19 November 2017

Unley Council have switched, Have you?

What is CitySwitch?

The need for Australia’s business community to lower their exposure to energy pricing impacts and shift their focus to progressively more efficient and sustainable operations has never been more apparent. CitySwitch has a key role to play in addressing our carbon impact and supporting the business sectors’ transition to a global low-carbon economy. 
CitySwitch is a high-value no-cost service which supports commercial office tenants to improve office energy and waste efficiency through the provision of a range of services, with the ultimate aim of achieving a 4 star or higher NABERS Energy rating.
The program aims to:
  • educate and inspire with a respected event series and through the provision of toolkits, workbooks, case studies and site tours.
  • facilitate links to other programs, information sources, industry bodies and communities of interest by identifying the market expertise that Signatories might need in order to build corporate capacity, systems and comply with evolving legislative requirements.
  • signpost to incentives and financial vehicles that are available to expedite the uptake of energy efficiency investments.
  • celebrate and reward environmental leadership and achievement though its annual awards and ongoing member promotions in order to create competitive advantage for its signatories wherever possible.
This structured approach to planning and implementing energy and waste efficiency projects, saves signatories time and money and helps build their internal capacity to embed sustainability within their corporate structure.

Find out how your organisation can get involved in CitySwitch >

15 November 2017

Rau backs down

In an unusual move from John Rau has back-flipped on his plans for high-rise aged care facilities in Joslin, Glen Osmond and Norwood. Enormous community backlash  has helped him to change his mind. Life Care has shelved its plan to build multi-storey facilities valued at more than $20million.

Hopefully, he will also see the light in the proposed spot developments that have received strong community concern in Unley. These include the Solver site on Anzac Hwy and 301-305 Unley Rd.

Did you win a gnome?

A small project to recognise  the hard work of residents in greening their verges has resulted in a random selection of streets (5 from each ward) being chosen and then the best verge in each of these streets being awarded a Garden Gnome.
Students from Concordia College, as part of their community service program, have not only painted the gnomes but also selected the winning homes.
Each Gnome is tagged with the following:


“Congratulations you have been awarded a Golden Gnome!
Thank you for gardening your verge and helping make the City of Unley green and beautiful. This recognition project is a collaboration between the City of Unley and students at Concordia College. This Golden Gnome was decorated and delivered by Year 12 students from Concordia College and their involvement is one of the ways the students are serving the Unley community through their Pastoral Care Program.”

Gnomes are being delivered by the students today and next Wednesday.





14 November 2017

$2.5 million for Goodwood Oval

Today's Messenger announced the above funding for facilities at Goodwood. Using the power of an upcoming election Council have successfully gained the undertaking from the current Labor government. The best bit is that this is not an election promise that will be funded if they win, it will be funded now. A report will come to council later this month that discusses various options.
This project is long overdue and will be very much appreciated by the community. Jane Stimson, the candidate for Badcoe, has got this over the line for all of us

29 October 2017

What about the noddy?

I only took notice of David Penberthy's article in today's Sunday Mail as it had a little in it about Badcoe.  I am always amused at the amount of people a politician can get in the picture while they are being interviewed. It clearly makes for better television if you have people nodding in the background that are agreeing with every word you say. For those of us sitting on the sofa it is an endless source of amusement as we jeer and comment about what is being said. That goes for either party in my house. So please, stand up and speak for yourself: if you have something to say you don't need the noddys, you need the facts and the truth.

Discover Historic Goodwood

On the back of the success of the Goodwood Road streetscape celebrated on Sunday, there is now even more to enjoy which captures Goodwood’s unique history both past and present.

The City of Unley has created Discover Historic Goodwood, a free self-guided walking tour app which will take you on a journey of Goodwood like no other before. Discover Historic Goodwood will walk you through the strange and intriguing stories of people and buildings past and present along Goodwood Road. Take a leisurely tour to visit 14 stops, listen to soundscapes and  stories by local people and view historical photos to discover the history behind each place. The app is now live. Go to the app store on your phone, download izi.TRAVEL app, work your way through the intro and go to 'all guides' at the bottom of the screen which will reveal Discover Historic Goodwood!
This project is a collaboration between Open Space Contemporary Arts, Alyssa Hill Consulting, Smart Artisans, the vibrant Goodwood community and the City of Unley. Earlier this year we asked our community to share their stories of Goodwood with the assistance of Open Space Contemporary Arts and various artists. We have included 10 such stories in this text, photo and audio tour. 14 pavers entitled Discover Historic Goodwood, manufactured by Smart Artisans, help to guide you round the trail.

Discover Historic Goodwood is part of an ongoing series of historic walking trails, including Discover Historic Unley which we launched in 2014 and the Unley Road Traders’ business history markers in 2016. 
Documentation of these projects can be found at www.unley.sa.gov.au/arts.