2022 candidate for City of Burnside.
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?
this is a no-brainer, YES of course councils need to have a greater voice in planning decisions that affect their area. To quote Churchill, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.” How we develop as a people is largely affected by by our environment. Our culture and heritage therefore must be preserved, which can be seen in our heritage buildings. Who we are as a people, how previous generations lived and developed ourselves, all relates to how we understand ourselves as a people. It is very difficult to plan for the future unless we understand the past.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Council must be able to have the capability to prevent destruction of our heritage sites, that is just a façade acceptable or must the whole building be preserved ect. A green ban was imposed in Sydney that prevented the demolition of the oldest area/suburb of Sydney. This cultural, historical area, the gateway in to our past, is now a major tourist attraction. Council need to be working with all stake holders, Council needs to have knees under the desk when working with, developers, Union officials and residents.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
By working with the State Government, liaising with residents, developing a council agenda that preserves our historical and cultural places. This is a very important role that Councils need to get busy with.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
We are in an era of fast population growth and fast developments. A little bit such as was seen in the 1970s. Hopefully we can set up policy where we don't make the same mistakes again. Therefore, adding sites to our heritage listings, will preserve an understanding to people from the previous era that shaped the next generation.
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?
Obviously the construction of more high density living. Problem, amongst many others is issues such as local schools over flowing with students. A lack of heat absorbing green areas. Historical and cultural buildings impacted or destroyed. Stresses, with greater population with no backyards or places to play. Alternatively having a planning code that is enhances a bigger green belt, preserves heritage buildings, allows for more space and use of facilities for schools, equates to a populace unable to enjoy and benefit from historical , cultural, recreational , healthy environment.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
With infill of developments, this means a bigger population, rules need to change that engage needs of the area such as access to schools. Heat absorbing green area to offset extra heat coming from buildings.
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?
By keeping in line with the heritage of the buildings, this will encourage renovation rather than destruction.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Social media is the obvious way to get information out with the points raised about the proposed development that relate to the heritage preservation and the green area to absorb heat.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
No, roof top gardens, are also hardly heard of.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
There is already strict criteria in removing trees. Council must ensure that policy stays as well as a strict policy on land clearing.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
Council need to have a say and make the decision in removing significant trees, vegetation in area.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
WOW, lets start with vegetation absorbing heat and not added concrete heating the place up, Also lets have some electric vehicle recharging stations, lets build a culture of understanding, of forming positive habits of mitigating the effects of climate change.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
Greenhill road turning into the hills, needs to be addressed where it turns off from Hallet road, is simple dangerous.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
I am in favor of push bike lanes being implemented. Not only can residents become healthier, car traffic is reduced, as is heat and pollution.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
involve all stakeholders, schools, residents, developers ect.
heritage buildings/green belts preserved/enhanced
push bike lanes