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Rebecca Vonhoff for Toowoomba Regional Council

On March 28 you will decide the direction for years to come of the Toowoomba Region.

Because on March 28, each of us will stand in a voting booth and cast a ballot for 10 councillors and one mayor to represent the Toowoomba Region over the next four years, through to 2024.

I’m running as a candidate for one of those 10 councillor positions.

Rebecca Vonhoff for Toowoomba Regional Council 

On March 28 you will decide the direction for years to come of the Toowoomba Region.

Because on March 28, each of us will stand in a voting booth and cast a ballot for 10 councillors and one mayor to represent the Toowoomba Region over the next four years, through to 2024.

I’m running as a candidate for one of those 10 councillor positions.

Why am I running for the 2020 Toowoomba Regional Council Election?

I’m running because I believe that Council should reflect us.

I love this part of the world and the people and I believe I will make a valuable contribution.

As parents, we’re hoping to instill in our children that you don’t shy away from doing difficult things and I think my son and daughters are seeing that.

And I recognise that there is much good work that can be done at a local level that directly impacts how we live our lives.

CONNECT WITH REBECCA VONHOFF

Action with vision for the Toowoomba Region

Water security

The most valuable and fought-over resource of the future will be water.  I want to plan for water security and make it an immovable priority. And when it eventually rains again, and this drought is broken, we can’t compromise our water security plans. We need to think long-term and remember that drought will return. I want to see us save drinking water and use recycled water for industry and agriculture. I want to see us capture this most precious of resources with water storage across government, business, builds and for individuals. I want us to recognise that aquifers are an exhaustible resource. And I want us to be bold in our thinking about the ways we can harness and redirect water. We need to become experts in water efficiency and conservation and think about the land, infrastructure and the likelihood of water scarcity decades from now.

Future-forward plan

We need to think ahead and have a plan. I want us to dream and think big; put a flag in the ground, and plan for it. If we can be so audacious as to imagine what we want for where we live in 2035, we will get there if we take the incremental steps. But we’re not going to get there without a strategy.  I want our 15-year plan to address connectivity as South East Qld adds 5.5 million people by 2041 so that we are able to quickly, easily and comfortably move around our region and beyond; I want a revitalised CBD where people live and work and our beautiful historic buildings are cool places to live and so are the modern, sensitively and cleverly designed apartments so there’s a sense of energy and sustainability. I want greenery and parks; I want us to recycle and reduce our waste and become educated on technologies that use those recycables. I want our small and bigger businesses to have what they need to keep pace so they can remain competitive; I want businesses and services to know that they have a council that’s on its toes. But we must be deliberate with our plans because what makes life in our region so enjoyable ought not to be compromised, but that’s the inevitable conclusion if we go about things in an ad hoc manner. Short termism and myopic thinking would be a tremendous shame for us, for you in 10, 15, 20 years’ time, for the next generation. 

Vegetation management

Our bushfire season has changed and how we plan for more frequent and more intense fires has to change too. Vegetation management is what we can address at a local level.  I believe Council should consider indigenous hazard reduction methods and an integrated system of engineering design; mechanical slashing of vegetation and hazard-reduction burning to manage the risk of fire. And then I want to build nimbleness and flexibility into our fire management plans, to take advantage of cool weather. It’s important to think holistically and long-term about how we manage drier and hotter summers and longer fire seasons. 

Community care movement

I want us to remember that being kind to each other is important. Toowoomba has a bifurcation in our population: We have lots of children and many elderly people. We know that a lot of people in aged care are socially isolated and dreadfully lonely. And we know that great things happen when you put the young and the old together.  We have so many child care centres and kindergartens in our region within a block or two of aged care facilities so I want to promote regular excursions on a monthly basis. Some daycare centres are already doing this. If we did that year-on-year, we’d be facilitating thousands of visits. And I cannot believe that the kindness, consideration and joy of those visits wouldn’t permeate through our community. What about encouraging breakfast programs for children? Around one in seven (perhaps as many as one in five) children go to school without breakfast.  Education is key to a better future, but if you’re not eating breakfast, concentrating and learning is close to impossible. So what if we could dramatically lift the social investment in children by a small act of a simple breakfast – a bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit? Even just a piece of fruit? We could call it Food for Thought and start with a pilot program at a single school. It’s practical and has long-term benefits several orders of magnitude.   

Who is Rebecca Vonhoff?

This is who I am.

Make your vote count for the Toowoomba Regional Council Election on the 28th March, 2020

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2020 Toowoomba Regional Council Election Candidate – Rebecca Vonhoff’s Campaign Events

Would you like to learn more about supporting Rebecca Vonhoff for her 2020 Toowoomba Regional Council election campaign?

Attend one of the upcoming volunteer information sessions.

Volunteer Information Session 1

6 March, 2020 | 12pm | Location to be confirmed, Toowoomba

Come along and learn how to distribute how-to-vote cards at booths and on polling day. There will be good people and coffee.

Volunteer Information Session 2

6 March, 2020 | 5pm | Location to be confirmed, Toowoomba

Come along and learn how to distribute how-to-vote cards at booths and on polling day.

Volunteer Information Session 3

13 March, 2020 | 12pm | Location to be confirmed, Toowoomba

Come along and learn how to distribute how-to-vote cards at booths and on polling day.

Volunteer Information Session 4

13 March, 2020 | 5 pm | Location to be confirmed, Toowoomba

Come along and learn how to distribute how-to-vote cards at booths and on polling day.

Rebecca Vonhoff launches her 2020 Toowoomba Regional Council Election Campaign 

“Toowoomba is home. I love this place and the people. And I believe that the Council should reflect us.”

Ready to support Rebecca?