15 October 2018

Freight train diversion

Image result for globelink saThis matter raised awareness again during the state election campaign with the elected government promising to fund a study called Globelink that would see both road and rail freight diverted from Murray Bridge to north of Adelaide. The following link has a more detailed story. The project would also include moving freight by air. https://www.saglobelink.com.au/freight_corridor 
The diversion of freight would make the amenity of those living near the line better and allow for a regular passenger train service to Mt Barker.

14 October 2018

Corflutes; do we really need them?

Friday was the first day that corflutes were allowed to be put up in this election campaign. There seems to be a plethora of them advertising for one Mayoral candidate and a few for hopeful ward councillors. While the corflutes do nothing to enhance the character of the city, I wonder if they result in increased votes for the candidates concerned. And what a waste of plastic as they are single use. Unlike state corflutes where they can use younger images (and can recycle),  in local government the photo should be less that 12 months old. I looked carefully at them all and it reinforced my view that they are unnecessary in any campaign. They are worse in state and federal elections even when they might as well be blue, red or green as people generally vote for the party and not the candidate.

13 October 2018

Dads, Lads & Daughters

Dads, Lads & Daughters
Playtime is an excellent way to help your child's development, and research shows that Dads appear to be the key factor in their child's physical activity levels. This program involves a series of games to develop fundamental movement skills (running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and striking).

So come along, have some fun, and spend some quality Dad/Lad/Daughter time together. You can attend one, several or all of the sessions. For ages 5 - 9 years.

For more information, please contact deb.agnew@flinders.edu.au.

This program is funded by an Unley City Council Community Grant and run by Flinders University.

FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 5.30 - 6.30PM
Free, bookings essential, book via Facebook or book online

12 October 2018

Double Shot is back on Sunday 4th Nov

The Double Shot Coffee Fiesta will once again be hosted by the City of Unley and presenting partner Milk Lab – suppliers of quality milk and non-dairy products to cafes throughout Australia.

What: Double Shot Coffee Fiesta
When: Sunday, November 4, 10am to 4pm
Where: Soldiers Memorial Gardens, Unley Road, Unley SA

For more information, please visit the event’s Facebook page (facebook.com/doubleshotcoffeefiesta) or the City of Unley website unley.sa.gov.au.

11 October 2018

Glyphosate : time to try new options

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A resident has asked me to put a motion to Council early in the new year if I am re-elected. Her complaint was about the heavy use of glyphosate to kill weeds on council land. This chemical has received some bad press this week and rightly so. It is already banned for use in the USA and may European countries. My undertaking is  that I will ask that Council staff investigate the use of this chemical and report back on alternative methods of killing weeds. I understand that Adelaide Hills Council is currently trialling a program that use steam.

Confidence in recycling slips!

A new report has found that people are increasingly losing confidence in recycling. New research  has uncovered systemic flaws in recycling services across Australia.

Most people, across all states and demographics, believe the recyclables they put out in their council bins are ending up in landfill.

While this is not entirely true there are rising stockpiles and some is ended up in landfill. 

We need to wait 7 years ( until 2025) for a new National Waste Policy that will ensure that all packaging is re-usable, compostable or recyclable. However, green micro factory technology is already available and could be used to convert common waste into re-useable, high value materials

What I do know is that waiting for China to find a solution to our waste is not a long term solution.
 For the full report click here.

10 October 2018

Let the neighbours have a say!

This was not what people wanted on Unley Rd

Following a few articles in this week's paper. My thoughts are as follows

  • Let the state government set the bigger picture for where they want development (because they will anyway) then
  • Let Councils decide individually how that will achieve the desired outcome
  • Let Councils work with their residents to come up with sensible heights, sensible block sizes, reasonable access to sunlight (currently in Unley that's 2 hours of direct sunshine per day on your northern windows in June) and setbacks.
  • When a development application is lodged and it breaks any of the agreed rules then the proposal should run the gamut of the opinion of neighbours (usually the 8 nearest neighbours). The Council Assessment Panel (that now has 5 members, of whom only one is a Councillor) will then listen to what the neighbours have to say and make a decision based on the agreed planning rules
  • Problems will continue to arise as people wish to build on boundaries, build a second storey addition and/or install solar panels and it is these that the CAP makes decisions about
People banded together can be very powerful.  Without such people power heritage as we now know it would have been depleted in the 1980's. Character zones in Black Forest would now be receiving applications for 3 storey town houses (as is happening along Fullarton Rd).