What Do I Stand For?
My Vision: Planning and Urban Growth

We are told that our population is to grow by nearly 40% over the next twenty years.

State Government and Council planners simply must look beyond the next election.

It’s not rocket science – consider, for example, what Dr John Bradfield achieved for NSW commuters in the first quarter of the last century by building most of the suburban train network.

It’s not smart for the State Government and our Council:

  • To sit back and watch traffic volumes grow on our backstreets and then express surprise when gridlock occurs;
  • To restrict the number of parking spaces in new developments to one space for two apartments and then wonder why “on-street parking” is at a premium and often inadequate;
  • To think that decades of planning inaction and ineptitude can be solved by painting exotic lane markings and erecting complex road signs;
  • To ignore the axiom that open space is vitally important in the development and sustainability of communities and then be amazed at the lack of parks and sporting facilities;
  • To allow infrastructure to fall into wrack and ruin and then declaring that there’s not enough money available for maintenance whilst sitting on large property holdings that could be sold off to help meet the costs of proper maintenance.

Matters most relevant to Cammeraygal Ward

 

  • Parking:
    • Mandate that all new apartments and dwellings have, on site, at least parking for one vehicle;
  •  North Sydney Olympic Pool:
    • complete the rebuild;
    • address the traffic problems that will flow from an increase in usage from around 300,000 to 600,000 patrons each year; and
    • ensure noise management takes into account the residential character of Milsons Point.
  • Parks that overlook Luna Park (Harry’s Park, Northcliff Park and “lot 12”) – bring under the “care and control” of North Sydney Council.
  • Plans of Management – do not allow ad hoc changes to satisfy narrow populist agitation.
  • Zoning:
    • reduce the permitted uses in the “B4” zone (Milsons Point and Neutral Bay) to those that are sensibly compatible with the residential character of the areas and
    • resist ad hoc approaches to changes in zoning that invariably lead to sudden and unexpected changes to the character of the area the subject of the change with a flow on affect to a larger area. 
  • Luna Park:
    • have the 1998 Plan of Management made prescriptive;
    • drive the release of 2016 ‘secret agreement’ between State  and Government and Luna Park (Multiplex).
  • Harbour Bridge cycle way:
    • reintroduction of barriers for bicycles using western side of Harbour Bridge in order to reduce accidents caused to pedestrians; and
    • bar any addition to the cycleway that takes from Bradfield Park.
  • Peter Kingston sculptures – secure heritage recognition.
  • Wendy’s “Secret” Garden:
    • council to acquire and, 
    • in consultation with Wendy Whiteley, put in place a long-term management plan that ensures Wendy’s great work is not degraded or lost.
  • Sydney Harbour High Line – encourage the Government to fund and facilitate its construction.
  • 1 Henry Lawson Avenue – drive the State Government to purchase the site and include it in Blues Point Reserve.
  • Berry’s Bay redevelopment: 
    • bring all unused land under the “care and control of North Sydney Council and keep as public open space;
    • have The Sydney Heritage Fleet establish a presence in the Bay and have it, if practicable, activate Woodley’s boat shed;
    • have the State Heritage Commission list the Coal Loader Complex as “A Heritage Site”.
  • St Leonards Park & North Sydney Oval – protect from being ravaged by the tunnel construction.
  • Repurpose Cammeray Golf course for the benefit of a wide range sporting activities following its shrinkage course by the Bridges tunnel complex

EDUCATION

Retain and acquire land for educational purposes.

MEDICAL SERVICES

Conduct an audit of the delivery of health services to ensure they are aligned with community needs and delivered in a cost effective way.

AGED CARE

Areas above the Metro station at Crows Nest may be retained for much needed aged care facilities.

URBAN PLANNING

Plan sustainable cities recognising the importance of green spaces to human and environmental health. Keep public land off developers’ tables.

WENDY'S GARDEN

Wendy’s Secret Garden should permanently be designated as a public space. The Government should commit to retaining valuable public spaces such as this.

HERITAGE FLEET

The Heritage Fleet needs a home – a place to moor some of its amazing vessels that’s accessible to the public. Berrys Bay, with its long association with the maritime industry and connection to the Sydney Harbour Highline offers a perfect spot and it’s available now.