This is just a quick heads up that the request for approval for going out to tender for the master planning of this precinct has been delayed until next month.
After much time and focusing our energies on that Oval east of here the time is nearing when master planning is about to get under way out here in the west.
I expect Council will be asked to endorse a briefing at the upcoming council meeting this month for calling tenders from Consultants to conduct the master planning. If this happens I will update you in this blog space.
As I see we have no need to resurvey the clubs as I firmly believe we know what their respective wish lists are. It would be great to simply go straight out to the residents and others for their views on the precinct and how they see it in 20 years time.
Whether this happens first up or not it will happen and I look forward to what my neighbours in Millswood and surrounds have to say. It will be good to move on from the State Government’s rail revelation project onto something where we all CAN positively influence.
Following on from my post of 11 September last I can now advise that the people of this newly formed group, be they club representatives or residents, are (in the absence of control being exercised by Council) taking ownership of the Group and has a web site of its own.
The first meeting of the newly badged “Goodwood Oval Reference Group” met tonight for the first time; and there was some frank discussion in the group with issues impacting on the Oval precinct in the near future. This includes the upcoming master planning of Goodwood Oval and nearby Millswood Reserve.
The meeting started with members introducing themselves. Each club was represented, two residents represented their neighbours, three councilors were present and one member of council’s staff.
It was agreed that one of the resident representatives chair this and subsequent meeting. He will also keep a record of the discussions of the meeting.
The meeting was briefed on the structure and format of the new meetings. The group understand that they are a reference group and not a decision making committee of council. This will not stop them from making requests of Council, be it administrative in nature to the member of staff that will be present or via their elected members if there is a request of council in a strategic area.
We were also briefed about the upcoming master planning process for the precinct. Tenders will be cancelled soon to start this process off. In anticipation of this their was an exchange of views regrading the wishes of the Hockey Club and Tennis.
Finally the Goodwood Tennis Club were challenged over their use of large logo sponsors signs on new shade cloth. The club has become aware after resident complaints from a month ago that they require approval for any signage. Under the lease to Tennis SA council approval is required for any signage and council would definitely take on the views of residents before providing approval.
I felt discussions between the club and residents may have actually come up with a solution that could prove workable. Having said that the club indicated they would have further discussions with their sponsors and with council, and hope to have a solution enacted prior to the group’s next meeting.
This meeting showed the power of community groups working together. Another example of how those in the west of Unley are showing the rest of Unley how it should be done.
Watch this space for more reports from this group.
A club not mentioned before in my blogs who deserve some accolades is the Forestville Hockey Club.
The re-badged formerly called Goodwood Advisory Group is set to meet for the first time in the first week of September.
The new group is made up of resident representatives, representatives of the various sporting clubs using the oval and surrounds and three elected members, Bob Schnell (representing Goodwood Ward) and Jennie & I representing Goodwood South Ward.
The successes of the sporting clubs in the west of the City of Unley continues with the Tennis Club at the Goodwood Oval complex being the subject of a storey in the Eastern Courier this week.
The Goodwood Tennis Club is reported (on page13 of the current edition) as proving to be a breeding ground for future stars.
Four junior members of the club – Amber Marshall, Nikki Milner, Brooke Milner and David Abfalter are shining both on the state stage and the national stage.
The club President is of the belief that the current crop of juniors is at least as good, if not better, than what the club has had for the last 10 or 20 years.
Great to see yet another of our sporting clubs setting the pace for others to follow.
Community Consultation is well underway on the plan with a handful of people attending the two open meetings held at the Civic Centre this week.
Have only heard from two others, one of which I will be catching up with next week regarding how to develop the eastern side of Millswood Park.
Apart from that I can tell you that we have let a contract for the Master Planning of Unley Oval. Master Planning of Goodwood Oval and Millswood Park awaits budget allocation in (hopefully) next year’s budget.
Community consultation has now commenced on the Draft Community Asset Action Plan 2012 – 2015, closing 2 November. Finally we are in a position to allow public to input into the futures of Goodwood Oval and Millswood Park in the west of the city and also Unley Oval.
So whatever the outside agendas that have been promoted and all the theories being thrown around can now take a back seat as our thoughts are now made public. I encourage you to read the information at the link below.
Your input is not only encouraged but, with the encouraging reaction to suggestions being put in the last three months at ALL THREE complexes, requested. We need and want your input, as is the way we do things in Unley.
These are your facilities.
You will note a public information session is planned for 24 October at the Civic Centre. This will be an opportunity to talk with the authors of the report and it is my intention to be there in person at both sessions.
Changes are in the offing with tennis at Goodwood Oval.
My Co-Councilor has picked up on comments in the minutes of a recent Goodwood Oval Advisory Group Committee meeting and made some observations regarding this in her blog site.
It is true that Tennis SA is applying for a liquor licence for their premises at Goodwood Oval. The process of applying for a licence requires public consultation so those near the ground will hear more on this later. It is my understanding that this licence will be similar to that which both the Football Club and Cricket Club already have. I understand also that there will be no change to the hours the courts are used.
It is also true that the use of the 4 northern courts was discussed, as it has been for most of this year. As a member of the committee I can tell you there is nothing untoward about this and that in fact the change is council inspired in that the move is to ensure the general public DO get their rightful access.
Our neighbouring Ward Councilor, Bob Schnell highlighting the lack of awareness of who has access to these courts, raised the issue earlier this year.
Their lease is also due for renewal.
As part of the lease renewal negotiations the situation of public access has been identified as one condition of the lease that needed tidying up. This is happening with Council likely to sign post the area to indicate they are public courts. The club will be allowed access on an agreed regime when events are to be held.
Be assured everyone that this is about more public access through awareness and not less access to allow the club more, as I am sure your resident representatives on this committee would attest.
As we move toward the next phase of the Community Assets Review we are being challenged with things that have the potential to de-rail all the good work done to date.
I recently posted that I expected the next phase of the review would occur in September. That phase is going out to public consultation on the draft initiatives that have emanated from the consultation earlier in the year from the principal stakeholders, the clubs and associations who use the facilities being reviewed. With side issues getting in the way it will now be October before we can give you a chance to comment.
We had to deal with a suggestion on Unley Oval to experiment with trial fencing around part of the Oval. This will not be happening.
We then had to deal with DPTI wanting to use the Forestville Hockey Ground as the main works depot for the Goodwood Junction Project. With lobbying from Jennie (my co-councillor) & I this will now not happen as it will be located in the Showgrounds.
We are currently dealing with a proposal for DPTI to use part of the Millswood Sporting Complex as a minor works depot for the same project.
The interference caused by these have been noted in previous posts.
A motion will be put to Council on Monday night to approve calling tenders for master planning for the Unley Oval precinct. If passed this will allow us to start with master planning as soon as the results of the public consultation have been received and collated.
Of course the financial status of the Sturt Football Club is a concern as we move forward but this should not stop us from calling tenders.
We should have a better understanding of their financial position and the results of the public consultation before being in a position to let the successful tender.
Calling of tenders for the other two precincts, Goodwood Oval and Millswood, are not anticipated yet.
Council last night endorsed the recommendations of the Community Assets Review Committee to advance to the next stage.
Much has been achieved thus far with the review. Recommenced late last year with yours Truly a member of the committee overseeing it after stalling a few years ago we have achieved our original aim of consulting with the key stakeholders.
These stakeholders, the sporting clubs and other organisations using our various facilities, were asked to provide us with their visions for their future, to advise us their needs going forward. In some cases they were asked about recommendations stemming from the results of those older stalled consultations.
As a result of the review it has been determined that Master Planning IS required for the Unley Oval, the Goodwood Oval and the Millswood Sporting Complex.
With blessings last night stage II is ready to commence.
More on that later other than to say we would hope to be in a position where, subject to funding, we can start the Master Planning Process early next year.
After the printer provided us with our newsletter delivered to affected residents over the weekend Jennie & I received information that we have had a success.
One our concerns (item 3 in our newsletter) was the proposed sighting of the works depot at the Forestville Hockey Club. The depot now we are told will be at the location suggested originally by myself when first consulted on this. That will be at the Showgrounds.
Of particular concern had it been where they were intending would have been the implications on our community for the type of compensation that would be provided the club for losing the facility for a full season. It would be fair to compensate them and the most appropriate compensation from the club’s point of view would have been getting a synthetic pitch.
With the City of Unley working towards creating a master plan for this precinct which would naturally include significant community consultation it would be totally wrong to have a synthetic pitch installed just prior to commencing the master planning.
Following on from posts of the14th and 25th April on this blog site I had cause to respond to a question from an interested ratepayer regarding the possible redevelopment of the Unley Oval. Picket Fences and Grandstand extensions having been in the News lately.
Below is my responce to our ratepayer. I felt it prudent to bring all those who watch this blog in on the answer as soem of you may have similar questions. Whilst the answer is in responce to Unley Oval, it applies also to Goodwood Oval and to Millswood Sporting Complex.
The Goodwood Saints Football Club hosted another successful night match at Goodwood Oval tonight. This time the success included victory on the Football Field.
Yes the Goodwood Saints Football Club defeated Plympton High Old Scholars-Camden Football Club by some 6 goals. This victory will see Goody Saints move ahead of the PHOS-Camden on the premiership ladder as they progress toward the top five. An important victory after the round 1 loss to the same club.
The boys of the A grade team finished off a good day for the Goodwood Saints Football Club after both the B and C grades had significant wins of their own. Well done all round.
The real success however, noting the weather conditions did not encourage a strong spectator attendance, was seeing so many multi generational families at the ground. Players of all grades were there to watch the A grade strut their stuff. But with them were their parents, their grand parents, their kids and in a couple of cases their grand kids.
Night Football at Goodwood Oval again has presented itself as an event that can occur without importantly causing inconvenience to the local community, to the local residents. The lights at the ground are designed such that areas 10 metres outside the boundary line are in darkness. As last year this was demonstrably obvious.
Last year the feedback from residents was encouraging. The prevailing feeling was the nearby neighbours experienced no interference. I trust this will be confirmed this time around. I will get feedback from this shortly when the Goodwood Oval Advisory Group meets again shortly.
The attendance numbers was not like last years successful night debut against Sacred Heart Old Collegians but given the weather conditions I reckon it was better.
Last year the boys lost, from memory by 1 point. This year they recorded a comfortable victory after a strong (premiership) 3rd quarter.
I asked a question when I posted some time ago, earlier this season ….. what makes a successful Football Club. Indeed what makes a successful community …… not for me to say other than …… look at what is happening at Goodwood Oval. You might get an idea of what is needed for success.
Well done again Goody Saints. You deserve every success you get.
The Community Asset Review Committee met this week in preparation of a proposal being put to council ready for public consultation maybe in August of this year.
As a member of that group I am keen having had input now from the key stakeholders (the clubs and groups using our buildings) to move the project forward and see what the residents and rate payers believe about how we should utilise our facilities into the future.
I am also a member of both the Unley Oval Advisory Group and the Goodwood Oval Advisory Group. Both these groups have indicated a desire to see what the club’s wish lists are and offer opinion on this.
Both Goodwood Oval and the Millswood complex are likely at the end of this consultation to go down the road of having master plans developed for them.
I expect the report to be put to next months City Strategy & Policy Committee meeting so watch this space.
A night game is scheduled for the 23rd of this month as our Goody Saints make moves towards the top five.
For information about the event please follow the link to the City of Unley website.
These nights are good fun and well run, and nearby residents are invited to join in.
The first stage of our Community Assets Review has been completed and the committee is preparing a report for council to consider. This report will advise Council of the results of the primary stakeholder consultation and the committees recommendations for going forward.
All the clubs have been consulted and we believe we know reasonably well how they see their future’s and their plans for the future. The clubs were invited recently to one of two BBQs we organised to thank them for their participation in the consultation. This was valuable exercise as we (and in particular the elected members of the committee, Mayor Clyne, Cr Salaman and myself) got to hear first hand the issues facing the clubs.
There will be a number of recommendations put to council directed at the use of our facilities by these clubs.
We will also be recommending a path forward for consulting the larger community who want and need to access our open spaces, and maybe our buildings. The larger community is you and me. We all need to get a benefit from our parks and gardens. This process will take us through August to October, allowing us to put a proposal to Council in November or December.
At this early stage it looks like we will be heading down the path of preparing master plans for both sites in Goodwood South; Goodwood Oval and the Millswood Sporting Complex. The same will apply in the eastern side of the City at Unley Oval. And yes that is likely to mean we will not see anything physically happening at any of the venues for some time, meaning leases to the various clubs should not be seen as in jeopardy.
Let’s face it, we are looking at how our assets may be employed not next year but 5 years from now, 10 years from now; indeed 20 years from now.
Two key sites in Goodwood South are included in this review; that being the Goodwood Oval complex and the Millswood complex located in Millswood Crescent. The clubs have all co-operated with the review and I applaud them for their understanding of the challenges council faces to provide for their collective futures. Having spoken with each club one on one, we will shortly mix with all of them collectively before finalising the report to council.
Jennie and I have just been briefed on what is happening as a result of our recent street meeting with residents of Fairfax and Graham Avenues.