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$1m grant secured for Felixstow Reserve Redevelopment


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has been successful in securing a $1 million grant from the State Government, for the redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve.

The Felixstow Reserve Project is a significant initiative of the Council in terms of financial investment, complexity and outcomes for the community.

“This grant will not only lessen the financial impact of the project on the Council and the community, but also demonstrates the support of the State Government for the project,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

Felixstow Reserve has the potential to become one of the most innovative open space assets within the City and the eastern region, and one of the most engaging reserves along the River Torrens Linear Park.

“This project will deliver a well-designed informal recreational and leisure space that includes amenities such as natural play spaces, open recreation areas and a wetland.”

The Felixstow Reserve Masterplan outlines a number of initiatives which guide the redevelopment of the Reserve to ultimately realise the full potential and importance of the Reserve.

The wetland component of the Masterplan forms part of the Eastern Regional Alliance (ERA) Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide Stormwater Harvesting and Re-Use Project.

The Masterplan provides the framework to strategically guide the integration of the proposed wetland into the Reserve, which includes features such as a viewing deck, bridges and stepping stones.

“The State Government grant will assist greatly in ensuring the delivery of the Felixstow Reserve Project.”

More information and the full Felixstow Reserve Masterplan is available from the Council’s website.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

NPSP Adopts Responsible Budget for 2017-2018


 The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters adopted its 2017-2018 Annual Business Plan & Budget
at its meeting held on 3 July, which sets an average rate increase of 2.65 percent for residential properties, and 2.03 percent decrease for commercial properties.

The 2017-2018 Budget was developed through a comprehensive review and consultation process with Elected Members and Council staff, and consultation with the community.

The Budget remains future-focused and financially responsible which aims to ensure that the Council’s continuing and emerging priorities can be appropriately resourced.

“The Council has again worked hard to ensure a fair and reasonable Budget for 2017-2018, which is ultimately focused on improving well-being of our community through a range of special projects and ongoing programs, services and initiatives,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

“Finding the balance between low rate increases and ensuring the delivery of infrastructure and services to a standard that meets community expectations and needs can be challenging, but I believe we have achieved this while keeping in mind the financial pressures which many households are currently experiencing.”

“In keeping rate increases at a minimum whilst maintaining a healthy operating surplus of $3.081 million, the Council is demonstrating that it is responsibly managing finances and ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of the City.”

The 2017-2018 Budget continues to build upon the strategic objectives and outcomes which are contained in the Council’s strategic plan, CityPlan 2030, and its Long-Term Financial Plan 2012-2022.

Major projects which are planned for delivery in 2017-2018 include:

  • Capital Works Program $3,116,006
  • Implementation of the Felixstow Reserve Masterplan $3,200,000
  • Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre Main Pool Refurbishment (Stage 1) $560,000
  • Preparation of a Masterplan for Adey Reserve $100,000
  • Construction of new Norwood Oval Clubrooms and Members Facilities $5,820,000
  • Upgrade of the River Torrens Linear Park Path $960,000
  • Completion of The Parade Masterplan $100,000.

The full version of the Council’s 2017-2018 Annual Business Plan & Budget can be viewed online at or in hard copy at the Council’s Customer Service Centre at 175 The Parade, Norwood  or any of the Council’s Libraries.

For further information regarding the 2016-2017 Annual Business Plan & Budget, please contact the Council’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Services, Sharon Perkins on 08 8366 4585 or email

Media Contact: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Young creatives wanted!


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is seeking young creatives to submit entries into the 2017 Urban Art + Design Exhibition and the Youth Short Film Festival.

Held as part of the Council’s biennial Canvas Youth Arts and Events Program, the Exhibition and Short Film Festival provide an opportunity for young people aged between 12 and 25 year who live, work, study or volunteer in the Council area, to showcase their creativity to the community, and win cash prizes.

Urban Youth Art + Design Exhibition

The Urban Youth Art + Design Exhibition calls on our young creative community to draw on inspirations, trends and ideas to express their perceptions of modern life in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, through 2D (painting, illustration, photography, graphics, mixed media) or 3D (sculpture, jewellery, textiles) artwork.

The Urban Youth Art + Design Exhibition will be open to the public from 26 September – 6 October 2017 at the Norwood Town Hall. The works will be assessed by a panel and winners will be announced at the exhibition opening on 25 September. The overall winner will receive $500, $150 for the People’s Choice Award, and subsequent prizes in age categories for both 2D and 3D artworks.

Youth Short Film Festival

The Youth Short Film Festival has been held biennially since 2009 with an aim to foster youth participation and to showcase the talents of young people in the area of short film.

All entries will be showcased at the Short Film Festival event held in the Norwood Concert Hall on Friday 6 October and will be assessed by a panel of judges .Winners will be announced and prizes awarded on the night, with the $1000 prize for Best Entry. Additional prizes will be awarded for three age categories (12 – 15 years, 16 – 19 years and 20 – 25 years).

Entries into the Urban Youth Art + Design Exhibition and the Youth Short Film Festival must be received by 12 noon, Monday 11 September 2017.

Further Information

For more information about the Canvas Youth Arts and Events Program, the Youth Short Film Festival and the Urban Youth Art + Design Exhibition, please contact Rosanna Busolin, Manager, Community Care Services on 08 8366 4600 or email

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Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

CityPlan 2030: NPSP strategic management plan review


At its meeting held on Monday 3 July, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters endorsed the draft CityPlan 2030: Shaping Our Future – Update 2017 to proceed to the next stage of community consultation in August 2017.

"CityPlan 2030 will continue to play a vital role in guiding us towards our vision for the future,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

The 2017 update has taken into account the views, aspirations and ideas of more than 160 people who participated in the first stage of community consultation.

"The update re-affirms the City’s long held vision and aspirations for the future; such as an improved vibrant arts and culture scene, with more activation in public spaces aimed at increasing community participation and creating a stronger sense of place and inclusion.”

The City of Norwood, Payneham & Peters’ response to climate change has also been given a higher priority in the 2017 updated CityPlan 2030.

“Measures to improve water security, use of renewable energy sources and the preservation of our natural environment have been raised by our community and incorporated across our various services and programs.”

“Closely aligned to this is the reflection of the community’s strong desire for better infrastructure and amenities which encourage sustainable transport options such as walking and cycling.”
The revised draft CityPlan 2030 is currently being prepared ahead of the next stage of community consultation in August 2017.

Further information about the next stage of community consultation will be available from the Council’s website at in early August 2017.

A Discussion Paper on emerging issues and trends which were considered during the review of CityPlan 2030 will be available on the Council’s website during the consultation of the draft CityPlan 2030 – Update 2017.

For further information regarding CityPlan 2030, please contact the Council’s Strategic Projects Coordinator, Olivia Franco on 08 8366 4524 or email

Media Contact: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Stepney location selected as site for new NPSP major public artwork


The small reserve on the corner of Nelson Street and Magill Road, was last night selected by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters as the location for its next major public artwork, demonstrating the Council’s ongoing commitment to fund public art.

The third Quadrennial Public Art Commission by the Council since 2010, the artwork intends to create an engaging installation that celebrates the City’s cultural identities and enhances the experience of living in, working in or visiting the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“We want our public spaces to be places where people gather, and public art is a positive way of creating focal points that engage locals and visitors,” Mayor Robert Bria said.

“Magill Road is a popular place and an important shopping and dining precinct.”

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.

“The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is one of only a handful of councils in South Australia that allocates funding for major public art initiatives,” added Mayor Bria.

Under the Council’s Public Art Policy, a reserve fund has been created where the equivalent of 1 percent of the annual Capital Works Budget or $50,000 (whichever is the greater amount), is set aside for the purpose of funding a commissioned artwork for each term of the Council.

It is expected that approximately $200,000 will be set aside for the artwork itself which is scheduled to be installed by the end of August 2018.

The Council’s Public Art Committee will meet in July 2017 to prepare a Project Brief with the intention of seeking Expressions of Interest from artists. The final design of the artwork will be approved by the Council by the end of the year.

Expressions of Interest will be open and further information will be available in August on the Council’s website

Quadrennial Public Art Commissions



Osmond Terrace, Norwood

A stainless steel sculpture comprised of seven rings each telling a different story of about life in the City.



St Peters Town Hall Complex

Part of the Council’s ANZAC Avenue of Honour project on St Peters Street, St Peters.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077