Candidates weigh in on City’s future
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.
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.
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.
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
Given the complexity and number of issues facing local government I do not think it feasible or productive to focus on one issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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