Roads, Airbnbs, police, development: Culburra Beach candidate forum raises key local issues ahead of NSW election
What specific funding (in addition to the promised federal government funding) would you secure to fix the roads?
Amanda Findley (Greens): Ms Findley took aim at the Labor proposal, claiming the figure would "probably only equate to about $4 million each year for places like the Shoalhaven".
She did not offer a specific figure to counter, instead, Ms Findley picked out trouble spots around the region. "Terara Rd needs to be fixed, Culburra Rd needs to be fixed - not only that, we need to invest in the East Nowra sub-arterial... we need investment in the Kalandar St intersection... and the Hillcrest Ave to Yalwal sub-arterial. "We will be in gridlock for the next 15 years if those roads are not addressed."
What's your position on making sure the police station is manned?
Amanda Findley (Greens):
Ms Findley steered her answer toward the Greens' policies of decriminalising cannabis, and establishing mental health teams to address mental health call-outs. She said measures like these could free up police to be at stations like Culburra. "We can re-address the issues where police have to turn up and deal with issues that aren't really police issues... then what we do is get more police back in the stations to look after you."
How will you limit short term rentals or provide more long term accommodation?
Amanda Findley (Greens): Ms Findley maintained the power to solve short term rentals lie with city councils. She proposed a regulation on housing developments such as the West Culburra subdivision, to mandate homes be reserved for permanent residents; she also said planning powers need to go back to city councils. "What we need to do is put a regulation in there [the West Culburra development], that not one of those houses can be short term rental accommodation," she said.
How important do you believe it is to balance the crucial need for housing with environmental and cultural heritage concerns? What would you propose doing?
Amanda Findley (Greens): Ms Findley continued her point of putting planning powers back in the hands of city councils. "Having planning come back to councils is a policy of the Greens at a state level," she said.
Story by Jorja McDonnell in the South Coast Register, 9 March 2023.
Nowra drug law reform forum told of plan
"Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol, and isn't the gateway drug that conservative people try to make out it is."
"A local resident ... had to stop using medicinal cannabinoids because they register on the random drug tests. He was having no side effects and he was feeling pretty good using the cannabinoids, and they were at a low level and didn't cause him impairment, but then he had to got onto pharmaceuticals and if he misses his pharmaceutical dose he gets lots of side effects."
"The focus for law enforcement needs to be on impairment, not just drugs being in a person's system. If you're impaired full stop, whether it's on legal drugs or illegal drugs or alcohol, you shouldn't be on the road or doing stuff."
"It particularly impacts on people who are taking it for pain management in measured doses that are shown to not have impairment problems."
Amanda Findley, Shoalhaven Mayor and Greens candidate for the South Coast.
Story by Glenn Ellard at the South Coast Register, 6 March 2023.
Greens defend the cost of their regional healthcare package
"This is an absolutely critical issue because your health shouldn't depend on your postcode."
"I think the bigger question is what does it cost to not do this. We know that if people can't afford to see a GP they'll end up in the hospital emergency departments when they're sicker and they need hospital admission. It's actually more cost effective to fund that primary care up front and get people the care they need early. If you budget that out over the long term it's going to save the health system money."
Dr Amanda Cohn, Greens candidate for the NSW Upper House.
"In the first instance getting [a primary health care centre] into the southern part of the South Coast seat is absolutely essential, because what we have in the south is a very small hospital that's not fit for purpose. There's not even an MRI available to residents in the Milton-Ulladulla area."
Amanda Findley, Shoalhaven Mayor and Greens candidate for the seat of South Coast.
Story by Glenn Ellard at the South Coast Register, 10 February 2023.