In an exclusive interview with trueAU.NEWS, Adrian Raedel with his wife by his side, Kerri Raedel, announced he is running in the upcoming local government election for the position as mayor of the Moreton Bay Region.
When asked about their motivation for putting themselves in the middle of the cut-and-thrust of the election, the couple said the current planning scheme, the lack of consideration given to the local wildlife and environment, infrastructure deficit, lack of community uniting events, the need to improve local employment opportunities, and council culture were some of the issues that worried their family – when it comes to the future of the region.
Mr Raedel said that central to all this, is the need to create a better lifestyle for now and well into the future and announced that, if elected, one of his initiatives to unite the whole region will be to launch a Moreton Bay Festival.
“There’s opportunities to unite smaller communities, but we now have the opportunity to unite the (whole) Moreton Bay community as well through the events that we put on,” Mr Raedel said in the video interview above.
“So, I would love to see a Moreton Bay Festival, something that goes from the hills of Mt Mee to the waters of Redcliffe, up to Bribie and down to Arana Hills – that signifies or promotes the fact that we are Moreton Bay and that we know who we are, that we bring people here that want to enjoy our lifestyle – and we just need to unite all of Moreton Bay – and we can do that through Moreton Bay Festival (which will also) drive our economy, drive our visitors to the local area, but (also) all residents get to have fun while they do it.”
Echoing his sentiments, Ms Raedel explained why people should vote for her husband.
“Adrian’s vision for the Moreton Bay Region is something that we all can relate to,” Ms Raedel stated.
“More community events, a more relatable mayor, someone that you can contact, he’s accessible to you, he listens and he delivers.
“He’s a very kind person and he’s very focused on what he wants to do with the Moreton Bay Region; and take it forward into the next four years and beyond.
“Your investment in the region, whether it be where you live, if you have a local business – needs to be in the hands of someone that will lead the Moreton Bay Region.
“We need more tourism here, we need more local jobs, we need our families to get out and enjoy the local parks.
“We need to connect.
“So, all of Moreton Bay Region needs to connect together, and this man will do that.”
According to the Electoral Commission Queensland website: “Early voting will be conducted between Monday, 16 March and Friday, 27 March 2020.
“The timeframes for early voting will vary in different locations and detailed information about early voting times will be published on the ECQ website prior to the election.
“Election day is on Saturday, 28 March 2020 and polling booths will be open from 8am to 6pm.
“Details of polling booths will be published on the ECQ website.”
To find out more about Adrian Raedel and his election campaign, visit AdrianRaedel.com.au.
Read the Kerri and Adrian Raedel video TRANSCRIPT:
Adrian’s vision for the Moreton Bay Region is something that we all can relate to. More community events, a more relatable mayor, someone that you can contact, he’s accessible to you, he listens and he delivers. He’s a very kind person and he’s very focused on what he wants to do with the Moreton Bay Region and take it forward into the next four years and beyond. Your investment in the region, whether it be where you live, if you have a local business needs to be in the hands of someone that will lead the Moreton Bay Region. We need more tourism here, we need more local jobs, we need our families to get out and enjoy the local parks. We need to connect. So all of Moreton Bay Region needs to connect together, and this man will do that.
We need this election because I feel that we need a better lifestyle minimum here in the Moreton Bay Region, I’ve got experience and the capability of leading the Moreton Bay Region to make sure that future families our family and future families are in a place that is vibrant and there’s employment and it’s a great place to come and live and create your own lifestyle. We’ve seen an investment or an infrastructure deficit here in the Moreton Bay Region and we need to fix that. So we need to invest in infrastructure right across the region. So whether it’s getting the dolphins up into the NRL, to invest in our economic circumstances here in Moreton Bay to promote the area or whether it’s in roads, in our parks, footpaths, it really needs a great deal of investment and we need to really focus and drive that over the next four years and into the future.
We also need to invest in our local environment. We live here for a reason because it’s a beautiful place to live, but not only for us, but for the animals and the wildlife. So we need to look after those animals and that wildlife, you’ve got koalas that need to be looked after. You’ve got other endangered animals that need to be looked after and we need to make sure we invest in the infrastructure that will help them.
We’re looking to invest in a worldwide hospital, state of the art wildlife hospital, down Petrie, so that we can look after our own animals. At the moment koalas and wildlife go out of the region to get the help that they need. We need to ensure that A, that it doesn’t happen, but B, if it does happen that we able to look after them here in the Moreton Bay Region and get them back into their environment that they’ve come from.
Even today, we’re here at The Gantry, at Mt Mee, and even here today, there are hundreds of people around us who come look at the natural environment, come to see the koalas in the trees, there’s koalas in the trees all around here. So it’s important that we bring not only for our future families and children, that we make sure the environment is better than how we found it, but also to bring tourists here. So tourists bring goals and they spend in our local community, which means they bring jobs. So it’s not just about future looking after the environment from a environmental perspective, but it’s about looking after your environment to make sure that there are plenty of job opportunities and plenty of things for people to enjoy going into the future.
Current Planning Scheme, there’s no easy way of saying it. We just need to scrap it, we need to get rid of it and start again. It’s not a good tinkering around the edges with it. We just need to scrap it and start again, and the reason we need to do that is because we need to do proper community consultation, proper communications with our residents to find out what they want in the Planning Scheme. So after doing 800 mobile offices across division 12, over my period as a counsellor. That’s the only way to do it, is to go pull up on the side of the road, put up the marquee, talk to the residents where they feel comfortable coming to talking to me or others and so we can find out what they want in their Planning Scheme going into the future.
It’s no good putting together something that really the community has had very little involvement in. The last Planning Scheme was put together with the community consultation happening after it was put together, after it went off to the State for the state just yet. What we need to do is we need to start with community consultation and then we need to finish with community consultation so that the community own the Planning Scheme and the community actually know and enjoy what is in the Planning Scheme so it protects the [inaudible 00:04:18] at the hub.
The Planning Scheme, it’s just had so many ramifications in a negative sense. It’s been poorly received. It hasn’t done the job that it needed to do. So I’ve gone off and I’ve done a postgraduate degree in town planning so that when I sit down and look at the Planning Scheme, that I know what it’s all about in a more formal sense so I can understand it better, and so when I’m talking to residents, I can find out what their concerns are and if needed, I can translate that back to the town planners. I really enjoy our community events.
Going back from before I was a counsellor, I was involved in Apex and we used to do the Santa sleigh, it was great. When I got elected as a councillor, we continued to do community events, movie nights where we fundraised for different organisations and different topics, different issues that came up. We did Easter egg hunts, we did scavenger hunts and we’ve kept that up. It’s a great opportunity to unite communities together.
So whether I’m elected as mayor or not, we are still going to do those events. We are still going to do the Easter egg hunts and they’re coming up soon right across the Moreton Bay Region. It’s great not only to see the kids faces as they participate in just these fun events, but it also brings the mums and dads out, they get to talk to their neighbours. They perhaps don’t get to talk to the neighbours on a weekly basis. Whereas they can stand there, have a coffee and just have a chat, watch their kids enjoy the local park and get to just have a lot of fun enjoying the public infrastructure that’s often on their doorstep that they sometimes just don’t get time to enjoy.
We love our community events. We’re looking forward to putting on the Easter egg hunt again this year, and so hopefully we’ll see you at some of those. Having gone through the last 12 years as a local counsellor and doing these community events in division 12 and then taking them across the Moreton Bay Region, there’s opportunities to unite smaller communities, but we now have the opportunity to unite the Moreton Bay community as well through the events that we’ve put on. So I would love to see a Moreton Bay Festival, something that goes from the hills of Mt Mee to the waters of Redcliffe up to Bribie and down to Arana Hills that signifies or promotes the fact that we are Moreton Bay and that we know who we are, that we bring people here that want to enjoy our lifestyle and we just need to unite all of Moreton Bay and we can do that through Moreton Bay Festival and really drive our economy, drive our visitors to the local area, but all residents get to have fun while they do it.
I think you should vote for Adrian because I feel that you’ll be in safe hands moving forward and for the next four years and beyond. He is an honest man, he knows the region, he understands what the region needs and he understands what the region has been lacking in the past. He has a great vision, he is accessible and he will talk to you and listen to what you think the Moreton Bay Region needs as well. The staff of the Moreton Bay Regional Council, the rate payers, the residents. The whole entire community can feel at ease. If Adrian becomes mayor and look forward to a fantastic four years and beyond.