Hi! My name is Don Palmer. I am one of your two Councillors for the City of Unley Clarence Park Ward.
A proud family man and grandparent, I live in the Ward. Goodwood Oval is just an 11-minute walk from my home. Hence, I am intimately connected with what is or is not happening in the Ward.
I bring a wide experience to the role of Councillor. As a retiree since April 2017, I have the time to devote more energy than before to serving our local community.
I bring a wide experience to the role including business, community, sport and religion.
Don Palmer in Business
I have owned and operated 6 businesses over my lifetime and been a general manager of a 7th.
In these businesses, I had the responsibility for strategic planning, marketing, finance, human resourcing, project management, negotiating and dispute resolution. As the owner, it was up to me to make decisions.
Don Palmer’s Community Service
Over my life, I have contributed to my community in many ways. These include being a member of Adelaide Jaycees, Secretary of a Caravan Club and a short stint as President of the Association of Caravan Clubs. I was also Secretary and then Area Coordinator of the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Watch group during its formative years.
Don Palmer and Sport
My community service includes umpiring some 500 games of AFL football. This includes both senior and junior football grades.
For around 11 years I also coached umpires in both the Glenelg, Sturt, South Adelaide High Schools Association and the Glenelg Primary Schools. I mentored these umpires who were mostly young people, still at school.
Don Palmer in Religion
I am a past Parish Councillor and Warden at St Augustine’s Anglican Church. This is the Gothic church next door to Council. Another church I served as a Parish Councillor was St Hilary’s at Morphett Vale.
I also serve on the Adelaide Anglicans Diocesan Council, am a member of their Community Engagement Mission Unit. I have also served on two previous Diocesan committees and am the Unley Parish Synod Representative.
Clarence Park Ward Councillor Don Palmer
Most noteworthy, as your Councillor since 2010 for the Clarence Park Ward, I have served on a number of committees and working groups, employing the numerous skills I have acquired.
In 2017, and again in 2022, I was also elected by my peers for a 12-month stint as your Deputy Mayor.