Welcome to the LEADING CHANGE COMMUNITY. My name is Jos Mitchell and I am a genuinely independent mayoral candidate for Redland City Council in the next local government election on the 16 March 2024.
Here's a little bit about me -
I am a Redlands local who, along with my husband, has raised our 3 children in the Redlands. We love living here and enjoying the bayside lifestyle.
My career history has traversed both public and private sectors -
In 2018 I became a nationally accredited mediator, dealing mostly with workplace conflict. I am personally very interested in workplace culture and wellbeing and have a passion for team building.
I have worked within local government as a manager of Sustainable Communities, which included portfolios of Economic Development, Tourism and Events, Grants, Age and Disability, Aboriginal Projects, Youth, Before & After School Care (OOSH), Libraries, Special Projects and Public Art. Some highlights during my time in NSW were - Negotiating the successful adoption of the Tourism Plan in the second largest tourism portal in NSW, writing the Youth Policy for council, speaking at an international conference for Local Government, providing a submission to the Legislation Assembly on the NBN, implementing change management processes, managing large scale community consultation processes and leading a large and diverse team.
Prior to that, I co-founded a company supplying photographic and design services for local, national and international clients. Our client list included, Queensland Office of Premier and Cabinet, Australia Post, Proctor, Ergon Energy, Stockland, Pfizer and Commander. We grew our business to provide employment for other local people and provided traineeships to school leavers. We supported numerous charities during our operation and provided the photography for the annual Channel 10 Children's Christmas Party.
Early in my career I spent over a decade working with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in metropolitan Brisbane and Central Queensland. I served as a general duties officer, police prosecutor and, for the last few years of my service, as a regional education and training officer. During my time with the QPS, I also performed additional functions including as a Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer and Protective Behaviours trainer. Being a first responder is an incredibly grounding experience. Police see the best and worst of humanity and I am very proud to say I served my community.
During my periods of self employment, I have also completed contract and consultancy work providing advice in relation to complaints processes, business development, process improvement and strategic planning in the private, community development and tertiary education sectors.
I have also served as a board director for regional development and water organisations in Central Queensland.
I am running for mayor because -
I have watched our council's operation and conduct over the last few years and become increasingly dissatisfied. We are paying the highest rates in SE Queensland and I want to see leadership with integrity, proactive and careful management, strong and professional advocacy and project delivery to meet our community's needs. After careful consideration, with my family's support, I decided to step up to work to create the changes I have heard others say they would also like to see.
In January 2023 I announced my intention to run as a mayoral candidate so I could take time to really get to know our community. I didn't want to appear a few months before the election and speak, before getting to know the real needs of our community.
After about 6 months of listening to residents and getting to know the current political landscape, it became apparent that the best way to cultivate the change our community wants to see is to collaborate with other skilled and professional candidates and councillors. I decided to focus on bringing together individuals who have the community's best interests at heart. I am not interested in party politics, only the best representatives for each division based on a pairing of divisional demographics, skills and prior experiences/ expertise.
I champion high ethical standards, integrity, transparency, genuine community engagement and inclusivity and I have backed this up by speaking out previously and helping others to do the same. My commitment to make a change is based on wanting the best possible representation for our Redlands community.
Our LEADING CHANGE group of candidates will -
- Focus on ensuring we get the best value for our rates
- Proactively plan for our future while protecting our assets
- Work to provide our sporting and community clubs with the facilities they need
- Deliver the services and infrastructure we need
- Work with all levels of government to ensure we get the best outcomes for Redlands
I invite you to read more about our candidates, join us by donating or volunteering and help make the changes we want to see - Getting the best value and the best outcomes for our Redlands.
Authorised by Malcolm Robinson, Level 10, 420 George Street, Brisbane.