About Your Ward Councillor, Don Palmer

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

Don Palmer

Enjoying Family Time

A family man and proud grandparent, I live in the Ward. Goodwood Oval is just an 11-minute walk from home.

As a retiree since April 2017, I bring a wide experience to the role of Councillor. I also have the time to devote significant energies to serving our local community.

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



Don Palmer in Business

I have owned and operated 6 businesses over my lifetime, and was general manager of a 6th. As the owner I had the responsibility for marketing, finance, human resourcing, project management, negotiating and dispute resolution.

Don Palmer’s Community Service

Throughout my life I have always had a sense of serving my community. Prior to Council I have done this through many avenues including being a member of Adelaide Jaycees, as 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

My community service includes umpiring some 600 games of AFL football, including both senior and junior football grades. For around 11 years I also coached umpires in the Glenelg, Sturt, South Adelaide High Schools Association. I mentored these umpires who were mostly young people, still at school.

Don Palmer in Religion

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

Councillor Don Palmer

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.

These include:

Development, Strategy & Policy Committee. (Presiding Member 2016)

Unley Business and Economic Development Committee.

Discover Historic Unley Committee.

Australia Day Awards Selection Panel.

Community Assets Review Committee.

Development Assessment Panel.

City, Strategy & Policy Committee.

Community, Cultural, Recreational and Environmental Program Advisory Group.

Goodwood and Unley Oval Advisory/Reference Groups.

Strategic Building Review Committee, now the Strategic Property Group.



In 2018 I was also elected by my peers for a 12-month stint as your Deputy Mayor.