Stalwart returned with Lord Mayor

Cr Vicki Howard and Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

By Steph Maker

Incumbent politicians, Adrian Schrinner and Vicki Howard, have been returned to their positions as Lord Mayor and Central Ward Councillor.

Both said it’s a privilege to continue to serve.

“There is no greater honour or responsibility than being entrusted by your community to be their voice in council — to ensure our city remains a safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city. A city that is renowned for its friendly, optimistic and enjoyable lifestyle,” Cr Howard said.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner praised Cr Howard’s performance.

“With Cr Howard’s strong leadership and advocacy, the people of Central Ward can be assured they are in safe hands as we get through the challenges of coronavirus together,” he said.

Cr Howard said the Coronavirus has left a lot of Central Ward constituents “hurting” but offered a positive view to the future.

“But be assured we’ve got your back. We are all in this together – everyone of us – and I know we will come out of it stronger and better than ever before,” she said.

“As your strong voice in council, along with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, I will leave no stone unturned to help our community and our city get back on its feet, ensuring Brisbane will always be the best city, in the best state in the best country in the world.”


Media Statement: Cr Vicki Howard

Photo: Nam Nguyen

Today, like every other day for the past eight years I’ve woken up feeling proud.

Feeling proud because my community has entrusted me to ensure their council works for them.

There is no greater honour or responsibility than being entrusted by your community to be their voice in council – to ensure our city remains a safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city. A city that is renowned for its friendly, optimistic and enjoyable lifestyle.

Thank you for giving me that honour. It is something I never have and never will take for granted.

The last few weeks have changed our lives in ways we never thought possible and in ways we hope to never experience again.

But we will get through this. And we will get through this together. 

We will get through this because we are  a strong and united community.

A community built on hope.

A community built on pride.

A community built on love.

With your support of our campaign over the Summer, we’ve been neighbours with the determination to ensure that the Brisbane of tomorrow is even better than the Brisbane of today.

Without being too negative, there were disappointing elements of the campaign.

I was appalled at signs depicting me as a piece of meat and the Labor Opposition leader calling me and my colleagues LNP Dogs.

So I am very pleased that locals who love our area rejected this type of personal attack.

As we continue to count, Labor are in last place – this is reflective of their type of smear campaign.

As your strong voice in council, along with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, I will leave no stone unturned to help our community and our city get back on its feet, ensuring Brisbane will always be the best city, in the best state in the best country in the world.

I know so many people in our community are hurting right now.  But be assured we’ve got your back. We are all in this together – everyone of us – and I know we will come out of it stronger and better than ever before.

Vicki


Media Statement: Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

It is a privilege to continue to deliver a better Brisbane for our residents alongside the re-elected Cr Vicki Howard. 

With Cr Howard’s strong leadership and advocacy, the people of Central Ward can be assured they are in safe hands as we get through the challenges of coronavirus together.

Residents, businesses and staff across our city are all feeling the effects of this pandemic.  

I want to assure the people of Brisbane that Council is committed to supporting the entire community and providing the necessary assistance needed to help residents and businesses stay afloat and see it through to the end of this crisis.

For residents, this means providing more support and flexibility in paying rates and taking the pressure off of parking payments. Rates relief assistance is available to those who need it including the option to defer rates for up to 9 months. 

For people who continue to work, there is more leniency on parking infringements, parking permit extensions, $5 parking at King George Square and Wickham Terrace parking stations and we have turned off all Council parking meters.

We’re showing the Brisbane business community that they’re not alone, with support through Council’s $7.9 million business relief package which is helping protect jobs, community organisations and the livelihoods of business owners.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

Council has waived all business charges, rents, fees or permits until at least 30 June 2020. This moratorium on fees and charges, including for footpath and outdoor dining, food safety permits, commercial lease rents, is a lifeline to businesses and community organisations suffering because of the crisis.

This complements Council’s $2 million in small business fee cuts, 24/7 Business Hotline which has expanded online and small business liaison officers.

I commend residents and businesses on their efforts that are helping us get through this crisis and encourage everyone to continue to follow social distancing measures at the advice of Queensland Health and the Federal Government.