When the cat’s away

When the cat’s away it seems the rats do come out and play. During my brief sojourn up to Loxton this week I missed all the excitement.

What a time not to be here. Storm activity disrupted power supply and the discovery of structural concerns on the tram overpass over South Road has been high at all media outlets.

Storms and Power Disruption

The storms disrupted power to residents of Clarence Park, including ourselves. This was the fortunate part of being away. The blackout that hit 112 homes did not impact on my wife and I. Well apart from a fridge and freezer full of food that had to be thrown away.

Tram Overpass

I missed also the disruption caused to traffic using South Road. The Government, through DPTI, undertook an unscheduled inspection and repair of the tram overpass. Everyone by now is aware that one of 5 beams is leaning out.

Temporary bracing repairs are well under way as I draft this question without notice. It looks like disruption to commuter traffic and to our local residents and businesses will soon be over, temporarily of course.

When the time comes to effect a permanent solution traffic disruptions will be the order of the day again. Who knows for how long on that occasion.

I will be asking Council’s administration a question without notice at our next Coucnil meeting on Monday night. It concerns the future disruption to commuters and therefore the residents and businesses of Unley when permanent repairs or rebuild occurs.

I will be asking:

What will Council’s administration be doing to assist or direct DPTI in managing the diversion of traffic and in particular heavy vehicles through our streets to minimise inconvenience to residents and businesses alike.

Can we not only take a proactive role in determining with DPTI the least inconvenient detours but request also DPTI to alert residents and businesses alike by letter box drop or other such communication or do so ourselves as a service to the Black Forest, Everard Park, Clarence Park, Millswood and Forestville communities.


Can I ask everyone who reads this blog (or the Facebook link to this blog) to support the Black Forest Shopping Centre businesses who have suffered more than we residents with a savage hit to their hip pocket.

Leah Street speed cushions the focus of a new LATM.

Having learnt from the forerunner to a whole of suburb LATM pioneered by your Goodwood South Councillors in Black Forest we now have a whole of suburb LATM in Forestville and Everard Park.

The second of a number of City Wide LATM’s this one is bought about by the widespread condemnation, including from Goodwood South residents of the use of the speed cushions in Leah Street.

Provided at the request of Leah Street residents and without consideration of the likely impact on neighbouring streets and indeed the inconvenience of their southern neighbours in Black Forest, Clarence Park and Millswood I expect they will be a focus of the LATM.

Public Consultation has commenced, with letters going to all residents of Forestville and Everard Park. While Black Forest, Clarence Park and Millswood residents will not be recipients of these letters they can contribute to the survey.

There are a number of ways you can participate:
  • Completing an on-line feedback form, or
  • If a local resident who received the letter mentioned above: Attending a Community Meeting/Workshop on 24 August 2014 between 11.30 am to 1.30 pm, at the Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood SA 5034. 
    At the workshop, you will be able to share your knowledge and concerns about local traffic and parking issues as well as put forward any ideas you have about potential actions to address the problems. Your views will be helpful in assisting Council to address the traffic issues for the area. 
    Interested residents will also have an opportunity to become part of a Community Reference Group (CRG) who will work with council staff and consultants to develop traffic options for the study area. More information on the CRG will be provided at the workshop.In order to assist us for catering purposes, if you are thinking of attending the workshop, can you please RSVP by Friday, 15 August 2014 to Justine Short on:Email: [email protected]

I encourage Goodwood South residents, whether from Black Forest, Clarence Park or Millswood to participate. In so doing let council know your address (or at least your suburb) so they can value appropriately your opinion.

Leah Street Traffic Malaise to be Investigated

There would not be many people in the Goodwood Ward of the City of Unley, or my ward Goodwood South, who have not been inconvenienced by the speed cushions that were installed in Leah Street, Forestville last year. This was clearly a mistake on our part.

Of course not only did we (the elected members) decide to have these cushions  installed, but our administration (in their infinite wisdom) decided to not replace the speed humps in Everard Terrace after road works.

The end result is we created a traffic nightmare for residents in the streets adjacent Leah Street. We could have simply reversed our decision and I would have been happy to do just that.

There have been other issues that have become apparent in the area however and it is appropriate that we go back to scratch and look at the whole area and determine what is an appropriate solution for traffic management in the whole Forestville precinct. This means undertaking a Local Area Traffic Management Program (LATM). This is like the survey we recently undertook in Black Forest.

This came before Council this week and the following motion which was unanimously approved is our response.

MOVED Councillor Schnell 
SECONDED Councillor Palmer 


1. The report be received. 

2. Council commence a Local Area Traffic Management study of the Forestville 
area bounded by South Road, Leader Street, Nairne Terrace/ Ethel Street 
and Railway Terrace/ Norman Terrace and Anzac Highway as part of the 
2013/14 traffic programme. 

So for all those affected by our error I apologise and I look forward to the LATM having actually contributed to what will be a better traffic environment for locals from what originally existed.

be gourmet-the take home meal specialist in the west of Unley

The support I have felt from the community has been amazing and I am so glad I chose this location to set up shop. These are the words of owner of Be Gourmet, Andrea Wenske. 

Andrea set up shop in only the last few weeks opposite the tram line vehicle crossing at the end of Leah Street Forestville, located on the south side of the line at 5b Aroha Terrace (the one on the right).

Be Gourmet is a business specialising in chef prepared meals. Andrea says that with a clear focus on convenience you can drop by to pick up a lunch on the go or a take home meal to save you the hassle of cooking dinner when you run out of time.

Such a service I sense may be ideal for the suburbs surrounding the shop.

Andrea has been working as a personal Chef for the past year and has decided to bring her service to a place where people can enjoy it as much or as little as they like. The food is fresh and of restaurant quality. She has a selection of wraps, salads, curries, tarts and meat and veg style meals. Vegetarians and Gluten intolerant people are also looked after and there is a changing menu to keep it interesting. 

You can visit the store to select from the daily meals on offer or place an order online with options for pick up or delivery on Monday or Tuesdays.
Andrea has advised she has a number of other Chef Prepared Services including:
· Corporate Catering
· Catering including formal sit down events, modern buffets and share plates, hand made canapés.
· Unique gift service—Intimate dinners, dinner parties and personalised meal delivery.
· Personal Chef Service—Have meal planners developed  for you by our chefs.
· Weddings, hens nights, kitchen teas and wedding rehearsal dinners.

Who knows maybe the local footy club (the Goody Saints) might look at what she has to offer next season. And even though the Civic Centre is 4 km away I might have to talk to her about catering for Council functions.

Andrea’s contact details are as follows:

Phone:   0437 268 723
Email:    [email protected]
Web:    www.begourmet.co

Businesses Booming in Unley’s west.

The western suburbs of the City of Unley are seeing a resurgence of business activity. This is running against the trend on King William Road and Unley Road where a number of small businesses have closed down or moved on.

Three businesses have arrived on the scene in the Goodwood South Ward, providing a service to the residents of Clarence Park, Millswood and Black Forest in Goodwood South and for Forestville in the Goodwood Ward. And a fourth appears just around the corner.

In the last couple of months Tram Stop 4 (a coffee shop), and be gourmet (a take home meal and daily lunch shop) have both opened their doors. Just a few months ago now Carnevale (another coffee shop) opened in the old Video Store on East Avenue, Clarence Gardens.

 This is a revolution of sorts in the west of Unley. Long time now the poor cousin as a cosmopolitan destination, when compared to the well know coffee shop precincts of King William Road and Unley Road. Great to see that we can enjoy this modern lifestyle west of Goodwood Road.

I have had the pleasure of meeting with the proprietors of each shop, having had some 3 or 4 coffees at Carnevale and my first last week at Tram stop 4. They are all lovely people and I encourage you to patronise their respective businesses.

My wife and my daughter in law have become regulars at Carnevale. I intend to feature each of these businesses over the next month, commencing with be gourmet, later this week. So watch this space.

Leah Street Speed Cushion Update

Council received a report last night regarding the controversial speed cushions in Leah Street.

The report summarized a number of complaints received about the cushions. It also tabled comparisons of speeds on the street since their implementation with a number of other traffic surveys since 2000.

This report must be viewed as provisional however as it will be influenced by the impact of the Goodwood Junction Rail projects.

Given this we have requested a further report to be prepared analyzing post Goodwood Junction traffic, and have requested this to be penetrated to us in March of next year. This should provide us with accurate and reliable information regarding traffic, not just in Leah Street, but in adjacent streets.

The vexed question of whether they are good not only for the residents in Leah Street but the surrounding streets and indeed the residents south of the tram line can then be more adequately assessed.

This is a report I cannot wait to see.

Leah Street Speed Humps

Two of my recent blog posts have referred to the recently installed speed cushions in Leah Street. The report on Kate Ellis’s recent street meeting and tonight’s post on the budget.

These cushions were approved at a meeting of council late last year. I put my hand up and confirm I was one to vote for them, believing the work of the local Ward Councillors and our staff had consulted far enough to be certain it was a move the locals truly supported.
Jennie & I have both found since their installation that many people within the two wards (Goodwood and Goodwood South) were not consulted and not impressed. Indeed there is quite some rage about their installation and the lack of consultation beyond Leah Street. Yes! The consultation was apparently confined to Leah Street.
The main focus at Kate’s street meeting at Everard Park was the concerns of Goodwood Ward residents other than on Leah Street, mainly First, Second & Third Avenue residents on the west of Leah Street and Charles & Essex Street on the east, about the negative impact the newly installed speed cushions.
Many residents in Goodwood South have complained to me personally. In very recent times I have heard that at least one Leah Street resident is having second thoughts, although this may be influenced by the heavy vehicle traffic using the street currently.
On the evidence I think it is fair to say we got this one wrong.
Will removal be right answer? Then we go back to the problems that installation of the cushions were designed to address.
Recent traffic counts indicate that the speed in Leah Street has been drastically reduced. So they have achieved their initial goal. The volume of traffic is also down, which on the surface may also be good news in that maybe traffic has been diverted from the area. Having said that, much of the traffic has been diverted locally to First Avenue, creating another problem that now needs addressing.
So what is the answer?
In the budget due for approval in June we have currently allowed for a LATM (Local Area Traffic Management) survey of the whole area surrounding Leah Street. The purpose of this is to prevent us simply making more decisions on the run, without taking into consideration the impact a decision may/will have on surrounding streets.
Of course a real solution and one I have commented on previously, it would be great of the State Government found a way of preventing the southern rat runners from entering East Avenue, Clarence Park at Cross Road. Am I dreaming?

Leah Street finally completed

With the speed humps installed the Leah Street reconstruction has finally been completed.

After extensive local consultation the redevelopment of this road has been redeveloped and the installation of the speed control humps mark the final phase of construction.

I have to admit I was taken by surprise when driving down Leah Street on Thursday to see the humps being installed. It has been some time since work was done.

The locals I understand see this as a success storey but the work was not yet complete when a resident in my ward expressed concerns that the humps were back. I have just spent some time as a guest in their home during which time they made some good observations about their installation.

Firstly, as a nearby resident who uses the street daily they were not consulted. Secondly,they see convergence issues as drivers try to navigate the humps by positioning their vehicles over the humps but challenged by on coming traffic, particularly buses, to pull back.

Finally, as a daily user of the street, they are concerned that traffic in future may avoid the problems identified above by diverting down nearby residential streets.

So for me I reflect for future projects how far should consultation reach and when dealing with traffic issues where are the geographic boundaries when coming up with solutions. In other words how do we avoid creating problems in adjacent streets in order to solve the issues in one street.

I am thankful for their input in moving forward.

Leah Street Speed Cushions

The Leah Street Speed Cushions are set to be approved at Monday night’s Council meeting.

I just noticed that this is on the agenda.

If we accept the recommendation of our Road Safety Committee. Assuming we do approve it, the work I expect would commence soon. It will see the completion of the Leah Street upgrade

Leah Street Upgrade

The much awaited upgrade of Leah Street has begun. As many residents of Goodwood South are regular users of this street I note below the schedule provide me by our administration on Friday, including road closures necessary to facilitate the upgrade.

  • 12 – 20 January 2012 Minor kerb repairs and remodelling
  • 21 – 22 January 2012 Road profiling and resurfacing
  • 23 – 31 January 2012 Installation of traffic treatments
  • 6 – 24 February 2012 Footpath paving
So as to minimise lengthy disruptions to residents and travellers, road profiling and resurfacing will occur from approximately 4pm on Saturday 21 January 2012 and continue throughout the night, finishing at approximately 10am on Sunday 22 January 2012.
During this time, Leah Street will be closed to all traffic and access and egress to individual properties will not be available.
Bus services W90 / W91 will detour via Cross Rd & Goodwood Rd (bus stops 4 -11 to City & 4-12 from the City will not be serviced by buses, W90 & W91 buses will pick up & set down passengers along Goodwood Road on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2012.

On behalf of Council I wish to apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause and thank you for your patience and support whilst these works are undertaken. It will be worth it.

Please contact our Customer Services team on 8372.5111 if you require further information.