Nominations for elected member open Tuesday

As I noted in my recent attempt a short while ago at video blogging nomination for council open this Tuesday. They run for 14 days.

For anyone thinking of putting their hand up there are a number of articles providing information about how to and what you would be taking on. I posted n this myself back on August 1 here.

The Local Government Association have a deal of information as do Council, to name a few.

But try out what elected member of our neighbouring ward (Goodwood), Bob Schnell has to say. Follows up well I think on my blog post. Mind you h has me wondering if I am doing too much, of that is possible.

If you think you have what it takes, have the passion to serve your community and you think you can fit in the hours it would take then why not go for it. Can I suggest you run in another ward though…..please! I can do without the opposition.

Yes! I am Nominating

I will do so on Tuesday when Nominations open be renominating for Council in the renamed Ward of Clarence Park (formerly Goodwood South) as announced in the video below.

Hope you found the video blog re freshening, rather than reading my blog for a change.

All comments on this blog post are either written by or authorised by Don Palmer.

They represent my own personal views and should not be viewed as the views of the Unley Council.

And Now it’s our turn to go to the Polls

2014 Council Elections

2014 Council Election Enrolment

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Local government elections are held every 4 years, with the next one to be held in November 2014.

If you are already on the State Electoral roll (in this Council area) to vote in State elections then you will automatically be on the Council voters roll and will receive voting papers by post.

However, if you are a landlord, business lessee or resident non-Australian citizen you will no longer be automatically included on the Council roll.  If you have been previously enrolled in that capacity, and are still eligible, you will need to re-enrol after 1 January 2014.

Enrolment for the 2014 Council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014.

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Further information for voters and candidates is available on the following websites
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Unley Council Wards
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And this is bon-voyage for Goodwood South. As I have reported previously and as you will see from the lower of the two maps this ward will in future be known as Clarence Park ward.

Ashford Cost Liberals Government

Make no mistake Liberal Party it was not Colton that cost you Government it was Ashford.

You would be well aware the pre-polling showed you candidate was ahead, until you declared that you would NOT open Millswood Railway Station. Locals wanted it open and the word in the street is “I voted Labor to get the station open.

Oops!

Apparently Steph Key was returned with an 800 vote majority. If 401 people changed their mind she would have lost.

Well done Labor. You have once again shown the Libs that it pays to listen to the locals in a swinging seat.

Will the Local be put back into Planning in SA post the State Elections

The Minister for Planning John Rau, the Shadow Minister Vicky Chapman and MLC Mark Parnell were interviewed by Mike Smithson of Channel 7 at a lunch hosted today by the LGA.

The Mayor & I attended this luncheon to hear what each had to offer in the Planning arena and their views of Council involvement.

Readers of this blog would be well aware that the Minister has overseen two planning initiatives in the current term of Government. They are the various development plan amendments to accommodate the Governments 30 year plan. The other is an overhaul of the Planning assessment regime.

For those of you interested in your built neighbourhood please read on.

The Minister was quite clear in determining that Councils should have a role in the Policy making of Planning, the development of the Development Plans but not in the assessment of individual application against that policy.

Vicky Chapman on the other hand felt it was up to Government to set policy and that Council is best served to carry out the assessment function.

Clearly a stark contrast between the two.

This hopefully gives readers a guide on which way to vote if you have a passion about how your street should look now and into the future.

Here’s my take to remind you what I have said in previous posts.

John Rau says we should be involved in policy but not in assessment.

In truth under his watch we have been the mechanism through which he conducted public consultation on what at the end of the day was his plan not ours on the various Development plan amendment we have participated in during my item on Council.

In my opinion what this did was focus anger from the public toward councils in the early days, until they woke up and understood it as his plan.

Quite frankly, while Unley finally won a number of major concessions, it was the Ministers plan not ours, although we did get a say. This to me means he agrees pretty much with his counterpart Vicky Chapman, that the State sets Policy, which I presume limits Local Government involvement. So I struggle to see that they vary on this important issue.

On the question of assessment Vicky Chapman has undertaken that a Liberal Government will put assessment of buildings 4 storeys and above back in the hands of Local Government after having recently been stripped from us.

John Rau is of the opinion that elected members presence on the councils DAP compromise the process as they have a conflict of interest. His approach, using a central Development Assessment Commission (DAC) filled only with professionals is the best approach.

Once again I disagree. A DAC has no local knowledge of the nuances of a given suburb or street. They are more likely to make a clinical decision which I suggest is poor process.

My take then is State Governments should take advantage of having a Local Government involved in both the Policy area and the assessment arena. Only Local Government is close to their community. Only Local Government has an understanding of the impact of development on transport, parking, the impact on the infrastructure. They should be at the core of both Policy and of assessment.

So where to from here?

You may or may not agree with my take so over to you. The choice is yours on March 15, one month from today.

Ward Changes to impact on next Council Election

Following on from yesterday’s post about the 2014 Council Elections I thought it was timely to remind you of changes to the structure of Council with the upcoming election.

You may remember I advised back in September that Goodwood South Ward will be re-named Clarence Park Ward. This will address an anomaly in that Goodwood South is the only Ward not named after one of its suburbs.

Being named Clarence Park means the Clarence Park Community Centre will now reside in the ward of its name notwithstanding it is not located in the suburb of its name. The Community Centre is all but the centre of the ward as it is currently structured, which In suggest is somewhat symbolic.

There will be some changes in the geographical boundaries of the wards. Clarence Park’s borders however will remain unchanged. The Clarence Park map is shown below. If you would like to see what the new boundaries of the other wards will be visit the Unley website page
http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=1238

Election Year

Never Mind the upcoming state election and we will be full of that shortly as it is only 9 weeks away the more important election of I can be parochial is the November Council elections.

This blog post is important if you wish to have an influence over the results of the Council elections.

Local government elections are held every 4 years, with the next one to be held in November 2014.
If you are already on the State Electoral roll (in this Council area) to vote in State elections then you will automatically be on the Council voters roll and will receive voting papers by post.
However, if you are a landlord, business lessee or resident non-Australian citizen you will no longer be automatically included on the Council roll.  If you have been previously enrolled in that capacity, and are still eligible, you will need to re-enrol after 1 January 2014.
Enrolment for the 2014 Council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014.
Resident not on the State Electoral roll or a Sole Owner or Sole Occupier
(where owner or occupier is a person)
Click here for Enrolment Form
Business or Organisation, Sole Owner or Occupier 
(Body corporate)
A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the body corporate.
Click here for Enrolment Form
Group of Owners or Occupiers 
(Property owned or occupied by more than one person and/or business/organisation)
A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Group.
Click here for Enrolment Form
Further information for voters and candidates is available on the following websites
Local Government Association
Electoral Commission South Australia