Despite missing out on campaigning directly due to the snap state election decision, two Arts Party members in Queensland have chosen to stand as independent candidates in their local electorates.
Dianne Gittins, a member of the Arts Party Queensland interim committee is contesting the state seat of Ferny Grove in the state election in 2015. A prominent local resident and small businesswoman, this is the first time she has contested the seat. It is also the first time in 20 years, voters in the state seat of Ferny Grove will have a chance to support an independent candidate at the January 31 election.
“I grew up in the area and understand its unique needs,” said Mrs Gittins. “Our local area is growing and it’s crucial to have local voices involved in guiding this growth.”
In addition to keen interest in local health, education and infrastructure, as an owner of a music store, Mrs Gittins maintains strong support for arts programs. “Following the Newman Government’s savage cuts, the support for the arts in Queensland is at a crisis point,” said Mrs Gittins. “But one of the things I know is that when people stand together change can happen and grassroots can achieve results.”
You can learn more about Dianne Gittins by visiting her website: http://digittins.com/ or even pop in to her store: MauMusic, 10 Dallas Parade, Keperra 4054. She can be contacted by phone on 1300 656 838.
Steve Beck, another Arts Party member, is contesting the seat of Morayfield in Morton Bay. Steve has spent nearly thirty years working in professional theatre in Brisbane at all the major venues. This experience saw Steve spending a number of years as a theatre design consultant and has worked on high level venue design projects throughout Queensland.
Steve is also a parent who has experienced the stresses, expenses and frustration of raising a family and educating children through our state school system and is deeply concerned at the shift in curriculum and focus that is taking place. He is frustrated at the reduced funding, support and recognition of key areas of development and creativity.
Each candidate is standing for the same principles on which the Arts Party was founded, supporting creativity, community, education and of course, the arts, and we applaud and support them in being the change they want to see in their local communities.
Both candidates are also accepting donations for their campaigns:
Dianne Gittins - http://digittins.com/contribute
Steve Beck - https://chuffed.org/project/steveformorayfield