26 November 2018

Vegetation clearance SA Power networks

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It is tree trimming time again and some 6,014 Council owned trees are getting pruned as well as an additional 916 trees on private land. This amounts to 25% of Council tree stock These works are likely to continue until March 2019 Residents are likely to get a general notice that works will take place and you may see advertisements in the local paper. Council arborist, Joel Ashforth will work closely with SAPN to get the best outcome for both parties. Feedback surveys can be found at the libraries and/or you may be selected by SAPN to offer feedback.

Full Council meeting: Nov 26th 2018

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This seems to be a relatively short agenda. However, the CEO wanted it to be mostly operational as motions and questions on notice have been deferred to the December meeting. The items are as follows:

  • Results of the 2018 elections for noting: these note a 31.17% turn out across Unley which is less than 2014 and 2010. 2014 was quite low as there was no election in Clarence Park or for the Mayor
  • Appointment of Deputy Mayor: Council needs to decide if we want a Deputy mayor and if so for a 4 year term or for periods less than that. In the last Council term the appointments were for 1 year only. This gave more people and opportunity to do this which generally worked well
  • Meeting times for 2019: Council will continue to meet on the 4th Monday of the month unless that day is a public holiday
  • Elected members Allowances and Benefits Policy: Follow a recent determination Councillors will be paid $17270 per year and an extra $4,355 for Dept Mayor and Chairpersons of Sect 41 committees and the Mayor $69080.
  • Audit Committee and City Strategy and Development, Terms of Reference and members: this item has caused much difficulty for members as we barely know each other. On top of that there was no call for nominations ahead of the meeting and all in all about the least effective way of doing business. I understand that this item will be withdrawn and the positions filled when this council has had time to review the positions and to fill them in equitable manner.
  • Council Assessment Panel: Elected Members and Independent Member Appointments. The Council member needs to be selected so that the panel can deliver its decisions with full membership. Council may decide to fill until Feb 2021 or in an interim manner for the next couple of months. As well new  Independent members need to be selected. Applications close for this on Friday this week.

21 November 2018

New Council ready to work

The swearing in ceromony for the new Council was held on Monday evening. All Councillors were ready to be sworn in and said their oath. How different it looks from the last one. Hopefully, it will be just as cohesive and ready to work as a team.

French Christmas Market

Image result for french christmas market unleyThis  weekend starts with the French Market by Alliance Fran├žaise, on Friday 23 November from 5pm at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens. and continues Saturday 24 November,  from 10am to 10pm.
The ETSY Made Local event (run by ETSY Adelaide) is from 10am – 4pm in Oxford Tce on Saturday 24th November.
Both are now regular and much loved events for you to enjoy.

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15 November 2018

Goodwood Oval Grandstand Open Day

The open day for everyone to view the new plans and comment on them will be held at the oval on Sat 24th November between 11 am and 2pm. This will be your opportunity to look at the plans and the exact location of the proposed new building. This is what the diagrams as they are are unable to show you. Everyone is welcome and welcome to  make comments both for and against what they see. Next week the application will also be publicly notified for planning approval. A formal representation (either for or against) will need to be made in the correct format. As this will be Category 3 the representations can be made by anyone with a concern.
On another note the new scoreboard has now been appoved and the hours of use for the lights have been agreed between the Goodwood Saints and  the representers.

13 November 2018

Recycling : we just don't seem to get it right

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There was an interesting article in yesterday's paper about recycling. It seems that most people really don't know what can and can't go in the recycling bin. Given that 10% of people think it all goes directly to landfill its not hard to see why many don't bother to get it right. The problem is that just a small amount of inappropriate material in one bin can contaminate the entire truckload!


  • Plastic lids from jars and bottles • Plastic bags and other soft plastics • Food scraps • Packaging contaminated with food • Tissues and paper towel • Clothing and fabrics • Polystyrene foam packaging • Foam trays and cups • Crockery or drinking glasses • Mirrors, light globes, oven-proof or window glass • Car parts • Toys • Nappies • Garden waste or organic material • CDs, DVDs, video or audio tapes


  • Paper and envelopes • Newspapers, magazines, catalogues and junk mail • Cardboard boxes and egg cartons • Shredded paper (if contained inside a paper bag or box) • Cartons such as milk, juice and stock cartons • Pizza boxes without food scraps • Aluminium and steel cans and tins • Metal lids (contained in a steel or aluminium can) • Empty and dry paint tins • Empty aerosol cans • Glass bottles and jars (rinsed with lids off) • Plastic bottles and containers (rinsed with lids off) • Yoghurt and butter containers (rinsed with lids off)

Gourmet Gala:best Festival and Event

Unley Gourmet Gala 2018 has been  named best Festival and Event at the 2018 South Australian Tourism Awards. This event continues to be Unley's best event and accolades should go to staff for creating a much loved event.
This then puts elected members into a dilemma when it comes to funding for 2020. We are increasingly being told by rate-payers that it is too expensive and that the money would be better spent elsewhere! The new council will need to make this decision when the budget is debated.

12 November 2018

Here's what the Eastern Courier had to say

Women to outnumber men in Unley Council chambers

'There is a changing of the guard in Unley.
The inner-southern council, which for past four years has had just one female councillor – the lowest number in Adelaide – is set to welcome eight women to the chamber.Joining long-serving councillor Jennie Boisvert are Sue Dewing and Jane Russo (Unley Ward), Kay Anastassiadis (Parkside Ward), Jordan Dodd (Fullarton Ward), Monica Broniecki (Unley Park Ward) and Emma Wright and Nicole Sheehan (Goodwood Ward).
Four men – Don Palmer, Michael Rabbit, Michael Hudson and Peter Hughes – all returning councillors, have been elected, alongside new Mayor Michael Hewitson.

11 November 2018

A new face for council

Yesterday's vote count saw a change in he face of council. Eight women were elected!! Michael Hewitson has won the mayoral position gaining a quota in his own right (more than 50% of the vote). The election saw the following elected:
Clarence Park: Jennie Boisvert and Don Palmer
Goodwood: Emma Wright and Nicole Sheehan
Unley: Sue Dewing and Jane Russo
Unley Park: Michael Rabbit and Monica Broniecki
Parkside: Kay Anatassiadis and Michael Hudson
Fullarton: Peter Hughes and Jordan Dodd
I'm certainly looking forward to working with these people for the next four years.

10 November 2018

Re-elected: Thank you for your support

With 1390 ballots (32%) the final tally of votes cast I was fortunate enough to have gained 474 first preference votes, which was over quota. Don Palmer came in second and was elected  on over quota votes and a top up from the last placed candidate (Angus Wallace). Congratulations to all candidates on a good, campaign.

09 November 2018

International Games Day

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See the Unley Town Hall transform into your very own games paradise. Come and join us for a day of free gaming fun, from board games to video games. A perfect event for gaming enthusiasts and families alike.
Free, no bookings required.


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Did you know?

Did you know that 109 years ago the tram lines in Unley and Parkside were electrified? Horse drawn trams ran in the area from around 1879 and were replaced with electric trams in November 1909.

Electric trams operated in Unley, Parkside Goodwood and Hyde Park, in 1950 there were 8 tramlines around the city. After this time trams were gradually replaced by buses. The last tram went down Unley road in 1957. 

Want to know more? Visit the Unley Museum’s free exhibition Unley: 200 Years of Change. Open Sunday to Thursday.


07 November 2018


Voting in Clarence Park is still looking a little slow with only 1111 (25%) ballots counted to far. It is not too late to vote. However, your vote should now be delivered to the Council office (before 5pm Friday 8th Nov). Remember, there are many reasons to vote, not the least of which is to recognise your hard working, incumbent Councillor who has been working hard for you for the last 4 years. Don't take a chance on someone who is telling you what they might do when you have the choice of someone who has already achieved so much and visibly improved your amenity in Clarence Park and across the city. Vote 1 BOISVERT

05 November 2018

Last Council meeting Nov 5th , 2018

The last meeting for the 2014-18 Council will be held this evening. Just a couple of things on the Agenda that need finalising:

  • 2017-18 Financial Statements:this is to endorse the audited statement
  • CEO Quarterly Report:
  • questions without notice might be interesting as I am following up on a resident complaint. We as Councillors have not been allowed to request any support from staff to get things done that have been pointed out to us by residents until after the election (unless the matter was urgent). 

02 November 2018

Daily returns compared to 2014

I thought you might be interested to see how the votes are coming in for this election. So far Clarence Park has 750 returns. As there was no election for Clarence Park in 2014 I can't compare the statistic. However, I do know that there were about 1250 votes in 2010. Given that the ward has 4,300 electors this is  about 30%. We still have a week to go to exceed this number and hopefully this will be the case. Remember, you can deliver your ballots to the Council Office if you leave their completion too late to trust the post. Late postal votes are not counted. You can follow the returns (here). When you vote please Vote 1 Boisvert.