19 May 2019

The division of power means nothing to some.

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I received a phone call this week from  dear old lady that lives in Millswood. Her concern was that she had not received the application papers for a postal vote. Being in the middle of  one of my classes when I called her back I said I would help sort it out. As I have Jayne Stimson's number I called her and she promised to have member of her staff drop off the application. This is a great example of all levels of government working together for the common good.

12 May 2019

Sea Sure program a winner

Image result for sea sure program UnleySwimming Centre received an award for its New Australian Swimming Program- “Sea Sure” being named 2019 Program of the year.

“The Sea Sure program is a water safety program for new Australians that has evolved over the past three years and is operated at the Swimming Centre in community partnership with Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA). The goal of the program is to educate and keep all people safe when in and around water”

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported and facilitated this program, a total of 13 City of Unley staff volunteered their time to make this program and award possible- something to truly celebrate and take great pride in.
 For more information click here

King William Rd: Community Information Session

11 May 2019

LED lights to be installed from May 15th

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The installation of Unley’s LED street lights will commence next Monday, May 13.

Installation will start May 13th of the much anticipated LED lighting. All bulbs in residential areas will be changed over in the next couple of months. The workers will start at 7am and finish at 4pm, 5 days a week. If required they may also be working on Saturday's later in the installation schedule. The lights will be much brighter than the existing ones which will, hopefully, improve safety. If you find that the lights are too bright they can individually be fitted with a shield. However, these will be installed only at resident request and the their cost.

05 May 2019

How will Millswood be protected?

Image result for MIllswood BungalowsAs the State Government continues to roll out it's much simplified development plan it is increasingly obvious that at least 12,000 dwellings that have been protected by the use of Heritage Zones rather than individual listings (State or Local heritage protection). Spacious Millswood is one of these zones (Millswood west of Goodwood Rd). The current, and previous level of protection has been such that there is little recent subdivision of blocks and when a building has been demolished as it was irreparable (fire, severer cracking and sometimes neglect) the replacement buildings have been of a high standard and considered to make a better contribution than the original dwelling. As the heritage zone disappears each building will need to be individually listed if the protection is to continue. Unfortunately, the test to have them listed will be much higher than the one to be included in the heritage zone. Many will not make the grade and will, therefore, be probably targeted by developers. There is much work needed to be done on this.

Business Plan Consultation

Each year Council must make important decisions about how to allocate ratepayers funds to the vast range of programs and services it provides via its Annual Business Plan.

Before a council adopts its Annual Business Plan it must prepare a Draft Annual Business Plan and undertake a public consultation process.

The purpose of the Draft 2019-20 Annual Business Plan is to impart understanding of:
  • Services provided by the City of Unley
  • Proposed new initiatives and projects, and
  • The Draft budget for 2019-20.

Ways you can provide feedback

Your feedback will be accepted between Wednesday 1 May and 6pm on Wednesday 29 May. Have your say by:
  • Providing your comments online through Your Say Unley
  • Sending an email with "Draft Annual Business Plan 2019-20" in the subject heading, to pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au
  • Sending a written submission to "Draft Annual Business Plan 2019-20", The City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.

Public meetings

City of Unley staff will be available to discuss the Draft Plan with you at the following public information sessions:
  • Monday 27 May, 10 - 11.30am Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
  • Monday 27 May, 5.30 – 6.30pm Unley Civic Centre (Council Chamber), 181 Unley Road, Unley
  • Tuesday 28 May, 10 – 11.30am Goodwood Library, 101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
  • Tuesday 28 May, 6 – 7.30pm Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest.

What happens next?

Following consultation, the community’s feedback will be provided to Council for consideration prior to finalisation of the plan. For further information, please phone 8372 5111.

King William Rd ready to go!

Image result for King William Rd RedevelopmentThe redevelopment of King William Road is now ready to go. The contract has been signed  and the subcontractors chosen. BMD Construction, who won the contract,  will use the Brethren site on Arthur St as their works depot as well as parking for the people working on the job. This should maximise available parking spaces in the street and near environs for shoppers and diners. The first work you will see will be the closure of the Park St for drainage works. This upgrade has been long in planning, is vital  as the road surface is failing, and will bring new energy to the street when completed (Feb 2020). For the record the pavers that have been sourced by Council are South Australian made.

04 May 2019

Sponsorship for Community Events:Apply now

The Community Event Sponsorship round is open from Wednesday 1 May 2019 and closes Friday 28 June 2019.
Community Event Sponsorship assists individuals, community groups, organisations and not for profit groups to coordinate events that directly benefit the City of Unley community.

For enquiries, phone Council’s Event Management Specialist on 8372 5111 or email pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au
Please download the Community Event Sponsorship Guidelines and Application Form and ensure your application is submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 28 June 2019 (late applications will not be accepted).

Flint promises $250,000 for Millswood Croquet clubrooms.

The current clubrooms that are in need of replacement
In an announcement on Thursday at Millswood Croquet Nicole Flint, The Boothby incumbent, promise to chip in funds toward the much needed clubrooms. Council has put money in the budget  for detailed design that will be spade ready by this time next year. The new plans will be more than adequate but much less than the original proposal. For this to happen, however, Nicole needs to win Boothby and the Liberals need to win the election. At the moments the odds would be about 5:50 for both. Don and I worked hard with our lobbying which, hopefully, went a little way to this announcement.

01 May 2019

Inquiry into Heritage Reform

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The final report into Heritage Reform has been tabled in parliament this week. If you are interested in suggestions for change and protection please click the link below. Unley made a submission to the inquiry on your behalf,


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Life. Unley's Own Returning Home - opens 9 May 2019

In 2017 the City of Unley and Flinders University embarked on a joint project to find out more about the men from Unley who served in the 27th Battalion in WWI.  Honours student Sandra Kearney took up the challenge and spent a year exploring the lives and experiences of the soldiers of the 27th.  
The result is this exhibition, based on the thesis, Unley's Own - Returning Home.  This intimate exhibition explores the personal stories of 15 soldiers of the 27th Australian Infantry Battalion as they returned home to resume their lives after service on the front during WWI. 
Their stories are told through photographs, objects, service records and anecdotal stories shared by their families.
Join us for the launch of this fascinating exhibition and hear from Sandra Kearney about her journey.

Thursday 9th May, 5-7pm
Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley
Light refreshments provided