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Bring our own digital systems into the 21st Century

It is absolutely necessary that we bring our own digital systems into the 21st Century. Only then can we aspire to the claim to be leaders in this space. We should no longer be reluctant to move to a preference for digital communication in fear of missing those in our community still not using smart...
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Loss of canopy cover in the City of Unley blamed on Council.

The public debate, fuelled from within Council, on the loss of canopy cover in the City of Unley has been blamed on the Council. We have had a loss of cover in recent years from 26% of the Council area covered with trees to 21%. A reduction of 20% of the original cover. The sharp...
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Unley Community has been a shining example for all Local Government Communities

The City of Unley Community has been a shining example for all Local Government Communities. 117 of our citizens have contributed to our 2018/19 budget. 29 of those attended our public meetings. Thank you for your contribution. This follows the example set last year. It is inspiring given in my 1st 3 years as a...
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City of Unley Community asked to help with Developing our Draft Footpath Trading Policy.

A community consultation on our draft Footpath Trading Policy commenced yesterday. It will run until close of business Friday 29 June 2018. The Policy covers the management of permits for both outdoor dining and the display of merchandise on our footpaths. Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1999 requires to develop a Policy. This...
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Have we understood your input into Design King William?

Over the last month many of you have inspired us with your insights into what is required to make King William Road the most loved main street in South Australia. Thank you for that. We now want to know, have we understood your input into Design King William. The majority of the feedback we have...
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Is the LGA Lunatic Asylum correct in declaring there is no benefit to Councils being a member of the LGA?

As covered in my recent Lunatic Asylum blog post a claim being made by many elected members in the industry. This includes from within Unley Council. They claim there is no benefit to Councils being a member of the LGA? Indeed, two questions have been asked in our chamber along these very lines. Questions based...
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Are Your Leaders Showing Leadership or Merely Expert Spectators?

I remember reading once that before you can be a leader you need to be able to follow. Can I ask are your community leaders showing leadership? Or are they merely spectators? I also remember being a member of a club whose whole 20 some membership formed the management committee. At meetings of this club...
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LGA Rate Capping Stance Prompts Call for LGA to be Dumped.

Everyone knows the State Government wish to impose rate capping on Local Government. We also know that the Local Government Association (LGA) has consistently opposed this. Now some elected members are nervous of retribution by the State Government because of the LGA campaign. Many are calling for the LGA to withdraw its campaign. Some for...
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Local Government Lunatic Asylum Calling for Dumping of LGA

With a Local Government election looming the Lunatic Asylum is now active at Local Government level. Many in our industry, including from within Unley Council, are calling for the LGA to be abolished. At the very least some are questioning whether their own Council should continue to be members. I expect many in the Community...
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Aggrieved Residents Around Goodwood receive Double Dose of Aggravation

To the chagrin of aggrieved residents the Goodwood Saints Football Club this week successfully applied to have an extension of light use at Goodwood Oval for training and for night matches. Their application was heard and unanimously approved by the Council Assessment Panel (CAP). The CAP is a body constituted under the Development Act. It...
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Light Tension at Goodwood Oval as Saints Seek More illumination.

Our Council Assessment Panel will feel a light tension this Tuesday night. The Panel meets on that night to adjudicate on a single Development Application. This application has prompted a not so light tension within the local community. This means it is the only application considered on the night. With 4 independent members and just...
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Oh Mr Hart! The Subway Project still alive and well. The Community wants it.

Jennie & I, along with neighbouring Unley Park councillor Michael Rabbitt and our Acting Mayor Peter Hughes, met with Steph Key yesterday. Topic of discussion was to discuss the consultation report on the Subway Project. Steph may no longer be the local member of Parliament, but she is still passionate about getting the Subway Project...
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The proposed Kaufland Development on the LeCornu Anzac Highway site is fundamentally flawed.

The proposed Kaufland Development on the LeCornu Anzac Highway site is fundamentally flawed. As I argued in my other blog today it is seriously at variance to the Development Plan. I argued it is diametrically the opposite of the vision the State Government and the Council have for this site. A vision for medium density...
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Kaufland, Anzac Highway: Seriously at Variance to Unley Development Plan

The proposed Kaufland development on the old Anzac Highway LeCornu site is, I believe, seriously at variance to the Unley Development Plan. An initial cursory look at the plans last week had me thinking it was not seriously at variance. This was based on recognising only the built form. . The height of the proposed...
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Design King William Road. The Most Loved Main Street in Adelaide.

That is our aim. To design King William Road to be the most loved main street in Adelaide. King William Road is already seen by most as unique. A Council owned main street that is covered with brick pavers rather than bitumen. A street much loved already. … It is a street, a precinct, though...
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New Initiatives form the basis of the rate increase proposed by the City of Unley for 2018/19.

New Initiatives form the basis of the rate increase proposed by the City of Unley for 2018/19. As I indicated in my blog post of 22 April, Council is seeking your feedback on this year’s draft annual business plan and budget. A budget of new initiatives at around CPI to achieve. Council’s budget reflects what...
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Community Engagement Charter Adopted by new State Government

Not quite a month in office and the new Government, through their Minister for Planning Stephan Knoll, has announced the adoption of the Community Engagement Charter.   This is the Community Engagement Charter developed by the previous State Government. Let us hope the new government follows the intent of the Charter. Many in the community...
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It is time to get serious with the Goodwood Oval Grandstand.

Everyone knows we received a $ 2.5 m grant prior to the last election for the Goodwood Oval Grandstand. This was courtesy of the previous State Government and the work of our new Badcoe Member of Parliament, Jayne Stinson. This means it was time to get serious. As a result we sought design input from...
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Highlights of draft City of Unley 2018/19 Budget.

While limiting the likely rate increase to 2.8% (including a 0.3% allowance as our best guess as to what the China rubbish crisis may inflict on us), the City of Unley 2018/19 Budget is achieving great things for our community. Council is embarking on some major projects. Projects that will benefit future generations of Unley....
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City of Unley 2018/19 Budget ready for Public Input.

The City of Unley tomorrow night will consider and endorse the draft of the 2018/19 Budget for public input. You will then have an opportunity to review the presented projects and their impact on funding requirements. It will be your chance to influence 2108/19 budget, the rates you will be paying, and what services you...
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Kaufland have confirmed their interest in the Anzac Highway Le Cornu Site

By presenting a development application Kaufland have confirmed their interest in the Anzac Highway Le Cornu site.   They recently lodged a development application for “a new retail development”. The proposed development is only for the front 60% of the existing LeCornu site . A development that will include a major supermarket, a range of small tenancies and...
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Please. How about a bit of Cycling Courtesy everyone, from both sides

There is a lot of angst out there still between drivers and cyclists. Both are people. I ask therefore for a bit of cycling courtesy from everyone. Motorists have been incensed at the opportunities afforded cyclists. They believe cyclists are being given latitudes they don’t have. Not having to register their bikes and have number...
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I Invite You to Take the Pledge and Win

The City of Unley has a program I invite you to participate in. It is called “take the pledge and win”. The take the pledge and win campaign is a strategy we have undertaken to reduce the amount of organic and recyclable waste going into landfill. By entering you can win both ways….we can both...
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What is the best use of the Forestville Hockey Field after they leave?

Residents around the Goodwood Oval will be aware of the pending move of the Forestville Hockey Club away from the Forestville Hockey Field at Goodwood Oval. Others, not so close to the Oval, may not. . The Club is set to move to the Women’s Memorial Playing Fields at Ayliffes Road, St Mary’s. For those...
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Planning Process Pains Perpetuated in Fullarton

A sitting of Unley’s Council Assessment panel last night saw how Planning Process Pains Perpetuate. This was in evidence with the approval of a 2-storey development on the corner of Culross Avenue and Fullarton Road. Neighbouring residents turned up on mass to protest a development proposed for that site. They left disillusioned by the Planning...
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Time to make sure our Credit Card policy is working as it should.

After the recent media interest, it is time to make sure our Credit Card policy is working as it should. This is the recommendation of our Audit & Governance Committee. As I indicated in my first blog on this topic, Unley has a written policy on the use of credit cards. It is not however...
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Now that the dust has settled on the State election it is now time to turn our attention to Local Government

Congratulations to Jayne Stinson on being elected as the member for Badcoe and to David Pisoni on being returned in the seat of Unley. I look forward to working with you both to better our local community. Now that the dust has settled on the State election it is now time to turn our attention...
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Please Minister, Follow Unley’s Lead

As the government tries to take the lead on Planning Reform I implore them to follow Unley’s lead.   The Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI), on behalf of the Minister, wrote to us late last year. They put a proposition to us  to co-operate with them as they push ahead with the Government’s...
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Alleged Refusal has Unley Drawn into Crackdown on Credit Cards

In the wake of the reported goings on at the City of Onkaparinga the State Auditor General has advised of a Crackdown on Credit Cards. He will be investigating the use of credit cards in Local Government.   If what has happened at the City of Onkaparinga is anything to go by this is an...
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The extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval confuses Grandstand consultation

Hopefully a development application for the extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval does not hinder the Grandstand Redevelopment.   A development application for extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval has been submitted to Council. The timing of this application by the Goodwood Saints Football Club is poor. It will run concurrently...
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Seeking Your Feedback on Goodwood Oval Grandstand

Council is seeking your feedback on draft designs we have recently developed for the new Goodwood Oval Grandstand. After consultation with the footy and cricket clubs to ensure we have captured their needs, we now seek your input. As everyone knows, we received Government funding late last year. Their contribution added to our own commitment...
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Kate Bickford is representing SA Best in the fight for Badcoe.

Representing SA Best, Kate Bickford is the last candidate to be named in the Fight for Badcoe. This just before the Government goes into caretaker mode and the core flutes get erected. As I have done with the other three candidates I sat down with Kate Bickford for a coffee and a chat. This I...
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Council is seen in a good light according to a new survey.

Council is seen in a good light according to a recent survey we conducted. Or at least our collective Community centres. The results of our 2017 Community Centre Customer Satisfaction Survey, undertaken in October, have been collated. 143 respondents, which is 102 more than 2016.  With the results of the survey below Council is seen...
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The State Commission Assessment Panel not a rubber stamp

News fresh at hand would suggest the State Commission Assessment panel is not a rubber stamp. I have just received advice on there most recent decision. The new proposed Cremorne Plaza development has been deferred. At their recent meeting they resolved as follows: The State Commission Assessment Panel resolved to defer consideration of the proposal...
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The public face of Council has changed.

With the resignation of our Mayor and my stint as Deputy Mayor ending, the public face of Council has changed. Last night Council appointed Cr Peter Hughes (Fullarton Ward) as our Acting Mayor. We also appointed Cr Michael Hewitson as Deputy Mayor. Their appointments will see us through to the elections in November this year....
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Lachlan Clyne finally resigning as Mayor of the City of Unley

It’s Official. Lachlan Clyne is finally resigning as Mayor of the City of Unley, effective at the end of this month.   As most of us are aware, he is the Liberal Candidate for the seat of Badcoe in the upcoming State Election. In resigning as Mayor he can now focus all his energies on...
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People Power Does Work.

Don’t bother responding to this public consultation. You are wasting your time. They don’t listen to you. Thought that? Heard that? I am here to tell you that People Power Does Work!   The Planning Minister recently advised that 4 of the “specific sites” recently proposed for zoning changes were not included in the approved...
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Should we repeal the code of conduct for council members.

The code of conduct for council members is not working many believe. Scrap it some say. We should repeal the code of conduct for council members. I agree we do need to remove the opportunity for frivolous or vexatious claims to divert us from more important issues. We also need to strengthen the Code to...
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Is there a problem with Local Government Code of Conduct?

Members of this Council have publicly questioned in recent times the application of the Local Government Code of Conduct. They are asking, is there a problem with Local Government Code of Conduct. This may well be because three of us in the last 12 months have been the subject of accusations under the Code. Is...
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In Government Liberals Demand Council Travel Transparency

The Liberals Demand Council Travel Transparency if they win Government in March. They will make it mandatory for all South Australian councils to publish travel expenses in their annual report to increase transparency and accountability. They will Demand Council travel transparency. Seems their answer to the State’s woes rest with fixing Local Government. You get no argument...
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Community participation in government community engagement programs do impact

The benefit of community participation in government community engagement programs can be seen behind the headlines in yesterday’s Advertiser “New Laws pave way for $200m in high-rise projects. The report goes on to indicate that Adelaide is set to go sky high. The State Government has approved taller building height limits for eight hubs across...
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It’s all go with the Goodwood Oval Grandstand with Council signing off.

It’s all go with the Goodwood Oval Grandstand with Council signing off on the State Government’s grant. Council unanimously accepted the following motion on Monday night. It’s all go with the Goodwood Oval Grandstand as a result. In my opinion this is great news for the western Unley community. The Goodwood Oval Precinct is utilised...
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Putting my Hand up for Mayor in Council’s January meeting.

With the pending resignation of our Mayor Lachlan Clyne I am putting my Hand up to be Mayor leading up to 2018 November local government elections. As I have blogged previously Lachlan Clyne, our Mayor, intends to resign in January. He is doing this in his pursuit of seeking the seat of Badcoe in the...
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More than just a new Grandstand

The recent announcement in the fight for the seat of Badcoe of a $ 2.5 million State Government grant to Council is about more than just a new Grandstand. It is much more. Locals are aware of the push by the candidates of both the major parties’ candidates for a new Grandstand at Goodwood Oval....
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Council will consider all the options for the new Goodwood Oval Grandstand

With the recently reported $2.5 m grant already secured Council will consider all the options for development of the Goodwood Oval Grandstand. Council will consider all the options. Three options will be considered. They are: To refurbish the Grandstand; an option originally focused on. It included providing a mezzanine level viewing area/club room. To provide...
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Golden Gnomes are popping up around the City of Unley

Golden Gnomes are popping up around the City of Unley. They are being received with enthusiasm from residents who have landscaped their verges. As part of Councils’s Greening Verges initiative to convert dolomite verges, Golden Gnomes are popping up around the City of Unley. A number of our residents have taken advantage of incentives we...
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Emotions around regulated and significant trees to be investigated

In the absence of our Mayor, I attended today’s Local Government Association AGM. It was a good day for me, and I expect everyone in our community will be pleased with the result. On behalf of Unley Council I was able to address a problem with our State’s Development Assessment procedures that create conflict between...
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Devastating blow across the bow in the fight for Badcoe

A win for the Labor Candidate for Badcoe, Jayne Stinson. Armed with a 900 plus signature petition, she has successfully lobbied her party to back her campaign to upgrade the Goodwood Oval Grandstand. The State Government’s announcement today of providing funding to Council for improvements to the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex is, I...
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Battle for Badcoe focuses on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand

Recent media headlines have identified that the Battle for Badcoe focuses on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand. I am pleased that both the Labor (Jayne Stinson) and the Liberal (Lachlan Clyne) candidates are focused on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand. For someone acutely aware of the state of the current grandstand facility this is heartwarming. Some of...
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Football Clubs (in this case Sturt Football Club) inspire and lift a community

There is nothing quite like sport to inspire and lift a community. And in South Australia and Adelaide the sport with the capacity to inspire and lift is Aussie Rules (AFL) Footy. This is what we have seen this week with the back to back success of the Sturt Football Club. We in Unley get...
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