31 October 2013

If you feel like celebrating?

As a special thanks to the local community for their patience and understanding during construction, DPTI you are invited to celebrate the completion of major works on the Goodwood Junction Upgrade.    Be the first to take a train through the new underpass, and get updated information from  the project and construction teams.

The celebration will include:
>         Free train rides in the new Goodwood rail underpass, leaving from Goodwood Station via Forestville Reserve
>         Photographs taken during construction of the Goodwood Junction rail underpass
>         Information on landscaping and urban design treatments, and the Community Wildlife Project

>         A free sausage sizzle
>         Children’s activities
>         Live entertainment

 Forestville Reserve; 2-5pm on Sunday 10th November 2013

Multi-Storey Housing approved

Earlier this week Minister Rau announced that he had approved the so called Corridor Development Amendment Plans to allow for multi-storey housing on Unley Rd, Fullarton Rd  and Greenhill Rd as well as Norwood Pde and Prospect Rd. This has been sitting on his desk now for quite some time. However, my concerns about how planning approvals would be assessed have come to fruition. On at least 3 occasions I have asked the Minister in a public forum about who the planning authority would be. This stemmed from the removal of Adelaide City Councils ability to assess developments over 10 million dollars. In this case  a Development Assessment Commission will asses all applications for buildings of 5 or more storeys. Council have spent much time and effort in consulting with the community on this on the fine details to reduce overshadowing and other impacts to find that this may be ignored. Please click the link to read In Daily's point of view.

29 October 2013

National Recognition for Unley’s Innovative FindYourEverything

Tuesday 29 October

The City of Unley’s ground-breaking enterprise website FindYourEverything (FYE) has just been recognised with the Economic Development Marketing Strategy Award at the National Economic Development Australia (EDA) Conference.
Competing against a strong team of contenders, FYE was the only award winner for South Australia.  “This award is recognition for not only the FYE team at the City of Unley, but for all businesses and trader associations who have embraced the Find Your Everything project.” says Peter Tsokas, Unley’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s great to receive national recognition for the success of this strategy for the local economy”.
The award recognises excellence in the successful development and implementation of marketing strategies designed to promote sales and patronage of local business. Judged by industry peers, criteria used to select the award winner included innovation, creativity, quality, sustainability and contribution to the profession of Economic Development.
The FYE website findyoureverything.com.au went live in December 2012 and is supported by a number of social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.  FYE promotes unique, predominately independent traders, operating traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses. Its aim is to drive foot traffic in-store and increase tourism to the region.
The City of Unley has utilised the expertise of David Penfold from Webmastermind for their digital marketing processes. ToolBox Design, a local South Australian design company, developed the FYE visual concept and brand.
“FYE has exceeded all of our expectations and we put this down to the businesses who really got behind our vision.” says Matt Grant, Manager Economic Development at the City of Unley.
Since its inception findyoureverything.com.au has attracted more than 20 000 unique visitors and more than 3 000 members. The website encourages visitors to subscribe to receive free regular e-newsletters providing an up-to-date guide on what is happening around the City of Unley, including reviews, events, competitions and special offers.
The FYE Facebook site has 4 980 Facebook fans.  Over 170 Facebook posts have been viewed more than 1.55 million times with an impressive 35 225 direct clicks through to local City of Unley businesses.
Whilst it’s a great award to celebrate, the FYE team won’t be resting on their laurels. “We recognise that technology is evolving so rapidly that the Unley digital strategy is more like an emerging strategy,” says Matt. “It needs to be flexible and adaptable as new technology platforms appear.”
FYE can be found at
facebook.com/findyoureverything and


Full Council; October 28th 2013

This month's agenda is full and varied. It includes the endorsement of minutes form the section 41 committees that have met in the last month. As well;

  • Dog Park for Unley; This was supported as a joint venture with Adelaide City Council to be constructed in the south parklands. However, it will still need money to be allocated in the budget for 2014/15 for it to proceed.
  • Development Assessment Panel-Annual report;(this was the topic of a separate blog)
  • Leave of Absence- Cr Tipper;
  • Australia Day Panel Selection;There are plenty of eligible people out there they just need you to nominate them (also the topic of a separate blog)
  • Various committee nominations for outside agencies;Passed
  • Community Reference Groups;Passed
  • Complaints Handling Procedure Under Council Members Code of Conduct;Passed
  • Progress Report-Centennial Park;Passed
  • Annual Report; In my opinion this was a poorly written and inaccurate document that need substantial revision. I moved  only that the report be received in a hope that this might indicate that it was simply not good enough. My motion failed but some revision will still be need to be made but without having to be bought back to Council.
  • Various Questions on Notice on matters; Unley Oval fencing (Palmer), Disability Companion Cards (Palmer), State Transport Strategy (Palmer), Unley Oval Development (Saies) and Gifts and Benefits Register (Saies). The questions I asked on Brown Hill Creek were a late item on the Agenda and will be answered in November.not in the Agenda. I also tabled the document produced by resident, John Hipper, regarding Brown Hill Creek.
  • Meeting Procedures (Saies); Passed
  • Brown Hill Creek Culverts (Saies); this was well attended and supported unanimously by Council. It was evident when put to the vote that Councillors do  not want culverts in Unley streets if there is a viable option (read dam). The people must take their  case to all the other Councils, especially Mitcham, to ensure that when the matter is next debated that Unley resident's views are clearly heard. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/east-hills/unley-residents-group-protests-against-streets-being-dug-up-as-part-of-brown-hill-creek-plan/story-fni9lkyu-1226748222602   This story that is linked to the agenda item makes very interesting reading.
  • Unley Oval (Palmer); Passed but only after lengthy debate. This asked for a tinkering around the edges approach in an effort to get at least something done. I understand the frustration but could not support the motion.
  • Major Projects (Saies); Refused

Compulsory Voting

It was with regret that I read in today's paper that the Local Government Association rejected , at it's Annual General Meeting, recommending not moving to compulsory voting in local government elections. The motion put by Adelaide City Council was defeated 52:50. If we ever want the other levels of government and our residents to take us seriously and start to show a genuine interest in local government then compulsory voting is essential. In Unley, in Nov 2006, as few as 25% of eligible voters cast a ballot. In Goodwood South there were approx. 1200 formal votes cast for Councillors out of 5000 voters on the electoral roll!!

25 October 2013

Meeting with Rod Hook; not yet!!

The following is the letter I wrote to Rod Hook, CEO of DPTI , on the 3rd October. After repeated phone calls I keep getting stalled. My hope is that he is stalling me as he wants to let me know that all of the requests are possible and that we don't need to meet sometime in the near future. My fear is that continued stalling will mean that the gantries are up and would then cost too much to paint, although I have been promised by David Bartlett (in charge of the electrification). As far as the others are concerned I'm a bit sick of the blame game and residents deserve at least the amenity they enjoyed before;this one is not Council's problem nor ARTC. I'll let you know what happens.

Dear Rod,
After our recent meeting with you on August 7th there were a number of undertakings given by you about what could be expected on the projects in the Goodwood Area. In good faith we expected that the undertakings that you gave would be followed through by staff on the project.  Almost all of the matters have now been resolved and I thank you for that.
At the most recent and final Community Advisory Group meeting there were, however,  still some outstanding issues that needed to be addressed and since that time at least one new one has arisen. The outstanding matters are;
  • The colour for the fences facing the rail corridor from South Rd to Leader St, you undertook that they could be a single colour of our choice, Don subsequently asked John Devine to inform your staff that the colour chosen was slate grey (this occurred on 13/8)
  •  The wheel squeal and visual amenity for the residents in Arundel Ave caused by the Belair train
  •  The height and repair (or replacement) of fences along the Greenways  project. These are in poor repair, some have been replaced, and no longer afford privacy to residents
More recently the following matter has arisen;
 The possibility that the gantry at Clarence Park could be painted slate grey or charcoal before being erected. The residents who own the private homes on Canterbury Tce are shocked at their current amenity and feel this will be even worse when the gantry are erected.
We would be happy to bring residents to the meeting if you would like to speak directly to the worst affected people. A time next week would be ideal, Regards
Cr. Jennie Boisvert

Wayville Station Renamed?

Wayville Station seems to  be progressing well and is now very visible from Greenhill Rd. This month's Council Agenda contemplates renaming the station Showground's Station. Not much imagination in that! However, it does tell it the way it is. Surely there is something more interesting, why not a Kaurna name?
The opulence of this highlights just how poor the amenity is at Goodwood and Clarence Park Stations. And for that matter at least the train stops at the above stations, poor old Millswood should be able to have it's amenity improved  and the trains stop for passengers: wouldn't that be nice and relatively cheap as well?

Trains Take a Hit

Today's Advertiser is full of stories about trains; train funding, train delays, too few new trains and a bit of a blame game all round. The facts seem to be that the Seaford line is still funded and will be complete with some trains running in December. However, these trains will be the old diesel trains until at least February next year and then the electric trains will run as well as the diesel trains. The 6 new trains are simply inadequate in number to provide the promised 15 minute services. What happened to the other new trains?
Also while the gantries are already being constructed on the Tonsley line  the project might be mothballed as the Federal Govt withdraws their share of the funding. The articles didn't make it clear if diesel trains might continue to service the Tonsley line. Some of this might alleviate, in the short term, some of the almost inevitable congestion at Leader St; the boom gates may be down  a little less often than predicted.
Let's hope that the Federal government might spend their money on a much needed flood mitigation project that will actually benefit Unley residents.

24 October 2013

Resident's View of Culverts

The following are  the views of one resident on the proposed culverts in streets necessary to ensure flood protection if a dam is not built in Mitcham. His views are shared by most residents that might be affected as well as others who fear for the probable additional cost and disruption as well as loss of amenity and streetscape.. At some point a decision must be made to build the dam and clear the creekbed (where possible). Many Councillors are concerned and are actively working toward the dam option.

Creek plan
Eastern Courier Messenger, Adelaide  23 Oct 2013

CURRENT plans for the Brownhill Creek/Keswick Creek Stormwater Project will cause major disruption to hundreds of residents in the Unley Council area, and it appears that this council is not unduly concerned.

Kilometres of culverts, most 2.4m-3.3m wide and 1.5m-1.8m deep, will extend through streets in Hawthorn, Unley Park, Hyde Park and Millswood.

The plan spells disaster for hundreds of trees.

In Malcolm St and Vardon Tce alone, approximately 150 kerbside trees will most likely die, due to the severance of their roots with the digging and placement of the proposed culvert. While new trees can be planted, it will be many years until they mature.

For the benefit of the broader community, residents in and around the affected streets are prepared to accept many months of noise and inconvenience.

However, it appears that little consideration has been given to: Residents having to find alternative parking for their cars, as they will have no vehicular access to their properties; Those with mobility problems having difficulty with access and egress; Assisting those unable to carry their shopping from wherever they have to leave their car: Children having to be more carefully supervised; and Access by emergency or utility services, as well as domestic trades personnel.

While the issue of flood mitigation certainly needs to be addressed, Unley Council and the Stormwater Management Authority should implement a programme of clearing the current waterways of accumulated debris to facilitate water flow, and investigate the construction of a dam in a location further into the hills, away from homes and Brownhill Creek Recreation Park, thereby overcoming previous objections to a dam in the park.


23 October 2013

Functional After All

I have just been sent the item from the Herald Sun about the sacking of Wangaratta Council. The state   government has dismissed the entire elected member body and appointed administrators until  their next election in 2016. It seems a report indicated that well over a million dollars had been spent on  sorting out bullying claims between members and of members to staff causing complete dysfunction and extensive budget over runs. Seems like although we have our spats we are definitely doing OK.

19 October 2013

Reinstatement Works begin

Reinstatement works to occur, include:
· Devon Street South reinstatement will
commence next week. Kerbing reinstatement
work will be the first to be completed and will be
followed by sealing of the road. Please note
that road sealing/asphalting is subject to
weather (it cannot be applied during rain).
Temporary access restrictions and detours will
· Lyons Parade re-surfacing and development of
a landscape plan for the north east corner of
Lyons Parade.
· Cromer Parade kerbing and landscape bed
· Graffiti removal.
· Other localised reinstatement works.

Residential Character and Growth Areas

The last fine tuning of the so called DPA2 will be discussed at next weeks Development Policy and Strategy Committee (Tues 22nd October) before being endorsed for public consultation by Council. DPA2 covers almost all of the area west of East Ave. While this report recommends only minor boundary changes it will be vital that residents read  and understand what the proposals  may change when the Plan is publicly notified. Much of the area will see zoning changes that will allow in-fill  and regeneration opportunities.

18 October 2013

This Sounds Like Fun! 26th October

Footstomping, Fables and Film

Dust off the picnic rug!

Footstomping, Fables and Film returns to Unley

 heywood Park picnic
Saturday 26 October, 3:30pm – 9:30pm
Free family fun day including live music from The Honey Pies, Echo & the Empress and Kaurna Cronin, children’s entertainment by Oneshoe, face painting, roving entertainment, refreshments from Great Relish and La Chiva, and an outdoor film screening of Despicable Me.
Heywood Park, Northgate Street, Unley Park

16 October 2013

Get ready to Cook it, Grow it, and Make it

A fantastic line-up of chefs, gardeners and artists come together in this year’s Unley Libraries Festival. The event will be hosted by radio celebrity Cosi, and features over 20 different activities for families to do, see and hear.

The Festival offers the opportunity to see and try new things you rarely see in libraries. Reflecting the theme of ‘Cook it, Grow it, Make it’, this community literary festival for children and adults offers great events including presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities by authors, artists and local bookshops.

Highlights of the festival include a cooking demonstration by TV personality and Chef Poh Ling Yeow; storytelling by children’s author Janeen Brian and Amanda Graham; and gardening and DIY tips with ABC presenters, Malcolm Campbell and Rose Squire. Some activities require a gold coin donation, but most are free.

“The festival makes learning fun and provides connections to ideas and works of the imagination” said Hanlie Erasmus, Library and Museum Services Manager. “With over 800 people attending last year’s event, we expect an even larger crowd this year.”

The winner of the FindYourEverything.com.au competition will be announced during the Festival. The prize is an outstanding $6000 Rawson’s Elite appliance and cookware package which includes state-of-the art European kitchen appliances and an 11-piece cookware set.

The Unley Libraries Festival will be held from Saturday 2 November to Monday 4 November, at the Unley Civic Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley. Booking are essential for all main events (except Community Selection). Bookings can be made on 8372 5100 or online at www.unley.sa.gov.au

Media contacts

Karen Cini, Communications Officer, mob 0409 176 135
Annabel Shinkfield, Manager Marketing and Communications, mob 0427 906 115

Butterfly Garden for Clarence Park Kindy

Council recently granted Clarence Park Kindergarten  $3,600 to develop an area of the grounds into a butterfly garden.It has taken some time to clear the selected area of weeds and replanting with fruit, vegetables and native bushes that attract butterflies. The children have spent time decorated the area as well.

Councils yet to apply for state and federal funding to stop flooding near Brown Hill and Keswick creeks

The following is an update on Brown Hill Creek as seen by the Eastern Courier. This project will not go ahead without the additional state and federal government funding. Both governments are well aware of the reasons for flood mitigation and their need to fund the project. I am surprised that the reporter has not sort the views of the recently formed Save Our Streets group who are adamantly against having any culverts in Unley streets. They firmly believe that a good dam further up the Creek than the previously consulted location, a clearing of the existing creek bed of intrusion (mostly vegetation) and improved water retention in all new developments would eliminate the need for culverts. There is much merit in their view and after seeing the devastation in Devon St one can hardly think any other  street would be looking forward to the same treatment. Council will receive a report on the updated investigations in November, this information will be a public document at that time (hopefully before).

Brownhill Creek. Source: News Limitedby: Emma Altschwager From: Eastern Courier Messenger October 14, 2013 3:17PM 
COUNCILS are yet to apply for $100 million in state and federal funding to end the long-running saga to protect 7000 homes from flooding near Brown Hill and Keswick creeks.
Federal Environment Parliamentary Secretary Senator Simon Birmingham said he was aware of the project and the need for funding.
However, he said the government had not received an official funding request and he was not aware of "any federal funding source that would support this project at this time".
State Environment Minister Ian Hunter said he too had not received a formal funding request for the project but was willing to work with local councils "to explore funding options".
Five catchment councils - Burnside, Unley, Mitcham, West Torrens and Adelaide City - have been debating what work should be done to floodproof homes along the two waterways since 2006.
The five councils committed $50 million to the project earlier this year.
The councils and the Local Government Association (LGA) are lobbying for a further $50 million each from the state and federal governments.
The state Stormwater Management Authority signed off on the bulk of the Brown Hill and Keswick creeks plan in March.
The work includes bypass culverts, detention basins, creek diversions and channel upgrades.
There is still debate between the councils on whether a dam is needed in Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park. The other option is an extra bypass culvert at a yet to be determined site.
Brown Hill Keswick Creek stormwater management project director Michael Salkeld said investigations into a bypass culvert were "well advanced".
"We are currently assessing the outcomes of these investigations, which will be presented for community consultation early in 2014," Mr Salkeld said.
The councils plan to send out information and meet with affected property owners in late January.
LGA chief executive Wendy Campana said the project would not go ahead without state and federal government funding.
"The cost of the project, currently $150 million, will continue to escalate as time passes without a funding commitment from the Abbott and Weatherill governments," Ms Campana said.
"The LGA made it clear during the (election) campaign.
"This funding is vital."
Ms Campana said formal funding requests had not been lodged but the councils were in discussions with both tiers of government.

"The ministers are aware of the plan ... our position just needs to be more formalised," she said.

14 October 2013

Trucks to be diverted from Glen Osmond Rd ???

ADELAIDE'S UNLEY Council wants  to ban trucks on a busy road following the crash of a B- double in September. Unley Mayor, Lachlan Clyne says the council plans to remove B- doubles from Glen Osmond Road, which serves as a main freight route.

The above quote was in a recent newspaper (Owner Driver). What makes me annoyed is that either the writer has no idea about local government procedure or our mayor is over stepping his authority. While there was some radio chatter after a recent B-Double crash on Glen Osmond Rd this matter has never been discussed or debated by Council. It is, therefore, nonsense to suggest that Council plans to do anything at all!! This doesn't mean that the mayor did not have a good idea, he probably did, but he must bring his ideas to Council just like the rest of us before Council can be planning anything. If any Councillor was presumptive and assumed that Council was planning to do something we wanted (or told the press such) we would be told that we only had the authority to speak for ourselves and not the Council. Lachlan certainly has the authority to speak for Council but generally only on matters that are on an agenda or have been debated.

13 October 2013

Cowper Rd Residents Say Thank You

Cowper Rd residents said thank you to Don and  I last Friday. The residents have been actively involved in ensuring a good outcome for their street and others along the Greenway project. They now have had their fence replaced at the end of the street (albeit a little short in length) and trees replanted where they had been removed. Some fences have been replaced and the end of the street awaits some additional landscaping from Council (next budget). The drinks were at Christine and Stephen's , thank you for hosting the event, it was a great example of building community spirit.

12 October 2013

Kitchen Caddies Available Now for all Unley Residents

The Christmas and holiday season is a time when we all tend to over
indulge. This can lead to an increase in food going to waste.
Prevent your leftovers and food scraps becoming waste by using the
kitchen caddy system.

The new kitchen caddy system is available for all Unley
residents. Kitchen caddies with instructional stickers and
compostable liners can be purchased from the Unley
Civic Council Office, 181 Unley Road, Unley.
The City of Unley is encouraging residents to participate
by purchasing the new kitchen caddies at a subsidised
Kitchen Caddy, with 52 compostable liners
& sticker ............................................................... $10.00
Roll of 52 compostable liners ................................. $4.00
Roll of 100 compostable liners ............................... $7.00

A Bin Audit conducted by KESAB environmental solutions in 2011 found that 59% of the 
material in Unley household bins is organic material, that can be placed in the organics bin to 
become compost. 
If every Unley household composted organic matter that currently goes to landfill, it would: 
 Save almost $100 000 in waste management costs and transport costs; and 
 Prevent almost 3 000 tonnes of material going to landfill 
By using the caddy system, residents will be able to add kitchen organics to their green 
organics bin and can choose to compost their food scraps instead of sending them to landfill. 
Landfill is a waste but compost is a valuable resource! 
When food breaks down in landfill, it releases greenhouse gases. Diverting food waste from 
landfill benefits the community by increasing the lifespan of landfills, lessening the impacts of 
the carbon tax and creating compost to aid in the production of healthy fruits, vegetables and 
How does it work? 
The new Kitchen Caddy takes all kinds of food scraps, including cakes and bread, meat 
scraps and bones, egg and oyster shells, cheese and yoghurt, seafood and even shredded 
paper, tissues, paper towel and hair. The discreet container is completely sealed to minimise 
any leaching of smells or liquids. It can be placed on the kitchen bench top or under the sink. 
Once the kitchen caddy is full, or every 2-3 days, remove the compostable bag and contents 
and place these in the green organics bin. 
Council will collect your food scraps during normal green organics collections and process with 
the other organic material in your organics bin to create nutrient-rich compost. 
For more information, visit www.unley.sa.gov.au or contact the Council on 8372 5111 

Fern Ave: Lazy Sunday 27th October

Lazy afternoon in the garden Sunday, 27th October 2013
1pm to 5pm at 18 Fern Ave (entrance also on Windsor St)
Bee keeping by Sandra Ullrich of CBD Bees
Composting by Steven Hoepfner
Solar irrigation by Dr Bernie Omodei
Enjoy a delightful afternoon tea and cakes
Simon’s herbs will be on sale
Organic seedlings on sale
Trading table
Gardeners available to conduct guided tours and give advice

Unley Council considers legal action: DPTI

Thanks to Adelaie Now and John Stokes

It is not surprising that DPTI have not yet been approached as staff were asked to investigate the possibility of legal action and will only follow up this if Council approves after investigation.

Unley Council considers legal action against Transport Department over tree damage during Goodwood Junction project

Unley Council is set to take on the State Government over damage to trees in the district.

UNLEY Council is considering taking legal action against the Transport Department for damaging street trees during works to upgrade the Goodwood rail junction.
The council claims a large tree on Arundel Ave, Millswood, and two trees on Canterbury Tce, Black Forest, had to be cut down after they were damaged by construction crews.
Councillors have voted to investigate how many other trees have been damaged as part of the project and will consider prosecuting the department for breaches of the Development Act.
The council has also voted to seek compensation from the department for any damage caused to roads, footpaths and signs.
Councillor Jennie Boisvert told a council meeting last month scores of heavy trucks moving earth and equipment might have damaged streets, such as Victoria and Leah streets and East Ave, forcing the council to resurface them earlier than planned.
The $110 million rail project to build an underpass for the Noarlunga line below the Belair and freight lines started last October and is due to finish by the end of this year.
Councillor Michael Saies, who pushed for the report on tree damage, said it was unacceptable for trees to be knocked down without authorisation.
He said residents had complained to him about the damage to trees.
“We need to make it clear to the community this sort of damaging activity is not to be tolerated,” Cr Saies told the council meeting.
“We should be sending a very, very strong message to the department and the State Government.”
Councillor Don Palmer said he had lost count of how many trees had been destroyed by accident as part of the project.
“We’ve had a devastation — a war in our area in the last nine months,” Cr Palmer said.
Councillor Mike Hudson suggested the council looked for another way to resolve the issue, rather than expensive legal action.
“Surely we could come to some friendly, cost effective solution,” Cr Hudson said.
A department spokeswoman said it had not received any correspondence from Unley Council about damage to trees, footpaths and roads.
“The department will respond directly to the council in relation to any correspondence received on these matters,” she said.
The department did not provide details of how many trees had been damaged or removed as part of the project.

10 October 2013

ARTC Noise Abatement Committee 8th October

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I attended this meeting this week as a proxy for Mitcham Council.
I asked a few questions regarding Goodwood Junction. These included; why is the freight line now noisier and the squeal increased? The first response was that the freight line works are yet to be signed off  and handed to ARTC for ongoing maintenance, ie this is DPTI's problem. Seems the problem is that no-one wants to take responsibility at this time. However, I was assure when it was signed over that  ARTC would be the right people to call, hence the phone number above. My suggestion is to ring everyday and complain and get as many people as you can to ring with the same message.
However, I did get an explanation as to why this might have occurred. The lines themselves are aligned as close together as possible when built as they move further apart over time. With wooden sleepers there is greater absorbency of the vibration and noise as compared to concrete sleepers. From what I can gather no base line noise monitoring has been done by ARTC (although I recall that Theiss York had some data) so comparison's can be made. I did not feel better when I was told this might take 20 years!!
Some noise management studies in New South Wales have investigated using different fasteners, clips and pads that allow concrete to more closely mimic wood and a study underway at Heathfield is investigating the effectiveness of rail lubrication. So when at last ARTC recognise they have a problem there is some guidance as to what to try that might reduce the noise. The alternative is treatment of properties to help prevent the existing noise form entering.

08 October 2013

Fences; Greenways project

Mapped: Adelaide cycling hotspots

Mapped: Adelaide cycling hotspots

 Adelaide’s commuter cyclists are concentrated in the inner suburbs, particularly the south, an analysis by InDaily reveals.
Bike use is heaviest in the areas around Unley, Parkside, Goodwood and Millswood in the inner south, and Norwood and St Peters in the inner east.
A leading cycling lobby-group says the data vindicates the pro-cycling policies – particularly speed-limit reductions – of inner-suburbs councils.

Top areas: Goodwood-Millswood, Unley-Parkside, Norwood, St Peters-Marden
The data is drawn from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ journey-to-work dataset, from the 2011 census. It represents the number of people saying they used a bike as their primary mode of transport to work.
The map plots this data, with colour shade representing bike use per head of population. Darker greens mean more bike use; lighter shades mean lower use per head of population.
The map uses the ABS’s statistical boundaries, which represent populations of between 3000 and 25,000 residents.
The map clearly shows bike use is concentrated in the inner suburbs, with a very dramatic fall-off in the middle and outer suburbs.
Bicycle SA CEO Christian Haag said that result was probably driven by riders who worked in the city and lived in the inner suburbs.
“Predictably we see the ring councils as key sources of riders. It’s generally accepted that these would be CBD workers or those commuting to other ring-council commercial areas.”
Unley-Parkside records the highest rate of cycling-to-work per head of population. Interestingly, its residents are also amongst the highest users of public transport, predominantly buses and trams.
“Unley appears to be the largest ride source,” Haag said.
“Interestingly, the council has a strong culture of [cycling] encouragement but also I would see the 40kmh zones throughout the council area as creating an environment conducive to more people getting on their bike; proof yet again that reduced speed limits works to mitigate those real and perceived barriers that roads are unsafe.”

07 October 2013

News from the Museum

An interesting  article in the Adveriser this morning from the Unley Museum. The exhibition clearly is great for young and old. Maybe a great way to spend some time with the kids during the school holidays?

Loved toys from another age show the state of play
Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide  by Sophie Perri07 Oct 2013

THESE are toys with stories to tell.

A collection of 50 toys, animals, dolls and miniature items from the 192 Os to the 2000s are on display at Unley Museum for its Toy Stories exhibition.

The toys, which have come from the museum collection and three private collectors, include an old Monopoly board from the 30s, a wicker pram made in Unley in the 20s and a stuffed toy dog, also from the 20s.

Unley Museum curator Elizabeth Haitnell says the dog came from the old Goodwood Orphanage.

"It’s the cutest, most loved thing," she says.

"It was found in the attic of the orphanage when it was closed; you can only imagine who must have stashed it up there.

"It just makes you tear up, it’s so precious." The exhibition also features a visual display of the top Christmas lists from previous decades. Yahtzee and hula hoops were the rage in the 5 Os. the 70s was all about the Rubik’s cube and Game Boy was king of the 90s. have grandparents come with their grandkids and go, I remember that’, and talk about the toys and games." There will be a larger toy exhibition at the museum in 2016 and anyone with old or new toys with stories behind them is encouraged to bring them for the display.

Ms Hartnell says it has been interesting to see bow toys have evolved.

Lego, for example, was made from wood until plastic blocks were introduced around the 50s.

"They introduced the block so every block could actually fit together regardless of when you bought it," she says, "If you put a brand new piece of Lego into a 50s piece of Lego ... it would still fit." The exhibition has proved to be a way to connect older and younger generations.

"It has been really good to

FUN: Marcus and Luc with some of the old toys from Toy Stories

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06 October 2013

Trains: meeting with Vickie Chapman

Last Wednesday Don Palmer, Michael Saies and myself met with Vickie Chapman, Shadow Minister for Transport, and Terina Monteagle, pre-selected as the Liberal candidate  for Ashford. On the agenda was to be a discussion about trains and to tell members of the Liberal party what we wanted and why for our bit of Unley.
Freight train diversion: There has been so much money already spent and promised for future spending ($600 million) to see the freight trains move more quickly through  Adelaide that there is little appetite to pursue fright diversion. An economic argument might arise in the future and private enterprise might build a line that diverts the freight. This is not my view but,  unfortunately, it seems to  be that of politicians in general.
Millswood Station; As reported in an earlier blog raised interest and is not off the books at this time.
Leader St underpass; Very much needed, especially as the crossing will be so busy when the Seaford line is running. Vickie believes that while this is unfunded in the current round of funding this is a possibility for 2016. This was good news as I was under the impression it was much further away.
Arundel Ave, Millswood
Fixing up the mess DPTI have left behind in Millswood, Goodwood and Clarence Park; We discussed additional sound mitigation for Arundel Ave and other streets. It was a very pleasant and valuable meeting for us and I hope, also for Vickie.
The tower in Arundel, why would this not deserve screening?

KESAB Survey

Unley regularly participates in this survey. This is the way that we, as Councillors, and staff know exactly what is being put in the bins. The randomly selected bins are emptied and their contents sorted and categorised. Individual households cannot be identified. This way Council  can  identify things like  how much recyclable material is being put  in the general rubbish, how much green waste is in either of the other two bins and just how much space is taken up by the misnamed 'disposable nappy' .
The bin materials survey will be conducted in the next few weeks, if your household is chosen your bin/bins will be marked with a temporary sticker-please do not remove it.
If you do not want to participate please contact KESAB or email admin@kesab.asn.au.
For a more detailed summary please check the link  below;

05 October 2013

How much rent is the right amount?

Council owns many properties that it  leases to the community. Council are currently grappling with how much we should be charging each of our tenants. up until now the rent has been calculated at a commercial rate and then discounts applied for being local, involving local people, being a not for profit organisation, etc. this method has been raised many anomalies recently and many lessees have requested that they can afford less and less. There is then the position as to why some should get the use of a property for almost nothing and others have to pay market rates.  The most contentious of these in recent years was a scouting group not being prepared to pay $1000 a year for exclusive use of  a property.
As an example Tennis SA currently pay $7,729 pa, Millswood Croquet pay  $1,036 pa and Fairmont Tennis  pay $1,625 pa.
The question is what is fair and equitable? Everytime Council reduces the lease fees of a tenant  everyone else in Unley is effectively paying the difference.
Staff are working on a scheme that they feel will give us fairer and more equitable rates that will be brought to Council for a decision in the near future.

04 October 2013

Millswood Station; Where are we now?

Dilapidated to ??
This small committee met again last night to discuss where we are at and a way forward. We're not quite at election time yet but getting some promises from politicians is a step in the right direction. To this end John Gasper (chairperson) has been promised a meeting with Tom Koutsantonis to be organised by Stephanie Key MP. However, the meeting is yet to occur  and in the interim the committee will send him a letter outlining our concerns and again requesting a meeting time.
I have met with Vickie Chapman, Shadow  Minister for Transport and outlined our ideals. We discussed the original reasons for closure and how using the station fits well with the current public transport strategy and 30 year plan for Adelaide. She was a sympathetic listener and showed great interest- no promises though!
A public meeting will be held in late November  or early December for all persons now on our data base and everyone else who would like to use this service if it is reinstated. In the meantime we have been led to believe the Minister is getting some research done and we are still hopeful of a positive outcome.

We take for granted what others think is innovative!

Having a quick look at the Eastern  Courier this week on couldn't help but read an advertisement by Burnside Council calling for tenders for their hard waste collection.. What they want is an 'at call' service rather than the unsightly once a year pick up. Unley has been doing this for years and it works extremely well other than the waiting time blowing out from time to time. To see Burnside describe this as 'a new and innovative approach to the management of domestic waste that balances convenience with economic, social and environmental objectives' sounds like what we have is already pretty good.

03 October 2013

Stormwater Management Funding

The Local Governmant Association is now asking the state and federal governments to put in their share of the $150 million dollar project. Over what is now years of negotiations the funding was to be provided in equal shares by councils, state government and federal govt. to this date neither have made an actual commitment and without this no further progress can be made. This project is imperative to provide 1:100 flood protection for Unley homes. It has been held up in recent years by the dam/no dam argument the Mitcham Council has steadfastly supported. Unley would be required to pay 22% of $50 million and this is in the forward estimates budget.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the disruption that would be caused to residents along with the additional costs   involved will not be acceptable to many of our residents. I will continue to work with residents on this one to ensure a dam is built and the use culverts is minimised.

02 October 2013

Australia Day Award Nominations

Is there someone you know who would be a worthy recipient of one of these awards?
Nominate them now.

Australia Day Awards

Each year Council calls for nominations from individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or given outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community.

The Awards are provided by the National Australia Day Council through the Australia Day Council of South Australia Inc. and are administered by Local Government Authorities.

Nominations are now open for the following Awards:

Australia Day Citizen Award
To be eligible, the nominee must be an Australian Citizen and aged at least 16 years of age on 26 January 2014.

Australia Day Young Citizen Award
To be eligible, the nominee must be an Australian Citizen and 30 years of age or less on January 26 2014.

Community Event of the Year Award
Presented to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding community event during the year 2013.

Nomination forms are available on the Council website www.unley.sa.gov.au or by telephoning Customer Services ph 8372 5111 during business hours. 

October Update 2013

The Australian Electoral Commission has approved the minor alterations to the boundary changes Council suggested (to keep the population within each ward at a similar level). They also approved the renaming of Goodwood South to Clarence Park from the election in November 2014. Interestingly, they did not like our argument for  keeping the numbers relatively low in Unley even though the State government expects thousands of people will be buying apartments once they are approved and constructed on both Unley and Greenhill Rd.
Council have appointed a new heritage adviser. This person is contracted to review Development Applications ans assist residents with heritage esquires. He is Andrew Stephens, he will be available from 9am-12pm on Wednesdays.
The Black Forest Local Area Traffic Management Plan's final report will be presented to Council this month. I will let you know when I see the final draft to ensure your input at the meeting. This will not include Canterbury Tce options.
Goodwood Tennis  will host a portion of the Asia Pacific Tennis Tournament for 2013/14, this is a coop for the club and you may get a chance to watch some tennis stars of the future.
The Princess Margaret Playground is having the concrete beams replaced early this month, this may see the playground closed for a few days until complete.

01 October 2013

Victoria St open to cars, bikes, pedestians

Today saw the long awaited opening of the Victoria St crossing. The opening is raising concerns for residents especially regarding safety. As soon as the Seaford trains are running as scheduled the Leader St crossing will have the boom gates closed far more often. Think  freight trains in both directions now longer  and faster; the Belair train running as often as very 15 minutes in each direction and both the Seaford and Tonsley trains as close at 12 minutes in each direction. This amounts to a train every few minutes. Where will the cars go? Seems logical to Victoria St.

This the raises the concern of residents regarding ;

  • having to cross Victoria St to cross the railway line ( only replaced on the southern side), especially for kids who attend Goodwood Primary School
  • cars speeding above  the designated 40km
  • difficulty of making left and right turns at East Ave

The solutions are yet to be discussed let alone implemented but need to be a priority for Council and DPTI.