Providing Local Leadership: Righting a Wrong. Decision to implement parking restrictions reversed.

When was the last time you found yourself righting a wrong. My last time was last night. That is when I moved a motion to have a previous council decision to implement parking restrictions reversed.

After the original decision was made I felt sick. I knew we had made the wrong decision. Accordingly I apologised to the residents for what had occurred, believing that the decision could not be reversed.

Meredyth Avenue, MillswoodMillswood residents (around Goodwood Oval) were surveyed recently for their thoughts as to whether or not they were experiencing commuter inspired parking issues. They were prompted in this survey whether these issues warrant implementing parking restrictions. The residents in Graham & Meredyth Avenues were not included in the survey and therefore had no say.

Having not been included in the survey, their streets were therefore not included in a motion proposed by our administration. In their wisdom, Council amended this motion in what we believed was a way to recognise the missing streets. As can happen on the night in the chamber we got it horribly wrong.  We created a situation for the residents of the two streets that were indeed worse for them.

 

Last night I moved a motion to correct this. I tabled a motion to have the council decision to implement parking restrictions reversed.

 

In putting the motion, I argued that it was not fair to link them to the results of a survey they were not party to. Equally it was unwise to implement a solution to a problem that may not exist in the future.

Council agreed with me. The motion was seconded by my co-councillor Jennie Boisvert. It was passed unanimously.

In other words Council obviously saw and accepted their error. They showed they had the collective strength of character to  accept they were wrong and correct it.

With the decision to implement parking restrictions reversed we can now focus on whether or not providing parking restrictions in nearby streets will impact on their streets or not. This we will do over the next 6 months.

If we find that parking issues have arisen and that parking restrictions need to be considered we will consult first with the residents, as always we should.

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

Providing Local Leadership: Ensure Goodwood Oval Grandstand redevelopment works for all

The Goodwood Oval Grandstand redevelopment is moving toward construction.

Goodwood Oval Grandstand RedevelopmentDetailed designs suitable for a development application are underway now to allow this. To get it to this point there remains much work to do. The Council and its community need to oversee this step and indeed the construction process itself.

I am looking forward to providing the leadership to ensure the best result.

Our community needs an up to date, safe and inclusive Goodwood Oval.

The Grandstand Oval Grandstand redevelopment needs to accommodate the needs of both the Football & Cricket Clubs. Particularly with the advent of female participation in both sports. A venue that is safe & hygienic. A venue that is welcoming.

Ideally it should provide a better watching environment for the supporters of both clubs. A venue that provides watching in comfort in all seasons.

It should also be a venue for the use of the wider Clarence Park Ward community. Other City of Unley community groups should be able to access the venue when not in use by the clubs. Why can’t it be a venue that can be used by Council and/or the local residents.

Finally, it needs to be a venue that fits into the landscape and compliments the amenity if the area.

The next Council, not the current Council, will be responsible to sign off on the final design. That is the design that will be built.

I undertake to continue to providing the leadership needed in working for you and with you to ensure the Goodwood Oval Grandstand Redevelopment is the best solution for our whole community.

Authorised & printed by Don Palmer. 19 Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park.

Providing Local Leadership: A glimpse into the future

For all we have achieved together, as I noted in my last blog we have much still to achieve into the near future.

Providing Local Leadership and Working For YouFor a glimpse into the future read on as I summarise what I see as the challenges going forward. Challenges which requires proving local leadership. The following summarises what lies ahead of the Clarence Park Ward. Watch for future blogs over the next couple of weeks for more detail.

Goodwood Oval Precinct Redevelopment.

Since Jayne Stinson secured a $2.0m grant from the previous government before the last State election much has happened. Much is still left however to do at Goodwood Oval however. I will release a series of blog posts in the next couple of weeks addressing each.

Millswood Croquet Club

 As the club marches toward its centenary it desperately needs a new clubroom. A future blog will review this in more detail.

Managing Higher Density

Watch for a future blog as I explain the need for continued vigilance to ensure any changes to our development plan are respectful of the amenity will all currently enjoy.

Local Economic Prosperity

Business and economic development for an area is a shared responsibility. Council should take the lead.

I am looking for Council to consider all of its businesses, including the forgotten majority. The home based businesses.

Ensuring Financial Responsibility

Rate Capping as one of a number of financial measures in setting our budget, and therefore the rate, ensures financial responsibility. Setting the rate first and cutting our cloth to suit.

This must be done by Council with you providing the oversight, not a State Government external body.

Communication with Council

Those of you that have issue with communication from Council would be well aware of my intention to see this improve. Look out for my strategy to achieve this.

I will always that said be ready to represent you and advocate for you when needed, to help you work your way through the bureaucracy.

Trees

Always a topical and emotional topic are trees. Providing Local Leadership to ensure the correct balance will the subject of a future blog.

Council matters outside Clarence Park Ward and outside City of Unley.

Believe it or not but there is life outside our boundary. I will explore some of these shortly.

Then there is need for providing local leadership input into State and Federal issues that impact directly on Clarence Park Ward.

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For more detail in each of these areas, and others, watch for my blogs on each. I will share each blog on Facebook.

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

Providing Local Leadership and Working For You

I am Clarence Park.

It is natural for me to be Providing Local Leadership and Working For You in Clarence Park.

Why? I am Clarence Park. I live, play, socialise, and walk in the streets of Clarence Park. I know the trees, the streets and the footpaths, the parks and playgrounds. I know so many of its people, its clubs, associations and community groups. I am your neighbour.

Providing Local Leadership and Working For You

Proud of the Past

As your Councillor I have been Providing Local Leadership and Working For You and working with you to make our neighbourhood what it is. I am proud of what we have achieved together in the past 8 years.

Successes include but aren’t limited to the following:

 

Success Bullet Points

Above all, by representing you and advocating for you, I have helped many of you with difficulties with Council’s administration.

Committed to the Future

There is more to do though, requiring continuing strong local leadership from whoever is representing you.

I am still committed to working for you and providing the local leadership you expect. Certainly, the leadership necessary to ensure that Clarence Park, Black Forest and Millswood will be the suburbs of choice for our children and grandchildren.

Whether it is developing the Goodwood/Millswood sporting precincts. Likewise, dealing with traffic and parking issues, or higher density housing. Certainly, better and improved communication with Council, or keeping your rates as low as possible I will represent you and advocate for you.

Watch this blog site in the coming weeks

for specific goals I believe you want me to pursue.

If you wish to suggest issues for me to consider please do by either ringing me on 0414820773 or by my personal email [email protected] I am unable to receive them on this website as doing so will be in contravention of the Local Government Elections ACT 1999.

Authorised & printed by Don Palmer. 19 Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park.

The extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval confuses Grandstand consultation

Hopefully a development application for the extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval does not hinder the Grandstand Redevelopment.

 

A development application for extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval has been submitted to Council. The timing of this application by the Goodwood Saints Football Club is poor. It will run concurrently with the consultation on the new Goodwood Oval Grandstand.

This is therefore not healthy, and I suggest poor timing by the Goodwood Saints.

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First of all, public consultation on the Grandstand is essential to achieving good design. As a result we look to our community to contribute to the design and to take ownership of the design.

Extended use of the lighting is a totally separate project. The Development Regulations deem this as development.

It requires public notification, in this case a category 3 notification. Hence public involvement in this process is not one of contributing to the final design. It is one of representing (positively or negatively) on the suitability of a predetermined design by the applicant. Cat 3 notifications means anyone can submit a representation to the Panel.

Our Council Assessment Panel (CAP) will assess the application. The Regulations require this.

This is not just a social issue. It is an infrastructure issue. Council itself will be providing a submission to the CAP. This will focus on the Oval’s ability to handle any extra use resulting from the extended use of the lighting.

 

Clashing with the Grandstand Consultation

With the history of opposition to the extended use of the lighting, the application is surely poorly timed.

It has the potential to cause a backlash on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand design. My earlier blog expands on what we are looking to achieve together on the Grandstand. The extended use of the lighting is a what do you think about this.

Hence I implore anyone wanting to have a say to separate the two. My earlier blog focuses on the Grandstand redevelopment.

You can provide a submission on either or both. Therefore, your choice.

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.