Oh Mr Hart! The Subway Project still alive and well. The Community wants it.

Jennie & I, along with neighbouring Unley Park councillor Michael Rabbitt and our Acting Mayor Peter Hughes, met with Steph Key yesterday. Topic of discussion was to discuss the consultation report on the Subway Project.

subwayn project consultationSteph may no longer be the local member of Parliament, but she is still passionate about getting the Subway Project up and running. She presented, along with Mark Thomson from her electorate office, the results of the consultation from late last year to the group above.

The results of the consultation are quite clear. The local community wants some form of artwork on the underpass. They provided some great ideas to the project group.

The strongest support clearly is for a “green” solution. This could be anything from paint to live greening or a combination of both.

We all agreed last night the project should not be limited to the concrete walls.  It should extend to the surrounding “precinct”. This would mean replicating elsewhere what has been done in the north west corner of the precinct. It would mean beautifying the vacant land in the south east, adjacent the now successful re-opened Millswood Rail Station.

It seems like this project has been going for ever. Well before my entry into Council. My predecessor Les Birch championed the Subway Project way back in the 90’s.

Seems now that, with community backing and some clever thoughts on how artwork could help maintain the infrastructure and extend its life that DPTI may well be on board. Well tentatively at least.

You can check out the recent history of the project on the project groups website or their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/goodwoodsubway17/

Steph will present the Subway Project Consultation Report to Unley Council (possibly at the June meeting) the results of the consultation. She will also suggest the next step.

With the replacement artwork in tow at the Capri Cinema, this may well be an ideal next project for artwork in Goodwood.

The Not So Good wood on Goodwood Road

After blogging recently on the Good wood of Good wood Oval I find myself blogging on the not so good wood on Goodwood Road.

Readers of this blog would be well aware of the Good wood on Goodwood Road. The Government have been working over the last few months to underground the power along Goodwood Road. With that complete, Council have commenced the re-invigoration of the pedestrian environment of the same stretch of Goodwood Road. This is the stretch from the tram line to Victoria Street. When complete the Government will be taking advantage of this project to follow with resealing the road.

Notwithstanding the obvious co-operation between the two levels of Government readers would also be aware that Governments have a habit of not co-operating. I wonder whether the State Government have plans to upgrade the water mains running down this section of Goodwood Road.

Tonight bought this home to me with a vengeance.

I have been half expecting a flood event somewhere in Unley with the severe weather event predicted. If it where to occur I expected it to come from the heavens above, not from the government’s underground water infrastructure. But that is exactly what happened.

So the not so good wood on Goodwood Road is it has flooded ahead of the fast approaching storm event. The burst occurred in front of Sushi Q, opposite the Goodwood Library. Thankfully the shops have not been damaged.

With the weather approaching I suspect repairs will be delayed for quite some time. There may therefore, with water pouring out the skies, be some rate payers who will be without water for a while.

Question for the Government.

Are they planning to upgrade the water mains in this section of Goodwood Road before the rejuvenation project is complete or will we see the road dug up in the near future after the project is complete?

Question for the Government and the State Opposition in the lead up to the March 2018 election.

Will either party commit to upgrading our failing water infrastructure or is this too hard?




With the undergrounding of power lines by SA Power Networks nearing completion Council can power ahead with Goodwood Road makeover. The second stage of Goodwood Road’s major revitalisation is set to start in December

Goodwood Road

Capri Corner Concept Design

Local company Outside Ideas of Forestville has been selected to undertake streetscape upgrades between Victoria Street and the tramline. They have extensive experience working on major projects, including the ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Henley Square redevelopment and Adelaide Airport’s plaza.

Outside Ideas have been responsible for some extraordinary work around the metropolitan area.

Our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne, has flagged with the media that it’s great to be able to support a local business to work in their own neighbourhood on such a significant and important project for the community,” Mr Clyne said. “This Goodwood Road business district is one of the original four villages of Unley, and is still one of our main commercial and retail centres more than 150 years later. Today it carries about 30,000 vehicles per day and we believe these upgrades will propel it forward to become a popular destination of choice with broad appeal to Adelaide’s consumer market.”

Outside Ideas director Aaron Superina welcomed the opportunity to work on a project in the business’ local area. “As a company that specialised in main street upgrades, this is a great opportunity for us to help revitalise a precinct close to our Forestville office and one that is used by our local community every day,” Mr Superina said. “We’ll be using a significant amount of locally-made products, including pavers, custom fencing and planter boxes, which will be key features of the new look streetscape.”

This is good news as the rumours abounded that we were going to use Chinese pavers.

We have also engaged Adelaide-based company Groundplay to supply street furniture, including benches, bins and planter boxes, for the project which will result in improved pedestrian access and a beautified streetscape.

Goodwood Road Main Street Streetscape Concept

An updated Goodwood Road concept design and a summary of recent public community engagement was presented to elected members last night. The briefing allowed us to review the feedback we have received from the community. It allowed us to provide to the project team our own feedback before moving to preparing detail design and documentation.

Goodwood Road

Capri Corner Concept Design

The community consistently identified the following aims, opportunities and expectations of the future streetscape of Goodwood Road.

  • New paving that opens up the street and improves accessibility.
  • Expanding opportunities for community interaction, including more social settings, safer crossing points, improved access to shop-fronts, new art and event actuation.
  • De-cluttering the street and providing a distinctive suite of street furniture, consolidated in key locations and suited to all ages.
  • Desire for lighting to be reflective of the precinct, including feature lighting, heritage facades, verandah lighting and public art integration.
  • More shade and opportunities for greening along the street, including street planting, planting beds, vines and pots.
  • Safer side streets that improve pedestrian accessibility and slow local speeds, whilst maintaining existing vehicle access and local servicing requirements.


With the contribution from the elected members the project team will now prepare a consultants brief for the detailed design and documentation of the agreed concept design for Goodwood Road, leading to construction commencing early/mid 2016.

The ongoing engagement since the original 2009 Urban Design Framework has ensured that we will have a design that works best for all. I am quite impressed with the work done. Recognising that designs can alter once detailed work is undertaken but the concepts will see Goodwood Road transformed.

So Unley’s best kept secret wont be for much longer.

In September the under grounding of the power lines should commence and continue until early to mid march of next year. This work will recess for the Christmas trading period. Once this work is complete the streetscape upgrade works can commence.


Opportunity begs for Goodwood Road

Council have an unexpected opportunity to consider upgrading the Goodwood Road shopping strip.


Under grounding of power lines is planned soon for Goodwood Road. Mindful of the disruption that will be the price the businesses on Goodwood Road pay for this initiative Council are looking at the streetscape.

Rejuvenating Goodwood Road although identified in our urban design framework was not something that was in our long term financial plan. We are reviewing whether to consider doing this now rather than cause disruption again in the future when we do proceed with a much needed upgrade.

This is a logical approach; take advantage of the disruption to give back to this community a streetscape that will take Goodwood Road into the future.

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You can find out more and share your views by:

  • Completing our online survey at yoursay.unley.gov.au by 5pm 15 April.
  • Participating in the Community Forum, 8 April, 6-7.30pm at the Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood.
  • Attending a ‘drop-in’ session located on the street, 7-11 April, 10am-12.30pm.

For further information phone the City of Unley on 8372 5111.

I will certainly drop in on my way to another meeting to see what you have to contribute.



Urgent Message to residents of Cranbrook, Grantley & Arundel

Residents of the above named streets in that little pocket of Millswood bounded by Goodwood Road and the Freight train/Belair line please be aware your access and egress for the next 24 hours is going to be limited.


20150402_122235A burst water main at the corner of Cranbrook Avenue and Goodwood Road has warranted Goodwood Road being blocked off between Victoria Street on the north and Mitchell Street in the south.



Busrt Mains water directed into Grantley AvenueThe work we are being told could take up to 24 hours and that was before the crew on site found what many of us know is under Goodwood Road, namely the old tram tracks. This potentially could delay repairs further.

I am told that the bitumen plant is being kept open so that work can continue into Easter by way of road repair if this is found necessary.

So how do I get in and out you ask?

Access out of Arundel is possible but you will be directed into Mitchell Street on the other side of Goodwood Road. It will not be possible to head south without maneuvering back along the back streets of Goodwood to a spot north of the Capri Cinema or heading to Unley Road.

Access into this isolated suburb will only be possible from the south using Grantley Avenue. This will mean those coming home tonight after work from the north (from the city) will need to head down Leader Street, Leah Street, East Avenue to Mills Street and then into Goodwood Road and be directed by traffic controllers into Grantley or go down South Road to Cross road and then same journey into Goodwood Road and into Grantley.

If this affects you hopefully it wont cause you too much inconvenience. If not but you know someone it will affect please let them know as soon as possible.

PS…. If you live in Forestville, Millswood (around the Oval), Millswood around the Bowling and Croquet Clubs, in Black Forest or in Clarence park you too are bound to be affected if you come home along Leader Street, Leah Street and/or East Avenue. Please have patience tonight as you head home and start the Easter break off in a positive way.


Finishing Touches to Goodwood Road Overpass Footway Repairs

The pathway planks are installed and the chain mesh is being tied in to the rails. 

That should be finished tonight (touch wood, well maybe mod wood). So it is all but ready to go.

Just needs our project manager to sign off on it and it is available for use by the public. And while it looks like the skateboarders are ready to go it actually is there to help slide along the deck as we wire tie the chain mesh to the bottom rail.

Millswood Rail Station remains in the news

For some reason confirmation by the Government, including the Premier a while back there remains unbelief that the temporary re-opening of Millswood Rail Station will occur.

This is repeated in an article in the Eastern Courier this week. Even though initial contact with the department responsible for this (my old friends, DPTI) were unaware of it they have subsequently confirmed it will happen, just not as quick as the Government had promised.

Talking to people last night as I hand delivered our current newsletter in the section of Millswood west of Goodwood Road I received comment that indicated it will be used, and used well. By those living west of Goodwood Road. If this is true it will not be a temporary re-opening.

The resident profile of this area is fast becoming a young family demographic and they will likely prefer the train to the car to get into the city.

Well I know this much, the ailing footbridge over Goodwood Road giving us back safe access to the Station will be ready before the station is reopened with work under way to remove the Concrete Cancer completed.

Demolition of Danger Done

Intensified but well programmed work was carried out on the footway of the Goodwood Underpass rain bridge was completed over two nights. 

The concrete slabs and therefore the concrete cancer has been removed. Everyone who passes under this bridge can now be assured that concrete is not likely to drop on them or their car as they traverse that area. Thank you to our project team for their diligent approach to eliminating this threat to public safety.

This photo is showing the concrete cancer in full view. The rusting reinforcing which forced the concrete between it and the slab edge is in full view.

This picture (sorry about the colour it is nighttime and I am not a professional photographer) is showing the contractors lifting one of the slabs.

We now await the installation of the new flooring to allow the footway to be re-opened.

Half the Danger Gone

Working through the night Council’s contractors have surgically removed half the concrete cancer form the Goodwood Underpass Footbridge.

Weather permitting the other half goes tonight and thus will be removed, the chance of concrete dropping onto the road below from the Concrete Cancer.

Goodwood Underpass work to commence

As many of you would be aware if you listen to 891 or watch either channel 7 or 9 news I have been active in ensuring that the Goodwood Road overpass concrete cancer safety issue is addressed as quickly and as safely as possible.

I am now happy to report that the work is underway.

Our staff, in conjunction with DPTI and in the short time since we first learnt there was a problem, have worked hard to

1   identify the extent of the problem with the walkway adjacent the rail bridge
2   assess the best material to use as a replacement
3  design a specification for the work and call tenders for the work and
4   determine a work program that will interrupt commuters (be it cars, bikes or by foot) the least

Expediting the process and at my request they (admin) have agreed to split the work into two components, demolition and replacement. Even though our engineers and those at DPTI were happy that the trains would not impact/vibrate the panels enough to cause further droppage, I felt that we should eliminate any risk that may still exist.

While on site yesterday with Spence Denny from 891 I notice one of the panels vibrate as a train crossed over. As a building inspector with my own business I was concerned that there remained a risk. Admin accepted my suggestion that earlier demolition was important to eliminate any risk that may still be lingering and not wait until replacement could be scheduled.

This has all happened and work will commence later this week as the sign above shows. Starting with the demolition of the concrete slabs.

In the meantime as I noted in my recent “danger, danger, danger” blog post which started all this we are still negotiating with DPTI re funding this work.

Danger, Danger, Danger

A situation of extreme danger at the 100 year Goodwood Road Underpass has caused Council to restrict access to the footbridge that accompanies the train bridge. Please read this blog post and let everyone you know, know about it.

Late last week it was bought to Councils attention that there had been concrete spillage from the footbridge to the road below. DPTI investigated with Council and the decision was made to close the footbridge pending an engineering inspection. That inspection has now taken place and it is official.

Jennie & I received  briefing on this, this afternoon.

The footbridge has concrete cancer (which is where rust in the reinforcing blows the surface of the concrete away. Continued use of the bridge by pedestrians could place enough stress on the concrete panels that form the footway. This in turn could cause further collapse and the debris could hit vehicles or pedestrians under the bridge with possible tragic consequences.

Our infrastructure management are working now on plans for rectification and as safety is the core issue they are looking to have the work done, hopefully prior to the end of the month.

In the meantime access is not permitted, for the safety of users and others accessing under the bridge. Further signage will be placed at either end directing pedestrians as to temporary ways of safely crossing Goodwood Road.

We will have to find a way of funding this as it clearly was not included in the current budget. Whether we move another project forward or admin come back to council for a budget variation or something else we will find out soon enough. But the work must proceed first and the money worked out after.

The remaining elected members will receive a briefing tomorrow by email.

Please let everyone you know about the situation and the measures being taken.

And on behalf of Council I apologize for any inconvience caused to people wanting to use this crossing over Goodwood Road.

Goodwood Road Underpass

Some of you may have heard that the pedestrian walk way of the underpass was closed recently.

It was after instructions form DPTI and this was for safety reasons after part of the bridge fell to the street below. This was a couple weeks ago. Apparently it has been reopened so one wonders what the storey is.

Jennie and I are being briefed about this on Thursday so stay tuned.

Wayville Station controversy prompts a deeper question

As the newly opened Wayville railway Station (actually named the Showgrounds Railway Station) is heralded a huge success by the State Government it has raised a number of eyebrows as an expensive and unnecessary addition to the State’s infrastructure.

The debate which arose before it was constructed has flared again, only a week after it was opened. And the headlines read ” The Phantom Passengers of Wayville Station”. This is clearly a dig at the fact that very few passengers are suing this brand new state of the art station.

I refer to an article by Sheradyn Holderhead in today’s Sunday Mail.

As I ventured by train into the Adelaide Oval to take in some Sheffield Shield cricket (unfortunately the game ended in a draw be we (SA) are still sitting atop the ladder) I could not help but notice not one passenger at this station.

Is this a big waste of taxpayers money by the current State Government is the question being asked. If I may I suggest the question should actually be should infrastructure precede housing or commercial development or follow it.

This Government has been oft criticised for not providing infrastructure before housing developments are allowed to proceed. Now they are being criticised for putting it on ahead of time. In my opinion infrastructure should come first so I applaud the Government for taking the opportunity when it presented itself.

With a Development Plan encouraging sometime in the future (not sure when) a significant and dense residential population between the Showground and Greenhill Road, perhaps it is timely.

I guess only time will tell if the expenditure on this project was justified or not.

On the other hand the rumour is the Government and the Showgrounds are in discussions with each other over an opportunity to create a Park & Ride on the north side of the Showgrounds. This of course will undoubtedly provide a degree of patronage to help justify the construction of the Station.

Indeed the Premier recently announced Wayville as part of a wider Park & Ride program costing $ 7.5 million, which he says will be funded from the proposed car park tax.

All the experts agree that the various north-south roads situated in the City of Unley are already overtaxed with peak hour traffic. And now the Government says it will encourage increased traffic into this area in order to service the otherwise Phantom Station.

So while I am in favour of infrastructure before housing or commercial development I am dead against a park & ride in an inner suburban location.

Please Mr Premier, do not screw up the western suburbs of the City of Unley. We need you or the opposition if they form the next Government to actually do the opposite and ease the commuter pressure on this inner suburban area.

Goodwood Groove on You Tube

With all the festivities in the City of Unley during the last week the link below, courtesy of Mackbel Films (of Goodwood Road), takes us back to December 5 last year when the festivities focused on the western part of the City of Unley, in Goodwood.


Mackbel Films are located in Goodwood. To take advantage of their videoing skills check out this link to their Facebook site.   https://www.facebook.com/mackbelfilms

Will Millswood Underpass get a facelift

The almost 100 year old underpass on Goodwood Road (it will be in 2015) is being spruked for a facelift.

Local State MP for Ashford Steph Key presented a vision to Council last night of what may be possible in turning the now tired infrastructure at the lead into the Goodwood Precinct from the South. Well done Steph on pushing this.

With support I believe from State MP for Unley David Pisoni this might actually be something that locals could look forward to.

A survey was conducted apparently before my time on council but as with many things political it stalled. Steph and our Deputy Mayor Bob Schnell have been communicating with each other to bring it back on the agenda. Bob is one of the councillors representing the Goodwood Ward.

Curiously the councillors representing the wards that the underpass dissects, Unley Park & Goodwood South have yet to be canvassed.

Having said that extensive public consultation during the next twelve months is anticipated with the hope that something could be afoot for the underpasses 100 year birthday.

Get in the groove, The Goodwood Groove!

Goodwood Road

Goodwood Road will be staging again their successful Goodwood Groove this coming Friday, the 6th December between 4.00pm and 10.30pm.

What a better way to finish the day after spending time at Adelaide Oval watching the Test. Well that is what I will be doing.

The Florence Street Green lawn space adjacent to the Goodwood Community Centre will be transformed into a colourful, eclectic and vibrant space for this free event for the whole family. Tantalising food and wine and lots of fun including live entertainment and music!

4.00 Warm up to the sounds of acoustic duo Short and Sweet
4.00 Craft time for the kids – decorate a cape to wear in the Grand Parade
4.45 The Amazing Drumming Monkeys will have the kids mesmerized!

5.15 The Goodwood Groove Grand Parade
5.30 Short and Sweet return
6.15 Acoustic Soloist Peter Melegh
6.30 Official Opening by our groovy Mayor Lachlan Clyne
6.45 Peter Melegh continues
7.30 – 10.30 The Various Nefarious Gypsy Swing Band

See you there.

Unley Mainstreet Champion Matt Grant wins 2013 Individual ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award

This is a copy of a press release from our management.

Business and Economic Development Manager for the City of Unley, Matt Grant was presented the Individual Outstanding Contribution Award at the Mainstreet SA 2013 Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday night.  Held at The Observatory in Hackney, the awards recognise, promote and celebrate great South Australian mainstreets.

Matt was acknowledged for his work in the Unley region, developing, implementing and delivering longer term visionary strategies for the local economy.  The Find Your Everything digital campaign, one of Matt’s most successful initiatives to date, has achieved a membership of more than 3 000 potential shoppers in only 10 months, with more than 32 000 direct clicks through to local businesses.
The award recognises Matt’s hard work to promote, support and lead local mainstreet programs and activity for the benefit of all.
“The City of Unley is delighted by Matt’s success in achieving quality outcomes for our local businesses” says Peter Tsokas, Unley’s Chief Executive Officer, “and it’s great to see his achievements recognised by his peers”.
Since commencing this role in 2009, Matt has displayed the ability to build meaningful relationships with local business, trade associations, property owners, developers and Council to achieve the best outcomes for Unley’s mainstreet communities.
Unley’s 5 mainstreet precincts include Goodwood Road, King William Road, Unley Road, Fullarton Road and Glen Osmond Road.

Plans to turn Goodwood Rd underpass into a space for art work

The article below refers.

Steph and council elected member from my neighbouring ward “Goodwood” Bob Schnell (also pictured) have been pushing for this for a long time.

Thank you John for putting into media space.


Plans to turn Goodwood Rd underpass into a space for art work


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Ashford state Labor MP Steph Key with Unley councillor Bob Schnell and Lisa Philip-Harbutt, from Community Arts Network SA, at the Goodwood Rd underpass. Source: News Limited
THE nearly 100-year-old Millswood Underpass would go from eyesore to art space under a plan by a local MP.
Ashford state Labor MP Steph Key is leading the charge to brighten the dull concrete Goodwood Rd passage under the Belair rail line.
“Goodwood Rd really is the gateway to the city,” Ms Key said.
“We want to use that gateway concept for ongoing community arts projects.”
Installations by school groups, SA Living Artist Festival artists and designs promoting the Royal Adelaide Show could adorn the concrete walls.
Last week, Ms Key met with members of a committee charged with exploring possible options for the site.
The committee includes representatives from Community Arts Network SA and Unley Council.
“We would just like it to look better,” Ms Key said.
“There’s an opportunity to have changing things if it’s an art space.”
She said, given the underpass opened in March 1915, now was the perfect time for the project.
“It would be nice if we could have a new and improved, beautiful underpass by the centenary,” she said.
“Ashford has a lot of creative and artistic people – there’s all sorts we could do.”
A facelift of the area would also tie in with a renewed push to reopen the Millswood Railway Station, which has been closed for the past 18 years.
“I’ve been campaigning on (reopening the station) for 10 years and I think the minister is warming to it,” Ms Key said.
“The neighbourhood has changed so there may be more people interested in using the train as an option.”
Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne said the underpass was “well overdue for a major overhaul”.
“It’s a great opportunity to improve the amenity of that area,” Mr Clyne said.
“It’s a brilliant gateway, not only to the shopping district on Goodwood Rd, but it’s one of the (city’s) major arterials.”
The committee hopes to have the art space plan ready for public consultation ready in November.

Have some fun in Unley’s west

A Fun event for the Unley Community is being held at the green lawn in Florence Street Goodwood on Friday 7th December.

Presented by the Goodwood Road Traders Association between 4.00pm and 9.30pm the event will feature the AMAZING DRUMMING MONKEYS with live music by THE HUSHES.

Come along and find out that there will be much more.