3. The Environment
The purposes of both the Central Coast Council and the Member for Robertson should be to protect and conserve our environment from the ravages of climate change and sea rise, ocean acidification, radio-activation, various pollutants, feral animals, de-forestation and loss of wildlife habitat, fracking, unsustainable human usage and to make provision for sustainable public use of public spaces, support a range of different pursuits and lifestyles, and value our Central Coast heritages both Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian.
3.1 Local Community Governance
3.1.1 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will, and Council should, support community action aimed at ensuring public land remains in public hands
3.1.2 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will, and Council should, support community action aimed at ensuring Crown Lands reserved for public use will remain Crown Lands
3.1.3 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will, and Council should, encourage and support local communities leading the development of Public Land Management Plans
3.1.4 All open space in each locality will have community members as part of the management team.
3.2 Central Coast Council:
3.2.1 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will, and Council should, act in all matters to maintain or increase the amount of open space, bushland, farmland, unspoilt waterways and beaches, recognizing that the relatively clean environment of the Central Coast is a valuable asset and essential for sustainable communities
3.2.2 Council will engage with the community in genuine consultation on identifying areas where increased housing density can be allowed, to reduce the urban sprawl of existing settlements
3.2.3 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will seek Federal funds to assist Council research and identify extreme, medium and lower importance Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian heritage areas, events, artefacts and histories and to formulate a graduated and costed heritage plan (Heritage Plan) for protection and enhancement
3.2.4 Council will no longer allow the removal of heritage items from the LEP unless that removal is supported by the state Heritage Office
3.2.5 Council will adopt new zoning controls which reflect the Heritage Plan.
3.2.6 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will, and Council should research the relevant Acts and identify public lands and waterways which support Central Coast lifestyles. I will seek to collaborate with the Council to formulate a costed and integrated public spaces and lifestyles plan (Public Spaces and Lifestyles Plan) involving protection and enhancement of bushlands, catchment areas, aquifers, National Parks, State Forests, Reserves, coastal open spaces, public reserves and lands, waterways and access to waterways.
3.2.7 Council will adopt new zoning controls to reflect the Public Spaces & Lifestyles Plan
3.2.8 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will support Council to prepare, in collaboration with the university sector, a Council Green Paper on environmental risk (Green Paper on Environmental Risk) which identifies significant risks to the Central Coast environment and the NSW and Federal Government action required to reduce and eliminate the risks.
IN THE EVENT THAT COUNCIL IS UNABLE, OR UNWILLING, TO COMMISSION SUCH A GREEN PAPER, I UNDERTAKE TO DO SO WITH MY OFFICE.
3.2.9 Council will adopt a zero waste policy for Council activities
3.2.10 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will support Council setting targets to move to a carbon-neutral footprint for overall Council activities
3.2.11 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will, and Council should, as far as state planning laws allow, insist that any new housing developments have street and lot alignments that allow passive solar housing, community space, storm-water harvesting, local power generation, utility bike paths, mixed zonings allowing a range of work places alongside housing and other innovations to reduce waste and improve healthy community living.
3.2.12 As the Independent Member for Robertson I support Council developing a plan for an integrated utility bike path system across the coast
3.2.13 As the Independent Member for Robertson I support Council establishing electric car charging points at all public places
3.2.14 Council will move rapidly to upgrade storm-water systems across the Coast, to prevent leakage of pollutants into waterways
3.2.15 Council will develop a policy of increasing urban vegetation and tree cover and police unauthorized tree removal
3.2.16 Council will, evaluate and consider adopting the European Green Capital indicators as the criteria for all future development: local contribution to global climate change, transport, green urban areas, noise, waste production and management, nature & biodiversity, air, water consumption, waste water treatment, eco-innovation and sustainable employment, environmental management of the local authority, and energy performance.
3.2.17 Council will establish an independent air-quality monitoring system across the Region.
3.3 NSW Government:
3.3.1 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will support Council pressing the NSW Government to endorse the Council’s Heritage Plan, to provide legislation to act, and to assist with funding from NSW and Commonwealth sources.
3.3.2 As the Independent Member for Robertson I support Council pressing the NSW Government to endorse the Council’s Public Spaces and Lifestyles Plan, to provide legislation to act, and to assist with funding from NSW and Commonwealth sources.
3.3.3 Council will seek an appropriate response, from the NSW Government, to Council’s Green Paper on Environmental Risk.
3.3.4 Council will continue to lobby for E5 zoning for the Coastal Open Space Scheme;
3.3.5 As the Independent Member for Robertson I support Council to call on the state government to prioritise food security over resource extraction west of the freeway and to refuse consent for resource extraction DAs west of the freeway.
3.3.6 As the Independent Member for Robertson I support Council urging the state government to draw up plans with funding to commence a process of management and defence in coastal areas that are vulnerable to storm surges and sea level rises.
3.3.7 Council will urge the state and federal governments to change electricity regulations so that de-centralized smart power grids can be rolled out across the Central Coast.
3.3.8 Council will work with all NSW State agencies to prioritise utility bike riding, including the provision of free bike lockers where free car parking is provided and equivalent funding for separate bike paths whenever road works are undertaken.
3.3.9 Lobby the State Government and treasury to help fund environment a Central Coast based Environmental Improvement Office, administered under Council and/or a Central Coast Institution.
3.4 Federal Government:
As the Independent Member for Robertson I will work with the cross-bench and other like-minded Members to persistently:
3.4.1 Press the Federal Government’s departments for bureaucratic and funding support for Council’s Heritage Plan.
3.4.2 Press the Federal Government to provide funding for elements of the Public Spaces and Lifestyles Plan, and especially to fund Council’s responsibility for ameliorating the effects of sea rise, various pollutants that affect wildlife and bees, devastation of wildlife by feral animals
3.4.3 Seek an appropriate response, from the Federal Government, to Council’s Green Paper on Environmental Risk.
3.4.4 Urge the federal government to set world best standard targets to reduce greenhouse gases and support a transition to a zero carbon economy.
3.4.5 Lobby the Federal Government and treasury to help fund environment a Central Coast based Environmental Improvement Office, administered under Council and/or a Central Coast Institution.
3.4.6 I will lobby the Government to put a stop to Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP11) in line with unanimous council motions and the vast majority of Central Coast citizens.
3.4.7 I will lobby the government to have the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine prohibited by using the so called Water Trigger in the Federal Environment Acts.
This policy has in large part been adopted from the Community Plan Central Coast, Environment policy section 3.
Policies 3.3.9 & 3.4.5 are advanced on the basis of my professional work with global smart cities and intelligent communities movements.
Policies 3.4.6 & 3.4.7 are derived from my consultation and involvement in the campaigns to stop the PEP11 & Wallarah 2 extraction and mining project proposals.