2014 candidate for City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
I believe council's have a strong role in identifying and promoting locals areas that have a heritage significance. Councils are best placed to know what is in and around the boundaries of their jurisdiction. Early identification will enable a greater ability to understand the significance of the object, be it a building, monument or landmark, and then make a determination about the steps required to conserve and protect to ensure longevity. Many dismiss historical artefacts as having no place or significance, however many times we have heard stories based on the object, given relevance to why certain things are they way they are in that area. For many years I did not know why a major intersection in Port Adelaide was called 'The Black Diamond Corner'. When I visited the roundabout that used to be present at that intersection many years ago, my question was answered.
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
Early identification, preparation and planning. A commitment to invest in protecting our heritage be it financial or manpower.
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
I personally think 'City of Adelaide' clipper that has recently arrived back in Port Adelaide for the first time in over 120 years. There is much significance in matching this clipper with Port Adelaide and I believe the work being completed on this hull and the restoration project will revive Port Adelaide. Fort Largs is also very close to my heart. I was a member of the volunteer Fort Glanville Guard and often we would parade at Fort Largs or undertake volunteer restorative work there to help keep it 'alive'. I cannot believe our governments/councils would be willing to sell off a significant piece of South Australia & Australia's history.
What policies and programs will you advocate to protect and conserve heritage in your local area?
I believe compliance with current practices in dating the identified item and classifying it using best practice principles and ensuring information is logged/classified and duly recognised. I would like to see publicity events that profile the heritage item to ensure appropriate profiling and support. Media campaigns and petitioning local business to support aspects of heritage restoration projects.
Do you support local Councils retaining development approval powers for projects over $3m in value?
In principle, yes I do. It ensures direct investment of money into the local community by those who have an understanding of the community requirements. What I don't support is approval powers if there is no commitment to consultation before a project is approved.
Do you have any other thoughts about the protection of heritage in your Council area?
Port Adelaide Enfield is one of the largest council areas in metro Adelaide. There is a lot of historical significance in many of the areas of this council traced back to the origins of the development of Adelaide and SA. We must protect and preserve that heritage for future generations to keep our history alive.