2022 candidate for City of Mitcham.
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?
I think councils should ensure representation in State Government planning and approvals processes. I would fully support a heritage advisory committee.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
I would like to see heritage assessment on new development proposals. Support of a heritage advisory committee. Review of the local heritage plan. Ensuring representation of Mitcham council in State Government planning and approvals processses. Our heritage is important and needs to form part of councils decision making processes.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Review incentives for approved heritage conservation projects. I would like the heritage advisory committee ( when we have one) to do annual reviews on heritage places.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
I think the biggest objectors to heritage listings are developers. They see the effort involved as time wasting and expensive and don’t value the sign I am e of retaining buildings for future generations.
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?
Poorly designed new buildings reflect none of the character of the area. For instance, changing the code for Netherby, has given developers the option to divide the large blocks in halves and has led to the loss of character in the area. This results in small areas around the buildings with limited areas for trees as they are often built to the boundaries.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
Many large old buildings have been replaced by buildings that are out of character with the areas. For example, there are units backing onto Howard Floreys ‘Nunkerri’. The building approvals process needs to take into consideration character suitability, land space for trees and greenery around the building. It is important to maintain the existing tree canopy in the council area, s Which sadly is in decline.
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?
Let’s raise government assisted home builder grants on renovations rather than rebuilds.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
Sadly, the tree canopy across the Mitcham council has been in decline for a few years.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
Grants to be given to private residents towards the costs of supporting the survival of significant trees.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
The council needs to be involved in the removal, killing or destruction, limb lopping, topping and ring barking of significant trees other than routine pruning.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Encourage tree planting. Re introduce Arbor Day celebrations ! Offer native trees to residents for a minimal fee through the State Flora Nursery.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
I live on Belair Road and there is a very vocal group on the need for speed cameras. The road is narrow and used by cyclists and motorists and hoon drivers.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
More community buses and the need for footpaths to be able to access the buses.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Set up of a heritage advisory committee
Incentives & support for maintaining existing tree canopy on private land
Increasing grants for home renovations to discourage demolitions.