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Swimming Centres redevelopment wins Council and community support

11/12/2017

The strategic plan for the redevelopment of the Norwood and Payneham Memorial Swimming Centres has been endorsed by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

At its meeting held on 4 December 2017, the Council unanimously endorsed the Swimming Centres Long-term Strategy, which proposes the continuation of the current ‘two outdoor pools’ model and outlines the redevelopment works to be undertaken at each facility.

“The Council is pleased to have endorsed the Swimming Centres Long-term Strategy, which takes into account all of the comments which have been received from the community during the extensive engagement and consultation process and which informs the redevelopment of the Norwood and the Payneham Memorial Swimming Centres,” said City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria.

“Since embarking on the Swimming Centres Review in 2015, the Council has put a great amount of time and effort into reviewing the existing facilities and engaging and consulting with the community, to ensure that these valued community assets remain relevant to the needs and expectations of our community.

“The comments received from the community following community consultation on the draft Strategy has been positive and showed widespread support for the proposed redevelopment plans for both the Norwood and Payneham Memorial Swimming Centres,” he said.

The proposed redevelopment at both Centres will incorporate:

  • refurbishment of the respective main pools, including relining of the pools, installation of ramps to allow disabled access, new filtration systems and upgrading of the plant room
  • replacement of the scum gutters with wet deck entry at the Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre
  • replacement of the Learners/Teaching pools, which will include the provision for disabled access
  • installation of shade and the upgrade of facilities, such as the amenities building, barbeque and picnic facilities.

The redevelopment at the Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre will also include the introduction of leisure water facilities aimed at babies and toddlers, as well as older children/teenagers, such as an interactive water park and a splash pad or zero water playground.

Planning for the redevelopment works to be undertaken at the Norwood and Payneham Memorial Swimming Centres will now commence.

For more information about the Swimming Centres Long-term Strategy, please contact the Council’s General Manager, Corporate Services, Sharon Perkins on 08 8366 4585.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

Maintaining our quality infrastructure

07/12/2017

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is continuing its commitment to ensuring that the Council’s infrastructure assets are maintained at a high quality and standard, adopting the Infrastructure and Asset Management Plans (2017), for the ongoing management of civil infrastructure, drainage, building, and recreation and open space assets.

The Infrastructure and Asset Management Plans (2017) set out the Council’s proposed strategies for the management, maintenance, renewal and enhancement of its civil assets (roads, footpaths, kerbs and water tables), stormwater drainage network, community buildings and recreation and open space assets.

“The Council’s Infrastructure and Asset Management Plans are strategic documents which take into account a number of other strategies and initiatives, to ensure a robust and holistic approach is taken in the long-term management of the Council’s major infrastructure assets,” said Mayor Bria.
“The Council’s commitment to maintaining high quality infrastructure across the City, is reflected by the ongoing financial commitment towards its Annual Capital Works Programs, which has an annual expenditure of approximately $4.6 million,” he said.

The Infrastructure and Asset Management Plans (2017) are reviewed by the Council every four years, to ensure that they remain current and relevant according to other strategies, initiatives and priorities. Copies of the Plans are available for viewing on the Council’s website, viist: Publications & Documents

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Artists commissioned for new NPSP major public artwork

06/11/2017

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 www.npsp.sa.gov.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Free Christmas movie on the Oval

31/10/2017

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 www.npsp.sa.gov.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Christmas in NPSP

24/10/2017

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 www.npsp.sa.gov.au 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