|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||Two fold: reduction of the City's carbon emissions ( cycling, walking, public transport, green spaces, energy efficiency etc) and adaption to extreme weather ( getting the community to understand and be safe from flood and drought etc)|
|Transport Priorities||I have been a strong advocate for transport and public transport for 15 years. I support and promote PT in all forms from bus to rail ( for freight and people). I also support quicker implementation of the cycling strategy. I support having an electric car port at HCC and would love to be the first Mayor in Hamilton to drive an electric car.|
|Waste and Recycling||I would like to investigate ways of increasing green waste and construction waste recycling. We should also work with others already doing good work such as Tokoroa Achievement Centre that has a social enterprise model for recycling electronic waste. Without reaching the tipping point which encourages illegal dumping, it would be good to review incentives and costs around waste collection.|
|Housing Development||This is a complex issue, which would be hard to give a full answer to in a few paragraphs. In short I support the following principles; preserving and enhancing green space (of quality) around housing, greater in-fill and high rise opportunities, making green building standards easier to build ( make consenting easier and quicker), more natural stormwater solutions ( wetlands/swales etc), making new areas of housing public transport friendly, building safe neighbourhoods. My focus is on building a better not just bigger city.|
|Managing Resources||"Here again this is a big and complex issue, which I have been involved in for many years. I have been part of the Development of Variation 6 to the Regional Plan for water allocation. This sets out a lot of methods and rules around efficient allocation and quality protection. Some methods are educational and some relate to water management plans. HCC would need to manage water within its consented amount. It must reduce the amount of water used per person, fix up leaks and under standard infrastructure. I support these methods. HCC is considering options for managing water infrastructure and whatever the result of that, better water use and water quality will be key drivers.
For land, as mentioned before we need to protect and improve the quality and quantity of green space. We also need to keep to agreed urban boundaries ( to avoid building over quality soils) and work to prevent erosion along water courses."
|City Centre Garden Place||I would like to see a vibrant public space with lots of people moving about, going to work, enjoying high end retail, enjoying the fine cafes and connecting with each other. I would like to see better Civic events that are well attended. The solution is not re-paving, it is around getting more people to live close to the City and work in the City ( I support many aspects of the Central City plan). I do like the idea of opening out the front of the Library and Civic centre so people can see what is going on and feel more connected. Solid walls are barriers. And perhaps a few more trees? It is very hot in the summer and bland, especially by the City Council.|