2018 candidate for Town of Gawler.
Heritage survey responses.
Do you agree that the identification and protection of local heritage places is best done by local councils rather than DPTI (Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure)?
Yes. Local knowledge and input is an essential criteria.
In your opinion, has the current system of local heritage protection served your community well?
I think it has? The system is what it is and it’s hard to know if an alternative would be better or worse. Local input to heritage listing and categorization is essential.
Should councils reject proposals to list local places of historic merit simply because an owner objects?
No. Owner input must be respected and objective and unbiased assessment undertaken that is consultative and transparent.
Should neighbours of local heritage listed buildings have a right of appeal on development applications that propose demolition?
Yes. Neighbors should always be consulted regarding neighboring developments and given the opportunity to provide feedback or present a case for or against for consideration.
Should buildings listed as Contributory Items in your council area receive better protection?
Do you agree that places proposed for listing by your council as Local Heritage or Contributory Items should be subject to review by DPTI? Or would reviews be more appropriately conducted by an independent source of expert advice?
I’m not opposed to review and would expect any review to be objective, open and transparent.
Would you like to see your council work more closely with the National Trust of SA in protecting heritage, for example, by signing up as one of the Trust's Civic Partners?
I don’t have a problem with that.
What are your personal suggestions for improving the way your council handles policy and planning?
The process must always be fair, open, objective and transparent and avoid unnecessary delays.
Should councils actively encourage individuals to nominate places for consideration as local heritage?
This should be welcomed.