Their submission provided Council with value for money, an efficient construction program. They demonstrated a detailed understanding of the local neighbourhood requirement’s. Accordingly they will employ an experienced project team dedicated to the project.
The project budget, including the final tender price provided and an appropriate construction contingency remains within the approved project budget of $3.6 million.
Local residents with a project update in November, in anticipation of construction commencing. Letterbox drops will be undertaken in the coming days to advise the same residents of the projects start in the new year, and the contact details of relevant project staff. Additional announcements, in co-ordination with the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing, as well as with the builder will be made in the new year.
The good news is, during construction the oval will remain accessible for community and club use, including evening activities. To limit disruption to local residents and clubs, Council has installed temporary oval access and amenities, including public toilets and change rooms. This will remain for the duration of the construction period.
I am proud to have been part of putting this project together. I look forward to witnessing the construction program, the handover and the first games of footy and cricket (from behind the glass on the first floor).
The saga of trees in Black Forest going missing continued yesterday with a tree in Byron Road being felled.
I found myself cutting my shopping short early yesterday. A distraught rate payer rang me concerned that a lemon scented gum on the property next door was being felled.
The third tree in the adjacent area within twelve months. The second on a neighbouring property to this resident. Changing forever the amenity of this neighbourhood.
The pair of trees in the centre of this picture are both gone missing.
The two neighbouring trees, between them, were a significant contributor to the amenity of the neighbourhood. With both gone there is nothing.
I am not saying nothing left. I am saying nothing. The loss is immeasurable.
I share grief of this rate payer (and others who have contacted me). A fourth tree on my side of the Seaford Line (in Clarence Park) was felled recently. A tree behind my rear boundary. Our amenity has been forever compromised as a result.
The Question has been asked, was Council responsible for this occurring?
The tree was on private property. It is one of many trees in the last decade on private land within the Unley Council that have been removed.
Council therefore was not involved. If it were a street or park tree, then obviously it would be Council.
A subsequent question raised is what Did Council Do About it?
Prior to ringing me the rate payer had rung the Council, who advised they would contact the contractor. Such was the level of her stress however, I simply had to make sure Council was responding appropriately. If this tree was a regulated tree and approval not sought, then we would need to put a stop to the tree damaging activity
I contacted our Regulatory Management, completed my shopping, deserted my wife and headed down to Byron Road. The removal of the tree was already well advanced when I arrived a short while later.
So! Was the tree protected or not? Was the felling of this tree legal or illegal?
On completing their inspection our inspection team reported to myself and the neighbour. Their conclusion was the tree was not protected under the State Government’s Development Regulations.
The species being cut down has no protection under the regulations if it is within 10 metres of a building. This tree would you believe was 9.7 metres from a building on a neighbouring property.
Does this mean the saga of trees in Black Forest going missing will continue?
Yes it will. The felling of trees such as the four mentioned in this blog post will continue to be felled, unless there is change in the State Legislation.
What can we do about it?
As I noted earlier in this blog the controls are State Government controls, via their Development Regulations. If you want change, you need to speak with your local member of Parliament.
The legislation rightfully must consider the danger the tree may present to person or property. It is however meant to protect trees from indiscriminate felling. Notwithstanding this, it often appears that too much emphasis is put on removing the tree just for the sake of moving it, or because it is simply inconvenient to the home owner.
Out here in the west of the City of Unley that is Jayne Stinson. The member for Badcoe. Elsewhere in the City of Unley the local member (and a member of the Cabinet) is David Pisoni.
Everyone knows we received a $ 2.5 m grant prior to the last election for the Goodwood Oval Grandstand. This was courtesy of the previous State Government and the work of our new Badcoe Member of Parliament, Jayne Stinson.
This means it was time to get serious. As a result we sought design input from our community.
I moved a motion to this effect at last week’s council meeting because it is time to get serious.
The motion ensures our communities input is included in the design to presented to our Council Assessment Panel for approval. It also recognises that we have some work still to do to ensure we provide the facilities that will accommodate the storage needs of both resident clubs.
To achieve the above I moved an amended motion to that recommended by our administration. They drafted a motion that accurately I believe reflects the input we received from our community.
The recommended motion can be found on page 97 of the agenda, which can be found here.
There remained however a missing element after the consultation. This was an understanding of the storage needs of the two clubs.
There is storage that can be accommodated in the grandstand. There is however equipment that cannot be stored in this environment without either increasing its footprint and/or the impact of 2 storey cost implications. I talk of equipment such as pitch covers, practice netting, bowling machines, bowlers matting. I also talk of the manual roller and the goal posts that are currently stored outside.
The amendment replaced item 4 (b) and 4 (c) with the following:
4. Provision of external storage:
a) The proposed storage facility on Fairfax Avenue not proceed. b) The detail design process further engage with the Goodwood Saints Football Club and the Goodwood Cricket Club to identify their storage needs, with a view to providing the required storage capacity within the Grandstand and/or adjacent ancillary buildings (including potential extension of an ancillary building).
Next step in the time to be serious
It is time to be serious about developing a final design. A design to present to our Council Assessment Panel for development approval.
It will be a cat 3 application because it is sighted in the Residential Historic Conservation zone. Our community will therefore get another opportunity to provide input.
Congratulations to Jayne Stinson on being elected as the member for Badcoe and to David Pisoni on being returned in the seat of Unley. I look forward to working with you both to better our local community.
Councillor, Clarence Park Ward. City of Unley.
Now that the dust has settled on the State election it is now time to turn our attention to Local Government. Yes! Council elections are scheduled for November this year.
It is my intention to put my hand up again. I will be looking to continue as one of your two Clarence Park Ward Councillors.
Why Councillor? Why not Mayor?
Many people have asked me in recent times to run for Mayor, which is certainly flattering. I believe however my true value to council and to its ratepayers is to focus on being a Ward Councillor.
The elections will see a significant turnover of elected members. Two members, one being the Mayor, have already resigned. Two other councillors have announced that they will not be renominating. A fifth is considering his future.
Five of 13 positions on Council will therefore see a change of member.
Two, maybe three, of our current membership are considering running for Mayor. Given anyone losing the Mayoral race will not be on Council this means a turnover of 7 out of the 13 positions. If I were to run for mayor too the change will lift to 8, 9 if an outsider won the Mayoral race.
Change is usually healthy. It is good to see change after each council election. New ideas, new perspective, new energy etc. If the extent of change is excessive however this can be unsettling.
This is because the learning curve when stepping into the elected member role is extreme. New members therefore need time to settle in.
Running for Mayor, with so many others considering it, would increase this risk.
Representing SA Best, Kate Bickford is the last candidate to be named in the Fight for Badcoe. This just before the Government goes into caretaker mode and the core flutes get erected.
Kate Bickford, SA Best candidate for Badcoe
As I have done with the other three candidates I sat down with Kate Bickford for a coffee and a chat. This I did on behalf of the ratepayers of Council’s Clarence Park Ward, and the neighbouring Goodwood Ward.
I found her to be quite a genuine person with strong links to the local community. She has lived around 20 years in Forestville.
Kate is a lawyer and has worked on behalf of our indigenous Australians and for small and big business. This has seen her interact at all levels with Government.
What kate Bickford stands for.
I gleaned from her a concern many of you know I share about the future of South Road. What will be the redesigned South Road through Black Forest when the Government finally gets around to our section of the non-stop carriage way.
She is also keen to ensure balanced improvement to planning laws. Again, something that readers of this website know I share.
Kate indicated also that she is keen to see more work done in the ageing arena, including providing ways of bringing the aged and the young together. Sounds like she would really like the City of Unley Active Ageing project.
Another passion she has, which a number of you have indicated to me is a concern. That is to bring back safety gates to the pedestrian accesses and to improved DDA compliant ramps at the many rail stations we have in the City of Unley. Something my wife and I put to the liberals some time back.
You can contact Kate Bickford via email at [email protected] or call her on 0434 673 794 and arrange to meet with her to discuss any issue that concerns you in Badcoe. To view Kate’s electorate page, click here.
The recent announcement in the fight for the seat of Badcoe of a $ 2.5 million State Government grant to Council is about more than just a new Grandstand. It is much more.
Locals are aware of the push by the candidates of both the major parties’ candidates for a new Grandstand at Goodwood Oval. From a Council perspective it is about much more than just a new Grandstand.
Tennis World (Goodwood Oval) Millswood
As evidenced by many posts on this blog site, Council has been working on a master plan for the Goodwood/Millswood Precinct for some time. Since that initial public consultation, we have had extensive consultations with the clubs.
Balancing the needs of clubs on both sides of the Seaford Rail Line has been a challenge. We recently determined the priorities from the many opportunities identified for the precinct.
Millswood Croquet Club
Before talking Goodwood Oval, we have identified a priority need to provide a new club room for the Millswood Croquet Club. Readers of this blog may remember me publically expressing previously the opinion that the current club room is a death trap. So, a new club room (some 245 m2 compared to the current 145 m2) is proposed.
Funding for the projects will now have to be re-sourced. We allocated $ 1.2 m for all works in the precinct. Allocating $ 1.0 m of this to the grandstand will leave a hole in the funding bucket.
Even for Goodwood Oval it is more than just a new Grandstand. Three projects have been identified for Goodwood Oval. Outside the Grandstand we also have identified the need to:
Upgrade the Tennis SA court lighting. This project is designed to prevent light spillage from the tennis courts to surrounding houses and the streets.
Provide a community area complete with access pathways in the north-western corner of the Oval surrounds. This should encourage more people to use this part of the precinct.
All the options, more than just a new grandstand, will be considered at our next Council meeting, tomorrow night.
The State Government’s announcement today of providing funding to Council for improvements to the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex is, I suggest, profound. For the Liberals, this is surely a devastating blow across the bow in the fight for Badcoe.
The Liberals and their candidate (our Mayor), Lachlan Clyne have had the rug pulled out from under them. This the Government has done, by promising the funds now. Yes! To be paid now, prior to the election. A commitment that cannot be undone after the election. A commitment I find hard to see the Liberals matching.
This is welcome news to the City of Unley’s western community. That is subject to any conditions we are unaware of. Readers of this blog would be aware of the work Council has done on master planning of this precinct. You would also be aware of my efforts to ensure the best possible result for our community.
Jayne Stinson, entertained by Goodwood Saints President Craig Scott.
Looking back, I am happy that I took an early and ongoing leadership role in promoting (through the upcoming State election) the project as one warranting State Government grant funding. After introducing the project to Jayne Stinson as soon as she gained preselection back in March, I took the opportunity to introduce her to the Presidents of the Sporting Clubs. Their subsequent conversations have reinforced Council’s views of the needs. And then some.
In the meantime, we have been hard at work on our Master Plan.
We invited and received comment from our community some two years ago. Protracted discussions with all the precinct’s sporting clubs followed.
We are close to having a near shovel ready project. Good timing it would seem.
Watch this space for further information including Council’s response once we receive the official conformation and detail of the Grant.
Recent media headlines have identified that the Battle for Badcoe focuses on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand.
Goodwood Oval Grandstand
I am pleased that both the Labor (Jayne Stinson) and the Liberal (Lachlan Clyne) candidates are focused on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand. For someone acutely aware of the state of the current grandstand facility this is heartwarming.
Some of the credit/blame for Jayne’s focus is probably due to me. I canvassed among other things redevelopment of the Goodwood Oval Grandstand when I first met her. This was a week or so after her candidature was announced earlier this year. I then followed up by introducing her to the Presidents of the resident football and cricket clubs. She has taken this prompting seriously, conducting her own survey.
Lachlan Clyne, as Mayor of Unley, is of course only too aware of the state of the Grandstand. He is also aware, up until recently, of what work Council has put into determining a way forward.
Trouble is the candidates have been so keen they have been replicating what council has already done.
They have both been conducting their own public surveys. Surveys designed to see how the locals feel about replacing the current grandstand with new club rooms. Surveys on one option only.
Millswood Croquet Club rooms
Council did this as the first stage of our master planning for the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Reserve some 4 years ago. This has allowed us to identify the priority projects and consider options. Something the candidates are not doing.
There have also been reports that they are publically asking Council how much we would be prepared to contribute to the redevelopment. Hang On Guys! This and Millswood is a Council owned facility.
As the Battle for Badcoe focuses on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand we ask the candidates how much their parties are prepared to contribute to this and the other three projects.
We will shortly, hopefully at the November Council meeting, have options available to consider. Options that have been costed for all three projects to come out of the Master Plan. That includes the Grandstand, the tennis lighting and the Croquet club rooms.
From memory we have committed around $1.0 m in our long term financial plan. We await on how much the future State Government is prepared to contribute to our project.
Hot on the heels of my blog recently on a 3rd candidate in the battle for Badcoe, endorsed Labor candidate Jayne Stinson engages with our local community in the Battle for Badcoe.
She held two public meetings yesterday. The first was held at Dora Guild Playground; the second at Page Park. I attended both.
Of interest was the presence of the President’s or immediate past presidents of three of our local premier sporting organisations.
Jayne was entertained by President Craig at the Goody Saints v University match
Goodwood Saints Football Club and Goodwood Cricket Club promoted their joint pursuit of female participation in their respective sports. Both clubs are leaders in their competitions and are active in female participation. Later Jayne spent the afternoon as guest of the Footy Club watching the “A” grade beat and pass University in the top five.
They are both keen to see renovations to the Grandstand. Renovations that are long overdue. Renovations that have become urgent given female participation in both Football and Cricket. They lobbied for grant funding for Council’s proposed upgrades.
Millswood Bowling Club and, by way of a phone call to me to promote their needs, Millswood Croquet Club promoted their respective grant funding needs. The Bowling Club is in urgent need for upgraded female toilet facilities and likewise a need for disabled facilities. The Croquet Club in need of new premises.
Their lobbying backs up my lobbying with Jayne earlier this year.
Other issues included looking at safety of the pedestrian rail crossings at the Clarence Park Rail Station. The introduction of quieter and faster trains while removing gates has created a more dangerous environment than ever before noting this is a Station that has previously seen a death of a young child.
In the meantime, I am looking to catch up with the 3rd candidate later this week, Cr John Woodward.
A third Player has emerged in the fight for Badcoe. A week ago now, Cr John Woodward announced his intention to stand.
A Councillor for the City of West Torrens Keswick Ward, John announced his intention to run via Facebook and Twitter a week ago.
His candidature should add some spice to the campaign. He will be running as an independent against the endorsed candidates for the two major parties. As you will know from two of my previous posts in the Fight for Badcoe they are as follows. Jayne Stinson for Labor and City of Unley’s own Mayor Lachlan Clyne for the Liberals.
John adds another dimension to a seat I have previously identified as a possible litmus test for the formation of the next Government.
Like the two other candidates he will come as no stranger to a portion of the Badcoe electorate. That said I am unaware of ever having met him. Having had a number of conversations with both Lachlan and Jayne I will make a point of catching up John.
What I have ascertained about John comes from his Facebook Page and Website. He is seeking a more collaborative approach to solving problems, NOT the adversarial, bickering, nasty personal attacks that we see from our two major parties.
For more information about John check out John’s election website.
There is yet no announcement from the Greens or from NXT regarding endorsing any candidate. With John’s announcement the other two candidates are out and about.
Lachlan has been pounding the streets in those sections of the Seat of Badcoe where is is not as well know. Jayne, on the other hand is holding two community meetings in little ol’ Clarence Park tomorrow morning.
I took the opportunity today to speak with the Leader of the State Opposition, Stephen Marshall. An opportunity of lobbying the Libs in the Battle for Badcoe. An opportunity not to miss.
My wife and I met today with him and the Badcoe Liberal candidate (Unley Mayor) Lachlan Clyne. They had a meet and talk session for the local community at Sublime between 11.00 and 11.30 which we took advantage of.
This I did the same some months back now at Carnevale with Jayne Stinson, the Labor Candidate.
As I did with Jayne back then I unashamedly pushed a City of Unley agenda. Well, more precisely a Clarence Park Ward agenda.
Our community deserves to know what both major parties have to offer in my opinion in the following areas:
1 Improvement to our Major Sporting/Recreational facilities.
As Council puts the finishing touches to the master planning for the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex we will be seeking grant funding from the State Government, whoever they may be come March 2018.
2 Answers to South Road
Knowing when and what South Road will look like will give locals some comfort for residents living on or near East Avenue. Likewise residents living on Leah Street in nearby Goodwood Ward. South Road as a non stop road can only improve the internal traffic to the benefit of all home owners in these areas.
Once again knowing what is planned for South Road will shape what can or should/should not happen in the DPA for Black Forest, which is due to come back for consideration by Council later this year.
And then a chance for my wife as she promotes Rail Safety
Since the electrification of the Seaford Rail Corridor we have seen the removal of gates to the rail stations along the corridor. This is a risk of significance at Clarence Park Rail Station in that young children particularly are at risk.
On one side we have the Clarence Park Community Centre, the home of occasional child minding. On the other we have the Clarence Park Community Kindergarten.
This is a deep concern to both my wife and I, noting there has been a death at this location in the past.
She (my wife) also lobbied for changes to the access ramps to the station. The ramps are non DDA complying. Wheelchair or Scooter access is therefore very difficult.
The Badcoe battle lines have been drawn with an announcement today. Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne has been endorsed as the Liberal candidate for next year’s State Elections.
It has been a long time coming, with Lachlan having announced his candidacy early last year.
With this announcment the Badcoe battle lines have been drawn in what may prove to be a litmus test in the March 2018 State Election.
While the Xenophon team, the Greens, and possibly Pauline Hanson and/or others are yet to announce candidates the battle lines have been drawn. One would expect the winner to be from either Lachlan or from Labor endorsed candidate, Jayne Stinson. Jayne was endorsed last month by the Labor Party.
Both are well known to the local community. Lachlan misses out narrowly on his house being within the seat’s boundaries. Not so Jayne, who is a Forestville resident. That said Lachlan grew up in Council’s Clarence Park Ward. Only a stones throw from Goodwood Oval (or a stone and halfs throw.
Let the battle begin. Stinson v Clyne
Both candidates are high quality and are well known to the residents of Badcoe.
While the personality Badcoe battle lines have been drawn I am keen to ensure that the election is a winner for us. I will be looking to what the residents of both the Clarence Park (and Goodwood Wards) of the City of Unley gain from the ensuing battle. In other words I am looking to redraw the battle lines by lobbying both candidates on key local issues.
I have already spoken with Jayne, having a coffee with her earlier this week. In Lachlan and my dual roles as representatives for the City of Unley we obviously have had conversations too.
During the election period I will identify the major initiatives I am lobbying for. I will be asking you to join the campaign so that both candidates know what we are after in considering which one to vote for. To do this please watch this blog for more news.
The Temperature in Badcoe is Rising even though the Start line is a long way away. The news yesterday that Jayne Stinson has resigned her role with Channel 7 & 5AA keeps the new Seat of Badcoe in the news headlines.
Steph Key’s retirement (refer my last blog) has opened the door for Jayne to have a dip at the new seat of Badcoe.
Jayne would be well known to most residents of Badcoe, which covers the Council Ward of Clarence Park (and Goodwood). She is seen regularly on Channel 7 News and heard on 5AA as a political journalist.
The Temperature in Badcoe is Rising with her nomination.
She is a high profile candidate who has put her hand up for Labor. She has to win preselection of course. There remains a chance that Annabel Digance from the nearby seat of Elders could secure preselection.
So while we wait for news as to whether our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne wins preselection for the Liberals Jayne’s candidature provides some early spice in the race which is yet to start. Subject then to both Jayne and Lachlan winning preselection the good people of Badcoe have two high profile personalities fighting it out over the next 12 months and a bit.
With set terms the next election will be held on Saturday March 17.
And all this before the Supreme Court hears the Labor Challenge to the boundary redistribution.
I understand that nomination for Liberal Preselection ends at the end of this month. Have not heard when Labor’s ends.