Development and infrastructure, car parking and community engagement with Council were the three biggest issues of concern to the residents of Erskineville, Alexandria and Glebe/Forest Lodge at a forum held last week in Alexandria for Council candidates.
With massive overdevelopment occurring throughout the City, roads everywhere becoming clogged with cars and a growing feeling that Council simply isn’t listening to residents these issues are of widespread concern. I’ve therefore posted below my response to each of the questions posed in advance to the candidates.
For anyone keen the see what other candidates had to say in response to these issues footage of the forum has been placed online in two parts (part 1 & part 2 – the videos are both quite long but you can skip to the relevant parts).
1. In your opinion, have past development approvals adequately considered the suburban infrastructure needed to service those developments? Will the State government’s Green Paper proposed “enterprise zones” make it more or less likely that future developments will be adequately supported by infrastructure.
2. Do you believe that Precinct Committees would improve “the flow of two way communication between community members, Councilors and Council staff? If so do you think the City of Sydney would be better served by the North Sydney model (open forums) or the Canada Bay model (semi random invitations).
3. Do you support continuing the current policy of denying some residents access to on-street and on-site parking based on the age of their property?