2022 candidate for District Council of Barunga West.
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?
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Consulting locals and taking all issues into account for the best outcome.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Not sure. I need to be aware of all legal implications and obligations.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
Preserving history but taking into account cost of maintenance to ensure costs do not outweigh the benefits.
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?
None I am aware of. People have differing opinions with varying degrees of importance.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
None in my area I am aware of.
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?
Not aware of what the current policy states.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
News letters, public meetings and surveys.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
In Barunga West - yes. But always room for more.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
There are no significant trees I am aware of except perhaps the Norfolk Island Pines along the beach front.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
No change required
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Recent research by Italian scientists found there has been no change in the climate. There is no impact and to date not one climate change prediction has actually eventuated. One would think intelligent people would be awak to this fact and stop wasting money on projects which are expensive and make no difference.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
How could transport options be improved in your area?
A small country town? I suggest not applicable. The local hotel has a community bus which does regular runs of pick up and drop off.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Not sure. Not aware of any on-going planning