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.

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.


A Plea to Residents

A recent inspection by our administration revealed a number of street trees in Ormonde Avenue, Millswood have died and should be replaced.


This blog post is a plea after my blog post of 5 March to you to advise your council on what you see as the right action going forward.

Ormonde Avenue, Millswood

Ormonde Avenue, Millswood

Mindful of the fact that over 50% of our 26,000 street and park trees are mature aged trees and will reach their maximum lifespan sooner rather than later they (our administration) determined it would be prudent to investigate and consider the possibility of either replacing the whole street of trees now or staging their replacement.

We do have an emerging dilemma facing Council. If we are not proactive about creating a second generation of street and park trees we may find in the not distant future that the majority of our mature trees (over 13,000 of them) may die in a relatively short span of time. This potentially could see the City of Unley not live up to its logo.

Can you imagine 13,000 trees needing to be replaced in say a  10 year time frame, 1300 per year. Our current proactive program is seeing us replace only 300 per year. Add the loss of private trees at an ever increasing rate as people buy into leafy Unley and then remove the tree in their backyard and the picture is not so bright.

Residents of Ormonde Street have an opportunity to contribute to the decision making process having been surveyed just last week.

The decision made on this street is an important one. You have a great opportunity that most will not have and that is to inform how we address not just Ormonde Avenue but the rest of the City of Unley going forward. Other streets will inevitably present as this one has, an like I suggest neighbouring Millswood Crescent may in the not too distant future.

Please, please, please have your say. If you don’t respond to the survey we will not know your opinion and you may by default not be happy with the decision made.

Please consider what we are trying to address and carefully consider what you think is best, not just for you and the neighbourhood today. Consider your kids and grand kids who will inherit the answer we arrive at. And don’t be afraid to offer something different to the options proposed.

The future of Ormonde and maybe the City of Unley is in your hands.


Goodwood Oval & Millswood Sporting Complex back on the agenda

A staged implementation plan for Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex in accordance with the resolution of Council on August 2014 I expect to be presented to Council at this months full council meeting.


This report should outline the approach for further community engagement, detailed design, priority projects and funding options.

The consultants for the project have taken on board what we heard during the public consultation last year. Their report will be their response to all the information garnered during the consultation.

It remains to be seen what they recommend but I am hopeful there are a number of initiatives that we can take on that will not impact significantly on our budget. This plan has been in the pipeline now since 2006 and I believe it is time we actually get to the point sooner rather than later of actually achieving something on the ground.

There are some little ticket items that I believe we can reasonable undertake. Bigger ticket times will always have to wait on Government funding. These need to be designed and costed so they are ready for implementation of funding becomes available.

Whatever is proposed will be taken back out to the public for their information and edification.



Ormonde Avenue Streetscape Review (Street Tree Renewal)

Ormonde Avenue Residents should have  received a letter by now advising of Council’s wish for their contribution into determining the future of the tree streetscape in Ormonde Avenue.


Ormonde Avenue, Millswood

Ormonde Avenue, Millswood

Council has a policy to replant trees in an organised, systematic way as part of a strategy aimed at avoiding all or most of their trees coming of age at the one time.


When we review a street and determine that trees in that street have reached their useful life expectancy we  see this as an opportune time to reinvigorate the streetscape.

It is a program of proactively ensuring we have new growth in a timely orderly fashion.

As part of this proactive program a detailed assessment has been undertaken on all the street trees in Ormonde Avenue and it has identified that a significant proportion of the trees are in poor condition and require replacement.


The challenge now is to determine if we replace only those in severe condition, consider replanting the whole street or ignoring the findings and replace trees on a reactive basis. Such a question must be considered in collaboration with the residents of the street. I trust they have received their letters by now.

To aid in the process of working out where to from here a street meeting has been organised by our Sustainable Landscape Specialist Trevor Stein. It will be at the corner of Ormonde Avenue and Lloyd Avenue next Wednesday, the 11th March between 4.00 and 6.00 pm.

I intend to attend so I too can join in the conversation and hear from you what your thoughts are. If you live in Ormonde Avenue please take part in this review. It is your street and your contribution is valued.





12 Streets to go

With our staff unable or unwilling to offer a program beyond the just recently approved budget for footpath replacement I conducted my own audit just to see how many streets are left in Goodwood South.

I found as follows:

In Millswood
Ellesmere Terrace, Irwin Avenue, Argyle Ave, Hackett Avenue

In Back Forest
Laught Avenue, Ellington,Ave, Gray Street, Selkirk Street,
Winifred Avenue & Hill Court
Cowper Road (west end)

And ….. my very own Kelvin Avenue in Clarence Park.

12 streets left and four years to complete. If at the rate of this coming years budget, maybe we will see them complete in 3 years.

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.

Mills Street Speed Plateau needs revision

In my day time capacity as an independent building inspector I had cause to check the installation of the plateau which replaces the chicane outside 22 Mills Street.

In driving over it I was conscious, as I am sure are many who use that street, that the approach from the east is too steep. I felt too that there was dip in the plateau immediately after the approach.

I therefore put my building inspector hat and and found my suspicions to be true as the picture shows. I noticed also that there were indentations form vehicles bottoming out at this location.

The good news is I have talked to our depot management and they have checked and support my observations. Our Manager of Assets has checked work and found that there are also a few other minor issues that also need rework.

So rework will happen. Just not sure how quickly. Hopefully before the end of the financial year.

And while on Mills Street I have asked our depot to please patch the bitumen divets that exist in this street. That has been logged too.

How does the State Governments Strategic Traffic Policy affect you?

Are you aware the State Government released its ‘Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan’ on the 21 October 2013.  

If you live, work or play in South Australia but more importantly use the roads of Adelaide and beyond, whether you use car or public transport you need to be aware of what the Governments plans for our future transport are. They complement the recent 30 Year Plan they put before the public with wide ranging reactions.
This is a comprehensive plan, albeit only in concept form. And make no mistake it is a plan that will impact significantly on the suburbs of the City of Unley.
It includes, of interest to Unley residents:
ü  A new tram route down Unley Road.
ü  Continuing the development of bikeways and walkways through Unley and including completing the Greenways Program.
ü  The electrification of the Tonsley train line linked to a new 600 space park and ride facility. Upgraded rail stations and increased park and ride car spaces.
ü  Increased train service frequencies, meaning less waiting time for the commuters of the western suburbs of Unley.
ü  Increased secure bike parking at rail stations and opportunities for bike sharing through the Metrocard system.
ü  A potential underground city train link to improve accessibility, with four new CBD stations in the longer term, meaning it  is one I may not get to see
ü  The creation of Inner and Outer Ring Routes around the City. On the south side of the City this includes Greenhill Road (Inner) and Cross Road (outer), and obviously South Road.
ü  Driving from Gawler to Old Noarlunga on what will be Adelaide’s non-stop North-South Corridor.
ü  The redirection of heavy (double B) road transport from Glen Osmond Road down Cross Road instead to South Road.
There will be a number of positives for the residents of the western suburbs of the City of Unley who I am focusing on here. There will also be a number of challenges as I see it.
Those boarding trains at Emerson and Clarence Park stations will board electric trains, not what I expect in the near future will be the Diesels. This hopefully may reduce the incidence of rat running down East Avenue, Leigh Street and Goodwood Road.
We can do with the upgrading of the Emerson, Clarence Park & Goodwood Stations. Less waiting time means we inner suburban commuters can expect to get into town sooner, making public transport an easier choice to make.
Increasing park and ride car spaces further down the rail line including 600 spaces at Tonlsey hopefully will reduce the rat runners using East Avenue and Leigh Street or Goodwood Road.
Of real interest and what could prove challenging will be the establishment of the outer ring route of Cross and South Roads. This will enable the redirecting of the B doubles away from Glen Osmond Road, a bonus for those in the east of Adelaide but a challenge I suspect for those in the west.
A non-stop north south corridor, when coupled with the increased train services noted above and the introduction of B Doubles will have a tendency to grid lock the suburbs of Black Forest, Clarence Park & Millswood.
This will really help to get those southern rat runners off our suburban streets. It may mean that some of us living in these suburbs, and in particular the suburb of Black Forest may have to find other ways of accessing and egressing from our suburb to get on to those transport corridors or back home.
Non-stop as I see it means non-stop and therefore cars will no long have to wait for others to turn onto a suburban street
And from what I can see directing the B doubles past the Freight line on Cross road and directing them onto South Road will be a challenge for the Government. The freight line remaining there is, is surely a major obstacle to using this route and prompts one to ask yet again, why don’t you Mr Government take the freight rain through Truro.

The plan can be obtained from their website at the following link http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/itlup

And they (DPTI) still don’t get it.

Some who read the posts on this blog site may well remember my post early last year that read “DPTI just does not get it”. Well with the rail revitalization project stumbling toward completion I have repeat it.

I have received a number of complaints today at a street meeting about how DPTI have treated their observations and concerns with contempt, some past but some current. This demonstrates that DPTI are still getting under peoples noses.

Goodness I thought the project was finished some time back you might ask. As I noted in my last post DPTI may believe this but what this has done is to spark a whole new round of angst, through me, toward them and the Government.

A case in point; they have completed the pedestrian crossing just south of the grade separation tunnel, adjacent Fairfax Street, Millswood. It has been in operation for a while now. The crossing includes an audible warning which did not exist before because the oncoming trains (from the north) are now not visually apparent until almost on the crossing.

DPTI engineers have determined, not unreasonably at first look, to provide an automatic closing gate system couple with an audible warning. The problem is the audible warnings are way too loud for the comfort of adjacent residents, who were promised they would not be worse off before the project started.

It has been claimed the level of the audible warning (which is a hoot not a ding dong) is 73 dB. 75 dB I understand  is roughly the equivalent of a car horn. As a warning it is operating every 3 1/4 minutes during peak hour (trains are passing every 7 1/2 minutes each way, check the train schedules if you doubt me) and 7 1/2 minutes outside peak hour.

Hardly a warning if it is on that frequently I would have thought. And the vast majority of the time there is no-one using the crossing.

A resident has reasonably (in my opinion) offered a solution of reversing the gate function from being open all the time and automatically closing when a train approaches to one that is automatically locked all the time unless opened by the actions of a pedestrian. Of course of the automation system would have to recognize a train is approaching the gate preventing the gate to be manually opened by the pedestrian in that situation. An audible warning system becomes less necessary if this were the case I would have thought.

Their response to that residents reasonable suggestions as to how the safety they want can be achieved, was to simply to throw regulations at them. No recognition of the residents well reasoned, thought out attempt to be part of the solution or thanks for their looking to a solution rather than just venting.

Their response is to claim it was confirmed by an acoustic engineer commissioned to check the site that the alarm noise level output complies with the International Standard ISO 7731 and the volume is not required to be adjusted.

Sorry DPTI. That is just not good enough. You are sticking your neck in the sand in my opinion and using regulations to “blind people with science” who might have a concern with what you are doing.

Here is a big tip DPTI. You might want to check the statistics of pedestrian deaths in Australia on rail crossings. If what I was told today by an unqualified source the vast majority of deaths occur at crossings configured the way you have configured this one.

If this is true, might be time to change the regulations which you can do, as the regulator.

The Fight Continues…Unfortunately

DPTI believe the rail revitalization projects have reached the point where no further consultation is required. The angst still exists however and residents have indicated they are “over it”.

And here is my message to the State Government. The residents of Black Forest, Clarence Park & Millswood are part of a seat (Ashford) that they can ill afford to lose but are doing their best so to do. These people are not not pleased with what has happened to them and what continues to happen along the rail corridor.

By my observation there is much yet to be done on the project and disruption sufficient for them to treat us fairly with some warning of works, particularly the night works that are still impacting on the lives of the people of Black Forest, Clarence Park & Millswood. The trouble as I see it is however that they don’t know themselves what they are doing next.

As someone involved in construction for over 40 years my observations are that the contractors making the most disruption are reacting to issues (maybe signalling or the like). Hard to forewarn of that of course. Having said that they could level with us that they are having problems.

My experience is builders, departments, people don’t want to admit to having difficulties as they perceive they will look like idiots. My experience again those that do not communicate they are having difficulties look like idiots.

To be fair we had a letter prior to Christmas to indicate that there would still be some disruption. But that was 3-4 weeks ago, far from specific.

It has not been some disruption, it has been significant and a number of residents have shared their frustration with me on this. I too have experienced this being only 30 m off the line at Clarence Park.

A group of us shared experiences at a street meeting this morning and we were all subject to the same concerns.

  • Work commencing after midnight without warning.
  • Intrusive flashing lights
  • Hammering of metal on metal
  • Consistent loud and audible swearing by workers. (these guys are frustrated over something too)
And here is the rub. They are so frustrated by the lack of respect for their opinions over the 12 months or so that they are now simply waiting on the next 9 weeks to pass by and then register their concerns for the final time.

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.

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.

Goodwood Junction Update

As a result of concerns expressed by a resident in Oakley Avenue recently about the layout of safety barriers and direction signs for the current preparatory works for the Goodwood Junction Project.

The concern was prompted by an accident between car and bicycle caused apparently by confusion. It was also prompted by concerns that cars parked legally one minute but illegally the next because no parking signs were erected after the car was parked.
Jennie & I liaised with that resident, and another and it appears that the situation in that area has now settled down. Workers there made some modifications and the flow of vehicle, bike and foot traffic appears to be working well.
The concerns raised prompted me to call a meeting with our management so that we can identify potential hazards going forward as other areas are blocked off when the real works commence. A let’s encourage, with our help, DPTI to be a bit more proactive to reduce public negativity.
Jennie & I prompted a number of questions of our management to put to DPTI, noting that the real works are due to start:
ü  The Brownhill Creek Culverts December 17 ….. like that is only 1 month and 3 days away.
ü  The excavation for the underpass ….. January 1.
ü  What has come out of the meeting is
With the culvert works about to commence a key question is what will be the final outcome for the Brownhill Creek diversion at Forestville Reserve? Steph Keys is soon to call a meeting of residents very soon regarding the impact of the stormwater designs on Forestville Reserve. DPTI are also we are told to hold a further public meeting, possibly for December 1.
They are reviewing haulage routes, noting they were planning to us Leah Street, which of course has finally had the humps installed. We were given alternates last bight but I will wait confirmation before considering publishing them.
I also took the opportunity to re-raise a question I have prompted before concerning dilapidation surveys. Residents houses may be impacted by the works and dilapidation surveys should be conducted in my opinion of each house in the area. Council will be conducting a survey of our infrastructure, kerbs, roads, footpaths etc and our arborist is spending countless hours to ensure nothing untoward happens to our significant trees.
If approached by DPTI to have a dilapidation survey done on your property I encourage you to accept this and to request a copy of the survey for your own records. This is the best way of ensuring any damage caused to your house by excavations or other work can be demonstrated as having likely been caused by the same.

Millswood Croquet Club 90 years young

In the words of our Mayor a club does not get to be 90 unless the members realise the club is greater than the members. This surely therefore is something to celebrate.

Well done to all members past and present for making this club such a success. As I have posted on a number of occasions the western side of the City of Unley has much to celebrate, with so many of their sporting clubs being truly successful.

And the party was great. It was a privilege to be invited.

And I am happy to have been involved in the recommendation to Council to subsidise their party. They are great contributors to our community.

One of our Suburbs makes Saturday’s Advertiser Real Estate Liftout.

Lynton Ave, Millswood
LESS than 5km from the CBD, filled with character homes and with transport and shopping options within a stone’s throw, Millswood is a popular spot.
Randall Kitson spent time living in his late mother’s house on Lynton Ave, which she bought about 40 years ago, “The street runs off Goodwood Road and it’s close to the shops Big W and Woolworths at Cumberland Park, the Goodwood Rd (Capri) cinema and shops. The train goes into the city, the Glenelg tram is a 10-minute walk and there are buses from Winston Ave,” Mr Kitson says.
“It’s a really central spot . “Lynton Ave extends to house number 84 and features a large number of character homes. Mr Randall’s mother’s home was built in the 1920s.-Probably half the street was built in 1925,” he says. “There are quite a lot of bungalows and houses with sandstone fronts. It’s a quiet street with mostly all large blocks and it’s very leafy and green.”
Information from RP Data shows Millswood is about 1sq km in size and three parks take up 10 per cent of the area.
The current median sales price, for June, is $585,000, compared with $625,000 for the Unley Council area. Harcourts Venn Millar sales partner Elizabeth De Boo says Lynton Ave is a well-known street. “It’s probably one of the most prized streets in the area people usually say `Ooh, Lynton Ave’,” Ms De Boo says.
This side of Millswood is more affordable. We do have our million dollar sales but it’s not as common.
 “Ms De Boo says good schools in the area are a beacon for families. “Cabra College is a big drawcard for the area and there are other good schools as well St Joseph’s and Goodwood Primary,” she says. “It’s just a good little area.
Ray White Plympton principal Bronwyn Petherick agrees Millswood is popular with families. “It’s close to a lot of good private and public schools and there’s a mix of styles,” Ms Petherick says.
PS     My wife has always said that as a little girl she used to often ride her bike or walk the streets of this little suburb as it was her favourite suburb.
Well we do live close…..!

U Turns on Mills Street

In spite of efforts by your two local ward councillors it appears we cannot improve any further our efforts to prevent u turns at the junction of Goodwood Road and Mills Street.

Apparently we cannot extend the island we recently erected at this location any further into Goodwood Road because we could be held liable if someone doing a U Turn were to hit it, and a collision with other cars resulted from what would be a retarding of their progress.

As constructed it allows left turns from south travelling cars on Goodwood Road and extending the island will also tighten access for these cars.

We will be alerting SAPOL to the frequency of offending and trust they will police it in the near future.

Goodwood Junction Update

The Goodwood Junction Development is before the State Governments Development Assessment Commission (DAC) awaiting approval.

As part of the DAC process a Public Notification period will be seeking public comments by Thursday 6 September 2012.

Project Manager Mr Rossi, on behalf of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has indicated they already door knocked the residences on each side of the project’s rail corridor. He believes overall the project has been well received. The key issues raised including vegetation and landscaping; construction impacts (including local road access); fencing; and extension of the Marino Rocks Greenways shared use path.
I have to say I am most surprised at such revelation.

In our discussions with locals affected by the project indicate that this claim is not so. I am surprised that there is no mention of concerns over the location of the works depot, or the impact that the Brownhill Creek stormwater project will have on this project and/or vice versa.

Needless to say I less than convinced about the claims DPTI is making.

Having said that Jennie and I are hopeful of attending an on site meeting with key members of the project management team, at which we will reinforce the concerns being expressed to us by you and your neighbours. We await confirmation of this and will reiterate the need for a public meeting that we thought was promised by DPTI.


For further information, interested people or groups can be directed to the Project Information Line, 1300 443 198 or the Project Email at [email protected]
If you have concerns with any aspect of the project you wish addressed now is your chance. Take it!

East Avenue Pedestrian Refuge Delay

Since I reported back on June of the delay in deciding on proceeding with the pedestrian refuge we have determined that it would be presumptuous to proceed with it at this time.


Because we have (as previously reported) approved in this years budget a local area traffic management study. If you have an interest in this it is reported on in previous blogs.

It makes no sense to install a refuge until this study is completed, It can then be part of  a suite of actions to address whatever comes out of the study.