What do you think of Unley Council? That is what I was met with this morning by one of our Rate Payers.

She was clearly distressed. They are tearing down the Council Chamber she declared. “We have to stop them” she said repeatedly.


central-squareHer concerns related to Council’s recent announcement about investigating redeveloping the Civic Centre Site. She understood Council was about to demolish the Town Hall and the Library. She believed that Council had sent her a letter confirming this.

Newspaper articles have refrained from identifying the Civic Centre site. They have used words like “towering over Town Hall”.  Words like “radical proposal to cannibalise its own Council Chambers”. Ratepayers and others are also distributing flyers indicating Council WILL be building 8 storeys on the Village Green.

Please, please, please! Pay no attention to this alarmist dialogue. It is untrue. For the truth I invite you read my recent blog post.

And let me stress:

1    The Council is only considering whether or not to redevelop the Civic Centre Site. The Civic Centre site houses Council’s administration.

2   We are not demolishing the Town Hall or the Library. They are State Heritage listed buildings. As anyone who knows, we are very proactive in protecting our heritage.

3   We are not going to build over the Town Hall or Library.

4   We have no intention of building an 8 storey building on the Village Green.

5   We have not sent any letter saying otherwise.

6   We are simply looking into what opportunities a redevelopment of the Civic Centre site will provide to better serve the community of Unley.

7   The investigation will take some 12 months.

8   Our community will be asked to contribute what they believe we can achieve in considering such a redevelopment.

We will soon be asking you to help us determine what would be the best use of the Civic Centre site for our future community.

Can I close by asking you this question. Do you want to be part of the problem or part of the solution?


Students Discover Family Heroes of the Past at the Unley Museum

The following is the transcript of a press release Council is issuing this week.


The City of Unley is encouraging school groups and families to visit the Unley Museum to learn about the area’s history and perhaps discover some of their own.


Museum curator Karen Paris said the Unley Museum regularly hosted school groups, which visit the museum to learn about history through stories told by objects, photographers and personal accounts.


“On a recent visit by St John’s Lutheran School a student was amazed to discover the name of a long-lost relative on the Sturt Football Club Honour roll. It’s wonderful to see people, especially children, uncovering part of their own family history,” Ms Paris said.


Housed in a former fire station built in 1898, the Museum’s temporary exhibition program and permanent collection has more than 12,000 objects.


Visitors to the museum can also compare their lives and contemporary technology to now defunct technology and life on the home front during World War I through the museum’s At Home, In War: Unley 1914-1918 exhibition.


The exhibition commemorates the World War I Centenary by focusing on the lives of local residents back in Australia while war was waging.  Developed in line with Australian Curriculum the exhibition provides students with an interactive way for students to engage with history.


“Students have the opportunity to test out these old technologies first hand.  Using the exhibition’s live morse code machine, they can decipher and send messages using 171 year old Morse Code,” Ms Paris said.


City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne said the museum was an important interactive and educational resource for Unley residents young and old.


“The Museum’s education program works in parallel with the Australian History Curriculum but makes learning fun by incorporating games, treasure hunts and even a walking trail of the local area with stories of local heroes,” Mayor Clyne said.


The Unley Museum is additionally an accredited Learning Destination with the Australian’s Children University and offers year round learning activities during Museum opening hours.


Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue

Open Monday to Wednesday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1.30pm- 4.30pm

Closed on public holidays.

Admission is FREE.


For more information call (08) 8372 5117 or visit www.unley.sa.gov.au/museum

Unley Museum opens their doors to SALA

On Sunday 2nd August Unley Museum opens their doors to SALA.


This will be Unley Museum’s first contemporary visual art exhibition called forWARDback. It is also the first time the Museum has participated in SALA.

It opens on Sunday 2 August, as part of the upcoming SALA Festival, and will run until the 22nd September. The new exhibition will be officially launched by art historian and writer Professor Catherine Speck, on Wednesday 5 August from 5 pm at the Museum.

Local contemporary artists have been busy working with items from the Museum’s historical collection to create artworks that consider the objects and their functionality from a contemporary viewpoint.

Artists Lee Salamone, Paul Sloan, Tristan Louth-Robins, Kristel Britcher and Ian McFarland were invited to explore the collection and respond to items of their choosing. The result is an eclectic grouping of objects and interpretive artworks that draw a contemporary view of Unley’s colourful history.  The exhibition encourages a refreshed view of Unley and its role in the development of Adelaide as a thriving city in the twentieth century.

Sound technician and exhibiting artist Tristan Louth-Robins says “my work, tentatively titled 5 voices, utilises five small glass bottles and phials from the Museum collection, whose resonant frequencies have been recorded in a manner so as they reveal their unique acoustic qualities. The finished work will consist of a sound composition featuring these ‘voices’ in an ensemble arrangement, with the five bottles and phials on display so as to serve as a visual accompaniment.”

The exhibition includes sound installation, painting, sculpture and glass artworks displayed alongside the objects from the Museum’s collection that inspired the works.

I am looking forward to attending this exhibition. All are welcome to attend. Like all exhibitions in the Unley Museum it is free.