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NPSP joins LGASA campaign against rate-capping


At its meeting held on Monday 1 May, the Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council resolved to join other councils in support of the Local Government Association of South Australia’s public awareness campaign against rate-capping.

This follows the South Australian Liberal Party’s proposal to introduce rate-capping on the Local Government sector should it win the 2018 State election.

“A cap on council rates is a cap on infrastructure, essential services and a community’s aspirations for a high level of amenity,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

“Council’s position is not about opposing a political party, but instead opposing a failed policy that will undermine the democratic foundation of local voice and local choice, and our right as a local government authority to chart our own course for the future, that meets the needs of our community.”

Independent reports from New South Wales have found that rate-capping in that state has left many councils financially unstable with crumbling infrastructure and significant cuts to essential services.

The NSW Treasury Corporation reported in 2013, that the impact of rate-capping had left 25 per cent of the 152 councils with an either ‘weak’ or ‘very weak’ financial sustainability rating.

Mayor Robert Bria is concerned that the disadvantages of rate-capping far outweigh the benefits.

Rate-capping won’t improve budget transparency as councils won’t need to justify raising a low rate increase in line with the cap.

Mayor Bria said there will always be a case for councils to achieve efficiencies, reduce costs and find opportunities for resource-sharing with other councils to ultimately provide better ‘value for money’ for its constituents.

“Our Council strongly supports the introduction of benchmarking. Comparing the cost and quality of services and programs in Norwood, Payneham & St Peters with other councils will enable ratepayers to hold the Council to account.

In 2016, Council supported Mayor Bria’s call for standardised reporting on annual rate increases, in order to ensure that all councils are providing their communities with comparable information regarding budgets.

For further information on Council Rates or to view Council’s Rating Policy, visit: - Council Rates

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

NPSP delivers responsible residential rate increase in draft 2017-2018 budget


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has delivered a residential (average) rate increase of 2.8 per cent, while dropping the average commercial rate by $47, as part of its draft 2017-2018 budget.

Achieving the average rate increase of 2.8 per cent was a significant challenge for Council, yet a responsible decision given the current economic climate.

“Council remains conscious of the cost of living pressures on households and has responded with another moderate residential rate increase,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

“Council has carefully maintained a responsible balance between low rates and ensuring that it can generate enough income to continue providing high quality services for our community while also repaying our loan borrowings.”

The Council’s ten year Long-Term Financial Plan aims to provide ratepayers with a degree of certainty by delivering a low average rate over the life of the Plan, which is currently an average of 2.1 per cent.

The residential (average) rate increase of 2.8 per cent will equate to a $40 increase (or 75 cents per week), from $1,417 to $1,457.

Commercial property owners are set to experience a decrease in the average rate of $47, or -1.8 per cent.

The draft 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.

Comments on the draft 2017-2018 Annual Business Plan & Budget are being sought from Wednesday 10 May. Feedback should be provided in writing, by 5.00pm Wednesday 31 May 2017.

For further information regarding the draft 2017-2018 Annual Business Plan & Budget, please contact the Council’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Services, Sharon Perkins on 08 8366 4585 or email

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Taste Glynde & Co at Tasting Australia 2017


South Australia’s unique food manufacturing destination at Glynde will be showcased again at ‘Taste Glynde & Co’ during Tasting Australia in April 2017, with the Norwood and Stepney Precincts joining the food festivities this year!

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said the Council was delighted to host this event again as an opportunity to continue to promote the Glynde Precinct, with the addition of Norwood and Stepney.

“Glynde has so much to offer as a local food manufacturing precinct and is home to many renowned and iconic South Australian businesses,” said Mayor Bria.

“The outstanding success of the ‘Taste Glynde’ event in 2016 convinced the Council that it had to be a part of Tasting Australian again this year.

“Along with the Food Secrets of Glynde and Stepney bus tours, which have already sold out for the remainder of 2017, ‘Taste Glynde & Co’ builds on the precinct's reputation for high quality food manufacturing,” said Mayor Bria

‘Taste Glynde & Co’ will provide the opportunity for people to discover and meet local food businesses, producers and manufacturers, enjoy food and wine samples, and be treated to live cooking demonstrations.

The event will also feature a ticketed Tasting Room hosted by businesses from the popular new Eastside Wine & Ale Trail initiative, which was launched in February 2017. In addition, Sprout Cooking School will be conducting four ticketed kids cooking classes, for 4-12 year olds.

Phil Sims, Chief Executive Officer of Robern Menz said he is excited to be hosting this event again on the Robern Menz premises at Glynde.

“It is so important that local brands have the support of our councils and this initiative by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is an excellent example of what can be achieved when we all work together to highlight the amazing food and beverage products manufactured in our region,” he said.

This event will help to further build the recognition of the many food manufacturing businesses in Glynde, Norwood and Stepney, which are producing quality products and being consumed all around the world.

‘Taste Glynde & Co’ will be held on Sunday 30 April 2017 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Robern Menz, 71 Glynburn Road, Glynde.

For further information, please visit: or contact the Council’s Events Unit via email at or on 08 8366 4527.

Media Enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

Come and enjoy sunset tunes at Melodies in the Park!


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will host a new family event, ‘Melodies in the Park’ at Joslin Reserve, Joslin on Saturday 18 March 2017.

Building on the popularity and success of existing local community events such as the St Peters Fair and Twilight Carols & Christmas Market, ‘Melodies in the Park’ will focus on music and family entertainment for the enjoyment of the local community, whilst showcasing the delightful surrounds of Joslin Reserve at sunset.

Hosted by Channel 9’s Jessica Braithwaite, the fantastic musical line up will include ARIA award winning quartet, The Idea of North, and local bands Soul Macumbia and The Winter Gypsy.

Family entertainment, including Noises for Kids, The Amazing Ace magician, roving entertainers and a range of delicious food stalls will complement the live music melodies and the relaxed outdoor ambience of the event.

“Community events contribute greatly to building community pride, a ‘sense of place’ and promoting active participation,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

“Family-friendly events in local parks are embraced by the community and it is important that the Council hosts these events in various locations throughout the City, to ensure inclusion and participation across the community.

“Joslin Reserve offers an ideal suburban venue to host this family-orientated concert style event, featuring family entertainment and food stalls,” he said.

‘Melodies in the Park’ will be the first in a series of community concert events that will be hosted by the Council, with the next event to be held at Koster Reserve, Trinity Gardens in early 2018.

Melodies in the Park will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017, 4.00pm – 9.00pm at Joslin Reserve, Joslin.

Media Enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

Presenting Adelaide’s only inner-city Wine & Ale Trail!


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has launched the Eastside Wine & Ale Trail, Adelaide’s only inner-city self-guided wine and ale trail showcasing a unique offering in the Council – three boutique cellar doors and a micro-brewery.

The Eastside Wine & Ale Trail provides an opportunity to experience some of South Australia’s finest wine and to taste some of Adelaide’s best boutique beer, without having to leave the city.

In recognising this unique offering in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, the Council has worked with local businesses to design a trail to bring people together to enjoy great wine and ale in four relaxed environments, whilst promoting these fantastic family-owned businesses.

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said that the launch of this new and unique initiative is an important milestone for Economic Development in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“The Eastside Wine & Ale Trail has been developed by the Council in collaboration with four local businesses – three boutique cellar doors and a microbrewery – who together, have allowed us to establish Adelaide’s only inner-city Wine & Ale Trail in our Council area,” said Mayor Bria.

“Along with the business owners from Amadio Wines, Little Bang Brewing Co, Signature Wines and Tidswell Wines, the Council is proud to be associated with this exciting initiative which we are sure will be a great success,” he said.

Get to know the great operators behind the four businesses involved in the initiative as you sip and sample your way along the trail:

  • Amadio Wines, 461 Payneham Road, Felixstow
  • Little Bang Brewing Co., 8A Union Street, Stepney
  • Signature Wines, 31 King Street, Norwood
  • Tidswell Wines, 14 Sydenham Road, Norwood

For further information, visit: or follow the Eastside Wine & Ale Trail on Facebook: /eastsidewineandaletrail and Instagram: @eastsidewineandaletrail

Media Enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

Photos: Available on request.