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.