Margaret May Sewell-Reynolds
2014 candidate for Campbelltown City Council.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
It falls on each council to protect and preserve existing heritage sites at all levels. This I believe should be mandatory, and that such regulations and recommendations be introduced if not already in place, and be enacted upon at all times.
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
Carrying out an inventory throughout the council's boundaries and updating this inventory at regular intervals. Referencing any recomendations and advice to the National Trust by councils would ensure that appropriate action be taken and would also ensure that a strong link be formed between Council and National Trust. Recognition by the Trust could be viewed as an incentive and that using the media in a positive manner for successful outcomes would also provide incentive.
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
Wadmore Park is one of the few remaining areas in suburban Adelaide which conserves an example of native vegetation prior to European settlement, and consequently is of great importance within our city of Campbelltown and efforts to ensure that it is managed by experts within the field is of paramount importance, The ancient trees within Lochiel Parklands have been successfully protected and constant monitoring of their health and structure must be ongoing. There have been sites of Indigenous Heritage within our city which have been recognised and again, must be upheld and protected. Buildings of heritage status, e.g. Lochend House adjacent to Lochiel Park, require an ongoing register with strict guidelines for renovation and maintenance etc.
What policies and programs will you advocate to protect and conserve heritage in your local area?
That establishing and/or keeping current registers and updating relevant information for each site should become not only a policy, but a regulation... Introduce programs to inform and involve the community in the intrinsic values of being entrusted with sites of significant heritage within the city of Campbelltown..
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?
With the incoming elected members after the election, I think it is appropriate that the National Trust address each council in the most effective way to ensure that members understand and appreciate the responsibility that each one has to recognise the reason a site or building is of heritage importance! Without this depth of acknowledgement, many sites have been lost or compromised in the past by councillors who through their ignorance, have allowed motions to pass that have sounded the death knoll for irreplaceable treasures.