Dear Members and the wider community

Our peak hour protest on Wed 5th June. The travesty of our State planning regulations has allowed the approval of this seven storey development in Council’s designated five storey zone. Five magnificent trees will be sacrificed.

To add insult to injury, the original Application included two basement car- parking levels, the lower of which impinged on the water table.

The developer then submitted a so-called ‘variation’ to the Application involving major alterations to the original plan, a removal of the second basement and an extension of the first basement in an attempt to accommodate the shortfall in car parks.

However there will still be a deficiency in car parks of at least 12 places.
We are now faced with an overblown development, the destruction of long established trees and intolerable car parking problems in narrow adjacent streets.

How can this be allowed to happen?

Warren Jones AO. President


“I just want a yes or no!” Do Contributory Items have a place in urban renewal?
Thursday, 16 May 2019
The Box Factory Community Centre
59 Regent Street, Adelaide
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Community Alliance SA  have invited representatives from the development industry as well as heritage experts to consider this question and to explore the future of Contributory Items in urban renewal.
Chaired by journalist and broadcaster Carole Whitelock.
The evening will commence with a short presentation from the Chair of the State Planning Commission Mr Michael Lennon, who will give us an update on the Heritage and Character policy papers for the new planning system.
Panellists will include:
  • Mr Stephen Knight, CEO Housing Industry Association
  • Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Vines OAM, Heritage Architect
  • Dr Darren Peacock, CEO National Trust
  • TBA – Representative from Urban Development Institute or Property Council
The event is FREE and will include complimentary refreshments.
Please RSVP for catering purposes to Tom Matthews on 0429 337 453 or email sa.community.alliance@gmail.com

For FOCUS Members Information

Each year Council must make important decisions about how to allocate ratepayers funds to the vast range of programs and services it provides via its Annual Business Plan.

Before a council adopts its Annual Business Plan it must prepare a Draft Annual Business Plan and undertake a public consultation process.

The purpose of the Draft 2019-20 Annual Business Plan is to impart understanding of:

  • Services provided by the City of Unley
  • Proposed new initiatives and projects, and
  • The Draft budget for 2019-20.

Ways you can provide feedback

Your feedback will be accepted between Wednesday 1 May and 6pm on Wednesday 29 May. Have your say by:

  • Providing your comments online through Your Say Unley
  • Sending an email with “Draft Annual Business Plan 2019-20” in the subject heading, to pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au
  • Sending a written submission to “Draft Annual Business Plan 2019-20”, The City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.

Public meetings

City of Unley staff will be available to discuss the Draft Plan with you at the following public information sessions:

  • Monday 27 May, 10 – 11.30am Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
  • Monday 27 May, 5.30 – 6.30pm Unley Civic Centre (Council Chamber), 181 Unley Road, Unley
  • Tuesday 28 May, 10 – 11.30am Goodwood Library, 101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
  • Tuesday 28 May, 6 – 7.30pm Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest.

What happens next?

Following consultation, the community’s feedback will be provided to Council for consideration prior to finalisation of the plan.

A worthwhile article written by Renato Castello, Urban Development Editor for the Adelaide Advertiser, was published on Friday 3 May 2019. It’s lead was “About 12,000 historic buildings across Adelaide’s prestigious suburbs risk losing their automatic heritage protection under the state’s new planning system.” Well worth a read.

FOCUS acknowledges News Ltd and The Advertiser holds exclusive copyright to this published article.


Heritage at risk:

New planning laws undermining heritage protection.

Speaker: Dr. Darren Peacock
CEO National Trust of South Australia

When: Tuesday 7th MAY 2019

Where: Unley Community Centre
18 Arthur Street. Unley

Time: 7.30pm

Due to ill health Hon. Mark Parnell MLC is unable to speak at the FOCUS Meeting.

We have been fortunate to have Dr Darren Peacock step in.

Please join us for a light supper and informal discussion at the conclusion of the presentation. This will be followed by a brief FOCUS Members Meeting.

A gold coin donation would be appreciated to cover costs of Hall Hire and Supper.

Important Diary Date – 7 May 2019

Important Public Meeting …. All Welcome

Speaker: Mark Parnell MLC – Greens Member of SA Parliament


When: Tuesday 7th May 2019
Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley
Time: 7.30 pm.

Enjoy a light supper to conclude the evening with drinks and nibbles.

Click HERE to RSVP.

PO Box 172 Fullarton SA 5063
Email: focusonunley@gmail.com
Web: www.focusonunley.org

See “The Advertiser” article reporting on the the City of Unley investing in a new strategic tree canopy plan where more than 14,000 tree are to be planted over the next 5 years. The Plan was approved by elected members at Monday 25 March 2019 Council meeting.


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