Sirigos, Boike and Webber campaign
THEY are the three female candidates in Division 5 set to give the election race a real shakeup.
Eve Sirigos, Anne Webber and Trisha Boike all impressed when they spoke to the QT at the ballot draw yesterday.
Ms Webber, a well-known Ipswich real estate agent, said she was lending an attentive ear to residents and vowed to be a strong voice for them if elected.
"I have a strong knowledge of the area I am running because I lived in it for nine years and I've also sold a lot of property in the area," she said.
"I recognise the difference in the demographic. What happens out at Karalee is not what happens at East Ipswich. Of the people I've spoken to, the most important thing is that they want somebody to listen to them and somebody to be their voice. That is what I want to do.
"That is your job as a councillor. It's not my job to say 'this is what we are doing. I hope you enjoy it'."
Ms Webber said that as a candidate "you can't really promise anything until you get in there and see what has been forward planned, what's on the agenda and what the budget is".
"I'm not making sweeping promises except to say that I will listen and I will speak, loudly on the community's behalf," she said.
Ms Sirigos said "back to basics services" were urgently required in the division and that residents had many concerns.
"I've had such a positive response from people," she said.
"I don't ask people what they want anymore, because everything is needed.
"Division 5 has been left to go to waste while the newer suburbs are treated like royalty and get all the money spent on them.
"We need footpaths, bikeways, parks for the children to play in and the river cleaned, because it is filthy.
"This election is about people. It is not about council. It is about our service to people, and that is what I am going to do."
Ms Boike said she was proud to be a Karalee resident who cared deeply about improving her division
"I am out there talking to the community as a local," she said.
She urged voters to consider firstly those who live in the electorate as their representatives.
"We are doing it for the right reasons," she said.
"I am not saying the others aren't, but we are in touch."
Ms Boike said suitable footpaths were required in the division
"We have got mums with prams and strollers who are struggling on roads with rocks. They can't push their prams if they want to do their health and fitness," she said.
"So we need to do a lot of footpaths to try and unite some of the areas together. I'd like to see more outdoor sporting equipment in parks because it is a health conscious area."
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.