Don Don Palmer

All articles by Don

 

Providing Local Leadership: Waste Not Want Not in a Throw Away Society

Do you remember when your Grandma used to say “Ducky, waste not want not”. Those who lived through the great depression learnt that great lesson to waste not want not.   We live today in an affluent society. A throwaway society and have had for 40 or more years. Before that time, during the war...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Develop a Tree Policy that Works For All

The City of Unley needs a Tree Policy that works for all. One that balances all the needs of our Community. To achieve this I make this election pledge: to develop a tree policy that works for all. I pledge to fight for an improved tree policy, one that recognises all needs. A tree policy...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Ensuring Financial Responsibility.

Ensuring financial responsibility is one of the major obligations of an elected member of Council. Without financial responsibility there is no limit to what a Council could charge its ratepayers for the services they provide.   Councils have an obligation to provide services to their community. Many of these are mandated by the Local Government...
Continue reading...  

Heritage Preservation at risk under Government’s State Planning Policies

The current Government is intent on rolling out the planning reforms of the previous Government. Communities need to be aware of the policies and procedures being proposed. They need also to know of a lack of heritage preservation therein.   Your council, as we have with all the stages thus far, is responding to the...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Protecting Heritage and character areas

Protecting heritage and character areas is something the City of Unley has fought hard for. This was our first goal in working with the Government when they first started revising the Development Act.   Protecting heritage and character areas was our first focus when the previous State Government introduced their wish to change the planning...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Working For You, advocating for and representing you.

One of the greatest pleasures I experience as a Councillor is when I am working for you directly. When I am advocating for and representing you with the bureaucracy.   A councillor has two roles. One of these according the Local Government Act is. as a person elected to the council—to represent the interests of...
Continue reading...  

Waste collection- Fortnightly or Weekly

It seems every year the fortnightly or weekly bin debate recurs. This has been the storey dominating the media cycle today. So frequently what we continue to hear is it is all about cost saving. I have entered this debate frequently in the past. Each time I have advocated that the question should not be...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Managing Higher Density Development.

Managing higher density development in Clarence Park Ward commenced a few years back in the City of Unley .   In particular the suburb of Black Forest was under threat of a development plan encouraging extreme high density development potential. Another suburb similarly exposed was Clarence Park. …. Providing Leadership most often is not determining...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Independent Elected Members not Party Political affiliates.

Speculation is high that party politics have entered into the City of Adelaide elections. As a result, it is time to reflect on what has been great about local government in South Australia. That is that our councils are filled with independent elected members not party political affiliates. Certainly, this is the way it should be...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Righting a Wrong. Decision to implement parking restrictions reversed.

When was the last time you found yourself righting a wrong. My last time was last night. That is when I moved a motion to have a previous council decision to implement parking restrictions reversed. After the original decision was made I felt sick. I knew we had made the wrong decision. Accordingly I apologised...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Future use of the Hockey Field.

What will be the future use of the hockey field at Goodwood Oval?   A study into the future use of the hockey field at Goodwood Oval will commence soon. Providing local leadership, Co-Councillor Jennie & I pushed to have this included in the current budget of Council. <<<<< The Forestville Hockey Club will soon,...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Managing the use of Goodwood Oval

Managing the use of Goodwood Oval is the elephant in the room as we redevelop the grandstand and consider the use of the Hockey Field. Indeed, it may be fairer to say managing the overuse of Goodwood Oval. .. Everyone should know how proud I am of the various sporting clubs residing in the west...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Redevelop the Millswood Croquet Clubroom.

On public record with my description a few years back of it being a “death trap” it is time to redevelop the Millswood Croquet Clubroom.   To redevelop the Millswood Croquet Clubroom is something Council owes the Millswood Croquet Club. We recently re-directed money we had allocated to their clubroom in our long term financial...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Learn to follow in order to Lead

I have long been a believer that you need to learn to follow before you can learn to lead. Hopefully I have lived that philosophy. This means being able to listen. Whether it is providing local leadership by participating in the deliberations of Council or representing you in your dealing with Council I need to...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: Ensure Goodwood Oval Grandstand redevelopment works for all

The Goodwood Oval Grandstand redevelopment is moving toward construction. Detailed designs suitable for a development application are underway now to allow this. To get it to this point there remains much work to do. The Council and its community need to oversee this step and indeed the construction process itself. I am looking forward to...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership: A glimpse into the future

For all we have achieved together, as I noted in my last blog we have much still to achieve into the near future. For a glimpse into the future read on as I summarise what I see as the challenges going forward. Challenges which requires proving local leadership. The following summarises what lies ahead of...
Continue reading...  

Providing Local Leadership and Working For You

I am Clarence Park. It is natural for me to be Providing Local Leadership and Working For You in Clarence Park. Why? I am Clarence Park. I live, play, socialise, and walk in the streets of Clarence Park. I know the trees, the streets and the footpaths, the parks and playgrounds. I know so many...
Continue reading...  

Externally imposed Rate Capping is Dead

Labor warned us a day ago. They confirmed today that they would join the cross benches and vote the Government’s bill down. Externally imposed rate capping is dead as a result.   So up go the headlines. Rate capping Dead. No, externally imposed rate capping is dead. The fact of the matter is, the Government’s...
Continue reading...  

Local Area Traffic Management Survey back in Clarence Park Ward.

A few years ago, Council experimented with a concept called Local Area Traffic Management (LATM). A concept wherein we look at traffic issues, rather than street by street but suburb by suburb. Clarence Park Ward was the catalyst in order to address issues previously identified in Black Forest. It proved a successful approach, so we...
Continue reading...  

Prime Minister Bites the Dust. This won’t happen to your Mayor.

We watched today helplessly as yet another Prime Minister bites the dust. The fourth to get the flick by their colleagues. As this unfolded over the last few days I could not help but ponder the comparisons between Federal, State and Local Government. More particularly I pondered the status of Prime Ministers and Premiers, as...
Continue reading...  

People Power Only Works When Applied. Kaufland development deferred.

For people power to work the people must stand up. This I suggest did not occur yesterday when the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) hearing heard representations yesterday. If you have not heard already, the Anzac Highway Le Cornu Kaufland development has been deferred. SCAP have, since receiving the representations, deliberated and decided the development...
Continue reading...  

85% of people agree with rate capping according to the Property Council. Who would have thought?

The debate on rate capping continues in the media, with the Property Council again taking the lead.  They conducted a survey showing 85% of people agree with rate capping.   Oh Really? Who would have thought that? Honestly. You don’t have to be Mandrake to understand that 85% of people agree with rate capping. Who...
Continue reading...  

See Saw Margery Daw

See Saw Margery Daw Jacky shall have a new master. Jacky shall earn but a penny a day. The seesaw is one of the oldest ‘rides’ for children, easily constructed from logs of different sizes. The words of “See Saw Margery Daw” reflect children singing this rhyme to accompany while playing on a see-saw. This children’s nursery...
Continue reading...  

The future of Unley’s Village Green is in good hands, those of our community.

The future of Unley’s Village Green is in good hands. Council has accepted a report on the findings of our Civic Precinct Working Group into how our village green may look into the future.   We are blessed to have a community that cherishes the environment in which they live. Accordingly, members of our Civic...
Continue reading...  

Is Unley’s Civic Centre suitable for future use?

Is Unley’s Civic Centre suitable for future use. This is the question recently considered by Council’s Strategic Property Committee.  An exercise Council has looked into even before the Village Green Precinct Working Group identified the need. The Strategic Property Committee has a view that mirrors that the community group. Our Civic Centre does have an...
Continue reading...  

Externally imposed Rate Capping I believe to be poor policy.

Externally imposed Rate Capping I believe to be poor policy. Poor policy that you will (in time) pay dearly for. I expect that your other representatives will also view it as poor policy. We will need to wait on Monday’s special council meeting to know however. The Rate Oversight Bill being considered by Parliament is...
Continue reading...  

Is externally imposed Rate Capping Good Policy or Bad Policy?

Yes or No! Is externally imposed Rate Capping Good Policy or Bad Policy?  That is what I and my elected member colleagues will be considering at Monday night’s upcoming special council meeting. We will be responding to the LGA’s request to determine if we accept or not the Government’s Rate Capping Bill, the Rates Oversight...
Continue reading...  

Rate Capping passes the Lower House and awaits the Upper House.

Rate Capping passes the Lower House and awaits now reaction of the Upper House. The Local Government Industry in the meantime, is assessing the Bill presented to Parliament by the Government.   The Rate Oversight Bill which presents rate capping and which can be found here seeks to place authority in a (3rd) independent party for...
Continue reading...  

Please tell us whether we have understood your Design King William Road wishes.

As I indicated in my recent Design King William Road Blog Council has listened to what you wish the future King William road should look like. We are pumped too that you see it as more than pavers v bitumen. Unlike the picture being painted in the media, it is about greening; better access across...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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....
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...  

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...
Continue reading...