2014 candidate for City of Unley.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
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?
I will take the opportunity to aggregate my responses. My position on heritage is straightforward, and I will address it with a local Unley perspective, with reference to the recent Unley DPA3, and to Reforms 10 and 15 from the draft recommendations of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform, which refer to heritage and Development Assessment Panels respectively. I want to make sure that we get the balance right when it comes to character, and that our community is involved in decisions which affect how the character of our area evolves. In regards to DPA3, I acknowledge the planning imperatives which drive the infill agenda, but I would say this: good design is at the heart of all good planning, and community should be at the heart of design. The state government has an important role in planning for this state, but we must make sure that we continue to prosecute the case for local input into the planning agenda. I would make the same point in regards to the draft recommendations of the Expert Panel which I mentioned. Importantly, I would note that they are draft recommendations. What that means is that there is scope and a need for local government representatives to continue to negotiate with the legislative drafting process. I would urge council to seek representation on matters relating to heritage and Development Assessment Panels.