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