2022 candidate for Kangaroo Island 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?
Yes. Local government provides community members with access to specific information and an opportunity to discuss decisions rather than just provide feedback.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Local councils often have access to historical information through links to their communities which might be lost without including them in the decision-making process. Councils should be an important part of the process, and considered to be simply another source of feedback.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Heritage places should be researched and recorded, so that vital links and information is not lost. Councils can play a vital role in this, provided adequate funding and resources can be made available. Again, the direct connection to community plays a vital part in this.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
It seems that heritage issues are sometimes identified only after the development process begins. Adding to local heritage listings will assist in ensuring that some pre-development discussions and plans can be initiated, rather than working with sometimes short timeframes.
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 don’t believe there has been any significant impact at this stage in my area. I would need to further research this area.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
I don’t believe there has been any significant impact at this stage in my area.
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?
I would need to consider this matter further to make comment.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Local government provides ready access to information about local issues, and should be the primary conduit for community input.
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?
Significant and regulated trees need to be identified before they can be protected. Limited funding and resources makes this difficult for small councils.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
Councils should have equal opportunity and authority to determine outcomes around protection or removal of significant and regulated trees.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Invest in, and listen to, the science.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
There are no specific issues with traffic or parking. Maintenance of roads is problematic.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
There are no public transport options in this area. The only real option for improvement is local road construction and maintenance, but funding from such a small rate base doesn’t support community needs.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
More local government involvement in major projects
Planning for climate change
Improve planning resources for local government