2022 candidate for Coorong District 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?
Definitely yes! Why should a group of independent people have so much say when it comes to planning decisions? They are often not broad community people and don’t necessarily understand small towns.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Councils should do everything in their power to protect heritage places. Once a heritage listed place has been destroyed, it will never, ever be able to be replaced.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Try to ensure that places that should be heritage listed have support to do so. And keep a close watch on state and federal governments who seem bent on destruction.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
There is little or no support to keep a heritage building or other place. All Governments need to start looking at these as an asset not a liability and start putting some money in to help.
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?
Fortunately not too badly, but some very old area should be heritage listed before they are lost.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
Old buildings have been destroyed to put in an all night truck diesel fill station in the middle of a residential area. Community is not happy.
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?
More $ support
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
By true communication, not just a small sign on a building.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
As it is a regional area there is, but we need to be mindful of not removing trees in townships.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
A significant tree register that is enforced.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
Logic and understanding. There is no point in saving trees which are likely to be unsafe.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Better housing and building design to use less fossil fuels for cooling and heating.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
Car parks are being made too narrow for bigger cars. A regional area often has many 4 wheel drives.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Transport to big regional centres or city on a more regular basis for older residents to access medical care.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Rethink planning and development
Look for better transport options
Better support for saving heritage sites