20 July 2018

Dog Registrations

Seem to be causing some angst among dogowners as they seek to register their dogs. There have been changes to legislation and to process before the introduction of the new laws on July 1st. Major changes include compulsory desexing of all dogs and cats born after July 1st and compulsory microchopping of all dogs and cats. To register or reregister your dog you need to go to Dogs and Cats Online and use the unique code that you were sent in the post and your surname.
Council have been assisting people who have had trouble engaging in the process and from my experience things are never as simple as those who planned them thought they would be especially when engaging on line.

19 July 2018

Wayville bikeway

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A resident brought to my attention several months ago the deteriorating condition of the bikeway that connects King William Rd to Goodwood Rd and runs along the tramline. I raised the matter at two ward briefings. The issue here is that the land that the bikeway is on belongs to DPTI and Council has had an ongoing agreement to maintain the path. However, the agreement has long since expired and DPTI have been unwilling to give consent for Council to repair the path or to fund and repair it themselves. Given the landownership debacle around paid parking on a similar piece of land in the same location it is understandable the Council should not do this work unless it is fully funded and agreed to by DPTI.

13 July 2018

Rate Capping

Capping rates would restore the faith that residnts have in local councils according to Minister Knoll. While I am not at today's Town Hall meeting I have had a keem interest in this. While I personally don't think anything will be achieved by rate capping I have said that it is time to work with the state government on this one. The questions that need to be asked are:
  • What are we trying to achieve?
  • Will cost shifting from state to local be reversed?
  • Will state govenment hold its own fee rises to the same amount?
  • Will Councils be able to continue to borrow for large infrastructure projects additionally to the capping?
  • Will this continue to drive prices down by forcing further collaboration between Councils (eg. bulk buying of rubbish collection)?
  • What have we learned from capping interstate?
  • How long is it anticiapted that the cap will last for?


The original paving works

Following an extensive consultation period over the last 3 months, and an overwhelming response from the local community, traders and visitors, the City Of Unley will now commence draft design plans to transform King William Road, including repaving the much-loved mainstreet.

The concept is based on renewing the iconic paved road surface to preserve the Hyde Park precinct’s distinctive village identity, and provide a more flexible streetscape that increases opportunities for greening, places for people, and regular places to cross the street.

The community was given three road-resurfacing options to choose from and Council gained valuable insights from more than 450 conversations about the transformation of King William Road.

10 July 2018

Time to curfew cats?

Marion Council will this week investigate a potential bylaw to ban cats after  being invited to do so by Environment Minister, David Spiers. At this stage there are no details of the time that cats would be compelled to stay at home. Hopefully, this will reduce the carnage of small native birds and animals and reduce the resident complaints. This is a good one to watch as it may be helpful in Unley in the future.

We're a compliant bunch

I remember when the wearing of seatbelts was made compulsory. After endless whinging and moaning when the day came we simply started wearing them. Same for helmets when bike riding. When I lived in America in the late seventies I was amazed that so many people did not comply with similar laws there. Not part of the culture I was told. I note that they still use their cell phones when driving. So is it any surprise that laws to stop people smoking in bars, playgrounds and coffee shops have needed little policing to get compliance? The same cannot be said for people who choose to park all day in limited hour time zones. There are plenty of complaints from Goodwood people about lack of enforcement of the 4 hour zones. Council are currently doing a cost-benefit analysis to see if and extra compliance officer would cover their wage costs.

08 July 2018

A night of chocolate

Learn from a Bracegirdle's chocolatier
Bracegirdle's is Australia's most awarded chocolate maker. Their products are completely hand made, by an exceptional team of talented chocolatiers who can custom design chocolates depending on the occasion.

Journey into the iconic brand's history at this special event and watch
a demonstration as delicious handmade chocolates are made right in
front of you. If you have a sweet tooth this is the event for you!

THURSDAY 12 JULY, 7 - 8.30PM