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City of Unley 2018 Election Results

The provisional results for the City of Unley 2018 Election results are now known.   The following is list of the elected candidates for the City of Unley 2018 Election. Mayor:                                            Cr Michael Hewitson Ward Councillors:               Clarence Park                  Cr Don Palmer & Councillor Jennie Boisvert.              ...
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Thank You, thank you, thank you.

Thank you to everyone for indicating your confidence, allowing me to continue providing local leadership and working for you. It is heart-warming to receive your support. More than this though, it is a great responsibility to represent you in local government. Yes. Thank you. I thank all those who voted for me and those who...
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Bees at home in their Beehives at Goodwood Oval.

In the last month or two we have seen the emergence of two beehives at Goodwood Oval. The bees have also arrived at their new Goodwood Oval home. For those of you who have watched and wondered the third of our “Arts In Your Space” projects has been completed at Goodwood Oval. Arts In Your...
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Modified Goodwood Oval Grandstand to go before CAP

The Council is to submit a development application for a modified Goodwood Oval Grandstand. We will present it to Council’s Assessment Panel in November.   Council receives an information report on Monday to advise the current status of this project. As we are in caretaker mode we can only receive the report. The report confirms...
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People Power Powerful when Planning Principles Promoted via Cr Palmer

This week we saw evidence again of the use of people power and promoting planning principles when representing on developments in your street.   Council’s Assessment Panel refused an overly ambitious development proposal for 102 East Avenue last night. This I am sure was on the back of three things; The representation of 8 neighbours....
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Influencing the Accredited Professionals Scheme and Assessment Pathways

While the local government elections proceed and we are in caretaker mode, I am still out there working for you. In particular, I am contributing to Council’s response to the Government’s proposed Accredited Professionals Scheme and Assessment Pathways. As the Government’s reform package does not wait on Council elections it becomes difficult for elected members...
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Providing Local Leadership: Why should I vote, not Do I have to vote.

Do I have to vote in the upcoming local government elections? This is a question I have heard asked a few times recently. The question I believe that should be asked is not this one. It should be why should I vote in the upcoming local government elections. Are you happy with your local council,...
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Providing Local Leadership: Giving Time and Passion.

As a retired businessman I can offer you something that none of the other candidates can. That is an abundance of time and passion that comes with being free.   Free from the hassles of holding down a job. Free from having to commit to training for a future occupation.   To provide local leadership and...
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Providing Local Leadership: Working for better local government (LGA).

The City of Unley has not taken full advantage of their membership of the Local Government Association (LGA). Many other Councils likewise.   They all willingly take advantage of services such as the discounts available on Insurance or lower finance costs in taking out loans. Likewise, other services such as these are on offer and...
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Providing Local Leadership: New Council, new faces, new ideas, needs stability and local leadership

The make-up of the new Unley Council is going to be totally different to recent councils. It will be just that, a new Council. It will have new faces and new ideas. We will see greater representation from both a gender and age perspective.   Change is great. Change should be welcomed. Significant change however,...
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Providing Local Leadership: Time to consider an Unley Cat By-Law

The time I believe is right to consider an Unley Cat By-Law. I am hearing this from rate payers as I walk the streets of the Clarence Park Ward.   I am hearing this from rate payers who have problems with stray cats. Likewise I am hearing from rate payers who are responsible cat lovers....
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Providing Local Leadership: Safer Clarence Park Rail Station

A safer Clarence Park Rail Station is high on my agenda. This is one of those Advocating at State & Federal Level issues I spoke of yesterday.   A safer Clarence Park Rail Station has already been recognised through our local Clarence Park Neighbourhood Watch. Living so close to the rail station, being a frequent user,...
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Providing Local Leadership: promoting communication skills training

Have you ever had a fight with your Council? Has this caused you frustration because you don’t know where to turn to, to get resolution? Would you like to see communication skills training for the staff you deal with?   I have seen many an example of members of the community being exasperated in their...
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Providing Local Leadership: Balanced Walking & Cycling Plan

The current City of Unley Council determined a very well balanced walking and cycling plan back in 2015. As the plan roles out between now and 2020 the new council will need to ensure the balance between walking, cycling and motor vehicle movement in the plan is maintained as it is rolled out. Before the...
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Providing Local Leadership: Advocating at State & Federal level

While Local Government should focus on Local Government there will always be State & Federal Issues that directly impact Local. Reasons for local leaders to lobby, advocating at State & Federal level.   The City of Unley and our Clarence Park Ward, most importantly, has these. As a result, I will continue to advocate on...
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Providing Local Leadership: Outside Clarence Park Ward

Providing local leadership in Council does require an elected member to consider all the Council area, not just their own ward. I have taken a leadership role outside Clarence Park ward in a number of key initiatives.   In the last 8 years I have contributed to, if not driven, many initiatives outside Clarence Park....
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Providing Local Leadership: Green Verges rather than Ugly Dolomite

Forever berating the existence of dolomite verges that frequent the City of Unley, I recently inspired a solution offered by Council’s administration. We approved in this term of Council a program designed to encourage green verges rather than ugly dolomite.   Unlike the outer suburbs of Adelaide finish not at the street kerb but at...
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Providing Local Leadership: Page Park Dog Park

Linked to many other parks and reserves last year an effort to adjust the hours for dogs off leads in the Page Park Dog Park failed.   Many parks and reserves in and around Clarence Park cater for children. Goodwood Oval backs up the two dedicated playgrounds at Princess Margaret and Dora Guild Playgrounds. As...
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Providing Local Leadership: Local Economic Prosperity

To achieve local economic prosperity there is much a Council can do. In my time the City of Unley has always been conscious of being alert to ways it can stimulate economic activity.   We have done this via a body called the Unley Business and Economic Development committee (UBED). I have been a member...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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