2014 candidate for Alexandrina Council.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
Council has an obligation to protect the unique characteristics and heritage of each community that is contained within its local government area. It has a need to preserve the indigenous , natural and historic characteristics of each township and preserve THAT which it is that makes each township and environment unique and protect those attributes, not only for historical reference, but to preserve it , as in the case of Strathalbyn, for marketable "identity" and promotion for regional tourism. Having said that, the enforcement of heritage constraints must be practical and sensible. Heritage policies should not be extreme or unnecessarily impede sympathetic development or enhancement of existing assets.
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
In the case of Strathalbyn, building facades and streetscapes should be maintained in line with the heritage and historic nature of our town. Future developments must be sympathetic and complimentary to existing buildings and environment. Each proposed development must be worked with, and considered holistically, for the positive aspects that it offers our community, NOT stifled by, bureaucratic red tape. Whilst preserving the past we can not do this at the expense of our future. There has to be a sensible and realistic approach.
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
The ambiance of the Strathalbyn Central business precinct and surrounding green areas including the Soldiers War memorial Park.
What policies and programs will you advocate to protect and conserve heritage in your local area?
I will address them on merit and suitability as they are presented.
Do you support local Councils retaining development approval powers for projects over $3m in value?
Do you have any other thoughts about the protection of heritage in your Council area?