Janelle MCINTOSH*

• Shannen POTTER • Jason DONALD •

Candidate Information

2021 Local Government Elections

Local » Hornsby » Ward B

Official Party: Labor Group Name: Labor

0413 251 055 jmcintosh4hornsby@gmail.com

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 Response to Bike North – Candidate Survey November 2021 

Janelle McIntosh – Hornsby Shire Councillor 

PO Box 37 Hornsby NSW 1630 

E: jmcintosh@hornsby.nsw.gov.au P: 0413 251 055 

jmcintosh4hornsby@gmail.com W: www.janellemcintosh.com.au 

1. Do you support better liaison between Councils and bicycle user groups? 

Yes, I wholeheartedly support this and have a long history of progressing issues surrounding cycling in our Shire. I am hoping to be re-elected on 4 December to further progress these matters. 

As Chair of the Sustainable Action Committee back in 2008, I launched the Shire’s earlier Bike Plan, which was an initiative of the Committee. Sadly, this plan was not followed up with a cycling infrastructure plan and it has only recently been reviewed in 2018. There are clear gaps where consistent work needs to be undertaken. 

I see great opportunities to support a variety of different cycling forms throughout our shire – road cycling, commuter cycling, recreational cycling, learn-to-cycle, mountain biking, event and race cycling. I recognise that there are strong concerns regarding some forms of mountain biking and off-road cycling, and we need to ensure that trails are developed in a collaborative way with Council and other public landowners, and with appropriate safeguards in place to protect our precious bushland, protecting vulnerable, endangered or Critically Endangered Ecological Communities (CEECs – such as the Blue Gum High Forest in the Sydney region). 

There are clear benefits for our community in terms of reducing traffic, improving health and wellbeing for members of our community of all ages and benefiting our local economy. With all of that in mind, in September of this year, I moved the following motion, which was supported by the majority of Councillors, as shown below. 

RESOLVED ON THE MOTION OF COUNCILLOR MCINTOSH, seconded by COUNCILLOR BROWNE,

THAT: 

1. A report on the public exhibition of the Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy be brought back to Council as soon as is practicable. 

2. The report give consideration for a future new Strategy to include: 

a) How mountain biking can be addressed across the Shire. 

b) An analysis of cycling activity and infrastructure in our Shire including learn to ride; pump tracks; criterium tracks; 'pop-up' tracks; mountain bike trails; commuter cycling; recreational road cycling such as the Three Gorges Ride; and charity events such as the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic. 

c) The economic impact and benefits of recreational cycling, road cycling and mountain biking and how Hornsby Shire can benefit from capitalising on this existing trend. 

d) How Council can expeditiously develop a comprehensive Cycling and Mountain Bike Strategy to inform other key current projects. 

3. A Workshop be held with Councillors to discuss the options available to Council in regard to: 

a) The development of the Strategy, and how it will relate and engage with the Strategies or position of other public landholders such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service or Crown Lands. 

b) How it will work with other Council Strategies such as the planned Natural Areas Recreation Strategy. 

c) A recommended consultation and engagement approach. 

d) Resources and funding available to complete the Strategy. 

FOR: COUNCILLORS BROWNE, HEYDE, HUTCHENCE, MARR, MCINTOSH, NICITA AND WADDELL 

AGAINST: COUNCILLORS DEL GALLEGO AND TILBURY 

(Item source: https://businesspapers.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/Open/2021/09/GM_08092021_MIN.HTM#PDF2_ReportName_14699 ) 

Since that motion was moved, there has been a Councillor Workshop, and a further report to Council which outlines how this work will be progressed. At the November 2021 Council meeting, I moved the following: 

RESOLVED ON THE MOTION OF COUNCILLOR MCINTOSH, seconded by COUNCILLOR BROWNE, 

THAT Council: 

1. Endorse the proposed changes to the Walking and Cycling Strategy highlighted in yellow in the attachment to Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IM4/20. 

2. Endorse the amended Walking and Cycling Strategy to assist with the securing of grants and the implementation of operational matters addressed in the Strategy. 

3. Authorise consideration of the preparation and funding of an Active Transport Plan as part of the development of the 2022-26 Delivery Program to address the full gambit of walking and cycling activity along with the associated benefits and supporting infrastructure and promotion opportunities outlined in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IM4/20. 

4. Notify those who lodged a submission of Council’s decision. 

FOR: COUNCILLORS BROWNE, DEL GALLEGO, HEYDE, HUTCHENCE, MARR, MCINTOSH, NICITA, RUDDOCK, TILBURY AND WADDELL 

AGAINST: NIL 

(Source: https://businesspapers.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/Open/2021/11/GM_10112021_MIN.HTM#PDF2_ReportName_14419 ) 

While there will be some obvious changes at the forthcoming Council election, I am hoping that given the unanimous support provided above at our last Council meeting for this term for the development of an Active Transport Plan there will be real progress to address the ‘full gambit of walking and cycling activity’ in our Shire. 

The 2008 Bike Plan was prepared in conjunction with cyclists, including representatives from Bike North. Indeed, it would have been impossible to create such a document without this support, and given the broad variety of work that will need to be undertaken as we move forward, I would like to see ongoing liaison between Council and bike user groups of all forms in the future. 

I believe that the forthcoming consultation and engagement process for the Active Transport Plan will deliver us the best approach for ongoing work with the cycling community. It may be that we establish a broad ‘Bike Forum’ to address key cycling initiatives with representatives from groups and organisations as they arise. It is clear that while there is some cross-over there are also some projects where different agencies will need to be involved and where the liaison may be more project-based or location-specific such as the formalisation of mountain bike trails in specific areas or the completion of specific stages of the cycleway network. 

2. Do you support the construction of infrastructure that makes bicycle transports, as opposed to over-reliance on car usage, more viable throughout Hornsby Shire? 

Absolutely 

I fully support this, and I believe the Motions above that I have raised at Council directly address the need for cycling infrastructure across our Shire. This infrastructure in my view must be about creating a network – not just a series of unconnected bike paths that appear promising in some stages, but which end without providing a viable and safe means for cyclists to continue their journey. It is my hope that the Active Transport Strategy will address these issues in depth. 

3. Given the limitations on Council budgets, do you support the idea of Councils seeking and availing themselves of State Government grants for cycling infrastructure construction? 

I support all forms of mechanisms to fund capital projects, as they are generally beyond the means of Councils in challenging financial times. 

However, Council can also be ‘smart’ about how we approach all our strategies where there is the possibility of funding from new developments which may support works in the public domain. As outlined in the Public Domain Strategy that Council has adopted, if Council outlines its plans for the public domain, including footpath standards and cycleway requirements, the local cycling network can be expanded as part of the construction of new developments, thereby reducing the financial burden on Councils. 

Attached below is a copy of the Notice of Motion I raised in December 2017, with the section highlighted relating to the cycling network. The massive work undertaken presently in Asquith where footways are being expanded to provide support for both cyclists and walkers could have been supported by direct development contribution if a strategy such as the one outlined below had been in place sooner. 

RESOLVED ON THE MOTION OF COUNCILLOR MCINTOSH, seconded by COUNCILLOR HEYDE, 

THAT: 

1. As an addition to the report due back to Council in early 2018 regarding tree planting in public places, Council seek further information on two key focus areas: 

a) Public Domain Improvements surrounding identified Housing Precincts, and 

b) Public Domain Plans for town centres and road corridors 

2. Public domain strategies should specifically address tree planting in the identified precincts, but would also include footway treatments, street bins, bike racks, seating and opportunities for public art. Within the housing precincts, strategies should address connections between the new developments and existing infrastructure such as parks and playgrounds. 

3. Within town centres and where possible, opportunities to include outdoor dining that would enhance the commercial viability and vitality of the town centre should also be encouraged. Further investigation should outline Council’s possible participation in the NSW Small Business Commissioner’s “Outdoor Dining Trial” which aims to encourage business participation through the streamlining of approval processes. 

4. All of these public domain plans whether they be for housing precincts or town centres should look for opportunities to expand and enhance the bicycle network, with connected bike paths and explore options for underground power lines, providing further opportunities to enhance the tree canopy. 

FOR: COUNCILLORS BROWNE, DEL GALLEGO, HEYDE, HUTCHENCE, MARR, MCINTOSH, NICITA, RUDDOCK, TILBURY AND WADDELL 

AGAINST: NIL 

(Source: https://businesspapers.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/Open/2017/12/GM_13122017_AGN_WEB.htm ) 

In closing, I hope this response addresses your direct questions. I strongly hope to be part of the new Council where these issues will be further debated and where the Active Transport Strategy will, I hope, form a key feature of Council’s response to walking and cycling infrastructure in our Shire for the years to come. 

Janelle McIntosh 

24 November 2021 

On the 2nd December, 2021, Councillor McIntosh has also posted to her Facebook account "Janelle McIntosh - Hornsby Shire Councillor" the following supportive remarks regarding cycling in Hornsby Shire :-

"JUST IMAGINE...🚴‍♀️ if we lived in a Shire with a fully connected network of cycleways👩‍🦽 accessible to all, including seniors & people living with disabilities and using devices such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters🚵‍♂️ with off-road cycling and mountain biking trails, and🙋‍♀️ learn to ride facilities for kids ☕️ support to local businesses providing services and hospitality for cyclists. This shouldn't be a dream......

"I initiated a Council resolution to fully explore the 'cycling economy' in our Shire and as a Council we've resolved to pursue an Active Transport Strategy in 2022, pursuing an agenda which is✅ good for our health and wellbeing, encouraging outdoor exercise and recreation;✅ good for the environment, reducing our reliance on cars; and✅ good for our local businesses."

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Janelle MCINTOSH 0413 251 055 jmcintosh4hornsby@gmail.com

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Jason DONALD None Provided None Provided

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