The Government is asking us (everyone) to contribute to determining what is the future of Local Heritage in SA.
The City of Unley Council discussed this at our Council meeting last night. The debate in our chamber coincided with a public forum sponsored by the the City of Adelaide in the Adelaide Town Hall. A pity because I would not have minded being a fly on the wall in that room on the night.
We endorsed at our meeting the observations of our Development Strategy & Policy (DSP) Committee (chaired by myself) on what is the future of Local Heritage in SA.
DSP focused on the brief provided by DPTI and the Minister. Focusing on the contents of the brief and solutions rather than engaging in the 2 way vitriol that has caught the attention of the media was our preference. The committee in turn endorsed the work of the Local Government Association and our Senior Policy Planner David Brown with some further observations including:
• Conversion of the existing heritage and character provisions, and subsequent review processes, must maintain an equal status for such areas
• Court Appeal rights regarding listing being extended to Council is strongly advocated
• On-merit assessment for local heritage demolition is appropriate, providing the critical robust planning policy criteria is maintained
• Future criteria for listing of local heritage items to be clear and agreed with Council,
The observations of the Local Government Association and the observations included in Mr Brown’s report to Coucnil can be found on our website page here.
Your Council is demonstrating in the most pragmatic way their response to the Minister’s calling. Frustrated as we may be like all others in Local Government we are trying to take a mature approach. Hopefully reasoned debate on our part may influence the Minister to see what he hitherto has not.