2022 candidate for City of Salisbury.
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?
The communities must be consulted for local heritage and planning decisions. Afterall it is about their community, so their best interests must be considered. Councils should consider the community needs via consultation and avoid making decisions against the community their represent.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Councils should play a consultative role, considering the needs and wishes of the community.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
I am open to representations by the community. I would then consult with my other ward councillor to ratify and come up with a single proposal which we would then take to a council meeting. We would seek to protect local heritage within the community where it is in keeping with the environment, landscape and economics.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
It makes sense to add new listings where the heritage is in keeping with the local environment. Adding new listings makes sense where there is a connection to the past, where the building or place is viable to save and the local community supports saving the listing. On occasion it may be more than just adding a listing for sake of saving; there may be cultural or economic benefits.
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?
The code would appear to protect heritage on private property, but but so much on public or crown land. I would seek to make the code apply evenly across all land holding types. Protecting heritage from government actions. But allowing relocation of heritage to allow for building of public or private buildings and roads.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
Infill, for example higher density housing, allow for greater use of land. But also can place strain on local facilities, shopping, schools, etc. It means our community is more compact. I am not opposed to infill, so long as there is a minimum property land size and there are local parks/open spaces to satisfy the needs of the community members.
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 believe people should be encouraged to renovate though a much lower council fee, or no fee at all.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
The community should be informed of new developments by direct letters to the residents nearby. A consultation meeting should be held to gather feedback and act as a means to ensure the development meets the needs of the community.
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
Tree canopy is essential for the wellbeing of the environment and the community look and feel. Salisbury inplace could do with more trees. The local community should be consulted and engaged to improve the canopy.
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
At times it may be necessary to remove a tree due to damage, community needs and infrastructure improvements. I support removal of trees where it is absolutely necessary. But then, I also expect advanced growth trees to planted to replace those lost trees.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
The local council should be the ultimate decider in what trees can and should be saved. This should be in consultation with the local community and other interested agencies.
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Local councils should make local decisions to make their facilities comply and or progres with climate change trends. For example - adopting Solar power, Rain water collection and reuse.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
Parking is mixing the need for parking and the need for roadways. Housing infill will put some strain on available roadway parking. As will providing more tree canopy grould places. A medium needs to be met via community consultation.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
State provided transport well services most of our areas. Council should provide consultation in each area to collect feedback for submission to the Department of Transport where improvements are needed.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Improving Tree canopy and street scape
Improving Community facilities and green spaces
Improving consultation with community