City of Unley responds to Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy

City of Unley last night responded to the City of Adelaide, Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy. Our submission promotes a joint approach to making the South Parklands a green open space that residents of the City of Unley could proudly call their own.


With their kind invitation and our submission the Adelaide City Council and the City of Unley are working together to improve the south parklands. The City of Adelaide has recognised that much of their focus on the south parklands has been city centric, concentrating on the South Terrace side and ignoring by comparison the Greenhill Road side.

The City of Unley equally is recognising that the South Park Lands is an important facility for it’s own community. This will become more obvious as and when higher density development occurs along Greenhill Road as part of the Government’s 30 year plan.

The Adelaide Park Lands Authority is currently reviewing the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy. This document guides the future of the Park Lands. The review is currently in an engagement phase and the Authority has offered the City of Unley the opportunity to respond with a formal submission.

The South Park Lands present a tremendous opportunity to provide direct benefits to the City of Unley:

• To provide sporting facilities and playing fields for the City’s residents;
• To contribute open space to support higher density residential development; and
• To create an improved level of amenity to promote the attraction and connectivity between the City of Unley and the CBD, and the southern Park Lands themselves.

The City of Unley has both the highest residential density and the lowest provision of open space (2.6%) for the inner metropolitan Councils available.

Should you wish to see what we have said in our submission check it out on our website.

Living Active in Unley

Last night Council endorsed the draft Living Active Sport and Recreation Plan 2015-2020. This is a policy that has been in the making now for a while and is related to the Healthy and Active Community component of The City of Unley Community Plan 2033.


Known as the Living Active Plan it has been shaped by other related projects, including the Active Unley research project, the Unley Oval Improvement Plan, the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan, the Community Asset Review (2011-2013) and the development of Council’s new Open Space Strategy.
A summary of key actions is as follows:
• Develop and implement a Healthy Communities program, which includes innovative and relevant activities that promote participation in physical activity and healthy living in the City of Unley.
• Investigate the establishment of an active travel education program to provide information, awareness and training and to promote the benefits of walking and cycling.
• Identify and secure opportunities to implement the Improvement Plans for Unley Oval, Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex.
• Support the development of an ‘iconic’ play space in the City of Unley.
• Actively work with the Adelaide City Council to provide guidance and advocate for the development of the Adelaide Park Lands to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Priority projects include a regional dog park and the investigation of new hockey facilities in the South Park Lands. This is page 5 of the Council Agenda Reports for 13 July 2015
• Support our local sport and recreation organisations to remain financially sustainable and implement governance frameworks through advice, forums and information.
• Encourage and support local sports clubs to adopt the Good Sports and Star Clubs initiatives, and continue to recognise the volunteers of these clubs and the contribution they make to the community.

This is in my opinion a well considered plan that accurately identifies what we should be considering in the next decade in order to ensure you and I and our neighbours are kept active and healthy.

Of significance not only does the plan recognise the need to redevelop Unley & Goodwood Ovals and Millswood Sporting Complex, it recognises that we should actively pursue opportunities with our neighbouring councils and in particular Adelaide with better using the South parklands.


Unley Mayor applauds State Government direction on the Parklands

The State Government’s Housing in the City Policy, revealed on the weekend and reported on this blog site (I agree with you Mr Rau), has struck a positive chord with City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne, who has spearheaded the Council’s push to have a role in determining the use of the Adelaide Parklands.

City of Unley first decided in February this year to lobby for a change to the Adelaide Parklands Act 2005 to allow representation of councils that surround the Adelaide Parklands.
“Residents of inner-rim councils should be recognised as important voices in how the parklands should be used”, says City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne. “Therefore councils bordering the parklands have an obligation, and a right, to have a say about their use”.
Mayor Clyne believes that the Adelaide parklands could be amongst the best in the world, and that the inner-rim councils should contribute to the achievement of this vision.
 “The City of Unley envisages a greater strategic role in planning for the parklands as well as the opportunity to invest in projects that are of direct benefit to the City’s residents”, says Mayor Clyne. An example of one of these projects is the recently endorsed Dog Park, proposed to provide an inviting community meeting place for owners and their dogs, offering features such as seating, shade, dog exercise equipment and drinking fountains for people and dogs.
While there is a clear intent in the policy to allow councils to participate in determining the future of the parklands, the detail of the proposal is yet to be released. Regardless of what form the final structure ultimately takes Unley’s Mayor remains optimistic of a seat at the table.  

I agree with you Mr Rau

Mr Rau said the Government wanted councils surrounding the city such as Unley and Prospect to get involved with the plan and come up with ideas and stump up some money to make the parklands an asset for their communities as well.

As the Cities of Unley & Adelaide start discussions about a dedicated dog park as noted in my post on this blog site last week the Premier announced, as was reported in the Sunday Mail today, that the Government has a vision for the parklands and is putting money on the table ($20m over 4 years). This is to be funded using funds already available from the Planning and Development Fund, where developers contribute money when building high density projects.
While the vision noted in the Sunday Mail included such grandiose things as Sports Stadia it is high time we looked seriously at the parklands and redevelop them over time to make them an attractive place to spend time. And the concept of the likes of Unley and Prospect Councils having a say is something i believe should happen. Adelaide Council recently recognised that maybe they should invite one of the inner rim councils to contribute to how the parklands should evolve.
A good gesture, long overdue. But not enough. This vast expanse of green open space borders the northern extremity of a city (Unley) that has but around 1 to 2% of its area as green space. It therefore makes sense that the south side of the south parklands should be developed to allow greater use, and by residents of Unley, both current and future, when the population along this corridor is expected to grow significantly.
And we as a City should be prepared to contribute to any project that we believe WILL serve our residents. It is lot easier and way more cost effective to do this than try and find and then develop our own space.
My view is supported by CITY rim council mayors who say it is crucial for their communities to have a greater say in the Adelaide Park lands, as the State Government moves to increase high density living.

And our own Mayor, Lachlan Clyne says “I firmly believe that every council which abuts the park lands should have some control over what happens in those park lands.” 

So while I have recently had some misgivings about the utterances of the Deputy Premier I am 100% behind him on this.

Love to hear what you think.

Dog Park for South Parklands

Council last night determined to consider an allocation of up to $150k in the 2014/15 budget deliberations for partnering with Adelaide City Council in the establishment of a fenced dog park in the South Park Lands. 

With open space so precious in Unley and community debates rage every time there is a proposal for dog use in any of our parks this is a timely initiative.

Certainly it takes the heat off of some parks in Unley that were being investigate as possible future dog parks. This in included Goodwood South’s very own Page Park. Page Park being made an exclusive dog area would no have been good as far as this little puppy is concerned. The news that we will look at the South Parklands comes therefore as good news.

This means Council’s administration can progress discussions with Adelaide City Council regarding a funding partnership to establish a fenced dog park in the South Park Lands.

It is far from a fait accompli however as all we have done is get it into the budget process. Therefore. Watch this space.

Unley and the South Parklands

As the City of Unley grapples with the limited open and green space within it’s borders (the least by a mile of any local council area in the greater metropolitan area). As the City of Unley grapples with addressing the State Governments 30 year plan to increase the density of housing stock.

I have long pondered the relationship Unley has with the adjacent parklands to its north, the other side of Greenhill Road.

There has been much talk during public consultation of our DPA 3A that how are we going to find extra open space which will become more precious than it is now as our density inevitably increases.

Enter the South Parklands.

And enter this article by David Penberthy n Adelaide Now this morning. Yours to read and love to hear your thoughts on the observations he has raised and how Unley might better utilise the Parklands (in partnership of course with the City of Adelaide).

Give Us a say

If you don’t subscribe to the electronic news In-Daily you may find this article of interest to all the citizens of Unley, particularly those at the northern edge. Under the heading Give us a say, Inner Rim Council Mayors, including our very own Lachlan Clyne, had their say.

The transcript follows:

CITY rim council mayors say it is crucial for their communities to have a greater say in the Adelaide park lands, as the State Government moves to increase high density living.
“I firmly believe that every council which abuts the park lands should have some control over what happens in those park lands,” Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne told Indaily.
“Most inner rim council residents use those park lands and, in some instances, our residents would use them in greater numbers than the residents in the city.”
The Prospect and Burnside mayors have also called for more collaboration and input from their councils about the parklands as well as other issues including transport.
The calls echo recommendations last year from outgoing Integrated Design Commissioner Tim Horton who called for shared governance of city places, including the stretch of park lands from Bowden to Hackney.
Clyne said city rim councils should have a greater strategic role in planning for the park lands as well as be given opportunities to financially invest in projects.
He said development could include cafes, better fitness trails, more facilities and something like an adventure playground.
“If you look at the view from Mount Lofty the number one icon is the park lands and I don’t think we’ve got it right because we don’t have the right people making decisions and that’s why we need the input of the inner rim councils to make them more user friendly,” he said.
The government announced a development plan in December which will see higher density residential development in inner metropolitan council areas, including areas facing the park lands.
“Again for us Greenhill Road has been identified for high density living and across the road you have one of the potentially best park lands in the world so our residents will be using those park lands even more,” Clyne said.
Prospect Council mayor David O’Loughlin said there needed to be a masterplan to gradually improve the park lands.
“You can argue there are more that live around the park lands that use them then people in the city therefore they should have a real say,” he said.
“I know ACC have consulted on park lands usages but I’d encourage that to be ongoing rather than once every three four five years.
“I think there is, in my view, huge opportunity for an international call for a design competition for a 100-year master plan over the park lands because it was high calibre designers that have been the foundation of great spaces around the world including Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London.”
Burnside Council mayor David Parkin said while more collaboration would be welcomed there was little budget for the smaller councils to assist with park lands development.
“Do I view the park lands as a city asset rather than belonging only to the Adelaide City Council? Definitely.”
However, he added that the more park lands were developed, the greater the cost to councils.
Adelaide City Council Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said he would be open to more discussion.
“I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m calling for shared management of the parklands but I would say we need to continue to have discussions on how the city and inner rim councils can work together,” he said.
“That said, the Adelaide City Council generates significantly more revenue so I wouldn’t suggest we become direct financial partners.”
But Yarwood wants to see more formal collaboration following the success of the 5000+ program.
“The biggest success of 5000+ is bringing the mayors together and giving us that responsibility to continue that work together and Adelaide City Council wants to work with other councils,” he said.
“We are now having discussions on how we can continue having a forum to discuss where to from here.”
O’Loughlin agreed that the one off consultation process of 5000+ plus should be extended.
“There have been one off consultation exercises regarding the [Adelaide City Council’s] integrated movement strategy, the 5000+ exercise and it would be sensible to structure an ongoing conversation that at council to council level that covers the issues that affect us both.
“There are some things that are annoying and won’t be cheap to solve such as Prospect Road has a fabulous bike lane from Regency Road to Fitzroy Terrace but then it terminates and nothing happens in the Adelaide Council area – there’s no bike path through the park lands or O’Connell Street and those connections are a real symptom of there not being a joint approach.”
Clyne wanted more interaction with transport between the city council and the adjoining inner rim councils.
“We need to consider traffic flow into the CBD and ensuring a coordinated approach to not just car traffic but pedestrian and cycling traffic as well.
“I’d like to see discussion about a network of inner rim councils’ fleet of minibuses and a coordinated approach to transport within that inner metro area.
“As an example Unley have three community buses which sit 15 and because they are smaller they can get down the local streets to pick up and take residents to the shops or library and the route is local but I’d like to see those networks extend beyond a single council area.”

Open Space for Unley

Whilst Unley may have the smallest percentage of open space of any metropolitan council we do border the South Parklands.

Don’t hold your breath on this one but…

Regular meetings recently between relevant Unley & Adelaide City Council staff have been established, to investigate partnership projects using the recreation planning and policy documents of each council.

Opportunities have been identified for a fenced dog park, improved playground facilities, and new youth facilities. These projects may be able to be bought forward for consideration in the 2012-13 budget considerations of both councils.