Colin “Tiny” Nelson honoured

As I reported in my post on this website back on the 29 th April Colin “Tiny” Nelson was honoured today with the naming of the grandstand at Goodwood Oval.

 

A truly life time servant to Football in Goodwood Colin”Tiny”Nelson has been recognised by the City of Unley, the AFL and even with an AOM. Today the Grandstand at Goodwood Oval, as approved by Council back in April and reported by me, was named the Colin “Tiny”Nelson AOM Grandstand.

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Today was a good day with the weather behaving as well as it has for a month or so. The Sainters had a good day too with both the A’s and the B’s winning. I trust the U18’s who will be playing under lights very shortly will fly the flag also.

As I indicated in my previous blog about Colin “Tiny” Nelson being recognised, he is absolutely the sort of person a grandstand should be named after. What I learnt today adds to what I have previously said about “Tiny”. Not content with the service he provided as a young man unable to play because of a bad injury, service that prompted life membership of the then Goodwood Football Club in his early twenties, he probably can be considered the saviour of the club during its darkest moment.

Colin Nelson had the foresight (guts if you will) to consider and encourage the amalgamation of the Goodwood Football Club with St Raphael’s Football Club at a time when the club was not succeeding at any level. This is the stuff of a true leader.

The story of the amalgamated club is one of ongoing and continuous success. Who knows the club may not existing in any form today if not for the bravery of one Colin”Tiny”Nelson. As it is however the Goodwood Saints Football Club is the most respected and revered club in the amateur league.

Mayor Lachlan Clyne was on hand to unveil a picture of the occasion which he presented to Tiny.

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The Colin Nelson Grandstand

Goodwood Oval is set to have it’s Grandstand named after a stalwart of the Goodwood saints Football and the local community. It is to be named the “Colin Nelson Grandstand”.

 

Colin Nelson GrandstandColin “Tiny” Nelson has been with the club since the days of his youth back in 1948. Colin Nelson OAM or Tiny as he is known has been involved with the Goodwood Saints Football Club as both a player and administrator since 1948.

The grandstand is owned by Council and leased to the Goodwood Saints Football Club from April to September, and to the Goodwood Cricket Club from October to March. The Saints wrote to Council and asked if we would be happy to approve the naming of the stand, just like has occurred at Unley Oval. The Cricket Club  have already indicated their approval.

I was thankful, as a regular attender of Goody Saints matches and a user of the ground, to have been given the opportunity to move the motion for Council to approve the naming. There is no more fitting recipient of such an honour.

Tiny joined the Goodwood Football Club (now the Goodwood Saints Football Club) in 1948 and in 1949, was elected to the management committee and also appointed manager of the A Grade team of the club at just 14 years of age. Since this time, he has continued to hold a volunteer position on the Club’s management committee and has worked tirelessly for the club, particularly assisting them through difficult periods.

The football Club will be paying for all costs associated with the project and Council will oversee the work.

 

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Sporting Complex back on the agenda

A staged implementation plan for Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex in accordance with the resolution of Council on August 2014 I expect to be presented to Council at this months full council meeting.

 

This report should outline the approach for further community engagement, detailed design, priority projects and funding options.

The consultants for the project have taken on board what we heard during the public consultation last year. Their report will be their response to all the information garnered during the consultation.

It remains to be seen what they recommend but I am hopeful there are a number of initiatives that we can take on that will not impact significantly on our budget. This plan has been in the pipeline now since 2006 and I believe it is time we actually get to the point sooner rather than later of actually achieving something on the ground.

There are some little ticket items that I believe we can reasonable undertake. Bigger ticket times will always have to wait on Government funding. These need to be designed and costed so they are ready for implementation of funding becomes available.

Whatever is proposed will be taken back out to the public for their information and edification.

 

 

Goody Saints in a Clean Sweep

Goody Saints, that powerhouse in the west of the City of Unley has won the SAAFL Division 1 premiership….again!

With three premierships from their three senior teams this may well be the club’s finest hour, eclipsing their recent 5 in a row.

They beat Rostrevor OC in the Grand Final 14.10 to 7.7 in a convincing display. They went through the season undefeated apart form one minor hiccup in the 2nd Semi Final. If they had to lose that was the one to lose.
This backs up the win earlier in the day when the B grade won the Division 1 Reserves premiership beating (again) Rostrevor OC 13.10 to 6.4, another drubbing.
Last week the C Grade started the scene winning the Division 3 Premiership beating Adelaide Uni in their division 9.9 to 8.5.
What a year. This is a club that deserves success. They have been an exemplary club since the amalgamation of the then Goodwood FC and St Raphaels FC way back in 1985 and have been the pace setter since their famous five in a row between 2005-09.
Celebrate guys. You deserve everything you get. (sounds familiar)

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Reserve Open Day

If you have an interest in how Goodwood Oval or it’s neighbour Millswood Park will look in the future and what they can provide the community don’t forget that the open day is this Saturday.

The sessions will be as follows:
  • Goodwood Oval from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
  • Millswood Sporting Complex from 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm

From there you can catch the showdown, either at the Adelaide Oval, or at home.
                      

Goodwood Oval/Millswood Reserve Improvement Plans

While Council’s survey on the improvement plan closed a week ago your input can still be provided.

The project team is currently collating the information received. I suspect they will notify what they have received at the  community information day on Saturday 29 March at both sites.  This is your last chance to inform the options that will be considered in the concept plans the development which will commence after the community information day.
The sessions will be as follows:
  • Goodwood Oval from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
  • Millswood Sporting Complex from 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm

From there you can catch the showdown, either at the Adelaide Oval, or at home.
                      

A Heads up on Goodwood Oval/Millswood Park Improvement Plans

Jennie & I have had a briefing on the process of developing the improvement plan with the Consultant. 

They (the consultant) have commenced with one on one discussions with the various clubs and have advised we have received a number of responses from residents already. A good start.

The purpose of this blog post is provide everyone with an idea of what to expect from the process going forward. Obviously the one on one stalks and the assessing of responses will continue.

As you are already I trust aware we will have two forums on the 29th Match (one month from now, one at each location. The members of the Goodwood Oval Reference Group I except will be given personal invitations to the Goodwood Oval session.

A week later it is proposed to have a meeting with all the clubs from each location, again in tow sessions. It is then expected that the consultants will be able to brief all elected members in the 1st week of May, followed by a session with all stakeholders a coupe of weeks later.

The consultants final draft should then be ready to go out for public edification mid May.

An Opportunity of a Generation for the Generations of the Future

What do you think Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park should look and feel like in the future. We are keen to know your thoughts as we plan for the future use of these two facilities.

I am blogging again on this topic as I am passionate in making sure you know you have and take the opportunity to shape the future of the premier sporting facility of the west side of the City of Unley.

Council is keen to have a blueprint for future improvements so that we can take advantage and any future grant funding opportunities that may come our way from the Federal or State Governments. If we fail to have a blueprint then we will fail to attract funding if ever it becomes available. In other words we need to be project ready if ever an opportunity presents itself.

As I noted in previous posts on this blog site Council has, through its Community Assets Review, spoken to the sporting clubs using these facilities. We have determined each have a wish list that they see are important initiatives for the future of their respective clubs.

You will have a chance to respond to these wish lists. But more importantly we need to know what you think can be improved.

The public consultation currently under way has seen all residents within a 1.5 km radius of the grounds receive a letter requesting their thoughts. You can snail mail or email this back to council. A survey is available on our Have Your Say webpage at http://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/article/goodwood-oval-and-millswood-sporting-complex-improvement-plan to facilitate this.

And the Goodwood Oval Reference Group website provides opportunity to have a say. They can be found at http://www.goodwoodoval.org/ and the have your say option can be found at the top right hand corner of the screen.

The upcoming public forums at Goodwood Oval and Millswood Park will be on us soon, indeed as soon as next week.

Goodwood Oval will be held from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Millswood Park (shown on the map as SASMEE Park) will be held from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

If there are things that you think would help make these facilities better then please contribute. A facility for all to enjoy not just now for the current generations, but for those who will follow us.

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park Improvement Plan

After protracted discussions over a number of years between Council and the various sporting clubs using both Goodwood Oval and Millswood Reserve we are ready to consult with residents adjacent both facilities.

The consultation will be conducted by Suter Planners. They have been appointed as the lead consultant after their tender was found to be the most suitable. Having over 20 years’ experience in the industry, particularly in developing plans for similar facilities, I am confident they will do an excellent job.

The consultants have commenced work reviewing relevant documentation from the Council Club consultations. It is foreseen that public consultation will commence in mid-February, with the final plan completed by June 2014.

I expect that they are likely to hold public forums but more on how they will go about it will follow in future blog posts on this site. 

The re-badged Goodwood Oval Reference Group will also participate in this process and no doubt the improvement plan will be a focus of upcoming meetings. For more about this group and how to communicate with them check my earlier post of today.

This is your facility so when the opportunity presents itself we want to hear from you.

 

Goody Oval Resident Rep applications closed

With Consultants now commissioned to seek public feedback on the Improvement planning for Goodwood Oval the Reference Group is taking shape.

The reference group (previously known as the Advisory Group) is a community that has been in existence for some time now. It is a forum that allows interchange between the clubs and residents on a range of ongoing issues.

The group has been quite successful in ensuring an undertaking of each others views and needs. It is growing to a new level with the name change and a website has been created to keep track of the issues under discussion.

Nominations for the last 2 residents representatives of this new group closed today. The response has been fantastic with more people nominating than can be accommodated.We expect to know who have been successful sometime next week.

In the meantime the Goodwood Oval website has become interactive which is fantastic. Check it out at http://www.goodwoodoval.org/