14 December 2017


Did you, your family, or your descendants come from afar?  China, Russia, Germany, Italy, Greece, or anywhere else outside of Australia?  WE WANT YOU!
We want to hear about the experiences of migrants to Unley, whether they be your stories or your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, we are eager to paint the picture of Unley through our cosmopolitan community's eyes.  Our great city is a colourful melting pot of culture and we would love to hear from as many people as possible.  We are hoping to share photographs, or mementos that were brought from overseas or handed down through your family and stories to bring our cosmopolitan history to life.
If you would like to be part of this project, which will happen during March and April, or would like more information please contact the Unley Museum by emailing museum@unley.sa.gov.au.

Showtime at the Museum!

Missing the Royal Adelaide Show?  Visit our exhibition Showtime and explore the history of the Royal Adelaide Show, with an Unley twist! See the Ferris wheel model, prize medals, try your had at some show style competitions and design your own showbag!
UNTIL 10 FEBRUARY 2018      

10 December 2017

Council Amagamations : Back in the spotlight

The current boundaries
Today's Sunday Mail today published the results of a community survey that they had undertaken. It shows that 64.7 % of those surveyed preferred a super council for the wider Adelaide area. It then goes on to give both sides of the argument.

People vote for this because they have been led to believe that amalgamations reduce the rates when this has not been shown to be true. Forced amalgamations nearly always leave a very poor taste in the mouths of those most affected. While  Council size of 100,000 people in inner Adelaide may be worth a conversation sometime in the future Greater Brisbane has 1 Councillor representing 42,500 persons (Council size is 1.2million). This is almost as big as all of South Australia, Councillors are full time and Councils are run or party lines. Is this what we want here?  More Liberal,  Labor and even NXT invading Local Government. It is truly independent at the moment and should stay that way.

Full Council meeting; Dec 11th 2017

The following may be of interest:

  • Tree Policy: This changes the Vegetation Management Policy to a Tree Policy. Hopefully, this will be able to better inform staff and result in a overall improvent on tree health and tree canopy.
  • Community Engagement Charter: This Charter hopes that by consulting widely in the planning process that no further consultation should be necessary. This could be true, but only if approval is only guaranteed if it confirms to the guidelines and all else is refused. Given that it is human nature to try to change the rules and exceed the boundaries I believe that consultation should always be allowed at the individual site level.
  • Stormwater Management Authority: This call for the nomination of a Council member or employee to the Authority.
  • Expression of Interest to Host a 2019 Stage / Finish for the Tour Down Under: Wouldn’t irt be good to have a finish instead of a start?
  • Conservation Grants: These have been oversubscribed with the recommendation of proportionally smaller amounts per application for each eligible applicant rather than trying to decide if some were more worthy than others. This points to the fact that the funding Council has made available is way too low.
  • Code of Conduct Report (CONFIDENTIAL)
  • Property Acquisition Opportunity (CONFIDENTIAL)

05 December 2017

Watch Around Water

Watch around water encourages the public to be vigilant around water, especially when watching young children. Unley pool is considering creating phone free zones in and around waters in the swimming centre as they are distractive when watching children and barrier to family interaction.  What a great idea.

Ignite Outdoor Cinema

If it warm and dry on Friday evening why not head over to Forestville Reserve with the kids and a blanket to see The Grinch That Stole Christmas. As well as the cinema there will also be markets, food trucks, Santa and twinkly lights. Open from 6pm to enjoy. If you are so inclined you can also have a swim for $1. Wet kids and late cinema doesn't appeal to me but either would be a treat.

03 December 2017

Tree Tags in Parks

 Over Spring/Summer 2017,  Council are using tree tags to highlight the benefits of trees and increase our community’s awareness of the value of trees.

Each tag has information specific to that tree such as its species name, height, ability to remove pollution from the air and more.

There are 80 tags spread across the following six locations:
  • Goodwood Oval - Curzon Avenue, Millswood
  • Page Park - Corner Cross Road and East Avenue, Clarence Park
  • Unley Civic Centre - 181 Unley Road, Unley
  • Heywood Park -  Addiscombe Place, Unley Park
  • Windsor Street Linear Trail - Windsor Street, Fullarton
  • Fullarton Park - Corner Fisher Street and Fullarton Road, Fullarton

Trees receiving the tags were selected with the help of local volunteers. All tags have been printed on 100% recycled plastic materials to ensure they are weatherproof.
What agreat initiative. People are really enjoying them.