IN THE RACE: IT professional Jim Dodrill will run for Division 3.
IN THE RACE: IT professional Jim Dodrill will run for Division 3. Contributed

Dodrill takes on deputy mayor

LONG-TIME Collingwood Park resident Jim Dodrill has announced he will challenge Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood for Division 3 at the upcoming March council elections.

Mr Dodrill has been a vocal advocate for environmental issues as residential development takes unprecedented pace in the area over recent years.

He is Ipswich Residents Against Toxic Environments president, Collingwood Park Koala and Wildlife Protection Society president and Collingwood Park Neighbourhood Watch secretary.

He was a member of Communities Against Radioactive Environments which successfully campaigned to close the radioactive waste dump at Redbank.

Mr Dodrill lives with his family in Collingwood Park, attended high school at St Peter Claver College in Riverview, attends Church in Riverview and coaches sports for young people from Redbank Plains, Collingwood Park and Riverview.

"I have been an active and passionate member of the community of Division 3 for 38 years," he said.

"I have made the decision to run for the position of councillor for Division 3 in Ipswich City Council because I believe that the suburbs of Redbank Plains, Collingwood Park and Riverview deserve better representation, better services as well as better facilities and community infrastructure.

"Redbank Plains and Collingwood Park are experiencing rapid expansion without corresponding increases in parkland and sporting facilities for families. I believe that with the right representation, we can do more."

As part of his campaign, Mr Dodrill said he would cut $20,000 from his annual salary to be used for local community projects.

He also promised to:

 Increase parkland and open spaces for families and sporting groups;

 Establish board walks along, and rehabilitate Goodna and Six Mile Creeks;

 Protect local koala, platypus, glider populations and other endangered wildlife;

 Increase Safe City security cameras around local shopping centres;

 Work to close or constrain nearby waste dumps which impact our lifestyles;

 Hold regular and open consultations with residents from each suburb;

 Ensure that roads are safer and more convenient for all road users.