2018 candidate for District Council of Yankalilla.
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)?
In most respects I agree. The problem is when those elected to Council have an agenda that supports the alternative - that is they do not place a strong importance on local heritage issues. If there is a simple and inexpensive structure in place where the community can object to proposals that well compromise local heritage protection, then I would be happy if Council handles this important issue.
In your opinion, has the current system of local heritage protection served your community well?
There is an example where the old Courthouse/Police Station at Normanville was under plans to be replaced with modern accommodation that Council objected to and had the property heritage listed. The previous Council has been pro-active in protecting heritage sites.
Should councils reject proposals to list local places of historic merit simply because an owner objects?
No. Owners are generally aware of the significance of properties they purchase.
Should neighbours of local heritage listed buildings have a right of appeal on development applications that propose demolition?
Definitely. See my first answer.
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?
Independent source of expertise prefered
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?
A structure should be in place where common sense decisions are made - not based on Government policies or Councillors agendas.
Should councils actively encourage individuals to nominate places for consideration as local heritage?
Yes, very much so.