Adrian Stuart Rosevear
2014 candidate for City of Mitcham.
Heritage survey responses.
What do you think Council's role is in protecting and conserving heritage?
Council has a vital role in protecting and conserving heritage. Local Government is ideally placed with local knowledge, close relationships with heritage property owners, and locally based heritage experts in the area. Each individual Local Government is different, with many varied considerations for heritage. What may be heritage in Mitcham may not be seen as such in Burra, for example. Further, Local Government has the ability to recognise lower level heritage in its area through local heritage listings - having a state body oversee this is important, but the local knowledge provided by council and it's various heritage groups is no less important. Individual residents also benefit from local knowledge in the process of designating a place as heritage. The local government is a more accessible level of government for individuals. This is I believe important when people need to deal with what can be an emotive issue - the heritage listing of their assets by a 3rd party.
What measures and incentives do you support to protect and conserve local heritage?
I support appropriate processes to ensure adequate protection for heritage places when faced with development or conservation. Measures include having knowledgable and approachable heritage experts available for consultation. Incentives such as grants for heritage place owners to assist in conservation and renovation must be available, and must be accessible for the individual without too much "planning approval" grief. Individuals who wish to update/renovate heritage places must be able to approach the process without feeling as if they are up against a negative organisation from the outset.
What is the most important heritage protection issue in your local government area?
1. Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park and possible dam/creek upgrade effects upon the creek environs 2. Maintenance of the various heritage places under council control. 3. Ensuring appropriate development/conservation of individually owned heritage places as people wish to update the places for modern life.
What policies and programs will you advocate to protect and conserve heritage in your local area?
1. Continual updating of the Heritage Plan for the area. 2. Promotion of the heritage grant for owners of heritage places to access. 3. Council run programs of maintenance or restoration - providing ongoing advice for owners/developers 4. Inclusive policies to give owners a feeling that council recognises that owners are the main stake holders in the property, and that it it local governments' role to guide and assist in conservation/restoration, not to block potential works.
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?
Heritage is important. However, it is one of a myriad of considerations a council must consider when faced with protection of heritage in the area. It will be a guiding principle, but it can not be an over-riding principle to which all other considerations are judged. Sites must be judged on their individual merits on a case by case basis, with appropriate input by property owners as well as council and other interests.