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 in a good light:
 
– 87% said our customer service and support is either good or very good.
– 90% said our price/affordability is either good or very good.
– 80% said our range of programs was either good or very good.
– 87% said our range of information available was either good or very good.
– 89% said our facilities are either good or very good for what they need.
I don’t know how many of the responses came for the Clarence Park Community Centre, around the corner from me. I am sure they rate as highly, if not more highly, than the other three Community Centres. 
Some achievements from 2017 include
 
  • Our school holiday programs were extremely popular again across 2017 with most activities booking out across FPCC and CPCC.
  • Unley Community Centre was host to the 2017 ‘Zest Fest’ and saw 96 participants attend its High Tea celebration.
  • Clarence Park Community Centre was again ‘host’ the Premier’s Cabinet meeting in 2017.  This has proven to be a great opportunity to showcase local community programs and services available at the Centre.
  • Continued delivery of free or subsidised programs supported by State Government (DCSI) funding to run the very popular Aquacise and ‘Cooking 101’ at Unley Community Centre, the youth drop-in service and parenting seminars attended by hundreds of local families at Fullarton Park, and the very busy Playgroup at Clarence Park.
 
We are looking forward to another busy year ahead with a range of diverse activities and programs to engage our local community. Please refer to the 2018 Community Centres program available on our website for more detail.

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 development plan amendment. He cited significant community opposition as one of the motivators behind his decision.

He also agreed with the reasons given for opposition to those sites expressed by the local community.

The community says no

People power does work.

One of the sites was at Unley Road Malvern. Not many in the community were aware of the proposed changes. Communication by the Government was poor and the reason for this. One of the local elected members for Council, Cr Michael Rabbitt took it upon himself to alert the local community.

Jennie and I did this during DPA 2 a few years back. We made sure that everyone that would be affected by the proposed changes knew that the changes were proposed. We also encouraged, as did Michael this time, the community to put their views forward.

Speaking with Malvern residents yesterday at a celebratory street party I heard how those who spoke out were told by some they were wasting their time. They were told they were that no-one ever listens, that they won’t change the Government’s mind.

Wrong. They were listened to. People power does work. Not only were the listened to, they had the ultimate influence over the minister’s final decision. This, with 3 others  was excluded.

The same occurred with three other sites in other Council areas.

It also occurred with DPA 2 I mentioned above. It occurred with the recent Unley Central DPA where both the Council and the Minister took notice.

People power does work.

Let me finish with a question for you. What is the worst thing that could happen if you don’t speak up?

Community Spirit Alive and Well

A huge turnout attended the Fun day hosted by the Clarence Park Community Kindergarten yesterday.

It was great to see so many people come out and support the kindergarten. It was great to see too the improvement in the last few years that recent committees have managed to implement, some with grant assistance from Council.

Well done guys.

Clarence Park Kindergarten Open Day is Tomorrow

As noted in our joint newsletter distributed last week Jennie & I remind you of the Clarence Park Kindergarten’s open day which is tomorrow.

The Kindy has been a long standing neighbour in Clarence Park catering to generations of children, including my wife way back in……. might not complete that just in case she reads this blog post. Come along see what they have to offer. The wonderful staff would love to meet you and show you around the Kindy.

When: Friday 27th June      Time: 10am – 11am
Where: 5 Parker Terrace, Clarence Park  (Opposite the Train Station)   Phone: 8293 5652

The Kindy offers a play based curriculum, strong literacy and numeracy focus, shady and spacious outdoor area and a great bike track.

If you have kids of the right age please note that 2015 enrollments are now open. If only our Grand kids lived near here.

Well done & Bon Voyage Kerry Webb

Hot on the good news that the Clarence Park Community Kindergarten received a grant from Council for their proposed community garden (see previous blog) we find the Director is moving on.

Kerry Webb rejuvenated the Kindergarten when she arrived some 5 years ago.
It is with sadness of leaving a community that made her one of theirs but with joy at taking on new challenges that she moves on.
Thanks from the community of Kelvin Avenue, Parker Terrace and East Avenue Kerry and good luck in the future.
Go the Power!