Mayor’s Report for November to December 2013





The brevity of pause between the November and December Council meetings makes little fodder for a Mayors report and so there are just the three points I would like to make in relation to: LGA of SA Board Meeting, DPAs and Christmas.



At this meeting Mayor of Prospect and President of the LGA of SA David O’loughlin asked for and was granted a leave of absence from his position until the conclusion of the State Government Elections and after the General Meeting of the LG Association in April. Mayor of Onkaparinga Loraine Rosenberg will assume the role of Acting LGA President during this period.


I was a little surprised but totally humbled to be elected as the LG representative on the Power Lines and Environment Committee (PLEC). This body is responsible for making recommendations to the Minister in relation to which main streets should have their power lines undergrounded. This is in an area I am most specifically interested in and I look forward to lobbying the Government to ensure that SA Power Networks spend more money in this area as well as ensuring seeing more competition into the market particularly in relation to street lighting.



During November the State Government announced it would agree to the Development Plan Amendments (DPA) for “inner-rim” Council’s, main road corridors in which apartments would be allowed to be developed to various heights in accordance with set criteria.

Unley and Greenhill Roads are included in this mix however; the State Government has taken the assessing authority for developments or 5 stories of more away from Unley Council. This is a huge blow to local communities and will pose a serious threat to Council’s ability to oversee the future character of our community.

I attended the ERD Committee in Parliament House and made a deputation to seek an amendment to schedule 8 so that our Development Assessment Panel could remain as the assessing authority. Within 12 hours I was advised that Hon, Mark Parnell MLC had put the amendment but that it has been defeated.

I was surprised that I was the only representative from a Council, especially as in the weeks before; other Mayor’s and CEOs had indicated they were outraged at the Government’s decision to take away Councils’ power as the assessing authority.



I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the year that is now almost entirely behind us. I trust that you are able to lower the tempo of your activities in order to recharge your batteries.

It has been a big year in many ways and everyone has been challenged in some way shape or form. Overall everyone has put in a huge effort in order to improve the City of Unley with almost all of Unley’s Wards being particularly challenged by a large project.

Over the coming weeks I hope you can connect with family and friends in a meaningful way and I encourage you to make the effort to meet a neighbour whose name you don’t know.



Mon 18
  •   Meet with Megan Fender, Area Coordinator for Myrtle Bank   Neighbourhood Watch
  •   Meet with Hon. Martin Hamilton Smith re – my nomination to be   on the for Power Lines and Environment Committee
  •   Infrastructure and Capital Works Committee (attended 1 hour)
Tues 19
  •   Discussion with Youth Development Coordinator Sandra Robinson   about a leadership award for a student at Concordia College
Wed 20
  •   Coffee with the Mayor
  •   Visited “A Mother’s Milk” in support of, “Drink a coffee for a   cause” where all proceeds from sales of coffee went to Kadasig Aid and   Development”
  •   Unley Community Volunteer End of Year Function –Unley   Community Session
  •   Travelled to Renmark for the Board Meeting of the Local   Government Association of South Australia.
Thurs 21
  •   State Executive Committee Meeting – Renmark
Fri 22
  •   Meet with CEO of The Smith Family Foundation in relation to   Christmas fundraising opportunities through Council for kids.
  •   Meet with Tony McGuiness in relation to the Save our Suburbs   (SOS) group’s position on culverts in Unley.
  •   Greek Women’s Society of SA Christmas Party – Goodwood   Community Centre
Mon 25
  •   Attended final day of the Retirement Village Expo at Unley   Town Hall
  •   Guest Speaker at Westbourne Park Probus with Lynn Arnold
  •   City of Unley Council Meeting
Tues 26
  •   Lunch with Hon. John Hill MP, SALA CEO Penny Griggs, Matthew   Ives and Matthew Grant re: SALA Festival
  •   Meeting to discuss Disability SA premises car parking issues   with local resident and officer from Disabilities SA
Wed 27
  •   Coffee with the Mayor Session
  •   Deputation at Parliament House to the Environment Resources   and Development (ERD) Committee re: Unley and Greenhill Road Development Plan   Amendments.
  •   Friends of Unley Museum Annual General Meeting
  •   Unley Road Traders Christmas Function – Soldiers War Memorial   Gardens
  •   Australia Day Awards Selection Panel
Thurs 28
  •   Amelia Rix Award Ceremony – Adelaide Oval Function Centre
  •   Sturt Debt Demolition Dinner
Fri 29
  •   Opening of the Adelaide Fringe
  •   Sturt Football Club Volunteers Function – Unley Civic Centre
Sat 30
  •   Ignite Unley – Open Night, attended briefly (Cr Schnell   launched on behalf of Mayor)


Sun 1
  •   Multiple Sclerosis Society of SA MudRun – Chief Mudders Run
Mon 2
  •   Presentation of chess player trophies at Parkside Primary   School
  •   King William Road Traders Association Christmas Display   competition judging with Channel 10 weather presented Kate Freebairn
  •   2013 AGM of the Multicultural Resource Centre of SA
Tues 3
  •   Pathways – Recreation Program – Fullarton
Wed 4
  •   Coffee with the Mayor Session
  •   Meeting with David Pisoni and Tony McGuiness re: Culverts in   Unley’s streets
  •   Elected Member’s briefing – Finance Presentation
Thurs 5
  •   Greek Pension Society Christmas get together – Goodwood   Community Centre
  •   SA Light Opera Society Christmas Variety Show
Fri 6
  •   Speech Day – Walford School
  •   Goodwood Groove
  •   Christmas Party for the Fullarton Park Centre
  •   Christmas French Market opening
Sat 7
  •   Adelaide Potters Special Christmas Show and Sale
Mon 9
  •   The Greek Orthodox Community Church of St Constantine Luncheon
  •   Delphi Bank Celebration
  •   Full Council Meeting


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Categories: Community in Unley, The City of Unley Council

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