1. South Australians in France; 2. Concert by French pianist, Maxime Zecchini

South Australians in France During the First World War, thousands of South Australian men and women contributed to the war effort in France and on the Western Front. To mark the centenary of the 1918 victory and to recognise and understand the enduring connections formed between France and South Australia, Flinders University’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is organising a public event titled South Australians in France. The event, which will involve French scholars alongside Australian experts, will bring to life the revealing histories of many of the material objects held by the South Australian descendants of First World War veterans. The event is open to all who have an interest in exploring the connections between South Australia and France through the objects that made the journey back to SA after the war ended. Tickets are now available for the South Australians in France public event, to be held on Friday 23 February and Saturday 24 February at the Tonsley Campus of Flinders University. *NOTE: The event is organised across three sessions; attendees may ONLY register for TWO out of the three sessions. A program can be downloaded via this link: http://www.flinders.edu.au/sabs/history-files/SA%20in%20France%20program.pdf You can order tickets via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-australians-in-france-public-event-tickets-40116067237 Concert by French pianist, Maxime Zecchini To celebrate the special relationship between Unley and Pozières, between France and South Australia, and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I,  Alliance Française and the City of Unley, with the support of the French Embassy in Australia, are delighted to bring to Unley a performance by French pianist, Maxime Zecchini. To be held in the lovely chapel of Concordia College...

Election of Acting Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Mayor Lachlan Clyne’s resignation is effective from today – 31 January 2018. At last Monday’s Council Meeting, Cr Peter Hughes (Fullarton Ward) was elected to be Acting Mayor from tomorrow until November 2018 when the next Local Government general election will be held. Our Deputy Mayor is appointed on an annual basis and Cr Michael Hewitson (Unley Ward) was elected to this position for the ensuing 12 months. One of our long standing members, Cr John Koumi (Parkside Wared) also announced his resignation from Council with effect from today due to competing personal demands on his time. Although we will have two Elected Members less for the next 10 months, it will be ‘business as usual’ with several major items on our agenda, e.g. Unley Oval redevelopment, Goodwood Oval redevelopment, initial consultation on the upgrade of King William Road, as well as ongoing issues of footpaths, trees, etc....

Inner & Middle Metropolitan Corridor DPAs – Sites DPA finalised

The Sites DPA was approved by the Minister for Planning by notice in the South Australian Government Gazette on 19 December 2017. Thanks to Council’s submission and the extensive lobbying by residents and FOCUS,  the Site at 301-305 Unley Road, Malvern and 3 Sites in other Council areas have been removed from the rezoning proposal. Congratulations to all who gave their support to this matter. The  Media Release issued by the Minister for Planning follows: News release – John Rau Good design the focus as eight Metropolitan sites are rezoned for mixed-use development December 20, 2017 The Minister for Planning has approved rezoning of eight strategic development sites in metropolitan Adelaide. The sites include: Hackney Hotel Site – 95 Hackney Road, Hackney 1-5 Beulah Road, Norwood 78-80 Rundle Street, Kent Town Caroma Site – 76 Magill Road, Norwood Cappo Seafood Site – 12-16 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside Former LeCornu Site – 10 Anzac Highway, Forestville 22-28 Anzac Highway, Everard Park Marleston TAFE Site – 254-262 Richmond Road, Marleston. The Minister has also approved the Inner and Middle Metro Corridor (Design) Development Plan Amendment (DPA), which strengthens the requirements for good design for the eight sites, and along urban corridors where increased heights are allowed. The Design DPA will provide better outcomes for local streets by improving the appearance of new developments and minimising the impact on nearby residents. Four additional sites were originally proposed to be rezoned. Those sites were Otto Timber at Magill Road, Stepney; 6-10 Railway Terrace Mile End; 301-305 Unley Road Malvern and 52-60 The Parade, Norwood. The size and location of those sites meant that the interface...

Unley Civic Precinct Development Working Group

Council has decided to establish a Civic Precinct Development Working Group. The purpose of the group will be to assist with consideration of opportunities that would enhance the existing facilities and assets in the area bounded by Unley Road, Oxford Terrace, Rugby Street and Edmund Avenue.   As part of that decision, Council resolved to conduct an expression of interest process to identify the four (4) community members who will be appointed to the Working Group.   The expression of interest process is now live on the City of Unley website (refer http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/unley-news/november-2017/expression-of-interest-–-civic-precinct-working-gr) and a notice will appear in the Messenger on Wednesday 8 November (both a Public Notice and an item in Unley Life).  We will also promote the opportunity via Social Media and the YourSay email distribution list.   Nominations are open until 1 December.  There is an online nomination form available via the above link; alternatively, telephone 8372 5111 to request an application form....

Mayor Clyne’s Leave / Resignation

The media has reported Mayor Clyne’s decision to take leave as from the week commencing 11 September, then resign in January 2018. The purpose of this arrangement is to negate the need for a costly and disruptive Local Government by-election. The Mayor’s rationale for taking leave now is to ensure that the integrity of the position remains as un-politicised as practicable. What will happen as far as the role of Mayor is concerned, over the next few months? The Deputy Mayor (Cr Don Palmer) will assume the duties of the Mayor until January2018. There will be no acting Mayor while the Mayor is absent as the Mayoral position is one elected by the people and he therefore holds this position until such time as he resigns from the Council. Presuming the Mayor resigns from the Council early next year as he has stated, then the Elected Members will vote for a Mayor from within their ranks. The ‘internally elected’ Mayor will hold the office until the Local Government elections in November 2018. A Deputy Mayor position may also be elected from within the Council, as per our normal practice. There is a formal procedure that must be followed and a ‘Leave of Absence’ item will be on the Agenda for the September Council Meeting.  If the Motion is passed, this will enable the Mayor to take his planned Leave.  He will not use the Mayoral office or car during his leave and Council will not pay for his phone or internet. Clearly, it will be ‘business as usual’ – just a different person at the helm....

Inner & Middle Metropolitan Corridor DPAs – continued

I  attended the Public Meetings of the State Planning Commission on 8th, 16th, 21st & 24th August. There are several interesting issues that have come from these meetings. It appears that, in regard to the City of Unley:- A number of submissions have been accepted after the close-off date of 25 July; While the Minister’s proposal was for the 301-305 Unley Road, Malvern site to be rezoned for 5 storeys, the developer now wants 6 storeys; A developer has proposed a new site at 95-103 Leader Street, Forestville; There is a request to include 141, 147, 149 and 151-153 King William Road, Unley within the Inner and Middle Metropolitan Corridor (Sites) Development Plan Amendment as a 4 storey mixed use development is being proposed for this site; The owner of land located on the corner of Goodwood Road and Young Street, Wayville request that the land be added to the Urban Corridor Zone and the High Street  Policy Area of that Zone; A developer who has produced plans for a 6 storey development at 248 Unley Road, Hyde Park (Cremorne Plaza) is objecting to aspects of the Design DPA, specifically – the Deep Soil Zone, use of painted surfaces above ground level, and buildings of more than 10 dwellings being required to provide a variety of dwelling sizes and number of bedrooms per dwelling. At the Council Meeting on 28 August, the following Motion was passed unanimously: ITEM 960 MOTION ON NOTICE – COUNCILLOR SALAMAN RE SPOT RE-ZONING AND THE INNER AND MIDDLE CORRIDOR (SITES) DEVELOPMENT PLAN AMENDMENT BY THE MINISTER MOVED Councillor Salaman SECONDED Councillor Boisvert That: The...

Inner & Middle Metropolitan Corridor DPAs

The Minister for Planning has released separate Development Plan Amendments (DPAs) for public consultation, to amend the City of Unley Development Plan. They are the Inner and Middle Metropolitan Corridor (Design) DPA and Inner and Metropolitan Corridor (Sites) DPA There are four sites within the City of Unley: 12-16 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside 301-305 Unley Road, Malvern 10 Anzac Highway, Keswick 22-28 Anzac Highway, Keswick Council has made a submission on both DPAs, expressed our disappointment at the lack of Community Engagement and recommended that the Unley Road Malvern site NOT be included in the (Sites) DPA. The relevant links are :   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/328895/P204-David-Brown-City-of-Unley.pdf   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/331832/P408-David-Brown,-City-of-Unley.pdf   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/331928/P430-Peter-Tsokas-City-of-Unley.pdf   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/331931/P433-Peter-Tsokas-3.pdf   Public meetings The State Planning Commission has scheduled four public meetings to hear from those who have made submissions and wish to speak to the Development Policy Advisory Committee: Tuesday, 8th August 2017 at 7.00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide Wednesday, 16th August 2017 at 7.00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide Monday, 21st August 2017 at 7.00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide Thursday, 24th August 2017 at 7:00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide.    ...

Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2017 – 2018 and Draft Community Plan and 4 Year Delivery Plan 2018 – 2021

There are two important items that have been put to Community Consultation this week. If you are not registered with Your Say, I encourage you to do so. If you are not registered, you can still go to that site and obtain the relevant documents – http://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/your-say-unley , or I can email them to you. The Draft Annual Business Plan comprises 40 pages while the Community Plan is 6 pages. If you wish to comment on any aspect of these plans, you can do so as indicated below, or by Email: pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au Public Meetings are being held at three locations on three dates (listed below), so I hope you will be able to attend one of these information sessions. The items are:- Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2017 – 2018 Each year Council has to make important decisions about how to allocate ratepayers funds to the vast range of programs and services it provides via its Annual Business Plan. Draft Community Plan and 4 Year Delivery Plan 2018 – 2021 The Council has taken the opportunity to review its Community Plan. This review coincides with the development of a new 4 Year Delivery Plan which provides focus for priority in program delivery. The Plans are linked, and outline how council plans to deliver the vision, strategies and outcomes to its Community. How to provide comment Have your say by: Providing feedback online at Your Say Unley Sending a written submission to The City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061 Copies of the draft plans are available from the Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley. Public...

Nesting Box Habitat

The City of Unley has a number of strategically placed Wildlife Boxes at various locations within the City to support the breeding and habitat survival of our local fauna. A total of 28 Artificial Hollows/Boxes were installed in June 2009. They were erected in Ridge and Heywood Parks, with a single box installed on Windsor St. Over the years Council has built up the number of boxes to where we now have 121 located across all part of the City on Council parks, reserves or verges (106), schools (12) and private property (3). Each year, as part of this environmental initiative, Council is provided with a report on the outcomes, success or otherwise of fauna use. As part of this monitoring process, each box is assessed for any changes that have taken place and to determine whether possible maintenance issues have arisen. This process is required to ensure that the wildlife value of the boxes is maintained and that public safety is observed. The attached report shows the outcomes from the 2016 monitoring inspection. Toward the back of the report is a (GPS) location guide to where all the boxes are located. Some interesting facts from the report include: There were 119 boxes surveyed across the City during 2016. Over 50% of the wildlife boxes were used for breeding or denning and 77% were used by a range of the target vertebrate species. Various fauna species were using 66 artificial boxes (57%), on the servicing/monitoring days, the highest numerical usage ever recorded. 2016 Unley Nesting Habitat Box Report...

Unley Central Precinct Plan Amendment – Council Recommendation to Minister

After much work by Council Staff, Elected Members and Community Consultation, on Thursday, 30 March, Council agreed on the following: Maximum building heights for Unley Road in the area adjacent to Thomas Street (West of the Soldiers Memorial Gardens – 18.5 metres (5 storeys)  The remaining area to Arthur Street (Unley Shopping Centre site – 18.5 metres (7 storeys)   The area west of Unley Road north of Arthur Street (Target, Bazaar and Haddad sites) – 32.5 metres (9 storeys)  The area east of Unley Road north of Oxford Terrace – 18.5 metres (5 storeys)  Road and open-space setbacks Policy – Option 2 replacement flexible envelope principles  Community Area east of Unley Road – Prescriptive Option with designated Village Green and defined building heights  Maximum building height on Council Civic Area – 11.5 metres (3 storeys) with 1 storey to Edmund Avenue, Rugby Street & eastern end of Oxford Terrace Exclude residential development from the Community Area east of Unley Road to the south of Oxford Terrace Maximum building height on the northern side of Oxford Terrace – 11.5 metres (3 storeys) The Development Plan Amendment and Summary of Consultation and Proposed Amendments (SCPA) Report, correspondingly amended, be forwarded to the Minister. The Minister may accept Council’s Draft Plan, or he may wish to make alterations. We look forward to a response in the ‘not too distant’ future....