22 November 2017

Change Makers

The Change Makers program has inspired local youth to create their own career path. Unley are now seeking participants for the program which is about developing a community of young people who are passionate about being the change and creating a future that they want to see. 
The program is an entrepreneur mentorship program which is about empowering young people to create positive social change. He mentions the youth will be well-positioned to gain valuable skills that they can with them as they enter the job market. He says Change Makers builds on the success of the City of Unley Fish Tank competition. For more information click here.

19 November 2017

Unley Council have switched, Have you?

What is CitySwitch?

The need for Australia’s business community to lower their exposure to energy pricing impacts and shift their focus to progressively more efficient and sustainable operations has never been more apparent. CitySwitch has a key role to play in addressing our carbon impact and supporting the business sectors’ transition to a global low-carbon economy. 
CitySwitch is a high-value no-cost service which supports commercial office tenants to improve office energy and waste efficiency through the provision of a range of services, with the ultimate aim of achieving a 4 star or higher NABERS Energy rating.
The program aims to:
  • educate and inspire with a respected event series and through the provision of toolkits, workbooks, case studies and site tours.
  • facilitate links to other programs, information sources, industry bodies and communities of interest by identifying the market expertise that Signatories might need in order to build corporate capacity, systems and comply with evolving legislative requirements.
  • signpost to incentives and financial vehicles that are available to expedite the uptake of energy efficiency investments.
  • celebrate and reward environmental leadership and achievement though its annual awards and ongoing member promotions in order to create competitive advantage for its signatories wherever possible.
This structured approach to planning and implementing energy and waste efficiency projects, saves signatories time and money and helps build their internal capacity to embed sustainability within their corporate structure.

Find out how your organisation can get involved in CitySwitch >

15 November 2017

Rau backs down

In an unusual move from John Rau has back-flipped on his plans for high-rise aged care facilities in Joslin, Glen Osmond and Norwood. Enormous community backlash  has helped him to change his mind. Life Care has shelved its plan to build multi-storey facilities valued at more than $20million.

Hopefully, he will also see the light in the proposed spot developments that have received strong community concern in Unley. These include the Solver site on Anzac Hwy and 301-305 Unley Rd.

Did you win a gnome?

A small project to recognise  the hard work of residents in greening their verges has resulted in a random selection of streets (5 from each ward) being chosen and then the best verge in each of these streets being awarded a Garden Gnome.
Students from Concordia College, as part of their community service program, have not only painted the gnomes but also selected the winning homes.
Each Gnome is tagged with the following:

“Congratulations you have been awarded a Golden Gnome!
Thank you for gardening your verge and helping make the City of Unley green and beautiful. This recognition project is a collaboration between the City of Unley and students at Concordia College. This Golden Gnome was decorated and delivered by Year 12 students from Concordia College and their involvement is one of the ways the students are serving the Unley community through their Pastoral Care Program.”

Gnomes are being delivered by the students today and next Wednesday.

14 November 2017

$2.5 million for Goodwood Oval

Today's Messenger announced the above funding for facilities at Goodwood. Using the power of an upcoming election Council have successfully gained the undertaking from the current Labor government. The best bit is that this is not an election promise that will be funded if they win, it will be funded now. A report will come to council later this month that discusses various options.
This project is long overdue and will be very much appreciated by the community. Jane Stimson, the candidate for Badcoe, has got this over the line for all of us

29 October 2017

What about the noddy?

I only took notice of David Penberthy's article in today's Sunday Mail as it had a little in it about Badcoe.  I am always amused at the amount of people a politician can get in the picture while they are being interviewed. It clearly makes for better television if you have people nodding in the background that are agreeing with every word you say. For those of us sitting on the sofa it is an endless source of amusement as we jeer and comment about what is being said. That goes for either party in my house. So please, stand up and speak for yourself: if you have something to say you don't need the noddys, you need the facts and the truth.

Discover Historic Goodwood

On the back of the success of the Goodwood Road streetscape celebrated on Sunday, there is now even more to enjoy which captures Goodwood’s unique history both past and present.

The City of Unley has created Discover Historic Goodwood, a free self-guided walking tour app which will take you on a journey of Goodwood like no other before. Discover Historic Goodwood will walk you through the strange and intriguing stories of people and buildings past and present along Goodwood Road. Take a leisurely tour to visit 14 stops, listen to soundscapes and  stories by local people and view historical photos to discover the history behind each place. The app is now live. Go to the app store on your phone, download izi.TRAVEL app, work your way through the intro and go to 'all guides' at the bottom of the screen which will reveal Discover Historic Goodwood!
This project is a collaboration between Open Space Contemporary Arts, Alyssa Hill Consulting, Smart Artisans, the vibrant Goodwood community and the City of Unley. Earlier this year we asked our community to share their stories of Goodwood with the assistance of Open Space Contemporary Arts and various artists. We have included 10 such stories in this text, photo and audio tour. 14 pavers entitled Discover Historic Goodwood, manufactured by Smart Artisans, help to guide you round the trail.

Discover Historic Goodwood is part of an ongoing series of historic walking trails, including Discover Historic Unley which we launched in 2014 and the Unley Road Traders’ business history markers in 2016. 
Documentation of these projects can be found at www.unley.sa.gov.au/arts.

A Guide to Getting Self-Published

Digital Publishing
A Guide to Getting Self-Published
Have you ever thought about self-publishing but not sure where to start? Join us to hear first-hand experiences from novelist, Matt Pike, on his self-publishing journey. Hear about the pros and cons of traditional versus digital publishing, how to (sometimes) make money, and how to work with other professionals to get your work out there.

THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER, 5.30 - 7.30PM    
Gold coin donation on entry, bookings essential, phone 8372 5100  or book online.

International Cities and Towns

A tired prperty on Unley Rd
I had the pleasure to attend this conference on Thursday and Friday in Melbourne. As with all conferences the keynote speakers were inspiring and the workshops/ smaller sessions interesting. It brings my mind back to what we are doing well and we what continue to struggle with. to my mind the revitalisation of Goodwood Rd was as good, if not better, that the other studies I heard about. The amazing thing about Goodwood Rd is that it has few vacancies and keeping tenants in buildings and enabling these businesses to trade profitably is an issue that Councils across Australia are struggling with. I spoke briefly with a representative from Marion Council. If you’ve driven down Marion Rd anytime in the last year or so it's not hard to notice that the small groups of 6-9 shops are struggling. Her problem was that the landlords would rather they were empty as the long term gain for them is in the value of the land!  Luckily we have few of these in Unley. But I often hear that King William Rd problem is with the Landlords.

Some quick fixes would include more targeted consultation, trialling ideas on the ground before implementation of the hard infrastructure and tarting up shopfronts, particularly in some parts of Unley Rd.

22 October 2017

Goodwood Underpass

At this morning's Goodwood Rd event there was a display of ideas already submitted for the beautification of the underpass. This is a much needed upgrade as it currently looks run down and awful. Hopefully, one or both of the political parties will follow through after the election and get the work started. The photos show some ideas and remind you that you still have a week to come up with something better.

Goodwood comes alive

I attended the event this morning to celebrate the completion of the $6million dollar upgade of Goodwood Rd. The street looked fantastic and people were out in force to enjoy the atmosphere and to broswe in the shops. We manged a good coffee and a pie that were both pretty good. Some photos from the event
Cr Bob Schnell enjoying the opening

Mayor Clyne opening the event

Eugene Boisvert enjoying the event

21 October 2017

Restoring the Unley Kindergym: Vote now

 This much loved facilty has been developing children's skills and confidence for a vey long time. The good folk that use the facility as  church need your help to get some funding from the Fund My Neighbourhood piggy bank to restore the building. Please take the time to include this one on your list of 5 choices for funding. You need to register and vote here .
The steeple that needs restoring.

The facility that the kis love.

Time to vote: Fund My Neighbourhood

This state government competition for both concepts and funding is now being put to the vote. Each person who wishes to register a vote must log into the website. You can get to it  here  . Many of the prposals that involved Unley Council have been included but some have been filtered out. One's in Clarence Park are;

  • A pizza oven at the Black Forest PS
  • Plantings in Byron Rd
  • A BBQ for the Goodwood Cricket Club
  • An electronic scoreborad at Goodwood Oval
This is a competition, those items with the most votes are most likely to be funded. You can choose  between 3 and 5 items, you do not have to rank them.
Ides of significance in other parts of Unley include:
  • Wheelchair access to the Capri Theatre
  • Restoration of the Unley Kindergym building  (I'll write a separate blog on this)
  • Upgrading the Playground at Soutar Park

12 October 2017

Future of suburban development: Community Forum

A Community Forum to  be held on the 26th October in the Glandore Community Centre will be of interest to anyone concerned about orderly development in Black Forest, Everard Park, Millswood and Forestville. The form will be run by David Pisoni (Memeber for Unley) with support from Lachlan Clyne (the endorsed Liberal candidate for Badcoe). It is time for  the Liberal Party to tell us what they would do differently from what we are currently getting fron Labor if they are in government come March. The event is at 6;30pm. If you want to attend you need to register at www.planning-forum-badcoe.evenbrite.com.au  or call Lachlan on 0427132494.
For those of you who are wondering, I'd love to know about Labor events that will be held and will happily spruik for them as well. We need change from what seems to be an increasingly adhoc system and we need it now, but who will provide it?

08 October 2017

Why the double blues?

Did you know that the first time Sturt Football Club and Port Adelaide met in Sturt's debut year, they defied the odds and came out victorious?
On 25 March 1901 Norwood Football Club passed a resolution to admit Sturt into the competition, followed four days later by North, West, Port and West Torrens.  The colours of light and dark blue were nominated by the father of the Sturt Football Club, Arthur Thomas, representing the Cambridge and Oxford Universities - the names of the streets upon which the Unley Oval resides.  Less than two months later the Sturt Football Club made its debut in the South Australian Football Association.  It won two of its first four matches, with Port Adelaide being its second victim. 

Fund My Neighbourhood; Special Council Meeting Oct 9th 2017

Fund My Neighbourhood is a state government initiative that enables organisations to suggest projects that they believe will benefit their local community. These projects will then be vetted to ensure they are within the guidelines;

·        Open space, sport & recreation
·        Mobility, transport& safety
·        Health, wellbeing &inclusion
·        Arts and culture
·        Environment and sustainability
·        Innovation and technology
 and then put to a vote by the people. $20million will be allocated in the first round. On Monday Council will examine those projects that are on Council land or will need Council support to be implemented. There are other projects in Unley other than those listed but Council does not know what they are. Applicants can seek between $10,000 and $150,000. Projects submitted include beautifying Byron Rd, new site screens for Goodwood Oval and a new scoreboard for Goodwood Oval in Clarence Park Ward. Items not supported by Council are mostly those that have already been completed, are already budgeted for or are part of a longer term project (upgrading Wilberforce walk).
While Council was unable to provide information about how the vote will be conducted it is my understanding that the vote will be online, that there will be one vote only per computer and one vote per person and that residents will be asked to nominate 3 projects only in preferred order.

An interesting process as there is no indication of what amount has been allocated per council area and what preference will be given in neighbourhoods the Labor Party thinks that they might win, or need to win come March.
For a list you will need to look at the agenda (here)

04 October 2017

Petty rows or worthwhile complaints?

In Monday's paper there was an article about the need for Councillors to set their own Code of Conduct rules. This is what we always did until an over authoritarian state government decided, in in 2013, that they were better at doing this than we were. And so they passed a law about it that allowed Councillors little freedom in the way that they went about their work and much stricter rules of conduct that they had for themselves. It comes back to the old adage that Councillors and Councils are a waste of time and money. Not true, of course, but we keep on getting it.

Nevertheless, giving Councils back the power seems like a good idea. ICAC has been flooded with trivial matters from councillors about the behaviour of their colleagues and feel that we would be better off monitoring the discipline of each other. As far as I am aware Unley has had a couple of these investigations in addition to my complaint about the behaviour of our Mayor early in his first term of office. The problem, as I see it, is that Council will still not have the power to do anything more than a ‘slap on the wrist’. 
It’s a bit like me suspending a student for repeatedly wagging lessons by not allowing them to be at school at all for a day or two. We both see the irony but I can only use the rules available to me!

01 October 2017

Goodwood Groove

This popular event is being held again on Sunday the 22nd October in Goodwood. As well as the exiting program being prepared by traders the Council will be acknowledging the completion of the
upgrade to the area. It certainly looks good without the stobie polls and as the new road surface nears completion and the flowers in the new planters are blooming.

Active Ageing Australia Celebrate Age Award

The City of Unley was proudly recognised with an Active Ageing Australia Celebrate Age Award in the Local Government category on Friday.    The much contested award was presented to  CEO, Peter tsokas,  by Mrs Lan Le in a ceremony at Government House.

This award celebrates Unley's  strong strategic commitment and initiatives in the Age Friendly space, with an  Active Ageing Alliance, creation of the annual Age Friendly Cities Australia forum, the Circuit 101 Meal Service at the Unley Community Centre and our Active Ageing Award as part of the SALA Festival. As well as new work such as the Age Friendly Streetscape Project, the  Age Friendly Retail Pilot, the review and implementation of the Community Bus service and the heart-warming and inspiring Unley Legends films. All are  great examples of the work done to make a meaningful difference for the  community.

No award is achieved without a team effort, and it is timely to acknowledge the contribution staff and volunteers across Council to implement the Active Ageing Strategy and how we are all working to promote positive ageing in our community.
Happy Active Ageing Week! 

24 September 2017

Activity Program; Free or low cost activities for everyone

Image result for LIght off no lycra dance

Activity Program

In partnership with local businesses and community groups, we are pleased to offer a range of Unley Active activities for you to try. View the list of free or low-cost activities below and register your interest today!
  • Dance to Stay Young Program | Mondays
    Dance to Stay Young Program at Goodwood Community Centre

    When:  Every Monday from 1.30pm-2.30pm

    Where:  Banquet Hall, Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St, Goodwood

    Activity details: You don’t stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing!  Dancing is a great way to keep active and socialise with others. This program is suitable for individuals and groups. Participants are encouraged to bring their own music for a freestyle dance segment.

    Cost: $7 per person, per session

    To register: Phone Goodwood Community Centre on 8272 7148 or email bookings@gwcs.org.au
  • No Lights No Lycra, Goodwood | Thursdays
    No Lights No Lycra, Goodwood

    When: Thursdays, 7:15pm for 7:30pm start (60 mins)

    Where: Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa Street, Goodwood

    Activity details: No Lights No Lycra is a weekly lights-off chance to dance in the dark for the pure joy of dancing. It’s a place to shake out the stresses of the week, let go of your inhibitions and completely be yourself. We're part of a global community providing an inclusive and non-judgmental space to move.  Car parking and toilets available.  All ages and fitness levels welcome and lycra is totally ok!

    Cost: $7 per session

Active Unley; Something to keep you even busier

Get Involved
We'd love you to get involved in the Active Unley initiative:
  • Check off some of the items on our list of 21 Things to do in Unley
  • Join in one of the monthly activities listed below
  • Follow the City of Unley Facebook page for regular tips and ideas
  • Upload your active images to Facebook and Instagram using #activeunley
  • Complete an Active Unley Passport and go into the draw to win a ‘FitBit’® Wireless Wristband
  • If you provide activities through your business or sporting group contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111 or email pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au. We are always looking for partners to help us provide more active opportunities to the community.

21 Things to do in Unley

Need some inspiration? Here’s a list of 21 things to do in the City of Unley.
See what’s growing in the edible orchards at Morrie Harrell Reserve, Ramage Street, Unley, and Fullarton Park, Fisher Street, Fullarton.

Slide, jump, roll and play on lots of fun equipment at the Katherine Street playground, Fullarton. Rocks, logs, sensory planting, and a sandpit provide an area where the kids can interact with nature.

Full Council Meeting: SEPT 25TH, 2017

The following items may be of interest:
·         Mayor’s leave of absence: The mayor has requested leave of absence for 3 months. While he has forgone the use of his Council car, phone , etc. he will still be paid his usual allowance. He is likely to chair the December meeting and then take further leave or resign in January. PASSED
·         Leicester St Park-Dogs Off-Leash: dog owners have proved very forceful in their quest to have a small fenced off area for dogs in this small park. Successful enough to have this as an Agenda item and to have convinced at least one of their ward councillors to go against staff recommendation and proceed. Staff have recommended that this is unnecessary as other nearby parks already provide this facility. What the staff recomended PASSED
·         Environmental health Food Safety Audits: It is mandated that food suppliers to vulnerable or at risk people must be regulated audited, at their own expense. Council has 26 businesses that meet these criteria. Council now has a trained staff member that can carry out the audits.PASSED
·         Cleansing Review: The recent trial of cleaning using a developed strategic hierarchy has resulted in a one off saving of $300,000 and ongoing savings of $100,000 per year. While there were more complaints to start with these have now decreased to a level no higher than what previously existed. All roads are cleaned now at least every 6 weeks and as often as weekly. All footpaths are cleaned 3 times per year plus extras during heavy leaf fall.PASSED
·         Nairne Tce Forestville: The plans for this have been revised, with consultation,  Council will plant all new trees in the footpath (rather than the street) to retain more parking. PASSED
·         Unley Oval Ancillary Matters: Given the recent development approval of the planned Grandstand upgrades there are some  minor matters that need addressing: these include when to build the canteen, additional shedding (6 metre longer) and to allow 41 Oxford Tce to be used a builders yard during construction. As I am no longer likely to be on the DAP (I am proxy for Cr Salaman) I think I’ll express opinions that may be contrary to the recommendation.PASSED
·         Representative Creative France SA Committee; Cr Rabbitt has been doing this PASSED

Motions with Notice:
·         Opportunities on Existing Facilities and Assets; I have put in this motion, with support of residents, as they are concerned (as am I) that the Civic Centre site has not been discussed by Council following the decisions that were included in the Development Plan Amendment earlier this year. It is easy for us, as Councillors, to start to leave too many decisions to the new council (to be elected, Nov 2018) and become hamstrung in decision making. The motion suggests that staff start considering options and possibilities. PASSED

·         Significant and/or Regulated Tree Removal; Cr Salaman has called for Council to lobby the LGA to communicate with the Minister that all significant and regulated trees are assessed by accredited arborists only and that the arborist doing the assessment is not in line to get the job to remove the tree, if an application is successful.PASSED

17 September 2017

A little something for everyone: Events Calendar

Events Calendar
Our annual events calendar fridge magnet is ready for printing and will be distributed with the rates notices in mid-October. Council Events
Celebrate Goodwood Alive
This event will be held on Sunday 22 October from 10am to 2pm, to celebrate the partnership between City of Unley, DPTI, SA Power Networks, PLEC (Power Line Environment Committee) and to launch the new Goodwood Road streetscape. 
 Zest Fest (formerly known as Every Generation Festival)
This year our Zest Fest event will feature a celebration for the 50th birthday of the Unley Community Centre.  A “High Tea” event will be held on Wednesday 25 October from 3pm to 6pm
Ignite Unley
Our much loved Ignite Unley cinema event will return for its fourth season, with a Christmas event/outdoor cinema to be held on Friday 8 December. 
Double Shot Coffee Fiesta
The 2017 Double Shot Coffee Fiesta is set to return bigger and better than ever before after an 18 month hiatus. The event has moved to a more coffee-friendly time of year and the date is set for Sunday 5 November at the Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens.  
Unley Gourmet Gala
The Unley Gourmet Gala will be held on Tuesday 16 January with the Stage 2 Start of the Santos Tour Down Under being held on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Community Events - What’s Ahead……..

Fork on the Road – Sunday 24 September
Orphanage Park, 11am to 4pm
A food, wine and beer event bringing together food trucks, entertainment, musicians and craft beer and wine.
 Mercedes-Benz Unley Long Lunch (formerly Variety on King William) – Friday 13 October
King William Rd, 12pm to 4pm
A showcase of fashion and King William Road Traders as part of the annual Adelaide Fashion Festival.
 Deepavali Carnival 2017 – Festival of Lights – Saturday 14 October
Adelaide Showgrounds, 1pm to 10pm
Family friendly showcase of multicultural performances, culture, vegetarian food and entertainment.
 Clarence Park Kindy Verandah Vibes – Sunday 22 October
Clarence Park Kindergarten, 11am to 3pm
Music and entertainment event held at the Kindergarten for families and the community to attend.
 Halloween on KWR – Saturday 28 October
King William Rd, 10am to 2pm
Family event for children to dress up and trick or treat along King William Road and enjoy the entertainment in Bloomsbury Street.
 French Market – Friday 24 (5pm to 10pm) & Saturday 25 (10am – 10pm) November
Soldiers Memorial Gardens
A French Market event showcasing local French exhibitors selling traditional French wine, cheese, pastries, jewellery and handicrafts. The event also includes live music and children's activities.
 ETSY Made Local – Saturday 25 November
Oxford Terrace, 10am to 4pm
A giftware market celebrating SA handmade, locally designed products and vintage wares. Products include art, crafts, fashion, furniture, homewares, vintage items and clothes.


Book Noooks for a good read.

Book Nook Launch
Book Nooks
New little free libraries for our community

You are invited to join us in celebrating the launch of our new Book Nooks. These charming little libraries will be placed in strategic spots throughout the City of Unley, enabling the sharing of books amongst our community. Each Book Nook has been lovingly painted by renowned children's illustrator, Donna Gynell. At the launch there will be storytelling with our children's team and giant games to play - a great family morning out. The launch is Wed 27th Sept at 11am.

12 September 2017

Mayor takes leave

I wasn't shocked when I read in yesterday's paper that Mayor, Lachlan Clyne, would take immediate leave from his position. However, I was disappointed that we, as Councillors, were not told first. He had told us that he would take leave from October until January and that he would then resign. This leaves the current Deputy Mayor, Don Palmer as Acting Mayor until January. I need to seek clarification from the CEO as to exactly how he intends for the vacant Mayoral position in January will be filled. It is certainly true that the position of Mayor and candidate for Badcoe were increasingly coming into conflict with one another. Whether he has served the City well only history will really tell. I certainly know how I feel about it but not won't say here at this time.

09 September 2017

Goodwood Oval Residents Group

I attended the recent meeting of this group last Wednesday. It is refreshing to see that Tennis World seems to have moved in seamlessly. The new staff, while temporary, are enthusiastic and the permanent positions are being filled. These people will have an opportunity to become part of the community and enjoy the generous nature of the residents. Other matters discussed included the upgrading of the Grandstand and the options that are currently on the table. The preferred $4 million option would either be a complete refurbishment (if structurally sound) or bull doze and rebuild. My suggestion was that a bulldoze would also raise the question as to whether the current location is the best available or should other sites be considered?

03 September 2017

Update on the City of Unley’s Waste Management initiatives..

 for the disposal & recycling of waste items for residents of Unley
1.   Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Green Industries SA (GISA), formerly Zero Waste, currently fund for a facility for householders and farmers to dispose of their hazardous wastes.  This facility, located at Dry Creek, has limited operating times and this, with the distance of travel, may dissuade our residents from disposing of their household hazardous waste appropriately. 
To assist our residents for the safe disposal of household hazardous chemicals, we are proposing a 12month trial for offering a service for the collection and safe disposal of this waste from their home at no cost to the resident.
Toxfree, is one of Australia’s leading environmental, waste management, health care and industrial services provider for the removal of hazardous and specialised waste.  Toxfree are equipped with specialised vehicles and suitably trained staff to safely collect household hazardous chemicals from our residents’ homes.
Residents will need to book for this service on-line via our website.  Bookings are strictly limited to a maximum of 15 x Collections each month and will be scheduled to occur on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Once filled, the next available collection date will be offered.
Residents will be required to complete a Chemical Manifest Form to record the items proposed for collection, including terms & conditions and agreement to allow Toxfree staff to enter their property to collect items stored within a provided identifiable container.
2.   Drop off of E-waste (electrical appliances)

To help improve our recycling of electrical items, the City of Unley has joined with Electronic Recycling Australia in providing 3 convenient locations for residents to drop off unwanted electrical items. These FREE Unplug n’ Drop cages accept small electronic and electrical goods that plugs into a power point, uses a charger or is powered by a battery.
Electronic Recycling Australia can deliver not just better environmental outcomes, but better community and social outcomes too. Their successful electronic and electrical recycling operation is an initiative of Minda providing services to people living with a disability through sustainable employment and enriches their lives through greater community participation and contribution.
Fullarton Park Community Centre
411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton. Outside – access from Fullarton Road carpark, and is available 24/7.
Unley Works Depot
75 King William Road, Unley. Inside the Depot site, and is only available Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

Clarence Park Community Centre
72-74 East Avenue, Clarence Park. Outside – access from Canterbury Terrace carpark, and is available 24/7.
3.  Drop off for other Tricky Wastes
Residents of the City of Unley can drop off small quantities of engine oil, batteries, fluoros, globes and mobile phones at the Works Depot, 75 King William Road, Unley. (Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm). 
Our Civic Centre and Community Centres also accept small batteries and mobile phones.

4.  Kitchen Caddy & Rolls of Compostable liners – available from more locations
Residents will soon be able to purchase Kitchen Caddys and rolls of compostable liners, including dog bags from our Libraries, Community Centres and Works Depot, making it easier for collection and in turn, more use of the correct bag that can be placed into kerbside organics bins.

Women in Local Government and under-represented groups project

 Here someting for me to get involved in! Unley Councillors recently agreed to participate in whatever this working party came up with and do nothing in particular that shows Unley initiate. I think this is because Unley is well represented by women and other under-repreesented groups! Clearly their mathematics is poorly as 1:12  is not 50%!!!

At the 2016 LGASA Annual General Meeting, a resolution was passed for the LGA to undertake a project to increase representation of women on councils, with the 2018 elections providing the next significant opportunity for change.
The other under-represented in local government are:
  • Aboriginal people
  • People from Culturally And Linguistically Diverse backgrounds - CALD groups
  • People with disabilities; and
  • Youth
and women make up 50 percent of these groups as well.
The purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of what is required to effectively promote inclusive representation in LG elections. 
As part of this project we are asking councils to share with us any measures they currently take, or plan to take in the lead up to the 2018 council elections, to ensure inclusive representation.
Within the next week or so you will be:
  • asked to complete a short survey to help us gather information to understand inclusive representation from your councils perspective; and
  • advised of opportunities to provide further input to this project

Full Council meeting August 28th, 2017

The following items may be of interest:

  •  A further petition regarding Leicester Street park and dogs off leash
  • A further call to reduce the extent of Parking Controls in Goodwood
  • 2017/18 Community Event Sponsoring: this saw many worthwhile initiatives and some ongoing funding for events that are already up and running but need some monetary and/or in-kind support
  • Council Assessment Panel: this has been debated in the parliament and the Panel will continue to exist at Council level but with only one elected member. When you lodge a Development Application from Oct it will be assessed by the new, five member panel. The Minister is hoping this will result in fewer refusals, even though there have been hardly any, and more trees chopped down. Rufus Salaman will be the Council rep and I will stand in as his proxy.
  • Greening Verges: A great response from residents meant that the renewal (dolomite to loam) program was over prescribed. Council will add the extra dollars so that all applicants will be able to enjoy the benefits of a green verge. Each resident must plant, water and maintain their new verge at their own expense.
  • Integrated Transport Proposal; this has been a while coming and gives direction for the future. It does not dig deep to the day to day stuff.
  • Calls for members to nominate for various LGA representatives, including the Cat and Dog Management Board, The Local Government Finance Authority.
  • The adoption of the City of Unley Community Plan 2033 including a four year delivery plan: this has taken a lot of work and is generally satisfactory. However, some of the language used, in my opinion, is pompous and unnecessary. It was passed without my support
  • Motion from Cr Salaman asking that Council write to John Rau and tell him how much residents and Council dislike his Spot Rezoning. On my suggestion we will also try to meet with him to tell him what we really think

27 August 2017

Planning: whatever happened to consultation?

Is this what we really want?
I attended a forum on Wednesday evening around engagement hosted by the LGA and DPTI. the paper presented on consultation really had it all and there is little need to change anything. However, what is actually happening regarding consultation does not reflect the well thought out plans.
In the recent Ministerial DPA the Minister, John Rau, has identified sites he thinks are project ready on the main transport corridors. Some of these are in Unley and residents have been given an opportunity to have their say. And this they have done. At least half the representations received were concerning only one site and this is in Unley. The problem is that there are other sites that their owners think are also project ready but Mr Rau did not include them in the DPA. But he has allowed these sites to make submissions for inclusion. What next, it a truly consultative manner he would ensure that these sights, if suitable, are included in a further list of properties and not in this one. However, he has failed to give any surety to residents that this will be the case. This asks the questions;
How were the original sites selected? 
How will future sites be selected? 
What’s wrong with allowing Councils to continue to write their own DPAs and to consult with their residents directly? 

Why allow Councils to spend working time on producing a document that Mr Rau agreed on and then change the rules to suit yourself?

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19 August 2017

Ward Briefing17th August, 2017

  • Canterbury Tce/East Ave: these works are now completed
  • Forest Ave , near Black Forest PS: DPTI will investigate safety improvements through the school Way To Go program.
  • Grey St Access/Parking: the results of the recent survey are inconclusive. Council will still need to make a decision to do nothing or introduce 4 hour parking.
  • Tennis SA: Tennis World has now take over management of the facility.
  • Goodwood Oval: following the failure to gain additional funding to immediately update the facility there have been further discussions. Council will commission a report into the suitability of the grandstand for upgrading from and engineering/cost perspective. It may be cheaper to build a new facility. It seems politicians on both sides have made some promises.
  • Lights at Millswood Croquet: these are now in the process of being installed. I understand the old lights may be seen again as SASMEE Park
  • Goodwood Oval (NW corner): there was some money put in the budget to upgrade this area. My suggestion was to investigate some Nature Play activities.
  • Black Forest PS Reserve; a new joint use Agreement has been drawn up but is yet to be looked at by Councillors. However, there have been suggestions in upgrading the cricket nets and adding toilets to the area. It is my understanding that there are toilets in the small building on the southern side, these may be able to upgraded.

Fund My Community

Fund My Neighbourhood is a $40 million participatory budgeting program that gives South Australians the power to nominate and vote for projects to improve their neighbourhoods.

You can have a look at the website here.

Council is investigating what effects this initiatative may have on funding as the State Government usually requires a 50% contribution from Council. Nevertheless, if you havea good idea you've nothing to loose by having a go.

A selfish act

 Monday night I witnessed the most selfish act that I have ever seen while a member of Council. As the Mayor declared a conflict of interest (as he rightly should given that he has been preselected to represent the Liberal Party at the March 2018 election and the Item was in his nominated electorate, Badcoe) and the Deputy mayor then took the chair. However, given that the ward he represents is also in Badcoe, the Item to be debated was in Clarence Park Ward. I had discussed the Item earlier in the evening with the Dept Mayor and asked that I could move the relevant motion. But as the Item was read out and I indicated that I wished to Move the Motion he blatantly moved the motion from the chair thus denying me my right to have the initial voice on the important decision that effected the constituents that I represent. To add salt to the insult he then claimed he had a mandate to do so as he had worked so hard on the matter that was to be debated, as if my significant contribution amounted to nothing. 
I have done a little research and asked 'Can a mayor move a motion while chairing a meeting?' The answer is as follows;

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that a wise chair will only move certain motions from the chair.
The only motions a president or person in the chair should move are motions of congratulations or motions of condolence or motions of thanks. These are nearly always “carried by acclamation” with the obvious exception of the motion of condolence. These are often carried without a seconder.
Inexperienced or “power chairs” sometimes move all sorts of motions and in so doing demonstrate their lack of understanding of their role.