2008 Warringah Council Elections Candidate responses:

Warringah Council Election 2008 Candidate Survey

The following 9-question survey on issues of particular concern to surfers has been created by Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches.

The survey is open to all candidates.

How to use the survey:

To read candidate responses, simply hover your mouse pointer over a candidate’s name and a text box will pop up. To close the box, just move your cursor to a different name – or click anywhere else on the page.

This page was last updated 21:30 Weds 10 Sept 2008

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1. What is your policy towards sewage ocean outfalls and what will you personally do to help see them ultimately go, and by when?
[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]This is about water now. Sewerage is 90% water. What is the alternative cost?
With the State Government broke, I wouldn’t offer a timeframe on funding this, but it needs a cost benefit analysis.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]Naturally against them but one has to be realistic as this is really a State Government problem. However, I will lobby strongly to do so and to obtain funding.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]Statement goes here[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]Whilst it maybe the most convienient way of doing it now, I think this is the wrong way of dealing with human waste and better solutions are always being thought up. All I can promise is that I will add my support to any realistic solution that can eventually lead to the removal of this current practice.
Chris Sharpe
Fresh Start Team
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]The State Government will need to be lobbied to introduce new ways of dealing with waste. [/tippy]
[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]Ocean outfalls are a relic of our wasteful past. Council should be actively involved in public education about this issue to apply pressure to the State Government to have them closed and the water recycled. Paul Jaffe We Love Warringah
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]I support the excellent work of Rob Stokes MP in this regard. I will work collaboratively and lobby the State Government so that outfalls are stopped asap. My friend, Di Thorley, former Mayor of Toowoomba sought to recycle sewerage for other purposes. I support an investigation of this initiative.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]It is a poor and outdated practice. We need to embrace environmentally sound solutions and the future will require dry toilets. It is a state government issue and our Greens MPs have a strong track record of addressing this issue.I will ensure they continue to bring up this issue in parliament with the aim to cease this practice of using sewage ocean outfalls by ?? I need to get advise re timeframe and your suggestions and input will be valuable.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]They are better than outfalls directly on to the beach, but better still would water and effluent recycling so there were no outfalls.  Warringah08 will adopt some of the successful policies of other councils in this regard, and seek funding from the Federal Government water fund to achieve this goal.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”]The discharge of sewage into the ocean must definetely be reduced to improve the health of our coastline. Certainly the ocean outfall at Warriewood is the largest remaining in Sydney. I will lobby to the government for the implementation of recycling programs to minismise the amount of sewage going to the sea. After 35 years with this problem I am pretty sure surfers are quite sick of it and I believe a solution must be found as soon as possible so that residents of the northern beaches can enjoy cleaner waters.[/tippy]

2. What is your response to the following statement about beach protection?

With the appalling lack of government action this last decade, some massive energy reforms will be needed just to avoid worst case “catastrophic” sea level and temperature rises. Our coastlines and beaches will be greatly affected by global warming and Surfrider believes that our response needs to remain nature based not defiant and engineering driven. An example of this is the proposal to build sea walls to protect homes wrongly built on sand dunes of Narrabeen/Collaroy.

[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]Agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]No response[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]Agree[/tippy]
[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]Disagree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]Agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”]Strongly agree [/tippy]

3. With regard to coastal erosion how will you address potential loss of private and public beachfront properties and environmental assets (including beaches) from impacts of climate change? Which options do you support the council’s involvement in and expenditure on? Candidates asked to select from following options: sand nourishment from offshore sand sources; not taking any action and allowing property owners to face the risk; buy back and removal of threatened beachfront properties; other
[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]sand nourishment from offshore sand sources, selective dredging and re-nourishment
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]sand nourishment from offshore sand sources, buy back and removal of threatened beachfront properties.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]no response recorded[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]Use S94 funds to buy back affected properties
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]No response recorded[/tippy]
[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]As a qualified marine scientist, I understand the dynamic nature of beach systems. Off-shore sand nourishment, if environmentally sustainable, will not only protect the beach and houses, but also offer an exciting possibility for temporary sand banks for new surf breaks. Of course, sand will have to be carefully managed -particularly after storm events.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]I have spent years opposing overdevelopment, particularly in the sensitive catchment areas. It all started when I was a kid when the coastal area of North Curl Curl was under threat with amended planning proposals that would have facilitated inappropriate development. While Vice Patron and Patron of the Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee I fought hard to protect the catchment from the Ardel development. In Dee Why, I have lead the fight to stop the proposed increase in height to 20 storeys and will persist to stop the proposed increase to 18 storeys. If this is approved it will set a precedent for all of Warringah, particularly the beachside suburbs and have adverse impacts on our beaches. In Collaroy, I campaigned against major inappropriate development proposals on Pittwater Rd, Jenkins Street, Eastbank and The Avenue and will continue to oppose inappropriate over-development.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]sand nourishment from offshore sand sources. , not taking any action and allowing property owners to face the risk. , buy back and removal of threatened beachfront properties. , it will need case by case assessment. The problem will be huge and and council is not in a position to buy all those properties back at todays market value. For certain areas sand nourishment will be a valid band- aid solution.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]sand nourishment from offshore sand sources, buy back and removal of threatened beachfront properties.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”]sand nourishment from offshore sand sources, flood studies and managment plans
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4. Which of the following energy reforms will you campaign for to be installed in all new developments: solar energy panels; tougher energy efficiency standards; ‘green energy’ sourced power supply; wider house eaves; restrictions on air conditioning.
[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]solar energy panels, tougher energy efficiency standards, ‘green energy’ sourced power supply.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]tougher energy efficiency standards, wider house eaves
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]no response recorded[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]solar energy panels, tougher energy efficiency standards, wider house eaves
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]tougher energy efficiency standards

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[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]solar energy panels , tougher energy efficiency standards, ‘green energy’ sourced power supply., wider house eaves
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]solar energy panels , tougher energy efficiency standards, ‘green energy’ sourced power supply.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]solar energy panels , tougher energy efficiency standards, ‘green energy’ sourced power supply., restrictions on air conditioning., depending on location and direct sunlight especiall from the hot western sun a wide eave is clearly desireable.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]solar energy panels, tougher energy efficiency standards, ‘green energy’ sourced power supply., restrictions on air conditioning.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”] solar energy panels, restrictions on air conditioning.
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5. With regard to subdivisions, what sustainable development requirements will you lobby to have placed on any developers, concerning water, sewage, transport and energy efficiency design?
[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]BASIX was established for this purpose. It needs to be stringently applied.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]We need to find a good balance here because otherwise it could add significantly to costs which ultimately affects homeowners and home ownership. We need to encourage greater energy efficiency and water storage but at the same time need to be mindful of costs to residents and ratepayers.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]No response recorded[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]To have the following considered:
1: Seperation of fresh and grey water.
2: Installation of solar panels
3: Incorporate energy efficent designs into each house
4: Make sure to actively promote public transport and supply more shelters for users.
5: Install rainwater tanks and similiar collection systems
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]Greater energy efficiency and water storage need to be strongly encouraged.
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[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]The optimum would be a self-contained subdivision – mini sewage treatment plant, grey-water. There are many new techonologies coming on-line around the world. Council would take active role in sourcing and implementing these – and in educating the public![/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]Subdivisions in Warringah are currently government by the existing provisions of the Warringah Local Environment Plan 2000. I support a review of that planning instrument so that initiatives in sustainability can be included as provisions that must be undertaken as part of a subdivision. I think better environmental protection provisions need to be introduced and that we must look at either seeking to classify land of environmental significance as E1 or E2 and if the Minister for Planning rejects this we need to explore purchasing such land for public ownership to ensure the protection of future generations – this may be able to be funded by from section 93 and 94 developer contributions.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]carbon neutral ! solar hot water and solar energy harvesting, water tanks, dry toilets, water reuse of grey water, good public transport access, safe cycleways and pedestrian zones.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]As you would be aware Frank Sartor introduced planning laws that remove community involvement in most development proposals.  Having said that we will work tirelessly to ensure the new template LEP includes provisions under the BASIC to reduce water usage, encourage local strip shops, and local building materials.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”] Water reciclying devices, sewage treatment and use of solar energy for heating
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6. What is your personal track record in achieving coastal protection, especially on sewage and stormwater pollution and keeping beaches free from overdevelopment?
[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”] Before Warringah and Pittwater were sewered, we had 32 tankers sucking out sewage from onsite tanks every week and thousands more that discharged into the ground water. I call that pollution on a grand scale. I was a member of Warringah Shire Council that caused such a fuss that the State poured $100 million (today’s funds)into the northern peninsula to sewer the lot: The fall out – given us by the Water and Sewerage Board – was Warriewood Treatment Works and Turrimetta Head Ocean Outfall. It was supposed to go back to Manly and out to deep ocean discharge. 

In my time in Warringah, I personally moved and had carried a motion banning all further residential development until infrastructure caught up. This stood for 4 years. It’s time for another go!!

In my time of Council, we resisted High Rise Apartments – that stood for 40 years.

WE MUST STOP 18 storeys at Dee Why! I know how to do it. It isn’t cheap, but I have talked with Multiplex about it. It is doable.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]When I was last Mayor supported introduction of evironmental levy, continual fight and lobbying to protect our beach and bush environment.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]No response recorded[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]I have been an active campaigner and candidate in all levels of government and I have always been against over development on the northern beaches primarily because we dont have the supporting infrastructure.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]N/A[/tippy]
[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]The proposed Long Reef Surf Club over-development was a clarion call for me. I worked with the Administrator to have the building re-designed and was pleased to have the support of the Surfrider Foundation, the Club and the broader community. I continue to work to see this issue resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]I have spent years opposing overdevelopment, particularly in the sensitive catchment areas. It all started when I was a kid when the coastal area of North Curl Curl was under threat with amended planning proposals that would have facilitated inappropriate development. While Vice Patron and Patron of the Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee I fought hard to protect the catchment from the Ardel development. In Dee Why, I have lead the fight to stop the proposed increase in height to 20 storeys and will persist to stop the proposed increase to 18 storeys. If this is approved it will set a precedent for all of Warringah, particularly the beachside suburbs and have adverse impacts on our beaches. In Collaroy, I campaigned against major inappropriate development proposals on Pittwater Rd, Jenkins Street, Eastbank and The Avenue and will continue to oppose inappropriate over-development.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]I was observer and community member on the Northern Beaches Catchment Managenent committee, now president of Envirolink. I am also vice president of Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment and lead regularly bushwalks through the catchment to help raise awareness, respect and personal committment for the protection of this asset. My next walk will be on the day after the election 14th Sep 9.30 am -1.30pm. wildflowers!!!! bookings 9451 3231 or 0432 643 295 A clean catchment is the backbone for a great unpolluted coast & ocean.[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]Campaigned against Dee Why towers.  Campaigning against Lizard Rock development in Belrose that will adversely, if not destroy, an ecologically sensitive place and a vital catchment area.  Worked with Rob Stokes to develop a plan for grey water usage at the Warriewood STP.  Jose Menano campaigned against development at the Bantry Bay shops, and Pat Daley is a lifelong member of the Curl Curl Lagoon.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”]Personal interest on these issues.
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7. What is your response to the following statement about wastewater strategy?

Surfrider Foundation (Northern Beaches Branch) wants this election to be a turning point in Water Policy, to begin converting ocean outfall sewage plants into water reuse plants. Our message is that “Outfalls must go, so that parks and gardens can grow”. Wastewater in being dumped into the ocean while our parks and gardens die and many other reuse opportunities go unharvested. Conversion will reduce the volume of partly processed sewage that that finds its way onto the beaches of Manly, Warringah and Pittwater municipalities from the two Sydney water sewage plants at Warriewood and North Head..

[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]No response registered[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy]
[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]Agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]Strongly agree[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”]Strongly agree [/tippy]

8. How will you campaign for the reduction and recycling of wastewater from the sewage treatment plant that services your municipality, either Warriewood STP or North Head STP?
[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]It’s all about water now. Sewerage is 99% water. What is the altrnative cost? We need a cost benefit analysis.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]Support Manly and Pittwater Councils through SHOROC and I have a strong track record in supporting SHOROC when I was Mayor 1996-1998.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]No response recorded[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]Through active consultation with Sydney Water to see how reused water can be directed to our parks and playing fields.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]No response recorded[/tippy]
[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]Call for a think-tank and invite all stakeholders to take part in new initiatives – sewage mining, composting toilets, greywater systems for residents and businesses. Council to act as broker on bulk deals on water saving devices for households.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]Firstly, I would look at the significant data and scientific analysis that was gained in Toowoomba when Di Thorley as Mayor proposed recycling of sewerage water. With that I would then seek that Council put the proposal out for community consultation. Based on the results of the community consultation process I would then lobby the State and Federal Governments as well as the corporate world for financial assistance to achieve the desired outcome.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]promotion of water efficient houses and other facilities esp by example of carbon neutral council by 2010, which will include wise water management. Examine and lobby for options of reuse of water for sportsfields and other parks. I am interested in your response to the proposed extra water holding ponds by the Sewer Fix Alliance ( Sydney Water), another band-aid solution in my eyes.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]This is more difficult because both facilities are outside the council area.  However, we will work through the regional council group, and with the water fund established by the Federal Government to upgrade and eliminate as much waste as possible.  We have spoken to both Mike Baird and Rob Stokes and know that they are fully on board with this idea.
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”]I will support groups like yourself that represent people affected by these afluents.Probably media campaigns would be another strategy. Lobbying the government on these issues.
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9. Do you support the large scale subdivision now proposed for Ingleside?
[tippy title=”Kevin Begaud” header=”on”]No[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Sam Danieli” header=”on”]No[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Julie Sutton” header=”on”]No response recorded[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Fresh Start” header=”on”]No[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Bob Giltinan” header=”on”]response  not entered yet[/tippy]
[tippy title=”We Love Warringah” header=”on”]No[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Community First Alliance” header=”on”]No[/tippy] | [tippy title=”The Greens” header=”on”]No[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Warringah08″ header=”on”]No
[/tippy] | [tippy title=”Chavez for Warringah” header=”on”]No [/tippy]

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Campaign websites

[email protected] (Kevin Begaud)
www.mayor4warringah.com.au (Sam Danieli)
www.vincentdeluca.info
juliesuttonformayor.com.au
thefreshstartteam.net (mayoral candidate: Chris Sharpe)
www.bobservingwarringah.com.au
www.welovewarringah.com.au (mayoral candidate: Paul Jaffe)
warringah.nsw.greens.org.au (mayoral candidate: Doctor Connie Harris
warringah08 (mayoral candidate: Jason Falinski)

www.chavezforwarringah.com

 

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