12 November 2019

Norman Tce, Everard Park: Development Plan Amendment

 What is a Development Plan Amendment (DPA)?
A DPA is the process by which Council and the State Planning Minster undertake amendments to the Unley (City) Development Plan
What area is affected by the Norman Terrace DPA?
The DPA proposes amendments to the for LifeCare Parkrose Village site and adjacent allotments at 28 - 36 Norman Terrace, 28 Fourth Avenue and 1 - 5 Ross Street Everard Park. 
What amendments are proposed by the DPA?
The DPA proposes to introduce a revised Residential Regeneration Zone and Policy Area for the site at 28 - 36 Norman Terrace, 28 Fourth Avenue and 1 - 5 Ross Street Everard Park. 

In summary the DPA proposes:

§   Replacement of Residential B350 and Residential Streetscape (Built Form) Zones with Residential Regeneration Zone (Norman Terrace Policy Area);
§   An increased density and diversity of residential and aged accommodation development and supporting ancillary uses;
§   Increased building heights from 2 storey at the local road interfaces up to 5 stories adjacent to Norman Terrace;
§   Associated specific development design policy, in addition to existing general development design policy, including a minimum of 15% deep soil zone (for trees).

11 November 2019

New Cultural Plan

An online survey is available on https://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/   for you to complete if you would like to assist in developing a new plan. Here community members can tell us what we have done well in the past and what we should be doing in the future. We have some questions that need answering! We plan to run this to the beginning of December.
We are also hosting 3 drop-in sessions next week at:. 
You may see corflutes promoting the survey and drop in sessions at 8 locations around Unley.

09 November 2019

Who decides CEO salaries?

Image result for cartoons about salary increasesFor most Councils this is done with  a small team that discusses the matter, at the same time assessing previous performance against and an agreed  set of Key Performance Indicators. They then make  recommendations to Council about performance and salary. This, in my opinion, is where we start to go wrong. A decision is made on performance and compares the salary suggestion with other like Councils. This seems to always add pressure to increase beyond CPI or union wage agreements for staff.  But will an independent tribunal get it right?  I remember the day when a teacher's salary matched that of a backbencher, It was from memory in the  late '70s. While the salaries moved further apart slowly the introduction of a independent tribunal decisionseems to have accelerated the differences remarkably.  A backbencer now gets more than double a Step 9 teacher. My point is that I can only see this increasing salaries at a faster rate than the current system.

When is a tree dead?

Image may contain: outdoorThere has been some interesting words used to describe  the removal of gum trees from a Mount Barker site this week. Wednesday's paper described them as being moved, and yet we all know that transplanting  a large gum tree usually results in its death and cutting one down always results in death. Council contractors cut three trees at their base which by my reckoning meant they killed them. And yet they were described as being relocated and that the they will die as if that will be in the future! It is, however, of benefit to habitat for the trees to be  lifted to a new location on the same site as dead trees and not as logs or wood chips. Disappointingly, Minister Knoll has ruled out toughening 2011 legislation that has enabled the acceleration of tree removal to the detriment of everyone.

07 November 2019

Speed Cameras

Image result for pedestrian crossing  Goodwood RDIt's good to see the amount of money that people who speed through or past Unley are contributing to government revenue. What is frightening is that the school crossings at Black Forest Primary School (South Rd) and Goodwood Primary School (Goodwood Rd)  combined contribute nearly $2 million. These people are speeding past our schools and endangering the lives of our most valued asset, the children.

03 November 2019

Flying the rainbow flag

The City of Unley is flying the Rainbow Flag for Pride Month, a new initiative of Feast Festival, for the duration of November. It aims to drive visibility and awareness in the Unley community and also the role the Feast Festival plays in supporting the South Australian LGBTIQ communities. Celebrating diversity, the Rainbow Flag represents the six colours of the rainbow as a symbol of gay and lesbian community pride. The Rainbow Flag is flying in front of the Library on Unley Road and at either end of Customer Service.
 Unley is one of 22 Councils that have taken this initiative.

Community Information sessions regarding planning changes

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International Games Day

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It's back again for 2019! See the Unley Town Hall transform into a games paradise with board games, card games, computer and video games, old school arcade games, and more.
Come and join us for a free and fun day of games.
Spend an hour or stay for the whole day. Everyone welcome!

Free entry, drop-in session. No bookings required.

International Games Day
Saturday 23 November, 10am – 3pm
Unley Town Hall

02 November 2019

Suburb of the week: Clarence Park

It was pleasant to see Clarence Park championed by The Advertiser today. They described it as 'community minded, safe area to raise a family, close to the city'.  It also describes the other things that residents already know like the closeness of public transport, near the revamped  and thriving Goodwood village and a great place to get to know your neighbours. It also has some great local primary schools and a lovely kindergarten. Clarence Park enjoys a huge stock of heritage housing but may provide more contemporary living in some streets or west of East Ave. I took some indicative photos this afternoon.

31 October 2019

The story of two palms

Image result for canary palm treeEvery now and again I get a request from a resident that is so compelling that I feel I need to act immediately and try to achieve an outcome that is favourable for this person. Not long ago the friend of a resident approached me about a Canary Island palm in Langdon Ave. This tree, almost inexplicably, is on the Council register of important trees even though it is not significant and id within 10 m of a house. This particular palm has been the roosting and launching site of pigeons and a dwelling place for rats. Council has done maintenance pruning from time to time on request. The problem is that the pigeons have made the life of at least one resident miserable.  After discussion with Council staff it was reiterated that the tree was healthy and would, therefore, not be removed. After discussing the matter with the CEO I  then put a motion to Council this week calling for the Council to support the resident in calling for the removal of the tree. After a lively debate this was  agreed to by Council. At the same time I also asked for  a similar palm to be removed from Culley St.
After these trees are removed they will be replaced by more suitable species and ones with a much larger canopy and more opportunity to shade. And the other good thing is that it may be possible for the trees to be removed and replanted elsewhere to provide instant landscaping.

23 October 2019

Are you sick of your dolomite verge?

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Greening Verges are back for 2019! Unley residents and organisations are now eligible to apply for a Greening Verges Incentive to assist in greening their verge (nature strip).
For a limited number of successful applicants, Council will remove existing dolomite and replace with 100mm depth of soil at no cost, leaving the verges ready for planting.

Applications are available online or hardcopies at the Council Civic Centre. Applications close on Monday 18 November, but don't delay as spots will be allocated on a ‘first qualified in, first served’ basis. 
Please note that applicants must agree to source and pay costs associated with plants, planting the verge and ongoing maintenance.

Council encourages residents to take ownership of their verge areas as this enhances our streetscapes and the kerb appeal of residences throughout the City.
In addition to extra greenery, landscaping a verge contributes in many positive ways by:
  • providing a healthier environment for street trees
  • softening the effect of hard surfaces such as roads and footpaths
  • improving air quality
  • working at natural air conditioners through moisture in leaves
  • reducing stormwater run-off, and
  • providing habitat for small creatures like bees and butterflies.
Need Some Verge Garden Inspiration?

20 October 2019

Heritage and Character Forum

Wed 23rd Oct: 6:30 pm until 8 pm
Eastwood Community Centre, 96 Glen Osmond Rd, Eastwood

This is an opportunity to discuss heritage, character and contributory items in our community directly with David Pisoni and Stephan Knoll
Please let the know if you are attending. RSVP 83734846 or unley@parliament.sa.gov.au 

This forum will allow questions form the floor. If you have not attended one of these so far and you are interested in continued heritage protection in your suburb then attendance is essential.

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19 October 2019

This mornings chat at Rise and Grind

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was a time to catch up with an old friend and to listen to resident concerns. Over the 2 hours I had a chat with five different people. Their concerns were:
  • the use of glyphosate by Council. One person had attended the recent briefing of Council on the topic and was impressed with the presentation on alternate methods and in particular the effectiveness of steam. The other is already convinced that the risk is too great to continue its use. Now this topic is in public arena Chanel 7 did a story on it last night. One suggested that if the Council continues to spray it should alert people coming in contact with it if red dye was added to the liquid. He was also impressed with Councillor questions and buy in on the issue at the briefing
  • one person commented on the condition of the grass at Page Park
  • the other two were interested in traffic management and called for Council to look at lengthening the yellow lines that prevent parking in Forest Ave (at the corner with East Ave), and in Hartland Ave ( near the Aroha Tce corner) and speeding control in Addison Ave
Hope to see you next time, which will be November 16th, 10am to12pm. at Rise and Grind.

13 October 2019

Exploring alternate Weed Management solutions

Image result for steam weed control australiaA workshop to be held tomorrow on the above topic will be open to the public. (6:30 pm ant the Civic Centre). At the workshop Councillors will hear a presentation from the UrbanVirons Group about a trial that they are currently undertaking to manage weeds in an urban setting using steam. Given the recent concerns expressed by our community with the use of Glyphosate this information will be timely. Hopefully, it  it allow the budget process for next financial year to include alternate weed control in some areas of Council.

Museum launch: On Your Bike

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Exhibition Launch Thursday 31st October 5-7pm
Opening on 31st October is our next major exhibition On Your Bike.  
The exhibition explores all things bikes!  With plenty of bikes to see and things to do, you can learn all about the bike and where it came from.  Find out where to ride now and the history of cycling and bikes in South Australia.
With artwork by Jimmy Dodd, an interview with Olympic cyclist Stephanie Morton and things to do like test your power on our generator bike, this exhibition has something for everyone. 
The event is free and open to the public.
31st October, 5-7pm
Unley Museum
80 Edmund Avenue

08 October 2019

You contaminate it then you pay

Image result for contaminated recycling wasteTechnology has improved so much that recyclables can be scanned as they go in the truck. The  load can the be rejected and it will be possible for offenders to be sent warning noticed and/or fined. As most of you are aware China refused to take our recyclables as they were too often contaminated with material that should have gone in either the rubbish or green bin. Some councils are experiencing a contamination  rate as high as 26%. As Council looks at a new waste contract  we must also look at innovative ways to continue to reduce waste, and to recycle well what can be reused. We must also consider emptying the blue bin less often.