Goodwood Oval & Millswood Sporting Comples Improvement Plan endorsed by Council

At last Monday’s full Council meeting Council endorsed the improvement plan that has been in the making for the whole term of this council.

The link to the full report on  Councils web site has been re-established. It is a comprehensive report that has resulted from the extensive public consultation conducted by Suter Planning and is well worth the read if you have an interest in the plan for either venue.

Suter Planners, and in particular Sue Suter, are to be congratulated in how they conducted this survey and how they have presented their findings.

A summary of the Key Directions, which will go back out for further public consultation, is noted below:

Goodwood Oval

  • Undertake improvements to the existing buildings and do not endeavour to establish one building for all sports. There is justification for retaining the oval and tennis buildings. Consolidation of the other buildings could be considered.
  • Do not establish a synthetic hockey pitch at the site due to the potential impacts and instead advocate with Hockey SA and the Forestville Hockey Club for a regional facility outside the City of Unley.
  • Retain the existing oval and grass playing field for sport and community use and improve lighting of the playing field.
  • Retain 12 tennis courts within their existing footprint and undertake improvements as appropriate (e.g. lights, building) in partnership with Tennis SA.
  • Enhance the playspace and the north western corner of the site for recreation use and establish some pathway connections.
  • Retain trees (particularly larger and significant trees) and enhance the landscape.
  • Provide some additional car parks where reduced building footprint through building upgrades allows for this.

Millswood Sporting Complex

  • Replace the existing 2 lawn bowls greens with one 10 rink synthetic green and one croquet lawn. Also retain the existing croquet greens.
  • Upgrade the main building as a shared-use sports and community facility with a dedicated space for lawn bowls and a shelter area for croquet (this should only occur if the above direction can be achieved).
  • Retain the croquet building for day to day use due to its connection to the croquet lawns and the character this building adds to the site.
  • Maintain the tennis club as it is (with minor improvements) although assess whether synthetic courts are more appropriate if water costs and maintenance become an issue in the future.
  • Support SASMEE to undertake some improvements including establishing a workshop shed and track development where appropriate.
  • Create a local park with a local playspace, seating and accessible garden area.
  • Create internal viewing areas and spaces for broader community access.
  • Increase and modify car parking where appropriate.
  • Improve the landscape whilst managing impacts on the greens and lawns. This includes integrating productive landscapes (e.g. fruit and nut trees) within the local park and the site where appropriate.

The next steps

Whilst the improvement plan has been endorsed by Council, we still want your views on it. A staged implementation plan will be developed outlining the approach for further community engagement and detailed design, including funding options, to be presented to Council in early 2015. Details of how we will undertake further engagement will be outlined in this implementation plan.

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan goes before Council

The Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park Sporting Complex Improvement Concept Plans have now been completed after an extensive public consultation and are to be put before Council next week for endorsement.

I have studied the concept plan in depth and I can say I am impressed with the work done by the Consultants Suter Planning an in particular Suzanne Suter.

Bearing in mind that what is being presented for endorsement is merely a concept plan any decision does not mean work on the ground is imminent. As a dual project with a combined budget of $ 8.26 m it will have to compete with other major projects in Council’s portfolio. This includes the Unley Oval redevelopment, Brownhill Creek Stormwater Mitigation, King William Road and soon, Unley Central.

What a decision does do is allow for detailed design to proceed with key components of the project. It also allows Council to be ready for grant funding that may, from time to time, become available.

No project of this size could be funded by Council alone, or even with contribution from the key stakeholders. Without an endorsed and budgeted concept we will never be in position to attract grant funding, whether from the State or the Federal Governments.

If you are interested in the plan you can find it on the Council website.

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Improvement Plans come to Council this month

The Goodwood Oval initial draft of recommendation s that come form the consultation conducted recently will be put to the Council meeting next month, on July 28.

The members of the Goodwood Oval Reference Group were briefed at their meeting last night and I believe those present were amenable to what was being suggested.

Extensive community engagement is now complete with the findings of this engagement informing the development of the draft improvement plan.  A first draft is with Administration for consideration and is currently subject to change.  The document will include project and site background information; considerations, profiles and analysis;  key findings and an improvement plan for each site including a series of recommendations, indicative costing and concept plans for Council’s consideration.
The improvement plan report is anticipated to be presented for endorsement at the Council meeting on 28 July 2014.  If endorsed the next stages of this project will include detailed design and further engagement with the community and user groups.

The Croquet Student Passes the Master

I have oft heard in personal growth workshops that the best compliment a Student can give their Mentor is to pass their Mentor, in other words become better than their mentor. That is certainly the case in Croquet circles within the City of Unley.

Hyde Park Croquet Club defeated the Millswood Croquet Club yesterday afternoon to have a clean sweep of the now two year old City of Unley Croquet Challenge. In other words the score is

Hyde Park 2, Millswood 0.

Hyde Park have acknowledged the contribution to their success as a club to help and guidance provided them by Millswood. And they are re-paying Millswood by beating them, twice now.

I had the pleasure of deputising for the Mayor (who I think was off playing war games with the Reserves) in handing the trophy to the winning club. It was a good day and I am thankful for the opportunity to have taken the Mayor’s place.

And I can say the Croquet is alive and well in Unley with both clubs experiencing rapid growth in membership. This has been the topic (with Millswood at least) in previous posts on this blog site.

I wish both clubs well as they provide a great service to our community, and may Millswood grab back some ground next year. Come on the boys and girls from the west.

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park open day is two days away

Yes. The most important event this Saturday is not that event by the Torrens by crossing that bridge it is taking the opportunity to have yous say about to other sporting precincts.

For most of you they are the two sporting precincts in your “backyard” as it where.

The sessions will be as follows:
  • Goodwood Oval from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
  • Millswood Sporting Complex from 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm

Once you have been there and contributed you can take in the Showdown.

A Heads up on Goodwood Oval/Millswood Park Improvement Plans

Jennie & I have had a briefing on the process of developing the improvement plan with the Consultant. 

They (the consultant) have commenced with one on one discussions with the various clubs and have advised we have received a number of responses from residents already. A good start.

The purpose of this blog post is provide everyone with an idea of what to expect from the process going forward. Obviously the one on one stalks and the assessing of responses will continue.

As you are already I trust aware we will have two forums on the 29th Match (one month from now, one at each location. The members of the Goodwood Oval Reference Group I except will be given personal invitations to the Goodwood Oval session.

A week later it is proposed to have a meeting with all the clubs from each location, again in tow sessions. It is then expected that the consultants will be able to brief all elected members in the 1st week of May, followed by a session with all stakeholders a coupe of weeks later.

The consultants final draft should then be ready to go out for public edification mid May.

An Opportunity of a Generation for the Generations of the Future

What do you think Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park should look and feel like in the future. We are keen to know your thoughts as we plan for the future use of these two facilities.

I am blogging again on this topic as I am passionate in making sure you know you have and take the opportunity to shape the future of the premier sporting facility of the west side of the City of Unley.

Council is keen to have a blueprint for future improvements so that we can take advantage and any future grant funding opportunities that may come our way from the Federal or State Governments. If we fail to have a blueprint then we will fail to attract funding if ever it becomes available. In other words we need to be project ready if ever an opportunity presents itself.

As I noted in previous posts on this blog site Council has, through its Community Assets Review, spoken to the sporting clubs using these facilities. We have determined each have a wish list that they see are important initiatives for the future of their respective clubs.

You will have a chance to respond to these wish lists. But more importantly we need to know what you think can be improved.

The public consultation currently under way has seen all residents within a 1.5 km radius of the grounds receive a letter requesting their thoughts. You can snail mail or email this back to council. A survey is available on our Have Your Say webpage at to facilitate this.

And the Goodwood Oval Reference Group website provides opportunity to have a say. They can be found at and the have your say option can be found at the top right hand corner of the screen.

The upcoming public forums at Goodwood Oval and Millswood Park will be on us soon, indeed as soon as next week.

Goodwood Oval will be held from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Millswood Park (shown on the map as SASMEE Park) will be held from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

If there are things that you think would help make these facilities better then please contribute. A facility for all to enjoy not just now for the current generations, but for those who will follow us.

Goodwood Oval/Millswood Park Master Plans

After much time and focusing our energies on that Oval east of here the time is nearing when master planning is about to get under way out here in the west.

I expect Council will be asked to endorse a briefing at the upcoming council meeting this month for calling tenders from Consultants to conduct the master planning. If this happens I will update you in this blog space.

As I see we have no need to resurvey the clubs as I firmly believe we know what their respective wish lists are. It would be great to simply go straight out to the residents and others for their views on the precinct and how they see it in 20 years time.

Whether this happens first up or not it will happen and I look forward to what my neighbours in Millswood and surrounds have to say. It will be good to move on from the State Government’s rail revelation project onto something where we all CAN positively influence.