18 September 2018

Nominations are closed..

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..and the ballot positions determined. At the close of nomination Clarence Park Ward had 4 nominations. The ballot draw was held at 4pm this afternoon. The ballot order will be Palmer Don, Anspach Tamsin, Wallace Angus and Boisvert Jennie. I while being drawn number one is always nice this is probably second best. Will just have to ensure that my How to Vote card is clear for voters to follow. While I knew Tamsin was running I was surprised at Angus' late nomination.   At this time its just a lot of leaflet drops and door knocking.

17 September 2018

Fortnightly garbage collection?

We take for granted that our bins will be emptied regularly, with the recycling and green waste collected bi-weekly and the garbage bin emptied weekly. Today's paper suggested that it may be time to give up the weekly garbage collection. In the past this idea has been rubbished by many and overridden by government even when it may have looked to be a good idea. The issues with smell, hygiene and public safety could easily be overcome if education of residents had them being just a little more careful of what goes where. As an example almost anything that gets smelly in a week or two could be placed in the green bin (which would need to be collected weekly) and the stuff that couln't be could spend a week in the freezer. Over to you. What do you think?

16 September 2018

Conservation Grant’s are open for application..

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Conservation Grant’s are open for application from Monday 10th September 2018 and closing Friday 28th September.  These grants are for restoration of heritagre listed homes. It can include roofing, gutters, stonework, etc.

CSO’s, please refer to website for information or Michelle Penta or myself are happy to answer any queries that customers may still have.  Link to Policy below:

Boomerang Bags

Have you ever visited the library with your kids and they suddenly want to borrow 40 books and you've come prepared to borrow ten?
Then our Boomerang Bags are just for you.

We are so excited to have partnered with our local community and the Boomerang Bags initiative to bring you these gorgeous bags available to borrow in our library. They were made by local residents with the help of children from Unley Primary School. The bags are designed to help get your books home safely and you can simply drop the bag back in to the library on your next visit for someone else to use. 

Mural at the pool looking good enough to swim in!

10 September 2018

Put these events in your diary

Council Events
Zest Fest
This year our Zest Fest event will be combined with the launch of our next Unley Legends.  Held on Wednesday 17 October at 2pm at the Capri Cinema, we will feature the launch of Unley Legends Series Two followed by a free screening of the movie “Ladies in Black”.  As this will be a ticketed event, it is essential to RSVP to events@unley.sa.gov.au

Ignite Unley
Our much loved Ignite Unley cinema events will return for a fifth season, with three outdoor cinemas planned. The first cinema will be held on Friday 2 November at the Village Green screening the movie “Coco”.  We are working with the Mexican Association of SA to ensure this event creates a wonderful celebration of Mexican culture. 

Double Shot Coffee Fiesta
The much loved Double Shot Coffee Fiesta is set to return following the success of the 2017 event. The date is set for Sunday 4 November at the Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens and we look forward to keeping you informed as plans progress.  We have once again been selected to host the Western Region State Barista Competitions which will attract the best baristas from SA & WA as they battle it out for their chance to compete in the national championships.  We have a refreshed new brand and there is huge anticipation building amongst the coffee loving community.

Unley Gourmet Gala
Planning for Council’s signature event is well underway and everything is on track for our best Gala yet! There are some exciting new features that I look forward to sharing with you over the coming months.   The Unley Gourmet Gala will be held on Thursday 17 January with the Stage 4 Start of the Santos Tour Down Under being held on Friday 18 January 2019.

Community Events

Fork on the Road – Saturday 6 October
Orphanage Park
A food, wine and beer event bringing together food trucks, entertainment, musicians and craft beer and wine.

Mercedes-Benz Unley Long Lunch – Friday 12 October
King William Rd
A showcase of fashion and King William Road Traders as part of the annual Adelaide Fashion Festival.

Halloween on KWR – Saturday 27 October
King William Rd
Family event for children to dress up and trick or treat along King William Road and enjoy the entertainment in Bloomsbury Street.

Goodwood Plant Market - Saturday 1 December              
Goodwood Community Centre
Gardeners market with sales of plants and gardening products

French Market – Friday 23 & Saturday 24 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 24 November
Oxford Terrace
A giftware market celebrating SA handmade, locally designed products and vintage wares. Products include art, crafts, fashion, furniture, homewares, vintage items and clothes.

Two Sisters Celebrate Summer Street Party - Friday 30 November           
Gilbert Street, Goodwood
Community street party with local food and wine celebrated.

09 September 2018

Full Council meeting: 10th September 2018

The following may be of interest;

  • Footpath Trading Policy: This policy builds on existing policy but allows for trading options against the building (presently disallowed but often ignored).
  • Clarence Park Community Centre partnership Agreement: The new agreement has been agreed to by the center and only has minor changes. Interesting to note that Council provides $157,000 per year of funding.
  • Filtered Tap Water: Cr Hewitson has asked again that filtered tap water be provided for staff and elected members within council owned facilities. This is an attempt to reduce the amount of bottled water consumed when made available at meetings. My only problem in this is that people may well choose a flavoured and sugared drink as an alternative that will still have a bottle needing to be disposed of and be much worse for the consumer's health.
  • Variation to the 3 hour parking zone in Meredyth and Graham Aves :  Cr Palmer has asked that the 3 hour parking in these sterrets not be implemented until after the 6 month trial and then only after consultation. While I have had few complaints there are some unhappy residents. More due to have to pay for residential parking that the controls themselves.

Parliamentary Inquiry into Heritage

The City of Unley has prepared a submission to be presented to the enquiry. Hopefully this will help to continue to protect heritage zones and character zones in the city. The protection of these zones is imperative to reserve the existing, much loved, streetscapes.
Councils concerns are:
  • Local heritage zones are crucial to retaining distinctive character
  • On merit assessment before any demolition
  • Future criterea for listing is clear and agreed to by council
Use the following link to find out more.

06 September 2018

A day at the Unley Swimming Centre

“A day at the Unley Swimming Centre”. Please use the hyperlink to view the video below. This will be used on our social media marketing platforms


Pool reopens Sept 15th   for your enjoyment.

Are you old enough to get 70% discout at the Pool


With only days until Adelaide’s favourite community swimming centre opens its gates, the City of Unley is offering extra incentives for senior swimmers over the 2018/19 season in a South Australian first.

While concession rates already exist, the centre is offering a new pricing model for those aged over 70 years with discounts starting at 70 per cent off casual rates (see table on next page).

Unley Swimming Centre Manager Nathan Byles said the discount was another example of the Council’s commitment to furthering its reputation as an age friendly city.

“This fee structure is the first of its kind in South Australia and will hopefully encourage older people to get out and about, enjoy the beautiful Spring weather and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle,” Mr Byles said.

“Age is a celebration and the City of Unley recognises the fact that members of our community are living longer and healthier. This new pricing model aims to ensure that we continue to think of ways to meet the needs of all our residents and broader community.”

04 September 2018

The people you find on Council

After reading Caleb Bonds opinion piece in today's paper I had to have my say.
The political aspirant
The pensioned off stalwart
The single issue candidate
The bludger
The good guy
While we all hope that we fit the good guy category and perhaps once we all did, it is not hard to add the current members of Council in their correct place on the list. I wouldn't fill it in for you but happy for you to have a go. The names are/were; Clyne, Rabbitt, Sangster, Lapidge, Hughes, Koumi, Hudson, Hewitson, Salaman, Boisvert, Palmer, Smolucha and Schnell.

03 September 2018

Time to put up

Nominations open tomorrow for the upcoming Council elections. They will remain open until now until the 18th September. I will definitely be renominating for a further term. At a recent candidates meeting there were a lot of eager people ready to give it a go. The experience of running and losing can be character building, if nothing else. While running and winning is exhilarating and rewarding even with the enormous responsibility of what comes with it. It was good to see a lot of women ready to give it a go this time as well.  On a day to day basis you will be able to view a notice board of who has nominated and in which ward. Given the high number of incumbents choosing not to renominate there will be at least 6 new Council members come November.

02 September 2018

Local Area Traffic Management Plan: Clarence Park

Also includes Millswood (west of Goodwood Rd) and Goodwood (west of Goodwood Rd ) and Wayville (north of Leader St).
This LATM was included in the 2018/19 budget after  committed lobbying for residents. The letter for this have now been sent and it is time to tell Council what you think are the danger spots, the rat runs and any other ides for change that will improve everyone's in the catchments amenity. If you want to have your say you can send your letter back or click here. There is a lot more information on the website including ideas already shared by residents with Council. https://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/LATM3 
Consultation closes on Sept 17th.

01 September 2018

Importance of play: Toy Library

In today’s technology and screen focused world, play has never been more important for children. Play is essential for a child’s brain development and it is the way children learn about themselves and the world around them.

So much is happening when a child is playing- 
• imaginations are running wild
• language and communication skills are developing
• motor skills are maturing
• confidence is growing
• fun is happening

Play is the most powerful way children learn and it lays the foundations for literacy. Through play children are talking, listening, learning new words, problem solving, turn taking, creating, exploring and imagining.

One type of play children love to engage in is imaginative or pretend play. Imaginative play is when children act out experiences they have had, seen or heard. This can be something from everyday life or from story they have listened to. They might be cooking a cake, making a cup of tea, calling a friend on the phone, working in a shop, driving a car or rescuing a princess from an evil dragon.
To support your child’s pretend play you can provide some props or toys. This can be as simple as a cardboard box which becomes a car, a bear cave or a rocket. Your dining table can easily be transformed with a few sheets into a cubby house or a castle. Some pretend food can be the basis of a market stall, a supermarket or the ingredients to cook up a yummy dinner. 

The Unley Toy Library has lots of props and toys to encourage imaginative play. Come in for a look, we would love to see you.

The Unley Toy Library Team
The Unley Toy Library can be found in Unley Civic Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley.