What is happening to Brownhill Creek and the Culverts

The Natives are restless as Council gets closer to having something to put out to public consultation. This is understandable as no news can give rise to contemplating and therefore second guessing.

My understanding is Council will be briefed late this year or early next year with the finding of the Option 3 proposals the detail for which has been worked on for the last year or so. The sooner the better as far as I am concerned. Because the sooner we have something to consider and for the public also to consider, the less the residents who may be impacted will be needlessly stressed.

Option 3 was an attempt to find a resolution of the 20% of the overall scheme that the five Councils could not agree on. That means we agreed on 80%, which was important to avoid the Stormwater Management Authority jumping in and determining unilaterally what will and will not happen.

The Unley Council has been admonished recently by a number of residents in and around Millswood, who would be impacted significantly by Option 3, for selling them down the drain. Guys, let me assure you that simply is not the case.

Unley Council did what I believe to be the only sensible option available to it at that time. Under the weight of extreme and widespread public concern about the use of a dam and what it would do to significant trees in the area of the dam (amongst other things) we needed to at least be receptive to looking at other options. It would have been irresponsible to do otherwise. To do otherwise also would have made Unley the bad guys.

This concern resulted in a petition that went to all of the five councils and included (I know because they have told me face to face) residents in the Millswood area. Yes! Our own people were telling us no dam.

Little did these residents at the time realise what price they personally might have to pay. They do now as their neighbours gear up for a fight.

I personally have always been of the volition that the cost to Unley to save the environment where the dam was proposed would be far greater than what was trying to be avoided. I always felt that we could lose 500 significant trees, or more, to save the 5 or 6 up at the dam site. But you know what. I am astute enough to let the experts bring us a report that shows this to be the case rather than show myself up as the expert and arguing against all those people, noting that I had representation from members of the Mitcham Council tell me otherwise.

So the time is nearing when we get the results of the investigation into the feasibility of Option 3. When this happens the entire Unley Council will be keen to hear and obtain your input.

And the big tip I have to those concerned about what might happen 
to Millswood, and indeed Unley Park.

“You must not only present with passion to Unley Council, but all 5 councils like the no dam people previously did. And importantly you need to let the Mitcham Council know your feelings because they are the ones pursuing and promoting option 3 and need to hear that there is another side to that storey”.

Brownhill Creek Culvert at Forestville under test

The recent rains have tested the Brownhill Creek Culvert Diversion at Forestville Reserve.

With up to 80 mm of rain forecast over the coming weekend I thought I would check the end of the Culvert Diversion at Forestville Reserve earlier this afternoon. As the picture below shows the water was only about 300 mm from the ceiling of the culvert.

Word has it, about 2 hours later with rain easing the water level had dropped 300 mm down to 600 mm from the ceiling of the culvert.

DPTI Forestville Reserve Open Day

At a best guess I would say 500 people came and had a look at what information was available and to offer comment on what they thought good and/or bad about the various projects. DPTI had a swag of people there to answer questions, as did Council relative to the Brownhill Creek diversion and the redevelopment of Forestville Reserve.

Many issues concerning final design where answered, for me at least. In particular and concentrating here on just one, I was pleased to see that the electrification structure for the majority of the line would be a two pole cantilever structure rather than the Portal or Gantry style structure that DPTI had been using in all their promotions.

The Portal or Gantry structure will only be needed wherever there are 3 or more tracks, which essentially is north of Goodwood Junction. South of there, in other words south of Fairfax Street, the structure for the majority of the line, including beyond Unley’s boundaries, will be as below, two posts with a single cantilever on each post.


It is possible that some sections of the line, where it is possible to achieve it, that single posts with double cantilevers might be used. I have asked a DPTI representative to confirm whether this is possible along the Cromer Parade section and separately between Clarence Park Station and Emerson Station.

When I get the information I will pass it on.

Last Call

The DPTI hosted Open Day in Forestville Reserve is tomorrow. Yes Tomorrow.

If you have any interest in any of the projects going on along the rail corridor that runs within the borders of the City of Unley tomorrow is a must attend.

Projects that are concurrently underway include:

1   the rail revitislation
2   the elctrification of the Seaford (Noarlunga) line.
3   the rail grade separation, known as Goodwood Junction.
4   the provision of a shared cycling and pedestrian path, known as Greenways
5   the creation of a new station at Wayville
6   the diversion of the brownhill creek by way of underground culverts
7   redevelopment of Forestville Reserve as a result of that diversion

The last two projects are Council projects, the culverts beign constructed on our behalf by DPTI.

Come and see the many stalls set up, each covering one of the above projects.

It will be held at Forestville Reserve between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. A free sausage sizzle is available to anyone who attends.

Brownhill Creek back on the Agenda ahead of Time

Brownhill Creek is back on the agenda thanks to it appears, biased reporting in the Media. And this has aggravated a group of residents in Goodwood South Ward, believing Council has been derelict in it’s duty to it’s rate payers.

I am fast learning that a councillor is going spend half their time fielding misconceptions and therefore mistrust because the press must be right and you must be lying. This is about one of those times. I find myself defending a decision taken by council a while back on Brownhill Creek.

The decision was to agree to a stormwater management plan that went out to significant public consultation way back in 2011. We also agreed that the 5 councils will investigate the dam and no dam option over the next twelve months.

Subsequent concepts and drawings have been produced by the consultant charged with the design of the project and they include options for changing the size of some of the culvert diversions planned in the concept agreed to. It also includes some new culverts.

It appears there has been media reporting  that we have agreed to a scheme with these options. As a result we have been accused by some of our residents of “selling us” short. We have also been accused of not consulting on the “upgraded” plan.

Let me say this.


Now that we have that agreement and SMA approval we do not have to worry that the project will be taken away from us and we then have NO control over it. Now that we have the agreement we can get on with the project and the consultants can prepare detailed drawings.

This is when we will find out whether or not the no dam option is truly feasible or not. It may be that culvert sizes become too big to fit in a particular street whether destroying significant infrastructure including Unley’s greatest asset, its trees.

It may be that enough fall cannot be obtained to allow for the scheme to work, whether dam or no dam. This is evidenced by the early works that became necessary at the Goodwood Junction, where it was found the culvert simply could not take the original intended route around Goodwood Oval.

So (as an example) if Unley has to lose all its trees so that a couple of trees at the top of Mitcham can be saved then I wonder how Unley residents will react and how Unley Councillors will vote.

Anybody believing we should be consulting when we have nothing to consult on, or believing we have let them down I ask you who do you believe. The press or your elected members.

Lets face it…. as Zig Ziglar once said ….you have to believe everything the press says. Let’s face it, they have accurately predicted 23 of the last 2 recessions.

Tempers simmering as residents wait on final designs

After speaking with a few residents along the rail corridor within the borders of the City of Unley, having spoken to staff at DPTI, heard an address by DPTI CEO Rod Hook earlier in the week and having attended the last meeting of the group known as G-RAG I sense the pot is about to boil over in Goodwood and surrounding suburbs if something does not change.


I am witnessing a growing resentment by the residents of Goodwood, Forestville, Millswood, Clarence Park and Black Forest to what they see as their concerns being dismissed by DPTI or being given lip service at best. I am seeing both residents and officers of DPTI feeling the pressure and being challenged.
If I am right we may see some of these people experiencing health issues in the not too distant future. I sincerely hope I am not.
It was only a week or so ago when I reported that I thought people on both sides of this equation at the last CAG meeting were talking to each other and listening. In the short time since I am now hearing the opposite is the case.
People apparently walked out of the CAG meeting saying “a …… complete waste of time”. Numbers at this week’s G-RAG meeting were well down I understand and I since have found that there are those who have decided attending those meetings are also a waste of time and will not be going back.
It appears in other words that my earlier observations were accurate and that this group needed to concentrate on Goodwood issues, particularly around Devon Street South and Victoria Street. The intensity of concerns centred on that region, and they are dealing with more than any other area, are such that they cannot do justice to the concerns of other regions, like the Cromer Parade region, The Canterbury/Parker Terrace region, and the Cowper Road region. In other words I believe this is creating a different and dangerous tension.
After reporting on this blog site not that long ago that workers were being congratulated for getting the project ahead of schedule it my understanding listening to DPTI CEO on Monday night before our last council meeting that trains will be running again on the Seaford (Noarlunga) line in December. By my calculation that is 3 months after what was originally promoted.
Such a delay is going to extend the grief of all the people I have just mentioned AND also those commuters from further down the line who have been hitting talk back radio in the last few days.
Rumours that Council will take over from DPTI (as promoted in public by DPTI representatives) to design and construct the greenways bike path and associated landscaping is getting council into trouble too. Incorrectly I might add.
The fact is Council have become involved at the level they can, and that is trying to facilitate a better dialogue with residents on this project. We can’t simply push DPTI aside and takeover. We must be invited to particpate and can only particpate within the confines established by DPTI, whose projects these are (except the Creek diversion).
DPTI may handball some of this to Council (as a subcontractor being paid by DPTI) but this is yet to be confirmed. It appears at this stage that DPTI will keep this responsibility for the bike path and landscaping north of the East Avenue crossing and that they will ask Council to take responsibility south of that crossing.
Whatever happens this cannot commence until DPTI confirm what geographical space is available to allow design, let alone construction. In other words were will the rail fences be. This they have yet to do.
Hopefully an information session planned for Sunday 24th March at Forestville Reserve will circumvent any breaking points I am concerned may be close.
I understand that there will be stands for all 5 projects that we are dealing with at present
Goodwood Junction Rail Separation
Rail Electrification
Brownhill Creek/Keswick Creek stormwater diversion
Greenways bike path
Wayville Station
More on this when I learn more.

Green light given to long-awaited flood plan for Brown Hill and Keswick creeks

The SMA (Stormwater Management Authority) has approved the Stormwater Mitigation proposal that was agreed in principle last year by the 5 Councils including our own to flood proof the Brownhill Creek and Keswick Creek areas from the nominal 100 year flood.

The plan approved covers 80% of the recommendations put by Worsley Parsons some back. The contentious issue of the dam is yet to be resolved however. We have twelve months to all come to an agreement on the issues surrounding the dam.

This is not a green light for work to commence however, as the funding is yet to be agreed. Federal and State Government funding was promised to match the contribution form each of the councils but confirmation is now awaited given approval by the SMA has now occurred.

Notwithstanding funding each council will need to budget for the works and this will take years to complete, being such a large project.

Work may be ready to start within the City of Unley boundaries having said that in the near future up at Ridge Park. More on that later.

Having said that, as readers to this blog site would know, culvert diversions are currently underway in Goodwood as part of the Goodwood Junction Railway project (for reasons previously noted in other posts on this blog).

Brownhill Creek Stormwater Plan Approved

The storm water management authority formally approved today the storm water management plan for Brownhill and Keswick creeks.
In addition, the 50% contribution from the State to the ridge park works have been approved.
Work will now commence on investigating options for stage two works – dam vs no dam.  At the same time discussions will now occur with the State about funding options of overall plan.

Forestville Reserve-Blame Me!

Yes the fiasco surrounding the culvert soon to be installed in Forestville Reserve as part of the Brownhill Creek Stormwater Mitigation project and a lack of consultation can be blamed on me.

Some three or four months ago at a briefing to Council by the Stormwater managemnt team it became apparent to me that Goodwood Junction Project was simply going to steam along under the State Government’s unrealistic time frame with no recognition of its impact on the Brownhill Creek Stormwater project.

A Culvert was going to be pushed either down Devon Street or through the back streets of Millswood behind the Goodwood Oval to get around the fact that the train tunnel was going to dissect Brownhill Creek (at its (the tunnel) lowest point. Nowhere therefore for the stormwater to go.

I pointed all this out at that briefing and suggested that the proposed (temporary) works might in fact interfere with the politically sensitive dam v No Dam option up at Brownhill Creek. So out came the big guns from DPTI, The Stormwater Management Authority and Council to determine how to best address this section of the Brownhill Creek Culvert diversions.

In other words the design of the Culvert in this area was going to be bought forward twelve months and the construction some three years all because it made absolutely no sense for major works to be carried out in this area only to see it all happen again in three years.

I refer to my post on this blog site http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8908282396990356616#editor/target=post;postID=6239395343102204442 dated 24 August as proof of this.

My theory – do it now do it right.

That meant of course that we at Councilwould get caught up in the malaise that has been the Goodwood Junction Project – a project with no consultation by DPTI on behalf of the State Government because they (the Gov’t) did not give enough time to consult before design,  a fact I have noted previously a number of times on this blog site (read any n umb er of posts on this topic).

No time to consult or design before the Government took possession of Forestville Reserve and surrounding areas. No time to go to our residents about the culvert before DPTI started chopping down trees for the Goodwood Juncton project or before they started invading the neighbourhood with their trucks, again for the Goodwood Junction project.

The alternative was to (Council) sit on its hands and let DPTI on behalf of the Government run amuk and construct culverts that impacted on our residents worse than what appears now to be the most practicable solution. Let them construct culverts that would not address the needs of the stormwater mitigation project.

So, as I said at the outset. Blame me, but don’t expect an apology. The alternative was worse and residenst would have been more angry had we allowed the Governmnet’s project to continue with what simply was never going to work.

I have been, along with my co-councillor Jennie Boisvert working feverishly to ensure the Goodwood Junction project interfered with the residents of Goodwood South Ward of the City of Unley as little as possible. Unfortunately issues have arisen in Goodwood Ward that were unforeseen by my compatriots in that Ward. Make no mistake though, they like you want the best possible solution and feel just as frustrated as you probably do at this fiasco.

Trust me though, as little time as we have had to consult with our residents in that ward their contribution will still be valued by our team as we put together that which we are responsible for in this convergence of projects. Their input will be taken on board just as it has in the past, when the Reserve was upgardied aftre the basketball stadium was demolished.

And don’t forget that 90% of what may be disturbing you if you are a resident of this area is what the Government has done, not the Council.

Forestville Reserve Public Meeting

For any of the readers of this blog who have an interest Council are currently organising a community information session with a focus on Forestville Reserve.


This session will be held at the Unley Swimming Centre on Tuesday 18th December 2012, probably starting at 6.45pm with a scheduled completion at 8pm.


At the session we expect to have not only Council officers, but also DPTI, BHKC Project, and representatives from the prime contractor available to explain the Forestville Reserve works and answer questions.


Only a few Goodwood South residents will be notified as we intend to only distribute invitations to residents within the following area:

· west of Goodwood Road;

· south of Leader Street;

· east of Third Avenue;

· north of Chelmsford& Cranbrook Avenues

If you have an interest in this part fo the major works going on in and around the rail corridor please come, and invite others you feel might be interested.




    DPTI Distrust

    The Public Meeting organised by local state member Steph Keys was held last night with the predominant feeling in the room being one of distrust of DPTI and their alleged lack of consultation.

    Amidst sometimes heated debate about whether or not the “horse had bolted” an interim committee was formed to head up a resident’s action group to advocate through Steph to DPTI as the project moves forward. This I believe to be an important step towards residents affected by the project having some say on the project.

    Maybe this will refocus people’s attention away from Council and back to where it belongs; the State Government and DPTI. Whilst the mood was clearly one of mistrust and non believing of what they were hearing from Luigi Rossi, who is DPTI’s Executive Director Public Transport Strategic Projects, we also heard an under current that the Council was to blame for all that they felt was going wrong.

    This is disturbing as we have little or no say in what happens, where it happens and when it happens. What we could do was advocate for residents who believed that DPTI where not listening to them. This I think we did well and I am proud of concessions I have secured on behalf of those residents who voiced their concerns to me.

    I would hate to think that any resident from my ward thought Council had not down all they could to represent them and advocate for them. Those from my ward and those who read this blog would be well aware of what Jennie and I have done to achieve the minimum disruption caused by a project that was going ahead irrespective of public opinion.

    Unfortunately however the Brownhill Creek project, which is not scheduled to proceed for another three years and for which detail design was not going to be done until late next year, has had to be bought forward in the environs of this project because the tunnel of the Goodwood Junction will cut the creek in half.

    This has meant Council and the Stormwater Management Authority(SMA) has had to rush the hydrology design for this area and to bring forward work in this area of the Brownhill Creek stormwater scheme to avoid flooding prior to the main stormwater project going ahead.

    The culverts for the stormwater diversion have had to be redirected from where they conceptually had been planned and look like having to go through Forestville Reserve, something that was not originally expected by the SMA. My information suggests this was always going to have to be the case but the design time and consultation has been savagely compromised by having to do it now, before the tunnel is built. This is soemthing we (Coucnil) regrets but it has been totally out of our hands.

    This is Council property so we have some say in what happens there however. It appears there is no option but to run it through the reserve but we do get the chance to determine what form it takes. A number of options are being considered.

    True to form Council WILL consult on the options and we expect, given the rush being imposed on us by the January 2 start for Goodwood Junction, to have a public meeting on this next week. Our communities thoughts WILL be taken into consideration with what eventually is constructed there.

    Goodwood Junction still in the news

    Questions are still being asked in spite of the Open Day put on by DPTI a few weeks back at SASMEE Park.

    The major questions being asked right now concern haulage routes and the disruption that will cause residents who might not have thought they would get caught up in it.

    Your local State MP, Steph Keys has picked up on this and is looking to arrange a public meeting, possible in the 1st week of December, date and venue as yet unconfirmed.  Steph is aware that haulage may well be the major focus of this session.

    I have also received information that people need to be aware of in respect of what may be possible and I posted on that this morning on this blog site.

    Another issue has been highlighted and given conversations with the Eastern Courier over the last two days I suspect this issue will be the topic of an article in next week’s publication. The issue is another raised by yet another astute resident and it concerns traffic flow at the tram crossing at the western end of Victoria Street.

    This resident has identified that, once the train line crossing on Victoria Street is closed (set for I think the 10th December), locals wanted to travel north or east will have to first travel west to the tram crossing, increasing significantly the number of people wanting to access Leah Street form this location.

    Trouble is they will have to wait, and wait, and wait for the flow of traffic at peak hour by the southern rat runners from East Avenue, let alone Aroha Terrace.

    Whilst the Eastern Courier is likely to run this storey I have asked our Infrastructure Manager if he can liaise with DPTI at their next weekly meeting to establish if they have already identified this and have plans to accommodate it….OR… if not can they look into it before it becomes a problem.

    Beyond all this I believe work might be about to commence in Forestville Reserve in preparation for the Brownhill Creek culvert diversions, would you believe, next week. And Steph was hoping to have a public meeting about this in January. If my information is correct about next week the horse will have bolted.

    Watch this space as always for further updates, particularly about Steph Keys’ proposed public meeting.

    Goodwood Junction Update

    As a result of concerns expressed by a resident in Oakley Avenue recently about the layout of safety barriers and direction signs for the current preparatory works for the Goodwood Junction Project.

    The concern was prompted by an accident between car and bicycle caused apparently by confusion. It was also prompted by concerns that cars parked legally one minute but illegally the next because no parking signs were erected after the car was parked.
    Jennie & I liaised with that resident, and another and it appears that the situation in that area has now settled down. Workers there made some modifications and the flow of vehicle, bike and foot traffic appears to be working well.
    The concerns raised prompted me to call a meeting with our management so that we can identify potential hazards going forward as other areas are blocked off when the real works commence. A let’s encourage, with our help, DPTI to be a bit more proactive to reduce public negativity.
    Jennie & I prompted a number of questions of our management to put to DPTI, noting that the real works are due to start:
    ü  The Brownhill Creek Culverts December 17 ….. like that is only 1 month and 3 days away.
    ü  The excavation for the underpass ….. January 1.
    ü  What has come out of the meeting is
    With the culvert works about to commence a key question is what will be the final outcome for the Brownhill Creek diversion at Forestville Reserve? Steph Keys is soon to call a meeting of residents very soon regarding the impact of the stormwater designs on Forestville Reserve. DPTI are also we are told to hold a further public meeting, possibly for December 1.
    They are reviewing haulage routes, noting they were planning to us Leah Street, which of course has finally had the humps installed. We were given alternates last bight but I will wait confirmation before considering publishing them.
    I also took the opportunity to re-raise a question I have prompted before concerning dilapidation surveys. Residents houses may be impacted by the works and dilapidation surveys should be conducted in my opinion of each house in the area. Council will be conducting a survey of our infrastructure, kerbs, roads, footpaths etc and our arborist is spending countless hours to ensure nothing untoward happens to our significant trees.
    If approached by DPTI to have a dilapidation survey done on your property I encourage you to accept this and to request a copy of the survey for your own records. This is the best way of ensuring any damage caused to your house by excavations or other work can be demonstrated as having likely been caused by the same.

    Goodwood Junction Update

    Three things for every one’s attention. I have just received news about Millswood park to add to other news on this project.

    1     Millswood Park as a venue for a depot.

    This is no longer required.

    2    Information Session

    The information session will be, as I reported recently at the SASMEE Park on Sunday 28th October commencing at 11.00 am.

    3  Work Commences

    So before the information session work has commenced. DPTI have advised their tree contractors are starting today. Activity will focus on the Cromer Pde, Hackett and Chelmsford Ave area in the first instance, and will largely involve pruning for the safe passage of plant and equipment. It will include the removal of the Ficus on the Chelmsford/Cromer “bend”, as per DAC approvals.

    For any enquiries residents may have, DPTI has set up a central “hotline” – Rail Revitalisation Project Community Information 1300 782 454.

    Goodwood Junction Public Meeting

    Yes we are going to have a public meeting at long last.

    The following is a copy of the letter we are advised is going to residents and key stakeholders by DPTI on the Goodwood Junction Project.  Please note the time of the meeting.

    Dear residents, landowners and local businesses

    In the 2012/13 State Budget, the South Australian Government announced funding of $110 million for a major new infrastructure project – the Goodwood Junction Upgrade.
    This project is a key part of the Government’s larger Rail Revitalisation program and will enhance rail and traffic safety, enable freight and passenger trains to operate more efficiently and reduce waiting times for traffic at the Leader Street, Victoria Street and Cross Road level crossings.
    Importantly, the Goodwood Junction Upgrade will deliver local amenity improvements through reduced local noise levels, enhanced local landscaping and lighting and by facilitating improved local cycle and pedestrian links, including a new connection on the Greenways cycleway.
    The project will also enable the re-alignment of Brownhill Creek and the installation of a larger culvert system to increase its capacity and help achieve the flood mitigation goals sought by the Stormwater Management Authority and Unley, Mitcham, Burnside, Adelaide and West Torrens Councils. 
    The main construction activities involve the separation of the freight line and Belair passenger line from the Noarlunga passenger line through construction of a rail underpass near Victoria Street, Goodwood. This will result in the two Noarlunga lines being lowered approximately six metres below ground level. The planned works also include upgrades of signalling and reconstruction of the Leader Street, Victoria Street and East Avenue rail crossings.
    The project is part of a larger $443 million package of works that will also allow for the separation of the interstate freight network from the suburban passenger rail network between North Adelaide and Torrens Junction. The State Government is delivering the project in partnership with the Australian Government, which has committed $232.1 million to the project.
    The Goodwood Junction Upgrade is planned to be completed by September 2013, followed by the Torrens Junction works in 2015/16.
    The project team is committed to providing all the information residents, local businesses and other interested parties need as design and construction of the Goodwood Junction Upgrade progresses.
    We have organised a community information day for 28 October 2012 at SASMEE Park between 11am – 3pm, for which you will receive a separate invitation. In the next weeks we will also be visiting local households and businesses adjacent to the project area.
    We are working closely with both Unley and Mitcham Councils in the planning and design stages and will continue to meet with local organisations and residents’ groups throughout the project.
    I encourage you to meet the project team at our information day and ask questions regarding the design and construction works.
    For more information on the Goodwood Junction Upgrade and other Rail Revitalisation projects please visit http://infrastructure.sa.gov.au/RR, email us at [email protected], or contact the Goodwood Junction Upgrade project team on 1300 443 198.
    Yours sincerely,
    Luigi Rossi
    9 October 2012

    The News on the Goodwood Junction

    Unfortunately a sinus/asthma attack left me unfit to attend a briefing of Council by DPTI on the Goodwood Junction project and the impact it is having on the Brownhill Creek project.

    I am relying therefore on the report by my co-councillor Jennie Boisvert on her blog site as per the following link.


    See you at the briefing.

    Goodwood Junction v Brownhill Creek goes public

    The Goodwood Junction v Brownhill Creek and the mess that has inspired many in the community of Millswood to rise up in controlled anger has finally gone public. Well by way of an article at least …. in the local newspaper, The Eastern Courier.

    The article can be found at


    With residents and community groups all observing they have had little or no contact the time is nigh for the Government to respond.

    They have advised council that up until now they have had nothing to go to the public with and you know what that is absolutely right. They have been stumbling from one issue to another, most found by examination of the documents that we at council have had access to, by Jennie & I.

    The rumour is we will have a public meeting some time in October, I presume after the tenders for construction of the rail separation have been let; which means the session will be an information session.

    No doubt the public will get to see what properties will be acquired and the reason why. No doubt the public will get to see what has had to happen in this region to accommodate the “no dam” option in Brownhill Creek.

    I hope the “no dammers” appreciate what this suburb is sacrificing for their cause and my personal  flagging of what was likely to happen if the Junction went ahead without any reference to the Brownhill Creek requirement.

    PS ……………………….. I trust whoever put the notice up on the fences at the easten end of Millswood Park blaming Council for what has or has not been going on would kindly remove them now that the real culprits have been identified.

    Not Happy Jan-Goodwood Junction

    There remains a lot of unhappy people out there in Millswood as the State Government, through DPTI, continues to bumble their way through the Goodwood Junction project.

    Because of the lack of consultation from the State Government rumours are flying around fast.

    There are people honestly believing a house in Victoria Street will be demolished to provide access for a bulldozer to dig the hole in the junction.

    Clearly this project continues to cause frustration to the residents of Millswood.

    Please be assured everyone Jenny and I are doing our best to represent you and advocate for you to DPTI.

    If this is not good enough we suggest you go to your local state member and get her involved.

    Goodwood Junction Update

    Firstly a big thank you to all the people who have spoken with my co-councillor & I about this project. In spite of most who have spoken to us indicating they have yet to be consulted by DPTI you have heard about it, researched it and made valuable and pertinent observations about the logistics of the project.

    On the other side of the coin Jennie and I have been working hard to ensure the State Government do not tread all over you as they prepare to start the project. It has taken much of our focus.

    Some of you have made representation on the Development Application submitted to the Development Assessment Commission, and I would suggest DPTI would be surprised by how many of you have, particularly given they believe you are all pretty much in favour of the project. We have been copied into much of this.

    A number of you have simply put your thoughts to us and trusted we would pass it on, on your behalf. Jennie has summarised the main concerns on her last blog post at

    The other major concerns are

    1   how the project will impact on the Brownhill Creek project and this is a separate issue not the responsibility of DPTI. it must be dealt with through the Brownhill Creek management team.

    2   what is going to happen to the strip of land affected and as I have blogged previously this is a council responsibility. Certainly we are looking for DPTI to be responsible for the cost of rectification but the future use of this land is for Coucnil to decide, in consultation with you. And this is being addressed as part of our current Community Assets Review which I have blogged on frequently.

    In the meantime I can tell you all that we will be meeting with our staff tomorrow for an update on what progress we have made in negotiating a responsible solution with DPTI. watch this space for further updates.

    By the way; my earlier predictions were that this project could not possibly be ready to start in January. It appears now that it will and maybe because they (the Govt) have been pushing ahead by calling tenders before the designs were ready and I guess you may have thoughts on that.

    Brownhill Creeek Decision Time

    It has been a long time coming (since 2006). Monday Night is a big night on Council as we look to decide whether or not to support the 80% of the stormwater project that most believe can be delivered without the dam/no dam question being entertained.

    Council is being asked to consider approving all but those works on the Brownhill Creeek, Keswick Creek Stormwater project that is not affected by whether or not the dam is included.

    This may seem like an essentially easy thing after all the water that has flowed under the bridge. It may well be but I want to be absolutely sure that the feasibility of options 3 and 3A are not compromised by the need to proceed now with the Goodwood Junction Project (see separate post) before work is done on proving that either option IS indeed feasible.

    In order for the Goodwood Junction Project to proceed as planned, from January next year, the location of culverts under the line needs to be determined. How this can be achieved when the necessary detail design of the Brownhill Creeek stormwater culverts will not be done until next year escapes me.

    Indeed, for the NO DAM proponents they may find they are locked in to a particular concept when the culverts meet the Junction. If detail design suggest this is inappropriate then what, the under rail culverts will already be in place.