Councillor Steve Toomey
Steve Toomey was elected as Councillor for The Gap Ward in 2016 and today serves as part of Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner’s team in Brisbane City Council.
From Far North Queensland, his family were originally involved in farming and rail. He first moved to the ward in 1997 to further his trade in electronics. Before joining Council he worked for a global electrical company as an estimator in their building technologies team. Steve has a trade qualification and also qualifications in project management and business.
He lives in Ashgrove with his wife and two children who both attended local schools as Councillor he has delivered improvements in the ward to local parks, roads, footpaths and major infrastructure in the ward. He is President of Men of The Trees and a Trustee of the local environmental group SOWN. Both Mt Coot-tha and the D’Aguilar National Park are part of The Gap Ward and he has explored much of this territory. He is a strong advocate for serving and returned service personnel and actively engages with the Ashgrove, Bardon and The Gap RSLs that all reside within ward. Steve has walked the Kokoda Trek in New Guinea and Overland Trek from Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania. In 2015 he participated in the Mates4Mates trek in the WW1 Queenslander Challenge and is honoured to be an Ambassador for Trek2Health.
J. Simmonds, MP
Julian grew up locally and now, along with my wife Madeline and young son Theodore, have chosen to raise our own family here.
Our community has a liveability that we not only cherish but that we must fight for. Working hard to ensure we protect our local way of life is what drives me every day to serve our community.
Growing up, I experienced the world through the eyes of a small business family and I know there is no substitute for hard work. With my parents, I witnessed first-hand the sacrifices and dedication it takes to make small business a success and why it is so important that Government policies support aspiration, not hinder it.
Having completed a Masters of Journalism at the University of Queensland, it was my desire to serve my community that led me to seek election at the 2010 by-election for the Ward of Walter Taylor in the Brisbane City Council which lies entirely within the federal seat of Ryan.
As a local Councillor I already have experience working to protect our area by delivering:
· new road infrastructure that gets you home safely to your families;
· creating new parks so our greenspace isn’t overcrowded;
· starting new community organisations to give our neighbours the support they need and
· strengthening planning requirements to protect the character of our suburbs
With the help of my local plan and the Coalition Governments investments I will get you home to your families sooner, keep more money in your pocket where it belongs and help our local cafes and small businesses survive.
I’m here to serve you and your opinion matters. I’d encourage you to have your say by filling out my local survey to help me represent our community.
Kate Jones, MP
Kate Jones is the Minister for Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and Cross River Rail in the Queensland Government.
As the responsible Minister, Kate oversaw the successful delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and was then given portfolio responsibility for Cross River Rail - Queensland’s largest ever infrastructure project.
Kate was first sworn in as a Minister in 2009, making her the youngest ever Queensland Government minister. Since then she has also served as Minister for Education, Minister for Environment and Minister for Climate Change and Natural Resource Management. Kate grew up in the community she is proud to represent as she lives in Ashgrove with her husband and two children, Thomas and Grace. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Environmental Law from Australian National University.