28 April 2012
27 April 2012
26 April 2012
25 April 2012
22 April 2012
- Acquisition of Land; Maud St; This matter is confidential.
- Unley Business and Economic Development Committee Membership; It is recommended that Craig Phillips, a local businessman, fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term (December 2012).Passed
- Draft Annual Business Plan 2012-13; The budget is almost ready to go to public consultation with some things still being debated as to if they should be included or not. I am particularly disappointed in the potential share of the budget that seems likely to be spent in Goodwood South. We have a further workshop to finalise this on May10th, at this time I will do the best that I can to get closer to ward equity and publish what will most likely be funded. Passed but with debate only on process.
- Local Government Meeting Procedures; Many changes are recommended, most will not change the substance of how Council debates matters although one of the proposals would allow for each member to speak for 9 minutes on each item; that equates to one and a half hours debate on any one item and could make for intolerably long meetings if introduced. As this is at the draft stage in State regulations Council has an opportunity to comment and, hopefully, influence the final outcome. This was adjourned to the next meeting for further input from elected members and staff.
- Improving Governance-Discussion Paper;This is another state initiative to formalise the way in which Councillors can or cannot behave; much of this would appear to reinforce current practice although I will debate he necessity for all a person's interests needing to be declared when they run for office rather than when elected. Passed
- Third Quarter Budget Review; At this point in time the Council has spent just over a half a million dollars less that it had in the budget. However, this also means that some projects are behind schedule and will need to be rolled into the next budget for completion. Passed
- NRM Funding Levee; The NRM Board has requested that Council collect $1,073,540 on it's behalf when collecting rates or 2012/13. This is a 13.9% increase from this year and an imposition on Council. Very little of the revenue has ever been spent in Unley. Council rates increase is only likely to be 5.1% in comparison. their was considerable debate on this especially on the share of revenue that Unley is required to collect. This does not seem to relate to population, effect of water ways or even rate revenue. I have asked for further detail on how this is calculated.
- Update of Federal Stormwater projects; The stormwater collection and aquifer recharge at Heywood Park is yet to be consulted, however, it is my understanding that this is an ideal site for mechanical filtration before pumping the collected water into the aquifer. The mechanism can be housed with in the existing toilet block and should not deter from the beauty of the park. Passed
16 April 2012
The following has been reported from the Eastern Courier website;
UNLEY Council’s move to rename Proclamation Day as South Australia Day has been knocked back.
The council sought support from fellow councils at the Local Government Association’s general meeting today (Friday, April 13).
But the move was quashed by the majority of councils.
West Torrens Mayor John Trainer was among those who said changing the historic day’s name was not the business of local government.
Interestingly there has been no press release or comment from the Mayor on this. This entire fiasco has been nothing but an embarrassment and waste of Council's time and reflects poorly on it's reputation.
It also shows up a weakness in our system in that this matter did not come as a Motion on Notice by Cr Hudson (so it could be debated seperately) before it became part of the Item regarding the Local Government Association. This weakness has also been evident in recent budget negotiations. I will give details of this when they are no longer confidential.
11 April 2012
09 April 2012
There were only three items on this month's Agenda. These are;
- Provision of Environmental Health Services by the Eastern Health Authority; the benefits of this are some cost savings over time, more consistent provision of services, consolidation of the skills of the Environmental Health Officer and an opportunity to provide shared services. Council already uses the services of the EHA to provide immunization services and supported residential facility licensing. The vaccination programme alone costs council$85,000 per year. Council voted to make further approaches to Mitcham Council regarding the sharing of these services and to report back to Council in June. Members were concerned that the EHA would have 7 member Councils and our share would be set at 23%. ( this would seem to be, on face value, more than our share although we do have more restaurants than most other Councils and the Show grounds would add significantly to inspections and compliance of other establishments that sell food)
- Unley Libraries Strategic Plan; the new policy was accepted by the Library Strategy Reference Group in March. There are few changes from the policy that went to public consultation. The report recommends that an Advisory Committee is established to oversee this vision. Cr's Hewitson and Hughes will be on the committee until Nov 2014.
- Ron Young Grant Programme; This has undertaken some small changes to ensure that the grants are given within the intent of the founder of the grant's programme.
The full Agenda can be found at;
08 April 2012
If you are 16-19 years old and looking for work in the Unley area (either full or part time) then this new initiative may be of some help.
Try www.facebook.com/wherebusinessmeetsyouth to check for local jobs for local people.
The program provides:
- An online job registry for businesses to reach job seekers
- Learning For Earning, a pathway to employment skill development initiative
- Summer Music Program, young musicians performing on main street
- An incentive program to encourage young people to shop locally
- Building a positive relationship between business and youth communities
- Supporting local young people to access local employment opportunities
- Supporting local businesses to secure new local employees
- Building community capacity
04 April 2012
Street Tree Removal
12 & 16 Ripon Road, Clarence Park
In the near future Council’s Arboricultural team is proposing to remove the street trees at 12 & 16 Ripon Road, Clarence Park.
Council’s Team Leader, Arboriculture has undertaken a detailed Visual Tree Assessment and has identified amongst other issues that:
The health and structure of the two Koelreuteria paniculata, Golden Rain Trees are in decline.
The tree will be replaced over the winter months with two Koelteuteria paniculata, (Golden Rain) Trees.
Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience the removal of this tree causes to residents of Ripon Road, Clarence Park.
Should you have any comments or concerns relating to the removal of this tree do not hesitate to contact Council’s Team Leader, Arboriculture, Joel Ashforth on 83725160 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
03 April 2012
01 April 2012
I've been busy responding to some of the items below as well as attending various budget deliberation sessions and briefings on other matters;
- East Avenue Refuge; the Staff recommended refusal for this based on feedback from DPTI, however, the Road Safety Committee chose to defer the debate and decision while more information is obtained. The staff suggested a location a little to the south.
Page Park Toilets; These are now able to be used.
- Mills St Traffic Controls; The results from the consultation were overwhelmingly in favour of the to proposals, making it more difficult to U turn on Goodwood Rd at the intersection with Mills St and replacing t the most easterly angled slow point with an ordinary one. Millswood Crescent Parking Controls; Staff are investigating lengthening the new yellow lines and painting a central bar at the fist corner. When we inspected this site there was a tow truck illegally parked in the corner which made it very dangerous.
- The Goodwood Precinct Sign; This sign is continuously graffited. Staffs are investigating the painting of a protective coat to allow easy removal that will not damage the plastic surface.
- Ecobums; I attended one of the meetings on 21st March that was attended by a few soon to be Mums young women. Their enthusiasm for a more ecological solution for nappies rather than the disposal ones was unquestionable. On average it is estimated to cost $3,500 to keep a baby in disposable nappies for 21/2 to 3 years; the cost for reusable cloth nappies is $960. If the family anticipate using the cloth nappies for more than one child the savings are even greater. On average from recent waste audits it is estimated that 6% of waste in the blue bins is made up of disposable nappies. This equates to 31 full trucks per year of nappies alone. At 10 tons per truck load this is 310 tons of used nappies. The cost for disposal is currently 77$ per ton; the total cost for disposal alone is therefore $23,000.
- Clarence Park Community Centre- Critical Incident; more important than the incident itself has been the response by Council and how learnings from this experience will better inform Council practice in the future to ensure the safety of the people working at the Centre and the people who use the centre. These learnings will result in new emergency procedures for CPCC and for the City of Unley.
- Merlon Ave; This street has been approved for new planting, the existing trees are in a pretty poor state. The selected tree is the golden rain tree.
- King William Rd; 40km or 50km
- Oakley Ave: There has been a request for additional line marking in Oakley Ave to improve the safety of the bike pathway. This is being investigated and will go to consultation in the near future.
- Langdon Ave; How to move forward with the replacement of trees?