13 September 2020

Pool has reopened

Jennie Boisvert - Councillor for Clarence Park Ward: Unley Pool looking  good for summer

While the facility will re-open, operations will look different to past years, with several considered and balanced controls being put in place for the safety of our customers and staff. These controls ensure the facility is operating efficiently and consider the current economic climate, whilst ensuring we meet all legislative requirements and set a socially responsible example for our community.

While some of these controls may not initially be welcomed by our patrons, we believe them to be necessary, and they offer Council the flexibility to further relax restrictions, or to tighten them, should this become necessary. The controls are like those which are currently in place at indoor swim centres and will be at other outdoor pools when they reopen soon. We have put a clear communications plan in place to ensure our current members and the wider community remain well informed.

Changes to our regular Swimming Centre re-opening include;

• A COVID-Safe Plan is in place, which stipulates our obligations and requirements, including cleaning protocols and contact tracing.

• Resident clubs, community clubs and all user groups will require a COVID-Safe Plan for their activities.

• On days when attendance at the facility is expected to be above 200, a designated COVID Marshal will be in place.

Memberships from the previous season remain valid up to Sunday 15 November 2020, representing the period of lost time resulting from the early closure March 2020.

• The centre will not accept new members until 15 November 2020, however after this date (conditions permitting) season passes will be sold at a reduced rate based on the time left in season. Multi visit pass sales will also resume. Until this time patrons will still be able to access the facility via the casual admission charges set by the 2020/21 Fees and Charges schedule.

• All patrons will be required to pre-book their visit, with time limits in place - one hour for fitness and two hours for recreation. We have sourced and will be using an online booking system that interfaces with Council’s website and social media platforms. Bookings will be taken for pre-assigned session times and categories (e.g. lap swimming, recreation, rehabilitation and programs classes), with capacity limits in place. Staff will assist patrons who need support with making bookings online.

• Swimming lessons will have capacity limits, and the program will be spread out across a greater area within the facility. The major changes to this program will be communicated in late September, closer to the program’s scheduled start on Monday 12 October 2020.

• The cafĂ© service will be limited to takeaway and packaged items only for customers and there will be no sit-down services offered initially

During the recent closure period we have completed several key capital works projects, which include;

• Installation of a new shade structure spanning the width of the main pool’s shallow end and covering the northern walkway (see picture attached).

10 September 2020

Council likely to reduce number of Councillors

 At a briefing this week we discussed a response for our representation review in line with the intended legislation that will limit the maximum number of Councillors to 12, including the mayor. We have so far discussed reducing to 11+1, 10+1 and 9 +1 arranged as a single electorate,  5 wards with 2 each, 4 wards with 3 or 4 each (or a combination) and 3 wards with 3 each. This matter will be consulted with the public and the results brought back to Council for determination. At  this point I'm favouring 3x3, but can see some benefit in the first option or second options as well.

Parkside Bi-election result

Parkside Ward – Vote 1: Jennifer Bonham for Resilient Neighbourhoods

Jennifer Bonham is Council's newest member as she was elected yesterday. She will fill the vacancy created when Mike Hudson retired a few months ago. Jennifer will be sworn it at the September Council meeting. I wish her all the best and look forward to working with her again. We were both on the Unley DAP  for some time a quite a while ago.

How to save $20million?

In a recent article in the paper they calculated the cost of people not using the correct bins for the weekly pickup. It is estimated and 40% of the contents of the blue is food scraps (much of which was still edible on the day of disposal). These scraps should be placed in the green bin as they are compatible. The contents of this bin goes directly to Jeffries to be composted thus removing the waste from the red bin that Council has to send to landfill at a significant cost to ratepayers. All households in Unleywill soon receive a green caddy and a years supply of compostible bags to further progress process.

03 September 2020

Green Verges: apply now

Greening Verges are back for 2020! 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.
Verge gardening


 Applications are available online or hardcopies at the Council Civic Centre. Applications close on Monday 28 September, 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?

Our display verges at Edmund Avenue showcase a variety of plants and treatments that you could use to transform your verge into an attractive garden feature.
Take a stroll down Edmund Avenue, Unley and be inspired by contemporary, cottage, natural and formal layout examples, including different path ideas. All meet the guidelines of safe plant choices and low plant heights to ensure good sight lines for road users. A matching planting guide with suggested plant species is also available.

26 August 2020

Full Council meeting: August 24th, 2020

 You might find the following of interest?

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  • Mike Turtur Bikeway Consultation Summary: There were over 300 responses to this consultation, most from local residents. Most people are in favour of the resurfacing of the path and also the widening. This will make it faster and safer for both cyclists and walkers. The contentious issue was the removal or trees. Council will be renewing and replacing the vegetation and DIT the pathway. At this stage only 4 trees are likely to be removed. PASSED
  • Unley Civic Precinct-Edmund Ave Cottages-Community Consultation: There were very few community responses but most were in favour and further design work will be completed this year. PASSED
  • Active Aging Document Update: PASSED
  • Recruitment for Council Assessment Panel: While the panel is not due for renewal until next year accreditation changes have meant that at least one existing panel member may not be available when the new code is introduced. A panel was selected and the positions will be advertised soon. PASSED
  • Food Organics Incentives: This is an exciting program that will see Unley subsidized to provide green organics caddy and a year's worth of liners to every house in Unley. The filled bags are compostable and should go in the green bin. PASSED
  • Rent Relief  for Sturt Football Club: This was passed after considerable debate. PASSED
  • Nominations for the Local Government Association; Council have nominated Mayor Keenan to be a member of the group. PASSED but not with the support of all members.
  • Beautification of the Goodwood Rd Underpass: At some point in time someone in government will see this as a priority. Why not now? PASSED

20 August 2020

Delay in planning changes

 The long awaited changes to the planning rules have now, sensibly, been delayed until sometime next year. While these were to be ready to be introduced in July this date was never achievable. Unfortunately, this means that the acknowledgement of the wrong zone for Clarence Park and Back Forest might not be known for quite a while. I remain cautiously optimistic.

Community Grants available


Community grants


Community groups and organisations are invited to apply for grant funding of up to $4,000* through the City of Unley’s Community Grant COVID-19 Response Program.

The purpose of the program is to encourage and support community initiatives that respond to local needs, enhance community wellbeing and quality of life and are of benefit to our residents. 

In the September 2020 round, emphasis will be placed on supporting initiatives that assist the community to respond and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 situation. Applicants will need to demonstrate how their project will address the impact of COVID-19 by contributing to positive physical, social and mental wellbeing outcomes. 

If you have any questions regarding the program, eligibility of your project or how to apply, please contact the City of Unley on 8372 5111 and ask to speak with the Cultural Development Coordinator.

The closing date for the current round is Wednesday 30 September 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. 

*Individuals must be working on a project in collaboration with an auspice (either a local community group or organisation) to handle any funding received from the grant. Projects and/or programs that commence prior to 1 December 2020 are not eligible and will not be funded.

16 August 2020

Pedestrian crossing on East Avenue

 The Council approved  a pedestrian crossing (not signalised) in front of  Rise and Grind as part of the desired outcome of last year's Local Area Traffic Management Plan. However, this crossing will cause the loss of several car parks and there is increasing pressure for this crossing not to be constructed. If you have recently had a coffee at Rise and Grind you may have been asked to sign a petition to this effect. I encourage you do do so. If you would like the extra protection that such a crossing will provide then I encourage you to let me know?

06 August 2020

Six to contest Parkside by-election


At the close of nominations, for Parkside Ward, at 12 noon on Thursday 6 August 2020, a total of six nominations were received and accepted for the supplementary election. In accordance with the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, a draw was held after the close of nominations to determine the order in which names of candidates would appear on the ballot paper and the result of the draw was as follows:






BONHAM, Jennifer 

Fewer elected members at the 2022 election!

Pending legislation will require there to be 12 or less elected members to sit on any council. As Unley currently has 13 members there will need to be change. The role of Mayor will continue as an elected at large position which  leaves space for 11 or less councillors. We  as councillors will make  a recommendation to be consulted with residents later in the year. Current theory on boards is that they work best with 7-9 members. So decisions will need to be made  about reducing the number of wards, the number of people needed in each ward or if we need wards at all. Suggestions range from 5 wards with 2 members each to 3 wards with 3 members each. 


28 July 2020

Your Say: Animal Management Plan

The  Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 is currently under development and will include your greater involvement and endorsement over the coming months.

As a prelude to that involvement, Council has already started collecting information from our community in the form of a Survey.  The aim of this Survey is to review the existing provisions for dogs within the City of Unley’s parks, reserves, and sporting ovals, including on-leash, off-leash and dog prohibited areas.

 The Survey focuses on dog provisions in the following types of public open space:

Public open space

Existing dog provisions

Sporting ovals

Off-leash at all times, except during sporting activities

Parks with time-share arrangements

On-leash between 10 am - 5 pm, daily

Parks with different zones in the same park

Parks with a combination of off-leash,
on-leash or dogs prohibited areas

Local parks/reserves

Dogs on-leash at all times

Fenced/unfenced children’s playgrounds

Dogs prohibited at all times – fenced

Dogs prohibited within 3 metres - unfenced


The Survey will be open until the 18 August 2020 and will be promoted through social media and through signage which is to be placed at parks, reserves and sporting ovals.



26 July 2020

Full Council meeting, July 27th, 2020

The following may be of interest:
  • 2020-21 Annual Business Plan: This has taken a lot of planning and has taken some hits as far as income is concerned and  consequent changes.  The highlights are:
  1. Rate increase of 0%
  2. Growth rate of .7%
  3. Projected surplus of $1.3m
  4. Operating projects of $0.7m
  5. Renewal of Capital Works of  $7.6m
  6. New Capital works of $2.7m
  7. No new borrowings
  8. Maintaining existing services
Key environmental items include tree planting, greening verges,water wells, a Climate Energy Plan, flood hazard policy update and climate change resilience programs. Council will continue to host a staged start for the Tour Down Under but the Gourmet Gala has been cancelled.
  • 2020-21 Long Term Financial Plan:
  • Millswood Sporting Complex-Millswood Croquet-New Clubrooms: The concept design is now complete and needs Council approval to  undertake community consultation. This plan is exiting for the club and it's members. (see separate blog for the design concept)
  • Animal Management Plan: This report is an update on what has been achieved in the final year of a 4 year plan:While the percentage of trained dogs and  registered dogs have not met target the use use of an electronic database has been successful as has been highly regarded.
  • Conservation Grants 2019-20: Council offers grants to assist with the restoration of heritage protected buildings,: grant applications totally nearly $45,000 have been recommended. Many of the properties were in Clarence Park. Grants were also given for pruning significant trees.
  • Request for Rate Relief- Sturt Football Club: Sturt like many businesses has taken a fall in revenue during COVID-19 and are asking for fee  and rate relief up to  nearly $20,000.
  • Financial Measures to Meet Tree Canopy Target: Council continues to grapple with a realistic and fair way to encourage more trees to be planted on private land.
  • Statutes Amended (Local Government Review) Bill 2020: Council will consider the range of changes proposed in the current bill that is before the parliament; these include fewer councillors, better ways to manage poor behavior and rate capping. It has some good things but a few of the obvious and necessary changes have been overlooked; these being compulsory voting and on-line voting which would make an historic change for the better rather that fiddling with the edges.
  • Centennial Park Cemetery Authority Charter:
  • Centennial Park_Liability Guarantee Fee 2020: CONFIDENTIAL
  • Appointment of Members to Brown Hill Creek Stormwater Board: CONFIDENTIAL
  • Assessment of CEO's 2019-20 Key Performance Indicators: CONFIDENTIAL

12 July 2020

Your Say on the Edmund Ave cottages

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Council is now asking residents to comment on the proposed upgrades to the Edmund Ave cottages. These are the cottages, that include the Unley Museum that border the Village Green. Following public disquiet about potential uses of the Green a working party selected from interested residents was convened. This group have worked tirelessly on new ideas and updates that could could enhance the area. This proposal meets their  expectations and is  supported by them and Council. Please take the time to read the information and let Council know what you think?

06 July 2020

When it comes to microchipping, don’t forget your cat.

New Dog and Cat Laws from 1 July 2018 | Andersons Solicitors

Microchipping is compulsory

Microchipping is mandatory by law, and all microchip information must be recorded online. Remember to keep the personal details linked to your cat’s chip up to date. For example, if you move to a new house or change phone numbers, you must update your information on Dogs and Cats Online.

Who can microchip your pet?

By law, only a qualified implanter can microchip a dog or cat.

Arrange for your cat to be microchipped by a vet or book into a nearby Chip Blitz microchipping day. Chip Blitz offer an affordable service at just $10 per pet and hold microchipping events across Adelaide. Visit the ChipBlitz website to find an upcoming location near you.

What They have Heard: but will they make the change?

Row housing ELEVATION design - GharExpert

Late in June the What We Heard Report was finally released. A link to it can be found here. To summarise they received 1790 applications of which 1414 were from the general public. It would seem that Black Forest and Clarence Park( west) residents have been heard it that the report acknowledges that the Technical Numeric Variations were not seen to have been applied fairly and that the conversion of many suburbs to General Neighbourhood zones instead of Suburban Neighbourhood zones was not well received in Council areas such as Unley. Also mentioned were an overwhelming desire to retain 1700 mm sill heights and for the increased tree canopy measures. The implementation of changes (hopefully consistent with consultation) will now not be implemented until December, at the earliest. For now we can do little more than wait and hope that common sense will prevail.

28 June 2020

Full Council meeting June 23rd, 2020

You might find the following of interest:

Resident's Toolkit – Traffic Control Device Local Area Traffic ...

  • Weller St Bicycle route, proposed slow points: In 2018 Council approved the slow points after extensive consultation with the community. However, the improvements were delayed until the completion of the King William Road upgrade. Following a deputation from a resident (against the development) and a resident (for the development) Council unanimously decided to continue with the works. The finished  treatments will look like the one's in Wood Street.
  • Unley Civic Precinct_Edmund Ave cottages development- Concept design: The Council voted to proceed to detailed design.
  • Beehives and native bee hotels: Unfortunately, Council have delayed a decision on this as some councillors did not think that  the chosen location of the bee hive, the Unley Community  Centre, was appropriate and need further investigation. The hotels will be installed at Soutar Park.
  • Initiation of a representation review: This must be done every eight years and is due to be undertaken this year. New legislation before the parliament is likely to call for a maximum of 12 elected members on any one council. Unley currently has 13. There are plenty of alternate options, the easiest would be to elected councilors from the existing ward structure and for them to choose the mayor. We can change the ward structure to have 5 wards with 2 councillors from each ward or even erase the ward structure altogether  and elect councillors and the mayor at large. Slightly more innovative would see 3 wards and each ward elect 3 councilors.
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Safer crossing at Clarence Park station.

 Don and I will be meeting with Jayne Stinson, Member for Badcoe within the next couple of weeks to  get her support to lobby for safety improvements at the pedestrian crossings. Before the electrification of the train line there was a locked gate at the crossing when  a train was near the station. This was removed at that time leaving people, especially children, vulnerable as they cross the line. Hopefully, we can get this back on the state government agenda?
Clarence Park railway station - Wikipedia