19 January 2019

Successful Gourmet Gala

This week's Gourmet Gala was as successful as ever with thousands of people attending. However, now is the time to reflect on the event and if Council should continue to spend so much money on a single event. Unfortunately, I missed the start on Friday morning as I had family stuff to organise.

Footpath repairs getting done

I have received many positive comments from residents where the footpaths are being repaired. I happened to see this one yesterday. Given that the footpath replacement program is all but complete there it will be possible to put more money in the budget to get all footpaths to a higher standard with fewer and lower trip hazards.

GlobeLink: where are they up to?

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I had a good conversation yesterday with Nicole Flint, Member for Boothby which now encompasses nearly all of the Clarence Park Ward.
 GlobeLink is the project to divert  freight trains and large vehicles from travelling from Murray Bridge into the city to take a detour near Monarto. This would take all heavy vehicles off Portrush Rd and /or Cross Rd and all freight trains movements out of Unley
The current state Liberal government has commissioned a $20 million study into the benefits of doing this looking  at a range of factors that the previous 2010 study failed to cover. Many of these are environmental and health benefits as well as an economic benefit. Once this study is completed Federal funds may be available to complete the project. Nicole intends to hold some public forums locally to better inform residents early this year.

17 January 2019

Planning Development Applications regulations changes to be consulted

Image result for cartoon minor development planning These changes could include;

  • A sign outside a place that has lodged a development application
  • 15 days to make a representation (up from 10)
  • 20 days to do this for more complex developments
  • More people able to express their opinion, not just the neighbours
  • Approvals automatic if Councils take too long
  • Fast tracking of minor developments like cubby houses
I'm not quite sure how this will unlock investment but the government believes that it will. This entire procedure in counter to what what was originally proposed (you get the zoning right and we'll get it done) but is pleasing that someone might have listened to what people have been saying.

16 January 2019

How to report an issue?

Council now has an easier method to report and issue. All you need to do is go to the Council website  and Log into My Unley. If you are a first time user you will need to register. This will bring up an option to report an issue. All you need to do after that is to select the type of issue and fill in the details of what you feel needs to be done. This is an ideal way to report the location of a pothole, that a limb has fallen on the footpath, etc. Your inquiry will be acknowledged, you will be told within a few days how the matter will be resolved/managed and let know when the work has been completed. This portal has been set up to try to provide the best possible customer satisfaction. If you don't feel comfortable doing this then let me know what the issue is and I can do it for you. Alternatively , you can still raise the issue by emailing pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au
The Council website

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Report an Issue

09 January 2019

Gourmet Gala on 17th January

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Make sure you keep next Thursday evening free to check out the Gourmet Gala. It should be buzzing by 6pm. It's a great evening to catch up with friends and neighbours, to share a drink and some good food. If you're also free on the morning of the 18th the Tour start is more low key but still worth attending, you actually get to see the bikes and riders.

08 January 2019

Railway works this week

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DPTI will be doing maintenance works this week between Millswood and Belair on the Belair line. These works, by DPTI's admission, may be quite noisy. While that won't affect the train services it may affect your sleep as works will be undertaken between 1:30 am and 5am between the 7th and 11th January. They will be improving safety on the platforms and line marking the pedestrian mazes.