A startling fact was provided to a small group of home owners in Goodwood and surrounding suburbs at the wildlife preservation presentation at Goodwood Primary School on Thursday night.
That was the revelation that it is us, those who own property in the area known as the City of Unley, who are responsible for the loss of native fauna and flora. As the map below shows very little is owned or under the control of governments, whether Federal, State or Local. The remaining 61% is owned by you and me. And before you say it does not add up to 100, roads account for the other 23%.
The areas in pink on this map are you and me.
After the original settlement of Unley most of the blocks were built on only to around 30%. In recent times the larger blocks have been carved up and we are covering regularly 50%, 60% and even up to 70% with housing stock.
This invasion is long before the recent invasion by DPTI of the electrified rail corridor.
DPTI, to their credit, were a key stakeholder in the recent wildlife project along the corridor. Before the project started they listed the expertise of Zoologist James Smith (see previous Wildlife post) with their concerns about wildlife degradation.
Council has information for anyone who wishes to do their bit to help our local environment. Or ring DPTI on 1300 443 198
Goodwood Primary School students gave a presentation along with James Smith, Zoologist and founder of fauNature, as to how we might not only protect our native fauna and flora but increase it within the boundaries of the City of Unley.
The presentation was at the School and was most informative. The students of this school, and indeed nearby Black Forest primary School have been leading the way in nature preservation. We can all be proud that our little neck of the woods are so proactive.
Part of the promotion covered how both schools have been helping to reduce the impacts of habitat loss along the rail corridor. This project was done in conjunction with DPTI, City of Unley and the Toys workshop at the Clarence Park Community Centre.
This project fits neatly into Councils Greening component of our Strategic Plan (from the Community of Possibilities).
Our future is in the hands of these young people, which is encouraging. I jut hope we don’t blow it before they get to influence directly.
The message has to get out there that we (you and me) are responsible for the future. We cant blame governments. Look for my next post on this.
Last night I heard my momma singin’ a song, cooee, chirpy, chirpy, cheep,cheep.
Where’s our trees gone might be the song we have been singing for the last 12 months. But now we can sing and rejoice the birds are coming back, thanks to DPTI, Council and our local school kids.
The boxes have been placed in trees near the rail corridor (Goodwood Primary School, Forestville Reserve, Black Forest School, Devon Street & Railway Terrace, Lyons Parade, Cromer Parade and Goodwood Oval). The Council has supported this project and agreed to take on board the longer term maintenance of these boxes. In total 42 fauna boxes are located in trees near the corridor as part of this project.
With DPA 2 going out to public consultation early next year the focus will be on what form the housing stock will take.
DPTI apparently have preliminary investigations into a possible solution, dismissing an underpass as too difficult given all the underground infrastructure in the area. An overpass then becomes an obvious solution to investigate. Investigations, community consultation, detailed design etc does not happen fast on Government however and it may take 5 – 8 years for it to become a reality. Better start looking now if that is the case.
Of course with a possible increase in population density on Black Forest and indeed west of the road in Glandore (adjacent the tram line etc) it may be feasible to consider a new school west of the road.
With a state election around the corner this is a cause likely to gain some momentum in the new year.
Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs today confirmed today the Federal Government will hold good to their promise re the Darlington Interchange, with a bonus. The good news for residents of Black Forest is the funding covers the section of road from Darlington through to Anzac Highway.
If you are concerned about the safety of the Glandore residing students of the Black Forest Primary School, if you believe an overpass is required across South Road, Black Forest to accommodate this then I encourage you to attend this community meeting tomorrow morning.
You might also wish to subscribe to the facebook “Black Forest Pedestrian Overpass” page https://www.facebook.com/groups/227742700655074/
See you there.
Black Forest Primary School, the leader when it comes to things horticultural had an Open Garden last night.
Everyone is invited (entry is free) to attend black Forest primary School’s Open Garden.
Friday 22nd March
Black Forest primary School held their Annual Fete today and it certainly looked like it was successful.
There were big numbers of people there while I was there. I saw many people leaving as I was arriving as well, along with many people arriving when I left.
A huge number of stalls attracted attention from everyone there. Possibly the most popular while I was there was the $ 20.00 soft drink stand as the temperature conditioned as for the oncoming summer.
Well done BFPS. You are a leader in your industry.
An election issue raised as I pounded the streets in October of 2010 is now on the books.
I am happy to report that a Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) survey is about to commence in Black Forest. Looking at traffic safety in this area was raised by a number of residents and it became one of my election platforms.
At last months council meeting the LATM was approved to proceeed iun this years budget.
Our road safety committee meeting, which I attended as a spectator, discussed it last night and all is ready to proceed. Our Road Safety Committee wisely have determined that while we proceed with this survey that it would be prudent to delay construction of the East Avenue Pedestrian Refuge (refer previous posts this year on this one). Whilst I was looking forward to seeing this proceed it makes sense to delay it just in case the LATM reveals reasons to reconsider where it is most needed.
Amongst issues identfied that need to be investigated include school traffic generated in side/suburban streets as a result of the construction of the South Road/Anzac Highway underpass and the Tram Overpass. Also to be looked at will be the concerns experienced with the speed reduction strategy in Byron Road.
With the State Government’s Rail Electrification project set to commence in January of next year it would be prudent to have the survey completed by the end of this year. It is envisaged that will have a number of street meetings and that we might form a working party including resident representatives to work through the information gleaned from those meetings.
When I know more about when those meetings will be I will post appropriately.
By the way….on the East Avenue Refuge. Once it becomes apparent where is the best location for the refuge it is likely we will proceed with it because it is in our budget.
Could we see a pedestrian overpass on South Road opposite Black Forest primary School in the future?
Whilst Jennie and I have been canvassing for money in the budget to examine the impact on our local streets around the school resulting from the dual constructions of the Gallipoli Bridge and the Glenelg Tram Overpass the Marion Council have recognised the issue of school children from Black Forest crossing South Road to get to Glandore and beyond.
The Government has improved traffic flow along this section of South Road by virtue of those two projects. Unfortunately it has created problems elsewhere. I have posted about the issue around our streets a few times now and hope to have good news for you shortly.
In the meantime the call by the Mayor of Marion, Felicity-ann Lewis, is timely. The current crossover is dangerous according to the school with traffic monitors not trusting vehicles obeying the red lights by holding a rope across the entrances to the crossing.
South Road is a high traffic volume road and cars now are looking at there being NO stoppages with the works recently completed meaning the school crossing is an accident waiting to happen.
Felicity-ann Lewis has indeed suggested that much of the problems we have inherited in our streets is resulting from parents of the 50% of kids that attend the school from Glandore are using cars and using therefore our roads as there is no safe crossing for them to use.
Jennie I believe is proposing a motion to put before our Council in the near future.
Hot on the heals of a successful community garden birthday celebration we see our very own Black Forest Primary School back in the news again.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Adelaide yesterday to launch the construction on the $535 million Adelaide Oval redevelopment in preparation for the return of football and bury a time capsule at the ground.
Students from Black Forest Primary School participated in this program by leaving messages in the capsule.
This school continues to be a leader in primary age education. The City of Unley is proud of their achievements and congratulate them on participating in this historic event.
While we at Council are out there looking for opportunities to set up community gardens we have one in our own back yard that was clearly ahead of it’s time when built would you believe 30 years ago. Yes! Yet another storey of outstanding achievement in our own back yard.
This garden may actually be Australia’s oldest community garden.
I recently received an invitation to attend an open night at the Black Forest Primary School to celebrate the 30th birthday of their Community Garden.
This garden is an inspiring organic food producing garden that received in 2011 from the KESAB Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Cities Awards, an award for “food garden and outstanding school”.
The celebrations will be on the 30th of this month, between 5.00pm and 8.00pm.
Come and see how well one of your neighbours is going. Come and see the:
Vegetable Sculpture competition
Presentation by the National Resource management (NRM) DVD celebrating the gardens history
Craft Activities in the garden
The cutting of the Black Forest Cake
Food and Drinks are available to purchase.