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Using tree canopy data to plan for a cooler, greener City


In a first for metro Adelaide, the Council collaborated with 17 other local councils and the Government of South Australia to capture tree canopy coverage and height for all trees more than three metres.

Using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, we captured high resolution, 3D tree data by flying across the Adelaide region.

The data shows that tree canopy represents 24% of metropolitan Adelaide, which is below the recommended 30% identified in the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide

It also shows that our greatest opportunity to increase tree coverage is by planting and maintaining trees on private land as there is simply insufficient space on public land to meet this target alone.

Tree canopy coverage across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is 24%. Proportionally private land has the least of tree canopy cover (18%) compared to streets (37%) and other public land (40%).

As we experience longer and hotter heatwaves, this data is critical to help us plan for trees in our backyards, streets and neighbourhoods. Trees cool and shade our homes and streets, reduce electricity bills, and are our best way of adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

Online urban heat and tree mapping viewer

You can better plan your home or business by viewing the data alongside heat maps on the Urban Heat and Tree Mapping Viewer

This study is an initiative of South Australian Regional Climate Partnerships (Resilient East, Resilient South, AdaptWest, Adapting Northern Adelaide)


Pet Ownership Survey 2020: Have your say!



The Council’s 2019-2024 Dog and Cat Management Plan guides how the Council approaches the management of dogs and cats in the City. One of the objectives of the plan is to educate the community about responsible pet ownership and the broad range of dog and cat ownership requirements.

The data collected through this survey will be used as a baseline from which the Council will measure the impact of the education campaign.

Survey closes 18 October 2020.

Pet Ownership Survey 2020

We’d like you to help us out by filling in this survey. You don't have to own a dog or cat to complete the survey.


Alternatively, download and complete: Pet Ownership Survey 2020 and forward it to:

  • email:
  • post: City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, PO Box 204, Kent Town SA 5071
  • in person: Norwood Town Hall Customer Service Centre, 175 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067

Note: hard copies of the survey are available at the Norwood Town Hall or our Libraries


David Maywald
Team Leader, Customer & Regulatory Services
T: 08 8366 4556

Swimming Centres reopen in October


Have a splash as the weather warms up at the Norwood and Payneham Memorial Swimming Centres.

Our outdoor Swimming Centres feature:

  • shaded lawns and BBQs
  • hot showers
  • convenient opening times
  • kiosk
  • lap swimming (online booking required)
  • swimming lessons.

2020–2021 swim season dates:

  • Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre: 10 October 2020 - 28 March 2021
  • Norwood Swimming Centre: 24 October 2020 - 11 April 2021.

Please note: Due to State Government physical distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council now requires all lap swimmers to book a lap lane spot online prior to attending a swimming centre.

Draft Smart City Plan - have your say!


The Council is seeking your comments on the Draft Smart City Plan and invite you to have your say!

Smart City consulting experts, Delos Delta, were engaged to develop a draft Smart City Plan for the Council, which will be used to inform, plan, design and accelerate the deployment of smart city technology for the benefit of the community.

For more information and to have your say, visit: Community Consultation

Expressions of Interest open for 49 George Street, Norwood


The Council is now inviting applications for the proposed future use of the Council premises at 49 George Street, Norwood as part of an Expression of Interest process to run from Friday 9 October – Friday 6 November.

Situated in a prime city fringe location, we are interested to hear your ideas to breathe new life into this versatile space under a Lease or Licence arrangement with the Council on a commercial basis, for the period 2021 to 2023.

For more information, please download:

Or visit: McGees website

All enquiries and completed application forms should be submitted to Craig Feely, Director, McGees Property:


Phone: 08 8414 7800

Facsimile: 08 8231 1143

Office: Level 10, 60 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, S.A. 5000 / GPO Box 1646, Adelaide, S.A. 5001

Expressions of Interest close at 4pm on Friday 6 November 2020.​

Magill & Portrush Roads intersection upgrade: Council’s proposal for a better outcome


In March 2019, the Federal and South Australian Governments announced $98 million joint funding for the upgrade of the Portrush and Magill Roads intersection, with the cost shared equally.

Despite the State Government Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) indicating they wish to work with both the Council and the community to address concerns and impacts, opportunities for the Council and the community to participate in consultation have been limited.

The Council continues to hold concerns for and remains strongly opposed to the Project due to the impacts it will have on residents, property owners, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists.

Despite Council and community concern, the State Government is proceeding with the upgrade project. As such, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for the local amenity, the Council is taking a proactive approach by preparing and submitting a proposal to DPTI outlining suggestions and recommendations which will maintain and contribute to the local character, mitigate impacts of the Project through best practice urban design and environmental initiatives, and appropriately plan and redevelop surplus land which has been acquired.

The Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection: A Proposal for the Department of Infrastructure and Transport document takes a more integrated approach to the design of the Project rather than the ‘kerb to kerb’ design approach employed by DPTI.

The document includes a concept plan illustrating how potential landscape character and green infrastructure opportunities could be implemented to produce an optimal open space and urban design outcome within the verge and acquired property areas on Portrush and Magill Roads.

Concluding the document is a commitment from the Council to work with the State Government to deliver non-transport related project benefits for our community, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and those utilising the roads.

At its meeting held on 7 September 2020, the Council endorsed the Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection: A Proposal for the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. The document has been submitted to the Premier of South Australia, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, The Hon Corey Wingard MP, the Federal Member for Sturt, Mr James Stevens MP, and the Chief Executive of the Department for Infrastructure and Transport.

Ideally the State Government will now consider the suggestions and opportunities submitted by the Council in the proposal, which will contribute to improved social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes and provide a far superior urban design outcome for the Project.

Download: Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection: A Proposal for the Department of Infrastructure and Transport

More information

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is responsible for the design and delivery of this Project.

For further information, visit: DPTI Road Projects

If you have any enquiries about this Project, please contact DPTI directly via email: or telephone: 1300 794 880

Pianos return to the parks!


For the fourth year in a row, we've collaborated with piano specialists Leaver & Son, to bring music to the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters!

Sometimes pianos have been so well-loved that for a number of reasons they cannot be restored or resold, but they still have some tunes left to play.

Rather than leave these ivory keys unused, Leaver & Son have carried out a small amount of work and delivered one to Richards Park and another to Linde Reserve for everyone to enjoy!

This year, children from both Margaret Ives Community Children's Centre and the Council's St Peters Child Care Centre & Preschool have used their creative flair to decorate the pianos.

If you spot one of the pianos, why not stop and tinkle the ivories!

Piano in Richards Park

Image: Richards Park, Margaret Ives Community Children's Centre design

Share your photos and videos on social media and be sure to tag the Council @cityofnpsp and Leaver & Son @leaverpianos

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Government of South Australia DPA rezoning proposals


The Minister for Planning and Local Government has recently released the Payneham and Stepney Strategic Sites Development Plan Amendment (DPA) which includes two land rezoning proposals within the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Otto’s Timber and Joinery and surrounding land, Stepney

Rezoning to Urban Corridor Zone – Transit Living Policy Area to facilitate new development through planning policies which enable:

  • medium density residential development
  • small scale non-residential activities
  • development up to three storeys in height.

Download: Otto's Timber Site Map

Former Schweppes factory and surrounding land, Payneham

Rezoning to Urban Corridor Zone – Business Policy Area to facilitate new development through planning policies which enable:

  • range of commercial and retail activities at ground floor level
  • medium density residential development on upper levels
  • development up to five storeys in height.

Download: Site 1: Former Schweppes Site at Payneham Map


You are able to make a submission on this rezoning proposal to the State Planning Commission by close of business Thursday 12 November 2020.

Public information drop in sessions

Drop in session 1 Drop in session 2

Saturday 26 September 2020, 11.45am–1.15pm
Payneham Library, 2 Turner Street, Felixstow

Tuesday 29 September 2020, 4:45pm–6.15pm
Payneham Community Centre, 374 Payneham Road, Payneham

Public hearing

Scheduled by the State Planning Commission for this Ministerial DPA:

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 7.30pm

To submit comments or attend the public hearing, please contact the State Planning Commission via

For further information about the DPA:

Contact: Andrea Jorgensen, Senior Planner, Attorney General’s Department on 7109 7004 or

Visit: SA.GOV.AU: Minister-initiated amendments to development plans