The Queensland Greens have preselected Donna Burns, a political outsider, to contest the Paddington Ward for the upcoming Brisbane City Council elections, which is seen by many as extremely winnable for the Greens.
“Paddington is ready to turn Green, I am excited and I know the community is too”, Ms Burns, a local resident of Auchenflower said. “Paddington is a vibrant community, filled with enthusiasm and openness. We are ready to be heard and are ready for change”.
Based on 2016 council election results , a Greens victory would only require 1 in 20 LNP voters changing their vote. Even less when considering the upward trajectory of the Green vote in state and federal elections since 2016 which resulted in Michael Berkman’s historic win in Maiwar.
“Listening is important. It’s not just a nice thing to do - it has significant financial and strategic impacts, leading to better quality decision-making. I have both the professional expertise and personal enthusiasm to make this happen”, Donna says.
Donna’s career began as a registered nurse specialising in Emergency Nursing, an experience that encouraged her natural leadership and advocacy. Donna is now a successful Change Management Specialist delivering and leading change in organisations to ensure better outcomes for all.
“One of the biggest criticisms of council is that it doesn’t listen to people. But I believe the local community should have more influence over local decisions. I’m keen to hear from residents about what’s important to them and what issues they want me to focus on,” Donna says.
Gabba Ward Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri says Paddington has slowly been turning green for a long time, and the LNP had better not take the ward for granted. “We’ve already had significant wins on issues like the Mt Coot-tha Zipline, and I think Donna is well placed to capture that momentum.”
“At the last council election, we achieved a 14% swing to win the Gabba Ward, and this time the margin here in Paddington is much much smaller than that,'' said Cr Sri.