Queanbeyan-Palerang election: candidates dissociated – Canberra Weekly

Residents of Queanbeyan-Palerang go to the polls on Saturday, December 4 to decide who will form their next local government.

Eleven councilors will be elected; more than 70 candidates are in the running – 67 in nine pools, and four unassigned candidates. Canberra Weekly spoke to key players to find out what their policies are and why the residents of Queanbeyan-Palerang should vote for them.

Here are the dissociated candidates. You can find profiles on the other groups here.

Bill Waterhouse

“I am the only chance for Braidwood and the communities east of QPRC to have a voice on the board,” says Bill Waterhouse, lifeguard and wildlife educator.

Bill Waterhouse. Photo provided.

“The QPRC has made modest achievements… so far, but these remain insufficient,” said Mr. Waterhouse. “Most people in the former areas of Palerang are disappointed with the lack of consultation, the lack of engagement and the lack of transparency. The roads, even though money has been spent, are still in poor condition. There seem to be fewer staff here, library hours seem to be reduced, the fees for using some of the board’s facilities are outrageous. The council’s decision to spend up to $ 24 million on Queanbeyan Main Street is causing considerable concern, as… Braidwood Streets fall apart.

“The main criticism of this part of the LGA is the lack of ‘facilitation’ by the council and the barriers and roadblocks placed in front of anyone who wants to do something that requires council approval, from simple sheds to trailer parks, workshops. small-scale mechanics, houses, grannies, cellar sales and requests for farm stays and guest rooms.

“I am firmly committed to helping build a QPRC that is more responsive to the wishes of the community. “

He believes there needs to be an external audit / review of the activities of the whole board. “The people at the LGA need a clearer picture of what the problems are and how to solve them. A vision statement for Braidwood would inform the urgent strategic plan and prioritize projects based on consultation and community input.

A teacher and former Education Officer at the NSW Department of Education, Mr. Waterhouse has extensive experience in community groups. He runs a Wombat Shelter in Majors Creek (NARG) and is Vice President of Wildcare Queanbeyan, Member and Past President of the Braidwood Regional Arts Group, Member of the Braidwood Community Association, Braidwood and Villages Business Chamber, Majors Creek Progress Association, and community representative on the Dargues Gold Mine Community Advisory Committee. “If you want something done, ask a busy person. “

For more information visit Bill Waterhouse 2021 QPRC Candidate | Facebook.

Kyol booth hunt

“I run [for politics] because I think our communities need a voice on the council, ”said Kyol Booth-Hunt, a resident of Hoskinstown. “Someone they can talk to, who will listen and care about our residents, will support our communities. Someone who will stand up for the individual, support the community, and be open and transparent.

Kyol Booth-Hunt. Photo provided.

The main problem facing Queanbeyan-Palerang is the lack of transparency and support on the board, he said. As an advisor, he would be open and transparent with all decisions and budgets, and would let taxpayers know where their money was spent.

Its other policies include:

  • A better road program: more road maintenance crews, public work schedules (when should your road be repaired), seal more roads, and repair roads properly to make them last, not just for the better. patch them up;
  • Secure infrastructure;
  • More tourism in the Palerang area: As an advisor, he would push for better tour packages, support local businesses to attract people to the area, promote Queanbeyan-Palerang to the outside and showcase the towns of the region as a travel destination, not just a path to the coast;
  • Rate reform: Mr. Booth-Hunt would revise rates (including the proposed 27.8% rate increase) and stop overloading residences;
  • Protect communities for the future: Does the council have a plan for the future, where will the cities be in five or ten years? What will our cities be like, and does that include city expansion?
  • Community Facilities Upgrade: It offers a review of community buildings and facilities to ensure they are suitable for people with disabilities and would modernize them to meet safety standards and codes. He says the council neglected buildings and community centers.

“I bring a passionate and committed approach to our board, with a willingness to get the job done on time and on budget,” he said.

Mr. Booth-Hunt is a 33-year-old father of four and the owner of a small event business. He is a former Navy and worked at Woolworths, bottle shops and medical clinics. He is an RFS volunteer, Queanbeyan scout leader, member of the Queanbeyan Show and vice president of the local community association.

James holgate

“I stand up for community members who are politically under-represented; those who have no financial or political influence on government, ”says James Holgate.

James Holgate. Photo provided.

Mr Holgate was an independent candidate for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro in the 2019 elections and the 2020 by-elections. He advocates for political reform relating to the constitution as well as at the federal and state levels.

“I see the cost of living as a major issue, including housing, utilities and food, which leaves a lot of people with minimal disposable income. I also believe that health and wellness are areas where federal and state funding can be used to support long-term outcomes, for example, through health education in schools and infrastructure to promote fashions. healthier lives.

Roads and other infrastructure, Internet and mobile telecommunications coverage, red tape and delays in obtaining approval for construction and other business purposes are also areas for improvement.

“I want to ensure that all communities are represented equally, because I understand that the forced merger of regional councils in 2016 made many small communities feel deprived of their rights,” he said. he declares.

Mr. Holgate has lived in Queanbeyan for over 10 years. He believes his experience and qualifications in politics and political studies give him a balanced and holistic perspective. He worked on the 2021 Population and Housing Census, and worked in recruitment and in management, policy and program roles in Australia and Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean.

“My extensive personal and professional experience, along with my objective perspective and critical thinking skills, will be very helpful in ensuring that QPRC decisions are fair, transparent, ethical and accountable,” said Mr. Holgate.

“As a truly independent candidate, I will act in good faith; I will be objective because I do not accept any political donation and I am not indebted to any personal interest. I will listen and promote good ideas and make sure funds are spent responsibly. I have a healthy skepticism when evaluating proposals and I am keenly interested in understanding the motivations of all advocates seeking particular outcomes.

For more information visit James Holgate independent candidate for Eden Monaro | Facebook.

Ginevra Peisley

Running for office for the QPRC is former senior official Ginevra Peisley’s first foray into politics, but she believes her integrity, her understanding of the community’s mindset on grassroots issues and her ability to support the priorities of residents and businesses make her a good advisor.

Ginevra Peisley. Photo provided.

“I am passionate about ensuring that the ordinary person has a voice on the issues that matter to them in the boardroom… [and] on the growth and development of our region for the good of all, ”she declared. “I recognize that a single model is not for everyone and that our board covers a variety of urban and rural needs.”

Its policies include:

  • Continued investment in roads and basic infrastructure to make rural roads safer and remove heavy vehicle traffic from main streets in Queanbeyan and surrounding townships (bypasses for Bungendore and Braidwood);
  • More progressive solutions for recycling and waste management and investing in renewable energies to reduce the carbon footprint of the city council;
  • Accessible and modernized sports and community facilities;
  • Revision of complicated planning and development regulations – heritage protection rules prevent the growth of Braidwood and Bungendore;
  • Revise tariffs (including fees and charges) to recognize inequalities in some rural areas since the merger of the Queanbeyan and Palerang councils in 2016.

She also believes the council needs more visibility and transparency on how it finances infrastructure upgrades and road projects.

She will draw on her experience as a senior public servant, her understanding of local, state and federal government, and her knowledge of budget and grant funding processes, to work with her fellow advisers to lobby state governments and federal governments to secure funding for major infrastructure. and construction projects, and raising priorities for services and investment.

Ms. Peisley has lived and worked in the Canberra / Queanbeyan area all of her life; his family moved to Royalla 10 years ago. A career civil servant for 30 years, she advised ministers and the government on the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and was CIO of the National Disability Insurance Agency for three years. When she left the public service in 2016, she created a thriving consulting business that employs 30 people.

Her 19-year-old son Will has autism; she helped others navigate complex government processes to secure services for people with disabilities and lobbied for additional education placements for children with autism.

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