Local government plays a huge role in protecting and preserving the environment, and The City of Onkaparinga has a strong tradition of introducing positive measures and initiatives based on environmental and sustainability issues.
For that reason, a number of local environmental and community groups have contacted all the candidates standing for Mayor of Onkaparinga City, as well as those standing in the Southern Vales and South Coast Wards, to offer them the opportunity to introduce themselves to our collective membership, and to let us know where they stand on a number of key environmental issues in the City of Onkaparinga.
Each candidate was given the same ten questions to answer. Here are the responses of Rob de Jonge, Candidate for Mayor of Onkaparinga
10 Questions Council Election
- Where do you live? What attracted you to where you live?
Happy Valley (Pimpala). A lovely home for the family to live in.
- What’s your political background?
- To which community groups or associations do you belong?
Fresh FM Community Radio, Flagstaff Hill Football and Tennis.
- If elected, what will be your priorities?
I will be addressing the 29 issues that the community have rung me about.
- What are your policies regarding the environment and biodiversity?
I will support all policies developed by Council regarding the environment.
- Do you think the City of Onkaparinga should re-visit declaring a Climate Emergency?
YES. It’s up to the 12 councillors. It’s not completely important to me but some what important.
- How can Council accelerate decarbonisation within the community?
The Council can simply address producing low levels of greenhouse gases.
- How would you make Onkaparinga a better place to live with less resource consumption?
Recycling. Electric vehicles. Solar panels.
- How would you, as Mayor or Councillor, aim to influence Elected Members to be effective decision makers?
I will not be influencing Elected Members. They can bring their own agendas to the table in Council. I will support 6-all decisions with the Mover, to promote good dieas.
- Do you have ideas for championing improvements in the energy efficiency and lower resource footprints of new and retrofit development, both domestic and commercial?
Footpaths are important to pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchairs. Also important are wombat crossings, ensuring that footpaths are kept clear of hedges, are as wide as possible, and having no cross fall.