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?
Absolutely paramount, this is the main reason I looked into running for Council this election. As a resident and business owner I felt I had no voice over what was happening to my local area. And who knows better than the people who live, work and raise their families in the City of Adelaide
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Protecting local heritage is a privilege often placed into the hands of government, but who knows the area better than the historians, local residents and local council. Protecting local heritage along with considered development is one of my main agendas. I want to pass on this beautiful city to future generations.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Having been a resident of North Adelaide and the CBD, I believe there are places that will need a future protection plan that have been overlooked. Amazing examples of 1960s and 1970's architecture that will become more important to the history of our City as time goes on. We need to be able to see the value in future proofing our legacy and development of our city, creating a forecast and plan of what must not be lost.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
I believe Owners often don't want to flag their buildings as Heritage as there is a misunderstanding of the ongoing support that the National Trust can offer them and grants available. With the correct knowledge and support available, this can be an encouraged and supported move for individuals rather than a hinderance
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 continued to lose open spaces, beautiful buildings and light just around my area for example, the code needs more community consultation and transparency with neighbouring developments.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
Having seen my local street fill with high rise concrete blocks, I would request more green spaces and that considered development must occur, we aren't just building much needed housing, we are creating communities. Communities need facilities, child play spaces, outdoor gathering areas, green energy options and developments that promote health of the locals that live there including light filled space. Previous developments where residents live, must not have to suffer through excessive noise, air quality pollution or night works. If you want residents to grow the city, they must be afforded the same respect accepted in the suburbs when a development occurs next door. No night works for example, putting in electric, gas and roads for new buildings when no one lives there yet. Absolutely no excessive weekend construction work outside of business hours.
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?
it should be encouraged in much the same way as the council encourages us to recycle and reuse, just on a major scale. I need to learn more where this would fit into policy but am willing to learn. In an educated era of reduce and recycle , these figures should be easily accessed and displayed through media to let future renovators see the bigger picture
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Community consultation is so important to development, community groups and surveys should be used and more transparency about neighboring builds. The State Government needs to work with council on this.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
there is always room for more trees , however I have noticed how well they have done well last term creating more green spaces around the streets. More established trees being planting would be great for our immediate street scape and shade rather than younger trees.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
Continued consultation with Arborists and local heritage groups must be forefront when protecting significant trees
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
This is a huge issue, but a quick summary would include, minimising traffic in the city, maintaining and expanding routes of environmentally friendlier modes of transport (such as the Green buses) and cycling pathways, supporting charging stations, continue the greening of the city with trees and plants. Continued media support and encouragement of recyling around the Area, more green waste options for apartment buildings.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
There are not enough short term parks for local businesses, we need to get people spending in our city again. We have lost so many long term family businesses over Covid time, they need all the support we can give, including more loading zones to turn over quick slaes.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Expand the routes of the free buses around the City and North Adelaide. The community fought so long ago for these buses, the trams are great but the East/South of the city need more support, especially as the cost of living continues to rise.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Limiting development night and weekend works adjacent to city homes and hospitals for the health of all.
Increase free public transport routes
Create a future heritage plan for more recent significant architecture, while continuing to support the existing heritage listings with grants.