2018 candidate for City of West Torrens.
Heritage survey responses.
Do you agree that the identification and protection of local heritage places is best done by local councils rather than DPTI (Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure)?
Yes! Local councils are closer to the local communities in which these significant buildings are located and are better equipped to understand the cultural and historical significance of them.
In your opinion, has the current system of local heritage protection served your community well?
I think so.
Should councils reject proposals to list local places of historic merit simply because an owner objects?
No. Owning a property of historical significance is sometimes frustrating for the property owner but history belongs to the entire community, not just one individual and often councils are willing to help with funding for upgrades to heritage listed properties under grant schemes.
Should neighbours of local heritage listed buildings have a right of appeal on development applications that propose demolition?
This question isn't quite clear but a local community should be able to have a say if a building of historical significance in their local area has application for demolition lodged.
Should buildings listed as Contributory Items in your council area receive better protection?
Do you agree that places proposed for listing by your council as Local Heritage or Contributory Items should be subject to review by DPTI? Or would reviews be more appropriately conducted by an independent source of expert advice?
An independent expert would be my preference.
Would you like to see your council work more closely with the National Trust of SA in protecting heritage, for example, by signing up as one of the Trust's Civic Partners?
What are your personal suggestions for improving the way your council handles policy and planning?
Should councils actively encourage individuals to nominate places for consideration as local heritage?
Yes! Council areas often have residents who are history buffs capable of teaching council about the local area and buildings of significance.