Oh Mr Hart! The Subway Project still alive and well. The Community wants it.

Jennie & I, along with neighbouring Unley Park councillor Michael Rabbitt and our Acting Mayor Peter Hughes, met with Steph Key yesterday. Topic of discussion was to discuss the consultation report on the Subway Project.

subwayn project consultationSteph may no longer be the local member of Parliament, but she is still passionate about getting the Subway Project up and running. She presented, along with Mark Thomson from her electorate office, the results of the consultation from late last year to the group above.

The results of the consultation are quite clear. The local community wants some form of artwork on the underpass. They provided some great ideas to the project group.

The strongest support clearly is for a “green” solution. This could be anything from paint to live greening or a combination of both.

We all agreed last night the project should not be limited to the concrete walls.  It should extend to the surrounding “precinct”. This would mean replicating elsewhere what has been done in the north west corner of the precinct. It would mean beautifying the vacant land in the south east, adjacent the now successful re-opened Millswood Rail Station.

It seems like this project has been going for ever. Well before my entry into Council. My predecessor Les Birch championed the Subway Project way back in the 90’s.

Seems now that, with community backing and some clever thoughts on how artwork could help maintain the infrastructure and extend its life that DPTI may well be on board. Well tentatively at least.

You can check out the recent history of the project on the project groups website or their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/goodwoodsubway17/

Steph will present the Subway Project Consultation Report to Unley Council (possibly at the June meeting) the results of the consultation. She will also suggest the next step.

With the replacement artwork in tow at the Capri Cinema, this may well be an ideal next project for artwork in Goodwood.

Theatre Organ Society of Australia-Owners of Capri Cinema celebrate 50th Birthday

Owners of the Capri Cinema, where the celebrations commenced, the Theatre Organ Society of Australia, South Australian Division celebrate their 50th Anniversary this weekend.


Invited by the Theatre Organ Society of Australia to the opening last night of a weekend long celebration I enjoyed a trip of nostalgia.

My wife and I were entertained by a series of inspiring organ performances by an equally exciting group of organists. I was quite proud that locals from my own street, father and son Richard & Michael Larritt, were two of the performers on the night.

20150821_182758 20150821_190411 20150821_184437Another of the performers and host for the night was someone most people of my vintage will remember from channel 9 and 5DN days was none other than Barry Hall. The channel niners come to mind, along with …. Yes… Here’s Humphrey.

I reckon if I dig deep enough into my collection of LPs I would find the album mentioned later with his name on it.

Two historic organs featured on the night, both now permanent residents of the Capri.

The first, well known to those who frequent the Capri Cinema for movies or theatre performances is the 4/29 Wurlitzer. The console of the 4/29 features on many a photo shoot of the Capri Cinema.


The second, at least the console of the second, is the 2/12. This organ was resident for 30 years at my old stamping ground, Pulteney Grammar School just down the road a bit on South Terrace in the City. It is also the organ featured on Barry Hall’s LP “Barry Hall at the Wurlitzer”, one of I reckon 15 or so LPs he recorded during the 70’s or thereabouts.

Thank you TOSA. It was a great night out and I did not miss Port Adelaide beating Hawthorn or Australia throwing it at the Poms, well almost.

20150821_182739Oh! And thanks for the birthday cake. It was delicious. Pretty spectacular looker too! Too good in fact to eat. Here it is in it’s protective cage.