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FOCUS Annual General Meeting 2017

When: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley
Time: 7:30pm
The formalities of the AGM will follow the presentations below.

Nomination Form for the FOCUS Committee of Management is available from the Secretary; Mary Rumbold phone 0450 434 167 or the FOCUS website.

Prior to the FOCUS AGM formalities, come and hear updates from Councillor Rabbitt and representatives of some great groups actively working in the City of Unley to preserve the City’s Heritage, History and Character.

Threats to the City of Unley
The implications of ad hoc and haphazard development – Councillor Michael Rabbitt

Community Group Highlights

  • Save Our Heritage Trees
  • Malvern DPA
  • SOS Unley Village Green
  • Friends of the Unley Museum
  • Grow Grow Grow

Question and answer session to follow the presentations.

A free presentation not to be missed!

Following the presentation and discussion a light supper will be provided concluding with the Annual General Meeting for FOCUS where President’s and Treasurer’s reports will be presented and Committee of Management for 2017/18 appointed.



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A special presentation by the Friends of the City of Unley Society featuring –

  • David Brown CPP RPIA, Principal Policy Planner, The City of Unley
  • Kevin O’Leary, Urban Planner, Columnist – Adelaide Advertiser

To facilitate the State Government’s 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, the Inner Metropolitan Growth Project has been devised for implementation by Councils.

David will outline the impact this growth requirement will have on the core of The City of Unley and the forthcoming amendment to the City’s Development Plan.

Kevin will put forward some ideas on both good and inappropriate developments in high streets such as Unley Road and the core of our City

Question and answer session to follow the two presentations.

A free presentation not to be missed!

All welcome.

Following the presentation and discussion a light supper will be provided concluding with the Annual General Meeting for FOCUS.

When: Tuesday 20 September 2016

Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley

Time: 7:30pm

Please download the flyer from the link below:

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FOCUS YEAR 2014-2015

The principal goal of FOCUS is to preserve the heritage and character of Unley, and despite all the efforts of FOCUS, other heritage groups and Council, the State Government continues to introduce legislative changes that ignore the Unley Development Plan and encourages the destruction of the heritage and character of Unley.

The 2014 Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 16th September 2014 featured Mr Peter Wells, the Principal Conservation Architect in the State Heritage Unit. Peter provided an informative lecture including photographs to demonstrate the unique architectural styles that dominate the streets of Unley. He also provided an insight into what constitutes the State and Local Heritage Places.

On Thursday 6th October 2014 FOCUS chaired an open meeting to “Meet the Candidates” for the Unley Council Elections. Mr Joe Haslam very ably chaired the session and candidates were provided with questions to prepare their answers. It is disappointing that many of the unsuccessful candidates have not remained involved in local issues.

The February Meeting was deferred to Tuesday10/3/15 when Mr Lee Anderson, the Technical Officer _ Arboricultural for the City of Unley gave a very interesting presentation on the trees and Council’s Vegetation Policy.

Some key points made included:

  • Unley covers 14 square kilometres with less than 3% open space.
  • There are 26,000 trees in Unley, 23,000 are street trees.
  • In 2009 when the last study of the age of the street trees — 40% were classed as veteran, mature or semi mature.
  • State Government Legislation changed in November 2011 making it easier to remove regulated trees on private property.

The July Meeting featured David Pisoni and Steven Griffiths from the Liberal Party, and Mark Parnell representing the Greens responding to the approval of the Cremorne Plaza Redevelopment by the Development Assessment Commission. FOCUS deplores the fact that this Development does not comply with the Unley Planning Policy and sets a dangerous precedent.

Warren Jones chaired the discussion. All agreed the development is not acceptable and no further action can be taken by the community. The development now faces the market.


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Dear FOCUS Member,

FOCUS annual membership subscriptions for the 2015 -16 financial year are due for renewal on 1 July 2015.

Your subscription will support us in our efforts to preserve the historical character of Unley.

Could you please download the form below and forward this form with cash or cheque payable to FOCUS, PO Box 172, Fullarton 5063.

We aim to keep our members informed about FOCUS’ activities through our newsletter and bi-monthly meetings. If you have an email address please include it below to help us minimize postage costs.

We look forward to your on-going support in the pursuit of our objectives.

Mary Rumbold, Secretary

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What can we do about it?

Invited panelists include:

  • Hugh Kneebone (environmentalist)
  • Michael Hewitson (councillor)
  • Mark Patterson (concerned citizen)

Come and have your say!

All welcome

Following the presentation and discussion share a drink with fellow FOCUS members, supporters and tree lovers concluding with the 12th FOCUS Annual General Meeting. We welcome new members.

When: Tuesday 15 September 2015

Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St, Unley

Time: 7:30pm

For more information: email focusonunley@gmail.com or call Ros Islip on 8272 3007

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Please note that the FOCUS AGM will be held on Tuesday 15 th September 2015 at 7.30 pm at the Unley Community Centre in Arthur Street.

It is planned to have a discussion about Significant Trees and have a panel to provide information and suggestions of what we can do to stop the removal of these trees and general greenery in Unley.

More information to follow as available.

Please come along, have a drink and meet fellow members and supporters.

The Committee welcomes new Committee Members so please think about joining us.

Ros Islip President FOCUS

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peter wellsA presentation by

Peter Wells B Arch M ICOMOS

Principal Conservation Architect

State Heritage Unit [DEWNR]

Peter has contributed to numerous hands-on conservation projects, heritage seminars, workshops and publications, as well as the reform of the State’s heritage legislation and planning policy.

  • The difference between State and local heritage
  • Unley’s early development
  • Some of the more notable buildings

A free presentation not to be missed! All welcome.

Following the presentation and discussion a light supper will be provided concluding with the Annual General Meeting for FOCUS.

When: Tuesday 16 September 2014

Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley

Time: 7:30pm


Click here to download the flyer FOCUS Flyer Sept 2014 (0.2 Mb)

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