31 March 2012
10am onwards -Millswood Tennis; Come and Try Day
11am-11.30am -Princess Margaret Playground;Gypsy Jazz Trio
12pm- 12.30pm-Dora Guild Playground;Circus Elements
1pm-4pm -Page Park; Camping and Cooking Demonstration
10am-1pm -Millswood Croquet Club; Come and Try
10am-4pm -Millswood Bowling Club;What We Can Offer?
10am onwards -Millswood Tennis Complex ; Cardio Tennis
1pm -1.30pm -Princess Margaret Playground; Circus Performer
I'll be out trying to get some good photographs.
30 March 2012
Encouraging residents and business to support this important environmental event: attached.
Media release has also been forward to the Unley business community.
Lighting will be turned off - security and safety lighting will remain on.
Unley Community Centre:
No hirers in the centre and all lights are off except for the sensor light in the front of the building.
Clarence Park Community Centre:
No hirers in the house on Saturday night and all lights will be off in the house at 8.30.
There is a quiz night in the main hall and they will require lighting, however we will ensure the rest of the centre observes earth hour.
Goodwood Community Centre:
Not participating due to the safety and security risk of hirers accessing the Centre on that evening.
Fullarton Community Centre:
No hirers in the centre and all lights will be off except for sensor lights.
Lights (excluding security) will be turned off.
Security floods will be turned off but all other lighting will remain on as they light the external paths (It was deemed a few years ago unsafe to turn these lights off).
Library (Central and Goodwood)
All lights will be switched off before 8.30pm.
28 March 2012
Now we're supposed to debate it next Monday at 6.45pm.
24 March 2012
- The Agenda was very thick this week. However, most of it was the petition from the No Dam group opposing the construction of a dam in Brownhill Creek. This is a integral apart of the flood mitigation works proposed and if not built a suite of alternatives would have to be built. This weeks' Agenda;
- Recognition of Ron Praite; Ron Praite died on the 4th April 2011. He was one of Unley's finest historians and contributed significantly to the Unley Museum. He will be remembered by naming a section of the Glen Osmond linear trail after him. Carried
- Pedestrian Crossing on Unley Rd (near Ultratune); This will allow safe access across Unley Rd at that location for both pedestrians and cyclists. This will be substantially funded by the state government. What a difference the crossing on Goodwood Rd makes to crossing near Victoria St. Carried
- Ridge Park Aquifer Recharge; After consultation the residents near this park have chosen to proceed with a mix of bio-filtration and mechanical means to purify the retained water before pumping it into the aquifer. This is a major project that can now proceed. Carried
- Review of the Glen Osmond Creek Project; The review showed some weakness in the project management of this project, it was also critical of the involvement of some Councillors in the project. Carried
- Grant Funding 2012; So far this year nearly $3 million have been achieved in grants. These are used to offset Council costs.
- Elector Representation Review; This review will allow changes in the ward boundaries, in the composition of representation from each ward and, if Council (after much consultation) would even prefer, a Mayor elected from the Councillors or (the current method) at large. There are many arguments for and against change which will be examined. I would like an attempt to achieve greater representation from women on Council. The debate stemmed mainly around he distribution of numbers in each ward despite the fact that the report will have to examine even the existence of wards. I must say I refer a structure but it does not have to be the same one. Carried
- Brownhill Creek/ Keswick Creek Update;This report looks at the results from the public consultation. Carried
Motions on Notice
- Tonsley Train Service (see separate blog)Carried
- Lack of Funding for Disabled Under 65's; This motion asks for the relevant Minister to be informed of Council's disapproval of decisions made that means funding for services for the disabled is only able to be spent on those over 65. Many people who seek Council support are under 65, the costs of services to them is funded by Council alone. Carried
- Earth Hour Carried
The full Agenda can be found at;http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/FCM%20Agenda%20March%202012.pdf
21 March 2012
(Neighbour Day was established in 2003 in response to press coverage of the death of an elderly woman in her home that went unnoticed for two years. It has been promoted by its founder, Andrew Heslop, ever since with a simple aim to encourage everyone to have better relationships with the people next door and across the street).
18 March 2012
1. A letter be sent to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and the Minister for Transport Services with copies to local Members of Parliament (state) expressing concern at the lack of information and options provided to the community regarding the closure of the Tonsley Line train service.
2. The Ministers give consideration to adding extra carriages on the Noarlunga line to cope with the extra number of people now forced to use this alternate service.
3. The Ministers continue to keep both the City of Unley and affected residents aware of any further changes that are likely to occur.
A summary of the concerns are:
- a lack of thought, planning and cross-departmental consultation at a time when the population is growing and the government ‘encourages’ public transport use and transit-oriented development
- the announcements were made without any alternatives planned
there was a long wait for the new timetables which were released on 20th February
workers are disadvantaged and treated disrespectfully, while those wanting the train ‘after hours and on the weekend’ are serviced
- a belief that near-city residents have more choice in public transport but this is not true – we are by-passed by express services and/or full services (the Tram is often full and does not stop).
- the alternative arrangements increase travel time
- a concern that the closure of the Tonsley train service will be a permanent measure
17 March 2012
16 March 2012
15 March 2012
On Sun 1 April Council are encouraging people to come and see all our performers at Memorial Gardens, Unley Road in a program starting from 12pm along with a free sausage sizzle from Rotary Club of Unley.
For a full list of events in the City of Unley, please check out the website closer to the weekend.
14 March 2012
Food waste and other organic material makes up around half of what is placed in the blue waste bins. By putting food waste into your green organics bin (along with garden waste) it will be collected and commercially processed into nutrient-rich compost. Our waste is transformed into a valuable resource that is sold to farmers and gardeners all over Australia.
Your green organics bin can still be used for your garden waste, i.e. lawn clippings, leaves, pruning’s, cut flowers etc.
Even if you have a home garden compost or worm farm you may like to recycle the food scraps that are not suitable for your home compost via the green organics bin; all food scraps including citrus, dairy, meat, bones, shells and even heavily soiled pizza boxes may be placed into the green organics bin.
For convenience, food scraps can simply be wrapped in newspaper or paper-towel to prevent spills when placed in the green organics bin.
Alternatively, some hardware stores sell ‘compostable’ bags which may be used for food scraps.
But please do not use bags labeled ‘biodegradable’ – this is not ‘compostable’ – and never use plastic bags of any type in the green organics bin, this can contaminate the entire truckload. If you are unsure about the compostable bags please contact the Council. Ultimately this will further reduce collected waste that goes to landfill. Cost reductions in dumping fees reduce the total costs to Council.
11 March 2012
This month's Agenda is full of interesting items; the full Agenda can be found at; http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/CSP%20Agenda%20March%202012.pdf
- City of Unley Ageing Strategy; This strategy has been in the consultation phase for some time and minor modifications have been made to the policy.This was supported although will still have further minor modifications.
- Planning Policy Programme; This is an update of the planning amendments; it seems the Ministers desk is getting overloaded as he is yet to move anything across it for Unley at this time. The report was received.
- Dog Registration Fees; The proposal is for fees to rise to $60 (up $5) per annum with the usual discounts for desexing, micro-chipping, obedience training, concession holders, working dogs and grey hounds. No fee is charged for guide dogs, disability dogs and therapeutic dogs. The fees charged do not cover the cost of collecting the fees and dog management through out the year even with an increase. This report was accepted although members expressed their concerns about being able to recover a greater portion of costs.
- Electronic Waste Review; The report suggests that Council should approve $20,000 t0 be allocated to funding two new services. These services are 50% subsidy for Unley residents at a Local Waste Transfer Station and allowing e-waste to be put out for Hard Waste collection. Members felt this report was inadequate and have requested that staff have another look at other options and bring the report back in April.
- Hard Rubbish Collection Review; The total number of collections from July 2011 to February 2012 was 2,319, only slightly less than the same time period in the year earlier. However, there were no second pick ups ( as agreed by Council). The waiting times for collection have been reduced from 8 weeks to 6.7 weeks. Never the less some seasons are busier than others and some people have waited 12 weeks for a pick up. Of 511 reported instances of illegal dumping (since May 2010) in 402 cases the property owner has removed the rubbish when directed to do so by Council. This represents a 79% compliance rate. The report was received with no further action but to continue the current level of service.
- New Community Gardens; The preferred option for the Community Garden is the goody Patch at Goodwood Primary School. While I am disappointed that the site in Millswood was not chosen as a first option I feel it may be better for the redevelopment of the site to be included in the Millswood Lawn masterplan when this is completed.This matter caused much debate although all members were happy with the initial site selected.
- Orphanage Park Community Land Management Plan; Council are being asked to consider options for the development of a CLMP for Orphanage Park and other parks. This is a pressing necessity for Orphanage Park as there is no clear way documented to move forward on the tree plantings and other minor creek works. This would also allow for the protection of the stone linings if the Minister allows them to be included as a Local Heritage item in the City of Unley Development Plan. This report was refused and no further action suggested for any of the 4 large Parks.
- Long Term Financial Plan; Council are being ask to approve an operating surplus ratio of 3.5, a Net financial Liabilities Ratio of no more than 80% of the annual rates revenue and an Asset Sustainability ratio equalling 100% over 10 years. This was approved.
- Development of a New Unley community Plan;Unley is required to develop a new Community Plan this year. Council will be anxious to hear what the community wants in the plan in the near future. This was approved.
All of these items must still be ratified at the Full Council Meeting on the 26th March.
06 March 2012
04 March 2012
03 March 2012
It good to see some ongoing projects completed, these include;The completion of the hooped fence on the southern side of the Goodwood Oval Playground.
The removal of the left turn bans off East Ave.
The completion of the consultation regarding the pedestrian refuge in East Ave. The likely result of this when it goes to the Road Safety Committee is that they will recommend moving the refuge south to be opposite the Church. DPTI objected to the proposal as it was too close to a bus stop and there was some strong opposition from the houses and people most affected. There was also strong support for a refuge at or near this location. Further consultation on the new location will follow.
I have also spent some time working with staff on ensuring that adequate disabled parking bays are available during the Fullarton park monthly market. At the current time the existing parks are used for market stalls and there is no vehicle access into the market.
Also of interest should be the following events;
Parks Alive! 2012 Grants :Local community and resident groups are encouraged to hold picnics, BBQs, parties, games and other activities in local parks on the weekend of Saturday, 31st March and Sunday 1st April to celebrate Parks Alive!
Ride-2-School Day: Ride2School Day is on Friday 23rd March 2012 when parents and teachers are encouraged to leave the car at home and get students riding, walking, skating or scootering to school.
Scooter safety in the spotlight: Community urged to take part in safety survey
NRMA Motoring & Services, ACCC, CHOICE, Enable NSW and Vision Australia have banded together to launch a national survey to help understand how and why Australians are using mobility scooters. Interested members of the community are invited to take part in the survey. The survey closes 5 April 2012 and is available from the NRMA website at www.mynrma.com.au/scooters and the Product Safety Australia website at www.productsafety.gov.au/mobilityscooters. Mailed copies are also available by calling the ACCC’s Infocentre on 1300 302 502.
Further information on each of these is on the Council website at http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/
02 March 2012
Have you wondered just how much computers, websites and social media are affected how we do business? This was a topic for discussion at the Council meeting. While Council response is confidential the startling facts aren't:
Facts about Australian consumers.
82% of all Australians looked for information on line
66% of all Australians shop on line
24% have purchased from overseas online
Half of all Australians have a smart phone
Facts on Australian Households
89% have a computer
87 % are internet enabled
10 % have a tablet/Ipad with 15% expected to buy in the next year
4% have purchases coupons
Deloittes Study – 5.5% of Australian spending was on line (2010 -2011) which represented 13.6 billion dollars in revenue
Online sales are growing at 9 to 10% pa
Consumers ability to search, find and buy is growing.
Greatest increase in on line activity was 30+
Facts on Australian businesses
Only 50% are using using it effectively
Only 6% of Australian businesses intend to install a web site next year.
18% of businesses use social media for business, most are on facebook
50% who had used social media said it had a positive impact on their business
90% maintained social media sites internally
50% of business who offered coupons got return business.
So what are the key issues traders face today?
There is a parallel shift going on with wholesalers now competing with the retailers they are supplying
interstate and overseas traders are competing in the same market place
highly informed customers
reduced relationships and loyalty
the try and don’t buy culture
negative reviews through social media
rents still increasing
increasing online competition and reduced foot traffic/sales
Retail is not just about foot traffic in store anymore. It’s about a whole new business model.
Position! Position! Is not necessarily number one anymore as traders have the potential to buy in one country and sell in another.