21 March 2018

Time to take a closer look at Unley's facilities

I have taken 4 weeks leave to care for my little
granddaughter. I am going to use this opportunity to have a look at as  many of Unley's child friendly activities as I can. This week we have already been to Goodwood CC Playgroup and intend to try their Kindergym on Friday. I'm keen to check out Babytime at the library and to get to a few extra playgrounds. We are already regulars at the Everard Park playground.

LED Street lighting: is it time for Unley?

Unley has been discussing alternative street lighting decisions for a couple of years now. First of all we looked at solar and more recently, LED. While the upfront costs in this are high the yearly savings could be up to $300,000 per year. The savings being in the payment for the running of the lights. This would equate to a signigicant return on the investment. At this point at least 2 other ouncils are implementing the technology..

19 March 2018

Native Title claim settled

 The Attorney General and Cabinet approved the settlement last week and the Kaurna approved the settlement at a community meeting shortly after that.

The settlement means that there are  16 parcels of land in the original Kaurna claim area that will have  native title over them, however, none of these parcels fall within the City of Unley.  The settlement means that native title rights and interests over all land and waters within the Determination Area, other than the 16 parcels, have been extinguished. The 16 sites are all in City of Mitcham and Adelaide Hills Council.

As well  Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (AH Act) remains in place, and affords protection to Aboriginal sites irrespective of the native title status of the land.  

As the City of Unley has no land with Native Title it would be the case that any matters that arise under the AH Act could be dealt with on a case by case basis.  

At last : the state election is over

Congratulations to David Pisoni for being re-elected to the seal of Unley and to Jane Stimson as the new member for the new seat of Badcoe. Both electorates have a large swathe  in Unley with Goodwood Rd and the train line being the boundary. I look forward to working closely with both of them.

13 March 2018

Amalgamations again.

We must be getting closer to the actual state election day. Seems like the theory is that Councils are causing all the problems, can't be trusted with your money and generally poorly educated and not whatever the current government has been up to. I could list at least a dozen disasters on behalf of Labor and yet when the Liberals have had a chance to shine they continue to pick fault as well (rate capping). How is it possible for a reporter in the Advertiser to propose amalgamations and the use as an example Onkaparinga Council. Yes, it is the biggest but it doesn't seem to be an example of best practice on a number of fronts. This week its auditing and credit card use. I guess it’s possible that we (as Councillors) are having the wool pulled over our eyes by administration staff. However, it would also be highly unlikely. 

11 March 2018

This is your chance to ask the hard questions; Harmony Day


To honour the spirit of Harmony Day, this year we are giving you the chance to ask those questions, to bring up the difficult topics and to start a conversation that can enrich you and your community.
‘I think there is no point in being scared of bringing things up. I think it is fine, we can talk about things, we can explore things, see the point of view of another person. And in that posture of learning, if you go to a dialogue without any agenda and with an open mind that I am actually going to learn something from this person, then you will.’
 - Dr Roshanak Amrein
Borrow a Living Book
We have eight living books incorporating seventeen cultures and faiths and you can book a session to have an honest discussion.

Each session will be a small group of up to five people for 45 minutes.

Trees: serious business

This is not the tree concerned just an exemplar.

You might have read the story about the regulated trees in this week's paper. According to the story the neighbours pruned two regulated trees while to owner was away on holidays. Imagine her surprise when she got home. This pruning was estimated to be 90% foe one tree and 50% for the other. By law up to 30% of the canopy of a regulated tree can be pruned without development approval. A similar, but different case is brewing in Unley at another location. As Councillors we are continually told that we are not working hard enough to protect the tree canopy on both public and private property and yet I have not heard one election promise over the last few weeks that would have the potential to alter the seemingly downward trend. However, when Council takes court action the cost to rate payers has the potential to be eye watering.