Jane Power lives on the southern end of the Gold Coast and is standing as a candidate for the Queensland Greens in the seat of Burleigh.
Jane is an active member of the local environment movement and believes strongly that the Gold Coast is the jewel in Queensland’s crown and that its rich biodiversity must be protected. Jane believes that that the Gold Coast is a unique place in the world and that any future development must be done in such a way that is not only sustainable but also enhances its rich ecological heritage.
Jane came to the Gold Coast with her family in 2003 after spending several years in the USA and UK. Her experiences overseas only confirm her message that the Gold Coast is a special place.
Jane has a long history working as an IT Professional and for many years ran an Adelaide based award winning software Development Company with her husband. After taking a few years off to raise three children Jane decided to re-join this successful partnership but now their small software development company is based on the Gold Coast.
Jane has a bachelor’s degree in Internet Studies from Curtin University of Technology and sees the implementation of the NBN as a vital piece of infrastructure. As a committee member on the Gold Coast IT Forum she will continue to advocate for a quick roll out in the Burleigh area.
As a mother of young adults Jane understands the pressures that many young people face, particularly the challenge of getting that first job, the cost of housing and the massive uncertainties about their future with climate change. She believes first and foremost that young people are our future and that every opportunity must be taken to help them see a bright start and have something to look forward to.
Jane’s goals for Burleigh are:
1. To do everything possible to stop any future development at the site of the proposed Boral quarry in the Tallebudgera Valley. This area is a vital part of a wildlife corridor that stretches to Springbrook National Park and is an essential part of the ecosystem that supports several threatened species including the koala. The numbers of sick and injured koalas are increasing and we must preserve what habitat they have left.
2. To ensure adequate funding for our hospitals and health services and that fair and equitable access is assured particularly for our senior citizens.
3. To ensure that there is a focus on nurturing local small businesses. If we look after our local, small and medium enterprises we will also be investing in local jobs and a thriving community.
4. To assist local business to take advantage of the New Green economy and the opportunities arising from the grants from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
5. To ensure that educational and employment opportunities for the Gold Coast do not get overlooked by government.
6. To have access to cheap and reliable public transport.
7. To encourage and advocate for safer and more cycling routes and pathways.