2014 candidate for City of Whyalla.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
Identification of local heritage places and things. Register and protect significant places and things Invest in the Collection, Collation and Display of artefacts and records. Application for Federal and State Grants and Funding for Heritage Conservation. Encourage and coordinate volunteers as well as community education programs.
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
I support: An annual budget allocation. Access to Community Grants. Coordinate working bee's and events to protect and conserve local heritage.
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
The recognition of heritage protection as a vital issue for Councils to address. Understanding and Identification of what needs to be protected ... the Whyalla Council Development Plan recognises only 6 items and significant ... Point Lowly Lighthouse & Lighthouse Keeper Cottages Gun Turrets on Hummock Hill Gay Street Cottage, relocated to Ekblomb Street Whyalla Goal: relocated to Ekblomb Street Whyalla High School Other Significant heritage places and things: Ada Ryan Gardens Mount Laura Homestead Museum (the Ekblom Street Location) Tandara/Yarringa (Migrant Hostel Buildings) HMAS Whyalla Avenue of Friendship (Trees Planted near Whyalla Hight School by migrants) Airport Hangar Merninnie (Cordoroy Road) Merninnie (Chinese (Miners) Graves. Coastal Mangroves Foreshore Sand Dunes (Significant Fertility Site) Hummock Hill (7 Sisters Site) Mount Laura Caves Wild Dog Hill Giant Cuttlefish Breeding Ground To name a few.
What policies and programs will you advocate to protect and conserve heritage in your local area?
I would have to take the time to familiarise myself with what policies and programs there are. I would seek expert advice and collaborate with the community to ensure that heritage conservation is a priority! However! I do support the National Trust and the Conservation Council as well as NRM. I also support the establishment of local offices and/or a recognisable presence in regional areas.
Do you support local Councils retaining development approval powers for projects over $3m in value?
Yes! But I do think that the provision of adequate Prudential Reports should be demanded and 'policed'. There does not seem to be any department that actually cares what local government is up to, unless there may be a benefit to Australian or South Australian government, then they want to steam roll in and take over control.
Do you have any other thoughts about the protection of heritage in your Council area?
It is extremely disappointing that there seems to be very little interest in heritage and the conservation and protection of our heritage within this Council.