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.