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.)



FOCUS Flyer May 2017 [2]The Unley Central DPA – Where To From Here?
By Michael Rabbitt
City Strategy & Development Policy Committee

The Community Consultation process is over and the City of Unley Council has finalised the Development Plan. Michael will outline the next steps in the process.

Environmental Projects at Unley
with Kat Ryan
Environmental Projects & Strategy

Hear from Kat about environmental projects happening around the City of Unley. Learn about tree tags, raingardens, fruit tree orchards, new recyclable items, nesting boxes, biodiversity plantings and more.

Two presentations: one from a Councillor and the other from a key member of Council Staff followed by question time.

Following the presentation and discussion a light supper will be provided.

When: Tuesday 16 May 2017
Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley
Time: 7:30pm
Contact: Ros Islip – 0438723001 or Warren Jones – 0419852622



The Eastern Courier Messenger, 5 April 2017

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

Articles and letters from the Eastern Courier Messenger, 22 March 2017.

Dear Members and Friends of FOCUS,

As advised in our update of 14 March, Council meets on 27 March to finalise the plan for submission to the Minister.

Time to influence the outcome is short.

Make sure the Mayor and  Councillors know your views before the Development Plan is finalised for State Government approval!

Please find attached to this update:

With our update of 14 March we attached the material presented to Elected Members for the 14 March Workshop Meeting. Available by request if not readily to hand.

Ros Islip


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

  • Will any zone include 11 stories?
  • What happens to the Village Green?

Be informed – attend Unley’s City Strategy & Policy Committee Meeting when Members consider revisions to the Development Plan to be presented for approval by the full Council. [Council meeting 27 March]

After this meeting make sure your Councillors know your views before the Development Plan is finalised! 

When: Tuesday 14 March 2017

Where: Unley Civic Centre, Oxford Terrace, Unley

Time: 7:00pm

Contact: Ros Islip – 0438 723 001   Warren Jones – 0419 852 622

Please see the EM Workshop presentation below: 

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