2022 candidate for Adelaide City 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?
Yes. Good planning with a consultative approach gives certainty for all who live, work or own property in an area.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Local Government should have a major role conservation and protection of any local heritage place. Any decisions should be done openly, with proper procedures by an experienced local advisory group.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
I would push to have the properties identified in previous surveys, and ignored for listing, revisited and brought to the attention of the current Planning Minister for protection.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
The benefits of heritage, both built and cultural, is of significant importance. Not only for social connection but commercial value as well. Short sighted people don’t know the importance to everyone who visits and lives in a city with a good and diverse balance of old and new.
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?
We have lost some beautiful buildings. The Code needs to zone areas of suitability and ensure the needs of future generations are met, while maintaining a balance of new and necessary works, taking each individual case into consideration.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
Height and amenity to be planned and not altered. People need to know what is going up around them and not be misled.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Information should be available by post to every property affected, email, community groups and on Local Council web pages.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
Our Council has identified ‘hot spots’ and has tree planting planned in the budget. Planting the correct trees and supporting them with storm water / self watering systems is a good measure.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
Education about the importance of mature trees. Also knowledge shared about innovative measures available that can be implemented to protect roots and allow use of area around these trees.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
All significant and regulated trees could be inspected regularly and given health checkups so information is up to date when requests are made to remove them.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Continue to use better surface treatments and work toward connecting our green spaces to our streets.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
People need to use ring routes around our CBD and Our bike ways can be extended.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Our free bus route could be extended. Better bike ways.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Protection of built heritage
A whole of City plan approach with designated zones
Slow traffic and make it more people friendly