26 May 2018

So what do Councillors do?

What is a Councillor's Workload like?
The above website gives  a pretty good description of what Councillors spend their time on.  South Australian Councillors receive only an allowance ($16,000 per year) and it is not a full time job. Given that at least half the current Councillors are not running for re-election or will be seeking the position of Mayor it is time for anybody who thinks it time to have go to do so this year. Parkside Ward will have no incumbet Councillors running and all others, except Clarence Park, will have at least one new member. Council is finalising its schedule of introductory sessions for would be Councillors.

Learn Traditional Weaving; Reconciliation week

With the Southern Elders Weaving Group

Be part of National Reconciliation Week and learn traditional techniques of weaving with the opportunity to create baskets and other woven objects using rafia. Weaving workshops are also a great way to chat and learn about Aboriginal culture with Aunties who are very skilled in sharing their craft. 
TUESDAY 29 MAY, 10.30AM - 1.30PM
Free pop-in event with no bookings required.

Kaufland Development proposal

This is causing some consternation in the Community. This time not because it is too tall but rather that it  has not used the capacity allowed in the Unley Development Plan to actually put high rise where residents are prepared to accept that they can be built. The proposal fails on a number of parameters. These being:

  • No residential component
  • Cars will be visiable from the street when parked
  • Not well landscaped
  • Too close to Maple Ave
  • Will need to remove street trees
  • Inadequate waste disposal
  • Traffic implications
The consultation period has now closed for the very few peeople that have been allowed to voice their opinion.

20 May 2018

Rate Capping: it's time to work with State government

Now that the Liberals were elected with mandate of ratecapping in South Australia it is time to start working with them to get the best outcomes within a proposed framework. Rates for 2018/19 are unaffected as they hope to have legislation passed before rte deliberations start of 2019/20. Hopefully, working with them and being encouraged to participate in defing the detail of the legislation will be important.

New murals are something to talk about

Davenprt Tce, Wayville

Ridge Park: a reconcilliation piece
Under construction: Capri Theatre
A new one will be completed on the Basketball at orphanage Park in the near future, it too sound exciting.

18 May 2018

How to get your council's attention?

YouTube video, How to Get Council's Attention,

This video will be on interest to anyone who wants to raise and issue with Council but doesn't really know where to start. It was sent to me by a Victorian councillor as refers to councillors as politicians. Luckily we are party politics free on Council in South Australia although it is fair to say that there is plenty of politicking.

Not true, rarely in this Council

Under the heading of  Rate Capping a shot is taken at everyone's integrity. The words from one eleceted memeber were as follows in last week's Eastern Courier:

Every elected member had their wish list, and to win support, they supported everyone else's wish. We added up the cost and set the rate to pay for it.

I've been on Council now for nearly 14 years and I have seen deals done from time to time but they have mostly been around the positions that are avaialble on election: some come with additional remuneration and others just with power. But when it comes to what is in and out of the budget from my observation merit seems to be the determining feature as to why something is included or not.  This was cheap shot at everyone and  demeans the role of Councillors and our professionality in doing the job. Always, while I have been on Council, we   mindful of the CPI when establishing rates and we  have stayed as close to it as possible while still delivering an improving city.