Smoking in Public Places

Well done to my Goodwood South partner, Jennie Boisvert.

It seems that then State Government is about to introduce legislation to ban smoking in covered public transport areas and within 10 metres of play equipment. When introduced, this will give councils the ability to declare smoke free areas.
As this unfolds I will keep you informed.

Want to put your point to Kate Ellis

For anyone interested in seeking to put their concerns to their Federal Member of Parliament, Kate Ellis she is holding “street corner” meetings next Saturday, the 13th August.

Kate will be at the following locations to meet with residents:

10:30am – Forestville Reserve, Ethel Street, Forestville
11:30am Dora Gild Playground, Churchill Avenue, Clarence Park

Kate looks forward to seeing you there and answering questions you amy have concerning her role as you representative in the Federal Government. If her past session are any indication there will also be a representative of the State Government present to deal with issues you may have with them

I personally will be attending at the very least the Dora Gild meeting to address nay concerns you may have with local government.

Page Park Toilet

A drive down East Avenue will confirm this has yet to happen.

Advice received earlier this week indicates we can expect something soon. I guess, as I continue to pursue the council administration, is watch this space. It will happen. As soon as I know more I will blog.

The question of providing playground equipment or fitness equipment is a way off yet.

Merlon Avenue to receive attention

In the never ending battle to prioritise the spending budget it looks like Merlon Avenue was missed.

My co councillor Jennie & I have responded to concerns raised by residents in this street in an attempt to put it back on the map.

The footpaths in Merlon Avenue are in need of attention and should realistically have been placed ahead of other streets in the City of Unley. The trees that have die or been removed for one reason or another have also yet to be replaced.  

After an on location meeting thsi week with the new manager of the Depot we believe that we will see the following action.

1                     The remaining tree that appears should be removed will finally be assessed.
2                     With a touch of luck the tree replacement program may yet be completed this winter as    we believe (and residents concur) was promised.
3                     The footpath and the kerb on the southern will be repaired under our current maintenance budget very soon.
4                     With new funding arrangements possible next year we hope to see the a complete makeover of this street in the 2012/13 budget.
This is what your local elected member is there for you. To go to bat for you and ensure as well as we can you don’t get lost in the system. Let’s see how we go with this one. Watch this space.

The Personal Challenge of Our Mayor

All of us, whether ratepayers, staff, or elected members have been alarmed, confused and concerned at the recent news of the arrest of our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne.

The events of this week clearly have distracted us but I sense we will be able to move forward now that the intensity of the involvement of the press has died down. I certainly hope so.

There have been some come out in support of the Mayor and there have been also some who believe the mayor should be sacked or resign. This is to be expected. Part of the confusion I noted above that I have seen from interested people centres on this very question.

In respect of being sacked it is my understanding from legal briefings received as follows:

1.      that, as we all know, a person is innocent until proven guilty in our criminal justice system,
2.      that the Mayor is afforded this same right,
3.      that Lachlan Clyne was elected and not appointed to the position of Mayor.
4.      that the only way he can be removed given this is if he is found guilty of a criminal offence.

Whether he is guilty or not is not our concern until such time as a verdict is handed down. It is his own personal business. Until such time therefore as he is found guilty and this should not be presumed as a fait accompli, he retains the position, unless he decides himself to step aside.

I also understand that the court process, if it takes its full course a result, one way or the other, is likely to be some 12 to 18 months ahead. It is important therefore that we all keep our heads and work toward making Unley the City we all want it to be. If we allow ourselves to be side tracked the opposite is likely to occur.
This clearly should apply to elected members. It needs to apply also to the management and staff of the council. If not the rate payers will suffer. I trust our rate payers will see this too and help us to make the City of Unley what it can be.

Back to Serve after illness to find Mayor has problems

Sorry!

I have been missing for a few weeks with a significant bout of bronchitis/asthma which actually put me in hospital for one day during that period.

Unfortunately this period of sickness meant that I missed the July meeting of the City & Strategy Committee and the full Council meeting.

I am back now and attended last weeks Clarence Park Community Centre Board of Management.

As soon as I can devote some time, maybe tonight or tomorrow I will provide an update of what is happening in Council, including yesterday’s news that The Mayor had been arrested for activities surrounding the election sin last November.

The Mayor has publicly announced (yesterday) that he is innocent of all the charges and that he will be defending the charges. I expect to find out more about his predicament in due course. Please remember everyone that he is, as is the case in our legal system, innocent until proven guilty.

East Avenue Rail Crossing

A couple of months ago an East Avenue resident brought to my attention that she had noticed cars banking across the rail lines in East Avenue at peak hour. She naturally was concerned at the safety risk potential of this.

As the picture shows, with traffic lined up all the way down to Aroha Terrace and the Tram line, this car is lucky there is no train coming, or is there?

I can now say that the Department of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure (DTEI) will investigate my request for yellow box markings on the crossing to discourage vehicles from queuing over tracks, and will also investigate loose rail at level crossing (which I noted in my blog of 6 June).

Canterbury Terrace Boardwalk

Is the Canterbury Terrace Boardwalk the answer to a problem or a problem in it’s own right?

Prior to my joining Council I understand that many residents in Canterbury Terrace and in Byron Road were concerned about the traffic ability of the footway to the south of the Clarence Park Railway Station entrance. They were concerned that the exposed tree roots prevented safe movement through this section of footway.

As a local and having avoided walking this section myself I fully understand that this needed to be addressed.

Did Council come up with the correct solution?
Based on complaints I have received from residents it appears not.

Our administration, on my request, have examined the structure and they consider it is not DDA compliant. I concur with their assessment and have, given my wife must use a scooter to get around, felt this way since it was first erected.


It fails the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)on at least two counts.

It is not wide enough to allow scooters or wheelchairs or Mothers with pushers to pass. The ramps at either end are way to steep also to allow access onto the ramp. The access to the northern end is also too close to the railway station entrance get to allow for turning circles.

Given this pedestrians, particularly those with disabilities, are forced to cross the road for safe passage along Canterbury Terrace noting that the footway on the East Avenue side of the railway entrance remains impassible.

Crossing the road is the real issue here (I would have thought) in as much as there is no clear vision of oncoming traffic to allow confident crossing over the road.

Where to from here?

Council’s administration will include further investigation into this area as part of the traffic management investigation into Byron Road and surrounds that I have previously blogged about.

Your input! I would love to hear your thoughts about the success or otherwise of the boardwalk and suggestions you may have for alternative solutions.

Let’s make our local environment a truly safe one!


An Update on Byron Road

Refer also my blog of 24 May.

As noted in our recent joint newsletter my co-councillor Jennie Boisvert and I had requested that the cost of a comprehensive traffic management program be conducted in the Black Forest area south of Forest Avenue.
A number of residents in Byron Road subsequently handed Jennie a petition that they had previously prepared concerning investigating options to replace the single lane slow points as part of the traffic management plan. I see they also got Messenger Press attention.
Council Staff have subsequently conducted a speed survey on Byron Rd (this month) and have recorded an 85% speed of 46.4km/h compared with 47.2km/h in 2007 just after installation of the slow points.  This compares with speed in July 2006 when 85% was 54.4km/h.
The installed devices have clearly reduced the speed although not to legal levels.
Alternatives that can be looked at, when we consult with affected residents, would be either to incorporate a speed hump within the slow points or replace with speed humps. 
If this were done then Addison Road should probably be done simultaneously to avoid transfer of traffic and the traffic management plan should recognise this.

Line Marking Requests being responded to.

All line marking requests by Jennie and I have been inspected inspected by council’s staff and assessed.

Line marking is therefore due at the follwoing locations. 
Gordon/Dryden,
Hammond/Francis,

James/Francis,
Graham/Meredyth,
Hartland/Forest,
Eglington/Forest, 
Mills/East (as reported in an earlier blog)

If you are aware of line maqrking in eed of attention let me know and I will follow up with Depot staff. 

Pedestrian refuge on East Avenue

My Co-Councillor & I recently had a request from residents in Dunrobin Street for Council to consider constructing a pedestrian refuge on Eats Avenue adjacent Dunrobin Street.

Accessing public transport is proving difficult in peak hour traffic and dangerous at other times.

Good News! We passed this on and the City of Unley Road Safety Committee has, at its June meeting, recommended that this be considered by Council. 

Design is currently being prepared based on earlier design for a refuge at the intersection of Forest Avenue and East Avenue.

Electrification of Noarlunga Rail Line

The Department of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure (DTEI) Project Director has advised that it will be 3 months before they will be in a position to consult with the community. 

A meeting is scheduled in the near future with Council Staff and the Project Director regards an update on where the project is at and possible implications for Unley. We will be pushing hard at that meeting that the City of Unley and its affected residents are consulted about this project.
Residents along Cromer Parade and those along Parker Terrace and Canterbury Terrace at Clarence Park are particularly affected in as much as their properties look out onto the rail line. This is a somewhat unique situation in as much as most properties rear fences abut, along the length of the Noarlunga Rail Line
This is good news after I received information that DTEI believed they had completed their consultation.

Clarence Park Neighbourhood Watch

Clarence Park, Black Forest & Millswood is a relatively safe place to live and this is due in no small part to the work of a small band of volunteers.

Yes! Neighbourhood Watch has been working well in our suburb.

Dirk and his small band of volunteers are to be congratulated for their efforts over a sustained period of time.

I ask everyone in the Clarence Park, Black Forest, Millswood areas who are reading this blog to consider helping this troupe by volunteering in one or more capacities.

The Cause —- Help them Help Us!
The Reward —– keeping our homes and our area SAFE!
Please give this some thought.

Working Closer to Home on the Kelvin Avenue Pocket Park

After helping others on the other side of the City I am now embracing the wants and needs of people in my own Ward with an issue that is very close to home, again concerning open space.




Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park POCKET Park

After an initial public consultation 12 months ago Council, with the approval of a majority of residents approved a pocket park for the eastern section of Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park. With the need to obtain DTEI approval for the road closure to allow construction of the park, we are again engaging the public.

Affected residents have been written to by Council’s adminsitration and a public notice was placed in the Eastern Courier inviting submissions.
Residents having an opinion, having anything to offer, or with suggestions to make, should send in their written submission to Council’s administration, prior to the 15th June.
To ensure that those affected by this project do get a say I have commenced door knocking in the area.
I have met a number good people today and heard a number of observations, both for and against, regarding the park. I appreciate the opportunity of being made aware of these varying views.
Thank you to all those people who have given me their time and shared their views. I await those who have an interest, who were not home and who have an interest enough to ring me in the near future.
  

30 Year Plan and traffic

I attended a workshop last night with representatives from the DPLG and with the Integrated Design Commission bringing Council up to date with the Governments progress with the Inner rim strategy, which is of prime interest to the City of Unley.

 As I pointed out to them one of the major concerns expressed by residents of Unley and indeed other inner council area is how will we deal with the increased traffic that must flow from increased property density. They recognised and acknowledged this feedback.

 It sounds like we may not have as big an issue as we think in Unley in 10 or 20 years. In increasing the density of the inner suburbs in favour of pushing the suburbs of Adelaide further North and South may actually assist our traffic woes. An interesting concept!

If I hear correctly they will not be pushing Adelaide any further South as to do so would destroy one of the world’s premier wine districts, McLaren Vale.

Although I do not remember hearing how they intend to but they are also looking to encourage the creation of jobs where the development is to occur OR vice versa. The theory of this it appears is there will not be the need to commute as much as is the case now???

These two strategies may therefore actually reduce through traffic flow in our streets and IF they can develop a public transport system that the public will buy into we may have reason to rejoice – a pedestrian friendly road network in Unley.

What I can say is they are working on the strategies right now, will hold some forums in the next couple of months on this and other issues that the public have identified and that they will be seeking public consultation on their modelling later this year.

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And I understand that when they come back for further consultation on the development plan amendments we are working on that the public will be provided with some 3D imagery to help us all better evaluate what is on offer.

With hope that I have heard and understood correctly I suggest you watch this space. Don’t forget also to post your comments on this blog site or go to the Unley website

Greater Adelaide 30 Year Plan Forums by the City of Unley

The City of Unley will hold four community information workshops regarding the Greater Adelaide 30 Year Plan.

Come along and have your say on the future of your city.

Tuesday 22 March, 1.30 pm at Goodwood Community Centre
Tuesday 22March, 7.00 pm at Unley Town Hall
Wednesday 23 March, 7.00 pm at Unley Citizens Centre
Thursday 24 March March, 9.30am at Unley Town Hall

RSVP to Kelley Jaensch on 8372 5107 or [email protected]