What is happening after the Fairfax Avenue street meeting

Jennie and I have just been briefed on what is happening as a result of our recent street meeting with residents of Fairfax and Graham Avenues.

We have been advised as follows:
ü  The driveway line marking will be reviewed in the street to improve access to properties.  This is scheduled for February.
ü  Line marking and signs installed to direct motorists not to park within 10 metres of the junction
ü  Parking on both sides of the road which restricts access for large vehicles is proving a challenge as the only foreseeable solution is to restrict parking on one side of the road which is felt will be counterproductive.
ü  It is proposed therefore to conduct a parking turnover study in March 2012 once sporting activities re-commence to determine level of usage.
ü  Line marking is also to be reviewed to determine if a space can be provided without limiting access
ü  An investigation into vehicles speeding though the junction at Meredyth Avenue, Graham Avenue and Cromer Parade shows that vehicle speeds in Graham Avenue are low with very few vehicles exceeding the speed limit.  In Meredyth Ave and Cromer Parade, previous traffic data showed vehicle speeds are higher with a significant proportion exceeding the speed limit and the speed observation trailer will be deployed in both of these streets in Feb.  New counts are scheduled for this month  and SAPOL will be advised if this data shows excessive speeding.
If anyone has anything more they wish to contribute to this exercise please respond so we can include it in our research.

Where to with the Bryon Road drive down the centre saga

Residents attending the recent Canterbury Terrace boardwalk street meeting indicated that a white line down the center of the road simply will not work and is in their view a waste of time.

As we conitnue working through the problems with traffic driving down the center of the road it has been dtermined that parking on both sides of the road are a major contributor to this. As a result a parking turnover study will be undertaken at the end of February to determine the extent of parking.
I guess all I can say is watch this space.

An election issue may impact on the 2012-13 budget

Jennie and I were informed at a ward briefing this week that our Managemnt intends putting a budget submission prepared for a Local Area Traffic Managment project for 2012/13 for the area bounded by Train line, South Rd, Forest Ave and East Avenue.

We asked for this for the curent budget in repsonse to requests from residnets in this area during the election.

We also understodd that it WAS included in this year’s budget and are seeking clarification of why they beleive otherwise.

Watch this space!

Additional line marking in Mills Street scheduled for installation, together with an additional no left turn sign into Millswood Crescent for December
Our team is meeting with line marking contractor today to discuss on site prior to installation of line marking in Mills Street and Millswood Crescent.

AND….. the line marking contractor has confirmed that the yellow box markings over rail crossing will be installed in mid – February subject to availability of TransAdelaide rail controllers.

These initiatives came from the public consultation process on the Kelvin Avenue project and to which I referred in my last Kelvin Avenue Blog.

Yes! Public Consultation does work. Initiatives prompted by residents are taken on board and this little ducky feels good about the process we underwent, even though I was frustrated by the time it took. But I guess that is local government.

A Victory for the People once again. And thanks to the resident in Frederick Street that prompted me to look at the East Avenue, Mills Street, Millswood Crescent network. And thanks to the East Avenue observer of the problems with cars stopping on the rail line in peak hour traffic.

Delay in providing for disability access to tram stop 5 on Aroha Terrace

Aroha Terrace is a marvelous project that the previous council should be proud of. Jennie and my predecessor Les Birch deserve praise for their work on it. I was happy to participate in the final stages of the project to ensure residents needs were taken into consideration in the final stages.

As a result of my involvement a disability access to tram stop 5 has been recognised as important. A design to provide access to the station ramp together with the required signs and line marking has been completed and is currently being costed.

I hope to report the results of this soon and look forward to the implementation of appropriate access for those of us who require it.

East Avenue Pedestrian Refuge a step closer

Those of you who have received the consultation letter from us will know that the consultation on a proposed design, recently completed is currently in progress regarding the proposed refuge just north of Dunrobin Road .

Outcome of consultation will be reported to the Road Safety Committee at their March meeting. A recommendation will then be put to Council for consideration.

Canterbury Terrace Boardwalk takes a twist

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is apparently proposing a shared path from South Road to East Avenue using a combination of on road treatments and a new path constructed within the rail corridor.  This sounds like it may address the issue of the walkway on Canterbury Terrace.

I trust we get a briefing on this when DPTI present their workshop on the electrification.
Having said that I will endeavour to find out more and what, if any impact it has on the boardwalk.
I look forward to finding out more and passing it onto you for your input.

Electricification of Noarlunga Rail Line Update

We have been advised that the DPTI (the renamed DTEI-Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure) Rail Electrification Project team will brief Council at the March briefing evening.

During the briefing I will be, and I am sure Jennie will likewise, reinforce the request for a street meeting so that your views can be taken into account, your fears addressed etc.

When this occurs I will blog my understanding of the briefing, including whether or not the timing for the start of this project has been put back to December or not.

Ideas are still flooding in

The Eastern Courier has yet another storey this week on the Brownhill Creek flood mitigation project and it is entitled “Ideas are still flooding in”. Check the link below for series of questions to the project director Michael Salkeld and his answers.

http://eastern-courier-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/a-flood-of-brown-hill-creek-proposals/

This electronic version comes with a fly over, which although it was nice viewing I am not sure it helps.

It is pleasing to hear him say in answer to a question related to the dam that environmental, heritage and social factors will be taken into consideration when the concept grows from the current concept phase to the detail stage.

This article confirms that a post consultation report is due to be given to each of the affected councils shortly so I guess I can say watch this space.

PS    I am not sure if I have noted this in previous blogs but I am expected Unley’s elected members to visit the site of the proposed dam, and I think that may not be too far away.

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Is this the biggest issue facing 4 Councils this year.

Flood Mitigation in the flood plains of the Brownhill Creek catchment area is back in the news as each of the affected councils  start their new year.

I refer in particular to the article in the Hills & Valley Messenger and refer to the link below.

http://hills-and-valley-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/5500-strong-petition-against-brown-hill-creek-dam/

Unley Council has yet to take a position on the project as we seek to further information to show whether any of the proposals have enough substance to be considered. That includes the plan that has gone out already to public consultation or any of the subsequent 5 (no dam) options being promoted by Mitcham Council at this point in time.

I have already posted re my concerns that any these options do not impact on our tree heritage in a similar vein to the impact claimed in Mitcham by the use of a dam. As an elected member of Unley I need to be convinced “beyond reasonable doubt” about the validity of any of the options before i vote for any particular one to be advanced as the solution.

There is surely a lot of water to flow under the bridge before this one can be solved I suspect.

When the time comes we need to hear the views of the citizens of Unley, both those affected by the flood plains and those who aren’t and we need to take a balanced position so that our Community actually benefits.

iPads are Go!

At last night’s council meeting we approve the use of iPads for elected members. I was impressed at the responsible debate on this topic as there will be issues with introducing this particular piece of technology.

Certainly it has the potential to empower us; to keep us in the timely loop as never before; to allow us to cart around our agenda and supporting documentation, along with all the other paperwork we get landed with in a single small receptacle; to be able to keep and access the mountains of information we receive.

iPads will come with a steep learning curve however and I don’t necessarily mean how to use the technology but in developing the disciplines to use it wisely. I am confident, having heard the debate last night that we are as a collective body, ready to step out of our comfort zones and give this a fair dinkum effort to make it work.

If we do there will be significant savings to our budget and we can lay claim to being green due to the vast reduction in paper we will produce.

Kelvin proves the power of transparent consultation

Amid many claims in the short time I have been on council that many of council’s efforts at consulting its residents and rate payers Kelvin Avenue has stood up as a beacon for the process.

The Kelvin Avenue project started life as a pocket park requiring a road closure.
From the very beginning this project, conceived by the previous council and in particular (as I understand it) my predecessor Les Birch, has had majority support from the residents of the area. Notwithstanding this and with my encouragement the project has evolved due to Council recognising concerns expressed by significant numbers of residents.
In other words, as a direct result of public consultation, this project meta-morphed into a Driveway link, a landscaped road.
After debate that lasted an hour and a half Kelvin Avenue (in its current form) got the green light to be considered in next year’s budget considerations. So it has finally been passed …but… has to now pass the test of being part of next year’s budget. Why?
As someone new to the system I am intrigued by this but the project has changed significantly and it is probably fair that it be considered for next year’s budget, rather than try and squeeze it into this year.
During the budgetary process concerns shared by residents and councillors alike regarding the cost of this version can and will be addressed. The boardwalk is one area for consideration. We will have to satisfy ourselves that this actually represents value for money because it is a significant contributor to the cost.
So I say well done to Council and to our staff who have worked tirelessly to produce a project which our community contributed significantly to.

Unley Community Centre

A Welcome Name Change

In a move to attract a younger age group and with future activities targeting similarly the Unley Citizens Centre has had a name change.

It is now to be known as the Unley Community Centre.

The old name had a Senior Citizens feel to it and that was reflected in the average age of attendees being over 70.

Arthur Street, Mary Street Retirement Village

The controversial retirement village in Arthur Street/Mary Street is in the headlines again.

Check out the storey in the Eastern Courier article below:

http://eastern-courier-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/unley-retirement-village-plans-stall-1/

Many of us will be watching this with interest after the ERD Court brokered a deal with the current owners to achieve Development approval earlier last year.

BAKERS of Unley is back in business

BAKERS of Unley is back in business at Malvern Village after being shut down by a fire eight months ago.

Bakery owner Cossie Mammone said it was a “relief” to be up and running again.

“We had lots of customers before the fire and I’m sure a lot of them have gone elsewhere, but we now hope they come back,” Mr Mammone said.

“People are slowly realising, we are starting to see some more familiar faces.”

The fire, on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 9, 2011, started in an exhaust fan of the neighbouring Chefs of Tandoori Indian restaurant and caused about $1 million in damage.

The back section of the shop was replaced after smoke damaged equipment and the wiring and ceiling were destroyed.

The bakery is the last business in the centre to reopen. Adjoining businesses which had sustained minor damage, Pasta Go Go, Captain Chargrill & Seafood, Chefs of Tandoori and the Malvern Police Station, all reopened last year

Regulated v Significant Trees-The New Legislation

Submissions on the State Government’s new regulated/significant tree legislation were due on the 25th. This was just in time for the tree events that dominated the media on Australia Day.
The City of Unley has provided a submission.
Our former Premier has apparently been tweeting about the tragedy around the corner from where he lives at the Avenues. Ironic because it his Government’s legislation that has allowed this to occur.
On the same day trees in two eastern suburbs including our very own Unley Park have dropped limbs; in one case narrowly missing a group of girls. In Unley Park a lady was unfortunately hit.
Our arborists will be out there very soon to judge the health of this tree.
Saving vs removing trees ——an often emotional debate for sure.

iPads for Elected Members.

Council meets for the first time this year on Monday night.

One item on the agenda and probably a timely one given my agenda papers have fallen apart is to decide whether or not to implement the use (voluntarily) of iPads.

With the staple not able to hold this agenda together and this agenda being not as big as many the use of an iPad may prove beneficial. Yes the amount of paper we go through this will definitely reduce our carbon footprint and save some trees.

There will be a significant learning curve by all of us but I sense that, in time, the benefits will far outway us having to climb out of our collective comfort zones.

Anyway we have to wait until Monday night to see how we vote on this.