Tuesday 3 July 2007

Robert Pyne announces standing for Division 3


Cairns City Life July 2007.pdf



BETTER planning for bicycle ways and footpaths is a major issue for disability advocate Robert Pyne who has joined mayoral aspirant Val Schier’s team.

“At the moment we have children walking and cycling along the cane train line to go to school in Anderson Road,” Mr Pyne said.

“Others have to cross a six-lane highway and three pedestrian crossings to get to school. It’s a major safety issue – an accident waiting to happen.”

He said a comprehensive review needs to be undertaken to ensure a fully integrated system of bikeways and footpaths.

“Not only will it be safer, but more cyclists will take the pressure off the road system especially at peak times before and after school when parents are driving to drop off and pick up children,” Mr Pyne said.

Ms Schier, in announcing that Mr Pyne has joined her growing group of candidates to contest the 15 March 2008 Cairns City Council elections, said Mr Pyne would contest Division 3 which covered the Forest Gardens, White Rock, Mt Sheridan and Woree areas.

“Rob will really strengthen our diverse group of council candidates,” Ms Schier said.

“We will be fielding candidates who genuinely represent the broad cross-section of people who make up the Cairns community.”

Mr Pyne is already well known for his advocacy for people with disabilities. He works at James Cook University attracting and encouraging people with disabilities to succeed at university.

Robert is a fourth-generation Cairns resident. He was born in Gordonvale and lives at Forest Gardens with wife Jenny and daughter Katie.

Nearly four decades of living on the south side of Cairns has given him a good knowledge of the concerns of people in that area.
Ms Schier will continue to recruit high calibre candidates over the next few months in the run-up to the council election on March 15, 2008.

Both Val Schier and Robert Pyne will be available at the entrance to Forest Gardens on Friday, 25 May, 2007 at 10:00am for a photo opportunity. (This is where the footpath leaving Forest Gardens stops abruptly and children have to walk along the cane lines).

Ends… 24 May 2007

For more information please call Val Schier on 0407 100 886 or 4055 0353

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