day you've got to put in the hard yards," he said.
"We've put up a stack of signs, talked to a lot of people and visited a lot of sporting groups, associations and businesses.
"The feeling is pretty good."
Mr Wendt said issues relating to parks and gardens had been raised, along with road projects that need to be advanced.
The business sector needs a boost and Mr Wendt said he was keen to provide assistance.
"There are things we can do with regard to business investment to encourage businesses located in Brisbane, that need to expand, to come to Ipswich," he said.
"I am an accountant by trade and it is important we use my business sense to improve our bottom line in Ipswich."
Who will get your vote in the Ipswich City Council election for Division 5?
This poll ended on 19 March 2016.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.