With borders opening, we are doing what we can to keep our community safe and our services up and running.
Councillor - Southern Vales ward
19 Grants Gully RoadClarendon SA 5157
I considered becoming an elected member over concerns about wasteful spending on a consultancy concerning the township of Clarendon, where I live. My concerns at the time echoed those of Onkaparinga Council Watch [community group], and I acknowledge their support in being successful at my first and subsequent elections.
My interest in financial matters has grown over time, and I’ve written position papers over the years advocating for a long-term financially sustainable position. I’m very pleased that during the current term of council, a major reset of our Long Term Financial Plan has happened, with the potential for a major improvement in our city’s financial position into the future.
The current issues that most interest me are potential risks from the water business unit and how to resolve them, and the high charges levied for the council-owned wastewater services and how to resolve this. More generally, my other concern is to promote protection of the amenity of existing residents wherever possible, including potential rezoning issues and noise issues, through to cost-effective maintenance and refurbishment of community spaces.
I guess I set very high expectations, but these days, rather than being disappointed, I’m impressed with the staff commitment to high service standards and ongoing improvement.
As I travel around the city, looking at it from a resident’s perspective, I see a well-maintained city. We all know that things can go wrong from time to time, and residents should contact the council if something needs attention. If the issue seems to be a systemic problem, I’d like to hear about it so I can understand how well we respond to the challenge.
The best thing about Onkaparinga is that it’s in Australia, and even better, in South Australia, without some of the more extreme population growth problems of the eastern states. I hope we reflect on this from time to time, and when we think about growth, we also think about our natural environment and our living environment, and whether maximum economic and population growth really is the answer to everything. I don’t believe it is. Quality of life is just as important.