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Councillor to State Member

Member for Springwood John Grant. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter
Member for Springwood John Grant. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

Tell our readers a bit about yourself

My wife Robyn and I have been married for 34 years and have lived in Logan since 1978. Our three children have been born and raised here. I am now a proud grandfather of 4.

We have been active in our church and various community and sporting groups over the years. I established a business in building design in Logan which I was a director of for 18 years.

How did you become involved in politics?

I believe that the best way to support the local community is to be involved in it.

It was through my interaction with builders and clients that I became aware of the many local government processes within planning and development departments. I ran for Council in 1997 and remained a councillor for 14 years. While in Council I was elected as Chair of Planning and Development and was Deputy Mayor for four years.

In March this year the people of the Springwood electorate put their faith in me and I was elected to the Queensland State Parliament.

How have you found the first few months of being a State Member?

Extremely busy. Along with my new staff we needed to establish a new office from scratch and learn the workings and makeup of 19 ministerial departments. I was given a position on the Transport, Housing and Local Government committee which investigates specific issues relating to these areas and then reports back to Parliament. In June this year I was appointed as Chair of the Logan Renewal Board which is looking at innovative ways to provide sustainable and affordable housing in Logan. I have also been delighted to meet with people throughout the electorate. I also enjoy visiting the schools, community and sporting groups and hearing about their amazing achievements.

What are some of your accomplishments so far?

I have advocated and helped families dealing with departments and services within the disability sector and worked with residents and the local police service on matters of antisocial behaviour and hooning.

As Chair of the Logan Housing Renewal Board, I have been involved in bringing government, community and the private sector together to begin the tendering process that will ultimately see more affordable housing available in Logan.

The Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee have done a review of motorcycle licensing and my work continues with the current review of the Retirement Village Act and the performance of Queensland Building Services Association (QBSA).

Along with Ian Walker MP, Member for Mansfield and Assistant Minister for Planning Reform I am very pleased that the extension to the SE Busway and the preparation of tendering for construction of another lane on the M1 Motorway from Fitzgerald Ave down to the Springwood Police Station has begun.

 

What are your plans for the future?

To continue to work for the residents of Springwood electorate for as long as they want me to.

I have many 'pet' projects such as providing safer right turn lanes for the three schools on Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, flashing lights in the school zone on Springwood Road, more efficient public transport, suitable accommodation for people with disabilities and more support for young parents and families and of course continuing improvement to the M1.

I will continue to push my vision for economic development within the Springwood business precinct by supporting our entrepreneurs who may be prepared to build high-rise projects that will provide office space and job creation, and working with Logan City Council on their accomplishment of the town centre proposal.


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