Candidates outline their priorities

Debby Dewbery.
Debby Dewbery.
David Funnell.

David Funnell.

Richard Perin.

Richard Perin.

Lara Symkowiak.

Lara Symkowiak.

Greg Warren.

Greg Warren.

Therese Fedeli.

Therese Fedeli.

David Bligh.

David Bligh.

Ashleigh Moss.

Ashleigh Moss.

Maryann Turner.

Maryann Turner.

Koula Hatzisavas.

Koula Hatzisavas.

Andrew Heaney.

Andrew Heaney.

Peter McLean.

Peter McLean.

Domenic Zappia.

Domenic Zappia.

Fred Anderson.

Fred Anderson.

Cindy Cagney.

Cindy Cagney.

Eva Campbell.

Eva Campbell.

Greg Copeland.

Greg Copeland.

CENTRAL Ward:

Group A:

- Therese Fedeli LIB: One of the main priorities should be listening to residents and making decisions on council which reflect the community’s views. Improvements can always be made to customer service and ratepayers should be treated as important. With increased costs due to the carbon tax, the next council will need to cut out unnecessary expenses like councillor junkets and find ways to work more efficiently as an organisation. Importantly, being a growth area, we will work hard to lobby the state and federal government for infrastructure and make sure existing residents are not forgotten.

Group B:

- Greg Warren IND: I think Councils priorities should be:

Good service delivery for existing residents and have good provisions in place for future families and businesses; existing families must not be forgotten in this process;

Maintain services and upgrade sporting facilities, park lands, nature strips and other local infrastructure we need and deserve;

Facilitate council’s budget to maintain roads, footpaths and park lands etc. for all ratepayers;

Getting development right - developed land needs to be developed in a way that families have what they need develop in to a community;

Stand strong on issues for local families and businesses in the face of the state government’s growth plan.

Group C:

- Domenic Zappia IND: Our team will focus on: acting independently on local issues through engagement and consultation with the community; ensure we have a managed approach to sustainable urban development and growth of the area; maintaining the rural setting and country lifestyle of Camden; improving the local transport services; a managed approach to improving the conditions of the roads; reducing the congestion on our roads; protection of our environment and its natural resources; services and facilities in areas of recreation, education, health, community and infrastructure.

Group D:

- Cindy Cagney IND: It is imperative that the new Council sets priorities that line up with community expectations. Most residents I speak to are concerned about future housing growth and the impact it will have on our already congested roads. So one of the main priorities will be roads and transport, council needs insist the state government get on with its job of providing major roads and public/train transport. The other major concern is, how can we keep our semi-rural lifestyle and sense of space, so another important priority will be planning wisely new development areas and controlling and restricting any future growth.

North Ward:

Group A:

- David Bligh IND: Change council’s direction so that it encourages business and local employment, so people can live and work in North Ward. More focus on services and facilities for families and young children therefore building better communities. More focus on road safety to prevent fatalities like the one on bringelly road on tuesday which the current council had been told was waiting to happen but took no action. Make sure residents are not disadvantaged when new infastructure is being put into north ward and prevent extravagant rate increases.

Group B:

- Lara Symkowiak LIB: Infrastructure – Camden council needs to work with all levels of government to ensure we get the infrastructure as we grow. We will be strong advocates for our area. Strong financial management - We will ensure ratepayers money is spent wisely and I have a proven track record in doing so. I voted against the re-introduction of ratepayer funded junkets. We oppose Labor’s carbon tax which will negatively impact on council’s budget and our rates. We will take this fight to the Federal Government. Resident concerns – The community’s views are critical and we will stand up for resident concerns.

Group C:

- David Funnell IND: The next four years are crucial for this areas long term future. Employment is our teams continuing priority – this will go some way to solving the chronic road problem. Camden Council needs sensible, stable financial management this is one of our team’s strongest points. Bring an immediate stop to the reinstated rate payer funded junket trips, we have local problems here; not interstate or overseas. An increase to the number of sporting fields, bike tracks, outside facilities and tree planting. Encourage all the community to become involved and have zero tolerance to graffiti and vandalism.

Group D:

- Peter McLean IND: The next council’s priorities should focus on building careers and jobs in the local area as this is the key to reducing traffic and improving peoples quality of life by giving them more family time and reducing their cost of living. If elected, I would work in partnership with local chambers of commerce and others to head up a Business Alliance in Camden to focus on this issue, I’d also invite other neighbouring Councils like Wollondilly and Campbelltown to come on board. Other priorities include kicking politics out of council, increasing the support and recognition of our volunteers as well as zero tolerance on illegal graffiti.

Group E:

- Koula Hatzisavas IND: At this particular stage I cannot answer this question. I am not within council and do not know what council’s current priorities are. However if the current conditions of the roads within the North Ward are not a priority, I will definitely make it one. With increased heavy vehicle usage of our roads and increased traffic flow due to the developments, our roads have become extremely hazardous for motorists and pedestrians. The current road conditions cannot cater for the increased traffic flow and something needs to be done to prevent accidents and possible fatalities.

South Ward:

Group A:

- Greg Copeland IND: Listen to the needs of residents and businesses and act accordingly as an independent council not being told how to vote by political parties. Encourage more business and industry into Camden LGA to increase jobs and reduce the need for people to commute to the city. Encourage controlled growth through new development areas and ensuring suburbs like Elderslie and Spring Farm receive facilities as they grow, whilst protecting flood plains and Camden’s historical CBD. Lobby state and federal governments for better infrastructure to cope with the huge growth in population including rail, roads, hospitals and aged care. Continue to provide sporting, arts and cultural facilities and upgrade existing ones for the needs of all the community.

Group B:

- Fred Anderson IND:

I believe the next council’s priority will need to be financial restraint. In June, councillors agreed on a balanced budget of $118,356,000 for 2012/2013. That is a lot of money. However, in order to deliver a balanced budget, council officers deferred projects worth $85,790,620 as being unable to be funded from this year’s budget. As further development occurs, our rate base increases and therefore our ability to pay for the works and services that our growing and diverse community needs and deserves. The task before us is onerous but manageable - but only if we control the purse strings.

Group C:

- Ashleigh Moss IND: I believe the next council’s priorities should involve preparing Camden for future growth. I think it’s vital our council maintains a strategic plan for residential development and protecting our open spaces and precious agricultural land. I believe it’s crucial to find the balance between preserving our heritage and traditional qualities while making sure our community is able to provide for the expected growth. I think it’s time our local roads receive the upgrades they desperately need for safety and easing of traffic congestion and believe we must ensure services and facilities are sufficient for residents now and into the future.

Group D:

- Debby Dewbery LIB: With the fast growing development in Camden LGA the priority in Camden is the construction of infrastructure. My team will continue to lobby both state and federal government for the infrastructure needed. Good financial management is vital and all governments must live within their means including keeping a close eye on the impact of the Carbon Tax on the bottom line. My team live in Camden and are ratepayers of the Camden LGA. We will put a stop to the ratepayer funded junkets which I voted against when they were reintroduced. Good communication is essential and residents views and concerns are important.

Group E:

- Eva Campbell IND: Restore council’s credibility: significantly raise the professional standards expected of councillors, reintroduce councillor workshops, publish councillor records - attendance at meetings, workshops and training, increase opportunities for community input to councillors; improve councillor - staff understanding via clear guidelines to ensure the best possible decisions for residents; adopt the highest ethical standards: safeguard resident focused, fair and equal representation; implement actions: expand cycle/walking paths; first priority - out to Camden High and reopen Little Sandy bridge, employ a bush/land care coordinator, support community centered projects which recognize and increase volunteering, acknowledge Camden’s unique heritage, promote tourism and actively secure economic development thus expanding locally based employment.

Group F:

- Maryann Turner IND: Council must guide future development and lead Camden LGA to become an environmentally sustainable, commercially successful, active and sociable place that can respond to demographic change. This means improving and introducing local services and infrastructure - community services, transport, roads and jobs. It is important to sustain and maintain Camden’s beautiful heritage and sensitively address new growth in the area. With upcoming state planning reforms, it is vital that councillors are politically independent and able to work collaboratively to achieve quality outcomes for the community.

Ungrouped candidates:

- Richard Perin IND: Camden Council rates are in the top five highest across NSW. But what do you get for it? This year, more bureaucrats will be recruited to work at council to fast track more unsustainable lego land type developments. But where should the money be going? The river that runs through Camden is dying. Outflows from Camden West will increase from 10.3 mega litres per day currently, to approximately 23 mega litres in 2021. The river is slowly becoming little more than a sewerage system. Camden Council needs to advocate on behalf of its people.

- Andrew Heaney IND: The first priority of the new council should be to undertake a full audit of assets, resources, policies and plans with fresh eyes to ensure the council is heading in the direction in the best interests of the Camden people. Secondly a ‘Future Directions’ plan needs to be developed so that short term decisions don’t have long term negative impacts on the region. And thirdly we need to open the council up to the feedback from as many residents as we can. All of council’s priorities going forward must be based on the needs and wants of the Camden residents.