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Blue Mountains City Council Election - 10th Sept.
The Blue Mountains Conservation Society presents everything you need to know about the 2016 Council Election from an environmental perspective.
Questionnaire Response - All Wards

Of the 19 candidates provided with the questionnaire, only Jim Carothers (Ward 1 - Independent) didn't respond.

Natural areas - Bushland protection and restoration
1. Support Council's current funding to Bushcare and Bush regeneration activities:
a) being maintained
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreens
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes subject to knowing the budget
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalBeing maintained. Happy to discuss increases in the course of this term
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.First
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes but I would prefer to increase the budget
b) being increased
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLabor
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes in principle: would consider in light of other service delivery priorities such as footpaths and walking tracks.
Chris Van der KleyLiberal
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes subject to advice about budget
Mick FellLaborYes, subject to availability of State/Federal funding
Daniel MylesLiberal
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes, subject to considering officer’s advice
Postamble:  The 2016-17 budget for bushcare funds 1 full time and 6 part time positions and the bush regeneration budget supports 6 full time positions.

2. Support an increase in the Noxious Weeds program by extending the number of catchments targeted each year, and by providing more private property weed education and advice.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes in principle: would consider in light of other service delivery priorities such as footpaths and walking tracks.
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes subject to financial advice regarding budget
Mick FellLaborYes, subject to staff advice
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes, subject to considering advice.

3. Support Council maintaining its budget for bushwalking track maintenance and development, using Nature Based Recreation Licence Fees for additional work and actively pursuing opportunities for additional Commonwealth and State funding.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes absolutely
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes
Mick FellLaborYes, subject to staff advice
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes
Enforcement of Environmental Regulations
4. Support Council taking a strong and consistent approach to enforcement of breaches of environmental regulations:
a) by taking legal action against illegal clearing of natural bushland
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes
b) by initiating the establishment of a specialist environmental enforcement unit of suitably trained staff
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLabor
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.?
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes in principle: would consider in light of other service delivery priorities such as footpaths and walking tracks.
Chris Van der KleyLiberalNo
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes I would support this subject to advice
Mick FellLaborYes, subject to staff advice
Daniel MylesLiberalNo. I prefer to have many staff across BMCC Health & Development trained in this area for greater flexibility rather than a specialist unit.
Brendan ChristieLiberalNo – through training of staff
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes, I would support this, subject to considering advice

5. Support the development and implementation of a Council Land Encroachment Policy to address degradation of bushland reserves caused by the use of this land by neighbouring private landholders.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes - depending on situation
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes development of this policy would also need to include strong community consultation
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes. Absolutely
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes. Very much so.
Postamble:  Currently there are issues of residents degrading Council bushland reserves adjacent to their properties by using the land to park vehicles, stockpile materials, locate trampolines, dispose of garden waste, or mowing etc.
Waste
6. Support
a) the introduction of a financial incentive for residents to compost their own waste
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborNo
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalNo
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes Yes Yes !!!
Romola HollywoodLaborYes subject to advice from officers and consideration of statutory obligations on waste charges
Chris Van der KleyLiberalNo
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes on the condition that State or Federal Grant is allocated
Mick FellLaborYes, subject to staff advice
Daniel MylesLiberalNo. Excessive composting in the past has lead to an increase in rat numbers. Composting is fine for individuals but on a large scale, would be one step forward and several steps back.
Brendan ChristieLiberalNo
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes, subject to a state or federal grant.

b) the re-introduction of Council educational programs to encourage a range of waste minimisation practices
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes subject to advice from officers and consideration of statutory obligations on waste charges
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes

7. Promote change to the waste collection systems for businesses in order to encourage reuse and re-cycling.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes subject to advice from officers and consideration of statutory obligations on waste charges
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes subject to State or Federal Grants
Mick FellLaborYes, subject to the availability of State/federal funding
Daniel MylesLiberal Yes. BMCC should never have got out of this business.
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes, subject to a state or federal grant.
Postamble:  Commercial properties are not provided with the same recycling services as residents, and there is no incentive for businesses to recycle waste.
Planning and development
8. Support ensuring all the existing environmental protection measures currently included in the Blue Mountains Local Environmental Plan 2015 (LEP 2015) are not undermined or removed in future amendments, including retaining:
a) all existing provisions aimed at minimising environmental impacts of new development
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes
b) all areas currently mapped as Protected Areas.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes
c) all areas currently zoned environmental protection (E2).
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes
Postamble:  The LEP 2015 governs how and where new development can proceed, and what environmental standards new developments must meet. This LEP must be reviewed and updated in the next few years.)

9. Oppose the State Government imposing a new housing target on the Blue Mountains, designed to increase the housing stock in order to accommodate Sydney’s growing population.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes. I will strongly oppose this plan
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes. I will oppose this state government plan as I have throughout my Mayoralty

10. Oppose any future re-zoning of land aimed at increasing the areas available for medium density housing development.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes?
Tony RobinsonInd.No, depending on situation
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Strongly oppose. I support Conservation Society fully.
Mick FellLaborYes, subject to staff advice
Daniel MylesLiberalYes!
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes. I support Conservation Society in this matter entirely.
Postamble:  Some submissions during the development of LEP 2015, mainly from developers, advocated extending the medium density housing zone, R3, by rezoning land adjacent to the village centres. This is despite the Council Residential Strategy 2010 concluding that there is adequate vacant residential lots to meet expected population forecasts, and that current opportunities for medium density development are under-utilised.)

11. Protect the built heritage and large garden and bushland lots of the Blue Mountains townships by supporting the village precinct objectives and proposed R6 Residential Character Conservation Zone in LEP 2015.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Response provided here
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes. Will fight to protect this zoning
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes!
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes. As Mayor, I lead the delegations to see the Minister and lock this zoning in.
Postamble:  The Blue Mountains towns are famous for their large lot residential areas featuring older character housing, 'leafy green streets' and display gardens as well as natural bushland. Some submissions during the development of LEP 2015 opposed the introduction of R6.)

12. Oppose the introduction of the SP3 Tourism Zone which will increase the opportunities for large-scale, resort-style tourism development
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberal?Yes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes subject to advice from officers which would be based on consultation with the community
Chris Van der KleyLiberalNo
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.I do not support further mass development
Mick FellLaborWill take staff advice
Daniel MylesLiberalNo. I support this zone. Tourism is a great creator of local, sustainable and low-impact jobs
Brendan ChristieLiberalNo
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborI do not support further, large scale development in the Blue Mountains.
Postamble:  Tourism in the Blue Mountains is currently characterised by locally owned and operated small-scale accommodation and nature and heritage-based activities. This ensures that visual and natural amenity, environmental protection and World Heritage values are preserved, and that the tourist dollar stays in the local community.

Will you publicly and strongly support Council’s current position opposing:
13.
a) Coal Seam Gas exploration and extraction in the Local Government Area.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes, Absolutely
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYou bet!
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes. As Mayor I have advocated a No Coal Seam Gas policy.
b) The transport of nuclear waste through the Blue Mountains.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberalYes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Yes
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Yes, with no hesitation.
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes. As Mayor I renewed our status as a nuke free zone that reinforced our opposition to the transport of nuclear material through the Mountains.
c) The building of an airport at Badgerys Creek in Western Sydney.
Candidate Party Response
Kerry BrownGreensYes
Don McGregorLaborYes
Sam Parker-DaviesInd.Yes
Michael BeggInd.Yes
Kevin SchreiberLiberal?Yes
Tony RobinsonInd.Yes
Brent HoareGreensYes
Rob ThompsonInd.Response provided here
Romola HollywoodLaborYes
Chris Van der KleyLiberalYes
Joel MacRaeGreensYes
Shae FoenanderInd.Massively oppose an Airport in Western Sydney. I have been a very strong advocate for Western Sydney in opposing BCA . I am an executive member of RAWSA and I am on the Mayoral Reference Committee against BCA airport
Mick FellLaborYes
Daniel MylesLiberalYes
Brendan ChristieLiberalYes
Matt HodgsonAust.FirstYes
Kate McConvilleGreensYes
Mark GreenhillLaborYes. As Mayor, I have led the Council’s fight against the airport. The motions opposing it were from my Mayoral Minutes. I have opposed the airport since I was elected in 1999. I always will.


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