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As you may be aware the City of Unley is establishing a Civic Precinct Development Working Group, http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/unley-news/november-2017/expression-of-interest-%E2%80%93-civic-precinct-working-grNominations are open until 1 December (http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/forms/civic-precinct-working-group-expression-of-interes).
This working party will look at and report to Council on options for the Civic Precinct, an area bounded by Unley Rd, Edmund Ave, Rugby St and Oxford St. This is the area inclusive of St Augustine’s Church, Halls and presbytery, Unley Town Hall, Civic Centre and library and the Unley Village Green (the villas and associated grassed areas). 
A ‘sister’ community based organisation (SOS Unley Village Green Inc) has created an online survey to gain opinions and insights into what the residents wish to see or not see for the this area. The survey can be found at, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unleyvillagegreen.

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Hi Everyone

You have received this email because you are either a:

  • City of Unley Councillor
  • SOS Unley Village Green Inc member
  • or a member of the City of Unley community known to me.

Some of you would be aware that I’m a member of the SOS Unley Village Green Inc (SOS). 

While the Unley Village Green has been saved from residential development, SOS recognises there is an opportunity to consider how the area can best be enjoyed by current and future residents of Unley. As a community based group we would value your opinion on possible improvements (if any) to the Unley Village Green. We invite you to share your opinions on what you would and would not support, by completing this survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unleyvillagegreen.

Information from the survey will allow SOS to collate some community based data to present to the City of Unley Council.  Our aim is for the City of Unley Council to consider drafting and approving a management plan for this area, with sustained funding, by the Council for the years ahead for the agreed improvements.

The survey is anonymous, however the outcomes will be shared with the SOS committee and will be used in a submission to the City of Unley Council.

Many of you have friends, family, neighbours, who live in the local government area of the City of Unley. Please share the survey web link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unleyvillagegreen so they too can express their views.

In addition I’m aware that many elected Councillors have community distribution links and blogs which reach out to the City of Unley residents and constituents. I/We invite you to share the survey web link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unleyvillagegreen so there is an opportunity for the community to have a voice in this valued community recourse.

Thank you in anticipation.


Peter Simmonds

(The survey has been approved by the chairperson of SOS Unley Village Green Inc, Robert Freak.)


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Dear members and friends,

FOCUS has received several messages of disappointment with the content of the Deputation we made to Council last Monday night. We provide the following information for the information of members. 

For those who were not present, we want to let you know that Council will hold a Special meeting tonight – Thursday – at 7 00 pm to make Final decisions on the DPA for Unley Central. 

Immediately prior to Monday night’s meeting, various members of FOCUS’ committee held a number of meetings and lengthy phone calls with individual councillors. From these we formed a firm view that it was unwise to continue to hold out for a height limit of 5 storeys West of Unley road. Partly because the view was expressed that the Minister was unlikely to accept such a low level, and might remove all further consideration of the DPA and undertake it himself which the legislation enables him to do.

We were advised that a number of Councillors would reject calls for 5 storeys.

But also because we understood and this has since been confirmed that existing State Government policy allows any proposed development with an estimated cost of over $3 million can be referred by the developer to the Controller – General, and the decision to approve the development or not is then given to the Development Assessment Commission. Council would have no say.

Now, $3 million is a very small amount when significant buildings are being designed. So the FOCUS Committee formed the view that to hold out for a limit of 5 storeys would, in practical terms, be of little point

So FOCUS stated on Monday night that we would not oppose 9 storeys, although we greatly preferred a limit of 7 storeys. We did not support 9. Nor agree with it. But in order to focus attention on the critical need to preserve the Village Green, Memorial Gardens, Mornington House and other heritage buildings in DPA zone we decided to reduce our demands for the large sites on Western Side of Unley Rd which we cannot control but will try to influence decisions made and support residents. 

Lastly, we want to say to FOCUS members, and to the wider community, as respectfully and sensitively as we can, that yes, most of the 295 submissions to the review of the DPA were opposed to ”high rise development” in the centre Zone.  

But that is not the only issue that Council will take note of when reaching decisions tomorrow night. Many people present on Monday night clearly felt very strongly that if the community says, “you must not allow high-rise”, then the Council must give effect to that view. As one person said, “you are our voice, this is what we want you to say’.

But, having followed the issues of heritage protection and character in our City over many, many years, FOCUS expects that Council will also be thinking about:-

  1. The Minister’s intent to achieve more dense development in centre zones across Adelaide. And his ability to take his own decisions if communities don’t offer ideas which are somewhat akin to his.
  2. Council has for many years had an intent, maybe not a policy, but a keen interest in achieving “redevelopment of opportunities” in the Centre Zone
  3. The concessions made by Government in the past in granting very important protection about demolition and new building design in the Historic precincts of Unley – these remain in place today – and an understanding that more dense development might be permitted in other parts of the City in future years.

We see the protection of the Village Green “block” as absolutely paramount. Your Committee believes that the position it took to Monday night’s meeting offers the best prospect of getting decisions to achieve this at tomorrow night’s meeting. A key plank of our position is that the “Block” should be totally excised, that is, removed from the DPA process completely.

Thank you for your support and I hope this email helps you understand our position.
Please contact me on 0438723001 if you would like to discuss any of these issues.

Yours faithfully

Ros Islip

President FOCUS

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Shaping the Future of Unley –

The draft Development Plan for the Unley Central Precinct is being significantly revised following public feedback.


Be informed – attend Council’s Public Meeting when Elected Members (only) participate in a workshop session on revisions to the Plan.

After this meeting make sure your Councillors know your views before the Development Plan is finalised! [Further meetings 14 & 27 March]

When: Monday 6 March 2017
Where: Unley Civic Centre, Oxford Terrace, Unley

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Contact: Ros Islip-0438723001 Warren Jones–0419852622
RSVP: by email or telephone by 3 March 2017

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Unley Central DPA

Following is an update on the Unley Central DPA process from the City of Unley.

Dear respondent to the public consultation process,

The Unley Central DPA process is nearing its anticipated conclusion, so this letter is to provide an update on the status and remaining opportunities for you to attend meetings where this DPA will be discussed by Council.

The City Strategy and Development Policy Committee (CSDP) of Council and Council have received all respondents’ feedback, and will be further considering this at meetings in March. There was a significant number of respondents and a wide variation of views, so it is taking some time to compile the necessary reports for Council and Committee to consider. To assist in this process, there will be a further briefing of the CSDP Committee and Council Members on 6 March at 6.30 pm in the Unley Civic Centre. While the meeting gallery will be open to the public, there will be no public presentations or representations at this meeting.

This briefing will be the last opportunity for CSDP Committee members to clarify matters pertaining to the policy under consideration before their next meeting (also open to the public) on 14 March at 7.00pm, where the Committee will make recommendations to Council regarding the DPA.

The March Council meeting on 27 March will then consider the Committee’s recommendations and make a recommendation to the Planning Minister regarding the DPA.

Council has reached the end of the time available to it to prepare the Draft DPA for the Minister. If for some reason Council is unable to make a recommendation to the Minister at the March Council meeting, it will need to seek an extension of time from the Minister. The Minister may approve such a request, or may follow alternate paths with the DPA.

Council will further correspond with you after the March Council meeting, to update you on the DPA’s progress.

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A General Meeting on Planning Amendments

Updates from the FOCUS Committee on:

  • The Unley Central Precinct Development Plan Amendment
  • Placing Local Heritage on Renewed Foundations – a State Government Initiative [or losing buildings in the process!]
  • 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide -2016 update

Meet with other FOCUS members and concerned residents and share your thoughts on these proposals and possible threats to the City of Unley.

Enjoy a light supper to conclude the evening with drinks and nibbles and celebrate the end of 2016

When:           Tuesday 15 November 2016

Where:         Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley

Time:             7:30pm

Contact:        President Ros Islip – 0438 723 001

Please download a flyer here focus-flyer-2a-november-2016-1.pdf

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