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Questions For Candidates
Blue Mountains City Council
2012 Election
Ward 4

There are 4 "lead" candidates in Ward 1.

The candidates, their party and their full response to the Society's questionnaire as a pdf are listed below. Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot paper.

Detailed below is a comparison of the candidates' responses. The last item on the questionnaire - a statement of personal conservation values - is provided first.
6. Personal conservation values
Provide a brief statement of your personal conservation values – limit your statement to 100 words.
Mark Greenhill  (Labor)
The City of Blue Mountains is located within a World Heritage listed area and as such deserves to be treated differently to other areas in NSW. During my time on Council I have successfully fought against overdevelopment across the mountains, including protecting escarpment land and pristine bushland from development, I was a member of the Council that saw in World Heritage listing, played a leading role in developing our creek buffer zones; and supported the bushland and tree preservation orders protecting endangered species.

Mark O'Sullivan  (The Greens)
Where I grew up in Mt. Riverview, we had a valley beyond our back gate, which contained a great variety of flora and fauna. It was lovely to walk through that part of nature and caused me to understand, even as a child, why exactly preserving nature against unchecked development was important.

When, later in life, I lived in the Campbelltown and Penrith areas with my children, I saw the results of overdevelopment and overplanning. A small, lifeless planned park has nothing to teach children. Untamed, glorious nature does. That's why I believe that we need to preserve our current balance.

Brendan Christie  (Liberal)    Note: this is a Liberal Party Candidates Joint Response

Bruce Roberts  (Independent)
While I believe we as a city need to grow in terms of development. Protection of the flora and fauna within the city needs to be assured. Protected habitat needs to be set up for some of the endangered species. Spotted quolls, turquoise parrots, red crowned toadlets, as well as protecting the ecologies like the hanging swamps. Protection also needs to take into account our historical assets like lennox bridge, cox's road etc.

Preface

What follows is a tabulation of the candidate's responses to the questionnaire.

Each question has an implicit preface of "As a BMCC Councillor would you".

Candidates were asked to answer each question with a "yes" or "no" - there being no assumed answer if left blank.

1. Natural areas and wildlife
    a. Bushland protection and restoration
  1. Support Council's current funding to Bushcare activities being maintained.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES YES subject to budgetary constraints and reports from council officers
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal YES
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

  1. Support the Council taking measures to oppose recreational hunting in National Parks.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal We are opposed to recreational hunting in the Blue Mountains National Park
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

    b. Responsible Pet Ownership
  1. Support the Council continuing to advocate to extend the existing state Companion Animal legislation to domestic cats.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor NO
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal NO
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

2. Urban sustainability
  1. Support the introduction of water bubblers so people can recharge their water bottles.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES YES subject to budgetary constraints and reports from council officers
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal We support the introduction of water bubblers, subject to available funding
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

  1. Support Council extending its existing environmental levy for another five years to support essential Council environmental programs.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES YES subject to budgetary constraints and reports from council officers
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal YES
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

  1. Support Council in supporting and promoting practical sustainability initiatives developed by local community organisations to lower the community’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES YES subject to budgetary constraints and reports from council officers
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal We support sustainable practices
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

3. Pollution and waste
  1. Support the introduction of a Green Bin for garden waste while retaining the chipping service.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES YES - this is my publicly stated position
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal We support a review of the way we manage green waste in the Blue Mountains. We would like such a review to examine the possible introduction of green bins.
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

  1. Support the introduction of an annual e-waste collection.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal YES
Bruce Roberts Independent YES


4. Planning and development
Preamble. Council has two local environmental plans (LEPs) governing how and where new development can proceed, and what environmental assessment standards new developments must meet.

LEP 2005 was developed after extensive and thorough community consultation and covers the more developed areas such as the towns and villages. The older LEP 1991 covers the bushland and rural areas.

Both LEPs must be reviewed and updated as part of the NSW government planning reforms, including conforming to a consistent format and style set by the NSW government (the "LEP standard template").

  1. Support ensuring all the existing environmental protection measures currently included in LEP 2005 are not undermined or removed in any updating or revision, including existing provisions related to Protected Areas and those related to minimising environmental impacts of new development, and retaining all areas currently zoned environmental protection.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal YES
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

  1. Support ensuring that LEP 1991 is updated and developed consistent with the provisions, methodology and approach taken in LEP 2005, including provisions related to Protected Areas and those related to minimising environmental impacts of new development, as well as retaining all areas currently zoned environmental protection.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal We believe LEP 1991 should be updated so the environmental protection measures are consistent with LEP 2005.
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

  1. Support Council taking all reasonable steps to restrict one-off “spot” rezoning of land outside of the process of reviewing LEP 2005 and LEP 1991.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal NO
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

5. Public participation and accountability
  1. Support the opportunity for the community to provide informed and timely input into Council decision-making at a strategic and policy level prior to decisions being made - particularly in respect to LEP planning processes.
Candidate Party Response Comment
Mark Greenhill Labor YES
Mark O'Sullivan The Greens YES
Brendan Christie Liberal YES
Bruce Roberts Independent YES

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