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Artists commissioned for new NPSP major public artwork


Following an expression of interest process, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has appointed local female collaboration CHEBart, to design and produce the Council’s third Major Quadrennial Public Artwork.

Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa, otherwise known as CHEBart, both have a background in glassblowing but now focus on public artworks and designing together.

“The Council is excited to commission its third Quadrennial Public Art Commission since 2010,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

In 2010, the Council commissioned ‘Spectrum’ at the intersection of Osmond Terrace and Kensington Road. This was followed in 2014 by the commissioning of ‘Fallow’ which is located outside the St Peters Library.

The new artwork will be located on the corner of Nelson Street and Magill Road, and intends to create an engaging installation that celebrates the City’s cultural identities and enhances the experience of living in, working in and visiting the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“We want our public spaces to be interesting places where people gather, and this artwork will create a focal point to engage locals and visitors.”

The addition of a public artwork in this precinct will add to its eclectic and dynamic vibe while raising the profile of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters as a community which values the arts.

“Our Council is one of only a handful of councils in South Australia that allocates funding for major public art initiatives,” added Mayor Bria.

The new artwork will be completed and installed by 3 August 2018.

For more information about the Council’s Quadrennial Major Public Artwork program, please visit the Council’s website at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Free Christmas movie on the Oval


Round up your family and join us for a free Christmas movie on Norwood Oval!

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is excited to host a free screening of The Grinch (based on Dr Suess’ book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) on Saturday 16 December.

“The Council is thrilled to offer a new Christmas event this year that will appeal to the entire family,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

The Movie on the Oval is part of Christmas in NPSP; a suite of events which includes the iconic Norwood Christmas Pageant, celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday 25 November, and the Twilight Carols & Christmas Market on Friday 1 December.

“I encourage people to bring their rugs and picnic baskets, and enjoy a movie under the stars.”

Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at Norwood Oval.

Bookings can be made online prior to the event and will also be available at the gate.

For more information about ‘Christmas in NPSP’ events and activities, please visit the Council’s website at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Christmas in NPSP


The 40th Norwood Christmas Pageant, Twilight Carols and an outdoor gallery of decorated wooden Christmas trees, are just some of the highlights from a suite of Christmas events, activities and attractions which will be offered by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Christmas is a time of the year for the community to come together and the Council has put together a terrific package of events, attractions and activities to make the festive season a memorable experience for all,” said Mayor Robert Bria. 

“We are particularly delighted this year to be celebrating the 40th Norwood Christmas Pageant which has now become a local tradition. and we expect to see another huge crowd for the event on 25 November.”

Mayor Bria said that following the success of the 2016 inaugural Wooden Christmas Tree Art Project, students from 14 local schools will paint and decorate 55 six-foot tall wooden Christmas Trees that will be on display on the Osmond Terrace median strip from 27 November 2017 until 3 January 2018.

“The students loved decorating the trees and it is great to see even more schools embrace and participate in this great initiative in 2017,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

Feedback received from the participating schools and the community after the 2016 event was encouraging as the trees became a destination for the children who decorated the trees and their families to visit.

The Twilight Carols & Christmas Market has long been a popular feature of the City’s Christmas calendar.

Mayor Bria confirmed that singer Rachel Leahcar will be the headline act at the Twilight Carols event at Linde Reserve, Stepney on Friday, 9 December.

Christmas lights are always an attraction and the Council will again install three six-metre tall Christmas Trees in the median strip on The Parade, in front of the Norwood Town Hall. The residents of Ninth Avenue (from Royston Park to St Peters) and nearby residents also install an impressive display of lights and decorations over the festive period. 

To keep children occupied over the summer break, the Council’s School Holiday Program offers a range of different activities and events that cater for children of all ages. 

Despite the range of activities on offer, Christmas can be difficult for some, so the Council is again collecting books as part of Give the Gift of Reading. The community is encouraged to donate books at the Norwood Town Hall and Council libraries, as well as donating non-perishable food to the Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul on The Parade, Norwood.

“We know that for some families, Christmas can be a very difficult time rather than a happy occasion, so I encourage all citizens to do what they can to help bring some cheer to those in need,” said Mayor Bria.

What’s On

40th Norwood Christmas Pageant
10.00am – 11.00am, Saturday 25 November 2017 The Parade, Norwood

Wooden Christmas Tree Project
On display 30 November 2017 – 3 January 2018 Osmond Terrace, Norwood

Twilight Carols & Christmas Market
5.00pm – 9.00pm, Friday 1 December 2017 Linde Reserve, Nelson Street, Stepney

School Holiday Program
Take-home Christmas Craft | Monday 18 December to Saturday 23 December 2017 at Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Libraries
Christmas Movie Afternoon | Thursday 21 December 2017, 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Payneham Library (bookings open 18 December)

Give the Gift of Reading
Until 25 December 2017.
Donate a book at the Norwood Town Hall or any of the Council libraries

Visit for further details and other events over the Festive Season.

For more information please contact the Council’s Events Unit on 8366 4555.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

NPSP Rising Star awarded for economic development excellence


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Economic Development Coordinator, Monique Warren, has received the national Rising Star Award for her demonstrated leadership and excellence in economic development.

Ms Warren, who commenced her career in Local Government in 2008, was approached by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters in 2012, to lead the development and delivery of its suite of boutique and iconic events.

In 2015, Monique was identified for the position of Economic Development Coordinator, a role she thrives in today.

“Monique has been involved in and co-ordinated a number of significant economic development projects and initiatives, all of which have transformed the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters to become a leader in Local Government Economic Development,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

Monique has developed strong and effective working relationships with many of the City’s 6,000 business owners and operators, to create vibrant mainstreet precincts and deliver initiatives such as The Food Secrets of Glynde & Stepney and the East Side Wine & Ale Trail.

“Through her exceptional organisational skills and passion for excellence, Monique has carefully and purposefully managed these food manufacturing initiatives to the point where there are now 22 participating businesses, sell-out monthly bus tours, and recognition by Local Government in South Australia as a genuine success story in the promotion of local businesses.”

With tertiary qualifications in marketing, Monique has also been instrumental in the rebranding of key business precincts within the City, continues to progress the Council’s Economic development agenda, and demonstrates leadership within the organisation and as a mentor to others.

“Within such a short timeframe, Monique has established herself as a responsive, proactive and exemplary practitioner, a true rising star who is respected and trusted by her peers and our community.”

The annual Economic Development Awards for Excellence are offered by Economic Development Australia and recognise practitioners for their achievements and contributions to their community.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Beulah Road Bicycle Boulevard wins award for innovation


The Beulah Road Bicycle Boulevard, a key strategic project of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, won an Innovation Award at the inaugural Form Innovation Awards (FIA) held on Friday 6 October 2017.

Mayor Robert Bria expressed his delight at having the Bicycle Boulevard considered as part of the Form Innovation Awards.

“The challenges of retrofitting road infrastructure to design safer spaces for cyclists is one facing many municipalities across the globe, and the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is justly proud of its achievement in winning this Innovation Award,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

The Form Innovation Awards provide a platform of recognition for innovative design thinking in South Australia and are awarded based on the impact of the project across the criteria of innovation, contribution to the project’s respective profession, and as a leading model of best practice.

“The design of the Bicycle Boulevard provides for safer cycling access along Beulah Road as part of the Norwood – Magill Bikeway Strategic Cycling Route, and has successfully secured State Government funding through the Greenways Project.”

The judges acknowledged that the Bicycle Boulevard faced many challenges but “exemplifies the planning profession”.

It was also noted that the Bicycle Boulevard, “promotes the use of bikes and aids to help communities challenge the norm of driving a car and to rethink transport options. Something that is imperative to ensure Adelaide remains a liveable and attractive place to live”.

“The comprehensive approach taken by the Council to the design of the Bicycle Boulevard will build even stronger connectivity between the CBD, The Parade and the eastern suburbs, as well as improve pedestrian movement and enhance outcomes for the surrounding businesses and community,” added Mayor Robert Bria.

The Boulevard design incorporates a series of infrastructure modifications including entry statements, raised platforms and intersection treatments, a central median feature at Osmond Terrace, enhanced lighting, landscaping and wayfinding signage.

For more information about the Project, visit: Beulah Road Bicycle Boulevard

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077