2022 candidate for City of Tea Tree Gully.
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?
Council in the past did mainly have a greater voice in planning and development in TTG, with what I understand. Take for example 30 years ago the petition signed by every one in the street including myself to preserve the reserve vacant block in Modbury to be kept as a reserve retreat playground. The then TTG council at the time sold it denying local residents the use of an open space. I'm glad you asked it's poor decisions like these that has led to my being a Mayoral candidate in TTG for the second time previously in 2010 and again in 2022.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Again being a volunteer for the National trust for a number of years in the past, I understand and have studied Australia history in particular to construction methods and materials used. The role/s I see for council needs to be balanced as to what the community sees as local heritage now and into the future. For example is every 1970's house to be protected? no I don't thinks so, some unusual ones built with flare may be. I'm not sure what you mean by an inappropriate development, maybe you are referring to the 5 story apartment blocks I was not in favour of in 2010 and still not in 2022.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Community engagement, going through each suburb asking for submissions and visiting of the sites, then placing submissions through to the State Govt.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
I think it is information and processes need to be communicated, community awareness and engagement.I would certainty add my parents old house onto the local heritage listing, include as part of walking trails information.
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?
Let's be realistic we have inherited the effects of a long line of decisions made by various government bodies over the last few decades. The current Planning and Design Code are no longer part of Council's responsibility say. Advocating for changes the community feel strongly for needs to be balanced with what to do with old housing stock over 60 years old and is not cost effective to repair.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
Again Council have limited or no authority here with regards to infill today, so changes to rules need to be community driven through lobbying and petitioning their State politicians. I've seen infill in my area. In Paris every building is 5 stories high capped, after say an 80 km radius only single story buildings. Since most planners know the lifespan of a building is 60 years maximum before it needs new electrical, plumbing, roofing etc. These discussions to my knowledge with regards to the old housing stock (today in 2022) just were not had for buildings built in 60's and early 70's in TTG, so was probably had not seen as priority.
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?
Restoring an old house takes a considerable amount of effort and money. I've just restored my parent's house, I had to project manage the repairs. Most people don't have the skills and building knowledge to do what I did and have to employ a project manager which for some home owners is another expense they can't afford. It's all very well to present the 30 and 70% figures, but if you are a retired person where are you going to raise the funds to renovate a needy 60's/70's house?
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
There are web alerts already that the community can get notifications of.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
As a prior volunteer of the Conservation volunteers the importance of tree regardless is sometimes not always doable. I've had major earth works and other issues with regards to other's palm tree/s planted 40 cm from my boundary effecting my retaining wall paving and foundations and threatening sewer. On the other hand a great big lemon scented gum tree was cut down for I suppose a development, disappointing the new owners did that.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
I would give rate reductions for trees that are incorporated into design of new structures as an incentive.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
You could incentivise the process as I mentioned, rate reduction if they keep the tree/s
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
As part of my 2010 Mayoral campaign I held an open forum where residents were invited to an evening where I outlined how I would slow and mitigate the impacts of climate change in TTG,I again have open forums and community engagement to share knowledge and take actions to assist the community and the Council of TTG form position which can be acted upon with in the resources of the council. Lead by example Install solar panels on TTG Council properties and battery system, see point 18.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
This is more important than what we experience on a daily basis as extra time to travel and having to walk larger distance just to get to your front door, rubbish bins not been picked up because cars blocking access.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Thank you for asking. Well after community consultation, I have a developed plan. Here it is. The 2.7% rates increase for 2022/23 in TTG to be spent on the following. 1. Community engagement and open forum to get an understanding of community transport needs. 2. Possible needs already noted a. in some streets and areas of TTG, there is little or no access to public transport. b. Individuals both young and old have to walk long distance to get to a bus stop c. Need to get groceries, medicine, doctors appointments, social catch up, sports event, or get to Bus interchange. I would develop a pilot electric bus system using the latest Mercedes electric vans say. These could carry say 8-10 people. Each van would cost about $100,000 and initial pilot would have 10 vans. TTG volunteers as and sporting and other clubs and residents as stake holders to develop routes. Set up a bank of solar panels that would feed batteries enabling vans to recharged over night. Then review after 12 months with the aim for the next year to enlarge bus number to 20 buss eventually 100 electric buses, servicing all of TTG. This would also encourage less use of cars and less pollution in Modbury and other heavily visited areas of TTG. I would also install Australian made car battery charging stations which cost $50,000 each.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Transport: Encourage electric cars and run electric busses TTG
Environment: Balance between old and new buildings and enviroment.
Education: Develop a new University in TTG