Councillor Don Palmer Providing Local Leadership & Working for You

Around 20 people attending a public meeting held at the Clarence Park Community Centre are ready, willing and able to start doing a “greenfitti” of the station and its environs.

With the electrification of the rail line by DPTI out of the way, and with Unley Council about to do its bit by replanting replacement trees down both Canterbury & Parker Terraces, it is time for the community to take back possession of the station.

Individuals within the Clarence Park and Black Forest have in the past contributed to keeping this station in good nick. Recent history has seen this disappear but through the work and passion of one Canterbury Terrace resident we look like this will return , with a bigger group taking ownership of the station.

A committee has been formed to pursue not just the upgrading but the ongoing maintenance of the station. This committee, which will include the Area Co-Coordinator of the local Neighbourhood Watch group, will look at infrastructure upgrades that they see are required like improved disability access.

This list will be put to DPTI for their response.

Making the station a more inviting place to board trains requires what was promoted this afternoon as doing a greenfitti on the Station. Some exciting suggestions were made this afternoon. I will let the committee work though this and put their proposals to DPTI.

DPTI by the way have been quite receptive to working with the local community to allow for public involvement in working on the platform. And with the possibility of a Transit Watch being utilised the future of the Clarence Park Rail Station is looking good.

Infrastructure upgrades are another storey however. I trust therefore that this list will also be put to the Government via our local representative Steph Key. The Opposition’s Shadow Transport Spokesperson Corey Wingard  attended the meeting and I saw him furiously taking notes.

I wish this group well and look forward to being kept in the loop.