Andrew Loadsman and Susan Sharples
Are you part or have you been part of a political party? If so, which one?
Tell us a bit about you and your team. What’s your day job?
I’m a Hunters Hill Councillor since 2017 and have really enjoyed connecting with my team mates over our shared values. We all have families who have grown up in our local school system. We all value the importance of a governing Council that is truly independent and democratic. We need a Council that answers solely to the hopes and needs of this community now, while honouring the magnificent, well considered work of generations before us as we plan for a safer and sustainable future. It’s really good work being a Councillor, an absolute privilege. I don’t believe in Local Government being a party political numbers game, I believe it is a place to build consensus around our community’s diverse needs and values in order to get the best outcomes for everyone.
What are some things you love about living in the area?
Apart from the beautiful trees (the jacarandas and flame trees at the moment), I just love that we have such a strong community. Everyone gets a bee in their bonnet about something at some point and this is a good thing. It means that they care and I love that. You can walk anywhere in our wee LGA, whether it’s for an appointment, groceries, gift and clothes shopping, a coffee, meal, beer or a picnic and on that walk you will inevitably wave, smile or chat with any number of strangers or friends. It’s a beautiful place to grow up and grow old and if you must ever leave, it’s a stone’s throw from everywhere else!
What do you believe to be the 3 main issues affecting our community?
- The three pillars of sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic. That is to say, Climate change and the role that we play as leaders in how we slow it, reverse it and plan to mitigate the impacts it will have. In doing so we must develop our financial and social resilience through cost saving circular economy initiatives and responsible collaboration.
- The impact of traffic on our pedestrian safety and our high streets, including public transport management, bicycle paths and active transport.
- Social isolation and mental health and how we design our planning laws, housing strategies, villages, places and programs for greater inclusion and connection with all generations.
What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve?
- Improving a non partisan relationship with our State and Federal members and our neighbouring Councils to ensure that our Council has their full awareness of OUR needs within a growing greater Sydney, rather than us being rolled over by theirs.
- As Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee, I plan to continuing the oversight of our new Sustainability Action Plan delivery.
- Continue to champion improved transparent consultation, communication and engagement between Council and the Community on all matters. (Boronia Park Village already being high on the list)
What about your long term vision for the area?
I hope that the work we do now (the trees we plant, the facilities we build and the relationships we harness), will be valued by the next two generations as much as the work of people before us is valued by me. I’m so grateful to have raised my children here under the trees they planted for us… it’s the least we can do, as custodians, to pass it on in as good (and even better) condition.
I can talk for ever. Thanks for listening to any of it if you’ve read this far already. I’m always available for your concerns, suggestions and priorities… not just at election time.