We asked the 14 lead* candidates across the 4 wards 19 questions on key Blue Mountains environmental issues.
[* first candidate in group]
We also asked them what they intended to do for the environment if elected (statement of personal conservation values).
The questionnaire we sent can be found here.
Out of the 14 candidates, 9 responded to our questionnaire.
The responses have been compiled for each ward with a link to each candidate’s response.
The responses are not interpreted in these collations.
The combined details of all responses can be found here.
The Society would like to thank all the candidates who responded to the questionnaire.
Of the five candidates who did not respond, four were the lead Liberal candidates in each ward and one was an independent candidate. This was the lowest response rate for the local government election environment questionnaire since the Society commenced this important initiative. At the last local government election, 18 out of 19 candidates responded to the Society’s environment questionnaire, including lead candidates from all major parties.
It is especially disappointing that no Liberal candidate across the four wards responded to our questionnaire. This means that residents will have no information on these candidates’ views and positions on critical issues such as increased urban development, ensuring protection of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and climate change. The Society believes the local government election environment questionnaire assists in ensuring greater transparency and accountability, for both our elected Council and for residents, and we urge all candidates in the future to participate.
There was broad and widespread agreement amongst the candidates who responded to the questionnaire. Most candidates responded positively, indicating a very high level of support for environmental and sustainability outcomes. A summary of the candidates’ responses to the questions is outlined below.
As part of the questionnaire, we also asked candidates to provide a personal statement outlining what they will do for the environment if elected, including projects and issues they intend to work on - here's their combined Personal Conservation Values. The Society is particularly heartened by the responses of candidates to this section of the questionnaire, with candidates expressing strong commitments to environmental and related social justice actions.
As a city within an internationally recognised World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains is uniquely placed to be at the forefront of actions at the local government level on critical environmental and sustainability issues, including climate change and the rights of nature. The Society sees the personal statements of candidates as especially important. We believe that with the right leadership and conviction, working in collaboration with the community including Traditional Owners, the Blue Mountains City Council can become a national leader in sustainability and environmental protection.
All candidates who responded to the questionnaire supported the following current Council policies:
All candidates who responded to the questionnaire also supported:
There were differing views among the candidates on the following questions: