29 August 2012
Conservation Grants Now Open for Applications
The City of Unley Conservation Grant assists owners of ‘significant’ trees and heritage buildings and items to preserve them in a ‘safe and aesthetically pleasing condition’.Grants may be allocated for up to 50% of the total cost of a single conservation treatment with the maximum amounts
available per application being:
- $1,000 for significant trees; and
- $5,000 for local heritage buildings/contributory items.
- The removal of significant trees; or
28 August 2012
This month's Agenda was very full, debate was interesting although the removal of trees, the CEO's salary review and a request for relief from paying Council's costs in a legal battle was discussed under Confidentiality provisions. The total debating time was nearly 5 hours!
- In the Company of Heroes; This report asked Council to consider supporting an exhibition on Victoria Cross Recipients including Goodwood's Phillip Davey. This was supported http://anzacsonline.net.au/2012/07/davey-phillip-vc-mm/
- Memorandum of Understanding; with St Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Community to continue to support the Unley Greek Festival to the tune of $5000 each year for the next 3 years.Supported
- Greenways Project-Shared Path Use; these shared bike and walking paths will be constructed next to the Noarlunga line while it is closed for the electrification of the line. This is a considerable project for Goodwood South, the only cost to Council will be the ongoing cost of maintaining the facility and landscaping. This will see the removal of the boardwalk in Canterbury Tce and a path to be carried through next to the railway between Victoria St and Chelmsford Ave. The full report and diagrams are worth reading at; http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Item%20505%20FCM%20August%202012.pdf and
- Nominations for various Boards including Natural Resources Management, Local Government Association, Local Government Finance Authority, LGA Worker's Comp Scheme, LGA Mutual Liability Scheme, Supported Residential Facilities Advisory Committee. It's good the see Councillors share these roles around so everyone has a turn and gains this type of experience. Generally, however, the incumbent gets re-elected/selected and it was all a waste of time.
- Development Act Delegation Review; this is a legislative requirement, changes to the delegations are in line with recent changes in law.This was deferred.
- Unley Gourmet Gala 2013- Reference Group; the group to guide staff in the management of this event were selected. I will be doing this with Cr Lapidge.
- Brownhill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project; This should be the final signing off on the most recent report so that the project can plan for and start the 80% of works that the 5 Councils can agree on. This would leave the other 20% to be finalised next year. After seeing the culvert intrusion that the final 20% would require in Goodwood South if a dam is not constructed I don't believe I am in a position to support this motion. This was supported by a majority. I had an interesting conversation with one person, a retired engineer, who has helped to offer some innovative potential changes to the design of the culverts. I have asked UCC to consider these ideas in their submission to DPTI.
- Sturt Football Club; Both Cr Hudson and Cr Saies asked other Councillors to support further investigation into the finances of the Sturt Football Club and their costs in relation to what other club's pay to use similar facilities.
- Streets for People; I reserved this matter out for further debate from the Road Safety Committee as the streets to be treated were, in my opinion a poor choice. My motion was supported and staff will now use the recently published guidelines on the concept and bring a report to Council with a hierarchy of streets that will benefit the most from having traffic slowed.
26 August 2012
The last concern was the piece of land identified in the reports as adjacent the Millswood Croquet, this should have read adjacent Millswood Lawns and is the vacant site next to the bowling green (see attached picture). This is will be used as a operations centre rather than a dumping area.
We did convince the Publicity Officer that holding some public forums sooner rather than later would be in every one's best interest. This is likely to be held at Clarence Park Community Centre at a date to be determined.
I'm happy to do a similar walk with any individual or group of peoeple who want to make a time to do this.
23 August 2012
21 August 2012
AGM on Tuesday 25th September at 12:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Clarence Room.This is an opportunity to learn more about the centre, to nominate for a position on the Board and to network with interesting people. Hope to see you there. There will be a light lunch served after the meeting procedures.Please put this date in your diary, CPCC will hold the next
Some other interesting activities at CPCC if you are interested include;
Some other interesting activities at CPCC if you are interested include;
- Fitness Over Fifty-Tuesdays at 8:30am,9:15am or 10:30am ( contact email@example.com)
- Practical Sustainability in the Home-Wednesday October 10th at 7pm (no bookings)
19 August 2012
17 August 2012
Don and I have produced a newsletter to be distributed this weekend-weather permitting. Those of you who read the blog regularly will find very little new information in it. However, this is your opportunity to discuss issues of concern with your friends and neighbours and to encourage them to log on to the blog and to email me to receive regular update reminders. My blog has more in depth information on the topics plus lots more of general interest.
16 August 2012
The house was recognised as a fine example of uncommon Federation/Queen Anne domestic architecture style, use of materials and a high level of building craftsmanship.
As this area is set to be rezoned to allow for more intense development (7-10 levels), at state government insistence, the outcome may not be one that envisages the house as part of the development.
Thanks to Unley Museum and National Trust SA for information.
Thanks to Unley Museum and National Trust SA for information.
14 August 2012
The items discussed were;
- The Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising event now held annually at the Unley pool. This event raises more money each year and has been very successful. It was supported.
- The Pool's 50th birthday will be celebrated on Oct 13th with a fun filled day at the pool, entry will be free.This was supported.
- Goodwood Community Services partnering agreement with Unley Council; the Board of Management of GCS and Council's agreement to provide services. this is quite different from the one for Clarence park. The Board at CPCC has more power to collect revenue and to provide services.This was supported
- Right of Way Agreement with B&M Glass in Charles lane. this was to allow further use of there rear entrance for another 3 years.This was supported
- SA Age Friendly Environments and Communities; This strategy fits well with our new Aging Strategy Policy.
- Removal of street trees; this debate and decision remain confidential. However, the debate lasted over 11/2 hours and the decision has now been reserved for further debate.
13 August 2012
The latest news from DPTI on the project.
Please note there is nothing in this this that talks of consultation and no mention of the Brownhill Creek culverts or their chosen locations.
"The City of
has been sent a copy of the Goodwood Junction Development Application from the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) asking for Council’s comments. As part of the DAC process a Public Notification period will be seeking public comments by Thursday 6 September 2012. The notification will appear in the Messenger on Wednesday 15 August. Unley
Mr Rossi’s Community Engagement Team, on behalf of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have already door knocked the residences on each side of the project’s rail corridor. Overall the project has been well received. The key issues that have been raised include:
· vegetation and landscaping;
· construction impacts (including local road access);
· fencing; and
· extension of the Marino Rocks Greenways shared use path.
DPTI is currently in the selection process to appoint a Design and Construct Contractor to carry out these works. Community Engagement activities will continue throughout the project including:
· project brochures
· information sessions
· information displays at key locations
· more extensive door knocking
· website information; and
· one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders (including Council).
For further information, interested people or groups can be directed to the Project Information Line, 1300 443 198 or the Project Email at firstname.lastname@example.org"
08 August 2012
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
NEW LED SPEED LIMIT SIGNS INSTALLED
New enhanced speed limit signs with flashing LED lights embedded in the red circle will be installed this Friday, 10 August in the shopping precinct section of
Goodwood Road to improve safety for all road users, particularly pedestrians.
The speed on
Goodwood Road will be lowered to 50 km/h between Leader Street and the Millswood rail underpass.
07 August 2012
05 August 2012
03 August 2012
The anticipated Magistrates Court hearing that was to happen his afternoon in which our mayor was to have to plead was again delayed. This time for 7 weeks. Mayor Clyne's alleged offences stem back to the 2010 election campaign where he has been accused of serious offences including identity theft. It is now almost 12 months to the day since he was arrested and charged. We are now 2 years into this term of office and before a trial date is set it could well be another year. In the meantime it remains the elephant in the room in everything that Unley Council says and does.
01 August 2012
The Eastern Courier has this week outdone itself with many articles and letters about Unley. You can access the full stories by picking the paper up off your veranda or going to ;
- FOCUS have asked for Carramar house on the corner of Greenhill Rd and George St to be recognised as being at risk of demolition. This property is on the market and heritage listed and yet still vulnerable.
- UNLEY Mayor Lachlan Clyne returns to court to face charges of criminal defamation and identity theft this week. Mr Clyne's case will be heard in the Magistrates Court this Friday (August 3) after his lawyer requested it be adjourned so that information from a computer expert could be sought.
- A PROPOSAL to trial fences around parts of Unley Oval has been resoundingly rejected by Unley Council.
- WITH Unley Council having resoundingly voting against a trial fence at Unley Oval in favour of advancing a Master Plan for the area, I trust and hope that the real needs of Unley Oval will be allowed to come forward and be considered.
- IN 1997, Michael Garland rang Unley Council to complain about the state of the footpath outside his Forestville home. Last month, a 57-signature petition, organised by Mr Garland, was presented to the council calling for an urgent upgrade to the same section of Third Ave footpath.
- WHY do we have state and local government planning to rip up the streets of Millswood to insert massive fast flow by-pass culverts for flood protection when there is already a perfectly good existing stormwater drain in the form of Brown Hill Creek?
Overbury Drive, Clarence Park; a no stopping zone will be installed either side of the tree to facilitate safe vehicle movement. Hazard markers will also be installed on either side of the tree to aid visibility. This has happened because large vehicles have found access difficult to the western end of the street, especially the garbage truck.
Millswood Cres, Millswood; A survey has been distributed to residents near the western end to ascertain their support to install a pavement bar at the western corner. Residents have observed that many motorists cut this corner and by doing so place their vehicle in the path of oncoming traffic as the sight distance is not long enough to complete this maneuver safely. This will result in the loss of 4 car parks. The results of the survey will go to the Road Safety Committee and then to Council.
Frederick St, Clarence Park; Speed data has again been collected in this street to ascertain the volume and speed of traffic with particular regard to the safety of children accessing the Scouts and Guides building. As well as sign will be installed to indicate to motorists that children may be present in this location. As well staff are completing an audit of the footpath to assess if a sectional lift and relay can ameliorate some of the existing trip hazards.
Mills St, Millswood; Council staff and now prepared to consider an extension to he pavement bar that was recently installed. It is very obvious that the current treatment has not prevented illegal U-turns as was intended. This will mean rerouting the garbage truck.
Oakley Ave, Millswood; The consultation will commenced on July 23rd regarding he installation of a pavement bar at the corner with Victoria St, this should improve the safety of cyclists.
Aroha Tc/ East Ave, Milsswood; After close examination of the traffic flow on this intersection a KEEP CLEAR sign cannot be installed as it does not fit the criteria set by the Road Traffic Act.
Graham Ave, Millswood; After the removal and replacement of a number of trees Council has now placed sections of the kerb and water table on the maintenance schedule for August, they will do the area near 17 and 19 Fairfax Ave (the trees are in Graham Ave).
Dunrobin St, Black Forest;
Merlon Ave, Black Forest has now been paved.
Extra yellow lines to increase areas of no parking have been requested by residents in Harland and Selkirk Aves. Staff are investigating these requests.