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Swap the winter blues for a summer in Sorrento!


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee have partnered with Flight Centre Norwood to bring you an amazing prize that will see one lucky shopper and a friend jetting off to spend a summer in Sorrento, on Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast.

The winner will also receive over $2000 worth of prizes, thanks to businesses located in The Parade precinct, and $2000 spending money, thanks to the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee.

Mayor Robert Bria, Presiding Member of the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee, said: “This competition is another great reason for people to visit and shop on The Parade.

This fantastic prize is the result of the strong working relationship that traders along The Parade have with the Council and with one another.

I thank Flight Centre Norwood and the businesses of The Parade for their support. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.”

To be in with a chance of winning, simply spend a minimum of $25 in a single transaction at any business within The Parade precinct from Wednesday 5 June to Wednesday 17 July 2019, keep your receipt and enter at

The competition will be drawn on Friday 19 July 2019 and the winner will be notified by telephone and in writing.

Terms and conditions apply. To find out more, visit or follow The Parade on Facebook: @TheParadeNorwood and Instagram: @paradenorwood

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or

Notes to editors: The winner will be lucky enough to receive over $4000 worth of cash and prizes.


Have your say on the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters plans for the next financial year


The Council’s draft 2019 – 2020 Annual Business Plan and budget is out for consultation until Wednesday 29 May 2019.

This year’s Budget is focused on keeping rate increases to a minimum, whilst making a big investment in infrastructure, with the average residential rate proposed to increase by 1.87% (or $27 a year).

Residents, ratepayers and business owners are encouraged to submit their comments and views on the draft 2019 – 2020 Annual Business Plan and Budget and until the close of business, Wednesday 29 May 2019.

The investments proposed by the Council for the next year include:

  • $3.48million in capital works (footpath replacements, road re-sealing and new kerbing)
  • $2.8million in new stormwater drainage infrastructure, to reduce the impact of flooding in parts of the City that are most at risk
  • $270,000 to upgrade recreation and open space facilities
  • $775,000 for new facilities at Payneham Oval (subject to external grant funding)
  • $265,000 to upgrade the streetscape on The Parade West in line with the Kent Town Urban Design Framework
  • $30,000 to help the Council achieve its sustainability target, by planting trees an extra 300 trees as part of a three year program
  • $50,000 will be committed to the development of a tree management policy and strategy

To have your say on the draft Annual Business Plan and budget, visit or ask for a hard copy from Norwood Town Hall, 175 The Parade, Norwood or any of the Council’s three libraries.

Comments should be provided in writing to Norwood Town Hall, 175 The Parade, Norwood or by emailing by 5pm on Wednesday 29 May.

Comments can also be given verbally at a public meeting that will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 29 May in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Norwood Town Hall.

For further information regarding the draft 2019 – 2020 Annual Business Plan and budget, please contact the Council’s General Manager of Corporate Services, Sharon Perkins on 8366 4585 or email

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or

NPSP keeps rates low in draft 2019 – 2020 budget


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters proposes to deliver an average residential rate increase of just 1.87 per cent as part of its draft 2019 – 2020 budget, while making significant investments in infrastructure.

The average rate increase translates into an extra $27 this year, bringing the average residential rate in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters to $1,495.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria said: “The past year’s budget was about maintaining a low rate increase while increasing spending on infrastructure.
“The 2019/20 budget addresses a number of key infrastructure issues raised by residents and business owners during last year’s election, particularly footpaths and trees.

“At the same time, the Council is conscious to continue its recent record of low rate increases in line with its ten year Long-Term Financial Plan.

“Residents should feel confident that their hard-earned money is being spent to improve amenities and the quality of life in our City,” he said.

The Council has also proposed to invest in infrastructure across the City, including $3.48 million in capital works, including footpath replacements, road re-seals and new kerbs, $2.8million in stormwater drainage works and $270,000 on upgrades to recreation and open space facilities.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is consulting on its draft 2019 – 2020 Annual Business Plan and budget, which can be viewed online at or in hard copy at the Norwood Town Hall, 175 The Parade, Norwood or any of the Council’s libraries, from Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Comments are welcome and feedback should be provided in writing by 5pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

A public meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 29 May in the Mayor’s Parlour at Norwood Town Hall where people can submit verbal feedback or discuss their written submission.

For further information regarding the draft 2019 – 2020 Annual Business Plan and budget, please contact the Council’s General Manager of Corporate Services, Sharon Perkins on 8366 4585 or email

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or

City of NPSP: Commission’s heritage policies pose dangerous risk to character of suburbs


Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, says his Council’s “worst fears have been realised” following the release of the State Planning Commission’s approach to the transition of Contributory Items into the new Planning and Design Code.

“The Council has held ongoing concerns that the existing heritage planning framework would be weakened leaving the character of our suburbs at risk of uncontrolled demolition of Contributory Items if they are no longer part of the mix,” he said.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters currently has 1,475 properties listed as Contributory Items. These properties were identified through a State Government sanctioned process some 14 years ago and their retention has meant that our suburbs have retained their character, whilst at the same time allowing new development to occur.

Contributory Items do not have the same status or protections as a Local Heritage Places, but are considered to provide an important contribution to the character of a suburb.

Mayor Bria questions State Planning Commission Chairman, Michael Lennon’s suggestion that councils could nominate Contributory Items for local heritage listing.

“Mr Lennon is trying to sell false hope to councils and communities by suggesting that Contributory Items can be elevated to Local Heritage Places.

“Commencing a Heritage DPA for this purpose would be a complete waste of time and ratepayer’s money, as most Contributory Items will not meet the criteria for listing as Local Heritage Places. As the criteria has not changed for almost two decades, if these buildings met the criteria when they were first assessed in 2005, then they would have been identified as Local Heritage Places in 2005,” he said.

Mayor Bria also said Mr Lennon’s claim that it was not comprehensible that all 12,000 Contributory Items across metropolitan Adelaide should be transferred into the planning code was “a lazy policy response and a cop out”.

“This issue of Contributory Items can be easily resolved by inserting a ‘grandfather clause’ in the new Code which says they can remain as Contributory Items with existing protections, but there won’t be any new ones added to the list.”

Mayor Bria said he has spoken to a number of other Mayors from councils in the eastern region who also shared his serious concerns about the lack of protection to Contributory Items.

“I am sure that the Mayors of the ERA (Eastern Region Alliance) Councils will meet shortly to develop a regional response to this decision”.

Media enquiries: Please direct all media enquiries to Mayor Bria by calling 0431 754 077

An evening with author Stan Grant at Norwood Concert Hall


Bestselling author, Stan Grant, will present his new book, Australia Day, at Norwood Concert Hall on Wednesday 8 May.

In his highly anticipated second book, Australia Day, Stan talks about Australian national identity, what it means to be Australian and the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia.

This thought provoking book follows his bestselling memoir, Talking to my Country, which was published in 2015 and won the Walkely Book Award.  Presenting Australia Day, Stan will ask the questions that have to be asked and that no one else seems to be asking.

The event, which is organised by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters in partnership with Dillons Norwood Bookshop, will take place at Norwood Concert Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday 8 May. Doors open 6pm. Tickets cost $8 each.

A book sale and signing will take place after the talk.
To book a place, please contact Payneham Library on 08 8336 0333, Dillons Norwood Bookshop on 08 8331 0946 or visit

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 8366 4544 or