2022 candidate for City of Marion.
Heritage survey responses.
Do you think that Councils and community members need to have a greater voice in planning and development decisions affecting their local area?
Absolutely! When I was first elected in 1993, Elected Members had a voice. Now we have been sidelined and viewed as a pesky distraction. Developers and the mighty dollar now rules
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
It is imperative that Councils have veto rights to protect our heritage.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
If the SA Government continues to ignore heritage listings like the SA Police Barracks, I do wonder?
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
Lack of appropriate Heritage assessment is a big part of the reason. Protecting and adding to our local heritage is so important. I have seen it done twice over the past 30 yrs in Marion
How has the Planning and Design Code impacted on the heritage, amenity, and environment of your area? What changes would you seek to the Code?
The Planning and Design Code is an absolute disgrace and should be rewritten.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
There is a significant impact. Where 1 house is demolished and three or more go up> more cars parked on the street, more driveways and less street trees. I would seek to retain the amenity of our suburbs and not allow overdevelopment. I would request an infrastructure impact report prior to any approvals given
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Meaningful and timely consultation. Use multiple forms of communication with residents including social media I have seen a dramatic
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
No there is not. I have seen a dramatic decline in trees across the area. I have however seen data that would suggest heat sinks are emerging in Marion
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
A tree asset register with associated tree value recorded for both tree on private property and those on private land.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
Council arborists should be engaged to advise about the protection of said trees. Homes /structures should not be built directly under these trees
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Electric vehicle uptake. Why do we have NO electric vehicles in the council fleet? Participate in carbon sequestration projects > Field River and Glenthorne National Park. To declare a climate change emergency in Marion, like many other councils have
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
A lot, because of urban infill and overdevelopment
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Bicycle commuter routes Improved public transport
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Ditch the Development Code, start again
Put a monetary value on all trees
Change the focus from developed and their money to our people and cultural heritage