Can­di­dates weigh in on City’s fu­ture

Southern Telegraph - - 2015 Council Elections - Com­piled by El­lie Honey­bone

Si­mon Miskin

Kwinana is in the midst of its most rapid pe­riod of change in decades. Smart sus­tain­able ur­ban plan­ning, which val­ues com­mu­nity, cul­tural di­ver­sity and our unique bush­land her­itage is the most press­ing is­sue fac­ing Kwinana. Good ur­ban de­sign means strong con­nected com­mu­ni­ties, higher lo­cal em­ploy­ment, re­duced crime and bet­ter health out­comes for res­i­dents. De­stroy­ing bush­land to build poor qual­ity un­sus­tain­able hous­ing and “big-box-stores” brings no new money to our lo­cal econ­omy and it strips lo­cal res­i­dents of the very real wealth we find in our nat­u­ral spa­ces and it siphons money away to dis­tant share­hold­ers and over­seas cor­po­ra­tions. Smart ur­ban plan­ning pro­tects and cel­e­brates nat­u­ral her­itage, cre­ates rich vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties and helps keep our dol­lars cir­cu­lat­ing in the lo­cal econ­omy.

El­iz­a­beth Padovan

Loss of nat­u­ral bush­land due to over pop­u­la­tion leads to a deficit in lack of in­fra­struc­ture. Fu­ture in­dus­trial and residential de­vel­op­ments need to be ad­dressed on lack of in­fra­struc­ture, threat to en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing na­tive fauna and flora as well as ground wa­ter and peo­ple’s health. Im­proved waste man­age­ment such as residential house­hold goods needs to be man­aged where this ticks all the ben­e­fits of a 21st cen­tury ap­proach. De­vel­op­ment of a drop-off de­pot where res­i­dents will be granted free tip­ping passes to off-load items, sorted what is re­cy­clable and or can be sold at a rea­son­able price. This ap­proach has been im­ple­mented by a num­ber of Eastern States coun­cils, cre­ates lo­cal em­ploy­ment, cheaper ac­cess for those who can­not af­ford par­tic­u­lar items and re­duces illegal dump­ing.

Wendy Cooper

The most im­por­tant is­sue for Kwinana will be the same for all cities; to ca­pa­bly man­age the rapid growth in their re­spec­tive ar­eas with­out rais­ing rates ex­ces­sively and meet­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions of the com­mu­nity. Add to that the de­vel­op­ment of the In­dian Ocean Gate­way.

Robert Brown

The cre­ation and de­vel­op­ment for small busi­ness within Kwinana, thus pro­vid­ing greater em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. More foot and cy­cle paths. Youth and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and dog parks. Bet­ter on­go­ing ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties

Sheila Mills

Given the com­plex­ity and num­ber of is­sues fac­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment I do not think it fea­si­ble or pro­duc­tive to fo­cus on one is­sue.

Cindy Col­lis

The fu­ture is where we are now as a com­mu­nity — there have been con­cerns with sev­eral pro­pos­als over the past few years.

Then there are State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pro­pos­als, not just in re­gards to ur­ban de­vel­op­ment poli­cies, but also sen­si­tive in­dus­trial ones. The ma­jor hous­ing de­vel­op­ments that have oc­curred and the loss of sig­nif­i­cant bush­land ar­eas, as stated in my flyer is “How Im­por­tant it is to have Re­spon­si­ble Ur­ban Plan­ning, Bal­anc­ing Growth and Con­ser­va­tion of Green Re­serves”. With this, is also en­sur­ing that the cur­rent buf­fer that sur­rounds the City of Kwinana be listed as un­touch­able by any form of de­vel­op­ment whether this be ur­ban sprawl or in­dus­trial.

Asti Jor­gensen

I know as a res­i­dent I love the “bush­land” feel that Kwinana has, as it sets us apart from other neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs. How­ever, I also en­joy liv­ing in a mod­ern so­ci­ety with op­tions abun­dant for my fam­ily. There­fore I feel the big­gest chal­lenge for Kwinana will be de­vel­op­ing with the ris­ing pop­u­la­tion growth as op­posed to af­ter it has grown. This needs to in­clude con­tin­u­ing to en­sure there is am­ple mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties that are sus­tain­able for the fu­ture. Of­fer­ing to the di­verse res­i­dents, com­mu­nity events and ac­tiv­i­ties that cater to the in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests. This will be a chal­lenge to achieve while also striv­ing to main­tain and ap­pre­ci­ate our bush­land en­vi­ron­ments by keep­ing nat­u­ral bush­land spa­ces, of­fer­ing com­mu­nity gar­dens and na­ture parks for all res­i­dents.

Sher­i­lyn Wood

Kwinana faces chal­lenges in de­liv­er­ing in­fra­struc­ture to de­vel­op­ing ar­eas (where a cou­ple of fam­i­lies move in ev­ery day) and to es­tab­lished ar­eas. We need to do this in such a way that we don’t have to im­pose large rate rises onto our com­mu­nity, yet still pro­vide the needed in­fra­struc­ture. The high rate of un­em­ploy­ment in Kwinana, es­pe­cially with our youth, is a con­cern. We need to work closely with out­side agen­cies, gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­vi­sion of greater and ac­ces­si­ble train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties plus en­cour­ag­ing busi­nesses to move to Kwinana. Keep­ing the bush­land feel of Kwinana is also a chal­lenge. We need to work closely with de­vel­op­ers en­sur­ing that they share our vi­sion for a green Kwinana.

Peter Feasey

The most im­por­tant is­sue Kwinana will face in the fu­ture is keep­ing up with the huge growth rate, en­sur­ing ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties are pro­vided and mak­ing sure new de­vel­op­ments have as much green spa­ces as pos­si­ble.

Dennis Wood

I am a long-term res­i­dent of Kwinana and do not wish to live any­where else.

We have worked hard to trans­form the City of Kwinana into the be­gin­ning of a vi­brant city, cater­ing for all of the com­mu­nity — fam­i­lies, youth, and se­niors. I have been at the fore­front of each de­ci­sion the coun­cil has made for im­prove­ments to all sub­urbs of Kwinana, in­clud­ing play­grounds, parks, road up­grades, traf­fic flow is­sues, com­mu­nity cen­tres, land­scap­ing and much more. I have been in­stru­men­tal in de­ci­sions made such as the new li­brary, the youth cen­tre, re­ten­tion of the buf­fer zone, re­ten­tion of trees and so much more. I am proud of what has been achieved but there is much to do for the fu­ture.

He­len Liu

I sup­port in­creased fund­ing for the City of Kwinana, es­pe­cially in­ter­na­tional in­vestors. I sup­port beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and safe use of coun­cil land. I sup­port new pro­grams for serv­ing young peo­ple and safe use of parks and public ar­eas. I sup­port peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds who can live hap­pily to­gether in Kwinana. I bring new energy and en­thu­si­asm to the coun­cil. I am en­thu­si­as­tic about where I live, here in Kwinana, and I am ready to work with gusto for your ben­e­fit. If you em­power me with your trust, I will con­tinue work­ing hard to make our city a bet­ter place.

Vot­ing packs can be hand de­liv­ered to the coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices un­til 6pm Satur­day.

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