Meet the Candidates: Local Government Elections 2018 Kensington/East Norwood and West Norwood/Kent Town wards

Our recent ‘Meet the Candidates’ session run in co-operation with the Kensington Residents’ Association was an informative and interesting evening. We heard from the ward and Mayoral nominees who were then subjected to some vigorous questioning by the assembled crowd.

Whether you did or did not attend please don’t forget to vote!
Refer below for some helpful information.

Word file of candidates’ details Candidates Data 2018 – Public 

Statements from candidates CandidateStatements

Details of Candidates for NPSP Council election 2018: Candidates Data 2018 – Public

How will State Government proposals affect you?

  • You may no longer have any right of appeal on developments including those right next door to your home
  • At the same time, there is a high risk of massive dilution of heritage legislation that will witness a substantial erosion of local personality and a marked decrease in your property value.
  • All these changes to planning and heritage legislation are happening without any reasonable level of public awareness and consultation

So! A potent local council will, with your support, challenge all of this.

What does your local Council do for you?

Functions of Local Councils (from Introduction to Local Government Handbook)

E&T – Introduction to Local Government Handbook

What Councils must provide

Mostly Councils decide what services they will provide locally. However there are some
services which Councils are required, by legislation, to provide.
These include:
 formulation of planning policy for the area (note that planning policy must be
approved by the State Minister for Planning) and assessment of development
proposals including the enforcement of breaches of the Development Act 1993;
 some environmental health services, such as monitoring cooling towers for
Legionnaire’s Disease;
 fire prevention (i.e. some building inspection, and some bushfire prevention
enforcement functions are a duty, while others are discretionary);
 dog and cat management; and
 some administrative requirements, such as preparing strategic plans for the area,
maintaining an office, employing a Chief Executive Officer and supporting the
elected Council.

What Councils provide by choice

Other services provided and activities undertaken or funded by many Councils
(subject to priorities determined locally) are:
 Aged care
 Arts and cultural programs
 Business support
 Caravan parks
 Cemeteries
 Coastcare and dunecare projects
 Community buses
 Community centres
 Community development programs
 Community leadership and advocacy
 Community services such as home and community care
 Control of pest animals and plants
 Control of public nuisances
 Crime prevention
 Cycling tracks
 Dry zones
 Economic development
 Employment /training programs
 Environmental management
 Festivals and events
 Food safety inspections
 Footpaths
 Immunisation
 Information services
 Landcare programs
 Libraries with books and free internet
 Local museums and heritage support
 Monitoring of insanitary conditions
 On street parking
 Online services
 Ovals
 Parks and gardens
 Public swimming pools
 Recreation facilities and centres
 Recycling
 Reserves and picnic areas
 Roads (local roads – that is, not national highways or State arterial roads)
 Rubbish collection and disposal
 Community Wastewater Management Systems
 Skate parks
 Stormwater drainage
 Street lighting
 Tourism information and support
 Traffic management
 Wetlands
 Youth advisory committees
Whether a service is a legislative requirement of Councils, or is provided by local choice,
the Local Government Act 1999 requires that a Council be “responsive to the needs,
interests and aspirations of individuals and groups within its community…” and that it
must “…seek to ensure that Council resources are used fairly…”

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