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It may only be October, but it’s not too early to start thinking about what matters to you ahead of next year’s local government elections on March 28.
Former journalist Patrick Condren was recently announced as Labor’s candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor. He focused on the poor state of Brisbane’s footpaths in an interview with the Brisbane Times.
If you rely on a mobility scooter or a powerchair, it’s likely that you’ve had to deal with cracked, depreciating footpaths that are uncomfortable and unsafe.
If there are other issues that matter to you as a user of a mobility device, it’s good to make your voice heard ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has also focused on improving housing standards for the elderly and disabled.
It’s clear that people in the community who rely on mobility devices are at least being considered by local government. If there are issues regarding footpaths, housing, accessibility or anything that affects your ability to get around your city safely, it’s important to get in touch with your candidates for your ward and your city to explain why things need to improve.
If you’ve had enough of roads like this, say so. (Tweet from Steve Griffiths, Labor councillor for Moorooka).
— Steve Griffiths (@SteveGriffiths_) October 3, 2019
Labor already has many of its candidates. Other parties will announce many of their candidates over the next five months.
Remember, bringing up an issue close to the election makes it more likely that it will be swamped amongst thousands of others. By bringing up your needs as a voter right now, you can put pressure on your candidates to deliver better services for you and your needs with plenty of notice so they can make a commitment.
As a starting point, you can find details on contacting Cr Schrinner here. You can also email Patrick Condren at .