I have lived in Ipswich for more than 20 years, and through my Dad’s family, trace my origin to the region back to the late 1800s. I have seen how much the city has grown to become a rich and culturally diverse community.
“I recognise the need for development in the region but I also recognise the need to maintain a sustainable future for our children and the next generation without jeopardising our lifestyle.”
The recent floods in Ipswich highlighted some of these challenges and points to a need for more careful planning. “My concern is that large developments may divert future flood waters to residential and business areas, particularly in the North Booval, Bundamba and CBD areas. We want to avoid this and ensure the right measures are put in place.”
Veronica became disillusioned by the major parties’ lack of judgement and principles when it came to human rights issues. She was frustrated by the inaptitude of the government to do the right thing by the Queensland people. “I knew there had to be a better way to build a future for our children and that is why I joined the Greens.”
Veronica is acutely aware of the challenges of being a single parent who studies and works part time, but believes “other members of our community are facing far greater hardship, both in the short and long term.” Guided by a desire to see that all people are treated equally, along with a passion to become a voice for those who have none, Veronica’s professional life is focused on delivering human services. She is currently a youth worker, but has also acted as an advocate for people with disabilities from non-English-speaking backgrounds, and she has worked as an education officer and trainer in a correctional facility.
Veronica recognises that with a growing population comes a need to expand health and support services in the Ipswich region. “The current system is already under strain, particularly in mental health. I know the Queensland government has planned a new public hospital for 2031, but to be honest, we need to address the increasing demand on our health services much earlier than that.”
Veronica also knows the benefits of a community actively engaged in sport and recreation. She is passionate about rugby league and represented the region at State and National level on the playing field, as an official and in administration. “Ipswich is renowned for its sporting prowess. It’s time we invested in our success by building the infrastructure to accommodate professional athletes and showcase world class events, which also brings greater employment and educational opportunities for people of all ages.”
In recognition of the region’s natural attractions Veronica would like to see improvements to the major arterial roads to ensure the safety of travellers. “Wivenhoe and Somerset dams and the region’s various nature trails are popular recreational destinations for Ipswich people, but as well as getting there and back again safely, we must also protect and enhance the region’s natural beauty.”
As a Green Veronica wants current and future generations to live, work and breathe in a prosperous, safe and vibrant Ipswich, and revitalise and create sustainable traditions for ALL Ipswich people.