Brisbane City Council’s next election will be held on 16 March 2024. On the day, you’ll have to vote for a representative for your Ward, as well as for the next Lord Mayor.
Over the coming weeks, Brisbane Now will be profiling the local community champions who have put their hands up to represent you in City Hall next year.
We’ll tell you more about them, what they are passionate about and what they want to deliver for you and your community.
Let’s kick the series off in the northern suburbs, in particular the Marchant Ward.
Meet Darren Mitchell, Labor’s candidate for Marchant
Darren has hit the ground running in Marchant since being announced as your candidate earlier this year, and is keen to listen to what his community needs.
You might also remember Darren from his grass roots campaign to overturn Brisbane City Council’s firepit laws.
His passion for the area is evident in his close ties to various schools and community organisations including the Chermside Redbacks Basketball, Kedron Lions AFL, Kedron Heights Kindy, St Anthony’s Primary School, Padua College, Grange Thistle soccer. Darren is also currently an advocate for Bowel Cancer Australia.
After working in the insurance industry for over 20 years, Darren has seen firsthand the impacts of natural disasters, flooding and poor planning on the most vulnerable in the community.
When Darren’s wife sadly passed away in 2021, his focus shifted to how he could best serve his community which he has done since.
Darren and his two teenage sons live in Marchant and have seen the lack of progress and change in the suburbs for many years.
The plight of the Stafford Bowls Club which has now been entirely demolished against the wishes of the Stafford community as well as the potential cutting of the 376 bus route are incredibly important to Darren and he will work to get the best outcomes for Marchant residents despite these challenging circumstances.
After forging strong relationships locally and with his extensive knowledge of the area, Darren is ready to bring a fresh energy and positive change for the Marchant Ward in 2024.
To keep up with Darren and what he’s doing out and about in Marchant you can visit his Facebook page here.