Another Meeting with Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis discussed a number of contentious issues at 2 street (or park) meetings held in the west of the City of Unley this morning, one at Everard Park in Goodwood Ward and again at Dora Guild Playground in the Goodwood South Ward.

I attended both these meetings are can report they were quite interactive. That is what her street meetings are about, hearing from you.

Topics concerning all three levels of Government were discussed, and for the first time since I have been attending these meetings I can say that State agenda was the main focus, with some local thrown in.

At the Federal level the Gonsky report was discussed, as was the boat arrivals.

Rail Revitalisation Works

At Dora Guild the State focus centred squarely around the rail corridor and the issues concerning residents concerns/perceptions that DPTI are paying lip service to their needs and running roughshod over them.

Residents along the corridor made an impact on their local state representative Steph Keys. I assisted by pointing out that residents outside the immediate area of the Goodwood Junction have felt disenfranchised and that they can not get a proper airing at the G-RAG meetings because of the shear intensity on what is happening around the junction.

She appears to have taken up my suggestion that these groups need to be heard separately and not be forced to fight for priority at G-RAG. I expect that she will attend personally at any house meeting arranged to ensure that they have someone in Government listening to them and advocating for them.

A time is being set up for Cowper Road residents as we speak. I will encourage the same thing to happen for Cranbrook residents, as soon as I can set Cowper up.

Leah Street Speed Humps

Of interest to Goodwood South residents, the local focus at Everard Park was the concerns of residents other than on Leah Street about the negative impact the newly installed speed cushions (by Council). So Goodwood Ward residents share the concerns of the residents East Avenue and like streets.

In the budget currently under public consultation we have 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.

I personally feel we made a mistake in approving the cushions. But let’s do a proper survey and not rush the next decision.

Kate Ellis at Dora Guild Playground

No Council issues raised for a change at Kate’s latest street meeting. Federal issues (as they should) took centre stage.

Federal issues are more prominent on our rate payers minds than local issues judging by the conversations at yesterday’s meeting at Dora Guild Playground. I understand it was a similar situation at the meeting prior, at Forestville Reserve.

An number of issues evoked some powerful emotions. These include on topics such as the boat people and off shore processing, carbon tax, rail freight diversion, water resource management and power pricing.

The meeting was unlike others I have attended and whilst I sense from the meeting that Kate is still well respected by her constituents, they have a problem with the performance of her colleagues. Clearly there some issues for Kate to take back to Canberra.

At the local level I took the opportunity to encourage our rate payers to participate in the Community of Possibilities survey currently in progress (refer my post of earlier today). A couple of rate payers with issues they wish looked into stayed behind to air their concerns. The issues raised I am happy to investigate.

Kate Ellis at Dora Guild Playground

Have an issue with the Federal Government or want to have your views taken on board.

Then come and meet Kate at the Dora Guild Playground onon Saturday 16th of June 2012 commencing at 11.30am. 

I will be there to hear concerns and/or suggestions you may have concerning local government.

Catch up with Kate

Yes Kate is back in town.
If you wish to catch up with her on Federal Government issues you have the opportunity coming up.
Two opportunities are available.
She is setting up a mobile  office in February to hear about what matters to you. If you missed her promotion of this in the post and want a meeting with her call 8269 2433.
She will also have a street meeting I intend to attend at Unley Oval on Saturday 25th February, commencing at 10.30.
See you there.

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.