2014 candidate for City of Holdfast Bay.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
I strongly believe that Council has a very important role in conserving heritage. Whilst development is important we must find a way to respect and maintain the history and heritage of the area. We must recognise that we are only temporary custodians of our areas heritage and we need to step and defend this responsibility more vigorously. Through the Development Assessment Panels Councils have an important role in having oversight of planning approvals that are sensitive and consistent with the heritage of the area.
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
I strongly believe that developers have become very adept at circumventing the planning approval process and I advocate for a tightening of the rules and regulations. In particular I would not allow any retrospective planning approvals.
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
Quite simply maintaining the history and heritage of the City of Holdfast Bay in particular keeping Council ownership of the old Brighton Town Hall.
What policies and programs will you advocate to protect and conserve heritage in your local area?
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?