17 March 2019

Budget deliberations

Image result for Road markings Unley UnleyIt has come to that time in the year when Council must start considering the many projects suggested by staff, the community and themselves. Despite comments late last year that we do deals among ourselves as far as I am aware that has never been the case. But we must consider each on its merit. Last months Council passed a resolution that the rate rise should be within 1% of CPI and staff have worked toward this end. My only issue with this is that we may be tempted to make a decision that would increase borrowings to complete projects rather than use  recurrent funding (this year's rates). It easy to appropriately borrow to do the upgrade of King William Rd or the Goodwood Oval grandstand both of which are large, multi generation capital works. The problem is with some  upgrades that may include things such as signage and painting lines on roads: the yellow lines will need repainting in a year or two.

New facilities at Unley Oval opened

It was great to attend the opening of the new facilities at Unley Oval yesterday. Unley Council contributed $1.8 million to the project with other moneys from the Sturt Football Club and The state government with money to upgrade facilities for women's football. The event was met by a significant protest group as money for projects such as these are currently not on the current government's agenda.

Booksellers Fair: July 21st


Adelaide Secondhand Booksellers Fair - July 2019

16 March 2019

Harmony Day: Movie Night

Harmony Day: Movie Night

In the spirit of Harmony Day we're saying 'welcome' and inviting you all over to our place next week to watch a movie. We'll get the snacks! We're watching the film adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel, Jasper Jones. This gripping novel is full of love, loss, teenage angst and the challenges of living in a multicultural society. Complimentary Curler Moe's Popcorn and Bush Tucker Ice Cream.

Please note: The movie is rated M (recommended for mature audiences). This film contains material that requires a mature perspective.The content is moderate.

Free event, bookings essential. Book online or phone 8372 5100.

13 March 2019

11 March 2019

Would scooters be good for Unley?

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On reading the paper this week there was a call to consider re-licensing Lime for an extended period of time. If this included a larger slice of Adelaide that included Unley would it be just what we needed or just not necessary?

10 March 2019

Conservation Zones at risk!

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At risk!!

I have just spent some tome reading Mark Parnell's address to the parliament in support of his amendment to the Planning Act that allowed the state government to introduce its Planning Code to override Unley's Development Plan (all Councils). While the new code is likely to protect specifically listed places it may not protect the thousands of homes that are protected in the Heritage Conservation Zones. These include Millswood (west of Goodwood Rd) and some of Goodwood. The current act only allows for the continuation of protection if 51% of landowners agree to the continued listing. As well as this, Unley's zones are protected by listing the non-contributory items and  protects the rest by omission. Interestingly none of these properties are included in the 12,000 places that the state government believe could be protected. There is now a groundswell of people who are working  to get landowners knowledgeable and onside. To this end the people who live in these homes, or own them, will soon receive a letter explaining the situation. This will not be a time to sit back if you love how these zones look now!