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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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I have Joined the Unley Actors Guild

Our Mayor has gone on leave. In his absence I have joined what I have affectionately called the Unley Actors Guild. In other words, as Deputy Mayor, I have now become Acting Mayor. In my 7 years at Council I have oft observed the following procedure. A member of our Administration sends me an email;...
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Jayne Stinson engages with our local community in the Battle for Badcoe.

Hot on the heels of my blog recently on a 3rd candidate in the battle for Badcoe, endorsed Labor candidate Jayne Stinson engages with our local community in the Battle for Badcoe. She held two public meetings yesterday. The first was held at Dora Guild Playground; the second at Page Park. I attended both. Of...
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A Third Player Has Emerged in the Fight for Badcoe

A third Player has emerged in the fight for Badcoe. A week ago now, Cr John Woodward announced his intention to stand. A Councillor for the City of West Torrens Keswick Ward, John announced his intention to run via Facebook and Twitter a week ago. His candidature should add some spice to the campaign. He...
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What is the Value of the Trees of Unley

Yesterday I focused my blog writing on the extreme emotions around trees. Today I look at the value of the trees of Unley. As I blogged yesterday trees, and therefore the trees of Unley, are both an asset and yet a liability. Trees are a considerable asset to the community on many levels. They are...
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Trees bring out emotions at the extremes. Often only at the extremes.

Anyone following the media in Adelaide would be aware that trees bring out emotions at the extremes. Often only at the extremes. There have been many a local media article identifying these extremes recently. In particular, we see this repeated in Adelaide’s inner suburban areas. We have seen the emotions rise to the extreme at...
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Council Development Assessment Panels set to change

Word is that 1 August 2017 will see the commencement of the assessment panel provisions of the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act). 1 October 2017 is set to be the designated day for the new system. This means changes for our own Development Assessment Panel (DAP). First up, the Council Development Assessment...
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Is the Gourmet Gala too expensive to run?

Should we disassociate ourselves from future TDU’s. I ask everyone a separate question. Is it the TDU you have a concern with or the Gourmet Gala with its cost of $ 266,000 per event? In other words, is the Gourmet Gala too expensive to run? Should we continue to run the Gourmet Gala? The Gourmet...
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City Strategy & Development Committee concurs with Local Knowledge Assessment

Last night our City Strategy & Development Committee met and discussed the Ministers two DPAs. Refer my recent blog on the importance of local knowledge in a Development Plan Amendment. We concurred with the Local Knowledge Assessment by our Mr Brown of the Ministers (Specific Sites) DPA. Led by my observations in support of his...
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Unrest from some over Unley hosting the TDU

Amid cries that it is too expensive and/or it has had its day, there is unrest from some over Unley hosting the TDU. During budget deliberations, we heard cries from some in our community to abandon the TDU. Indeed (from memory) two councillors said the same. Some including the two councillors will be disappointed with...
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The City of Unley and the TDU go hand in hand

The City of Unley is recognised for being the most cyclist friendly City in all of Adelaide. Adelaide in turn is Australia’s home of the Tour Down Under (TDU). Truly the City of Unley and the TDU go hand in hand.   Unley is recognised for it’s extensive bikeways. An inner suburban Council, we have...
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The importance of local knowledge in a Development Plan Amendment

Tomorrow night we will see demonstrated the importance of local knowledge in a Development Plan Amendment (DPA).   A report from our Policy Planning Officer Mr David Brown on the Minister’s Corridors DPA will be received by Council’s City Strategy and Development Policy committee tomorrow night. The DPA is a site specific DPA, including (in...
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Lobbying the Libs in the Battle for Badcoe

I took the opportunity today to speak with the Leader of the State Opposition, Stephen Marshall. An opportunity of lobbying the Libs in the Battle for Badcoe. An opportunity not to miss.   My wife and I met today with him and the Badcoe Liberal candidate (Unley Mayor) Lachlan Clyne. They had a meet and...
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Our 2017/18 Budget: a win for those in Our Community who contributed to the process.

After the most significant contribution from our community in who knows how long Council has determined its budget for 2017/18. A win for those in our Community who contributed to the process.   As I suggested in my blog post entitled “Please Stay with Us” the contribution from our community has seen positive results. Many...
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Just Retired and Inspired by those who Precede me

Just Retired and Inspired by those who Precede me is my take on this morning. Just retired I am grateful that I am part of a Council that supports older people.   Regular readers of this blog website know I have recently retired. With the development of an Active Ageing Strategy in 2014, we (the...
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The Future of Local Government-Local Government in Crisis

Local Government in Crisis was the topic of a summit I attended recently on behalf of the City of Unley in Melbourne.   As testimony that local government (worldwide) is in crisis the leaders of the summit sited the election of Donald Trump and Brexit. To build on this a key note speaker spoke of...
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Please stay with Us is the second message coming from this years budget consultation

Please stay with Us is the second message coming from this years budget consultation. Your participation is needed next year as well, and beyond. Not just so you can own the budget but ….   You should stay with us because ratepayer involvement in the budget process can only bring about a better budget. A...
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Welcome to Our World.

Following on from my last blog post, there are two observations I believe warrant making in this platform. The first is welcome to our world and please stay with us. I will deal with the latter in a later blog post. With some of the observations that our ratepayers have made on this years draft...
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Proud of our Community’s contribution to determining our next budget.

Before this year I have not seen much interest from our community in setting our yearly budget. This year I can honestly say I am proud of our Community’s contribution to determining our next budget. So why am I proud of our Community’s contribution to determining our next budget? Previously we have seen only between one and...
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Minister Rau announces new DPA to focus on specific sites.

The Minister today announced a change in direction with his program of Development Plan Amendments. He announced a new DPA to focus on specific sites. This DPA is known as ‘the Inner and Middle Metropolitan Corridor (Sites) Development Plan Amendment”. In making the announcement he acknowledged difficulties with the Corridor DPA’s. He recognises too the...
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There is no end in sight to DPA’s as the Minister makes announcement

There is no end in sight to DPA’s as the Minister announced today that he has been listening to us. Demonstrating this he has announced two DPA’s pertinent to the City of Unley. I attended on behalf of the City of Unley. Minister Rau explained that he has been listening. He accepts he and indeed the...
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Retired: so more time for Council…..well more time for family and self.

The purpose of the blog is to announce I am retiring in my day job as a building inspector. I will therefore also be closing my business Reliable Home Inspections. It means more time for Council. Well more time for family and self. On Easter monday, a week before my 65th Birthday, I had what...
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Outcomes from 2017 LGA Ordinary General Meeting

Acting on behalf of our Mayor, as your Deputy Mayor, I attended last months LGA Ordinary General Meeting. A number of initiatives were passed for action by the LGA. Below is a summary from LGA President Lorraine Rosenberg on the outcomes from the LGA Ordinary General Meeting. It was fantastic to catch up with many...
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Take Advantage of Council’s Community Event Sponsorship Program

Calling all event makers, shape shifters, trail blazers, dreamers and doers – Apply now! We are calling for event organisers, entrepreneurs and community groups to apply for funding of up to $6000 to host a community event under our Community Event Sponsorship Program. . Apologies for not getting this out sooner. I have been preoccupied...
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What do you want from Council

What do you want from Council in the next 12 months or even the next 4 years. We are asking you to help us prioritise what Council does for you in the next 12 months and beyond. The first step was for us to prepare a draft Community and Business Plan, and accompanying budget for...
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Unley’s Village Green. Where to from here

The Unley Village Green has been saved from redevelopment. This was one of the many results of the final Unley Central DPA decision made recently . The Village Green was the centre or focus of much debate during the recent Unley Central DPA public consultation. Many a resident living near the Village Green were aghast...
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Using Loan Funding for Capital Works and Replacement

Council has long had a policy of using loan funding for Capital Works and Replacement. Doing so spreads the burden of capital expenditure over current and future rates. Following on from my post introducing this years budget, if you look deeply into this years draft budget you will see that we are planning to have...
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Council: More than just Roads, Rates & Rubbish: Provider of Conservation Grants

As I wrote just last week Council is much more than Roads, Rates & Rubbish. It is a provider also not just of Community Grants. We a provider of Conservation Grants. A number of properties in the City of Unley have a significant contribution to the history of Unley. We have homes not only listed...
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DRAFT 2017-18 ANNUAL BUSINESS PLAN AND BUDGET OUT FOR CONSULTATION

Before Council settles on it’s 2017-18 Annual Business Plan and Budget we are looking for your input. At last night’s Full Council Meeting we moved and approved that: 1. The report be received. 2. The proposed list of net Operating Projects of $1.232 m be endorsed for community consultation. 3. The proposed list of net...
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Why would we provide a subsidy to Business

The question “why would we provide a subsidy to business” is resonating in the media today. This repeats a question asked by elected members at our last meeting. We debated then whether to accept a request for grant funding by the Hyde Park Tavern. Hyde Park Tavern The Tavern’s application for grant funding was partially...
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Council: More than roads, rates & rubbish. Provider also of Community Grant Funding.

Are you aware that Council assists Community groups to provide the services they do? Community Grant Funding is one of many services most ratepayers do not know is provided by Council.  Council provides Community Grant Funding to improve the quality of life of our residents. It is made available to community based groups and organisations or to individuals...
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