20 April 2018

Rate rerelief to stimulate Unley Central.



The City of Unley will introduce rate rebate incentives to encourage mixed-use developments and greater economic activity in the heart of Unley, Unley Central.

In general the Unley Central precinct includes the section of Unley Road from the intersection of Mary and Marion streets to the intersection of Thomas Street and Edmund Avenue.

The Council has endorsed the introduction of an Economic Development Rates Incentive Policy, which will see two types of rebates offered – a developer rebate and a residential rebate.

City of Unley Acting Mayor Peter Hughes said the initiative was in line with Councils 2033 Community Plan that strived to position Unley as a destination for its enviable lifestyle, environment, business strength and civic leadership.

“This is an example of Council supporting the economic prosperity of the Unley Central precinct. As part of our vision, we want to promote a district that is thriving, growing and attracting new businesses and residents,” A/Mayor Hughes said.

Under the developer rebate incentive, a rebate on general Council rates will be provided to developers during the construction phase of an eligible development for a period of no more than three years.

13 April 2018

Library Reboot brochure is out now!

Our next Reboot brochure is out now! Covering a schedule from May-July, it is jam-packed full of new presentations and workshops, such as learning about the iCloud and Bitcoin, as well as some regular favourites, like learning to create photobooks and more about social media. There is something for everyone!

As always, spaces are strictly limited so please book your spot early to avoid disappointment. There are also limited spaces left in a couple of our remaining presentations for April so please check these out too if you would like to attend.

We look forward to seeing you soon.
What is Reboot?
Reboot is Unley Libraries digital literacy program. Reboot is designed to spark your learning, improve your confidence and help you get the most out of the latest
technology. Get ready to learn in a fun, relaxed and interactive way!

Which class is for me?
Our classes range from beginner to intermediate level, with a variety of different learning formats, so there is something for everyone. Take a look at the class details to see what’s right for you, or ask our friendly staff if you are unsure.

Can I bring my own device, and what do I need on the day?
For most classes, you most certainly can. However, you must know all of your own usernames, accounts and passwords that have been set up on your device. This includes your Apple ID and password for Apple devices and your Google account for Android devices. If you do not have these details with you, you will not be able to actively participate. Please see individual requirements for special circumstances or anything extra. 

How do I book?
Bookings can be made in person or by calling the Libraries on 8372 5100. Free and gold coin donation classes can also be booked online at unley.sa.gov.au/reboot.

Weller St :proposed slow points

Council are seeking your views on a bicycle boulevard and traffic calming measures in Weller Street, Millswood/Goodwood. This will involve installation of slow points along the street, kerb extensions at intersections and changes to the Mitchell Street/Weller Street intersection. The goal of the improvements is to create a more cycling friendly environment as well as reduce traffic volumes and speeds on Weller Street. Concept plans are available here
The Concept Plans include the following elements:
  • Improved traffic control and pedestrian/cycling safety at the intersection of Weller Street and Mitchell Street: two design options have been provided for consideration
  • Traffic calming measures along Weller Street, including raised single lane slow points and kerb extensions: this also creates consistent traffic control along the length of the Wood Street and Weller Street corridor/bicycle route
  • Better indication of Weller Street as a low-traffic cycling route including line marking and bike logo ‘sharrows’.
  • It is necessary to restrict parking for 15m adjacent each slow point to allow a cyclist to ride along the kerb, which supports cyclist safety and efficiency of the bicycle route. This results in the loss of 25 parking spaces. The street can currently accommodate approximately 95 parked vehicles. Parking observations suggest that generally 15-25 vehicles are parked on-street on a typical day, indicating that overall parking availability will still be adequate.
The Concept Plans detail the type and locations of the proposed measures, as well as identifying where on-street car parking would be removed to accommodate the changes.
If you are happy or unhappy with this proposal then please go to the same website and Have Your Say. You need to do this before April 20th.

11 April 2018

Upgrading of the Goodwood Underpass might just happen?

Is it possible that this eyesore could be improved?
You may recall late last year that Steph Key, the then Member for Ashford, held a public consultation regarding beautifying the underpass. Even though Steph  has now retired it seems that this matter may be progressing. Elected members will meet with staff late in April. My conversation with Jane Stimson was less hopeful.

08 April 2018

Overshadowing of solar panels

New Orleans

An interesting dilemma was discussed in this morning's Sunday Mail:   should your solar panels be used to prevent/minimise development on your neighbour's property? I remember thus being discussed at a few Development Assessment Panels without a definitive outcome. There are clearly two sides to the argument, both of which are valid. I personally enjoy the savings benefit that our solar panels afford us (about $1000 per year). I would hate that somebody, at the stoke of a pen, could approve a development that would overshadow the panels and render our panels ineffective. The new all-encompassing state development plan should make the time to research this issue and develop a solution that is fair to all. Currently most development plans talk about sunlight to habitable rooms and a precedent for adequate is 2 hours per day.

02 April 2018

Council development plans could be scrapped

We all knew that the Labor government had massive changes to planning in store but had hoped that Liberal government might soften the blow. Apparently, this is not the case and the new government will push through with the planning code that the old government had been working on. The new code will become the state's single planning rule book for assessing all development applications. All planning applications will be lodged electronically to an ePlanning portal. In this new system residents are most likely be how they wish their area to be zoned and then not even receive notification when a development is proposed next door. To some extent this may work but only if the rules are the rules and that the Development Assessment Commission or Council Assessment Panel cannot add their own judgement to height or density as they see fit. Unfortunately, Unley's intricate and hard fought planning code may be dismantled against the wishes of residents.

01 April 2018

Call centre or resolution centre?

Many of you have found that when you telephone the Council and ask for information the call is often put through to the best person able to answer your enquiry. That person is often unavailable and you leave a message hoping that someone will call you back. It happens to most of us, every time we make an enquiry of an organisation: sometimes we even have the privilege of waiting for what seems like forever for the phone to be answered. In Unley the phone was nearly always answered before the third ring as this was the measure used to measure success at this point of contact. In future success will be measured if your question is able to be answered by the first customer service officer that you speak to (phone or front counter). Staff are undertaking extensive training so they can answer the questions without having to forward the call. Hopefully, this will lead to better satisfaction for both the officer and the customer.

31 March 2018



Unley are very proud to present the South Australian Jazz Archive Inc's major biennale exhibition here at the Unley Museum. 
Join us for the launch of A Centenary of Jazz
Sunday 22nd April, 2.30-4.30pm

A fun and entertaining FREE afternoon, with live jazz music on the lawns, wine and nibbles.

The exhibition will run until 6th May 2018.

30 March 2018

Shared Streets v Shared Zones

What's the fuss and what's the difference?
According to the experts, but in layman's terms,  one is a like a mall with cars (shared zone) the other like a street with pedestrians (shared street). The speed limit for  shared street is 25kph and for a shared zone is 10kph. In the mix as well is often bicycles that can travel in either diection, often even in a one way street. Nevertheless, we are likley to see more of these types of zones in the future.

29 March 2018

Full Council Meeting; March 26th 2018

The following items may be of interest;
  • Petition re the Goodwood Oval precinct: residents are particularly concerned at the recent appearance of a pod (read shipping container) that appeared near the southern entrance a few weeks ago. The greatest concern is, I believe, other than the appearance of the thing and the fact that no consultation occurred (even with your ward councillors) is that the new grandstand may be built without sufficient storage to meet the needs of the clubs and that pods/sheds may still be required after the new build.
  • Deputation Re Almond St: this was also an agenda item. While staff and the consultant were able to recommend a Shared Street to enhance the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in this street  the preferred option for residents is a Shared  Zone. After nearly an hour of debate the Shared Zone was not supported by Council.
  • Shared Street opportunities: following on from the request from Almond St Council asked staff to locate other suitable locations for Shared Streets. Staff came up with a significant list and then shortlisted 8 streets. Unfortunately, many of the streets suggested were dead ends and no through roads that already have significant amenity over those who live in through roads. From the list I would start with those streets that meet the criteria that have the poorest amenity. In my books this was Richards St in Forestville.
  • Pocket Parks: despite the disaster that was Kelvin Ave and the potential pocket park in that location Council voted again to develop this concept and identify suitable streets. In my opinion we should be spending our money on greening opportunities that are not dead end streets but on current underdeveloped Council land. 
  • Economic Development Rates Incentive Policy: Council voted to support offering rates relief to developers in the Unley Central Zone and to the purchasers of the resulting apartments, each for a period on 3 years. Hopefully, this will encourage development where it belongs and not in local neighbourhoods.
  • Cr Schnell asked a question regarding the banning by China of imports of recyclable material. This was not answered as clearly it will take some time to research an answer. Other Councils are already positioning to raise rate revenue as this increases Council costs.

21 March 2018

Time to take a closer look at Unley's facilities

I have taken 4 weeks leave to care for my little
granddaughter. I am going to use this opportunity to have a look at as  many of Unley's child friendly activities as I can. This week we have already been to Goodwood CC Playgroup and intend to try their Kindergym on Friday. I'm keen to check out Babytime at the library and to get to a few extra playgrounds. We are already regulars at the Everard Park playground.

LED Street lighting: is it time for Unley?

Unley has been discussing alternative street lighting decisions for a couple of years now. First of all we looked at solar and more recently, LED. While the upfront costs in this are high the yearly savings could be up to $300,000 per year. The savings being in the payment for the running of the lights. This would equate to a signigicant return on the investment. At this point at least 2 other ouncils are implementing the technology..

19 March 2018

Native Title claim settled

 The Attorney General and Cabinet approved the settlement last week and the Kaurna approved the settlement at a community meeting shortly after that.

The settlement means that there are  16 parcels of land in the original Kaurna claim area that will have  native title over them, however, none of these parcels fall within the City of Unley.  The settlement means that native title rights and interests over all land and waters within the Determination Area, other than the 16 parcels, have been extinguished. The 16 sites are all in City of Mitcham and Adelaide Hills Council.

As well  Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (AH Act) remains in place, and affords protection to Aboriginal sites irrespective of the native title status of the land.  

As the City of Unley has no land with Native Title it would be the case that any matters that arise under the AH Act could be dealt with on a case by case basis.  

At last : the state election is over

Congratulations to David Pisoni for being re-elected to the seal of Unley and to Jane Stimson as the new member for the new seat of Badcoe. Both electorates have a large swathe  in Unley with Goodwood Rd and the train line being the boundary. I look forward to working closely with both of them.

13 March 2018

Amalgamations again.

We must be getting closer to the actual state election day. Seems like the theory is that Councils are causing all the problems, can't be trusted with your money and generally poorly educated and not whatever the current government has been up to. I could list at least a dozen disasters on behalf of Labor and yet when the Liberals have had a chance to shine they continue to pick fault as well (rate capping). How is it possible for a reporter in the Advertiser to propose amalgamations and the use as an example Onkaparinga Council. Yes, it is the biggest but it doesn't seem to be an example of best practice on a number of fronts. This week its auditing and credit card use. I guess it’s possible that we (as Councillors) are having the wool pulled over our eyes by administration staff. However, it would also be highly unlikely. 

11 March 2018

This is your chance to ask the hard questions; Harmony Day


To honour the spirit of Harmony Day, this year we are giving you the chance to ask those questions, to bring up the difficult topics and to start a conversation that can enrich you and your community.
‘I think there is no point in being scared of bringing things up. I think it is fine, we can talk about things, we can explore things, see the point of view of another person. And in that posture of learning, if you go to a dialogue without any agenda and with an open mind that I am actually going to learn something from this person, then you will.’
 - Dr Roshanak Amrein
Borrow a Living Book
We have eight living books incorporating seventeen cultures and faiths and you can book a session to have an honest discussion.

Each session will be a small group of up to five people for 45 minutes.

Trees: serious business

This is not the tree concerned just an exemplar.

You might have read the story about the regulated trees in this week's paper. According to the story the neighbours pruned two regulated trees while to owner was away on holidays. Imagine her surprise when she got home. This pruning was estimated to be 90% foe one tree and 50% for the other. By law up to 30% of the canopy of a regulated tree can be pruned without development approval. A similar, but different case is brewing in Unley at another location. As Councillors we are continually told that we are not working hard enough to protect the tree canopy on both public and private property and yet I have not heard one election promise over the last few weeks that would have the potential to alter the seemingly downward trend. However, when Council takes court action the cost to rate payers has the potential to be eye watering.

01 March 2018

Good Healthy Soil

Good Healthy Soil 

At Fern Ave Community Garden
Matthias J Salomon, PHD student of Adelaide University is investigating Urban Agriculture. Some months ago, he took samples of the soil in some of the plots and the common area. Matthias has now analysed the samples and will be presenting his findings.
The presentation is at 6.00pm on Friday 9th March 2018 at Fern Ave Community Garden,18-20 Fern Ave, Fullarton.
The presentation will be followed by baked potatoes and a glass of red at around 7pm.
Gold coin/s donation
This is your chance to understand your soil. Matthias will talk about Urban Agriculture, the importance of soil, soil composition
and the nutrients necessary for effective crop production.
The talk is open to the general public as well as garden members -
please RSVP by message to Cecile on 0405 558 723 for catering

Over passes and underpasses

A few promises this week (Labor) have seen the potential to remove several level crossings in Unley. These include the tram and Goodwood Rd, the train and Cross Rd and the train and Leader St. Given that the Leader St underpass was promised during the Goodwood Junction works and seems to have been shelved maybe this one could go first?  The tram line at Goodwood Rd seems to be a nice idea but I have rarely waited long for the tram to pass in that location. However, the underpass/overpass on Cross Rd at the train line would be a welcome sight. This, of course, would be less beneficial if the freight trains were rerouted to go around rather than through Adelaide. This has been promised by a would be Liberal government. This option would allow a two way commuter  train service to Mt Barker!
And to top all of this the funded cycle overpass that would sit alongside the existing overpass at Goodwood would allow a safe passage for bicycles and eliminate the dreadful underpass at Goodwood Station. This is now stuck in the planning process.
What we will have in 4 years time when we are back in election mode is in the relm of the great unknown.

25 February 2018

Full Council meeting 26th Feb, 2018

You might the following items of interest:

  • Strategic Property Committee Membership: this is to fill the vacancy left when Peter Hughes became Acting Mayor and John Koumi resigned
  • UBED Membership: this vacancy has been caused by the resignation of John Koumi
  • CEO Performance Review Panel; This committee has run its course with the current membership and needs to be refilled
  • Eastern Regional Alliance Biannual Report: This alliance works together to create, where identified and possible opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce costs. 
  • Mobile Food Vendors Location Rules; these include not being able to set up within 200m of an existing business that sells the same product, within 200m of a school while it is operating, while an organised event is taking place, or in front of a house. most of the other rules are logical and straight forward
  • Resilient East Climate Change Adaptation Plan: Proposed priorities include development of a shared street tree species list that will tolerate climate change, aerial heat mapping, community engagement and awareness and emergency management plans
  • Greening Unley Rd; The report suggests that there are only 10 places on the entire length on Unley Rd west where new trees could be planted (this can be completed this year) and 35 on the eastern side (subject to budget funding). Council will still need to discuss appropriate species.
  • Rugby St and Oxford Tc Intersection: The planned bikeway showed a reversal of the right of way on this intersection. Cr Salaman is asking council to reduce risk by allowing the right of way to continue on Oxford Tce.
  • Future Uses of the Hockey Playing Field at Goodwood Oval: This has been put in my me. Now that Hockey will definitely be moving, although it may take a year or two, it is time to look at the space and building they use and work towards, with the community, an innovative us of the area. There is already discussion about the use and currently Council has no way forward to work out the best use in the future. It would be good to have something ready to go when the area is vacated.

ICAC rules get even tighter

Once again the state government has moved to tighten what Councillors can and cannot do. This time we must include more things on our gifts register. Its like someone thinks we all have golfing memberships, get taken out to lavish dinners once a week and are taking freebies all over the place. When I ran for Mayor on 1997 I received one cash donation and one, in kind donation; neither of which had to be declared. Now if I so much as accept a $50 meal, and we're not clear about if this is individual meals or total meals from one source then it must be declared. while I often get my cup of tea paid for by the ratepayer I'm discussing a matter with the only  contribution I currently declare is a double pass to the Adelaide Show (value $170).
Why do I keep on thinking that the local government sector is not trusted by other levels of government and that they continue to have a go at us to divert attention from themselves and the way they many of them behave?

20 February 2018

Swimming Centre update

Favourable weather through-out the season has resulted in significant growth in memberships, casual entries and programs. A current day comparison of this season’s attendance shows 61,000 visitors compared to 54,500 last season, this growth of over 10% places the centre on track to achieve the 90,000 attendance target set by the team in September.  Swim school has again grown, now
operating at capacity with 590 students enrolled in the 10 week summer term that operates
until April school holidays.Additionally:
  • Friday for a cause started on Feb 2nd and has so far raised over &700 for Surf Lie Saving. 
  •  All funds are contributing to the operation of the ‘Ride the wave Program’. This program is to provide water safety education to some of South Australia’s at risk and migrant population. In its first two weeks ‘Ride the Wave’ has provided water safety sessions to over 30 people, representing six different nationalities.  
  • Over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February the Swimming Centre hosted the 13th Annual 24 hour MS Mighty Swim. To date has raised $88,919 for those living with Multiple Sclerosis in our community.
  • Several media opportunities have recently presented themselves, promoting the facility and the above events and programs.
  •  Eastern Courier article ‘Migrants set to make a splash’ Wednesday 8th February.

19 February 2018

$70,000 for Millswood Bowls

Election time is proving to be very helpful at the moment. The preselected candidate for the Labor Party, Jane Stimson, was pleased to donate $70,000 to the club last week for the refurbishment of the toilets and changerooms. What a great result! This was a grant and not an election promise.

18 February 2018

Goodwood Oval : much disquiet!

It was great to get the grant from the state government to assist council in delivery much overdue new clubrooms for the Goodwood Saints Football Club and the Cricket club. As those of you know that leave nearby this building is now out for consultation with residents before the plan is finalised and development approval is sought. As is usually the case council does not send out plans, or have them on its website when the letter is sent out. However, you will find them here and here.
However, at the same time the Goodwood Saints FC has asked to extend it oval usage times and the Development Assessment process has begun. As I am still a proxy for Council on this committee I cannot express an opinion on this development application. However, it should be noted that Council must go through this process once an application has been lodged. If the committee were to approve the changes then Council still needs to consent to a change of lease conditions and, as a Cat 3 notification the residents, who are representors, can appeal the decision in the ERD Court. If it were to be refused the FC can also lodge an appeal.
Lastly a Pod has appeared on the oval that hols equipment for a soccer club that uses the hockey grounds in the summer. As councillors we were not consulted about this and neither were you as residents. The structure is small enough not to require development consent but is still causing great anxiety for residents.
I also have heard the Goodwood Saints have applied to extend their Liquor Licence: it is my understanding that there is no truth in this whatsoever.

Posters on every stobie poll

Had a problem giving these two equal space. I enjoy election campaigns and making my judgements as to how each candidate is going. What I don't like, and believe there is no place for, is the posters that now festoon the city. Talk of limiting them to 100 per candidate per elecorate is still way too many in my opinion. They pop up in local government elections and should be banned. Another annoyance of these is that would  be councillors and mayors can use a photo take no longer than 12 months prior and would be members of the state parliament can choose a flattering photo than is years old: also alloys them to stockpile from election to election.

Gender balance on the Agenda

After reading Bob's blog  yesterday I realise even more that now is the time for fresh faces with new ideas to have a go at getting themselves elected to Council in Novemeber. There will be at leaset one vacancy in Unley and Goodwood Wards, two  in Unley Park and Parkside Wards plus a new mayor. This means a minimum of six new faces assuming the one of Schnell, Rabbitt and Hewitson win the mayoral position. So if you are thinking of runing now might be the time. As far as I am aware both Don and I will be renominating in Clarence Park.

15 February 2018

Community grant funding: is it your turn?

The March 2018 Community Grant Program funding round is now open for applications.  Grant funding of up to $4,000 is available for innovative and diverse community projects and/or programs. Guidelines and application forms are available from the Civic Centre or at Council’s website http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/community-culture/grants-sponsorships#hash-slide-community-grants-program-89.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Council to discuss their application and eligibility.  Afternoon or evening workshops will be held for those groups and individuals who would like assistance with the “nuts and bolts” aspects of their applications.  Let us know if you would like to attend a workshop or would like me to mail you a copy of the application form

Applications close on Friday 30 March 2018

Funding will be available to successful applicants in early June 2018.  Please be aware that projects and/or programs that commence prior to 1 June 2018 are not eligible and will not be funded.

Don’t hesitate to contact Pam Hocking on email phocking@unley.sa.gov.au, phone 8372 5108 or Matthew Ives email mives@unley.sa.gov.au, phone 8372 5134 if you require further information. 

14 February 2018

Good development news

Roslyn Crt on a bad day
During the last week there has been some good news for residents regarding this  development.

  • The Cremorne Plaza development has been deferred by the Delopment Assessment Comission while the developer reviews overlooking, amenity of the south facing apartments, visual bulk, finishes and materials, parking provisions, activation at the ground floor level, waste  management and inclusion of areas for deep rooted planting  (can grow a tree).
  • The state government announced this morning that it would upgrade the Roslyn Crt apartments rather than bulldozing and rebuilding with  a much higher agenda.


13 February 2018

Goodwood Oval grandstand upgrades

Community consultation on the grandstand upgrade at Goodwood Oval has commenced.

Letters have been sent to local residents and information has been placed on Council’s website and at council facilities.  Notices will also be placed in the Eastern Courier and at the oval soon.

This consultation is open to all residents not just those letterboxed.

The consultation will close on Fri 16 March and a report will be presented to Council in April.

11 February 2018

Unley Road traders host a great event

I spent some time last night enjoying the music and evening at the Memorial Gardens in Unley. There were quite a few  people there and all seemed to be enjoying the music. The star of the night were the flying foxes that flew over between 8:45pm  and 9:00pm in an almost constant stream. The colony in the parklands must now number well into the thousands. My reseach says up to 10,000.

07 February 2018

Clarence Park CC to go solar

At the last Council meeting Council agreed to fund a solar array on the roof at CPCC. Calculations show that it will pay for itself in 3 years. This will be a great saving for Council and reduce pressure on rate increases (even if just a little bit). This is pending a final funding review at the end of the next quarter.


The Unley Museum will become a one-stop-shop for rare movies and early TV memorabilia in February and March as part of the Adelaide Fringe.

The Lexicon exhibition will take audiences on a trip down memory lane to experience and learn about movie and television characters that fascinated people all over the world in the early days of the big and small screen.

Unley Museum Curator Karen Paris said the Museum was thrilled to be exhibiting such a wonderful collection of fascinating and fun objects.

“The collection includes a Gilligan’s Island Cookbook, selected pieces of Franco-Belgian comic book literature, Tintin figurines, a Howdy Doody doll, autographed comics and much more!” Miss Paris said.

Private collector Stuart Blair (BLang BA Hons Flin), who has amassed this collection over many years said “the exhibition represents a celebration of one's interest in the phenomena that is popular culture”.

“What makes this visual representation unique is the joy that each piece brings by stirring memories that span from childhood to present day,” Mr Blair said.

06 February 2018

Grants not promises

An election year has many rewards just there for
the picking.
Following the recent grant from the state govenment for a new Goodwood Oval facility of $2.8million more money has been given this week. Unley Oval grandstand refurbishment has been given $500,000 for women's changerooms  and $9mill has been given to redevelop the Women's Memorial playing fields for providing a synthetic pitch for hockey. While Goodwood and Unley will be sad to see Forestville Hockey move to a new home we will be very happy for them to have a new facility in which to grow and flourish. This was on top over over $500,000 awarded through Fund My Neighbourhood in Unley.
All we need now is new clubrooms for Millswwod Croquet. Maybe the Liberals could at least put this in as a promise.

03 February 2018

What will the next Council look like

I have just reached Cr. Michael Hudson's blog and his views on what the composition of the Council to be elected later this year will look like.
These are my own views but I see it this way following conversations with each of the current members

Goodwood: Bob Schnell  (running for Mayor) and Luke Smolucha
Clarence Park: Jennie Boisvert and Don Palmer
Unley Park: Michael Rabbitt (running for Mayor) and Rob Sangster (retiring)
Unley: Michael Hewitson (running for mayor) and Rufus Salaman
Parkside: Michael Hudson (retiring) and John Koumi (already retired)
Fullarton: Peter Hughes and Anthony Lapidge (considering his options)

By my calculations this means there will be no more than half  of the current council in the line-up and some of those may not win their seats back. Cr Schnell believes there may be as few as 2 and Cr Hudson as few as 5. Fresh faces always bring new ideas and new ways of working which, if I am re-elected, will be refreshing. Council needs diversity and, hopefully, this shake up will give a greater opportunity for more women to be elected. It would also be good to have a council that reflected the demographic with some younger people and some that add cultural diversity.

Whose (sic) the mayor?

Hughes is the Mayor.
As many of you are aware Lachlan Clyne resigned as of last Wednesday and Council had an oppotunity to elect among themselves an acting mayor who will hold the position until the new council is swarn in.
Peter Hughes was elected on the night with Michael Hewitson as Deputy. Even though I put up my hand for the acting mayor position I was unsuccessful.

30 January 2018

Upcoming events to consider

The much loved Unley Greek Festival is returning to Oxford Terrace this Saturday 3 February from 3pm until Midnight.

The event program is below and you can find out more via their Facebook page which is: https://www.facebook.com/events/171443846788939/?active_tab=discussion

Then on the following weekend, we have the Evening Under the Stars at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens on Saturday 10 February from 8pm. 

The Evening Under the Stars Facebook page for more information is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1734953583189887/?active_tab=discussion

29 January 2018

Australia Day Awards

Congratulations to the following recipients in Unley:

Citizen of the Year: Rajendra Pandey

Young Citizen of the Year: Michael Wightman

Community Event of the Year: Goodwood Saints Football Club's  Indigenous Match

All are very worthy candidates and, once again, there were  a lot of impressive nominations.

27 January 2018


Unley Swimming Centre has launched its annual ‘Friday for a Cause’ initiative with funds raised this season going to Surf Life Saving South Australia’s (SLSSA) education program for migrants.
From Friday February 2, casual entry to the pool after 4.30pm will be a gold coin donation. Funds will go directly to SLSSA so it can deliver water safety lessons for migrants and new arrivals at the pool as part of its ‘Ride the Wave’ community program.
According to Unley Swimming Centre Manager Nathan Byles, the six-week program will offer water safety sessions in an effort to reduce the rate of drowning in South Australia.
“There is no doubt that South Australia is currently experiencing extreme demand for affordable access to aquatic safety education and with the recent census data stating 48 per cent of South Australians are now first generation or new arrival migrants to Australia, this becomes even more important,” Mr Byles said
“In response to recent drownings in SA, Unley Swimming Centre has committed to doing everything in its power to address ongoing water education for migrants and new arrivals to South Australia.”.

26 January 2018

Hockey may move from Forestville

There has been recent press coverage of the Forestville Hockey Club that has been at Goodwood Oval for over 100 years. However, both hockey and the club have outgrown their current location and need more space and a synthetic pitch. Hopefully, they will be able to move to the Women's Memorial Playing Fields if funds can be found to upgrade these facilities. The funds will need to come for state and/or federal  government grants.
This will leave the small area of Goodwood Oval that is currently leased from Council available to Council to consider alternate options. I intend to put a motion to Council in Feb to enable staff to start this work.

Introducing Wriggletime!

Introducing Wriggletime!

Wriggletime is our brand new program! Think Babytime for your little wriggler. These sessions will include more music, more movement and more actions for those babies who struggle with the quieter moments of Babytime.  Wrigglers will learn how to hold a book, turn the pages, dance and clap to favourite songs and to copy actions.

Please note that all babies are still welcome and encouraged to join us for Wriggletime. Bookings not required.
Date Location Wriggletime Babytime
Friday 2 February
Friday 9 February
Friday 16 February
Friday 23 February
Goodwood CC
Unley Town Hall
Goodwood CC
Unley Town Hall

24 January 2018

Clyne to resign on Jan 31st

Lachlan Clyne has handed his letter of resignation to the CEO today with it taking effect on Jan 31st. Council will need to elect an Acting Mayor to lead until a new council is sworn in in early Novemeber. This gives someone an opportunity to step up and lead for the next 9 months. Many names have been bandied around as being interested. I believe we need a clean slate and two new people; one as mayor and the other as their deputy.