Monday, 18 August 2014 10:31

5th August 2014 - Speech in Council Featured

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Thank you, Madam Chairman. I rise to speak on petition on Item B. I'm only going to talk for a few minutes because I know my voice sounds awful.
I spoke to the journalist last week about this particular petition that was coming to Council today, she wanted to do a story on it, and I wanted to make it very clear to her and to the residents in my area that Brisbane City Council is not against people having home business, but what we are against is people who have home businesses that flout the local laws.

I'm not going to name the two businesses that are mentioned here in the petition here in chambers because I don't know that that's particularly appropriate, but I just want everyone to know that there was a very long history about these local businesses in my ward. There was a lot of problems with it, in particular increased traffic creating hazards within the street. We had situations where there was people sitting in their car waiting to pick up their children with their car doors open, and then as you can imagine that would cause a problem. Also parking over residents' driveways which as we all know is a big issue, not only around local home businesses but also at our schools.

So I really just want to raiseā€”I stand today and commend Councillor ADAMS and the CARS officers. They investigated both of these businesses over quite a substantial period of time. They liaised with my office on numerous occasions where we were monitoring the local businesses on Facebook where they were quite openly flouting Brisbane City Council local laws. They were made to show due causes too. Our notices were issued to them, and all that process has been followed, and as a result of the CARS officers and their work on this situation, this problem has been resolved satisfactorily. Thank you.

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