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Revised Society Rules

Over the past year, the Friends of the City of Unley Society (FOCUS) committee has been in the process of developing a revised set of constitutional rules for our incorporated association. Members may remember at the 2018 AGM a draft set of rules was shared with the members present. Feedback from the night and from the membership has been incorporated into a document and has the approval of the committee to be shared to  members, as the draft. The intent is to formally present the document for approval by members at the next general meeting of FOCUS, as required under the current association rules. FOCUS-rules-Jan2019 are the draft rules, approved by the committee, for member consideration.


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Meeting Reminder – Tonight

TONIGHT – Wednesday February 20th – 7.30pm

Fullarton Park Community Centre
411 Fullarton Road (Corner Fullarton Road and Fisher Street)

Ask questions of the Mayor and Councillors and also to mingle with them and other residents informally.

Refreshments provided.

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Wednesday February 20th – 7.30pm

Fullarton Park Community Centre
411 Fullarton Road (Corner Fullarton Road and Fisher Street)

FOCUS invites you to a Meet the New Unley Council. Our new Mayor, Michael Hewitson AM and elected Members of the new Unley Council will be present.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Mayor and Councillors and also to mingle with them and other residents informally.

Refreshments will be provided.
Enquiries: Warren Jones 0419852622

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  • David Pisoni MP SA Liberal Party
  • John Wishart The GREENS SA
  • Candidate to be advised SA Labor Party
  • Candidate to be advised SA Best
  • Candidate to be advised Dignity PARTY

Here is an opportunity to hear from each of them as they address some key issues relevant to the Electorate of Unley on Local Heritage, the Assessment of Development Proposals and the Greening of our City. There will be opportunity for questions from the floor.

When: Tuesday 27 February 2018

Where: Unley Park Sports Club, 8 Northgate St, Unley Park. Wheelchair accessible venue

Time: 7:30pm

Contact: Ros Islip 0438723001 or Warren Jones 0419852622

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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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Screen Shot 2017-10-24 at 8.36.59 pmA presentation by

Norman Etherington AM

National Trust of South Australia

Heritage is sometimes said to be a polarising issue. That proposition was put to the test in a wide-ranging public consultation conducted in 2016 by South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

The Community Consultation process is over and the Minister for Planning, John Rau has deferred consideration of legislative changes to Heritage legislation until after the State elections in March 2018.

So now what? Is local heritage still under siege? Norman, an Emeritus Professor of History and former Alderman of the City of Adelaide, has a rare insight into the State’s heritage issues.

Do come and hear Norman’s views. A presentation not to be missed! Following the presentation and discussion a light supper will be provided.

When: Tuesday 21 November 2017

Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley

Time: 7:30pm

Contact: Ros Islip – 0438723001 Warren Jones – 0419852622


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(by Anne Wharton on behalf of Save Unley Trees Campaign)

Many residents in the Unley Council area are most concerned about the number of regulated and significant trees being removed from our suburbs, especially on private land.  Indeed this seems to be happening throughout suburban Adelaide.

In the property behind me at 47 Fairford Street are 2 huge River Red Gums, possibly 100+ years old.  The owners have recently submitted another application to Council to remove the western tree (their third application to cut down one or both of the trees).  Below is a photo taken today of the 2 trees and a photo taken before the new house was built nearly 2 years ago.  The tree under application is the right hand tree (western) and the bigger of the two and is on the Unley Council’s Significant Tree List.  You can also view again my neighbour Mark’s beautiful video of the trees at http://tinyurl.com/saveunleytrees.  If the application is successful, the removal of the western tree will have a detrimental impact on the eastern tree.

Top arborists in the state have emphasised the importance of such trees which are indigenous to the local area. These two trees are a community landmark, have enormous heritage value, and have important habitat and biodiversity value. This is as well as their huge environmental contribution in combatting climate change.

The Unley Council has done the right thing by twice engaging independent arborists.  These reports found that these sentinel River Red Gums are in good health and have the potential to remain actively growing at the site for another century or more.  As with previous applications, the owners have engaged arborists whose reports are in direct opposition with the Council’s independent reports.

The Council’s own arborist has declared that these trees are healthy and do not pose a significant risk. Two reports from a leading highly respected arborist confirm this as recently as January this year – so why are we still fighting for their survival?

Common sense says the Council should not be accepting any more applications on these trees – but  recent changes to the State government Planning legislation have weakened local council’s ability to protect our natural heritage and in particular our significant trees.  Common sense says, these trees have significant community value and the community should be allowed to comment – but again State government legislation won’t allow it. This gives property owners the licence to bombard Council with numerous applications, wasting the Council’s time and the rates we pay. 

Its time we stood up.  I urge you to write letters to the Unley Council and the State government stating that the legislation does not protect significant trees that are healthy and don’t pose a risk.

Please write to the Mayor and the CEO of Unley Council if you are concerned about the loss of these magnificent River Red Gums.  Below are their email addresses.

Mayor Lachlan Clyne – mayor.clyne@unley.sa.gov.au

CEO Peter Tsokas – cgowland@unley.sa.gov.au

Copy to:  Councillor Don Palmer – dpalmer@unley.sa.gov.au

Copy to:  Councillor Michael Hewitson – mhewitson@unley.sa.gov.au

Copy to:  Anne Wharton – whartonanne@gmail.com

We urge you to also write to the Minister for Planning, Mr John Rau (email address: agd@agd.sa.gov.au)

23rd May 2017.

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