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 Stephen Hann.
- Where do you live? What attracted you to where you live?
Morphett Vale. Established a business in the area
- What’s your political background?
- To which community groups or associations do you belong?
- If elected, what will be your priorities?
Reducing debt, Hospital services, Education, Funding community areas, Prioritising road funding, Jobs, Community Arts, Removing one use pallets.
- What are your policies regarding the environment and biodiversity?
We own two heritage Native properties and all properties I own have large solar systems. I would like to see the end of single use wood and plastic pallets.
- Do you think the City of Onkaparinga should re-visit declaring a Climate Emergency?
- How can Council accelerate decarbonisation within the community?
I think we have limited to no community areas so by providing these areas we reduce the travel the 170,000 people in our area need to travel to access these services elsewhere.
- How would you make Onkaparinga a better place to live with less resource consumption?
I think we should have more hospital services in our area with a private hospital. Currently we have limited hospital services provided by our two hospitals. By providing more services we would improve access and travel for services.
- How would you aim to influence Elected Members to be effective decision makers?
I believe elected members should have their own views on issues and as a group we make decisions in the community’s best interest.
- Do you have ideas for championing improvements in the energy efficiency and lower resource footprints of new and retrofit development, both domestic and commercial?
Currently when stock is delivered wood or plastic pallets are left, I would seek to have these returned to the suppliers so they are no longer single use items.