20 February 2018

Swimming Centre update

Favourable weather through-out the season has resulted in significant growth in memberships, casual entries and programs. A current day comparison of this season’s attendance shows 61,000 visitors compared to 54,500 last season, this growth of over 10% places the centre on track to achieve the 90,000 attendance target set by the team in September.  Swim school has again grown, now
operating at capacity with 590 students enrolled in the 10 week summer term that operates
until April school holidays.Additionally:
  • Friday for a cause started on Feb 2nd and has so far raised over &700 for Surf Lie Saving. 
  •  All funds are contributing to the operation of the ‘Ride the wave Program’. This program is to provide water safety education to some of South Australia’s at risk and migrant population. In its first two weeks ‘Ride the Wave’ has provided water safety sessions to over 30 people, representing six different nationalities.  
  • Over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February the Swimming Centre hosted the 13th Annual 24 hour MS Mighty Swim. To date has raised $88,919 for those living with Multiple Sclerosis in our community.
  • Several media opportunities have recently presented themselves, promoting the facility and the above events and programs.
  •  Eastern Courier article ‘Migrants set to make a splash’ Wednesday 8th February.

19 February 2018

$70,000 for Millswood Bowls

Election time is proving to be very helpful at the moment. The preselected candidate for the Labor Party, Jane Stimson, was pleased to donate $70,000 to the club last week for the refurbishment of the toilets and changerooms. What a great result! This was a grant and not an election promise.

18 February 2018

Goodwood Oval : much disquiet!

It was great to get the grant from the state government to assist council in delivery much overdue new clubrooms for the Goodwood Saints Football Club and the Cricket club. As those of you know that leave nearby this building is now out for consultation with residents before the plan is finalised and development approval is sought. As is usually the case council does not send out plans, or have them on its website when the letter is sent out. However, you will find them here and here.
However, at the same time the Goodwood Saints FC has asked to extend it oval usage times and the Development Assessment process has begun. As I am still a proxy for Council on this committee I cannot express an opinion on this development application. However, it should be noted that Council must go through this process once an application has been lodged. If the committee were to approve the changes then Council still needs to consent to a change of lease conditions and, as a Cat 3 notification the residents, who are representors, can appeal the decision in the ERD Court. If it were to be refused the FC can also lodge an appeal.
Lastly a Pod has appeared on the oval that hols equipment for a soccer club that uses the hockey grounds in the summer. As councillors we were not consulted about this and neither were you as residents. The structure is small enough not to require development consent but is still causing great anxiety for residents.
I also have heard the Goodwood Saints have applied to extend their Liquor Licence: it is my understanding that there is no truth in this whatsoever.

Posters on every stobie poll

Had a problem giving these two equal space. I enjoy election campaigns and making my judgements as to how each candidate is going. What I don't like, and believe there is no place for, is the posters that now festoon the city. Talk of limiting them to 100 per candidate per elecorate is still way too many in my opinion. They pop up in local government elections and should be banned. Another annoyance of these is that would  be councillors and mayors can use a photo take no longer than 12 months prior and would be members of the state parliament can choose a flattering photo than is years old: also alloys them to stockpile from election to election.

Gender balance on the Agenda

After reading Bob's blog  yesterday I realise even more that now is the time for fresh faces with new ideas to have a go at getting themselves elected to Council in Novemeber. There will be at leaset one vacancy in Unley and Goodwood Wards, two  in Unley Park and Parkside Wards plus a new mayor. This means a minimum of six new faces assuming the one of Schnell, Rabbitt and Hewitson win the mayoral position. So if you are thinking of runing now might be the time. As far as I am aware both Don and I will be renominating in Clarence Park.

15 February 2018

Community grant funding: is it your turn?

The March 2018 Community Grant Program funding round is now open for applications.  Grant funding of up to $4,000 is available for innovative and diverse community projects and/or programs. Guidelines and application forms are available from the Civic Centre or at Council’s website http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/community-culture/grants-sponsorships#hash-slide-community-grants-program-89.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Council to discuss their application and eligibility.  Afternoon or evening workshops will be held for those groups and individuals who would like assistance with the “nuts and bolts” aspects of their applications.  Let us know if you would like to attend a workshop or would like me to mail you a copy of the application form

Applications close on Friday 30 March 2018

Funding will be available to successful applicants in early June 2018.  Please be aware that projects and/or programs that commence prior to 1 June 2018 are not eligible and will not be funded.

Don’t hesitate to contact Pam Hocking on email phocking@unley.sa.gov.au, phone 8372 5108 or Matthew Ives email mives@unley.sa.gov.au, phone 8372 5134 if you require further information. 

14 February 2018

Good development news

Roslyn Crt on a bad day
During the last week there has been some good news for residents regarding this  development.

  • The Cremorne Plaza development has been deferred by the Delopment Assessment Comission while the developer reviews overlooking, amenity of the south facing apartments, visual bulk, finishes and materials, parking provisions, activation at the ground floor level, waste  management and inclusion of areas for deep rooted planting  (can grow a tree).
  • The state government announced this morning that it would upgrade the Roslyn Crt apartments rather than bulldozing and rebuilding with  a much higher agenda.