Policy #5

New Jobs Now – and for the Future

I founded and ran my own engineering and technical consultancy business for over two decades, so I know what it’s like to provide and grow permanent local jobs.

If elected, my focus will be on providing strong leadership and much needed vision for local jobs. We desperately need to look beyond the traditional tourism, retail and construction industries – and evolve into a diverse, job centre – not a dormitory suburb of commuters.  At present, about six out of 10 workers leave the Redlands every day for work.

Here are real-life, exciting local projects and infrastructure I will lobby for.  They account for thousands of local clean, permanent jobs of the future.  Jobs that will give new opportunities to both younger people and skilled individuals who presently spend hours travelling to and from work every day.

Redlands Technology Park would be a major boost kick-starting our local economy into a new, regionally recognised centre for innovation, delivering jobs of the future for the first time. A well located and serviced 2 hectare site already exists at the Redlands Research Centre in Cleveland and could support 500 jobs, but eventually surge to 4,000 as more site areas come on stream.

New private hospital and medical precinct is planned as a one stop health facility that would provide over 1,000 jobs in Cleveland.  As well as a private hospital, there would be extensive medical facilities and a retirement home.

Upgraded Finucane Road for better access to proposed new medical precinct and Redlands Technology Park. My focus will be on lobbying for this upgrade from government, working closely with other electorates to achieve this.

Straddie/Minjerribah renewable solar hydro power station could make the Island Australia’s first fully renewable energy powered community and located on degraded sand mining land. I recently co-authored a renewable energy plan to bring jobs and other economic benefits to Straddie, starting with this community-owned renewable power station. It brings energy security when mainland power goes out, lower costs, more jobs and profits going back to the local economy. The plan has been received positively and fits into the Island’s future sustainability plans.

Toondah Harbour ferry terminal precinct upgrade is urgently needed now to help the North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah rebuild its post-Covid tourist economy.  Estimated temporary and full-time jobs are about 75.

This doesn’t include the inappropriate $1.3 billion residential development to be built on 48 Ha of reclaimed land in Moreton Bay Marine Park which I will continue to strongly oppose at State government level.