Watch Out for Improvement in carparking in King William Road.

Improvement in carparking was one of the major considerations in the design of the new King William Road. I expect you will be delighted with Council’s solutions to what has been a perennial problem in King William Road.

 

For as long as I have been on Council we have been seeking collaboration for the property owners, the landlords, to improve carparking in the precinct. This has been met with limited success. With the redevelopment, I am hopeful we may meet with some more success.

As I have reported previously there are over 400 off street carparks available in the precinct. These are behind the various shops.

I detailed in my blog post on 5 July what we are doing. I encourage you to check it out, if you have not already.

 

We have approached this challenge with an understanding that there are two types of shopper that use the road. They are mission oriented shoppers and leisure oriented shoppers.

City of Casey Smart Sign

City of Casey Smart Sign

One is intent on parking, buying their goods, and departing in the least amount of time possible. The other is looking for an experience. They will be looking to stay a while and shop at multiple outlets.

Truthfully the street has always catered well for the mission oriented shopper. A loss of a few on street carparks I doubt will dissuade or limit these shoppers.

Opening up the rear carparks (the off street carparks) is catering for the leisure oriented shopper. The shopper, I suggest that will bring more business to the street. Needless to say, the shopper on which the ultimate success of the street will rely.

 

Before the project is complete, why not venture down to the street and check it out for yourself.

 

The smart technology will not be available until the completion of the project. But the carparks will. Because the construction is focusing now on the footpath areas there will remain no on street parking, at least until the construction goes into Christmas hibernation at the end of this month as has been widely reported. This means you have to seek out the alternatives in order to shop there, whether mission oriented or leisure oriented.

This will gear you to take advantage of the improvement in carparking that will soon be a reality.

 

 

Another Award for King William Road

I am proud to announce yet another award for King William Road. This, primarily inspired by our consultation, while a few continue to denigrate us for our consultation.

Bad news sells papers. We have all  heard that. That may well spell the storey behind a few naysayers dominating the media agenda still around King William Road. To be fair, the media have in recent times, tried to present a balanced storey.

We have seen a number of traders reported recently as commending Council on our efforts. On our communication, on our consultation.

That said there has been no reporting on the positive of another award for King William Road. The second award we have received, both focusing on our excellent consultation on the project.

The 2019 South Australian Landscape Architecture Awards recognised Design King William. Minister Pisoni, Unley’s own local member of State Parliament, presented the award.

The following commentary/ reasoning was provided for our award:

Urban Design Landscape Architecture Award
Design King William by City of Unley with Communikate, Village Well and Outerspace Landscape Architects

“This innovative community co-design approach has set a benchmark for community engagement and urban design planning. This ambitious project was completed within a tight timeline yet provided an ‘open door’ policy to ensure that all stakeholders and the wider community were fully involved for the duration of the project. The success of the project is evident in its high levels of community engagement and Council support, and extremely positive feedback received on the final design outcomes. The jury eagerly anticipates the construction of the planned works in the near future.”

Regular readers of my blogs will recall a previous award I reported on back on the 30th June.

Both awards demonstrate that the City of Unley has conducted a genuine, inclusive engagement process to contribute to meaningful outcomes for our communities.

Improved Parking in King William Road

Look out for improved parking in the King William Road Precinct. The redevelopment of King William Road will provide improved parking, as opposed to reduced parking as promoted by the Media.

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Improved parking will result from the redevelopment of King William Road. The media however is correct. We are reducing on-street parking. This is fact.

We are sacrificing them in order to provide the outdoor dining, the seating rest areas and the trees you requested. We could have provided 20 more car parks by not providing the elements you asked for in the design.

So, how is this an improvement you ask?

The media have not picked up on what we are doing to improve car parking. We will be directing drivers to parks currently not being used.

There are over 400 off-street car parks available. Most of these car parks are not being used however. Car parks that many, maybe most don’t know exist.

Some areas are being used quite well, others however unfortunately aren’t. Indeed some car park areas are simply not being  used at all.

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Council is addressing this as part of the redevelopment. We are going digital.  Using Smart City answers. In other words, we are using smart technology to direct drivers to the available carparks.

 

Are you familiar with the use of smart technology used in carparking stations? We will be using smart technology to direct you individual carpark spaces that are available by way of digital signs.

This technology works on the use of a sensor embedded in the paving of the individual carpark. When covered by a car it triggers a red carpark in use sign. Conversely, when there is no car, the sensor triggers a green carpark available sign.

City of Casey Smart Sign provides improved parking

City of Casey Smart Sign

For King William Road we will have signs that show the number of carparks available behind various shops. Signs which will be located at the junction of King William Road and the lane leading to that carpark.

Signs such as the City of Casey sign shown above.

Why Pavers on King William Road

Why pavers on King William Road. The current public conversation is asking that question.

King-William-Road-Concept-IllustrationWhy pavers on King William Road? Because that is what you asked for. Certainly that is what I heard you saying. Accordingly, it influenced my vote. With a unanimous vote it must be what the rest of the Councillors heard too.

You made this a paramount request of us from the very beginning of the design process. You were telling us the pavers are what makes King William Road unique. That the street came alive back in the 80’s after that Red Scheme project because of the pavers.

In response to that prevailing observation you were telling us, we provided you with three different approaches to paving the street. You chose the one we are providing.

The three choices are shown on the Design King William website. They were as follows:

  • All paved.
  • Bitumen Paved.
  • A Hybrid bitumen and paved road

Option 1 was for a paved road, paved footpath, paved parking. The bitumen option included paving to the parking bays and the footpath. The 3rd option was for a Hybrid. A bitumen paved road with brick infills at the intersections. It also included paving to the parking bays and the footpaths.

You told us overwhelmingly that you wanted option 1. 54% of you wanted this option. A clear majority. The option we are therefore  implementing.

30% of you wanted the hybrid version. This was a compromise solution if you want and it was your 2nd preference.

Only 16% of you favoured the bitumen option. That is 1 in 6 of you.

And yet this is not what we are hearing. What we are hearing is that this is the way we should have gone with the 2nd Option, the least preferred option previously. We are hearing that the disruption would have been less with this option. Therefore we should have listened to those who did not want pavers.

Sorry!

We listened to the majority. The significant majority. I am sure the majority will enjoy it.

City of Unley Transforming King William Road

A far cry from the Killing King William Road message out there, as reported in my last blog post. Those in the know, know council is actually transforming King William Road.

 

Our community asked us to do something about the troubles being experienced in King William Road. They asked us to save the street.

The street was in trouble. This therefore was our prime motivator for doing what we are  doing.

In addition, we learnt a few years ago (after conducting some core testing) that the structure of the road needed repair. This was something we could not avoid. It was something we simply had to do.

Repairing the road we therefore saw as a great opportunity to address the concerns of our community. And from day one, when Design King William was born, our communities’ views were the paramount contributor to the solution we found.

 

Claims by a few that we did not consult them are simply not true. Our consultation was extensive. Indeed, so well done and so extensive, the City of Unley was commended for our engagement. We received a 2018 Form Innovation Award.

 

King-William-Road-Concept-IllustrationThe project commenced with seeking the views of traders and residents alike on what they wanted out of a redeveloped street. Inspired by their responses, we then asked them both about their preferred road surface, what kerbs and footpaths they wanted, the extent of landscaping and on street parking.

Then, armed with this information, we put a proposed design before them. A design incorporating what they had been telling us.  We had overwhelming approval from them for this design.

 

Subsequent to winning the award and Council unanimously approving the design we continued the consultation with Traders.

 

This consultation covered how and when we would carry out the redevelopment. What time of year. Whether we would work day and night. Whether we would stage it or not. How we would stage it.

The program we are currently conducting is a direct result of that lengthy and ongoing engagement.

We are doing what they asked for. We are transforming King William Road. In addition, we are also doing it at the time of their preference, and in the manner they asked us to do it.

I have to question anyone therefore (who claims to represent our community) and who disagrees with my observations. Where they were when we were engaging in extensive consultation with our community. As someone actually elected to represent our community, I have not heard from any who have been paraded this week by the current media announcements bemoaning what we are doing.

Terrible Council is Killing King William Road

The Unley community has been pounded this week by a singular message. That terrible Council is killing King William Road. Destroying the businesses.

 

The focus has been consistent. Each day a new storey reinforcing the message awaits us as we get out of bed in the morning.

Amongst other claims, we have a prominent landlord in the street quoted as slamming Council for destroying the street. In addition, we have a business relocating allegedly after just one day of construction activity. A business who I understand made that commitment some 6 months ago. And then, a claim apparently on behalf of a Ratepayer Association we don’t know claiming the people of Unley no longer have confidence in the Council’s CEO.

Killing King WilliamRight now, the road certainly looks like it is ground zero. It certainly does look like a bomb has exploded.

You have to ask. How could this happen? How could a Council be allowed to run rampant over its community and not consult with them or listen to what they are saying.

Do you believe this rhetoric. I hope not. How about some truth coming into the conversation to avoid the street falling over purely and simply because of the doom and gloom being portrayed.

 

Let’s get one thing straight from the get go. It is not true the terrible Council is killing King William Road. They are transforming King William Road, giving it its best chance of survival.

 

The project was conceived because of the doom and gloom that has surrounded the street over the last (say) ten years. Many a long term business along the street have left the street during that time. New businesses have also come and gone.

The facts were clear. We needed to act. The street needed transforming. Transforming the street is precisely what we believe we are doing.

We are doing what we have been asked by our community to do. We are also doing it in then manner they requested. For details explaining this check out my next blog post, “Transforming King William Road”. Try also getting the facts from the Design King William website.

King William Road is 2.5 times over budget – That is news to me.

The recent headlines in the Advertiser and now the Eastern Courier that King William Road is 2.5 times over budget has shocked me. It is news to me.

King-William-Road-Concept-IllustrationAny suggestion that King William Road is 2.5 times over budget is completely wrong. It continues the agenda they (the media) have set for years now that it (King William Road) is all about pavers v bitumen.

Our Mayor and our CEO have sent a letter to the editor to set the record straight. Hopefully we will see a retraction in upcoming editions.

Mind you, such inaccuracies really should not shock me. There are times, as I have previously blogged, when I wonder if I would know more about the inner workings of Council by:

  1. not participating in the decisions of council and,
  2. simply reading the printed news.

This is another case that prompts this thinking.

The media is reporting that our original budget to upgrade the high street section of King William Road was $ 6.0 m. The final cost of $ 15.5 m calculates at 2.58 times.

We have never had a budget of $ 6.0 m for the high street redevelopment. Never.

Our budget was closer to $ 10.0 m. Added to this there will be ‘budgeted for’ work being done that is being bought forward. Works too, in conjunction with SA Water, that will surely be preferable now rather than later. These extra works has lifted our budget, including a contingency sum to cover the unforeseeables, to $ 15.5 m

The contract we have let for the project is a smidgen under $ 12.0 m. It takes into consideration the programming of works to avoid as much as possible interfering with our traders, and their need to continue business while work proceeds.

King William Road Contract let

After years of investigation, research, design, community consultation and deliberation work will commence this month on King William Road. With the King William Road Contract let, we can now see it all come to fruition.

Following unanimous approval at last Monday’s council meeting we have awarded a contract. Accordingly, we have engaged civil contractor, BMD Constructions Pty Ltd.

BMD Constructions is an award-winning construction company. They have delivered a portfolio of high-profile community upgrades in the South Australian market. Projects that include the recent Henley Square and the current Gawler Place upgrades.

King William RoadThe aim of the project is to return King William Road to its pre-eminent position amongst Adelaide’s premier main street retail precincts. This will lead, as I have said in previous blog posts, to make it Adelaide’s most loved main street.

It has been a long time coming. We have spent much time listening to traders and community members. Building on this and with the King William Road Contract let to BMD and their proposed construction methodology, we should see minimal community and trader disruption. Both BMD and Council are committed to ensuring the dialogue will continue.

In so doing, we expect the construction process will achieve a respectful balance between

  1. the access required for construction and the need for ongoing community and,
  2. traffic access and strong trading in the popular precinct.

Early works associated with the upgrade of the Park/ Mitchell Street intersection have already commenced. So too, investigation works to enable the relocation of an SA Water pipe. Once complete, the major Construction work will commence. This is set to commence this month.

The project will also establish a more active destination for our community. A destination where we can meet and congregate. A destination with shade, trees and infrastructure to support flexible outdoor dining and community events and activations.

For more information about the King William Road redevelopment, please visit designkingwilliam.com

Can’t wait to see the final product.

Please tell us whether we have understood your Design King William Road wishes.

As I indicated in my recent Design King William Road Blog Council has listened to what you wish the future King William road should look like. We are pumped too that you see it as more than pavers v bitumen.

Unlike the picture being painted in the media, it is about

  • greening;
  • better access across the street;
  • more outdoor dining and meeting and seating spaces;
  • sanitary conveniences;

This paints a picture of a pedestrian environment more than a vehicle dominated space.

With this information we have put together several design options. These options we are presenting are our interpretation of what you have asked us for.

DesignKingWilliamThey test the structure of the road, the surface of the road and the profile of the street. The options can be seen by visiting our shop front on King William Road or by visiting www.designkingwilliam.com

The first and I suggest most important in designing King William Road is the structure of the street. We offer three options. They are increasing to different degrees greening elements, pedestrian crossing points, outdoor spaces with a commensurate reduction in on street carparking.

The second is (yes) the surface. We offer three options again. They include variations of the extent of and areas to be paved.

The third is one I encourage everyone to understand. It focuses on kerbing between foot traffic areas and vehicle access areas. The options include keeping the traditional kerb and water table kerbing we have now. The other options include an alternative of a roll over kerb and a no kerb option.

The no-kerb option is surely (if I can prompt) the one that provides the safest and more inclusive crossing the street options we can provide. People using mobility scooters and chairs or parent s pushing prams will find this the best option. It will be the best option to for a safe event environment (just like Rundle Mall).

We are inviting you to put your views to us again. You can do this, once again by visiting the ship front or on line at www.designkingwilliam.com

Please do this. It is your street after all.

Have we understood your input into Design King William?

Over the last month many of you have inspired us with your insights into what is required to make King William Road the most loved main street in South Australia. Thank you for that.

We now want to know, have we understood your input into Design King William.

DesignKingWilliamThe majority of the feedback we have received to date highlights your desire for a more beautiful, active and accessible main street. To design King William Road with more greening, spaces for people, with safer points to cross King William Road. A desire balanced with the need for on-street parking.

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What I have seen inspires me. It re-affirms my own vision of how it can become the most loved main street in South Australia. Thank you.

In response, our design team has prepared three demonstrations of how these elements could be included in the street to varying degrees.

As a result, we need your help again. From Monday we are seeking your input again. This time, to evaluate these 3 designs.

In addition, we will also have three approaches to the road surface. This includes from fully paving the roadway, parking spaces and footpaths, to a bitumen roadway with pavers limited to parking spaces and the footpaths.

Each option is a different look for King William Road. They also carry different construction timelines and levels of disruption for visitors, traders and motorists.

We’re keen to understand what you consider is the best solution while maintaining the charm and character as we re-design King William Road.

From next Monday, this new material will be on display in the shop front, as well as accessible online. We will record your preferences to help inform the eventual design outcome.

My colleagues and I will then be able to make as informed a decision as is possible. Together we can make King William Road the most loved main street in South Australia.

Design King William Road. The Most Loved Main Street in Adelaide.

That is our aim. To design King William Road to be the most loved main street in Adelaide.

King William Road is already seen by most as unique. A Council owned main street that is covered with brick pavers rather than bitumen. A street much loved already.

most loved main street in Adelaide

It is a street, a precinct, though that has lost much of it’s magic. A street looking aged and weary. A street that has a road structure and surface that is in urgent need of replacement. Once, the most loved main street in Adelaide.

Council has had a vision since 2014 to return the street to its former glory. To ensure that the unique brick paved road is truly the most loved main street in Adelaide.

This means looking at far more than just the paving. The paving is considered by many as the reason the street is seen as unique. But focusing however on the paving must not limit the scope of the project.

To be the most loved main street in Adelaide we are looking for your contribution. To be the most loved main street in Adelaide we need your input.

Whether you are a property owner or business operator in the street, whether you are a shopper, a visitor, or otherwise use the street. We need to know what you see as important to achieve our aim of making it the most loved main street in Adelaide.

Yes, we want your input into what the surface might constructed of. What we really need to know however is whether cars, bikes or pedestrians should have priority. We want to know from you whether the street should allow for outdoor dining and/or rest and recreation areas. We also want to know from you about how important on-road parking is, verses off-street parking.

Beyond that we want to know such as if you believe we should improve the tree and greening of the precinct. What about the use of smart technology.

Technology that would direct you to vacant carparking. Technology that would allow you to recharge your smart phones, or your disability scooter. What about technology that lights up your path as you pass a given location or directs you to what is available in the next block of shops.

Help us to design King William. Help us to make King William Road the most loved main street in Adelaide.

Visit our website at https://www.designkingwilliam.com/ or find the link on Council’s website. You can subscribe to stay updated if you love the street already.

Check us out on Social Media.

Come and visit us at Shop 4, 183-185 King William Road Hyde Park, SA 5061. Email us at [email protected]

Why would we provide a subsidy to Business

The question “why would we provide a subsidy to business” is resonating in the media today. This repeats a question asked by elected members at our last meeting. We debated then whether to accept a request for grant funding by the Hyde Park Tavern.

Hyde Park Tavern The Tavern’s application for grant funding was partially successful. Council voted 7-5 in favour of grant funding of $10,000. They had requested funding for half the budgeted cost of $ 70,000 for the project.

Debate on the night was lively. Many elected members I suggest argued that we are not and should not be in business to subsidise business. That is true. I agree.

The project however for which funding was requested and approved was to create an outdoor dining area. An outdoor dining area, not on their land, but on council land.

I believe those who supported the grant recognised that this business was prepared to invest in improving “our” infrastructure”. In other words it is a case not of a subsidy to business but supporting businesses who wish to contribute to improve the amenity of the neighbourhood in which they operate.

Why would we provide a subsidy to Business. I say because they are prepared to invest in their community. Because this will improve the environment in King William Road. And because this will be  a welcome forerunner to the redevelopment of King William Road north of the Tavern.

Council has been looking for some time now to reinvest in King William Road just north of the Tavern. We are currently redeveloping Goodwood Road in similar fashion. Businesses in both strips will benefit from any such redevelopment. In these cases no business will be asked to put their hand in their pocket to assist in funding the redevelopment of our infrastructure.

At Goodwood Road this means that businesses such as Gingers, Boulangerie, Goodwood Bakehouse, Two Sisters, the Capri will potentially benefit from the work we are currently doing. What about the businesses on King William Road north of the Tavern. How many of them will benefit? Should they be asked to contribute to those projects.

We should be thankful that the Hyde Park Tavern is prepared to undertake redevelopment of Council’s infrastructure. Such development makes for a thriving and more vibrant city. A thriving business district is an essential component of a desirable neighbourhood.

King William Road to Keep it’s Pavers

The Legacy of the State Government imposing on Local Government any informal meeting of Council being available to the public is on show this week with the storey about King William Road in the Eastern Courier and the subsequent media explosion.

The legislation requiring this has led to this week’s headlines about King William Road, headlines based on discussions in an informal gathering of Council that have no legal status. Headlines that have left our community believing we have made decisions contrary to our vision for King William Road.

King William Road

King William Road for pedestrians

Councillors and Senior Management discussed how the role out of our King William Road Master Plan is going. Because any informal gathering of council must now be open to the public this discussion was attended by our local press representative.

For those out there who believe the headlines and can’t understand why we would pull those pavers up and put asphalt down in its place don’t panic. We have made no such decision.

Your stress is State Government induced. By making all our meetings subject to public attendance we no longer can simply discuss an issue without people believing that the discussion is tantamount to a decision on our part.

Here is what happened.

Anyone who has frequented King William Road in the last two years would be aware we have trailed the use of parklets in the precinct. The first two have now been replaced with permanent kerb build outs allowing comfortable alfresco dining in two of the side streets.

This shows some receptivity by traders to modifying the King William Road environment between Park/Mitchell Streets and Arthur Street. Enough to suggest moving the master plan forward.

Administration advised during the discussion that with the need to consider repaving the street in the near future, moving the master planning forward was probably a good move. They did compare the cost of doing this by bitumen rather than pavers to assist us elected members understand what we are faced with.

We are likely to see later this year a report from Administration come to a full meeting of council. At that meeting I suggest we are likely to decide whether to pick up the pace of improving the road to make it more pedestrian friendly and therefore more of a destination sooner than our current program is doing.

A far cry from replacing our 30-year-old pavers with asphalt or bitumen.

If you are interested, you can view the 2014 master Plan draft here.

Transforming King William Road- where to from here.

In this blog I hope to answer the question Transforming King William Road- where to from here?

 

The need to transform King William Road was addressed in my last blog. In this blog I provide some insight into what is planned next. So…..Transforming King William Road- where to from here?

The parklets that were located in Opey Avenue and in Bloomsbury Street have been relocated as other businesses have indicated to Council  desire to have them in front of their businesses. Turning the street into a more people friendly environment is being appreciated.

The locations where there were will not revert back to the old days of a year or more ago. Use of the parklets has always been for a time limited period. These street intersections with King William Road however are about to be permanently transformed.

Opey AvenueBoth businesses who requested the original parklets are so impressed they want a permanent solution. In April work will commence on constructing kerb build outs at both Opey and Bloomsbury.

 

 

These build outs will benefit all businesses in that they will, we expect, attract people to stop and stay awhile at King William Road. They will be similar to what has already been constructed on the corner of Unley Road. Whilst built for safety reasons it is obvious by casual observation that this is a popular hang out for people shopping in our precinct.

The build outs will still allow two cars to travel through the intersection but it will be more pedestrian friendly in that:

it will be a raised area, at the same height as the adjacent footpaths.

bollards will be strategically located around  the corners

the area will be landscaped

protected seating will be provided

For your reference and knowing Transforming King William Road- where to from here the link below to our website will take you to the KWR document – page 48 describes the Side street intersections under the Curated Street Concept.
http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Att%201%20Item%201194%20FCM%2028%20July%202014.pdf

Transforming King William Road

Transforming King William Road has been high on Council’s agenda for some time now.

 

Respective Councils have recognised the need for transforming King William Road, many would argue Adelaide’s premier shopping strip, to make it relevant for the future. Relevancy for the future is ensuring it supports the ageing baby boomers and with that an increase in the number of people with physical disabilities. It requires evolving into the sort of precinct most likely to be adopted by the emerging Gen Ys.

Sorry Gen X but research shows that in 2017 you will have surpassed the boomers as the group with the most buying power. By 2020 you in turn will be surpassed by Gen Y.

Back to the boomers, we will need a shopping environment that will support our mobility concerns. We will need to navigate from one side of the road to the other, have ease of access to the shops. With the car being currently the most important means of moving people and with entrances to the shops being high steps this presents a significant challenge.

Gen Y on the other hand is a group looking for inner city living by preference to enjoy the cosmopolitan lifestyle. Their movement preference hierarchy we are being told is walking first, followed by cycling and then public transport in its varying forms. Cars will be (it is suggested) the least preferred means of moving people.

Meeting these needs and many others is a costly exercise and Council in acknowledging this has recognised that a gradual transportation is a sensible approach.

parkletSo we trialled the parklets with great success. These have proved very popular. They have been well utilised by consumers frequenting the King William Road shopping strip. These people are staying longer as a result and apparently are spending more while there as a result. Any negative from say the reduction in available car parks has been well and truly trumped.

So successful have they been that other traders want them on front of their premises. A far cry from only a few years ago when they would rue the loss of the car park in front of their shop.

So successful has this been that we are about to commence the next step in transforming King William Road. Please look out for my next blog for some detail on this.

 

 

 

 

First Parklet installed in King William Road precinct

After the successful Parklet trial mid year last year as part of Council’s long term vision for the King William Road Precinct the first of two Parklets has been constructed at the corner of King William Road and Opey avenue.

 

This Parklet, otherwise known as a temporary public space, has been created within the footprint of two car-parks in Opey Street outside Cotto. It will provide areas for people to meet gather and enjoy the local environment.

A second parklet will be constructed outside Nutrition Republic. Both should be operational within the next week.

parklet under construction in Opey Street

parklet under construction in Opey Street

 

Focusing more on giving people a reason to visit and stay (a focus on people) rather than were they can park (a focus on cars) these new parklets should help to revitalize Adelaide’s premier retail strip. It will create new life.

Available under licence fr a 12 month period they will provide great opportunity for people to stay in the precinct in a similar manner to shopping centres. After 12 months, new locations to relocate the Parklets will be sought from the local community.

The Cotto Parklet will seek to create a safe and welcoming setting for young families to visit King William Road and for children to spend time within the precinct. The Parklet will provide activities to entertain children as well encourage local music, face painting and food displays throughout the year.

Nutrition Republic will provide a social setting for people to pause and relax whilst they are out walking their dog, going for a run or ride, or after a local yoga class. The Parklet will also host a range of community demonstrations around health and wellness and welcome the input of other local businesses.

The Parklets are expected to be open for public use by the 31st of January.

The Parklets will be smoke and alcohol free and will not be solely used for the purpose of outdoor dining. They are to remain public spaces for all to use.”

For further information on the Parklet Program and nomination process, please visit www.unley.sa.gov.au.

Variety back on King William Road

King William Road again plays host to one of Variety’s biggest events of the year, Variety on King William 2014.

The latest spring summer fashion trends from  our exclusive shopping strip will be showcased in a gorgeous fashion show on one of the longest runways in town for Variety on King William 2014. It all happens this coming Friday, 17 October.
Guests will be seated alfresco style on the road and enjoy a sublime four course menu oozing spring flavours and created by some of the road’s favourite restaurants, all matched with fine South Australian Wines. 
Join the event here to be kept up to date  with all the latest information
COST : $140 pp, $1400 for a table of 10.
Corporate Packages available. Email [email protected] for details.
Book your tickets here. Don’t delay – they are selling quickly!
Of course there is plenty of room to witness it for free by wondering up and down this premium shopping strip.Take the opportunity as a guest or spectator. It is a fun and spectacular event.

Parklet Project to Proceed

Two applications have been received for Council’s innovative King William Road Parklet trial.

Nutrician Republic and Cotto have been shortlisted for the 12 month trial.
For the full storey go to Council’s website here.

First important baby steps for King William Road

Last night Council endorsed a long term vision for King William Road based on concepts that have recently been worked up by our administration and an extensive public consultation. They also approved a pilot parklet program.

Council unanimously backed this initiative via a motion put by Cr Koumi (who is the presiding member of the Unley Business and Economic Development committee) and seconded by myself (as a member of that committee).

As I spoke of last night this about Council (who consist mainly of the baby boomer and driver generations) recognising that the future of what once was the premier shopping destination in the wider Adelaide environs must be based on what the gen X and gen Y generation expect from their shopping experience.

The focus on the transaction that typifies the boomers and Drivers must give way to the wish of the Gen X & Y’ers which is based not on the transaction but the experience. This is a necessity where simply transactional shopping can and is predominantly being done on the internet.

And we have not just endorsed the vision we have approved taking the first baby steps via the use of two parklets to be located by collaboration with the businesses of the strip. This project will test the waters of what can be achieved.

I congratulate the design team for working up the concepts that now form part of the vision for this strip. If you would like to check out their report go to this link.

This should lead in my mind to King William Road again being the premier shopping strip of the wider Adelaide environs.