23 March 2019

Inside the gates of Centennial Park; something different

Centennial Park is a symbolic place where family, friends and future generations can visit to express their deepest thoughts and feelings about the life of a loved one. It is a place that connects people through a rich tapestry of beautiful gardens, services, events and stories. 

Cafe Design Revealed 

Our plans to build a beautiful cafe and function space are really taking shape.
Our architects considered a range of inputs when developing the design. The result - a simple, uplifting space that is open, welcoming and full of light. 

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Present Box Book Launch 

Tuesday 9 April, 6pm
A warm and gentle way of introducing all the components of a funeral to a young child.

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Yoga For Health 

Friday 15 March, 7am
‘Yoga for Health’ – Embracing Life at Centennial Park.
Beginning the day with some form of gentle movement and calm breathing has been shown to reduce stress, inflammation and increase physical and mental resilience.

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Planning Ahead Seminar 

Wednesday 3 April 10am 
We at Centennial Park, along with legal experts, Julie Height and Karina Huddleston from DBH Lawyers, will be providing a free seminar to equip you with information on;
• Wills and Estates
• Advanced Care Directives
• Nominating Powers of Attorney

Tai Chi In The Park  

Saturday 6 April, 10am 
Join us for a relaxing morning of Tai Chi in the Park. Facilitated by the Chinese Welfare Services, join us in this ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety. 
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Full Council meting: March 25th 2019

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The following items may be of interest:

  • Nominations for various outside Committees;
  • Designated Smoke Free Spaces;This motion seeks to ensure that smoking cannot legally occur within fenced playgrounds. I was shocked late last year to find that there were areas at both the Dora Guild Playground and the Princess Margaret Playground had areas in which people could legally smoke. After much work from Council staff this motion will keep 20 fenced playgrounds in Unley Smoke fee
  • Canopy Improvement Action Plan; This plan outlines a range of strategies that Unley can use to improve tree canopy.
  • Mainstreet Association Marketing Fund Requests: Council collects a separate rate for businesses in the Mainstreets. Moneys to be raised include $113000 for Unley Rd, $147,00 for King William Rd, $13,000 for Fullarton Rd and $57,000 for Goodwood Rd
  • Civic Precinct Working Group: Update;  This group has been working on a strategy and concept development to improve the Village Green area. New ideas include irrigation, more footways, more attractive fencing on Rugby St, event power services, Way finding signage and improved landscaping.

21 March 2019

Harmony Day

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Today being 21st March is officially Australia's Harmony Day, which celebrates cultural diversity and promotes acceptance, inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all, regardless of cultural, religious and/or linguistic background.

The continuing message of Harmony Day is 'Everyone Belongs', and given the recent Christchurch events it seems more important than ever to share this message, pause and reflect on our personal and collective values and embrace differences by celebrating the many, many benefits that cultural diversity brings to our communities.

The City of Unley, Harmony Day has been celebrated throughout this week and have connected with 220 local school students from 9 schools to provide a series of thoughtful and inspiring activities.  These have included performances by ActNow Theatre and Reconciliation SA on racism and “Generation of Change”, along with a free community screening of the incredibly moving Australian film, Jasper Jones 

Ignite Unley Outdoor Cinema events.

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Ignite Unley  - African theme featuring movie “Khumba” - This Friday 22 March from 6pm (rescheduled 14 Dec event that was postponed due to rain)
Village Green
Join the City of Unley and the African Communities Council of SA as we present an evening of traditional African festivities. At 6pm the Village Green will come alive with authentic African food, interactive African drumming performances, singing, traditional African games, free face painting and entertainment for the kids with the movie “Khumba” screening at sunset. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite African animal.

Ignite Unley  - Chinese theme featuring the movie “Kung Fu Panda 3” - Friday 12 April 4pm – note new date and time
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Join the City of Unley and the Confucius Institute to celebrate United Nations Chinese Language Day on Friday 12 April.  From 4pm the Village Green will come alive with free activities for kids, authentic food, live music, and the family favourite “Kung Fu Panda 3” screened at sunset (approx. 6.15pm). Bring a picnic rug, celebrate the start of the school holidays and experience “Kung Fu Panda” on the Village Green.

17 March 2019

Budget deliberations

Image result for Road markings Unley UnleyIt has come to that time in the year when Council must start considering the many projects suggested by staff, the community and themselves. Despite comments late last year that we do deals among ourselves as far as I am aware that has never been the case. But we must consider each on its merit. Last months Council passed a resolution that the rate rise should be within 1% of CPI and staff have worked toward this end. My only issue with this is that we may be tempted to make a decision that would increase borrowings to complete projects rather than use  recurrent funding (this year's rates). It easy to appropriately borrow to do the upgrade of King William Rd or the Goodwood Oval grandstand both of which are large, multi generation capital works. The problem is with some  upgrades that may include things such as signage and painting lines on roads: the yellow lines will need repainting in a year or two.

New facilities at Unley Oval opened

It was great to attend the opening of the new facilities at Unley Oval yesterday. Unley Council contributed $1.8 million to the project with other moneys from the Sturt Football Club and The state government with money to upgrade facilities for women's football. The event was met by a significant protest group as money for projects such as these are currently not on the current government's agenda.

Booksellers Fair: July 21st


Adelaide Secondhand Booksellers Fair - July 2019

16 March 2019

Harmony Day: Movie Night

Harmony Day: Movie Night

In the spirit of Harmony Day we're saying 'welcome' and inviting you all over to our place next week to watch a movie. We'll get the snacks! We're watching the film adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel, Jasper Jones. This gripping novel is full of love, loss, teenage angst and the challenges of living in a multicultural society. Complimentary Curler Moe's Popcorn and Bush Tucker Ice Cream.

Please note: The movie is rated M (recommended for mature audiences). This film contains material that requires a mature perspective.The content is moderate.

Free event, bookings essential. Book online or phone 8372 5100.

13 March 2019

11 March 2019

Would scooters be good for Unley?

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On reading the paper this week there was a call to consider re-licensing Lime for an extended period of time. If this included a larger slice of Adelaide that included Unley would it be just what we needed or just not necessary?

10 March 2019

Conservation Zones at risk!

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At risk!!

I have just spent some tome reading Mark Parnell's address to the parliament in support of his amendment to the Planning Act that allowed the state government to introduce its Planning Code to override Unley's Development Plan (all Councils). While the new code is likely to protect specifically listed places it may not protect the thousands of homes that are protected in the Heritage Conservation Zones. These include Millswood (west of Goodwood Rd) and some of Goodwood. The current act only allows for the continuation of protection if 51% of landowners agree to the continued listing. As well as this, Unley's zones are protected by listing the non-contributory items and  protects the rest by omission. Interestingly none of these properties are included in the 12,000 places that the state government believe could be protected. There is now a groundswell of people who are working  to get landowners knowledgeable and onside. To this end the people who live in these homes, or own them, will soon receive a letter explaining the situation. This will not be a time to sit back if you love how these zones look now!

03 March 2019

Fish Tank

Fish Tank 2019 is an exciting program designed to engage, support, celebrate and invest in the young people of Unley. Young people aged 12-25 who live, work, study or play in the City of Unley will be invited to participate, with the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their business ideas to a panel of industry judges.

Applications are now open for the opportunity to pitch your business idea to the Fish Tank. You could win a prize package that will help grow your business! Applications close 18 March 2019. Visit www.unley.sa.gov.au/fish-tank to submit your business idea.

Saturday 9 March 2019, 1pm – 4pm, Fullarton Park Community Centre.  
Learn from business leaders and young entrepreneurs, and develop your own business idea. Open to all young people aged 12-25 who live, work, study or play in the City of Unley. Registrations essential to Laura De Bono, ldebono@unley.sa.gov.au or (08) 8372 5111 by Wednesday 6 March 2019.

Visit www.unley.sa.gov.au/fish-tank for terms & conditions, FAQ’s, prize package details and further information. Alternatively please contact Laura De Bono, Community Development Project Officer-Youth at ldebono@unley.sa.gov.au or (08) 8372 5111.