Clarence Park LATM comes back to you for your final input

The Clarence Park LATM comes back to you for your final input. A complex suite of initiatives and numerous options as solutions awaits you if Council endorses the next step on Monday night.


That is the decision awaiting Council at our next full Council meeting this coming Monday night. While Council’s budget and therefore rate rises (see my blog post of 17 June) will be the focus of most attention, the Clarence Park LATM will be residents of the Clarence Park Wards most anticipated.

Check the Council website to find the agenda, the motion in question (item 4.2) and the report and supporting documents. Better yet, come along on Monday night and witness the debate.

The suite of recommendations in the report is complex. Options are being offered. They will require additional input from you.

At my request, a Community Drop in Session will play a central role in the consultation.

Jennie and I were briefed on the suite of options we are asking your opinion on at our last Ward Briefing. At this meeting I pushed for the community consultation to include a community forum.

I did so because I believe that the suite of solutions is complex enough that there is potential for widely varying opinions from you and your neighbours. A Forum will help you understand better what is being proposed. It will also help you get a feel for what others are thinking.

It is important to get this right. The best way to achieve that is for you to participate. Please attend the forum. Please also submit your thoughts.

You will receive your invitations shortly, assuming Council passes the recommended motion. The venue will be the Clarence park Community Centre and a date (and time) ti be advised in the invitation we will send you.


Providing Local Leadership: Safer Clarence Park Rail Station

A safer Clarence Park Rail Station is high on my agenda. This is one of those Advocating at State & Federal Level issues I spoke of yesterday.


Safer Clarence Park Rail StationA safer Clarence Park Rail Station has already been recognised through our local Clarence Park Neighbourhood Watch. Living so close to the rail station, being a frequent user, and conscious of the safety issue I am looking to take this to the State Government.

Prior to the electrification of the Seaford (previously Noarlunga line) the station had self closing gates at all 4 entrances. In spite of the increased safety risk with the use of more silent trains nothing happened. DPTI argued back then, that safety was not an issue.

Attempts in the past with the previous Government to reinstate them were unfortunately not successful. With a new Government and with a new Council comes fresh hope. Hope that appropriate safety comes back to the Clarence Park Rail Station.

This with the Clarence Park Community Centre child care service located directly opposite the station in Black Forest. Likewise with the Clarence Park Community Kindergarten on the other side in Clarence Park.

I have witnessed many train drivers sounding their horns to alert pedestrians about to step out in front of the train. They have done it to me even though I believe I was far enough back and alert to their presence.

This should not be the primary strategy for safe crossing at the Clarence Park Train Station. Like nearby Fairfax Avenue and Victoria Street there should be self closing gates at the Clarence Park Train Station. Like also exists at the Hove and Oaklands Rail Stations.

I will work for you, providing local leadership, if you allow me to work with you to lobby for this safety necessity.

Written & authorised by Don Palmer, 19 Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park SA 5034

Externally imposed Rate Capping I believe to be poor policy.

Externally imposed Rate Capping I believe to be poor policy. Poor policy that you will (in time) pay dearly for. I expect that your other representatives will also view it as poor policy. We will need to wait on Monday’s special council meeting to know however.

Balancing the BudgetThe Rate Oversight Bill being considered by Parliament is aimed at shifting oversight on Council rates. From you to another arm of state government.

We are accountable to you. They are not. Do you want a single philosophy (rate capping) decided by a body, not accountable to you, to determine what services are provided you by your local council.

We will consider this at Monday night’s special council meeting. In so doing we will not simply vote yes or no. We will consider and make public our reasons for our decision.

I for one continue to be concerned that the Bill is bad policy. I say this even though I and Unley support the rationale of setting the rate first and cutting your cloth to suit.  Council and its community are surely best placed to provide this oversight.

My primary concerns I have shared with you last night. Some of my other concerns, which I am sure we will discuss on Monday night, I put on record below.

Grant Funding

South Australian Councils receive the lowest per-capita share of state government funding in the country.

I ask, is this State Government ready to put their hands in their pockets to bring us in line with the rest of the country.  We have yet to hear from them on this.

I doubt it. It is more likely there will be a continuation of cost shifting to local government (see next).

Cost Shifting-Overview

As the Government promotes their intention to avoid you paying more than you need to for the services provided by your local government we must all ask what guarantees they are going to provide against cost shifting. Cost shifting is a practice for governments of both persuasions have thrust upon local government.

Mandatory Fees and Charges

Many of our services are subject to a fee for service. An example of cost shifting is services such as Development Assessment. As I indicated in a recent post, rate payers subsidise these services and substantially. This will be even worse since the larger development projects are now being assessed by the State Commission Assessment Panel.

Is this fair?

Will the new government and future governments ensure we can truly get cost recovery for this service? I doubt it. I doubt it very much.

Social Housing

One of the most significant cost shifting is (by default) the transfer of management of social housing to community housing providers. When the previous government did this they also legislated that these providers receive a mandatory 75% rate rebate on council rates.

A reduction in their costs but a reduction in our revenue. The loss of this income has been transferred to you by way of rate increases above CPI.

The current government has made no offer to reverse this.

Not a huge impact on Unley but for some councils prohibitive. Of course, much of the medium density housing is expected to be social housing.

Solid Waste Levy

Rate payers through their councils pay the State Governments solid waste levy. To fate, to the tune of $118m. Very little of this money has been used for the intended purpose which is to improve recycling.

And catch this. The rate has increased 1450% since 2001. 9% this year. Compare that to the amount your council rates have increased.

To date of course, there is no indication from the government that they will peg these astronomical increases or (better yet) remove the levy. Perhaps ESCOSA should be commissioned to set these rate increases rather than the government.

No! What we have learnt from them is they believe we should be able to absorb the increased costs we are to be burdened by due to the recent China refusal to take that same underfinanced recycled material.


I wonder too about such things as:

  • As intimated above, if the government is serious about ensuring value for money for rates and taxes maybe they should be mandating that ESCOSA, as an independent body, be given the responsibility for capping such things as state government taxes, levies, fees and charges.
  • Should ESCOSA have the power to fine councils for inadvertently breaching the cap, and to name and shame them publicly. Inadvertently. Fined. Shamed. How punitive is that.

All in all then, unless there are arguments that sway my current paradigm, I struggle to see the Government’s proposed legislation as anything other than poor policy. If it is passed then we are going to be severely challenged in complying.

A reminder. The special council meeting will be held in our Civic Centre, commencing at 7.00pm.

Light Tension at Goodwood Oval as Saints Seek More illumination.

Our Council Assessment Panel will feel a light tension this Tuesday night. The Panel meets on that night to adjudicate on a single Development Application.

This application has prompted a not so light tension within the local community. This means it is the only application considered on the night.

Goodwood Oval LightsWith 4 independent members and just one elected member they are appointed under the Development Act to represent Council. They must assess applications based on the Act, the Development Regulations and the City of Unley Development Plan.


On Tuesday night they must decide whether to accept or refuse a Development Application by the Goodwood Saints Football Club. The club is seeking to extend the hours of use of the lights at Goodwood Oval.

As part of the process of determining the fate of the application they have received no fewer than 150 representations. Around half of these oppose the proposed development, half support. Some of those who have provided a representation will take the opportunity to verbally present to the Panel.

The tension between the Club and nearby residents caused by this application should not deter the Panel from their responsibility under the Act. That said I imagine there will be more than just a light tension in the gallery on Tuesday night.

As they exist courtesy of the Development Act and not the Local Government Act the panel cannot be lobbied. This is unlike when Council considers an issue. Even Council can’t influence them.

When the Panel read representations or hear testimonies they must evaluate them in purely development plan terms. This is enhanced with the influence of elected member diminished to just one of five. This courtesy, of course, of the former Planning Minister John Rau.

The big question is, will they agree with the recommendation of Council’s Planning Department who believe the application is not seriously at variance to the Development Plan.

Is there a problem with Local Government Code of Conduct?

Members of this Council have publicly questioned in recent times the application of the Local Government Code of Conduct. They are asking, is there a problem with Local Government Code of Conduct.

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This may well be because three of us in the last 12 months have been the subject of accusations under the Code. Is there a problem with Local Government Code of Conduct?

It is not my intention to comment on any of these accusations. Two have been dealt with already. The minutes of the meetings at which they were dealt with can be accessed from our website. The third will be considered at our next Council meeting.

Three in a year. Gee that sounds like a lot. No, it is not. It is three in this term of Council, an average of one per year. Honestly, we at Unley can be proud that our Council, has had only three.

So, Is there a problem with Local Government Code of Conduct?

There are two sides of the coin as I see it.

One side is that many, no most, of the accusations are trivial in nature. The recommendation by the relevant tribunal dealing with these complaints is consistent. That recommendation is the Council seek a public apology from the accused member.

The other side of the coin is that members do need to realise that the public require a higher standard of behaviour than they do of themselves. Like prominent sports stars and celebrities, we must accept their bent to hold us to a higher standard. By and large I believe we do a good job in the main. There are but a handful of members who transgress at a serious level.

That is just part of being an elected member. I ask my colleagues (and myself) to remember this with all our dealings.

I do believe the system needs an overhaul however but that is the subject of a future blog.

Council will consider all the options for the new Goodwood Oval Grandstand

With the recently reported $2.5 m grant already secured Council will consider all the options for development of the Goodwood Oval Grandstand.

Council will consider all the options.

Three options will be considered. They are:

  1. To refurbish the Grandstand; an option originally focused on. It included providing a mezzanine level viewing area/club room.
  2. To provide a new single storey replacement club room. (considered due to structural concerns with option 1)
  3. To provide a new double storey replacement club room. (likewise, being considered for the same reason).

Goodwood Oval Grandstand

Earlier this year Council received interim engineering advice on the first option. Engineers were concerned  about the structural capacity of the existing structure to accommodate the changes we had considered.

The advice was verbal and was not a “considered” engineering opinion.

There is a question therefore on the cost of this option. The chances for cost blowouts on this option are high and they could be significant. I believe it would cost council another $ 20,000.00 to determine what extra engineering would add to the project cost.

This prompted us to consider replacing the old structure with a new building.

In light of this observation the clubs reconsidered their approach. They felt a new structure would potentially better accommodate their needs.

Enter the State Government’s $ 2.5 m grant. This is based on a new grandstand and more appropriately, a 2-storey grandstand.

This coming Monday Council will consider the options. We will consider which option we may seek community input on.

The single storey version will extend the current foot print.  It is single storey however and is the option that provides the smallest investment.

The double storey option will present a slightly larger footprint than the existing. It will be slightly smaller in height than the existing grandstand. Of all the options it provides the best weatherproof viewing for spectators.

And, of course, accepting the Government’s grant will also be on the agenda.

A Third Player Has Emerged in the Fight for Badcoe

A third Player has emerged in the fight for Badcoe. A week ago now, Cr John Woodward announced his intention to stand.

A Councillor for the City of West Torrens Keswick Ward, John announced his intention to run via Facebook and Twitter a week ago.

His candidature should add some spice to the campaign. He will be running as an independent against the endorsed candidates for the two major parties. As you will know from two of my previous posts in the Fight for Badcoe they are as follows. Jayne Stinson for Labor and City of Unley’s own Mayor Lachlan Clyne for the Liberals.

John adds another dimension to a seat I have previously identified as a possible litmus test for the formation of the next Government.

Like the two other candidates he will come as no stranger  to a portion of the Badcoe electorate. That said I am unaware of ever having met him. Having had a number of conversations with both Lachlan and Jayne I will make a point of catching up John.

 What I have ascertained about John comes from his Facebook Page and Website. He is seeking a more collaborative approach to solving problems, NOT the adversarial, bickering, nasty personal attacks that we see from our two major parties.

For more information about John check out John’s election website.

There is yet no announcement from the Greens or from NXT regarding endorsing any candidate. With John’s announcement the other two candidates are out and about.

Lachlan has been pounding the streets in those sections of the Seat of Badcoe where is is not as well know. Jayne, on the other hand is holding two community meetings in little ol’ Clarence Park tomorrow morning.

They will be as follows:

9 am thru’ 9.45 at Dora Guild Playground

10 am thru’ 10.45 at Page Park.


Merry Christmas

I wish all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous new year.

It has been a pleasure to serve you during the past year and I look forward to working with you again next year. In the meantime I look forward to spending time with my family.

May you all also enjoy the festive season and time with family.

A Short Divorce as all of Unley still covered by Eastern Courier.

Not often I write 2 blog posts in one day on the same subject. Today demands it after a swift response to my sharing my earlier blog today with my Facebook page. A Short Divorce as all of Unley still covered by Eastern Courier it appears.


The advice received from City West Messenger is that all of Unley will still be covered by the Eastern Courier. This is truly great news for those of us in the western suburbs of the City of Unley. Those who still identify with being an Unley resident can view this as a short divorce.

I thank City West for this information. Thank them also for directing me to a website link wherein you can check which paper your suburb will be served by. All the suburbs affected reveal the Eastern Courier as our paper. You can check yourself if you are interested at

This weeks edition of the Courier was clear and reads “The CoastCity Weekly, replacing the Guardian Messenger, will cater to Adelaide’s southwest suburbs, covering from Glenelg to Goodwood Road”. Given the advice received it appears the Messenger are prone to wordsmithing errors we at Council are often accused of.

We will all know in a few days, one way or the other!






Goodwood Oval Port Jackson Fig Tree Update

Staff and I met today on site at Goodwood Oval as part of an exercise to resolve where to from here for the Fig Tree.


Goodwood Oval Port Jackson Fig Tree

First up I can confirm that the tree will remain. It has had it’s necessary trimming and now we need to ensure now that we are definitely keeping the tree we have done what we can do to keep the area underneath safe.

A Hazard Management Assessment has revealed that we must do what we can to dissuade people from congregating under the area. In other words we will be looking to simply restrict thoroughfare and the congregation of people under the tree, not prevent access.

What is likely to happen as a first step in the process is to replace the temporary hoarding with a permanent single rail fence. This fence will not follow geometrical lines and will provide access points that will allow people to fetch lost balls etc. Permanent symbolic signage (designed around young children being able to read the message) will be strategically located to prohibit climbing of the tree.

The next step will be to reposition the barbecue and the seating to an area outside the drip line of the tree. We are looking at the area to the north of the tree but need to do some research as to where power is (to feed the barbecue) and sprinkler points to determine the location of the barbecue.

Apparently GAP water which is used here is not allowed near barbecues.

The seats will be positioned under shade with ready access to the barbecue. The area both inside and outside the drip line is earmarked for some landscaping with with planting that is suitable for watering with GAP water.

As part of another project we have for the Oval surrounds we will be planting 12 new trees. Two of these will be Figs, I presume Port Jackson but maybe Moreton Bay. With these trees taking some 20-30 years to mature we are of the belief that planting two more now will provide an opportunity for one to replace this one, in time, as a grandfather tree for the Oval.

St Augustine’s Future looks Secure

As many people in our local community are well aware St Augustine’s Anglican Church in Unley has been at the crossroads without a Priest in charge. This has been the case now for close to 2 years.

The good news today is St Augustine’s future looks secure with the appointment of a new priest.


10250048_916100205120849_1505682620921198388_nFinding a new Priest can be a lengthy process for a Church Parish. The process is a long drawn out process. During the search for a new Priest a Parish will have a Locum in Tenens look after them. Sometimes, depending on the time taken to find a priest in charge, they could have one or more Locum Tenens.

The Parish of St Augustine’s has unfortunately endured this twice now since 2003. On this occasion they have had 4 Locum Tenens.

Adding to their woes, the Parish, which has pioneered multi cultural ministry back in (from memory) 2009, has also experienced the loss of their Chinese Minister only a month ago now due to ill health.

 Archbishop Driver on Sunday 12th June announced  to the Parish that the Rev. Mee Ping Lau had accepted his invitation to become the new Parish Priest for both the English and Mandarin congregations of St. Augustine’s Unley.

Rev Lau is a senior priest who was ordained in 1993 in Singapore and has served in two parishes in Sydney Diocese since 1998.  He has been Rector of St. Paul’s Kogarah in Sydney since 2004 where he has ministered to both English and Mandarin congregations.  He is married to Persis Koo.  They have a married daughter (Priscilla) and a son  (Aaron) who is planning to be married in July 2017.

It is anticipated that Mee Ping will be commissioned in early 2017 and he will be appointed as Archdeacon for Culturally Diverse (Chinese) congregations.

I hear a rumour too that Persis Koo may play an important multi-cultural role in the local government industry in South Australia.

Let us pray for the Parish of St Augustine’s, and for Mee Pig Lau and Persis Koo.

Rate Capping Stays on the Agenda.

Their rate capping motion soundly beaten in the Parliament this week the Libs have declared they will make rate capping an election issue come March 2018. In other words Down but not Out.

Rate Capping



Are you burdened by taxes and looking for relief? If so I ask you where you think the relief should come from. Council Rates are an obvious target because they are an in your face tax. It is an annual bill you see and act on.

But is it truly the way to achieve tax relief?

This is the 1st in my efforts to address these questions.

Do you realise that taxes raised by local government accounts for only 3% of taxes raised in Australia. Surely if you want to lighten the tax burden would you not look at the larger taxes. A 10% saving in other words in council rates across the country amounts to a saving of but 0.3% of the countries tax take.

The Libs of course are maintaining that your rates should come under the same scrutiny as the State Parliament. I ask them is this a desirable replacement for the current system wherein YOU DO get a chance to have a say, and twice. Is it more appropriate that a body such as ESCOSA who have overseen extreme increases in water rates and power over the last 10 years.

I put it to all who care that ESCOSA will not necessarily keep rates down as evidenced by the increases in the state utilities over the last decade. If the Utility can convince ESCOSA that a large increase is justified then so too can councils.

Unless the Libs in Government intend to take away your right to have a say the costs of producing a budget will increase as Councils provides both you and ESCOSA an opportunity to contribute.

But only 3 or 4 people I hear from the media and the Libs attend a Council budget public forum and they are not listened too. Speaking for myself they are listened to.

This is what I have heard this year about the budget we will be voting on in Coucnil this month. The public this year has focused on the value of just one, yes one, project which will commit us if proceeded with to an investment of just $30,000.00, or 0.08% of your rates. And the feedback an overwhelming support for the project.

I said earlier you get two goes. New initiatives in our budget are put before the public not only at budget time but are put to the public by way of a specific public consultation.

This project I expect to be included in our budget. Will it happen. Don’t know and the elected members should wait to see what the public will want when it goes out to consultation as a project later this year. And when it does we may actually get a 100 or more from the immediate area impacted by the project have their say; a far cry from the few who responded to the budget consultation.

Other projects included have already been the subject of specific public consultation.

As we sit on the last Monday of this month therefore I will be voting on the budget confident that it does actually have the support of our rate payers.


Mixed Message for our Moreton Bay Fig

Late last year I blogged on the limb failure of the Moreton Bay Fig tree (or should I say Port Jackson Fig) located in the north west quadrant of Goodwood Oval. This blog is the latest on what we have found about the trees health and its future.


Goodwood Oval Morton Bay Fig Tree

Goodwood Oval Morton Bay Fig Tree

I visited the site with Council’s arborist this morning and he confirms the original assessments as it being in good health. It’s health in fact is typical of the species and its age. He and the independent arborist that carried out specific tests on the tree I reported in my last blog both conclude that we do have some management issues going forward to protect this lovely tree.

The Port Jackson (as we should get used to calling it) is a significant tree. So much so it is included in Council’s Development Plan Significant Tree Register. This provides it some pretty basic protections.

The specialised inspection has revealed that while in good general health it has been compromised. Foliage colour, size and density are all normal and there are no signs of pests or disease within the crown.

The limb failure has been diagnosed as the result of fungal degeneration and there is more present. These failures have resulted in a large void and altered wind dynamic. The trees overall integrity is not compromised but it has been assessed as there being a moderate risk of further limb failure particularly before regrowth stabilises the tree long term. I have had the regrowth pointed out to me.

Thankfully the risk has not been diagnosed as high as this would probably see a recommendation for its removal. Having said that a medium risk is sufficient for us to take action to minimise risk to all those who use Goodwood Oval and in particular the kids who climb the tree.

Pruning options are limited so we are likely to consider repositioning the permanent seats and the bar b que to another area. This will challenge us as any repositioning of this facility will require shade. Our arborist and I discussed some options but we will need to give this some more thought before going out for your thoughts and opinions.




Spirit of Anzac Centenary

Today was the opening of the Spirit of Anzac Centenary at the Wayville Showgrounds and I was privileged to be an invited guest.




It was an emotional Spirit of Anzac ride to be sure as I went from scene to scene and narration to narration of what is known as the Great War- World War 1. It was a visual, audio presentation with opportunities to have further information emailed to you. This all courtesy of an iPod made available on arrival.

Walking through the presentation left me with a myriad of feelings. An overwhelming sense of the drama of the day, the confusion of the day, the anguish of the day, the sense of patriotism, the sense of betrayal but more to the point the futility of war. I am so blessed and thankful that God has spared me from experiencing such atrocity and I pray for those who have.

The waste of human life from war can only have you ask  Why? The loss of life in this war leaves all other wars in it’s wake. The loss of Australian life totalled 61, 514. And that from a country half way round the world with a population of only some 5 million.

Hungary lost 1.2 million, Germany and Russia 2.0 million each.

I saw over a small period of time country after country waging war against each other with no pattern. I saw the horrendous mistakes made by military leaders. I saw the proliferation of new weapons of mass destruction. I saw men living in horrendous conditions where if a bullet did not get you a disease most certainly would.

Also apparent we clearly as humankind have not learnt our lesson. We were reminded of wars that Australia rallied to for the free world in Korea, Vietnam, two Iraq wars and currently Afghanistan. Of course there was also World War II, bought to us courtesy of a German Soldier who survived this war.

I urge everyone to take the time to visit this exhibition but you will have to hurry. Open today this free exhibition already has received 29,000 bookings of a  possible 35,000 and closes on the 20th March.

As Corporal R. Morgan prayed on 11 November 1918 … Please God…the sacrifices have not been in vain. I truly hope and pray we are close to having learnt the lesson. Exhibitions such as this surely will help.


ACTIVE UNLEY of Summer 2015-16 Program Underway

The City of Unley kicked off last Friday evening with a joint open air cinema with Sturt Footy Club at Unley Oval.




The open air cinemas, a popular event in recent years is but the tip of the iceberg in the Active Unley program. You will see this logo often over the coming months if not in the years to come.

We have a schedule of upcoming events to kick start the program starting with a free fitness in the park group personal training session this coming Tuesday at Unley Oval and a yga in the park session at Fullarton Park next Sunday.

If you missed the open air cinema don’t panic like previous years we have three more planned, with one in Soutar Park for those of us in the west. Check out the where and the when here.

Check out our Active Unley Website for more detail and an opportunity to take advantage of the 21 things and/or check out the calendar of upcoming events. Check the site out and see how you could be a winner by obtaining an active Unley passport and participating in just 4 Active Unley events.

Unley hosts Vigil for France

The City of Unley will hold a vigil on Tuesday 17th November at the Unley Memorial Gardens commencing at 6.00pm in support of our French colleagues after the terrorist attacks of Friday 13th 2015.


Flag_of_France_svgUnley has a historic connection with France coincidently through the efforts at Pozieres of Unley’s own battalion the 10/27th, who fought to free the french from the oppression of the 1st World War. It was just last Wednesday we remembered those who served in the theatre of war.


And now 100 years on we find France again under siege, this time we are advised by ISIL.

We also have a deep relationship with Alliance-Francaise who reside here in Wayville. Our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne, has reached out to Jean-Christoph to let him know that we are here to offer our support if he needs and he has taken us up on this offer.

This will be by way of a vigil this coming Tuesday evening. The format for the evening will be finalised tomorrow night.

The events in Paris on black Friday has left France and the rest of the world in shock. There is not much we as individuals as far away as we are to do but coming together in this manner will go a long way. Our brothers and sisters in France will know we have done this and will be grateful.

I understand the French Ambassador to Australia, Christophe Lecourtier, will be here on Tuesday and that he will speak at the vigil.

I encourage all to come along and join us.

The Memorial Gardens will be the venue at the end of the month, on the 27th and 28th November fro the French market. In light the events of this week I encourage you all to put this one in your calendar/diary too. Let’s support France in their hour of need.




What new programs should we run with young people this year?

Unley Council is asking our youth via our have your say website what new programs should we run with young people this year?


Only a handful of ideas have been put forward thus far. The consultation has been open just a month so far and closes 16 November. I encourage you to either contribute because you can or ask those who should to. You can access the Have Your Say webpage here.20151027_104147

Of interest to me is one from the west which I like and it appears has attracted interest thus far from the majority of observers.

That is to provide additional infrastructure to the recently revamped skate park in Forestville Reserve. I like what “Seabrookbridge” has to say. Logical and appropriate. A user for sure. Find out what “Seabrookbridge” suggested here.

What ideas do you have?


Vodafone Tower at Goodwood Oval

The Vodafone Tower at Goodwood Oval proposal, the subject of a number of my blog posts back in August,  is back out for public consultation.


Goodwood Oval South East Light Tower

Goodwood Oval South East Light Tower

This time it not relevant to the Development application lodged by Vodafone and relevant to a sitting of our Development Assessment Panel (DAP). This is in relation to the full council considering first whether to accept a leasing opportunity before it is considered by the DAP.

This is in keeping with the observation made in a comment from a very astute rate payer, which our administration have clearly now implemented. This is public land and under the Local Government Act we must confer with our public before entering into any arrangement such as leasing infrastructure to a third party.

Unlike with the DAP where you are unable to talk to the DAP members to avoid them having a conflict of interest this consultation provides an opportunity for you to represent to the Council and open up dialogue with the elected members (lobby if you wish).

BY way of a reminder the Specific details are:-

  • Replacing the existing 25 metre tower with a new, stronger 30 metre tower.
  • The sports lighting attached to the new tower would be replaced at the same height and
    position as the existing lights. There will be no change to existing light intensity or spill.
  • The mobile phone infrastructure will be located above the lights.

So here is your chance, Have Your Say before 28 October either by writing to PO Box 1 Unley SA 5061, or at the web site

I am sure you will contact Jennie and I but for your message to be heard you need to use the above methods as the other councillors need to hear your opinions.

Do you know someone worth any of these honours?

Our 2016 Australia Day Awards nominations are now open and are aimed at recognising people, organisations and groups in our community.

This is an ideal opportunity to recognise local residents, students and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the City of Unley community and your assistance would be appreciated to encourage people through your networks to submit nominations for the following awards:
·         Citizen of the Year
·         Young Citizen of the Year
·         Community Event of the Year
·         Active Ageing Initiative of the Year
Nomination forms and the eligibility criteria is available on our website at
Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, 20 November 2015.

Prime Time Retirement Discussion Panel

Continuing to lead Local Government in Aged issues Unley Council is holding an event on November 7th between 3 & 4pm called Prime Time Retirement Discussion Panel.


Society is faced currently with two undeniable truths. The first is we are an ageing population, the second is we are living longer. It is important then, more than ever before, to consider life in retirement. The baby boomers are going to, true to form with all their life stages before, change the concept of retirement.

This is a not to be missed event as we hear from a number of people entertaining retirement as we speak. These include

  • Former State MP (and health minister) the Honourable John Hill
  • Probus President Pauline Rattley and Probus member John Schwerdt
  • Our very own Unley Park Ward Councillor Michael Rabbitt.


This should be an informative session that I hope to gain some insight as move into retirement and compare with my own thoughts.


On my part running for council was indeed part of my pre-retirement planning. I recognised many years ago that it was important to have something to take your focus on after retirement from work. This focus needed to include physical and mental activity along with social interaction. 40 years ago now I saw too many of my older work colleagues die within a year of retirement having retired from significant physical exertion in the building industry to doing nothing.


I have with help from wiser people than me worked out that retirement contrary to the popular belief that it is a function of age but a paradigm of deciding each day when I wake that I am going to do what I want to do because I want to do not because I have to (to pay off a mortgage or whatever). Certainly some people who see me as retired already may be right.


I share my time between work (yes I do), council and being a warden at my church. I work because I want to, because I can help people. I determine how much time I put into work more than devote time because I have to, to receive a certain income to survive.