I can confirm that a meeting was held today with Jennie Boisvert and our traffic manager Charles Mountain to explore some of the solutions I previously explored with Charles. I was meant to be involved but had a prior engagement. Whether it was meant to be a public meeting or not a number of residents did attend.
The State Attorney General has sent us a copy of the crime statistics 2005 thru’ 2009.
Referring to the summary we can see that offences:
This is reassuring news for residents of Unley. We need to remain vigilant however and I would encourage all residents to either continue to participate in or offer to assist the local Neighbourhood Watch group. Let’s keep active in Unley to keep the stats going “down, down, crime is down”.
If you wish a copy of a more comprehensive list send me an email I will pass it onto you.
There appears to have been much discussion around the Kelvin Avenue project whilst I have been allowing the doctors at TQEH to beat me up.
I arrived home on Friday to find the resolution to the City Strategy Meeting had not been reserved out in the time required and I left well enough alone. If an item is not reserved out it cannot be, as I understand it be re-debated. In other words the only way that a resolution of a committee of council be not endorsed is for it to be reserved out.
Whilst I felt I had solutions for the issues that closing Kelvin Avenue would create, addressing those solutions would now be an after thought that still must get through the system.
This does not address the concerns about our procedures for consultation however. It has been an ongoing concern of mine since joining council, whether this project, the Culvert Street project currently being challenged or the recent McLeay Park project (Parkside ward) I got involved with.
My concerns about the evidence presented regarding our consultation process are such that, even though I moved the motion last week, I have sought advice as to whether or not it is still too late to reserve out the matter for further deliberation. I may have left this too late as a result of being in hospital. Hopefully not. We will find out tomorrow if this is the case.
If it is not too late I will reserve it out in the interests of transparency and will be encouraging a re-think by elected members on Kelvin Avenue. If it is too late I will (as I have previously intimated) seek to change our consultation processes.
We need to do this to avoid coming into conflict with the people we are representing.
The Kelvin Avenue pocket park was approved last night at Council’s City & Strategy Committee meeting. It now goes to full council next week for sanction, unless an elected member reserves it out for further debate.
With the recent news about problems with DTEI and trees on the rail track down in Brighton it is timely for us to review where we are with our own efforts to ensure we are heard before the electrification of the line proceeds.
I can report we appear still on track, as I reported back in June, to have the community consultation we are expecting with DTEI, which you may remember as being scheduled for September.
Anyone keen to participate in this process I encourage to respond below or email me.
We want to have as much control as we can over this project for obvious reasons.
The Pedestrian Refuge earmarked for installation adjacent Dunrobin Street looks like being ready for community consultation as early as later this month.
As a result of my engagement with residents around Frederick Street re the Kelvin Avenue Pocket Park issues with the intersection with Mills Street and East Avenue have been identified.
Thank you to those residents who provide me this feedback. I am happy to be able to facilitate positive results to a situation that had until now gone unnoticed by Council.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.