My Vision for our Community
My Vision is to see Unley’s City of Villages remain the great place we know today and into the future. A place where our kids and grand kids will want to live, work and play, and raise their families like we have.
Achieving my Vision requires an empathetic approach to designing our future housing stock. Likewise our future streets, our green cover and our parks and gardens. It requires also ensuring that the community can continue to access the range of community services they have now and more.
The previous State Government’s 30-year plan and their population assessments/targets has challenged all of us. To avoid Adelaide trespassing into our farming lands, north and south of the City as our population inevitably does grow, we must accept some increase in population density in the inner suburbs.
My vision is that we manage this increased density so that we maintain a high standard of living. This includes rezoning only those areas that can accommodate increased density including the main road corridors and Unley Central.
To ensure good quality development we must work with the State Government. We can’t leave this to the government. They do not have any local area intimacy.
By taking a leadership role, rather than relying on the Government, we can influence the results to reflect local nuances.
Excessive traffic burdens the streets of the City of Unley. Commuters from the south use our road network as commuter routes. Roads like East Avenue and Leah Street in the west and Duthy Street in the east should not be commuter routes.
As a result my vision is to see commuter traffic diverted to Adelaide’s ring routes. Furthermore, in the west, this means diverting commuter traffic to South Road.
Parking in our residential streets should be organised on a hierarchy that residents followed by employees and clients of our small businesses have preference over commuters using Unley as a Park n Ride.
Now that we have converted our footpaths from bitumen to pavers we must direct our resources to ensuring they remain safe for people of all ages to use.
We need to ensure as high a level of service to protect those of our community using our footpaths within tight budgetary constraints.
We face a continuing tension between preserving trees for their health and aesthetic benefits to society and the risks they present to people and buildings etc. My vision therefore is to ensure we have and police policies that achieve both.
Open Space/Recreation/Active Lives
My vision is to continue promoting for improved sporting facilities. The success of the proposed upgrading of the Goodwood Oval Grandstand is but the first step in realising this vision.
My vision is to see this project come to completion. It is to see a similar solution for the Millswood Croquet Club. Likewise, to find the right solution for the use of the soon to be vacated Hockey field at Goodwood Oval. I wish as well to assist the Forestville Eagles to address their accommodation needs.
Our sporting clubs play an ever increasing role in ensuring our community is healthy and active and to utilise the limited facilities we have.
In a world of so many competing needs our ultimate challenge is to achieve results in all of the above but we need to do it with limited financial resources. I am committed therefore to keeping rate increases a low as possible. I wish to do this so as not to over burden each of us rate payers.
An integral part of achieving this is that Council communicates with it’s community in a caring and understanding way. That we listen to what your concerns are, that we respond to those concerns quickly and professionally.
I will continue to promote to Council that our staff receive training in communication skills to achieve this.
Hopefully Council, it’s management and staff, its elected members, and its community share this vision and are up for the challenge to design the future of Unley. By working together, this vision can be realised.