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Blue Mountains City Council Election - Questionnaire Response

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Of the 19 candidates provided with the questionnaire, only Jim Carothers (Ward 1 - Independent) didn't respond.

Natural areas - Bushland protection and restoration

1.

Support Council's current funding to Bushcare and Bush regeneration activities:
a) being maintained
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind.
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes subject to knowing the budget
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Being maintained. Happy to discuss increases in the course of this term
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes but I would prefer to increase the budget

 

b) being increased

Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes in principle: would consider in light of other service delivery priorities such as footpaths and walking tracks.
Chris Van der Kley Liberal
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes subject to advice about budget
Mick Fell Labor Yes, subject to availability of State/Federal funding
Daniel Myles Liberal
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes, subject to considering officer’s advice
Postamble:  The 2016-17 budget for bushcare funds 1 full time and 6 part time positions and the bush regeneration budget supports 6 full time positions.


2. Support an increase in the Noxious Weeds program by extending the number of catchments targeted each year, and by providing more private property weed education and advice.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes in principle: would consider in light of other service delivery priorities such as footpaths and walking tracks.
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes subject to financial advice regarding budget
Mick Fell Labor Yes, subject to staff advice
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes, subject to considering advice.

3. Support Council maintaining its budget for bushwalking track maintenance and development, using Nature Based Recreation Licence Fees for additional work and actively pursuing opportunities for additional Commonwealth and State funding.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes absolutely
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes
Mick Fell Labor Yes, subject to staff advice
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes

 

Enforcement of Environmental Regulations

4. Support Council taking a strong and consistent approach to enforcement of breaches of environmental regulations:
a) by taking legal action against illegal clearing of natural bushland
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes

 

b) by initiating the establishment of a specialist environmental enforcement unit of suitably trained staff
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. ?
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes in principle: would consider in light of other service delivery priorities such as footpaths and walking tracks.
Chris Van der Kley Liberal No
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes I would support this subject to advice
Mick Fell Labor Yes, subject to staff advice
Daniel Myles Liberal No. I prefer to have many staff across BMCC Health & Development trained in this area for greater flexibility rather than a specialist unit.
Brendan Christie Liberal No – through training of staff
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes, I would support this, subject to considering advice

5. Support the development and implementation of a Council Land Encroachment Policy to address degradation of bushland reserves caused by the use of this land by neighbouring private landholders.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes - depending on situation
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes development of this policy would also need to include strong community consultation
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes. Absolutely
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes. Very much so.
Postamble:  Currently there are issues of residents degrading Council bushland reserves adjacent to their properties by using the land to park vehicles, stockpile materials, locate trampolines, dispose of garden waste, or mowing etc.

 

Waste

6. Support
a) the introduction of a financial incentive for residents to compost their own waste
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor No
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal No
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes Yes Yes !!!
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes subject to advice from officers and consideration of statutory obligations on waste charges
Chris Van der Kley Liberal No
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes on the condition that State or Federal Grant is allocated
Mick Fell Labor Yes, subject to staff advice
Daniel Myles Liberal No. Excessive composting in the past has lead to an increase in rat numbers. Composting is fine for individuals but on a large scale, would be one step forward and several steps back.
Brendan Christie Liberal No
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes, subject to a state or federal grant.

b) the re-introduction of Council educational programs to encourage a range of waste minimisation practices
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes subject to advice from officers and consideration of statutory obligations on waste charges
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes

7. Promote change to the waste collection systems for businesses in order to encourage reuse and re-cycling.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes subject to advice from officers and consideration of statutory obligations on waste charges
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes subject to State or Federal Grants
Mick Fell Labor Yes, subject to the availability of State/federal funding
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes. BMCC should never have got out of this business.
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes, subject to a state or federal grant.
Postamble:  Commercial properties are not provided with the same recycling services as residents, and there is no incentive for businesses to recycle waste.

 

Planning and development

8. Support ensuring all the existing environmental protection measures currently included in the Blue Mountains Local Environmental Plan 2015 (LEP 2015) are not undermined or removed in future amendments, including retaining:
a) all existing provisions aimed at minimising environmental impacts of new development
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes

b) all areas currently mapped as Protected Areas.

Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes

c) all areas currently zoned environmental protection (E2).

Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes
Postamble:  The LEP 2015 governs how and where new development can proceed, and what environmental standards new developments must meet. This LEP must be reviewed and updated in the next few years.)

9. Oppose the State Government imposing a new housing target on the Blue Mountains, designed to increase the housing stock in order to accommodate Sydney’s growing population.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes. I will strongly oppose this plan
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes. I will oppose this state government plan as I have throughout my Mayoralty

10. Oppose any future re-zoning of land aimed at increasing the areas available for medium density housing development.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes?
Tony Robinson Ind. No, depending on situation
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Strongly oppose. I support Conservation Society fully.
Mick Fell Labor Yes, subject to staff advice
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes!
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes. I support Conservation Society in this matter entirely.
Postamble:  Some submissions during the development of LEP 2015, mainly from developers, advocated extending the medium density housing zone, R3, by rezoning land adjacent to the village centres. This is despite the Council Residential Strategy 2010 concluding that there is adequate vacant residential lots to meet expected population forecasts, and that current opportunities for medium density development are under-utilised.)

11. Protect the built heritage and large garden and bushland lots of the Blue Mountains townships by supporting the village precinct objectives and proposed R6 Residential Character Conservation Zone in LEP 2015.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Response provided here
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes. Will fight to protect this zoning
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes!
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes. As Mayor, I lead the delegations to see the Minister and lock this zoning in.
Postamble:  The Blue Mountains towns are famous for their large lot residential areas featuring older character housing, 'leafy green streets' and display gardens as well as natural bushland. Some submissions during the development of LEP 2015 opposed the introduction of R6.)

12. Oppose the introduction of the SP3 Tourism Zone which will increase the opportunities for large-scale, resort-style tourism development
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal ?Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes subject to advice from officers which would be based on consultation with the community 
Chris Van der Kley Liberal No
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. I do not support further mass development
Mick Fell Labor Will take staff advice
Daniel Myles Liberal No. I support this zone. Tourism is a great creator of local, sustainable and low-impact jobs
Brendan Christie Liberal No
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor I do not support further, large scale development in the Blue Mountains.
Postamble:  Tourism in the Blue Mountains is currently characterised by locally owned and operated small-scale accommodation and nature and heritage-based activities. This ensures that visual and natural amenity, environmental protection and World Heritage values are preserved, and that the tourist dollar stays in the local community.

13. Will you publicly and strongly support Council’s current position opposing:
a) Coal Seam Gas exploration and extraction in the Local Government Area.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes, Absolutely
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal You bet!
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes. As Mayor I have advocated a No Coal Seam Gas policy.

b) The transport of nuclear waste through the Blue Mountains.

Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Yes
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Yes, with no hesitation.
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes. As Mayor I renewed our status as a nuke free zone that reinforced our opposition to the transport of nuclear material through the Mountains.

c) The building of an airport at Badgerys Creek in Western Sydney.

Candidate Party Response
Kerry Brown Greens Yes
Don McGregor Labor Yes
Sam Parker-Davies Ind. Yes
Michael Begg Ind. Yes
Kevin Schreiber Liberal ?Yes
Tony Robinson Ind. Yes
Brent Hoare Greens Yes
Rob Thompson Ind. Response provided here
Romola Hollywood Labor Yes
Chris Van der Kley Liberal Yes
Joel MacRae Greens Yes
Shae Foenander Ind. Massively oppose an Airport in Western Sydney. I have been a very strong advocate for Western Sydney in opposing BCA . I am an executive member of RAWSA and I am on the Mayoral Reference Committee against BCA airport
Mick Fell Labor Yes
Daniel Myles Liberal Yes
Brendan Christie Liberal Yes
Matt Hodgson Aust.First Yes
Kate McConville Greens Yes
Mark Greenhill Labor Yes. As Mayor, I have led the Council’s fight against the airport. The motions opposing it were from my Mayoral Minutes. I have opposed the airport since I was elected in 1999. I always will.