About Paul Bishop

A passion for

engaged democracy

My Values:

Since 2012 my values have remained:

  • Support Local Economy
  • Reduce Waste (& wasteful ways)
  • Represent YOU and your Needs
  • Bring Back Common Sense
  • Encourage Sustainable Development

I support Local Community Action

This citizen-led democratic process inspires unity, respect and diversity in the common interest. It builds connection and inspires engagement.

Some of the results include:

  • Rickertt/Green Camp Road Upgrade
  • Removal of Tingalpa Creek Wrecks
  • Saving Historic Willard’s Farm from Demolition
  • Reducing Proposed Developments to Legal Standards
  • Lobbying for Infrastructure Upgrades
  • More connected community relationships

Engaged citizens make a difference.

When you use your voice to speak with others to create common sense outcomes, positive change can happen.


working for a better future

I remain immensely grateful for the opportunity to work with local residents and keen to see a revision of the values expressed in the Redlands 2030 Community Plan. As an active contributor to the creation of the plan, I remain committed to the values expressed in this document.

By making the most of the present, while honouring our past, I believe we can design a more vibrant future for the people of this place.

I am passionate about heritage and cultural values and have a deep respect for the indigenous peoples of Quandamooka country and all who call this place home. We should all seek to find the balance between the natural environment and sustainable development to build a better future for our diverse community.

A passion for


As a resident of Birkdale since 2004, my partner of over 30 years Elise Parups and I have been active community advocates and facilitators. We spend many hours volunteering for parents and citizen groups, sporting clubs, community groups and clubs.  We have raised four children who all continue to contribute in meaningful ways to their peer groups and through their community efforts.

A passion for

the arts

As a professional actor, I have spent 30 years working with Australia’s major theatre companies, in many films and television roles including as Sgt. Ben Stewart on ‘Blue Heelers’.

My more recent work includes presenting, performing, media production, design-thinking and group facilitation. This work has highlighted the importance of common-sense approaches to supporting community resilience and consensus decision making in response to changing times.

  • Regional Arts Development Fund representative for Redland City for more than eight years, and local Chair for four years.
  • Patron of the MATES Theatre Genesis group, based at the Birkdale School of Arts, and is a strong advocate for heritage and culture.

A passion for

Local Government

Local is the ONLY level of government that I am invested in. It’s where people meet and work shoulder to shoulder to get things done. We know each other’s names, we see each other at the shops, at the parks, in our schools and in our front yards. Local government serves PEOPLE and the needs of small, local communities. At the local level, people rely on one another to nurture safe and connected communities.

I love LOCAL.

As a passionate community advocate, I work closely with local community groups. I have assisted many committees including Moorooundu Sports and Leisure precinct, the many local school P&Cs, community groups, men’s shed, bushcare groups. I am proudly the patron to Mates Theatre Genesis and the Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club at Tingalpa Creek.

I have served for four years on the SEQ Council of Mayor’s Economic Development Working Group, striving to advocate for a community-centred vision supporting local economic initiatives.

I have participated on the Regional Arts Development Fund committee in Redland City for over 8 years, and have held the position of Chair since 2014.

After years of research and study, I have developed a way of working with people wanting to make change through a process called Local Community Action. Join us!

What is Local Community Action?

It is working together with a shared vision and shared voice to bring positive change.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Meed)

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