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Better Development

Place community wellbeing, not just economic growth, at the heart of our planning system

My vision is for a city that values community and cultural connection and equity in wellbeing across generations as much as the more traditional bottom-line measure like productivity and economic growth. This includes introducing a triple bottom line to ensure wellbeing and environmental outcomes are included in significant planning decisions.

In the time I have been a councillor for the city, approaching almost five years, I have created a set of policies to achieve my vision for better development in our city. Take a look.

To ensure better development, we must:

  • Place community wellbeing, not just economic growth, at the heart of our planning system.

    • My vision is for a city that values community and cultural connection and equity in well-being across generations as much as the more traditional bottom-line measures like productivity and economic growth. I would introduce a triple bottom line to all significant planning decisions, requiring social infrastructure and sustainability measures alongside economic development to gain approval

    • Preserve Moore Park Golf course as an 18-hole competition grade course

    • Reinvigorate any underutilised green spaces instead of threatening to cut up golf courses and destroying existing sporting facilities. Create new facilities such as outdoor gyms, climbing walls and urban micro-forests for people to spend time, exercise and play safely

    • Expand provision of competition grade sporting facilities for community sporting groups.

    • Provide greater support to community gardens

    • Ensure ‘20 minute neighbourhoods’ to place essential services within walking distance and respond to a decentralising work culture. Incorporate this into all new major developments so that we have the shops, cafes, offices, doctors, parks, schools and cultural spaces to support our communities and create more employment opportunities close to where people live.

    • Consult with WIRES and the First Nations community and ensure that developments include a minimum quota of native flora which can support local wildlife, insects and birds and ensures apartment residents have access to adequate green space

    • Appoint a pedestrian champion, who will lead measures to make walking safer and easier across Sydney. I would also establish safe walking routes, to give children cleaner and safer journeys to school, avoiding busy and polluted roads where possible.

    • Introduce minimum ventilation and air filtration standards for new buildings to ensure we minimise the effects of disease transmission, air pollution and bushfire smoke

    • Instal a network of air quality monitors that report air quality online, in real time.

    • Introduce a moratorium on further loss of on-street parking spaces outside of the CBD