Posts Tagged ‘News’

Stop the DPA Protest highlights

Here is some video of the “Stop the DPA Protest” on the 18th of August 2012 in Whitmore Square. More information here http://www.stopthedpa.com 

DPA Protest from Piper Films on Vimeo.

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PlanningAlerts.org.au is a community based service that provides email alerts of planning applications for your area. Following some great work by the community volunteers, we are happy to announce that Planning Alerts now covers the Unley Council area. 

To use the system, simply click on the link to the PlanningAlerts.org.au website, enter your or another street address and click the “Search” button. This will display the most recent development applications within a 2 km radius of that address.

Click on one of the links for development applications and you can see summary information about the development application, plus a map of the location, and a link to Unley Council’s development application tracking system. You can use the reference number provided to find more details there. 

You can then put in your email address, if you want, and the system will email you the same information when it comes through. 

The information is updated from the Unley system daily.

Thanks again to the @OpenAustralia community and especially @maxious for developing this system and providing the capability. 

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Unley Development Register for June 2012

The Unley Development Register for June 2012 has been provided to us at this link.


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The City of Unley has called for expressions of interest for Independent members for the City of Unley Development Assessment Panel, for December 2012 to November 2014. An image of the advertisement is below.Image

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Dear FOCUS Member and Friend,

FOCUS presents the Hon Mark Parnell MLC

“What’s Wrong with our Planning System?

A presentation By Hon. Mark Parnell MLC, Greens Member of the South Australian Legislative Council

Mark Parnell is the Parliamentary Leader of the Greens in SA. He is also a lawyer with a wealth of experience in environmental and planning issues.

He is the only Member of Parliament in South Australia with planning qualifications.

Here is a chance to hear Mark’s views on what is wrong with South Australia’s planning system and why we need to address:

  • Influence from developers
  • Public participation
  • Lack of vision

A free presentation not to be missed! All welcome.

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

When: 21 February 2012

Where: Unley Citizens Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley

Time: 7:30pm

Contact details:

Ros Islip, 8272 3007 Email: focusonunley@gmail.com Web: http://www.focusonunley.org

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FOCUS Newsletter for November 2011

Welcome to the FOCUS Newsletter for November 2011

Next Meeting Tuesday 22nd November.

Following the enjoyable dinner/meeting in 2010, members have decided to do the same this year. Friends and partners are welcome.

We will gather at 6 – 6.30 in the Bistro at the Earl of Leicester Hotel.

The “Earl” is in Leicester St Parkside halfway between George St and Kenilworth Rd. There is parking on each side of the historic building.

A short, informal meeting upstairs will follow at 7.45.

RSVP to Ros on 8272 3007 or Val on 8271 5686 by Monday evening 21st Nov.

FOCUS Committee

At the AGM, members welcomed Suzi Hutchings to the Committee as Vice President.

The President thanked Ben Moretti for his work as Past President, Web Manager and Membership Secretary. Ben will continue to run the web site but FOCUS urgently needs a new Membership Secretary to keep the membership records and send out the notices to members. (mainly by email)

It is with sadness that the Committee accepts the resignation of Marie Chance, our wonderful Treasurer. Marie has been Treasurer for 7 years and has done a great job. Thank you Marie.

Now, we make an urgent appeal for someone to step forward to fill this role for FOCUS

Your committee is extremely frustrated that currently we are at a holding stage with the Unley Development Amendment Plan 3 (DAP) (Corridors) The Council has sent it’s proposed DAP to the Minister for Planning for approval. Following approval it will come back to Council for a period of consultation. This will be a critical time for FOCUS to members and the community to respond.

It appears probable that the biggest issue will be the height limits for Unley and Greenhill Roads and the preservation of our heritage and character zones.

 5000+ Urban Design and Renewal in Adelaide

Mr. Timothy Horton, the Commissioner for Integrated Design was the guest speaker at the AGM. Mr Horton told us that integrated design principles bring everyone together from the beginning-designers, architects, artists, Councils, Government, builders, planners and the community.

The Australian Government has provided$1 million to pilot the Integrated Design Strategy for Adelaide but the Commission is independent of Government. Its web site is http://www.5000plus.net.au

Inner Suburbs Alliance

FOCUS continues to be involved and they are preparing material to use when the new DAP’s appear. Unfortunately Minister Rau has declined to meet with the group.

Community Alliance Inc.

This new group of approximately 15 residents’ societies will be officially launched at a family picnic on Sunday 27th November at the St Clair Park Woodville between 12 and 4. Friends of the City of Unley Society Inc.

Chief among its objectives is “To lobby for reform of planning, development and related legislation to ensure participative decision making with real community engagement.”

Historic Building Arthur St/Unley Rd

As you have probably noticed this historic 2 storey bluestone building is to be auctioned. It is on the Unley Heritage list but we need to be vigilant.

Arthur/Mary St Proposed Retirement Village.

Do you know that this site is for sale? Who knows what the future holds?

Adelaide Festival of Ideas 2011

Several FOCUS members attended sessions on Heritage and Urban Development which were relevant and excellent.

Steffen Lehmann’s presentation, “ Designing For the Future” and Jan Ghehl’s “Cities for People” are available at http://www.adelaidefestivalof ideas.com.au.

National Trust Discussion Paper Living Heritage Vision 175

This excellent paper outlines ideas for building on the 175. years of SA Heritage in order to create a richer, more diverse and sustainable built environment.

The National Trust is seeking responses from individuals and organisations. For more information go to www.nationaltrustsa.org.au 

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AN EXCLUSIVE Brethren-backed $27 million retirement village will be built between Mary and Arthur streets in Unley despite 131 submissions opposing the plan.

Applicant Unley Community Developments (UCD) first proposed a $30 million, four-storey retirement village on the site in 2008 but the project stalled when the Supreme Court ruled that the proposal was non-complying for the zone.

Unley Community Developments director Stephen Hornsey confirmed he was an Exclusive Brethren member but declined to name other company directors.

The revised proposal includes 94 units in four separate buildings with heights up to three storeys, an underground carpark and indoor pool.

Unley’s Development Assessment Panel approved the proposal four votes to one at last Thursday’s meeting (March 3), saying the plans met development guidelines.

It did, however, impose several conditions, including noise-reducing fencing.

Residents in the gallery heckled the panel as the vote was taken.

“This is unbelievable, shame on the council,” one man yelled.

Unley Council received 131 written representations from residents opposing the plan, including one from West Torrens Mayor John Trainer, who lives in Unley, and one in support of the proposal.

Nine residents, including councillor Michael Hewitson and the Friends of the City of Unley Society, spoke against the development.

Cr Michael Saies spoke on behalf of fellow councillor Rufus Salaman, who had personally opposed the plans.

A DAP member, Cr Salaman declared a conflict of interest and left the meeting.

Concerns were raised about the removal of five significant trees, increased density, increased traffic and lack of car parks, overshadowing, lack of privacy and the inadequacy of existing infrastructure to cope with an increased number of residents.

Con Markos, who lives across from the proposed development, said traffic on Arthur St was already out of control.

“Our bedroom is two metres from the boundary,” Mr Markos told the DAP meeting.

“We’re going to have constant traffic coming through day and night. This will affect us quite dramatically. It’s just not right and it’s not fair.”

Cr Hewitson was concerned Unley did not have the appropriate infrastructure, such as parks, gardens and pedestrian crossings, in place to cope with increased population.

“We are inadequately planned for medium density to be put in this area,” Cr Hewitson said.

“In this development the residents of Unley lose (and) I believe this is not a genuine retirement village. I would contend that when we approve this retirement village we are getting mixed use units.”

His concerns were echoed by many residents, but developer Greg Vincent rejected the claim and reassured residents that UCD would need to submit a separate proposal to the council if they wished to change the site’s usage in the future.

“This is for the purpose, and the very distinct purpose, of being a retirement village,” Mr Vincent said.

“There is a very real demand for retirement living in the area.”

A former Exclusive Brethren church, two houses and five significant trees will be removed to make way for the development.

Mr Hornsey did not want to comment further on the plans.

– Alicia Melville-Smith

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FOCUS members are urged to provide feedback on the SA Strategic Plan for 2010.

From the Unley Council


South Australia’s Strategic Plan Strategic Plan 2010 Consultation
10 August 2010

We need your help to make South Australia the best it can be

It’s important for everyone to have the chance to join the conversation to make South Australia the best it can be in 2020 and beyond.

South Australia’s Strategic Plan draws together the hopes and aspirations of South Australians, and maps out a comprehensive path to the future.

The Plan is a blueprint for our prosperity and wellbeing, to deliver a society where health, equality, safety, enterprise and creativity underpin a quality of life that is the envy of the world. It is our plan for the best.

The inaugural Plan was launched in March, 2004. In 2006, South Australians from all walks of life, in communities’ right across the State, had their say in an updated version.

Now, four years down the track, it’s time to revisit the document and an even broader consultation process will enable thousands more South Australians to take part in the update process.

The South Australian Government is inviting you to have your say on the ideas, goals and priorities that will guide the state for the years ahead.

It’s your plan – and your chance to have real input into your state’s future.


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Unley Action Website

Unley Action is the action group formed in response to the proposed retirement complex on Commercial Road in Hyde Park.

They have a new website at the following link –


Please have a look as it has lots of information, plans and news about the development proposal.

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