The Adelaide new year kick starts again with the traditional King William Road Street party.


19293_984526744908482_1801545505796801994_nWill you be joining Adelaide’s foodies, fashion-forward, wine lovers and cycling enthusiasts as they descend on King William Road for the annual Unley Gourmet Gala on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.


The King William Road Unley Street party is one of Adelaide’s most prestigious community events. Known as the Unley Gourmet Gala it is as exciting an outdoor gourmet experience you could enjoy, showcasing some of South Australia’s finest food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment.
The event, now in its sixteenth year, will be held on the eve of Unley’s Stage 2 Start of the Santos Tour Down Under and is expected to attract thousands of locals as well as visitors from all over South Australia and interstate.


The free family-friendly event will feature cooking demonstrations by Justine Schofield from Network Ten’s Everyday Gourmet and Masterchef, fun children’s activities and an impressive line-up of musicians and other entertainers such as the amazing Mini Bike Stunt Team and bands Alphabette and Funk Latin Union.


King William Road will be lined with an array of gourmet food stalls offering a variety of cuisines, with wines from Wirra Wirra and Tomich Wines and beer by Vale Brewing. At the Porsche Fashion Stage, clothing and accessories will be showcased from King William Road’s premier fashion designers and retailers. Featured boutiques will include Liza Emanuele, Denim + Cloth, Designer Exchange and Denim Iniquity.


For more information check out the Unley gourmet gala website and or like the Unley Gourmet Gala Facebook Page


The Unley Gourmet Gala will be held on Tuesday, January 19, from 4pm-10pm. Come along and be one of the many who enjoy this fabulous Unley event.


The Stage 2 Start of the Santos Tour Down Under will be held on King William Road at the Opey Avenue intersection on Wednesday, January 20, at 11am.

Unley successful again in staging a leg of the TDU

After Holdfast Bay Council announced recently that they were pumped to have the opportunity to host a leg after an absence we at Unley can announce that we will be hosting a leg for the 14th consecutive year.

The Stage 2 Start of the TDU will be held on Adelaide’s premier retail strip, King William Road at the Opey Avenue intersection, on Wednesday, January 21 at 11am.

Once again we will also on the night prior, hold our ever popular Unley Gourmet Gala. The two events are an opportunity for retailers and restaurants to showcase their finest gourmet produce, wine and fashion.

This year’s Gourmet Gala attracted more than 20,000 visitors and delivered what has been assessed as a $725 550 economic benefit to Unley businesses. 2015 should prove to be every bit as good.

A Big few days of celebrations before getting down to the nitty gritty.

2014 has opened with festivities but now it is time to get back to business. The Gourmet Gala on Thursday night, the BUPA challenge and then the stage 4 race start on Friday morning, followed by the Ignite Unley celebrations at the Memorial Gardens on Saturday night and culminating in the Citizenship Ceremony, the Australia Day Awards in the Village Green have kick started the year.

This was  great start to the year for the citizens of the City of Unley. 58 of our residents received their citizenship this morning in what I always look in awe on. Moving to another country is one thing but to adopt that country as their own is something special.
And I am so proud that it is my Country of birth that so many from around the world want to become part of.
But what this has all done is herald the start of the year. It is back to business on Tuesday night when Council meets for the first time this year.
Mind you I did attend a DAP meeting last week so ………

Unley Gourmet Gala ‘Wheels Out’ the Ultimate Party Experience!

King William Road, renowned for its fashion and food, is set to come alive as one of the biggest celebrations on the Adelaide calendar, the Unley Gourmet Gala, kicks off at 4pm on Thursday 23 January.

 “This will be the 14th Gourmet Gala the Council has hosted and we expect 2014 to top last years’ attendance figures.” says Mayor of Unley, Lachlan Clyne.
“We all look forward to the Unley Gourmet Gala as it is not only one of the biggest parties of the year but also the perfect springboard to showcase King William Road and surrounds. Last year we had a whopping 17,500 attendees and I wouldn’t be surprised if we topped that this year,” says Mayor Clyne.
“People descend on Unley from all corners of Adelaide and South Australia every year for this event and we are very proud to show off our wonderful Council area.”
Major features of the 2014 Unley Gourmet Gala include:
       Over thirty wine and gourmet food stalls
       Cooking demonstrations with celebrity chef Marion Grasby
       Unley Criterium – a series of rapid races around Unley streets
       Kids’ activities including performances from the Ticklish Allsorts, a designated Kids Zone and beach play area featuring cycle-themed children’s art activities.
       Parades on the Porsche Fashion Stage showcasing the best King William Road boutiques, and a special performance by Sally Cooper and Airlie Koo as Elektra Live
       Electrifying Brazilian dancers, the amazing Santos Super Cycles, live music, and DJs
The Gala is the perfect pre-race event for the Santos Tour Down Under Stage 4, set to kick off from King William Road on Friday 24 January at 11.30am, following the Bupa Challenge Tour at 6.30am.
For more information visit and follow us on Facebook (facebook/gourmetgala) and Twitter (#unleygala)

Parking Restrictions – Unley Gourmet Gala and Santos Tour Down Under

Parking Restrictions for the Unley Gourmet Gala and Santos Tour Down Under have been announced.

Thursday 23 and Friday 24 January 2014

The City of Unley would like to notify residents of the following temporary parking restrictions and road closures that will take effect on Thursday 23 January and Friday 24 January.
To aid preparations and provide a safe environment for the public and participants for the Unley Gourmet Gala, the Unley Criterium, the Bupa Challenge and the Stage 4 Race Start of the Santos Tour Down Under, the following temporary road closures will be installed:

Temporary Road Closures

From 6am Thursday 23 January until 1pm Friday 24 January
Thomas Street between the intersection with King William Road and 70 metres east
From 10am Thursday 23 January until 1pm Friday 24 January
King William Rd between the northern boundary of the intersection with Jasper St and a point 170 metres north of the said intersection.
McGowan Ave, Opey Ave, Walter St, Boffa St, Bloomsbury St, between King William Rd and approximately 30 metres into these streets.
From 1pm Thursday 23 January until 1pm Friday 24 January
King William Rd between the southern boundary of Arthur St and a point 50 metres south of Jasper St.
Park St and Mitchell St (within proximity of King William Rd).
To ensure your vehicle is not towed, please remove it from King William Rd, between Arthur St and Jasper St, by 12pm Thursday 23 January.

Temporary ‘No Parking’ Areas

Temporary ‘no parking’ areas will apply in adjacent roads from 1pm Thursday 23 January.

Unley Criterium Additional Road Closures

From 1pm to 8pm Thursday 23 January
Jasper St (between King William Rd and Oxford St)
Oxford St (between Jasper St and Mitchell St)
Mitchell St (between 60 metres west of Oxford St and King William Rd).

Bupa Challenge Tour Start route

On Friday 24 January the Bupa Challenge Tour will start at 6.30am and travel south down King William Rd, into Northgate St and south on Victoria Ave. SA Police will escort the cyclists – no road closures will be in place in Northgate St or Victoria Ave.

Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Stage 4 Start route

On Friday 24 January Stage 4 will start at 11.30am and travel south down King William Rd, into Northgate St and south on Victoria Ave. SA Police will escort the cyclists – no road closures will be in place in Northgate St or Victoria Ave.

Free Community Bus Shuttle Service

1pm – 7pm Thursday 23 January, and 7am – 1pm Friday 24 January.
Council will provide a free shuttle buses to transport passengers between Greenhill Rd and Northgate St. The bus will run every 10 – 15 minutes, and can be hailed from any location along the route (please see map below). Signage will also be posted on affected bus stops.

Disability Parking

Parking for people with disabilities will be available at the Council car park in Boffa Lane (off Boffa Street).

Dry Zones

A dry zone will apply from 4pm Thursday 23 to 1am Friday 24 January in roads surrounding the event.
The City of Unley apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks you for your support. Permits will be issued to affected residents prior the event.
For further information, please telephone Satyen Gandhi, Manager – Transportation and Traffic on 8372 5195 or email [email protected]

Mark this in your Calendar

Christmas has passed us by, New Years celebrations are on tonight and the big event in the Unley calendar is just around the Corner. The Tour Down Under arrives in the week leading up to Australia Day, with the Unley Gourmet Gala the highlight of the festivities associated with the Tour.

One of Adelaide’s most prestigious events, the Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia’s finest local food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment.
Be entertained by cooking demonstrations from Marion Grasby, explore food and wine stalls, indulge in delicious cuisine, and enjoy fashion parades and a diverse array of live music. There’s also entertainment for the kids to ensure the whole family enjoy the evening.

Book it into your calendar. Not only is this Unley’s biggest event for the year, it is the TDU’s biggest event. The TDU simply would not be the same without the Unley Gourmet Gala.

Unley Gourmet Gala Again a huge Success

We last night held our 13th Gourmet Gala and with an attendance of 17,500 it has been heralded as the best ever.

The street was alive last night with wall to wall people enjoying the festive atmosphere and delighting in the fine cuisine that the King William Road Shopping Strip has become famous for.

My wife & I strolled the length of the strip before joining the VIP group in the Abbey. What I saw was people enjoying themselves, relaxing and soaking in the atmosphere, enjoying the food, wine and other beverages on offer.

The kids too had fum with a number of kids attractions available, including as shown in the two pictures.

I offer a big congratulations to all the people that has a hand in putting this event together and to all the people who attended and made the event the success it is.

Roll up… Roll up…

In the words of our Mayor


Roll up… Roll up…


We would love to see you on the street tonight, the weather is perfect for a great local community celebration of a fine international event, right here on King William Road, Hyde Park in the City of Unley, South Australia.
Enjoy the fun “amateur” YouTube video we just put together…

Just four hours to go!

Tour Close

Forget the medias focus on whether Lance Armstrong has admitted guilt over drug taking or not the main game is the Tour Down Under 2013 Vintage.

For those of you who missed it because of the Armstrong focus it all happens next week.

And Stage 3 will start once again in Unley, this time on Thursday next week at 11.00 am at the corner of King William Road and Mitchell/Park Streets. This leg will terminate in Stirling.

Whilst King William Road will be inundated with people on the day (get there early based on my experience) the night before will see the real festivities take place. The Unley Gourmet Gala.

One of Adelaide’s most prestigious events, the Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia’s finest local food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment. 

This is one of if not the best night on the Unley calendar. Come along and experience the Unley showcase.

Another Successful Event for Unley

The following is a copy of a press release
For the eleventh year in a row the Unley Gourmet Gala hit the road at 4pm on Wednesday January 18, 2012 featuring an even greater focus on cycling events and was a wonderful prelude to the Santos Tour Down Under Stage Three Start.
Held on King William Road on the eve of the grueling 134km journey from Unley to Victor Harbor, the Unley Gourmet Gala is one of Adelaide’s most prestigious events, showcasing South Australia’s finest local food and wine, fashion, music and entertainment.
For 2012 a major highlight was the Unley Cycling Challenge which included the Cycling SA graded Criteriums, the Rendition Homes Cycling Series and the Santos Women’s Cup series, which attracted the cream of South Australia’s top women riders as they competed in a short-course Criterium race on streets of Hyde Park.
Other cycling events to complement the gourmet and fashion attractions of Unley Gourmet Gala included the Exactitude bike trials demonstration – where riders successfully negotiated either man-made or natural obstacles without putting a foot down.
A Cycling and Bike Hub, on the corner of King William Road and Mitchell Street, featured bicycle product displays and demonstrations, with children’s cycling safety activities at Ride-A-Bike-Right.
Mayor Lachlan Clyne said; “I really enjoyed the Unley Cycling Challenge which was exciting for spectators and riders alike”
“The racing was a great opening event for what was the best Unley Gourmet Gala we’ve seen yet, supported by record sponsorship this year from local businesses.”
Star TV chefs Poh Ling Yeoh and Simon Bryant headlined this year’s gourmet event. Simon, who starred in the ABC’s The Cook and Chef series, and Poh, star of Poh’s Kitchen, teamed up to provide cooking demonstrations compared by renowned radio presenter and columnist Amanda Blair.
“It was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with two of Australia’s most popular celebrity chefs,” Mayor Clyne said. “They were a huge attraction.”
“This is the second year Simon has been a key part of Unley Gourmet Gala, which is a great showcase for our local restaurants and food and wine businesses. As well as celebrating Unley’s contribution to the Santos Tour Down Under, it’s also about making sure visitors enjoy their time here and return to Unley in the future.”
Chef Poh Ling said “I love the whole Tour Down Under as it attracts so many international visitors to Adelaide and turns the city into such a cosmopolitan place.
It provides the perfect opportunity to share the wine and food of our State with the world.”
Children’s variety show The Amazing Drumming Monkeys headed up the list of kids’ entertainment, which again included Kinderchef and Theatrebugs, along with cycling-themed children’s art provided by Little Picassos and face painting.
Other entertainment included popular bands Blue Note Seven and Mr Goodnight performing at Unley Gourmet Gala for the first time, while The Shizzle and Lesley Williams from The Attack returned by popular demand.
Fashion parades, hosted by the Seven Network Today Tonight South Australia presenter Rosanna Mangiarelli, once again showcased the best of Unley’s King William Road fashion boutiques.
Unley Council’s CEO, Peter Tsokas said “Despite all the stories about retail doom and gloom, Unley traders have dug even deeper this year and exceeded our sponsorship target by more than $10,000.”
“Their contribution both in cash and in kind now accounts for over a third of the total Unley Gourmet Gala budget which now exceeds $250,000, making it one of Adelaide’s most prestigious events showcasing South Australia’s finest local food and wine, fashion, music and entertainment.”
Mr Tsokas also welcomed new sponsors who this year included Bank of Cyprus Australia, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, Un Caffe Bar and the McLaren Vale Beer Company.
“I would also like to especially thank continuing sponsors who include Miele, Tomich Wines, Rawson’s Elite Appliances, the King William Road Trader’s Association along with other contributors for their ongoing support,”
“Their support, at a time that is generally acknowledged to be tough for retail business across Australia, demonstrates their continued confidence in Unley as a business location and especially King William Road as an attractive retail hub.
Major sponsors of the event were Toop & Toop, Tomich Wines, Duke Group of Companies, Balfours, Wavals Party Hire, Pride Models, and Enve Hair and Makeup.

Tour Down Under

The City of Unley know how to turn it on.

Gourmet Gala

Last night was a tremendous night with the Gourmet Gala event.

Sampling the best food, the best wine, the best fashion and fun to boot, all from traders on South Australia’s premier strip shopping precinct.

The Race Stage 3 start in King William Road.

How spectacular was the race start and all the activity before hand. No other sporting event in Australia matches this event. An international event with some of the best athletes in the world. As the announcer said this is the race of and or the people.

It is a community event as much as it is a sporting event. A free event.

You can’t get closer to the athletes than you can with this event.




If you weren’t there you missed something special.

Don’t miss next years event.


Sharon Zacher has been coordinating the TOYS program (standing for Together Offering Your Skills) at the Clarence Park Community Centre for the last 8 years of the program’s 30 year history.

There are currently 20 male and female volunteers who mend toys from kindergartens and schools, make and repair furniture items, build possum boxes, make bridge stands for people with arthritis, build protection boxes for a community radio station to keep their old turntables safe, repair wicker dolls prams for kindergartens and make props for local ballet and theatre groups. They are currently working on making a selection of wooden toys that will be on sale leading up to Christmas.

The TOYS shed is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9.00 am to midday from February to mid December.

Kelvin Avenue Update

The Driveway link which is the current proposal that recently was the subject of community consultation is now due to come before Council at the January meeting. There was not enough time for our administration to review the responces and prepare a report.  
I am aware we recived a significant number of responses and this obviously takes time to eveluate. It is my intention to conduct my own analysis of the survey results prior to the meeting.

Watch this space for more information.

Canterbury Terrace Boardwalk-People Power at work again

Thanks to those residents who turned up last Tuesday evening to the street meeting called by Council to address concerns raised to me during last years election campaign about safety etc of the boardwalk.

About a dozen people provided us with valuable observations that we will take on board as we develop a program of improvement for the boardwalk and surrounding areas.

These people included a handful of residents of Canterbury Terrace and a number of frequent users of the Boardwalk.

Access for scooters, prams etc was discussed along with concerns safety with one resident immediately opposite the boardwalk being concerned about young bike riders using the boardwalk as a dare.

Vision of on coming cars was also a concern for those wanting to cross Canterbury Terrace at the Railway station gates.

Our administration will now prepare a report on how we address the various observations and concerns.

My hope would be that we can get funding in the next budget for the initiatives that will be required to make this a safer environment.

Unley Gourmet Gala back agian, this coming January

Unley again will be hosting a leg of the tour down under and we will again run the Unley Gourmet gala in conjunction with the tour.

The link above takes you to the City of Unley webpage promoting this event.

The Gourmet Gala continues to amaze those outside our city boundaries. We are continually asked how can we get so many people to this event without an advertising budget that we see with other major events in this state, such as a certain light switch event focusing on cars.

I guess we just do it GOOD!