Unley Mayor endorsed by Liberals as Badcoe battle lines have been drawn.


The Badcoe battle lines have been drawn with an announcement today. Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne has been endorsed as the Liberal candidate for next year’s State Elections.

It has been a long time coming, with Lachlan having announced his candidacy early last year.

With this announcment the Badcoe battle lines have been drawn in what may prove to be a litmus test in the March 2018 State Election.

While the Xenophon team, the Greens, and possibly Pauline Hanson and/or others are yet to announce candidates the battle lines have been drawn. One would expect the winner to be from either Lachlan or from Labor endorsed candidate, Jayne Stinson. Jayne was endorsed last month by the Labor Party.

Both are well known to the local community. Lachlan misses out narrowly on his house being within the seat’s boundaries. Not so Jayne, who is a Forestville resident. That said Lachlan grew up in Council’s Clarence Park Ward. Only a stones throw from Goodwood Oval (or a stone and halfs throw.

Let the battle begin.              Stinson v Clyne

Both candidates are high quality and are well known to the residents of Badcoe.

While the personality Badcoe battle lines have been drawn I am keen to ensure that the election is a winner for us. I will be looking to what the residents of both the Clarence Park (and Goodwood Wards) of the City of Unley gain from the ensuing battle. In other words I am looking to redraw the battle lines by lobbying both candidates on key local issues.

I have already spoken with Jayne, having a coffee with her earlier this week. In Lachlan and my dual roles as representatives for the City of Unley we obviously have had conversations too.

During the election period I will identify the major initiatives I am lobbying for. I will be asking you to join the campaign so that both candidates know what we are after in considering which one to vote for. To do this please watch this blog for more news.

 

Libs strike the first blow in the Seat of Badcoe

On my first official day as Deputy Mayor of the City of Unley I witnessed the Leader of the Opposition, Steven Marshall, strike the first blow in the Seat of Badcoe.

The man wanting to be Premier announced what he calls a generational upgrade to South Australia’s rail and road network. The plan is called GlobeLink.

It is an ambitious plan, touted to be of major economic benefit to the State of South Australia. It is a plan that from a purely selfish point of view will have a huge benefit to me and my neighbourhood.

Badcoe is the State seat that our Mayor Lachlan Clyne is hoping to get Liberal pre-selection for. Given this, he asked me to represent Council as we have vested interest in the announcement.

For the Seat of Badcoe this means the freight trains would no longer run through the suburbs of Millswood, Kings Park, Goodwood, Forestville & Wayvlle. A bonus for the residents of the western side of the City of Unley

No longer would residents have to live in fear of a derailment. No longer will they have to be concerned about breathing in carcinogenic diesel fumes. No longer will they have to put up with excessive noise at all hours of the day. No more long waits in traffic at Cross road, Victoria Street and Leader Street.

It also impacts in what may happen at the Emerson Crossing when current Government plans to run the B-Doubles down Cross Road and turn right into South Australia’s major traffic corridor happens. It will reduce what I see as major demolition of houses and business premises along Cross Road at Clarence Park and South Road at Black Forest.

Residents in Unley’s western suburbs which form part of the Seat of Badcoe stand to benefit from the fight for this seat. I can’t wait now for what Labor may have to offer.

Dora Guild Playground upgrade

As part of our ongoing asset renewal/restoration program we are looking to replace the small children’s play house and provide additional shade around the sand pit area.

 

Cubby House at Dora Guild

Cubby House at Dora Guild

We think the existing play house is well loved and we could replace it with something similar in the same location, but would appreciate your views to help finalise the plans.

We also want to upgrade the soft fall and provide additional shade around the sand pit area and can provide either a shade sail (similar to the existing structure) or a colorbond steel ‘all-weather’ structure over a seat/table area.

Our Sport & Recreation Planner letterbox dropped local residents yesterday and will also have placed a poster at the playground. Just in case you did not receive it or have not been to the playground recently and you have an interest in how this playground evolves this blog is designed to alert you.

It’s only a small project, but we appreciate getting your feedback. Details and a feedback form are available on our website. Please return the form via the website, posting to PO Box 1 Unley SA 5061, or hand delivering it to our Civic Centre 181 Unley Road.

 

Millswood Station remains open but Dog Track closed.

Great news last week from the State Government. Patronage of the Belair train using Millswood Station to alight and embark has been beyond their expectations. As a result the station will remain open with the trial now complete.

The Federal Government however through it’s rail department ARTC will be closing the dog track which provides access to the station from the west side of Goodwood Road.

 

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ARTC sign. closed until further notice

I have held the view that patronage of the Belair train using Millswood Station would, in the main, be from residents of Clarence Park and Millswood west of Goodwood Road. Ensuring the safety of these people was an important ingredient behind the repair to the footbridge we at Unley did early last year.  We spent good money to make sure the footbridge was safe to use.

Since the track was closed late last week I have already received three calls from residents concerned about the closure. Unfortunately there is not much Jennie and I can do about this as the track belongs to ARTC and the Federal Government.

We were given advanced warning of the pending closure and told it would be a permanent closure in response to our asking our management to push ARTC to make the dog track safe. Their response spend as little as possible and remove access to the threat rather than modify the environment to make it safe.

There is not much Jennie & I can do about this as it is  a federal government issue not a local government issue. That is short of us supporting any effort on your part to lobby our local member Kate Ellis for the track to remain open and be made safe. If you are reading this blog and feel the same as the three residents who have contacted me already I suggest you door knock your neighbours and get up a petition.

Jennie and I can back you with this but be assured you will need Kate on your side if you wish the track to remain open.

In the meantime what I have done is ask our management to seek confirmation from ARTC of their intentions because the sign does not say permanent, it infers temporary. And as the picture below shows their efforts to prevent access are timid at best.

Not stopping many from accessing.

Not stopping many from accessing.

Where we are with DPA 2

Further to my post on this website today about Council’s program of Development Plan Amendments I can comment more specifically on where we are with DPA 2.

 

After the strong contribution to DPA 2 by you, particularity those residing in Back Forest and Clarence Park, we conducted a preliminary review prior to the Council caretaker period for the November 2014 elections. The elections unfortunately delayed further progress until a complete review was presented to the new Development, Strategy & Policy Committee and then to Council in April 2015.

The review took on board your contribution and in respect of Black Forest and Clarence Park has all but recommended we maintain the status quo. In other words the proposed changes have been withdrawn almost in their entirety. Higher Density is still contemplated for the aged accommodation precinct at the South Road end of Norman Terrace, Everard Park.

Council also agreed with a suggestion from DPTI to split the Residential DPA into two parts:

Part 1 – east of a line along Goodwood Road, tram-line and East Avenue for final approval by the Minister for Planning

Part 2 – west of a line along Goodwood Road, tram-line and East Avenue for approval to release for re-consultation.

Part 1 was submitted in June 2015 for approval by the Minister for Planning. Approval is anticipated later in August 2015.

The necessary preparation of a revised DPA Part 2 (for the western areas – excluding Anzac Highway and Leader Street as these areas are now part of the Corridors Ministerial DPA) is being prepared.

Conclusion and submission of a revised draft DPA Part 2 to the Minister for approval to release for public consultation should occur by August 2015. The timing and coordination of the public release of the Residential DPA Part 2 will need to be considered in the context of the Minister’s Corridors DPA, and also with the Council’s General DPA, to avoid confusion and convergence of resource demands.

Where we are with DPA 2 right now. Watch this space as time marches on.