-encourage more effective policies from all levels of government and to advocate for societal change within a framework of sustainability and low carbon lifestyles supported by renewable energy sources
-Since 2014 the City of Gold Coast Climate Strategy has lapsed and has not been replaced.
What will you do to introduce effective strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gases
(carbon/methane) across the Gold Coast and address climate change?
What will you do to initiate implement immediate, comprehensive and effective strategies and policies to reduce carbon pollution across the Gold Coast and to address the risks of climate change on Gold Coast communities and ecosystems?
To ensure that citizens have access to information about the activities of Council, including through their elected representatives through all forms of media and direct communication.
How you enable citizens have access to information about the activities of Council including ensuring Councillors to make public statements regarding activities/ decisions within their Division and city wide matters as appropriate?
How will you ensure that citizens have access to information about the activities of Council, through all forms of media and direct communication, including collaborative financial decision making by all councillors and the mayor?
Will you work to ensure that citizens have access to information about the activities of Council, through all forms of media and direct communication, including:
To ensure lands zoned, acquired or dedicated for conservation purposes are managed for their primary purpose, and only appropriate, low impact activities occur on those lands. A much stronger management framework, linked to the Nature Conservation Strategy, that guarantees such activities contribute to the conservation purpose of the area are critical.
Gecko seeks a strong framework for the management of commercial and recreational activities in
What kinds of commercial and recreational activities do you support in conservation reserves and how would you ensure that lands dedicated for conservation purposes are managed for their primary purpose, and only appropriate, low impact activities occur on those lands?
To provide for open dialogue and develop trusting working relationships between the Gold Coast conservation sector and Council, towards proactive and effective protection and management of the Gold Coast environment.
Gecko asks that the Gold Coast City Council establish an effective mechanism for proactively engaging with the conservation sector on Council planning, development and environmental protection matters, such as an Environment Advisory Committee, involving representatives from Traditional Owners, environmental experts including academics from the City’s universities and conservation groups
How would you establish an effective mechanism for proactively engaging with the conservation sectors and other relevant sectors on matters involving Council planning, development and environmental protection, with the aim of proactive and effective protection and management of the Gold Coast environment?
(such as an Environment Advisory Committee, involving representatives from Traditional Owners, environmental experts including academics from the City’s universities and conservation groups)
To reverse the decline of koalas and loss of koala habitat; and to establish a framework for retaining, managing and restoring koala habitat to ensure secure and viable populations of koalas on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast City Council must take planned and sustained action to secure existing and expand koala populations. Gecko seeks action with strong targets to secure, maintain and manage viable koala populations and habitat by:
voluntary protection programs for landholders, a wildlife ‘bridge’ or ‘underpass’ to traverse the M1 and revegetation of identified cleared areas.
What will you do to ensure that koalas and koala habitat is retained, managed and restored to secure viable populations of koalas on the Gold Coast?
To embrace and pursue sustainability, towards a prosperous, resilient and liveable future for the Gold Coast.
Gecko asks that the Gold Coast City Council:
What actions will you take to ensure the Gold Coast is an internationally recognised sustainable city that has the lowest per capita carbon footprint in Australia, a community resilience climate adaptation plan and established green transport, buildings and zero waste policies implemented within your term of council?
If elected, will you seek to:
To preserve and protect public open space, whether for conservation or recreational purposes, in perpetuity for the benefit of the citizens of the Gold Coast.
Gecko has held a principled stance on the preservation of public open space for public benefit since its foundation in 1989. Public open space is essential to the well-being of Gold Coast residents and must be preserved in perpetuity.
Gecko will strongly object to all attempts by private developers and elected representative at all levels of government to sell, lease or gift public open space for the private profit or benefit of the developer or commercial enterprise.
Gecko will advocate to all decision makers about the importance of retaining and preserving public open space for the public.
Gecko will continue to educate the public about the importance of retaining and preserving public open space for the public.
Will you seek to preserve and protect public open space, whether for conservation or recreational purposes, in perpetuity for the benefit of the citizens of the Gold Coast and not allow it to be developed for commercial purposes?
To ensure that funding from the OPSL is used to purchase land of high conservation values in order to achieve the targets set out in the Nature Conservation Strategy and is not solely diverted to management of the existing estate.
Gecko will continue to advocate for the purchase of land of high conservation value to ensure the objectives of the NCS are attained.
Gecko will determine whether candidates for the Council elections in 2016 are committed to upholding the purpose of the OPSL for the purchase of land of high conservation value.
Gecko will publish the names of all Council election candidates and their position on the use of the OPSL.
Will you ensure that the funds raised under the Open Space Preservation Levy be used for its original purpose for the purchase of land of high conservation value to ensure the objectives of the Nature Conservation Strategy are attained?
If elected, will you committed to upholding the purpose of the Open Space Preservation Levy for the purchase of land of high conservation value to ensure the objectives of the Nature Conservation Strategy are attained?
To highlight the impact of the forecast population growth for the City on physical and social Infrastructure
While the draft City Plan 2015 forecasts a population growth of about 320,000 over the next 20 years, it does not demonstrate that sufficient social or physical infrastructure will be provided to cope with the extra population. Without sufficient additional infrastructure, the city’s quality of life will be diminished.
State government and council budgets have limited capacity to fund new infrastructure. Consequently, developers must make a significantly greater contribution to physical and social infrastructure. While it’s commonly believed that infrastructure charges increase housing prices, in growing areas like Gold Coast these prices are largely set by the capacity of buyers to pay rather than by developers’ costs. The Commonwealth government’s Henry Tax Review noted that: ‘Where land supply is constrained, well-designed infrastructure charges are more likely to be factored in to the price that developers pay for raw land, than to increase the price of housing in the development where the charge is levied.’
Unless new development makes a much greater contribution to the cost of providing infrastructure, the potential benefits of a larger population will be outweighed by reduced amenity and overall quality of life for residents.
The population of the Gold Coast is forecast to increase by over 300,000 by 2030 what will you do to protect our quality of life which is under threat from this massive population growth?
Will you ensure that developers make a significantly greater contribution to physical and social infrastructure, so that the cost of this burden does not fall upon ratepayers?
That the Transport plan is adopted with adequate funding and development conditions that will reduce motor vehicle dependence, reduce congestion and increase public transport patronage.
The Transport Plan of the Gold Coast City Council identifies suitable transport infrastructure as a key condition of development plan approvals. However development is being approved without regard for the Transport Plan resulting in increased traffic density. There is no requirement to ensure that developments are approved with conditions to reduce motor vehicle use and facilitate public transport provision.
1. Having Identified the key bottlenecks and affected areas develop and implement an integrated response by State and Local government , incorporating light rail, heavy, bus links, highway access, cycleways,
2. This planning to be integrated with other policies promoting work from home, local working hubs, improved consolidation of facilities to promote walking neighbourhoods.
How will you reduce motor vehicle dependence and increase public transport patronage and ensure that developments are only approved with conditions and adequate funding to address congestion?
Will you release the names of the donors to your election campaign prior to the election date? If not, why not?
Do you support the building of a cruise terminal on the Gold Coast
Do you support the construction on a cableway that would impact on Springbrook National Park?