12 September 2021
29 August 2021
As you are aware we meet every three months for a update from staff regarding items/issue in the ward. This week we discussed:
- Millswood Croquet clubrooms: These are proceeding and have gone to tender. Approval for a slightly larger footprint is being applied for as a development amendment. The club will fund the extras.
- Goodwood Oval: the replacement of the dog bowl near the new construction and the perceived increased noise from the sirens during games: At public request the dog bowl that was removed during construction of the grandstand will be replaced near the toilet are. Council will also determine if the more frequent sirens from the oval (as there are more games) are too loud.
- Redevelopment of Mills St: The drainage works are about to be commenced. The rebuilding of the street will start soon after the completion of the drainage works. This is a project that has been fought hard for and long awaited by residents.
- Status of the Goodwood Oval hockey ground: Council will soon consult the community to see what they want in this area if and when the hockey depart.
- Leasing of Page Park tennis courts: Headstart have been allowed to trial a youth program at the courts. This will mostly be in an after school timeslot.
- Turf at Page Park: The new turf looks pretty tired. Staff are hoping to see a recovery with warmer weather and watering
- Parking near the Clarence Park kindergarten: This remains a concern. Staff believe that there is plenty of unrestricted parking available in Kelvin Ave for long term parking.
- Leases at Goodwood Oval: These will be discussed by councillors at a briefing on Sept 20th.
- Commuter parking in Aroha Tce and surrounding streets: This issue seems never to resolved as more people opt to park in these streets and commute to the city.
- Stormwater management: Home Rd will be designed in 2021 and constructed in 2022, Wilson Ave will be done soon and Hammond St will be designed and constructed this financial year.
Before our rally last Saturday both political parties had agree to fund an upgrade of Clarence Park Station worth at least $1.6 million. These upgrades will include better safety devices, changes to the ramps and a better looking station. It was great to see bi-partisan support. For the Liberals this will come from the $99 million already committed, if re-elected, to upgrades and for Labor an election promise. There is also money in the Liberal party's promise for Goodwood Station.
You might find the following of interest?
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- Petition re 11 Addison Ave: Over 270 residents have asked that the Council purchase a portion of 11 Addison Ave to save the lemon scented gum and to allow for further plantings of trees with the potential to become significant.
- Culross Ave Traffic Management Assessment: The residents in this street feel that their amenity has been compromised by intense development on or near Fullarton Rd. While the report argued that a road closure was not necessary the Council decided to further investigate.
- Conservation Grant Policy Review: This policy will incorporate both significant and regulated trees (for pruning) and contributory houses in conservation zones.
- Community Event Sponsorship:10 applications will be full or partially funded; these include money for the Goodwood Saints to run a family fun day at Goodwood Oval and money toward a spring festival at Goodwood Primary School.
- Animal Management Plan: this was an update matched with intended goals.
- Single Use Plastic Bags Update: This was also an update, Council will meet for a briefing next week to discuss ways forward.
- Unley Oval Stage 2 Development: Council agreed for this to go ahead as it is now fully funded with additional monies from the Federal government and the Sturt Football Club.
- Outdoor Dining Permit Fees: These will be scrapped for this financial year
- Front Boundary Hedges: This report will be the start of developing a policy that is manageable and will reduce the incident of infringing hedges.
- Property Acquisition: CONFIDENTIAL
14 August 2021
Yes it is a new newsletter even though it says April at the top. It seems that it doesn't matter how often you check things you can always miss the obvious. While I'm pretty good at making mistakes myself this one belongs to Don who accidently sent the printers a draft that was not the final one. It makes a good read anyway.
27 July 2021
You might be interested in the following:
- Dog Waste Bins: This report called for a cost/benefit analysis of changing to compostable bags PASSED
- Waste Management Resource Recovery: This plan was to be endorsed. It is a comprehensive document that will vastly improve waste management in the city. PASSED
- Clarence Park Community Centre Management and Partnering Agreement: This agreement is up for review. It seems both parties are relatively happy wit how it is currently working. I asked that further research be done into how to better fund The Shed. PASSED
- Green Adelaide-Invitation to Support Programs: Green Adelaide replaced the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. With a shorter name and invigoration they seem to be working wonders already. PASSED
- Artificial Turf and Nature Strips; Council decided to continue the ban on artificial turf on verges as it adds considerably to the heat-load in the city on hot days. It can be 10 degrees hotter than bitumen. PASSED
- Elector Representation Review: once again we need to know that after 2 previous tries we would like to stick with what we have. I think that slightly smaller governance would be good. If you don't want this you'll have to let us know again. PASSED
25 July 2021
17 July 2021
Recently, I was asked how they can know when their street is scheduled to be swept? Streets are supposed to be swept on a 6 weekly rotation. While playing around on the Council website, which has a search engine that is particularly troublesome, I discovered the following. If you search for the day that your bins will be emptied you will see a screen that will also tell you what day your street will be swept. You need to put Rubbish Collection Date in the space and then your street address. The screen will look like this:
Published in this week's Eastern Herald.
Councillors are elected because they are people who will act responsibly, have an interest in the Council area, working with people and problem solving.
We get voted into the job and we vote on every decision that needs to be made at Council.
I’d like to explore in this article what goes into making that decision.
Many matters are raised by residents, followed up my questions on notice, a motion on notice and then debated at Council. But what evidence do we look for in making these decisions? At last month’s Council meeting we had three decisions that were likely to be contentious. The first was to progress a Sensory Garden (to be donated by a well-meaning Rotary club) to consultation and design following this consultation. We received maybe a dozen emails from residents aghast at the concept and there were 20-25 residents at the meeting when there’s usually only a few. The alternate motion to not proceed was resoundly supported.
Later in the same evening we considered The Climate and Energy Plan for which there were quite a few submissions including one with 70+ signatures. When it came to debating the plan an alternate motion was put to Councillors that we had not had time to consider the implication of bringing forward Carbon neutrality to 2022 from the proposed 2030. After much debate this motion was passed but not unanimously. I was taken aback that while we had all considered the people present, we had trouble determining the value of double that number when in a written submission.
Again, on the same evening we had to again vote on the number of elected members Council would have moving forward. We went out to consultation suggesting 10+1, two less that we now have. In the meantime, the parliament deleted a clause from legislation that would now allow 13 people on Council, so it was now legally possible to keep the status quo. With only a handful of representations (34) we made a decision to stay as we are. With just .12% of the ratepayers having a say we changed our minds even though the majority of these favoured a smaller Council. What would have been the result if the losing side had gathered a few friends to attend the meeting! The research is clear smaller council numbers made better decisions.
In recent decisions that have gone to consultation Council received 3 responses for The Budget, 21 for the Cultural Plan and 173 for The Living Well Plan. We need to generate more ways to make consultation authentic, informative if we are to make decisions based on the results.
11 July 2021
The good news is that the government has at last agreed to fund the bikeway to align with the overpass at Goodwood. After announcing that this would happen quite a while ago and acquiring at least one this project is going to be funded. Last week I caught the train at Goodwood and was reminded one again that the underpass tunnel at the station is woefully inadequate, dangerous and unsafe.
While I rarely get comments about the good stuff that happens when things go wrong it is a different matter. As most people are aware the MTB is being upgraded between Goodwood Rd and KWR. This upgrade was long overdue and many were looking forward to using it. DIT were to upgrade the path and Council will replace and maintain the landscaping.
What could go wrong?
When preparing the surface the bull dozers were a little over zealous and additional trees need to be removed (DIT is not required by law to seek the same approvals for removals others would)
The path is taking a very long time to complete.
The finished work appears to not be flat or even.
Both Rogers and Almond street surface and signage have been damaged.
Access to the tram stop at Wayville has been difficult and somewhat muddy.
The City of Unley is officially becoming a “Gig City”.
We have been successful in our application to join of the South Australian GigCity Network (gigcity.com.au), the first such network in Australia. Unley will be connected to the broader innovation network that includes high-tech innovation and co-working spaces including Lot Fourteen and the Tonsley Innovation Precinct.
09 July 2021
I met with Carolyn Power and Vickie Chapman at Rise and Grind on Tuesday morning. Also in attendance were The Mayor and CEO. Items discussed were both Clarence Park centric or would involve the entire city. These included:
- Safety at Clarence Park Station pedestrian crossings
- South Rd motorway and its affect on residents and housing acquisitions
- Cross Rd and its potential upgrade for bigger trucks. I was assured that the preferred option will still be Portrush Rd. The Liberal party are still very keen to see a diversion from Murray Bridge for heavy vehicles.
- Secondary school access for Year 7's
- Funding for additional building works for Millswood Croquet
- Speeding up the upgrade of Brown Hill Creek ( State government tipping in more money)
- Funding the LIDAR date that gives an accurate picture of our tree cover.
20 June 2021
From the week's Eastern Herald:
Again this week I have read that spiralling house prices will mean that your council rates will spiral as well. Most responsible councils first make a decision about how much money they need to provide the projects that their community wants and then set the rate in the dollar to achieve this. If nearly all house prices have risen 5% in your city in the last 12 months and your council needs a 5% rate rise to achieve the above your rates will go up 5% with no rate in the dollar change. If, however, your council wants to raise the rates by only 2.25% then the rate in the dollar is reduced so that this is the amount you pay. If, however, your valuation has gone up by more than the average you will still pay more and if it has risen less you will pay less. The current dilemma facing Unley is that while house prices have gone up, commercial values have gone down. As a separate rate is set for these properties then achieving an equitable increase for these is not easy. It easy to tell a ratepayer that your rates are up because council must cover even small inflation changes, but a little more difficult to tell a shopkeeper, to whom the landlord has passed on the bill, that the rent is the same (not council’s fault as this will be consistent with the lease agreement) but your rates will increase by way more than the agreed amount. When setting the value of commercial properties the Valuer General relies on income potential by traders sharing this information with them. We hear the argument that why should we worry as it is the landlords that pay when we know they pass the bill directly to their tenants. However, at least one council tells its ratepayers that keeping the rate in the dollar the same is equivalent to there not being a rate rise which as housing prices continue to rise simply isn’t true! Responsible councils lower the rate in the dollar to achieve an agreed rate. These are my personal views and are not necessarily council policy.
13 June 2021
The development application by Eldercare to replace St Basil's on Victoria Street was approved by the SCAP late last week. It is my understanding that the developer made minor changes consistent with Council's request that would ensure reasonable open space, reduced overlooking opportunities and the saving of the street tree. This somewhat better than the original proposal.
09 June 2021
Unley is currently reviewing quite an extensive list of trees that are listed as significant in our previous Development Plan and were transferred into the new code. Staff are currently reviewing this list and recommending for removal those that no longer exist. They also need you to nominate your favourite trees that are not on the list. To be significant the trunk must measure more that 3m at 1 metre above the ground or associated with a significant event. You can check which trees are already on this list here and you can nominate new trees as you identify them here. Why not put a post on Facebook of a picture of the tree you nominate every time you nominate a tree? Listing will add additional reasons for refusal and make removal almost impossible, even if it dies and doesn't present a danger.
29 May 2021
I have been told many times that streets are not being swept often enough or sometimes not swept at all. This seems to be during heavy leaf fall in autumn and during really hot weather from bark shedding. A recent petition delivered to Council from residents in Andrew Ave indicated that they were not happy with the level of service even though their street was being swept every 3 weeks. The usual rate of service is 6 weekly which for most streets is adequate most of the time.
This does not cover footpath sweeping as well. It used to be that home owners swept up these leaves/debris but now see this as Council's role as well. Just sweeping the leaves into the gutter when the street sweeper is due is fairly effective.
23 May 2021
You might find the following of interest;
- Trader Association Quarterly Reports: The associations have remained busy of this last financial year as they have strived to get people to enjoy the shopping experience that each main street offers.
- Community Grants: Allocation of Funds: Money has been allocated to Vishva Hindu Parishad for a lunch program at CPCC, Clarence Park Kindy will get a new bike track, Forestville Hockey Club for school clinics, Millswood Bowls for new seating, plus others not in CP Ward
- Living Well Plan: This has been to consultation and few minor changes were made.
- Cultural Plan 2021-26:This has been to consultation but no changes were suggested. There were, however, some good ideas to include in the implementation phase.
- Review of Conservation Grants Policy: This one has me really annoyed as the report suggests that all contributory items in what were Heritage Conservation Zones should no longer be eligible for conservation works. I also think that the order of application will cause many more projects be put off. Even with Council's pleas to conserve significant trees there no additional funds have been allocated. the suggested $50,000 is, in my opinion totally inadequate.
- Future Economic Development Growth Strategy: Council will discuss that this committee should be disbanded?
- Chief Executive Officer Review Panel:
12 May 2021
I can't help but comment on the recent bag of money being thrown at Boothby in the most recent budget as we head toward an inevitable Federal election. The funding is to further progress and build the tunnel under South Rd and for further safety measures at Goodwood Junction. Hopefully this will be the overpass that was originally planned for Leader St? The genuine consultation and fact sharing would be very much appreciated by residents.
04 May 2021
You might find the following of interest?
- Animal Management Plan for Endorsement: this caused some debate as a clause included a trial of on-leash dogs at Unley Oval was suggested. After three deputations and a long debate the controversial clause was excluded from the motion.
- KWR/ Greenhill Rd Bikeway: The option accepted was the one that best separated cars from bikes.
- Annual Business Plan for Public Consultation: This suggested a rate rise of 2.25%. Unley balances the increase in your house's value with the desired rate increase. To do this the rate in the dollar is lowered to get the rise desired. Your rate only go up in excess of this if your house value has increased to a greater extent than others. This usually happens after you have renovated or extended your house.
- Commuter Parking: This motion asked council staff to look for further opportunities to limit commuter parking.
- Strategic Property Committee Minutes (CONFIDENTIAL)
- Edmund Ave Cottages Lease (CONFIDENTIAL)
- Brown Hill Creek Land Acquisition (CONFIDENTIAL)
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23 April 2021
I was bemused at the title Unley’s new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan. It seems that last time we looked at this in was a roadside collection plan. I can remember clearly as a child what we did with our rubbish. My father dug a deep hole just outside the fenced house block and all rubbish went in the hole: we lived in the middle of nowhere. When it was filled he dug a new one. When we had finished eating or drinking anything in the car the waste simply went out the window, being careful that the container was empty and the passenger behind had their window up. With the introduction of 10c for each container this practice soon stopped. Then followed the single household bin; we had little kids and a big garden needed two and paid for the extra one. We taught the kids how to sort the stuff that could be recycled and they took great pleasure in getting it neatly in the black box supplied by Council. That is until they saw the same pick up truck empty the carefully sorted recyclables into the same truck as the other rubbish and lost all interest. Then came a separate bin for the green stuff and we were able to manage with one other bin. Then the council provided us with three bins and nothing much has changed except which stuff goes in what bin? In the early 2000’s the hard waste that people had was collected by Council on an annual basis but some people thought they could also dump as they pleased whatever they had no use for. Council went all out with Crime Scene tape and letters to residents which has mostly stopped this practice. With education, free green kitchen caddies and good data collection we now see more food waste going into the green bins. This practice, is however, problematic for people in apartments as they often do not have access to a green bin. The green waste is all recycled to become compost: a resource recovered. The contents of the recycling bin is also recovered. That leaves only the little blue bin that goes to landfill. It is this that Council has to pay to dump at ever increasing prices. We rarely have much in our bin these days and ideas like reducing how often this bin is emptied are tempting as a rate saver. The contractors are currently paid on the number of properties they pass but the new plan suggests they might be paid on the actual number of bins lifted. Given all of this its time to see our waste in a new light; remember the old adage one man’s trash might be Council’s treasure.
15 April 2021
12 April 2021
- Draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan -
- Draft Climate and Energy Plan – Our path to carbon neutral operations by 2030 –
Two ‘drop-in’ sessions have been scheduled and will be held on Earth Day where we will welcome people to come and speak to staff in person.
Thursday 22 April at either Goodwood Library (10am-1pm) or Unley Library (5-8pm).
Electronic copies of both Draft Plans are on the Your Say pages, but also available directly here:
We are seeking comments to ascertain support for the proposed key directions and to provide our community with an opportunity to make improvements for consideration in Council’s adoption of Final Plans.
02 April 2021
29 March 2021
It has been said that the date of this event/celebration should be changed to a more suitable date. Also that it isn’t the business of Council and that it should be left to other levels of government to do the research, to consult widely and make the final decision.
Nevertheless, l asked my Year 10 History class, as part of their studies on Human Rights what they thought as an assessment task. Everyone of them was able to articulate that the current day of Jan 26th was no longer suitable. They were then asked to research and then choose another date. So what did they choose?
Jan 1st : Federation: the day that Australia became a nation.
Feb 13th Kevin Rudd’s Apology for past government policy that allowed discriminative policy.
March 2nd: The Australia Act was passed that dropped all legal ties with the UK.
March 12th: Canberra named as Australia’s capital city.
April 11th: Abolishment of the White Australia Act.
May 26th : Sorry Day, an acknowledgment of mistreatment of Aboriginal people.
May 8th : Mates day with no other significant event.
June 3rd: Abolition of Terra Nullius through a High Court decision (Mabo v Queensland).
June 11th Racial Discrimination Act passed.
It is fair to say that each person was passionate about their choice and that there was no consensus from the group. They were also able to explain that we need a date that is inclusive of all Australians: not just Aboriginal people and those descended from Europeans but also immigrants of other races and different faiths. And hence the date chosen reflects this.
I agree, this isn’t the business of Local Government, but it is the business of everyone of us to work toward a suitable alternate date that celebrates the Australian nation we have become. A date that offends no-one and celebrates a turning point in our history whatever that may be?
23 March 2021
Draft Economic Development Growth Strategy 2021-2025
You might find the following of interest?
- Design and installation of a sensory garden: this was well received, the project will be funded by Rotary and Council will make available a piece of land and assist with maintanance. PASSED
- Cultural Plan 2021-26: A new plan to determine priorities for funding. PASSED
- Draft climate and energy plan-for consultation: This plan is a step in the right direction and oud see the Council Carbon Neutral. However, for the city to be Carbon neutral will take much longer. PASSED
- Draft management and resource recovery plan-2021-25: fancy calling rubbish resource recovery. Almost everything can now be recycled, just be careful to make sure it goes in the right bin, PASSED
- Elector representation review: preferred option: we have now agreed that at the next election there will be 5 wards in Unley with 2 Councilors from each ward plus a Mayor, elected at large. PASSED
- Volunteer graffiti removal policy: This is updated and will, hopefully, see removal of graffiti by an expanded crew of volunteers in a more organised and expedient manner. PASSED
- Mainstreet funding requests: We agreed to fund at the same level as last year although the vote was close, PASSED
- Planning reform delegations:
- Establishment of a Building Fire Safety Committee:
- Review of Volunteer Management Policy:
- Review of the Community Grants and Sponsorship Policy:
- Maison de France establishment: CONFIDENTIAL
14 March 2021
We are pleased to launch the consultation for the Draft Economic Development Growth Strategy 2021- 25 on YourSay Unley. Feedback from the consultation will be considered and incorporated into the finalisation of the strategy to ensure it is aligned to community priorities.