Maiwar covers Bardon, Auchenflower, Toowong, Taringa, Indooroopilly, St Lucia and Fig Tree Pocket, Long Pocket and Mount Coot-tha. The word Maiwar is one of many Indigenous names for the Brisbane River, which is the eastern and southern boundary of the electorate.
The electorate was created in 2017 and was first contested at the 2017 Queensland State election, and I was honoured to be elected as the first ever Member for Maiwar. It replaced areas of the old electorates of Mount Coot-tha and Indooroopilly.
Residents in Maiwar are active, passionate and clever. Part of my job is getting out and about and talking to residents about what issues matter to them. Time and time again, locals have let me know clearly that climate change is their number one issue of concern. Our community wants to see big, bold and urgent action to address the climate crisis. Other key issues are unsustainable and inappropriate development, better public transport and public infrastructure, and stopping the Adani coal mine.
We are lucky to have the world class University of Queensland in our electorate, as well as some really outstanding schools. We have incredible urban bushland, and some wonderful attractions including Mt Coot-tha and its Botanic Gardens and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which are popular with locals and tourists alike.
Maiwar is a great place to live and our suburbs are experiencing considerable growth. We always have room for new neighbours, but increasing development means increasing pressure on already underfunded transport, green space and local schools. That’s why I’m pushing for reform of the planning system to put power back in the hands of the community.
It’s a pleasure and honour to represent the people of Maiwar and I look forward to helping you make our area even better.