DPA 2 – Your last chance to be informed

The second and last of two forums explaining the tail of the development plan amendment council must pursue for and on behalf of the State Government is this afternoon.

If you live in Black Forest or Clarence Park, west of East Avenue this is something you should familiarise yourself with.

This amendment to the Development Plan is designed to encourage the potential for denser development allowing many properties an increase in their value in that there will be potential to build two houses in lieu of one, or maybe three where you can only now achieve two.
In some streets, including maybe yours there is potential for redevelopment of your property or properties next two or adjacent you (or to properties behind you fronting the next street) of up to three stories. This will impact significantly, if and when any development may occur, on the amenity of your property as you know it.
In particular there are three zones within Goodwood South that have the potential for 3 storey development, namely adjacent the Emerson Railway Station and north of there into Dryden and either end of Aroha Terrace, trespassing south to the next streets.
As I have discussed with a number of residents already this is your best chance of influencing the sort of re-development you could do to your own property or that your neighbour might contemplate. 
Please find out what is proposed and if you wish to make representation to PO Box 1, Unley, or to [email protected], or fax to 8271 4886. You have until May 22 to make your submission. 
You will also have the opportunity to elaborate on your submission by presenting to the Development, Strategy, and Policy Committee (of which I am a member) at a public meeting to be held in the Unley Civic Centre at 7pm 16 June 2014.

This could affect you so take the time to participate.

Spoilt for coffee choice in Goodwood South.

Goodwood South has joined the cosmopolitan scene with its 3rd coffee shop to start up in 12 months.

As can be seen in the photo the finishing touches are being applied to the fit out of what was last a hairdressing salon, and before that a deli.

I understand this coffee shop will be a little upmarket from Carnevale 500 m down the road. It is therefore likely to catch a different market.

It is certainly well placed, like tram stop 4 down by the tram line, to take advantage of rail commuters boarding at Clarence Park Rail Station.

And not just coffee but take home meals and catering which puts it in competition with the other new shop adjacent the tram line, be gourmet.

So little ol’ Goodwood South is now in the same league as it’s eastern neighbours and we can truly claim to be part of the cosmopolitan Unley culture. And all within walking distance.

Millswood on the World Stage.

The Millswood Croquet Club, a small club nestled quietly and neatly away form view of the world in in suburban Millswood, is about to co-host a world event.

Adelaide is the host city for the 13th WCF AC World Championships in Adelaide from April 28th to May 6th, 2012. And yes, little ol’ Millswood will be one of the host venues.

The Championship will be a spectacular event. The top 80 World-ranked players from 24 countries will compete for the title of World Champion. The Championship is held every 2 years and is the most prestigious event on the World Croquet Calendar. So we about to witness what must be seen as a once in a lifetime event.
Croquet, especially in Australia, is the quiet achiever in the sporting world. Fiercely competitive, we are the largest croquet playing nation in the world with 8000 players. Croquet is a totally non-sexist and non-ageist sport and the game itself has been likened to a mixture of snooker and chess on grass.
Australia has a proud history of producing champions and this event will see the cream of the Australian croquet community turn out to fight it out with the very best including current champion Reg Bamford from South Africa for the right to be named The World Champion.
Spectators from all over the world plus a strong contingent from Australia will converge on Adelaide for this very special event, with the final being streamed live on the internet for the world-wide croquet community.
I am proud to have played a small part in preparing the club for this tournament. One of the first things I did early last year as a councillor for the Goodwood South Ward of the Unley Council was to ensure the club received assistance from Council to make some important renovations to a very quaint clubroom. We all would have been embarrassed to leave it as it was.

Goodwood Saints show why they are one of the real success storeys of the City of Unley’s Goodwood South Ward.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Guernsey presentations for the junior teams of the Goodwood Saints Football Club. They are truly a great club and an icon of the local community.

It was a tremendous night where some 250 young lads received their Guernseys for the 2012 season. 250 kids mainly from the Millswood, Clarence Park, Black Forest area and attending local schools like Black Forest Primary School, Goodwood Primary School and St Thomas Primary School.

                                                                          Not only is it exciting to see so many kids at Goody Oval, it was great to see the army of volunteers (mums and dads and others) supporting the development of young minds, helping them to progress into adulthood as part of a structure that knows and is success.

And Mums and Dads and others just supporting by being there.
We can all believe what we see and hear from our media that the kids of today are lazy, that they don’t get outdoors and don’t get exercise other than their thumbs on play stations etc. Or we can get outside ourselves, go along to the local oval and see what IS actually happening. 250 kids using Goodwood Oval….I rest my case.

Well done Goody Saints. I congratulate you; and may you continue to get the success you deserve. As an elected member of the City of Unley I will help any way I can to support a club that so clearly supports the local community.

PS           Is what I saw because of their success or is what I saw why they are successful?

They know!

 

Leah Street Upgrade

The much awaited upgrade of Leah Street has begun. As many residents of Goodwood South are regular users of this street I note below the schedule provide me by our administration on Friday, including road closures necessary to facilitate the upgrade.

  • 12 – 20 January 2012 Minor kerb repairs and remodelling
  • 21 – 22 January 2012 Road profiling and resurfacing
  • 23 – 31 January 2012 Installation of traffic treatments
  • 6 – 24 February 2012 Footpath paving
So as to minimise lengthy disruptions to residents and travellers, road profiling and resurfacing will occur from approximately 4pm on Saturday 21 January 2012 and continue throughout the night, finishing at approximately 10am on Sunday 22 January 2012.
During this time, Leah Street will be closed to all traffic and access and egress to individual properties will not be available.
Bus services W90 / W91 will detour via Cross Rd & Goodwood Rd (bus stops 4 -11 to City & 4-12 from the City will not be serviced by buses, W90 & W91 buses will pick up & set down passengers along Goodwood Road on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2012.


On behalf of Council I wish to apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause and thank you for your patience and support whilst these works are undertaken. It will be worth it.

Please contact our Customer Services team on 8372.5111 if you require further information.

GAP water flowing

The GAP (Glenelg to Adelaide Pipeline) water is soon to flow. Subject to auditing by SA Water of the existing infrastructure Goodwood Oval and Unley Oval should be running befroe Christmas.

This water will guarantee water supply to our parks and gardens whilst substantially reducing our ongoing cost of supply.

A number of parks in Unley will benefit from this, the least of which will be Goodwood South Ward’s own Goodwood Oval (shown above)

Commnity Asset Review

Council’s City Strategy & Policy Committee last night endorsed consultation to commence on the Community Asset Review (CAR).

This review involves a strategic review of many of Council’s community facilities, including their design and functionality, and the services operated from them. A key part of the project is consultation with all stakeholders, particularly the clubs and groups who lease Council’s community facilities, and others who use them.

The full report is available on Council’s website at www.unley.sa.gov.au, click on Council, then City Strategy & Policy Committee, then November 2011 agenda.

The CAR consultation plan requires final endorsement at the full Council next Monday, after which time Council staff will commence discussions with the key stakeholders.

As a member of the CAR committee I will be available to all stakeholders, and when the time comes others in our community, to ensure we get the best possible solution for our community groups.

As one of your elected members (Goodwood South) I will be particularly interested in the groups that use our facilities at Goodwood Oval & Millswood.

This review has been a long time coming and is needed provide those groups concerned about their future an opportunity to shape their future with certainty, with our help.

Churchill Avenue and Spiers Street

Work at upgrading Churchill Avenue and Spiers Street is nearly complete.

Churchill Avenue has been re-surfaced. Spiers Street has been realigned, and new footpaths constructed.

                                     Spiers under construction                              Spiers now

It is great to see works such as these, and Page Park (refer yesterday’s post), in our little neck of the woods. We will soon be sitting down to start the process of determining the budget for next year and Jennie and I will be looking to ensure Goodwood South Ward continues to receive the funding to see results such as these.

And doesn’t Churchill look a picture.