A THRIVING CITY
City Council must champion sustainability and long-term planning. By putting people at the centre of everything we do, we can create spaces where community thrives.
Small council decisions have a big impact on our quality of life. Things like preserving park land, promoting urban farming, removing barriers for food trucks, and other creative improvements will make a huge difference to our local communities.
We must take a hard look at the City’s operations. Financial responsibility means reviewing all aspects of City spending – from the way large projects are approved to high-growth spending areas.
Victoria can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of the past. The lessons from these mistakes must be learned and actions taken to reduce risks on large infrastructure projects.
Commitment to the Arts
Victoria attracts and nurtures amazing artistic talent, but there is a lot more that can be done to raise the profile of our artists and support a more sustainable art economy. For a start, we support the creation of colourful new murals across the city, the new ArtsHub in the former Maritime Museum, and elevating the Victoria Art Gallery to become a national leader in Indigenous art.
Earlier this year City Council gave out a massive 10 year tax holiday for the Customs House project - a project self-described as bringing “a new level of luxury to the city” - without support from the City’s own heritage advisory panel. The City now gives out over $1 million each year in tax breaks to luxury condo owners who have bought in to “heritage” developments that “preserve” little more than a foot-thick facade. The City’s heritage policies aren’t working and need an overhaul - we want to work with heritage experts and citizens to find a way to ensure that we really are protecting heritage and not just handing out tax breaks to luxury condo developers.
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