2022 candidate for Wattle Range Council.
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?
A greater voice is necessary for councils and the community to work together, in future planning. I am a member of National Trust SA and active in the history of our area, colonial and Indigenous.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
With community, councils should have all heritage places tagged for future planning and protection.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
In the Kintore Ward we should be updating our register of historic places so they can be protected for the future. This should be done with community support.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
The community should be in charge of what is of note and what the needs of those sites are.
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?
To make it as simple as possible for community understanding.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
An example is the Coonawarra-Penola railway line has been changed to a running/cycling track. This is a fabulous use of community space for a modern use.
Construction of new housing typically uses 30% labour and 70% materials. Renovation of existing housing stock typically uses 70% labour and 30% materials. What policy changes would you like to see made to encourage people to renovate, rather than demolish and build anew?
We should have subsidy planning for renovations as at the moment it is cheaper to pull down.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Consultation is vital in all decisions re new developments so the culture is maintained.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
We could always have more trees. Our Morton bay pines are proving difficult in Beachport as the root system is lifting pavements. The roots need to be trimmed. We need a lot more planting with coastal erosion.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
There should be long term planning and protection around all our significant trees.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Coastal erosion in Southend and Beachport is hugely concerning for all agencies and needs long term planning.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
We struggle with parking in summer.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Roads are of concern with 2,500 km to be maintained. There are issues with heavy commercial vehicles.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Easy bureaucratic procedures