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Council election candidates answer DPA questions

The DPA has sent all the candidates for the October 19 City of Busselton council elections seven questions. Their response below is in order of receipt. We are still awaiting reponses from candidates Barrett-Lennard and Kaigg. More details on the candidates and how to contact them is available at this City of Busselton site.

John McCallum

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?
It is difficult to narrow down the many things that need to be achieved in Dunsborough & surrounds to one priority. However, the Dunsborough Foreshore Cafe has been in the Planning since I was actively involved in the Dunsborough Yallingup Chamber of Commerce over 9 years ago. This facility will be enjoyed by locals, walkers, cyclists and visitors alike and it is my top priority to see completed. However, at the same time I want to ensure Stage 6 of the CBD upgrade is commenced, the dual-use paths are progressed from Dunsborough to Yallingup & Eagle Bay, and we focus on the outcomes of the current Sporting & Recreation Review to identify Dunsborough’s priorities and possible funding pathways.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?
Sculpture By The Bay, Jazz by the Bay, Hannah Lane, Gourmet Escape, Lions Park Markets, The Lions Easter Fair, ANZAC Day Ceremony, Australia Day Celebration ….. all important events that I love and that bond our community together.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

As a Councillor I was fortunate to have Chaired the Peron Naturaliste Partnership Inc. which is a partnership of 9 local governments from Cape Naturaliste in the City of Busselton to the City of Rockingham’s Point Peron. The Vision and purpose of this Partnership is to focus on Climate Change and coastal erosion risks along the 250km of shared coastlines. Thus, the City of Busselton is committed to assessing and adapting to the risks of climate change be they coastal erosion, sea level rise, increasing temperatures and our drying bushlands and pastures. We should sign up but we are already acting on the various climate change risks.

4. (Existing councillors) What specific action have you taken as a councillor that you are most proud of?

Ensuring our CEO has a couple of key KPIs that I think are important to everyone; one was to investigate irrigation water will be available to our parks, public open space, ovals, golf courses, schools in the Dunsborough area and the other is to develop an Energy Master Plan for the City (the City spends well over $1M on street lighting, city buildings, vehicles etc. ) and we need to investigate savings from new technology which will also reduce our carbon footprint.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.
Yes I do because I am concerned that if we do not go up and maximise our CBD density then the CBD will sprawl out and eventually over Caves Rd into our playing fields (this eventuality was recommended in the recent Leeuwin Naturaliste Planning Review) and I am totally opposed to that happening.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.
I am not so sure that anyone or government agency can control growth.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?
My purpose in life is to make a difference whilst helping people but whilst that may seem a bit simple it guides and keeps me focussed.

Paul Carter

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

In terms of top priorities for Dunsborough, from discussions with residents I think that the want for a Cafe on the foreshore remains a top priority amongst the local community and while somewhat slow it remains firmly on Councils (and the proponents) agenda. Along with this is the progress of activation and place making within the town centre.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

Dunsborough events in the last two years that I have been to include Anzac Day and Australia Day celebrations, Sculptures by the Bay, Hannay Lane Street Parties. They are growing events, well organised, and increasing in attendance. I also socialise and shop in Dunsborough on a regular basis.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

-no response

4. (Existing councillors) What specific action have you taken as a councillor that you are most proud of?

In relation to what I am most proud of since becoming a Councillor, I have been a strong advocate and supporter of reconciliation within Council which has initially seen the City introduce small changes like the flying of the Aboriginal flag at the City Administration Building, Acknowledgement of Country introduced into proceedings of Council ran events, and the major step in commencing the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan, which is currently before Council (hopefully) for adoption. In addition to this, I was also behind the introduction of the Cities Your Say website designed to provide the community with an increased opportunity to have a say on current and emerging topics being addressed by Council, and I urge more members of the community to sign up to participate in this consultative process.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

The topic of building heights in the Dunsborough CBD I appreciate is contentious. As you may be aware the CBD of both Busselton and Dunsborough are now currently zoned RAC3 which permits heights up to 18-21 meters.

I know that there has been some objection to the recent DA in Dunsborough, however it was consistent with the zoning and therefore approval required.

Generally higher density zoning is something that the State Government wants to occur in our towns and City centers to reduce urban sprawl and also to reduce the utility and public service headwords costs that occur with urban sprawl.

Having said that, and consistent with my belief in increased community consultation, moving forward if there is overwhelming community support for this zoning to be removed and the height limit reduced, then I would be more than happy to consider a change to the zoning, or some sort of staged approach.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

In relation to controlled growth of Dunsborough, and Busselton also, we do need to ensure that growth is controlled, sustainable and well managed. Unfortunately (or fortunately for those who don’t live here) we cant lock the gates and stop people wanting to move here. I was born and raised in the City of Busselton, my ancestors arrived by boat and landed in Curtis Bay, and the towns were small, opportunities varied, the towns grew and opportunities changed, but those opportunities wouldn’t exist if these towns weren’t allowed to grow and development. So do we need to stop growth and opportunity? No! But definitely we need to be mindful of ensuring growth and development is sustainable and I will in my decision making ensure that this is always well considered.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

In terms of a legacy as a Councillor, selfishly I suppose I want a City that provides the opportunity for my children to grow, learn, run a business or be employed here so if they choose they can call this area home for a long time like me, and for that to happen we need a strong local economy and a liveable community with great amenities.

Susan Riccelli

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

As I will discuss further in these questions, a Councillor role should be one of representing the Community and being their ‘voice’ so to speak. We can certainly provide leadership, mentoring and guidance to a degree, but Councillors should be responsible for seeking public consultation where appropriate and facilitating communication between the Community and Local Government. This should guide any decision making process, policy and strategic planning for the future.

I do not want to remembered for just focusing in one direction or one area. This would be narrow minded and quite simply would not cater to the huge variety of people and needs within the City of Busselton.

What I want to be remembered for is my ability to genuinely ‘hear’ community concerns, for my work ethics and diligence at researching and consulting on any issue no matter how big or small, for bringing fresh eyes to the Council that do not have any agenda!!! Unlike many, my desire to be a Councillor is simply due to my Community Service background, my wish to continue in this role and the right skill set and background to do so.

However, there are some areas that I will touch on that I believe would serve well to be addressed as follows:
Discrepancy in rates and money spent in Dunsborough – Realistically it is never going to be a completely even playing field, quite simply because of the population difference in Busselton and Dunsborough – this forces more money to be spent on amenities, roads, and facilities etc. to cater for the larger population.
However, I do feel that Busselton has certainly spent its fair share on the foreshore and the new Arts Building. Whilst I believe the foreshore in Busselton is very tastefully done and money well spent, it is time for some of the focus to be on Dunsborough and I do acknowledge that there are some facilities lacking here both in town, on the foreshore, in amenities and roads/footpaths.

I have taken on board that there are certain sporting facilities that are lacking in Dunsborough such as a swimming pool and basketball courts and would be open to hearing more from Dunsborough residents regarding future sporting priorities. This region is known for its love of sports, nature and associated events and it is definitely close to my heart having raised my children in this arena as well as being very fit and sporty myself.

I do have some concerns with how the growth in Dunsborough is currently being managed, preventing urban sprawl and the state of unregulated and semi regulated short stay accommodations. These are both covered in depth below and need to be prioritised and managed appropriately with a LARGE degree of public consultation conducted.
Priority should always be given to road networks, footpaths and managing traffic and accessibility. At the end of the day, this is the bread and butter of Council and should never be forgotten or under prioritised.
Climate change and maintaining our pristine environmental assets is high on my agenda as well as education and management of environmental waste.
Lastly supporting local businesses, encouraging locals to buy local, as well as keeping our tenders local is a MUST. We cannot rely just on tourism and visitors. Locals need to buy local and jobs and more education opportunities need to be created to keep our growing kids local.
These are just some of my thoughts. Like most starting fresh on Council, this is a learning curve for me, one which I will relish but not take lightly if chosen.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

Dunsborough Arts Festival and Sculpture by the Sea (2018 and 2019).

· Drumming Performance and workshop ( Arts Festival)
· Suitcase Circus Performance (Arts Festival)
· Sculptures by the Sea

I liked the fact that it was expanded this year and included smaller display at the Christian Fletcher Gallery.

Hannay Lane Street Party 2018 – loved the vibe and funky space – pleased to see more food vendors and kids well catered for.

Paint the CAPE REaD Book Relay Launch 2019 (Cornerstone Primary School) – I was Chairperson for this event!

Dunsborough Lions Summer Fair – Lovely day and always well supported.

Whale Watching at Point Picquet – although not officially an event, have spent most weekends watching these amazing creatures!!!

Have been to many other events such as The Gourmet Escape, Gay Pride March and many Sporting Events but not directly in Dunsborough.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

I am very familiar with the WALGA statement on climate change and definitely do see this as one of the priorities for ALL of the CAPE region, not only Dunsborough.

Evidence is clear, climate change is occurring globally, greenhouse gas emissions from human cause are the main contributor and it effects all of our ecosystems!

Australia has a significant emission rate and can definitely contribute to the reduction of the effects of climate change.

It is encouraging to see that in the past there have been some measures by Local Government to recognise the effects of climate change on our coastline as per below:

Peron Naturaliste Partnership Coastal Adaptation Action – A Cooperative Regional Approach: Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Dardanup, Harvey, Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham, Waroona are a collective group of Local Governments between Cape Peron and Cape Naturaliste in the southwest of Western Australia who recognise the potential vulnerability of this coastline due to climate change impacts.

However more can be done. Community emission reduction programs and community education can be effectively implemented at Local Government Level. I would also like to see more active education and programs around the impacts of environmental waste.

Whilst I do know that the City of Busselton has a budget for addressing climate change, I believe more can be done in this area.

One of the main hurdles for really tackling climate change is that it needs to come from a holistic approach. Another words it needs to be tackled on all fronts, Federal, State and Local Governments as well as via ground roots – at the Community level.

Local Governments do not have the entire financial resources to tackle the cost of implementing adaption measures alone – it must be a shared responsibility on ALL levels of government.

But YES, signing up to the WALGA statement is definitely a step in the right direction and has my support.

4. (New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

As many of you may be aware, having seen me at the Chambers of Commerce Meetings and other presentations recently, I have the joy of being in a moon boot!!!

I have been unable to drive for many weeks, so much of my campaigning and plans to attend various presentations and council meetings have been waylaid and very dependent on other’s generosity to drive me to and from.

I also work full time and have only just recently been able to lower my FTE down to allow me to have Wednesday’s off and attend Council Meetings. I am aiming to lower my FTE further if elected.

I will be going to all Council Meetings from next Wednesday onwards at this stage as I am now driving again.

However, having worked for State Government previously, currently working extremely closely with the City of Busselton on various community projects in my work role, as well as chairing many committees, I am certainly not ignorant in the role of Council. I also currently coordinate and manage a state government fund for approx. $100, 000 every year in order to identify needs and provide small grants to communities.

Do I think Councillors should have greater powers – NO. This is dangerous territory as ultimately Councillors are responsible for representing the interests of the community. We can certainly provide leadership, mentoring and guidance to a degree, but Councillors should be responsible for seeking public consultation where appropriate and facilitating communication between the Community and Local Government. This should guide any decision making process, policies and strategic planning for the future.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

To be completely honest this is one of the harder questions I am being asked as I have some mixed feelings, so I am just going to answer this as directly and openly as I can. On many issues I am very clear cut, but I do find this one more difficult.

As you know, the site is currently zoned business with an R-AC3 density coding, pursuant to the City of Busselton’s Local Planning Scheme No. 21 and is 1750 square metres in size.

“The development includes two commercial levels, two residential levels and one level of car parking. Up to 18 commercial tenancies will occupy the ground and second levels of the building which could be used as restaurants, retail shops or offices and a level of car parking on the first floor. The third and fourth levels would include 14 one and two bedroom apartments which could be used as short-term accommodation”.

I see the following pros and cons of this zoning and subsequent building as follows:

Positives
There have been some amendments made to the building as a result of community concerns which have somewhat toned down the outside visage.

· It will increase business within the CBD and hopefully support local business owners.

· The project has a full local team from lead design, detailed design, engineering, planning and landscape and ultimately the builder and all trades will hopefully be local. I am very passionate about keeping tenders local as well as providing local employment opportunities especially for tradies as there is limited work down here.

· The views from the top level will be beautiful and allow for sea views from within the town – the alternative could have been to build this on the foreshore.

· The tender included 40 conditions which will enhance other areas of Dunsborough:

Included in the conditions was a cash in lieu payment of $394,037.05 for 37 parking bays which would not be provided on the site. Officers also recommended the developer pay $15,130.36 towards upgrading Dunsborough’s road network, $7,974.40 towards paths and $44,492 towards community facilities in Dunsborough.

The reality is that growth is inevitable. People struggle with seeing the town grow, including me!

I am a huge lover of the environment and nature and spend most weekends hiking and whale watching. But I am a realist and Dunsborough cannot just stand still whether we want it to or not. The population will continue to expand, the airport is looming and this will only bring more people into the area.

Therefore it is about management of the growth and trying to minimalise the impact. I do not want to see ‘Urban Sprawl’ in Dunsborough. In some ways it is better to keep it compact and maintained within a certain area. I am very very conscious of not jumping Caves Road in 15 years or encroaching on our pristine environmental assets towards Cape Naturaliste.

Negatives
· I am concerned with the provision of more short term accommodation included in this project. I completely empathise with resorts, caravan parks and normal accommodation places which have to compete with unregulated or semi regulated short term accommodations. They are struggling to stay afloat and this is an area which needs a major overhaul and an even playing field created.

State Government have just conducted a major review in this area and I am hopeful that the findings will tighten up this industry. I would much rather have seen restaurants or a tasteful bar located on the top storey/s to appreciate the sea view.

· Like everyone, I am concerned with how a five storey building is going to ‘fit into’ the lovely quaint town that Dunsborough is. I am equally concerned that the town’s charm will be lost with too many of these buildings built in the future.

In summary, this 5 storey building has already been approved and ultimately I would actually like to sit back and observe if this is an ‘eyesore’, if it truly benefits local trade and businesses, how well utilised the building is all year round, cost effectiveness and if the conditions placed on this tender are followed through with road works, paths and facilities being upgraded. That will help my decision making process moving forwards and whether I believe the zoning should be changed.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

As mentioned in the previous question people struggle with seeing the town grow as well as adapting to change, it is human nature and we are very resistant to change of any sort! Like most, I love the charm of Dunsborough as it is now, but I am a realist and Dunsborough cannot just stand still whether we want it to or not. Why – because, the Southwest is a very popular place to visit, live and retire and you can’t have all the other towns grow in the region and leave Dunsborough completely stationary for ever and a day. The population will continue to expand (it is expanding everywhere), the airport is looming and this will only bring more people into the area.

HOWEVER, much time and thought can be put into ‘how much’ expansion is allowed and how tastefully this is done. Therefore it is about management of the growth and trying to minimalise the impact.

There needs to be constant reviews and public consultation for town planning directions, how to improve our streetscapes and movement networks, continuous support towards local business development and growth, as well as support for the ‘Arts’ and maintenance of our pristine environmental assets.

What I don’t want to see is ‘Urban Sprawl’ in Dunsborough. In some ways it is better to keep it compact and maintained within a certain area. I am very very conscious of not jumping Caves Road in 15 years or encroaching on our pristine environmental assets towards Cape Naturaliste.

I also believe that we need to tread very carefully with the growth of ‘more affordable’ homes’. Dunsborough currently has a ‘point of difference’ to other towns within this shire and I think it is important to maintain that ‘point of difference’ and uniqueness.

I am also concerned with the impact and amount of unregulated, and semi‐regulated short stay accommodation in Dunsborough and the whole Southwest. The latest figures show that there are over 2000 Airbnb listings alone, compared to 2016 where there were less than 400 and that the number of short stay accommodation listings are growing at approx. 6% per month. Whilst I empathise with those doing it tough in this economic climate and see short term accommodation as a way out of their financial difficulties, it is effecting the community as a whole and quite simply not being monitored effectively.

Vacation Rentals are soaking up traditional affordable rental homes, particularly over the summer season. Long term rental properties are becoming scarce and increasingly expensive. This creates even further issues for hotels and resorts as they battle to maintain staff during these periods.

Whilst hotels and resorts are under ever greater regulation and increasing costs for compliance, technology platforms such as AirBnb are essentially deregulating the residential letting environment
which was once regulated by real estate agents. Bookings through online portals also sees money immediately leave the region, which could otherwise have been circulated.

Tourism operators such as hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and caravan parks are subject to a variety of stringent regulations, whereas it seems to be the opposite for short term vacation rentals where online technology is reducing the cost of bringing a home to the vacation market.
My other concern is that many local businesses rely on the trade they get from hotels, resorts, caravan parks etc. in the region and subsequent referral to their business. More guests equates to more thoroughfare in the CBD and to wineries and restaurants. Most local hotels etc. will actively promote local businesses to their guests keeping the money directly within the region.
We are all waiting with bated breath to see the recommendations that result from the WA Parliamentary Inquiry which hopefully will drive not just the Local Governments, but the State and Federal Governments to tackle this issue with more gusto!
There have been many suggestions to address this issue, however at the end of the day I believe that short term accommodation needs more stringent monitoring and penalties for failing to comply. They should be treated as a ‘tourism business’ therefore required to meet all obligations of any other tourism business. Compliance costs, regulatory burdens and licencing requirements should be equal for all businesses.
Federal, State and Local Governments need to work together in helping to develop a framework where all categories of accommodation are viewed equally and where all travel industry stakeholders can work together harmoniously with local communities.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

As I have mentioned previously, a Councillor role should be one of representing the Community and being their ‘voice’ so to speak. I do not want to remembered for just focusing in one direction or one area. This would be narrow minded and quite simply would not cater to the huge variety of people and needs within the City of Busselton.

What I want to be remembered for is my ability to genuinely ‘hear’ community concerns, for my work ethics and diligence at researching and consulting on any issue no matter how big or small, for bringing fresh eyes to the Council that do not have any agenda!!! Unlike many, my desire to be a Councillor is simply due to my Community Service background, my wish to continue in this role and the right skill set and background to do so.

I would also like to be known for my ability to be assertive when necessary in Council, without being aggressive and for never allowing any person either in Council or in the Community affect my integrity as that is what I hold most dear.

Coralie Tarbotton

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

Identified priority for Dunsborough is the available Sport & Recreational Facilities. There is and has been a Recreational Facilities audit for the City of Busselton being carried out, from the results there will be a Strategic Plan Developed. There has been wide community consultation with both the wider community and the various sporting organizations. The results and proposed way forward will be presented to the community for further consultation.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

I have been & do attend events hosted in Dunsborough and the wider district, Jazz by the Bay, community consultations, The Place Project, Down South MTB Festival, Sculpture By the Bay etc., I also regularly shop and attend personal practitioners in Dunsborough.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?
The decision to sign up to any association or organization related to a local Government Statement or Declaration is determined by the Councillors.

4. (New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

As a councillor I am proud of the extent of Community Consultation undertaken by the City. Progressing the Airport, developing Strategic Community Plans, improvement in rural roads, Dual Use paths, maintenance and upgrade of already existing facilities and utilities.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

The Building codes as determined by the State Government and the Local Govt., are the guides used. We can reduce or increase heights/density working with a proponent, however every proponent has the right of appeal through SAT.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

Growth control once again is determined by the WAPC (which the City of Busselton applies) Structure Plan Framework and Local Development Plan Framework, when assessing all new structure plans, activity Centre plans and local development plans. Any variations can be presented, considered and worked through.
Once again Community Consultation has been undertaken and considered as the Local Development Plan has been Progressed.
Currently the City of Busselton’s draft Local Planning Strategy is being considered by the Western Australian Planning Commission for final endorsement. The LPS sets out the long term planning direction for the District of the City of Busselton.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

As a Councillor one of the great achievements I feel has been the collaboration between the Community, Council and Councillors. This gives great opportunity for Growth and Prosperity. The legacy of collaboration.

Phill Cronin

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

Having talked with the locals in Dunsborough I have heard many – Swimming pool, Basketball court, foreshore development, Duns Bay Road development, Parking, Too many holiday homes, issues of growth and urban sprawl, cycle paths, Arum Lilys, petrol station and more. I would suggest we create a survey and also community access groups to find out what the community as a whole would like to see done and then as a Councillor I would hope to find solutions that work.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

Yes, a few, the markets, Sculpture by the Bay… they were good.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

If the community says that is what they want, as a councillor I will do what I can to see what can be done.

4. New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

Over the last three months, five Council meetings and two Community sessions

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

My belief and role, as a Councillor, is to remain impartial and to LISTEN to the community. My understanding is that the City is about to embark on a Centre Activity Plan and through Community engagement and workshops they will find out the views and feelings of the community. I will, if elected, make sure that I attend these events and listen and act on behalf of the community. NB If  I don’t listen, then you know what to do when I am next up for election  😊

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

Please see my answer to the above question

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

Being a great listener, not having a personal bias, strong governance, decision making and leadership skills – I want to create a vibrant community and a City that people are proud to be member of.

Robert Reekie

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

I feel the issue of parking is a major issue.
Council is currently looking at sourcing appropriate land by purchasing or land swap to provide more parking. All monies collect from developments for parking in lieu is being reserved for this purpose. It is still a matter of finding the right land space.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

I have attended every Australia Day and Anzac Day celebrations whilst being on Council. My last official duty was on the 8th of September, I attended the opening of the refurbished Dunsborough Sharks club rooms with Cr John McCallum who opened the building. I spend two days a week in Dunsbourgh with Mates Men’s Support Group and work closely with Dunsborough Police.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

Most likely we should and will be up to the council of the day to look at what is involved and what we would be committing ratepayers to by doing so. I am very concerned about climate control and rising sea levels and would vote appropriately with all the facts.

4. New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

I am 1 of 9 Councillors and consider I have contributed to a great team working towards the betterment of all. It is not an easy position to hold.
You are elected to make decisions, all decisions not just the easy ones. No matter what you do you upset someone and are blamed for everything.
I am proud of the fact I have made all my decisions based on information and to the best of my beliefs and ability. I am proud to be a team player and part of a very functional team of dedicated people.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

If I say yes here I am leaving myself open to accusations of being biased and making a decision based on a predetermined mindset. This allows a rejected developer to claim an unfair decision based on the fact I had stated that I would not support such a development.
I promise to consider all DA’s openly and with all the facts, including those for and against. I represent everyone and will do fairly.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

Dunsborough is going to grow, we cant hide from this. What we can do is make sure that Town planning is tight and control how and where it grows.
No one wants Dunsborough to lose it’s charm and beauty. The problem comes in the fact that with so many tourists coming and the amount of Air BNB in Dunsbourgh the tourists are moving back to settle, put this with the Fly in Fly out ability from the Airport you have steady growth.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

If I am elected again, I hope I am remembered as someone who served the Community with honesty and integrity. For the past 16 years as President of Mates Men’s Support Group I feel I have done this and have transferred my work ethic to my role as Councillor. I have always maintained a high visibility and easy approachability in the community and live to serve this City and the fantastic people who live here.

Anne Ryan

1 What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

From what I see a major issue is the holiday home situation and the rise and rise in that market. It is a huge issue and its good to see that the State Government have done an enquiry into Airbnb and a report and recommendations to Councils will no doubt be impending. Too many holiday homes can leave areas like ghost towns in the off seasons and has ramifications for business and the local economy.
Dunsborough is also set to grow exponentially and issues such as sporting facilities, schools, and other associated facilities need to be planned to ensure ad-hoc decisions are not made. Dunsborough is unique and highly desirable and for that reason the environmental, social, and sustainable framework needs to be maintained.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

I am a regular visitor to Dunsborough as my daughter and ex husband live there. We visit cafe’s and restaurants for family occasions, work functions, I often shop there, and I regularly attend the markets. My partner also works in Dunsborough at the Mitre 10 store on Commonage Road.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

The WALGA statement on climate change is not unachievable for individual councils ie, renewable energy projects (small scale and large scale); energy efficiency projects (eg, mass LED public lighting retrofits); waste management; enabling take-up of new renewable and sustainable technologies; and accelerating the take up of low or zero emissions vehicles (eg, Local Government electric vehicle fleets, installation of electric vehicle charging stations) and as long as a majority of elected councillors are willing it is very achievable. No doubt electric vehicles will slowly be rolled out (no pun intended) when their mileage range, solar capacities and storage are more reliable.
I also believe that there are small things individuals can be encouraged to do such as eliminate plastics (water bottles, coffee cups etc) and turn of stand-by power devices.
When batteries that store power for home solar units become available more people will revert to solar.
Glyphosate (Roundup) is topical at the moment and I personally (due to my health issues with Lyme disease) refuse to use it and many councils in WA are now using alternatives and with support from other elected councillors this could be something the CoB could bring in.
Last year we visited Denmark and they have a waste disposal plant which was developed working around the clock, is state of the art, and extremely environmentally friendly. This plant is so efficient they are buying waste from other countries to ensure its efficiency. Waste is a huge problem in Australia and needs to be addressed.
Depending on the will of the elected members none of these ideas are pie in the sky, they are common sense.

4. (New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

Elected in 2005-2010 I have been involved in many meetings.
Councillors are the elected members and represent the residents and ratepayers, the CEO is employed by the Council and the staff are employed, and directed, by him. The current Council, according to many people I have spoken to, are allowing the CEO free reign and he appears to be controlling the Council.
Many residents and ratepayers are also upset because of the lack of debate and en-bloc decisions, feeling that attending Council meetings is a waste of time; they don’t listen!
This can be turned around but requires a strong Council.

4. (Existing councillors) What specific action have you taken as a councillor that you are most proud of?

I am not an existing Councillor but have been instrumental in achieving many things for Dunsborough. One great achievement, which is not bricks and mortar, is the Schoolies events. When I first got onto Council, the Dunsborough community were at their wits end with Schoolies wrecking the town (smashing windows, defecating on peoples lawns, sexual assaults etc) and something had to be done. The model which was initiated (after a great deal of consultation with council/state government assistance/aid agencies/police etc) has now been replicated across the country. The annual influx (which is coming around again soon) is one of the biggest cash cows for Dunsborough and surround businesses in the tourism sector as they have an inordinate amount of disposable cash.
Sometimes however, its not the big picture items that are important, little things sometimes are irritating to people and can be easily fixed.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

In 2016, after returning from the ACT, I initiated a petition to hold a Special Council Meeting as I saw that the Council were trying to amend the Town Planning Scheme and raise height levels. I alerted as many people in the City that I could (including the DPA and others in Dunsborough). Five people turned up to that meeting (myself included). The TPS is now a legally gazetted document and anyone is entitled to apply to develop their land within the Scheme. If the Council denied an application which met all the planning guidelines it would be appealed, and approved, in the SAT.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.
This would be dictated also by the TPS and other Council policies. Unfortunately, you cannot lock the gate and say no more people are allowed to come in, but the consequences of development can be carefully managed and controlled, to ensure we do not end up like a quasi Gold Coast.
Where agenda items that I knew (when I was previously on Council) might be contentious I would contact key people in the community so that they could address full Council on any concerns they may have and should I be elected, you can guarantee that I will do the same in future.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

That I always listened, acted, and had the best interests of the people who live in this fantastic corner of the world. After all, we have two ears and one mouth for a reason!

Kate Cox

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

I live on our dairy farm at Vasse and I have a business in Busselton but I have also spent a great deal of time in Dunsborough over the years. My family live in Dunsborough. My step-father Brian Linaker owned Harvey World Travel and my sister teaches at Dunsborough Primary, so I am very invested in Dunsborough and the COB community as a whole. Every person who lives in Dunsborough is passionate about preserving the pristine environment and the vibrant sense of community. I believe that to achieve the aspirations of a community it is vital to have consultation and engagement. I understand the matters of concern for Dunsborough residents which include improving sport and recreational facilities such as a bike path to Yallingup and the provision of more basketball courts. Another concern is the rate of development in Dunsborough. As a Council we can aim to provide adequate infrastructure to support future development and ensure that it is sustainable and environmentally sensitive.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

In the past 12 months I have attended events in Dunsborough such as Jazz by the Bay, Christmas Carols, ANZAC day parade, X Adventure Dunsborough, an CinefestOz. There is no doubt that these events provide positive benefits socially and economically to the community and should be supported and encouraged.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

I think that any positive action with regard to climate change should be encouraged.

4. New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

I would like to investigate how effective the Community Access Sessions held prior to Council meetings have been and whether the community feels that these sessions have been productive or whether Council should revert to the previous format of weekly Council meetings.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

Height restrictions in the CBD of Dunsborough seem to be quite divisive. My understanding is that older residents support the increased density of development in the CBD if it is zoned for permanent accommodation rather that more short stay. Older residents would like the opportunity to downsize into apartment living close to the CBD. More density in the CBD may also address the issue of urban sprawl. I am open to further conversation and consultation on this issue either way.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

As I previously mentioned I believe that we need to ensure that Dunsborough retains its unique environmental and social qualities which make it one of the most desirable places to live in WA.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

I can honestly day that I have not given any consideration to leaving any future legacy. My fundamental aim if elected is to be an effective conduit between the community and Council. For me the Council process is one of collaboration, consultation and engagement. I believe that I am approachable, open minded and willing to listen to what the community wants.

Midge Avery

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

Having lived in Dunsborough for many years and watched the town grow, it still maintains its “village” feel. I think high level buildings would detract from the community atmosphere.The City of Busselton should take notice of this and residents’ concerns.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?
Dunsborough events: Jazz By the Bay (absolutely fabulous – showcased local talent plus provided a bonus for businesses nearby.) I have been to other landmarks in the area eg the Lighthouse, swum at Meelup, taken guests and visited restaurants/town centre.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

I, like many others, believe the City of Busselton MUST sign up to the WA Local Govt Association and take a stand on climate change. We live in a region with popular beaches – these are at risk along with our environment (becoming more prone to bush fires a real worry) including flora and fauna.

4. New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

I have attended around almost 20 Council meetings. I believe Councillors should have more powers as in acknowledging and finding out reasons for ratepayer petitions eg Eastern Link which was not mentioned at all in the City’s application to State and Federal departments and it may happen with the 21m high building in Dunsborough which really concerns me.

Also, Crs attending C.o.B. Officer and Developer meetings just as observers (cat amongst the pigeons!)

Addressing more community needs especially in disabled and aged care, senior activities and somehow encourage people to get out of their homes and avoid loneliness. Mental health and addiction exists in our communities – surely we can help somehow.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

I do not support the 21m building height within the Dunsborough CBD. The town would instantly lose its “village feel” especially as a cultural hub. Such buildings would blight the landscape. I love Dunsborough and the horizon over the beach should not be obstructed.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

Control of growth could be achieved, but difficult to do so given construction is the number one industry in the South West. I dislike real estate tracts and believe building is slowing down hence development should as well.
People are more aware of our unique flora and fauna so animals like the ring tailed possum which is a protected species therefore need a protected habitat. The possums are protected, but their homes are not. Some sort of legislation is needed to protect these areas.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

Finally, my specific legacy to the Busselton, Dunsborough and districts is to preserve as much of our public open space as possible and keeping our roads maintained for safe driving and emergency vehicles. All roads lead to the hospital and ambulances, police station and other medical and associated services.
I also have ideas about preserving and promoting our wildlife and our region.

 

Ross Paine

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?
I think the top priority for Dunsborough is the development of the Activity Centre Plan. Having that planning instrument available to guide the development of Dunsborough will be crucial in the next few years, with the pace of change increasing so dramatically we need to be on the front foot more than ever.
Despite what some may think, the Council doesn’t have a lot of discretion when considering Development Applications – these decisions are made based on whether or not the application aligns with the existing strategic planning documents, such as the Local Planning Scheme. The Activity Centre Plan will give us another tool to guide the development of the town centre with a holistic approach and allow us to better guide how individual decision fit into the overall landscape. People say we need to protect the “vibe” of Dunsborough, but to do that we need to either be able to articulate it in a planning instrument in such a way that a tribunal can understand it.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?
My wife and I have been to many Dunsborough events; Jazz By the Bay, the Hannay Lane Street party (which I’m convinced is being deliberately scheduled while I’m away), X Adventure, the Dunsborough Arts Festival and Sculpture by the Bay are some of our favourite events we enjoy each year.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?
Yes. I want to include what that statement would actually be, for those unfamiliar with it:
The City of Busselton acknowledges:
–1. The science is clear: climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the dominant cause.
–2. Climate change threatens human societies and the Earth’s ecosystems.
–3. Urgent action is required to reduce emissions, and to adapt to the impacts from climate change that are now unavoidable.
–4. A failure to adequately address this climate change emergency places an unacceptable burden on future generations.
The City of Busselton is committed to addressing climate change.

The City of Busselton is calling for:
–1. Strong climate change action, leadership and coordination at all levels of government.
–2. Effective and adequately funded Commonwealth and State Government climate change policies and programs.

At this point it is hard to imagine how one could over react to the threats posed by the changing climate, or to the cause of the change, which is human activities, primarily carbon dioxide emissions, but also significant land use changes.
The City has already taken action in some areas, such as addressing coastal erosion and building seawalls to protect infrastructure from rising sea levels, and one of the things I requested as part of my role as Councillor was for the City to develop an Energy Master Plan – so we can look at how much we are using, how we can reduce that use, and what our options are for switching to renewable energy.
In the short term this means looking at investing in solar panels, and in the longer term this means looking at options for battery storage and options for generating our own energy on a bigger scale. We recently undertook a feasibility study on anaerobic digestion (using organic waste to generate biogas for electricity) and we are currently trialling organic waste collection from households in Provence to see how this idea could progress.

4. (Existing councillors) What specific action have you taken as a councillor that you are most proud of?
My first motion with notice that I introduced in December 2015 was a request for the Council to begin meetings with an Acknowledgement of Country. Prior to this meeting I was asked why I was proceeding with this motion when I was already aware that it would be voted down by the other Councillors — it was because I had been asked by community members to do so, and I don’t believe Council should only address the things they agree on ahead of time and that Councillors should be prepared to stand up and publicly explain their position. It was voted down 6/3 at that meeting, but we have since made some real progress – we have a Reconciliation Action Plan (reflect) for adoption on the 9th of October, the Standing Orders local law now contains an Acknowledgement of Country before Council Meetings, and it’s a recommended action for event organisers.

I am also proud of my ongoing commitment to engagement and transparency. I am always willing to discuss community issues, and have maintained an active social media presence since being elected.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

I believe it is better for the activity centres to grow up with mixed uses of residential and commercial than to sprawl out further – the long term plans showing the Dunsborough commercial centre crossing Caves Rd and spreading on to the playing fields—to me is not an outcome that I want to see happen.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.
This question is normally answered by firstly dividing it into a false dichotomy of should we “close the gate” or should we “have [buzzword] growth?”

I think that’s wrong. “Closing the gate” is a metaphor for a legislative instrument to make additional building illegal, and “[buzzword] growth” is essentially, to the best of our ability, the status quo.

What we need to understand is that as long as there is pressure to drive development, development will continue, up until it hits some kind of limit, that might be an economic limit, where it’s not financially viable, or a temporary legislative limit (because legislation can always be changed), it could be a geographical boundary like a wetland or an ocean, or something else.

The pressures that drive growth are largely out of our hands, at the top of the list is population growth, but from the point of view of South West region there’s already enough people in Perth that intrastate migration will continue to drive our local population higher, even if the total state population doesn’t change. The other factor is developer profit. If land can be bought cheaply and developed for a profit, that’s what will happen. It can be worse still, if land is bought cheaply with the intention of holding it unused to sell in the future for a profit, because it doesn’t just defer the development on that site, it displaces new development that could otherwise have been on that site to a site further away, causing additional sprawl.

If we understand that concept, then the question becomes a lot clearer: Which limit do we want to bump into? I’m sure a lot of people would like to answer ‘a legislative limit’, but in my view that’s an illusion. It’s a temporary artificial constraint that will ultimately be shifted. So putting aside a legislative limit, what other limit would be the most prefered outcome?
Since limits are inherently negative it makes the most sense I think to rule out the most unacceptable outcomes first and work forward by process of elimination, so from worst to least worst (but not including unlikely catastrophic limits, such as running out of food, which would be worse, but I have to draw the line somewhere);

–1. Physical boundary, develop outwards until you physically can’t fit.
–2. Too expensive to buy or build, difficult to place because it is actually a symptom that could be caused by any number of drivers, it could be lack of supply (because of a different limit on this list) or a lack of employment opportunity, or excessive land banking.
–3. Transportation, this is the area in which we have the most direct control, and the greatest ability to constrain sprawl. It’s also the area in which the solutions have an upside as well as a downside, which is why I consider it to be the best limiting factor to hit.

Obviously, hitting any kind of limit has a significant downside, but if we acknowledge that one way or the other we will hit a limit, then we should also accept that it’s a better choice to be limited by a lack of space for cars, than it is to be limited by a lack of space for houses.

It’s a sensitive and difficult area, but with careful planning and engagement it’s not impossible, and the alternative of doing nothing and continuing to allow car dependance to cause indefinite sprawl are worse.

7. Assuming you are elected as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?
I’m not sure I want remembered for a specific legacy. It hasn’t really occurred to me that I could be remembered at all. Really, who remembers Councillors? I struggle to remember the last 10 years worth of Prime Ministers.
What I want, as a Councillor is for the community, no matter their age, to have access to move about safely and to be able to interact with a broad range of other people in a less organised environment. Too much of our lives is carefully scheduled, and it’s to the detriment of the adhoc interactions that help to form an overarching sense of community.

I’m sure that even if I’m successful in that goal, no one will remember me for it, in fact, they probably won’t notice that it’s happened, in much the same way that few people have noticed the extent to which we’re isolated or confined in ‘bubbles’. That’s just the nature of the problem.

 

Brian Greig

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

Pressing Main Roads and the WA Planning Commission for the exact road pattern for the Vasse to Dunsborough bypass. Only then can future, long-term street planning and development fit it along it. Zonings around the entrance, deals with land owners, the resumption of land process, etc, needs to get underway soon. I’d like to see Council giving this priority for Dunsborough.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

Sculptures by the Bay and Jazz by the Bay. Both events were terrific and I thought brought a wonderful vibe to the town centre. They should continue to be supported by Council (if currently the case).

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

Yes, its intent is fine. However I regard it as a weak and disappointing ‘policy’ document that needs a lot more work. I think it lacks clear objectives and needs an action plan.

I want to see much more leadership from CoB and WALGA on this issue. I believe Council should go further and support a petition and motion to acknowledge a Climate Emergency, sending a sharp message to Canberra about the need for national action.

4. (New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

I moved to Busselton (full-time) this year, and have not attended any Council meetings. But I’m no stranger to local government, politics or community engagement.

Ultimately, all politics (local, state and federal) is about the same thing: the tension between what people need, what people want, and what can actually be delivered. While Councillors, in turn, are often pushed and pulled by ratepayers between doing what’s right and what’s popular. It’s not always easy.

I have previously been a Local Government Councillor (four years) and federal senator (six years). More pertinently, anyone who has attended a Council meeting knows that, with rare exceptions, they are pretty boring.

People only attend if they have a personal or vested interest or there’s a hot topic bubbling. But the real discussions, debates and dialogue takes place in the community long before Council gets its boot straps on.

This is where good Councillors need to be; in touch and in tune with the community; listening. And reflecting community aspirations, concerns and values to the Executive and CEO so that agenda items have less chance of causing unnecessary community disquiet *before* they come up for a vote. The PUMA site is perhaps a classic case.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

The decision has been made and 21m (5 storeys) is now written into the Town Plan Planning Scheme.

However, I believe where Council has a role is to ensure as best it can that new CBD developments are of an architectural style that reflects the coastal village character of Dunsborough.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.

There is exponential growth in the district at twice the rate of the state overall. The population centres of Busselton and Dunsborough will likely double in the next 25 years. It’s a question of how we manage this growth. Sorting out the bypass is just a first step. So too is being more accommodating of medium density and strata dwellings: units, apartments, villas, duplexes and townhouses.

We need more diversity of housing stock for choice, affordability, to soak up population growth and to mitigate the spread of urban sprawl into the hinterland/bushland – which in turn puts further financial pressure on Council for added infrastructure.

It is also critical that the existing beachfront and preserved bushland amenity is protected for everyone to enjoy.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

It’s not about me and I don’t want a monument. But I think the best politicians are those who hold to core values and inspire people to work together around ideas for a common goal and purpose for the good of the community. I hope to be like that, helping create better communities; socially and environmentally, even though sometimes people might disagree with me.

Bev Stone

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

Living in Dunsborough as well as feedback from many of the residents and shop owners have given me a good indication of the main priorities. These include the need for better sport and recreational facilities, in particular, the basketball courts and swimming pool. The first thing the Council needs to do is give the one and only basketball court back to the players, then act on the consultation that has already taken place for over eight years on additional courts. I grew up in Katanning a small country town and having a swimming pool provided a great social outlet and not to mention the benefits of physical activity. Council could commence a feasibility study into the building and location of a pool.
Having more for the youth to do and activities that nurture a sense of community. More focus by the Council’s Youth Development Officers on activities in Dunsborough, have someone connecting with the youth possibly down at the skate park, possible programs based on the Act, Commit, Belong programs. The Hanaway Lane Street Party is a good example that promotes community and notwithstanding the work involved in running this more events should be considered.
Parking is a big issue and the COB should consider its payment in lieu of parking policy. Having parking away from the town does not help parents with small children or the elderly. Better use of our rates by stopping the waste – prime example is duplicating works for roads, roundabouts and paving.
Climate change is another priority that the Council could start action on, small areas of change can add up. Council should get advice from experts as well as workshops etc on what can be achieved in the short, medium and long term. Start the conversation!

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?
Yes I attend the Hanaway Lane Street Party, Anzac parade, Sculpture by the Bay, Jazz Festival, markets and enjoy them all.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?
Yes, I believe Councils have an important role to play and need to take action now.

4. (New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?
I have attended several Council meetings on various issues and have presented to Council as well. I have also attended the meet your Councillors sessions in Dunsborough. I believe Councillors are there as the representatives for the residents and rate payers. Councillors have the power, irrespective of what the Council Officers recommend, decisions need to be made with consideration from feedback gained through the Community consultations. Councillors have the power to ensure the Community is well informed and involved in decision making.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.
No I don’t support this height limit and nearly 80% of the submissions for the five storey building recently approved by Council didn’t either. In fact, until this building was advertised a lot of people were not aware that this was the new height limit. My main reason for not supporting this height is that it is not fit the character of the town. I am not against development and would support a limit of 15m which is four storeys. Towns that are similar in lifestyle and environment that have 15m limits include Margaret River, Noosa and Byron Bay where the Community was listened to. I believe there will be consultation on a Community Access Plan and would support an amendment to the current height limit.

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.
This is a hard question, as we are growing exponentially and need to preserve the environment as this is why we all want to live here. These are competing priorities that we need to manage carefully within the three pillars of sustainability, people, planet and profit. The first thing we could do is address climate change as these will address some of the principles of sustainable growth. I also would be looking at the other towns and cities on how they manage their population growth. Interestingly Sydney was named the most sustainable city in Australia.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?
That I was the voice in Council for the community we all love, and the community was very well informed on the matters that concern them.

 

Valerie Kaigg

1. What do you think is the top priority for Dunsborough and what action should the council take to deal with that priority?

I know traffic flow and parking is an issue in Dunsborough however when I go there I get a totally different feel to that of Busselton because you have to park and walk. and everything is contained within a precinct. I feel relaxed looking at all the shops and stopping for something to eat and the town seems vibrant and has a niche market I even enjoy watching locals and all the tourist enjoying what Dunsborough has to offer. I like the up market but country feel. People like to go where people go and Dunsborough is the place to be. I worked in Dunsborough every weekend and public holiday for three years. I also was responsible for all the coordination of maintenance and the services for all public buildings in the Dunsborough, Eagle bay, Yallingup, Willyabrup, Quindalup, areas while in the role of Facilities Manager at the COB.

2. Have you been to any Dunsborough events in the last two years? Any comments?

I always support the Easter Fair with my family and the Emergency management display which is exceptional, the Centennial Park markets, I have been to Jazz by the bay only once, watched the finish of the Cape to Cape, been to the Dunsborough Bowls Club during major events to watch as well as some of the performances by Wild Capers at the Dunsborough Hall. Of course the park I go to for the markets is the centre of town Lions Park not where I take the grandkids to enjoy playing in the shallow waters and the playground at Centennial Park.

3. Should the CoB sign up to the WA Local Government Assn (WALGA) statement and declaration on climate change?

I have to admit I have not read the WALGA statement and declaration on climate change something if elected I would do and if I feel that is what the residents would wish me to support work to have their voice heard. I have previously read part of the coastal adaption strategy and know funds have been put in reserve to address some initiatives but have not seen what this entails.

4. New prospective councillors) How many council meetings have you been to? Are there areas where you think councillors should have greater powers?

I have not been to many of the council meetings but do make a point of going on the COB website and reading minutes from Council meetings, Council committee meetings, the budget, corporate documents like the Long Term Financial Plan, Corporate Business Plan, Workforce Plan, Asset Management Plan, Leisure Services Plan, Access and Inclusion plan, and am familiar with Council business and the role of Councillor.

5. Do you support the new 21m building height limit within the Dunsborough CBD? Feel free to give reasons either way.

I am not completely on board with the planning policy that allows for the 21m height limit within the Dunsborough CBD. While I have heard many residents are opposed and there are others who support I would reserve answering this in case I am elected and it comes before me to make a decision. I would prefer to have all the cards on the table and listen to residents first. I know as Councillor you can’t please all the people all the time, I will openly communicate with residents ensuring a clear understanding and the opportunity is there to be heard.
Answering as a resident

6. Do you see a need to control growth in Dunsborough and if so, as a councillor, what role could you play in achieving this.
I would like to see good forward planning put in place and a future vision for Dunsborough by calling for the CEO to consult with the community and develop a local government policy specific to Dunsborough that allows growth within that vision only.

7. Assuming you are elected, as a councillor what specific legacy would you like to be remembered for?

Common sense in decision making reflective of the community wishes. Someone who was prepared to stand up and not just be a rubber stamp of behind closed doors decision making.