Councillor want to press the button before walking


Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Cr Vicki Howard and Cr David McLachlan at the Teneriffe Festival.

When new traffic lights at the Commercial Road – Vernon Terrace intersection become operational, Cr David McLachlan hopes to be on hand to press the button for the first light change.

It will be one of his last official acts as councillor for the district.

As councillor for the Hamilton Ward he has represented parts of Teneriffe, Newstead and Bowen Hills for almost 10 years, but will lose them under a forthcoming electoral redistribution.

“The traffic lights will be ready before those changes come into effect so hopefully I’ll be there when they are turned on,” he says.

Under the changes, these areas will form part of Central Ward. “The old boundaries were drawn for what were logical reasons many years ago and defined the area between the industrial-commercial area of the old wool stores, when they were wool stores, and the residential area,” he says.

“As they wool stores became residential, it led to some confusion. The area has obviously changed a lot in the 10 years that I’ve represented it and we’re still seeing significant change,” he says.

“The electoral commission is driven by voter numbers and it tries to keep each electorates and wards balanced. The magic number at the moment is about 29,000 so I was over quota. 

“Most boundaries follow natural breaks like creeks and rivers so that’s what we’re returning to,” Cr McLachlan says.

His lists his proudest achievement as making Teneriffe a public transport hub with the construction of the CityCat terminal and the introduction of the CityGlider bus service.

“That and being involved in the change in character from commercial wool stores to  residential uses,” he says.

The ongoing success of the Teneriffe Festival has also been one of the highlights of his involvement with the area.

“I’ve been engaged with the festival right from the start but it’s the residents and the business that have been the driving forces behind it.

“The council has been happy to provide financial support for it. 

What is pleasing about it is that while the dollar amount hasn’t changed that much from the start, the reliance on the council has diminished as it’s become more popular with sponsors.”

“It’s been wonderful to have had the opportunity to represent the area at City Hall. 

“It was our first home when we moved to Queensland in 2001. We lived here for a couple of years before we moved to where we now live at Hendra and will still spend some of our leisure time here. It’s a great area,” he says.

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