10 August 2019

Scomo to ban export of our waste

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In a new development yesterday the Prime Minister announced that sending our recycling waste overseas for processing was a practice that had to cease. What this will do to the price Councils get for this waste product is yet to be determined. Of the 4.5 million tonnes of waste exported only 12% is eventually recycled and yet all of the waste (paper, plastic and glass) is potentially reusable waste.   What this means for all of us is that we must be trying harder to reduce the amount of product that we use and that industry must develop in Australia to more innovative in the way this material can be processed. Using the $2.8 billion  currently paid for shipping alone will be a good start.

Vacancies on King Wiliam Rd

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Despite media claims there are just 10 vacant shops on KWR (Arthur to Mitchell). Some of the shops where trading has ceased have already been let. Leading up to the works 22 vacancies existed. The vacancies that actually occurred during construction had been determined long before the construction started. This means that many of the shops that appear vacant have been re-let and are in various states of refurbishment. It would seem that there is great optimism from  new tenants about how good the trading environment will be on completion.


05 August 2019

Accountability, transparency, cutting red tape, improved conduct

Suggested Local Government reform includes the above headings. While some reforms are overdue many of the suggestions (from those printed in the paper) should not be enacted. The paper is currently open for public comment at www.yoursay.sa.gov.au . Here's my summary:

  • Crack down on poor behaviour but dealt with at Council level
  • Fewer Councillors in some Councils: Unley might be well served with 9 members (3 per each of three wards)
  • On line voting
  • Compulsory voting
  • Landlords automatically on roll


  • Independent review of CEO salaries
  • Local Government Commissioner
  • Longer term for Lord Mayors
  • Mayors given a vote on all matters: does this mean an ordinary and deliberative vote? While accountability would be good to votes are not OK
Please take the time to read the report and make your comments, I will be

04 August 2019

Local Area Traffic Management Plan, last day!

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Parking changes are proposed here.

Tomorrow  (5th August) is the last day to respond to the Clarence Park LATM. The very well attended Community drop in on Monday saw people given an opportunity to discuss options with staff, with themselves and with their Councillors (Don and me). I was ready to listen to what people had to say, to respond to questions and to discuss premises and outcomes. There was mixed opinions about the best option for Clarence Park itself. Many thought that doing nothing may be the best outcome. This would be a similar outcome to the Byron Rd consultation a few years ago. There were also people concerned about the proposed change of right of way at the junction of  Home, Ripon  and Lorraine Aves. People  seemed generally happy with the more rigid parking restrictions near Goodwood Oval. I did not speak to anyone who was concerned about the  proposed Aroha Tce changes near the shops