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NPSP ratepayers won’t pay for changes to China’s waste import policy


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters ratepayers will not pay extra rates to fund the cost of China's Revised Waste Import Policy – also known as the National Sword Policy - as the Council will instead absorb the additional cost of $300,000 as part of the Council’s 2018-2019 Budget.

"China’s new standards for the contamination of recyclable products as part of its National Sword Policy, was both unexpected and unavoidable, so it would be unfair for the Council to pass on the costs associated with the changes to ratepayers," said Mayor Robert Bria.

"Instead, the Council will absorb the cost and keep the residential rate (average) increase to a minimum which, based on current calculations, will be around 0.81 percent."

Mayor Bria said that rather than increase rate revenue to cover the cost associated with the impact of changes to China’s waste imports, the Council has reduced its projected operating surplus.

“Passing on the costs associated with China’s now dramatically high standards for the contamination of recyclable material would have lifted the rate increase (average) by almost one percent.”

China's decision to place new standards on the contamination levels of recyclable products has had a significant impact on Local Government across Australia, including the need to re-think how kerbside recycling materials are disposed.

The New South Wales and Victorian Governments have announced financial assistance packages to assist local councils in those states to deal with the issue.

The unexpected cost has also prompted Ipswich City Council in Queensland to discontinue its recyclable waste program and send this waste to landfill.

Mayor Bria said the Council's other two waste streams, household waste and green organics, are not affected by China’s National Sword Policy.

"The Council's household waste will continue to be sent to landfill sites while green organics waste will be processed by local firm, Jeffries."

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Follow a trail of South Australian art on the Parade, Norwood


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters last night launched Art on Parade, a trail of contemporary artworks by South Australian artists along Adelaide’s premier main street, The Parade, Norwood.

Art on Parade is a self-guided trail of contemporary art, featuring 95 unique works by South Australian artists. 

The work of 21 artists, including Margaret Ambridge, Karen Genoff, Eliza Piro, Tim Shaw and Jenny Ramos, will be displayed in the windows of retail and commercial businesses along The Parade until Monday 7 May 2018.

Mayor Robert Bria said, “This is a great opportunity to explore artworks along the cosmopolitan retail, café and restaurant strip of The Parade, Norwood.

“We’re excited to be collaborating with a number of local businesses within The Parade, Norwood precinct, from cafes and retail businesses to galleries and retail spaces to support local artists.”

Art on Parade brings together local businesses and South Australian artists to offer a curated cultural experience in an urban setting.

For a copy of the trail and further information about Art on Parade, please visit the Council’s website at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

George Street Piazza set to transform Norwood into a slice of Italy


On Sunday 15 April, in a celebration of everything Italian, George Street Piazza will take you across the Mediterranean to a vibrant, bustling Italian piazza.

Featuring an array of local food manufacturers, producers and retailers serving up authentic Italian dishes, live music and performances, the free event will be held in George Street (from The Parade to Webbe Street), Norwood from 10am to 4pm.

Mayor Robert Bria said this event is a perfect opportunity to further showcase the world-class food manufacturers and producers, which are based in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“George Street Piazza will provide the community with an authentic Italian food experience, from factory gate to plate.”

With plenty of food, wine and coffee to sample, patrons will also be treated to live art making, roving musicians, cooking demonstrations and live performances by Vogue Duo, among a host of other experiences you’d discover is an Italian piazza.

“We’re excited to be hosting this great event in George Street, as it’s an opportunity to activate a different space and provide a unique experience for our community and visitors.

“This event pays tribute to the City’s rich Italian heritage in what would be known as the heart of a city - the piazza.”

All surrounding car parks will remain open and accessible on the day, with the only road closure in place on George Street, between The Parade and Webbe Street, from 5am until 8pm, Sunday 15 April.

For further information about George Street Piazza and access to car parks, please visit:

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

St Peters Fair returns this weekend for a big day of family fun


The much-loved St Peters Fair is returning this Saturday 7 April, with a day of outdoor fun for the whole family.

Featuring more than 40 artisan market stalls, an array of delicious food and beverages, live music and children’s entertainment, the free event will be held at Linde Reserve, Stepney from 10am – 4pm.

There’s be a range of fun and interactive activities for children including Noises for Kids with Humphrey B Bear, three performances by Cool 4 Kids, and the incredibly entertaining Mr Oopy’s Bubble Show!

There’ll also be a creative area offering a range of craft activities for children where they can try their hand at making masks, key rings, bracelets, magnets and windmills.

The popular market stalls will be offering the perfect opportunity to pick up locally made artisan goods, homewares, jewellery or a special gift.

Mayor Robert Bria said that the St Peters Fair had become a highly anticipated event and is a great opportunity for both local residents and businesses to participate in community life.

“St Peters Fair has become a local tradition with Linde Reserve the perfect location to host such a dynamic and energetic event, in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

“It’s always great to see so many people enjoying live music and locally produced food, and families participating in interactive entertainment together.”

“With so many exceptional food producers in the area, the St Peters Fair is another way they can showcase their products and gain exposure to a broad and enthusiastic audience.”

For further information about the St Peters Fair, please visit the Council’s website at:

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Adelaide’s eastern suburbs premium food manufacturers unite in collaboration


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ Food Secrets of Glynde just got tastier with a new collaboration from two of its favourite food manufacturers, Gelato Bello and La Casa Del Formaggio.

In March 2018, the businesses launched their first collaboration with the limited edition gelato, Ricotta with blueberry & almond, featuring the flagship product of La Casa Del Formaggio.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council was thrilled to see that the Food Secrets initiative has established mutually beneficial business relationships within the area.

“The Council’s Food Secrets of Glynde initiative throws a spotlight on the City’s renowned food manufacturing district and some of its hidden treasures, tastes and flavours.

“It makes perfect sense that these world-class manufacturers look to each other for quality produce and bring together family recipes steeped in history.”

Both South Australian and family owned, Gelato Bello and La Casa del Formaggio embody southern Italian traditions in Australian made products.

Brad Halliday, owner of Gelato Bello, said that the relationships he has formed with neighbouring food manufacturers have been invaluable.

“Through the Food Secrets initiative, we’ve had the opportunity to connect with and learn from other local food manufacturers which is now progressing into these great partnerships and collaborations.”

Brad is also confident that the Food Secrets of Glynde and Stepney monthly food tours have put local hidden treasures on the map.

“The Food Secrets tours have brought hundreds of people through our doors over the last year, the experience rivalling that of other South Australian wine and produce regions, but only 20 minutes from the CBD.”

Both Gelato Bello and La Casa del Formaggio set the benchmark high when it comes to quality, authentic Italian produce.

The Ricotta with blueberry and almond gelato captures the subtle flavour and creamy texture of La Casa del Formaggio’s traditional ricotta, fusing it with almonds, an Italian favourite, and the fresh twist of blueberry.

The Ricotta, Blueberry and Almond gelato will be available during March from Gelato Bello stores at Semaphore and Glynde.

For more information about:

  • Gelato Bello flavours, please visit
  • La Casa Del Formaggio products, please visit
  • The Council’s Food Secrets of Glynde publication and bus tours, please visit or contact the Council’s Economic Development Unit on 8366 4616.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077