19 February 2020

Help stop the planning nightmare!

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Submissions to DPTI close Feb 28th
We have had a wonderful response so far from residents regarding writing submissions to DPTI concerning proposed planning changes for Black Forest and Clarence Park (west of East Ave). This has been a great examples or residents working with each other to get the zoning they want for their neighbourhood. Following the public meeting late in January residents have designed templates, met with neighbours, knocked on doors, collected written submissions and have obtained an amazing result. Nevertheless, there is time for more people to get mobilized. you need to write about.

  • Sites changed  350m² to 300m² (or down to 200m² for row housing) 
  • Setbacks have been drastically reduced
  • The changes that the draft indicates would allow for most sites a 3 for 1 redevelopment opportunity.  In many cases, particularly corner sites, this grows to 4 for 1 or more
  • Loss of parking
  • That the current RB350 zone be transitioned into the Suburban Neighbourhood Zone that will enable block sizes to remain unchanged .

You might also find this link useful?  crussell5.wordpress.com 

š Email to DPTI.PlanningReformSubmissions@sa.gov.au   


15 February 2020

Harmony Day celebrations

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Unley Libraries will be celebrating Harmony Week 2020 on Thursday March 12, from 7-8.30pm in the Unley Town Hall.  This year we are presenting a talk with local author Victoria Purman, and a panel discussion led by City of Unley’s Cultural Development Coordinator, Matthew Ives.

The Last of the Bonegilla Girls’ is set in 1950s country Victoria and central to the story is the migrant camp Bonegilla. Matthew will discuss Victoria’s book and then invite Catherine Manning from the Migration Museum, along with two contemporary arrivals to Australia, to discuss the differences and similarities faced by 1950s migrants and today’s new Australian’s. We would love to see you there, if you would like to be part of the audience please let me know and I will secure your seat.

In addition to this our Literacy and Learning Team will be hosting special Storytime sessions on the 10th and 12th March at Unley Civic and Goodwood Libraries for our community with the theme of friendship.  Over the past few years we have also worked with ActNow Theatre to bring two special presentations aimed at school aged children.  Due to the success and high demand from schools, we will be building on the past few years and again invite local schools from years 2-4 and years 8-10 to participate in our special performance of Like Me, Like You and Generations of Change Congress run by ActNow Theatre.

09 February 2020

Gagging orders are not OK

I read with dismay this week that Adelaide City Councilors were not allowed to do anything but raise questions of staff at a Committee Meeting. It has always been my understanding that the purpose of a committee meeting was to debate officer's reports on various topics and come to a decision that would later be endorsed by Council and the acted upon by staff. Asking questions certainly is useful in getting clarification or further information from staff before the debate begins. At the debating stage motions are moved, amended, refused or approved. Occasionally a further motion is put if the first one fails. At the point this comes to Council sometimes the matter no longer needs to be debated but often it does. Gagging Councillors at the Committee stage means the full debate will be held in the Council chamber which may be lengthy and time consuming in some cases.

08 February 2020

Parliament to extend implementation deadline by 3 months

Yesterday the Liberal Party announced that they had heard at least some of what you all have been saying regarding the implementation of the new Planning Code. They will introduce a bill to the parliament next week. This will give DPTI more time to review submissions and to ensure that all alterations can be made before implementation. Please continue to get your submissions on the Code into them.

05 February 2020

Tree to be protected at Goodwood Grandstand demolition and build

Residents bought to my attention this week that the cork tree to the south of the grandstand was covered in builders material and there did not seem to be a tree protection zone in place. The significant tree north of the site has an exclusion zone fenced. It is my understanding that the cork tree will be fully fenced tomorrow.







01 February 2020

Kaufland: what's next?

Image result for kaufland adelaideAs you will be aware Kaufland is withdrawing from the Australian market. This has left many residents nervous about what will happen next on the site.  My information is that there is still some asbestos that needs removing as well as a structure that remains standing. These should be removed and the site tidied up by the middle of February. There are ongoing discussions regarding dust control. At this  stage it seems that no decisions have been made regarding the sale or future use of the site. It remains zoned for high rise housing but this could change as any buyer could put an application directly to the state government and Council could be left out of the process.

Community Grants: applications open now


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Community groups, organisations and individuals are invited to apply for grant funding of up to $4,000 through the City of Unley’s Community Grant Program to support innovative and diverse projects and local initiatives that improve the wellbeing, quality of life, community participation and life skills of residents in the Unley community.

To be eligible for funding an applicant must be located in the Unley local government area and/or be principally providing services to residents of the Unley Council community.

Further information can be obtained from the guidelines and application form on our website unley.sa.gov.au/community-grants or by contacting Matthew Ives or Sally McIntosh on 8372 5111.  Afternoon or evening workshops are an option for those groups and individuals who would like assistance with their applications. For more information on workshop sessions, phone 8372 5108.

Applications close 5pm on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

29 January 2020

Council Meeting: Jan 28th 2020

Image result for edmund ave unley saYou might find the following of interest: 

  • Civic precinct/Concept Designs: Council have approved, after extensive work with the community, the use of an architect to draw concept plan for a regeneration of the existing buildings on Edmund Ave. They are all protected by heritage controls and demolition will not be an option on the table.
  • Expression of interest for Tour Dow Under Stage Start in 2021: I understand that this went well again this year and continuance is desirable
  • 150th Celebrations; Unley is 150  years old next year and council are working through a range of ideas and ways to celebrate this. 
  • Page Park Turf Assessment: The report recognised that the park was well used and that dogs may be part of the problem. However, a greater concern was that the watering system is aged, inefficient and needs replacing
  • Unley Oval Upgrade: (CONFIDENTIAL)
  • Property Acquisition: (CONFIDENTIAL)
  • Tree Prosecution-Future Action (CONFIDENTIAL)

28 January 2020

Time to write your submission

By now residents  have been letter boxed, met one one with either Don or I, had an opportunity to attend a public meeting, met with each other or been door knocked by fellow residents or myself and gathered information about the proposed zone changes for Black Forest and Clarence Park (west)I have also started getting responses from people as they send their submissions to DPTI. There are a few key messages that your submission needs to have. These are:

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  • That the site area should remain at 350m and not be changed to 300m
  • Setbacks should remain unchanged
  • That this will result in unnecessary over development
  • That sill heights remain at 1700mm to limit overlooking
  • That garage/carport widths should remain at 30% or less
  • That you wish to be transitioned to a Suburban Neighbourhood Zone.
  • That Council should remain the preferred driver for development amendments should they be required
  • That the current July1st deadline will force hasty and poor decisions.


Now is the time to write your submission to :


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27 January 2020

Conservation grants

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Conservation Grants are open for application from Monday 20th January and closing Friday 7th February 2020.  All information including the application form and Policy is now on our website :


If you live in a heritage listed property or a Heritage Conservation Zone and you need conservation work done on you property (includes houses and trees) then this may make it a little more affordable.

25 January 2020

Resident meeting successful

PDC in Black ForestThe rezoning meeting planned for the 24th was a resounding success with over 90 people attending. Don and I outlined the reasons for rezoning and the affects that this will have on the building stock. I have spent today getting a database together and emailing the presentation and proforma submission that attendees thought would be useful to reinforce our message. We're hoping now that individuals will champion the cause in their streets to boost the number of  responses. if you would like these documents please let me know.

23 January 2020

Friday for a Cause

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Is an initiative operated annually, its purpose being to promote the health and wellbeing of
the local community and encourage increased attendance to the Unley Swimming Centre,
while supporting a charitable cause impacting our community. This year Friday for a cause
will operate from Friday 7nd February to Friday 24th April with entry being a gold coin
contribution between 4:30pm to 8:00pm on Friday evenings. Council is excited to announce this
year’s beneficiary as Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Cure4CF).

19 January 2020

What does 300 mean for you?


  • Smaller block sizes
  • easier subdivision
  • 2 for ones will become 3 for ones
  • Triple level flats and three storey town houses
  • More overlooking
Please make the time to attend the meeting on the 24th Jan at the Clarence Park Community Centre at 7pm (Clarence Room) to find out what you can do to stop the rezoning that is threatening Clarence Park (west of East Ave) and Black Forest.