26 January, 2024
Baade has eyes on Division 4
A YUNGABURRA local will be putting her hat in the ring as a Tablelands Regional Council Division 4 candidate this year, focusing her campaign on parks, planning, and positivity.
Having grown up on the Tablelands, Maree Baade has watched the region grow and change and is keen to step up and help create a better community.
If elected, she hopes to bring her background in land surveying and sustainability to the front to help improve public spaces.
“Division 4 has great spaces, and the planting of native tree species will keep these spaces cool, improve our climate resilience and give a nod to our timber logging history,” she said.
“Visitors come to our region for a nature fix. Imagine a protected arboretum and a kids’ nature play area.
“We need a complete and shady footpath network to ensure safe accessibility for everyone across our towns and villages.
“Safe trails for biking and hiking will give both visitors and locals an opportunity to see the Tablelands and enjoy the region’s many treasures.”
When it comes to planning, Ms Baade believes it is time to step into the new era of sustainability and start looking at alternate options for electricity.
“The installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be a great asset to locals, visitors and tourists to better access. To complement this, we need to investigate effective public transport options,” she said.
“I want TRC to look at other communities to see what has worked well and determine the feasibility of such things as community/neighbourhood batteries for storing excess solar.
“Council has an important role to play in ensuring valuable farming land is preserved. We need to listen to people’s experiences and ideas and look at incorporating them into our plans.
“As our community grows, services such as water and sewerage must be ready to meet the anticipated demand.”