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.

Bring your own bottle

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Attached to my most recent water bill this week was a nice message encouraging the use of SA Water over bottled water. This follows from a recent article I read about the rise in tooth decay in young children for not being given tap water to drink, (fluoridated).
So what's so good about tap water?

  • Boosts immunity
  • Healthier
  • Less than 40% of water bottles are recycled
  • Costs less (1 cent per litre)
  • Safe, clean and reliable
  • Bottling water creates 60,00 tons of greenhouse gases
My personal gripe is that it is almost as expensive as Coke and yet costs almost nothing to produce. However,  there are times when buying a bottle of drink is the only option available and that it should always be the cheapest option in the fridge.  This would be an easy thing to change if we wanted it to.

06 January 2019

Secret Council documents

So why the secrecy? Councillors must make decisions from time to time that are in an Agenda that is confidential, minutes that are confidential and are debated in private. Usually the Agenda for the meeting describes the motion in non specific terms, as an example Property Acquisition or CEO Performance. Council must decide first of all if they agree with the staff recommendation and then after debate what amount of the discussion that  is confidential and for how long.
Generally the topics are about :
# CEO Performance and remuneration
# Recommendations for committee membership. Council is currently considering selecting new independent members for the Council Assessment Panel and will make recommendations to fill these positions at its January meeting.
# Legal advice on a range of topics
# Legal action. As an example for felling trees without consent, defending an applicants appeal against a Development Application refusal, persistent noon payment of rates, etc.
# When comparing tenders for larger projects. As an example the price that Council pays for GAP water is still confidential.
# When the reputation of an individual might be at stake.
# Buying and selling property
# Property development.

04 January 2019

What to Redcycle: recycle?

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This really sorts out what to do with all the little soft plastic stuff that you can't currently put in the yellow bin. You can collect it and put in a receptacle at your local supermarket (Woolworths at Unley and Cumberland Park and Coles at Unley ). Plastics that can be recycled in this way include bread wrappers, rice and pasta bags, glad wrap, all plastic bags: if its plastic and scrunchable.