The Not So Good wood on Goodwood Road

After blogging recently on the Good wood of Good wood Oval I find myself blogging on the not so good wood on Goodwood Road.

Readers of this blog would be well aware of the Good wood on Goodwood Road. The Government have been working over the last few months to underground the power along Goodwood Road. With that complete, Council have commenced the re-invigoration of the pedestrian environment of the same stretch of Goodwood Road. This is the stretch from the tram line to Victoria Street. When complete the Government will be taking advantage of this project to follow with resealing the road.

Notwithstanding the obvious co-operation between the two levels of Government readers would also be aware that Governments have a habit of not co-operating. I wonder whether the State Government have plans to upgrade the water mains running down this section of Goodwood Road.

Tonight bought this home to me with a vengeance.

I have been half expecting a flood event somewhere in Unley with the severe weather event predicted. If it where to occur I expected it to come from the heavens above, not from the government’s underground water infrastructure. But that is exactly what happened.

So the not so good wood on Goodwood Road is it has flooded ahead of the fast approaching storm event. The burst occurred in front of Sushi Q, opposite the Goodwood Library. Thankfully the shops have not been damaged.

With the weather approaching I suspect repairs will be delayed for quite some time. There may therefore, with water pouring out the skies, be some rate payers who will be without water for a while.

Question for the Government.

Are they planning to upgrade the water mains in this section of Goodwood Road before the rejuvenation project is complete or will we see the road dug up in the near future after the project is complete?

Question for the Government and the State Opposition in the lead up to the March 2018 election.

Will either party commit to upgrading our failing water infrastructure or is this too hard?



Goodwood Groove on You Tube

With all the festivities in the City of Unley during the last week the link below, courtesy of Mackbel Films (of Goodwood Road), takes us back to December 5 last year when the festivities focused on the western part of the City of Unley, in Goodwood.

Mackbel Films are located in Goodwood. To take advantage of their videoing skills check out this link to their Facebook site.

Rocking Rosa Street

Friday next week from 4.00 pm to 7.00pm Rosa Street Goodwood comes to life and turns into Rocking Rosa Street, the first of a series of place making and place activation community events scheduled to take place in the City of Unley between now and April. Another first for the western side of the City.

Rocking Rosa Street aims to attract local families, casual shoppers and the early diners and cinema goers with live music, installation art and a resident writer asking questions about what makes a space ‘a place’ for us.
The Honey Pies and The Aves, fresh from their recent triple j unearthed success, will bring their distinctive style of rocking, popping, Indie and sometimes raunchy music.

All are invited to witness an art installation by visual artist Annalise Rees. Using recycled materials from Goodwood Road traders and assisted by Goodwood Primary School students, Annalise will create recycled cardboard city towers, resplendent with both real and imagined architectural and individual features to make up a large collaborative community installation.

Resident community writer Lilliana Rose will document the City of Unley’s program of

summer events with the Washing Line of Urban Dreams, a washing line upon which

people can peg their written ideas for the future of their city. Commenting on the people and activities around her as the afternoon unfolds, Lilliana will challenge our notions of place and space and question what makes our sense of place unique.


Watch out for the other events in the series to look out for include


·         Footstomping, Fables & Film at Heywood Park on Saturday 16 March and


·         Beats and Breakfast in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens, 9, 16, 23, 30 March and 6 April




Have some fun in Unley’s west

A Fun event for the Unley Community is being held at the green lawn in Florence Street Goodwood on Friday 7th December.

Presented by the Goodwood Road Traders Association between 4.00pm and 9.30pm the event will feature the AMAZING DRUMMING MONKEYS with live music by THE HUSHES.

Come along and find out that there will be much more.

Thumbs Up for 50 km/h on Goodwood Road

GOODWOOD Rd’s new 50km/h speed limit is improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, the strip’s traders say.

Shop owners told the Eastern Courier Messenger last week they were already seeing the benefits of the lower limit between Leader St and the Millswood rail underpass, introduced by the Transport Department last month.

Goodwood Road Traders’ Association chair Leonie Clyne said traders and shoppers had noticed an improvement in driver behaviour.

“On the whole, it’s less frantic, particularly during peak periods,” Mrs Clyne said.

She said reducing the speed was a step in the right direction to improve safety.

“It’s very important because the accidents we have seen are from people being impatient and zipping out of the lanes.”

Mrs Clyne encouraged visitors to use carparks behind Goodwood Rd shops instead of parking on the street to help alleviate congestion.

Goodwood Bakehouse owner Louis Langanis said traffic had slowed.

He said the lower limit had improved pedestrian safety, especially for shoppers and for children walking to and from Goodwood Primary School.

However, Mr Langanis said cars parked along Goodwood Rd continued to create traffic problems.

“It’s a contentious issue but there’s no simple solution,” Mr Langanis said.

“A (permanent) clearway isn’t good for traders.

“We’ve started closing earlier, about 4pm, because once it’s a clearway no-one stops to come into the shops.”

Urban Myth Theatre artistic director Glenn Hayden said staff had noticed an improvement during the day since the lower speed limit was introduced.

The Transport Department dropped the speed limit from 60km/h to 50km/h after Unley Council approached it with concerns about pedestrian and driver safety.

More than 31,000 motorists use the road daily.

Urban Myth settled into their new home

Yes Urban Myth have settled into their new home, at the Goodwood Institute building on Goodwood Road. A home that is a far cry from their old home in one of the cottages on the Village Green in Edmund Street, Unley.

Urban Myth Theatre Company of South Australia is an internationally award winning youth arts organisation. Established in 1981, the company has nurtured the talents and leadership skills of over 10,000 young people in Adelaide, Rural South Australia and Internationally.

Their  home at the Goodwood Institute  provides these young participants, professional practitioners and visitors a Creative Hub to explore and deliver their work. With its 212-seat theatre, 2 studios, music bar and gallery, the Goodwood is a home for the arts that South Australia can be proud.Urban Myth Theatre Company at the Goodwood Institute is more than a theatre company, it’s an international home of the performing arts.

As their artistic director Glenn Hayden told me yesteraday as he ushered me around the facility Urban Myth now can be seen as the premier Youth Arts facility, not a “cottage” industry.

I reckon we will see this new resident of Goodwood Road particpate in making Goodwood Road the centre of performing excellence.

Rail Separation Update

When I posted a blog a week ago after Kate Ellis’s street meeting I expected to report some facts resulting from a briefing promised to Council by DPTI.

My previous post was my intial reaction to the briefing. As you would deduce I was not impressed at what I saw as the potential for the residents of Goodwood South paying for the wishes of people wanting to save the Brownhill Creek from the Dam because we wan’t get a say what happens in our back yard via teh rail separation project that is impacting on the Brownhill Creek project.
This blog is an attempt to pass on what I did understand about what the Government is proposing for the rail separation.

The focus will be on the Noarlunga line as it is seen as the line impacting most on Victoria Street and Leader Street at Goodwood. The Belair train and the Freight train will not impact as much they are claiming in as much as when the Noarlunga Line is electrified and goes to Seaford (now the Seaford line) there will be many more train trips as part of the service.

This being the case the Seaford Line will be undergrounded prior to the Goodwood Station and the Beliar and Freight lines will remain at ground level. The undergrounding will commence somewhere between East Avenue and SASMEE Park and return from memory after Victoria Avenue. Notwithstanding this an elevated crossing from Fairfax Avenue (south of Goodwood Oval) to SASMEE Park and Millswood Crescent will be required but they dont know what form this will take.

The recenlty upgraded East Avenue crossing will need further upgrading.

They are promising enhanced landscaping within the project but then recognise that the diagrams provided suggest a corridor width far greater than what actually exists so I am less than convinced about “enhanced” landscaping. I fear the opposite to be true.

Public Information (not consultation) will commnece next week with door knocking followed by as yet to be announced public forums.

Tenders for (I think) design and construction will open on 21st June (that’s last week???) and close on 31 July. Construction is due between Januray and June next year.

The section of the project at Leader Street is yet to be funded so this is not due in the coming year’s budget.

Watch this space and/or watch the public notices if you want information or want a say.

Dam It and Railroaded!

While we have signed up on the 80% of the Brownhill Creek that can be done without the dam and await the “real” feasibility into the non-dam options we find the Federal & State Governments come along with what might create a dam in the middle of the Goodwood South Ward of the City of Unley.

You might well ask, what are you trying to tell us.
In a briefing from DPTI on Monday night before our Council meeting we were informed about the joint Government initiative to provide grade separation of the Noarlunga, now Seaford rail line, from the Belair line and the Freight line.
What was revealed has left this elected member in a quandary and concerned about us being railroaded into a scheme that it appears will impact totally unfairly on the community around Goodwood and Millswood.
If I understand correctly the rail grade separation will impact on the culverts that are required as part of the Brownhill Creek stormwater project. It will impact in as much as the culvert will now be diverted to allow for the Seaford line to go underground near the SASMEE Park and that these lines are to go now straight through the Millswood Sporting Complex.
The rail corridor in this area is very narrow and the combination of these two projects may impact significantly (excuse the pun) on the significant trees in the area.
And while the 5 Councils involved in the Brownhill Creek have already had extensive consultation with the public, and listened I might add to the public feedback we have the State Government telling us via their project team that they will be informing local residents in the weeks to come on the details of the project.
You heard me, informing us, not consulting with us. In other words it’s a done deal.  This will be by way of door knocking which is due to start next week, forums which are yet to be announced and by access to a web site and a 1300 number.
And in my opinion they do not yet know the detail so they are not going to be able to inform with any depth of substance.
If I came even close to understanding what they are proposing I see Goodwood South paying dearly for the No Dam option on the Brownhill Creek project because the rail project is going to impact significantly on the design parameters of the proposed culvert system in this area.
We have been promised a copy of the PowerPoint presentation used but are yet to receive this.
Anyone in the affected community and with any interest in their community needs to take time to find out what the government is proposing and if they are not happy to voice this as loud as they can.
I suggest you also watch this space because if I learn anything more and can understand it I will post it here.
PS  The presenter did confirm what I reported recenlty that both Kate Ellis and Steph Keys said at a recent street meeting were not aware of the detail. Interesting!