2022 candidate for City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
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. The State Government's Planning System Implementation Review provides an opportunity to pursue this.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
In my view, councils can play an important role by providing local knowledge and expertise around the significant of local heritage places, along with advocacy for their protection.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
I am interested to understand how existing protections for heritage places operate and whether or not they are effective. Given the State Government's Planning System Implementation Review, any changes should be pursued as part of this.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
As the National Trust of South Australia and Conservation Council of South Australia would know, the primary benefit of listing a local heritage item is their protection under the law. More broadly, through listing a local heritage item, this enables it to be recorded and mapped, meaning these items become more accessible to the community.
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?
In my view, there are a range of changes which could be made to the Planning and Design Code; specifically in relation to heritage conservation and protection along with climate change. These include: - list the demolition of Local and State Heritage places as non-complying - require genuine public consultation in relation to proposed demolition of heritage places - recognise Contributory Items - strengthen the energy efficient, heat mitigation and greening provisions
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
In my view, the rules around infill development could be improved through an increase in the minimum size of allotments, along with the requirements around set-backs. In addition, there should be an increase in the amount of green/open space provided as part of developments. The other area which could be strengthened relates to the minimum requirements for off-street parking and access.
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?
In my view, this is a complex policy area which needs a considered and comprehensive approach. One possible change could be increasing the minimum size of allotments which would reduce the number of new dwellings which can be built.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
In my view, the community has an important role to play in decisions about new development. I am concerned that the introduction of the Planning and Design Code has significantly reduced the level of involvement by the community; particularly on matters which concern them.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
No. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has committed to an ambitious target to increase our tree canopy through the planting of 3,000 new street trees each year, for 10 years.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
In my view, there is merit in exploring protections from removing significant and regulated trees; similar to heritage places. In my first term, I successfully moved that the City of Port Adelaide Enfield consider establishing a Regulated and Significant Tree Assistance Scheme with the purpose of providing grants for maintenance work to ensure the long-term health of regulated and significant trees.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
In my view, councils should be involved in decisions about the proposed removal of significant and regulated trees.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
I was proud to support a motion from Hannah Evans (Deputy Mayor of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield) which resolved that Council declare a climate emergency. As part of this, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield has committed to AdaptWest, which is a regional partnership aimed at responding to climate change. In addition, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield has invested in our Living Environment Strategy which seeks to accelerate our efforts to combat climate change at a local level.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
In my area, there are parking issues, particularly in narrow streets where dwellings were built prior to motor vehicles being invented (meaning off-street parking wasn't provided). Where new development has occurred, which doesn't provide adequate off-street parking, this also presents issues. In addition, parking around Semaphore Road is a challenge for both visitors and traders (with no simple solution); particularly when large events are held. More broadly, access to public transport is a hot topic of conversation and people have asked for increased Adelaide Metro bus services in and around the LeFevre Peninsula; particularly connecting with the Outer Harbor train line.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
In my view, transport options in our area could be improved by: - Increasing bus services in and around the LeFevre Peninsula - Electrifying the Outer Harbor train line - Investing in EV charging stations and incentivising the purchasing of electric vehicles - Improving cycling and active transport infrastructure and access
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Protection and conservation of heritage
Increases in green/open space and tree canopy
Improved engagement with community