2022 candidate for City of Whyalla.
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. Council's have historical/archived material, documents and a knowledge base of importance when it comes to buildings, sites and landmarks of significance to the history and heritage of their local region and town. Community members should have a significant influence on local council and fully engaged in any aspect of the planning and development process/decision making. Community members not only have generational knowledge acquired over the years, but are also aware of sites or areas of local significance. This can be through indigenous knowledge, through to settlement in the local region. Any "missing gaps" of importance and significance can very likely be promulgated through this inclusive and thorough process. A greater voice and engagement (across all demographics and cultural members of the community), can only enhance a feeling of local pride, an inclusive community and a council responsive to the needs and considerations of its constituents and local culture.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
By due diligence and a thorough planning and development application process. Registries of areas, sites and buildings of cultural and heritage significance should be held on a council register. I believe that it is preferable that a committee comprised of councillors, council development representatives (staff), local heritage/cultural groups and local residents be formed to assist and make recommendations - particularly following calls for community input/discussion. A local committee could also draw upon both state and federal resources in its recommendation process.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Through a local heritage committee, ensure all sites, buildings, parks and areas of significance, (or held as significant), are registered as historically and/or culturally significant/important. As part of the committee process, ensure that regular inspections and work is carried out to protect such sites and maintain them. I would envisage that such a committee would also seek resources and support from both state and federal departments aiming at protecting such places of importance and significance. It may also be possible to rally an interest group of local community members and groups to assist with the protection measures and care of such places.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is? There maybe a variety of reasons. This would be be a question worth raising locally. Is it a reluctance of some councils/councillors due to budgetary restraints? Is it due to certain councils or perhaps councillors rating heritage listings as a lower priority/ Could it be that some councils/councillors see commercial benefits to the community out weighing a site being listed as significant for reasons of heritage or culture? I believe these questions need addressing in order to attempt grasping the reasons. There are many benefits of adding to local heritage listings. Wherever a community has been established, I believe it is always prudent to be reminded of how this community came to be, and was developed. I also feel that holding onto something our ancestors (and those who came before us) established should be looked upon as an asset (not necessarily as a liability). Many sites of both historical and cultural significance are often viewed as "tourism draw cards" and if maintained properly, administered appropriately and promoted regularly can only benefit a community in the area of tourism and a sense of local pride.
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?
I would like to see what impact the Planning and Design Code is having on our community and environment. When looking at the local impact/s and in conjunction with the other members of council (if elected), seek to highite any negative local or regional effects such code may have.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
The benefits as I see them from the S.A. Governments point of view are; " A consistent approach across all council areas over a range of development requirements. The policy intends to deliver multiple benefits, including: increasing tree planting, urban green cover and space for gardens ensuring adequate on-site parking and reducing the loss of on-street parking increasing street amenity by incorporating design features to enhance building façades more effective management of stormwater associated with residential infill developments." "Raising the Bar on Residential Infill Development" Plan S.A., Published Wednesday, 30 September 2020 What may concern me is the terminology used such as "consistent". I believe that communities/settlements are unique and have a character of their own. I would not view favourably to legislation which ignores the particular characteristics or opinions of local residents. I would hope that consistent does not translate to an 'over riding approach' with regards to local views and concerns!
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?
Tax incentives and possible council rate rebates. This obviously is controversial, and needs much research and debate at council.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Newspaper/media. Social media. In the immediate area of the development - by mail. Council Newsletter - if of local significance.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
Not all trees can be protected. Some may pose a significant risk to life and property, particularly where power lines and storm activity may increase risks. There is a need to plant and encourage the plantation of native tree species. Significant/established trees should be registered with Parks and Gardens. If the tree is diseased or poses a risk to life and property, understandably there maybe a need to remove them. In development circumstances, I feel we need to compromise on felling, or make arrangements to maintain a number of trees following or with the developments. This needs much discussion.
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?
Reliable affordable and accessible public transport. The planning and implementation of bike and pedestrian pathways. Tree planting programme and education sessions/information. Encourage solar panel initiatives. There would be many more.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
Parking on council verges, illegal parking, some minor congestion in narrow streets.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Extension of bus routes. Longer bus route times to certain areas. Express routes.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Streamlining - reducing the administrative process
Public consultation, business consultation and industrial consultation