2014 candidate for City of West Torrens.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
Council plays an extremely important role in protecting and conserving heritage. The heritage of an area is intrinsic in the makeup of that area's culture and wherever possible it should be considered during planning processes.
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
I support and encourage the council's consultation process when it comes to conserving local heritage and I most certainly support grants being made available to conserve local heritage sites. The constant re evaluation of heritage listed should also continue as the area changes.
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
Residents are most concerned about high density developments taking away from the area's local heritage. Henley Beach especially has a significant history and the preservation of this history as well as education programs need to be encouraged. In the recent addition of Charles Sturt buildings to the heritage list, only one property from the Henley Ward was included for consideration despite the fact that there are many properties of cultural and historical significance in the area. Residents are also concerned about the impact that the Henley Square development will have on the unique heritage of particular buildings in the square.
What policies and programs will you advocate to protect and conserve heritage in your local area?
Wherever possible during the development planning and approval process, an area's local heritage should be taken into account and preserved where necessary.I would also support projects encouraging education regarding local heritage sites. Volunteer and resident groups interested in preserving their area's heritage should be encouraged and supported and grants should continue to be made available in order to conserve local heritage sites.
Do you support local Councils retaining development approval powers for projects over $3m in value?
Yes. Local councils know their local areas and their residents better than state governments. I do agree however, that common sense should be used during the development approval process.
Do you have any other thoughts about the protection of heritage in your Council area?
Henley Ward is a vibrant, beach side ward with a local village feel and a significant history. Of course the area should be modernised and tastefully developed to move with the times, however this should not be at the expense of our local heritage. A balance between development and conservation of heritage should be encouraged at all times.