There are a couple of petitions this month, one regarding Unley Oval and the other the recently consulted Development Plan Amendment. This brings me to consider what the value of petitions is. I wrote a blog on this some time ago. Both are timely as the matters to which they relate are to be debated at the same meeting.
Items to be debated are;
- The Development Strategy and Policy Committee minutes; these are the minutes that contain information about recommended changes to the proposed DPA. I think it now reflects what most of you told us you wanted. I just have to ensure that it passes. PASSED. The recommended changes will be worked on by staff and then put back to consultation early 2015.
- Lease of 41 Oxford Tce to Kirinari School; this is an existing lease to be renewed for one year. I still have concerns about the so called shared use when the gate is always locked!! PASSED. Hopefully the gate will be unlocked sometime soon so the area is available for Community use.
- Public Lighting Audit: this would give consent to staff to start investigations options to demonstrate possible savings. PASSED
- Unley Oval Picket Fence: This mater has been a difficult one as there are tightly held views on each side of the debate.Of the just over 400 respondents to the consultation nearly half do not reside in or own property in Unley. Of the remainder a slim majority favour a fence. I am about to go to Council to read the comments made by people to make my own view on what value each comment has to the debate. I know that many feel that the erection of an internal fence will make it safer; this may be so when football is being played (but a fence is already constructed for match days both on the edge of the field and on the perimeter of the oval) but I fail to see how this can be the case at any other time. PASSED after a debate that lasted nearly 2 hours.
- Closure of the Malvern Police Station; It is rumoured that the station in Malvern will soon be closed to make operational savings. The motion from Cr Salaman asks that Council reiterate its position that a station is necessary to meet local demand and that Council write to the Minister for Police to clearly state council's view on behalf of residents. PASSED