About Your Ward Councillor, Don Palmer

Hi! My name is Don Palmer. I am one of your two Councillors for the City of Unley Clarence Park Ward.

Don Palmer and family

Enjoying Family Time

A proud family man and grandparent, I live in the Ward. Goodwood Oval is just an 11-minute walk from my home. Hence I am intimately connected with what is or is not happening in the Ward.

I bring a wide experience to the role of Councillor. As a retiree since April 2017, I have the time to devote more energy than before to serving our local community.

I bring a wide experience to the role including business, community, sport and religion.

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Don Palmer in Business

I have owned and operated 6 businesses over my lifetime and a general manager of a 7th.

In these businesses I had the responsibility for strategic planning, marketing, finance, human resourcing, project management, negotiating and dispute resolution. As the owner it was up to me to make decisions.

Don Palmer’s Community Service

Over my life I have contributed to my community in many ways. These  include being a member of Adelaide Jaycees, Secretary of a Caravan Club and a short stint as President of the Association of Caravan Clubs. I was also Secretary and then Area Coordinator of the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Watch group during its formative years.

Don Palmer and Sport

SANFL LOGOMy community service includes umpiring some 500 games of AFL football. This includes both senior and junior football grades.

For around 11 years I also coached umpires in both the Glenelg, Sturt, South Adelaide High Schools Association and the Glenelg Primary Schools. I mentored these umpires who were mostly young people, still at school.

Don Palmer. St Augsutine'sDon Palmer in Religion

More recently, I was a Parish Councillor and Warden at St Augustine’s Anglican Church. This is the Gothic church next door to Council. These roles I had for some 12 years. Another church I served as a Parish Councillor was St Hilary’s at Morphett Vale.

Don Palmer. Clarence Park Ward Councillor.

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Clarence Park Ward Councillor Don Palmer

Most noteworthy, as your Councillor since 2010 for the Clarence Park Ward,  I have served on a number of committees and working groups, employing the numerous skills I have acquired.

In 2017 I was also elected by my peers for a 12-month stint as your Deputy Mayor.