Unley’s Village Green. Where to from here

The Unley Village Green has been saved from redevelopment. This was one of the many results of the final Unley Central DPA decision made recently .

The Village Green was the centre or focus of much debate during the recent Unley Central DPA public consultation. Many a resident living near the Village Green were aghast at the prospect that the Village Green could be built on sometime in the future. Whilst this was not being considered by Council as owner of the property I can understand where the concern emanated.

Our DPA documentation was poor. Without question it gave rise to those concerns. It was an example of a communication faux paus. This is something that Council has been guilty of a number of times. Something for which I have been pursuing a change for some time now. That is not the point of this blog however.

Although the Village Green has been protected from any interference as a result of the decision made it has brought into focus the very existence of the Village Green. The question now is Unley’s Village Green. Where to from here.

The SOS Village Green group is asking just that. They are keen to put the same question to Council.

It is great to see them being so proactive. When the citizens of a community are proactive you can bet the community is a strong community.

Consequently SOS Village Green have created a survey monkey for all with an interest to contribute their thoughts. It can be accessed at the following link.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unleyvillagegreen

The survey prompts a number of thoughts for the cottages and the current green area itself. These prompts are not unlike some that I promoted during the Unley Central DPA debate.

If you have a similar passion to the members of SOS fill out the survey. The question they are asking is Unley’s Village Green. Where to from here. Hence the question I put to you is do you want to contribute to that conversation.

Green Open Space in Unley expands with opening of new Park

Green Open Space in Unley expands with opening of new Park. The opening of the Katherine Street Reserve is scheduled (weather permitting) for November 17 at 3.30pm

Katherine Street Reserve

Katherine Street Reserve

Always conscious of Unley’s limited green open space Council seized on an opportunity that recently presented itself to us.

When Council became aware of the pending closure of the wholesale plant nursery located in Katherine Street Fullarton in 2012 we swooped in and negotiated the purchase of the land. This area of Fullarton was seen as in need of extra open space.

Council purchased the property for in excess of $2.0m. Courtesy of the Minister for Planning we received grant funding towards the redevelopment of the property. This was under the Government’s commitment to provide money for councils to invest in local reserves and playgrounds.

The playground has been constructed in accordance with designs the you participated in. Features include a junior playground with a theme of integrating play with nature. Other facilities provide accessible pathways with seating and shelter for all users. We have in, in accordance with your wishes, provided spaces for contemplation and communal gathering.

Your input was important and we thank you for your contribution. It was important to ensure the design reflected the aims of the community in order to deliver an ‘attractive and inviting’ identity for the new Katherine Street Park and for Fullarton. A true community collaboration.

Works on site commenced in April and the program was expected to be complete by the end of August. With the heaviest rains in many a year this has slid back to 17 November. For a long time the site has been a mud bowl. Hopefully the result was worth the wait.

We think we have done this. Come along to the opening and see for yourself if we have.

 

City of Adelaide asks City of Unley to help shape the future of the South Parklands.

The City of Adelaide is reviewing the future of the parklands that surround the city and has invited us to help shape the future of the south parklands. You too are invited to help shape the future of that part of the parklands we could call our own.

 

Picture1 (1)Shaping the future of the parklands is an important project for the City of Unley and their residents. It will become even more so as our population becomes more dense, particularly along our northern border.

Unley has the smallest amount of green open space of any council in South Australia.2% of our area is green open space. The next lowest is Burnside with 9%. The parklands of course are on our door step and what a great opportunity we have to shape them to provide us with additional space.

Go to their web site and see what they are thinking. Take the opportunity while there to contribute.

I have provided my observations to our administration to assist them in preparing Council’s submission to the consultation.

 

Government grant helps us to grow Unley’s open space in Katherine Street Fullarton

Unley Council has received a Government grant of $300,000 towards the development of  the vacant blocks of land in Katherine Street, Fullarton as a community open space

 

Mindful that Unley has only about 2% of green open space last year the last Council took an opportunity to purchase the former nursery land in Katherine Street Fullarton.  A bold move at the time that we thought through long and hard.

The intent of the strategic purpose was to provide us with an  opportunity to increase the amount of open space in an area of our city that lacks it. The area has been cleared already. We have now moved forward with our planning and included the redevelopment in our budget process.

Before we could approve the budget came the good news. The State Government has seen fit to see this as a project worthy of grant funding.

Local residents will soon be asked to contribute to the final redevelopment designs.