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NPSP keeps rate increase to record low of 0.93 percent


Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council has kept the 2018-2019 average residential rate increase just 0.93 percent following the adoption of it’s 2018-2019 Annual Business Plan & Budget adopted on 2 July 2018.

This equates to an increase of $14 per annum, based on a home with an average capital value of $661,658.

Commercial property owners will again experience some rate relief, with the average rate decreasing by 1.05 percent.

This equates to cutting $26 from the rates bill for an average Commercial property.

"Achieving this record low increase demonstrates that the Council continues to have the City's finances under control and maintaining financial sustainability," said Mayor Bria.

Mayor Bria said that over the course of this current 4 year term of the Council, the average annual rate increase has been 1.7 percent.

This compares favourably to the average annual increase of State Government fees such as the Natural Resources Management Levy (8.1 percent) and the Solid Waste Levy (11.5 percent) during the same period.

Through its budgeting process, the Council has projected an Operating Surplus of $1.430 million, which will be used to repay loan borrowings taken out to fund major capital works and projects. 

 “The combination of low rate increases, operating surpluses and falling debt over the past few years has placed the Council in a strong financial position to meet any unexpected challenges over the medium term.” Mayor Bria said

This year the Council will invest $11.8 million into new projects, as well as nearly $7 million into its Capital Works Program.

This includes storm water drainage ($4.1 million), road reseals ($1.528 million), footpaths ($0.811 million), and kerbing and water tables ($0.765 million).

For more information regarding the 2018/2019 Annual Business Plan & Budget, please contact the Council’s General Manager, Corporate Services, Sharon Perkins on 08 8366 4585 or email

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Raising the Bar in Norwood Payneham & St Peters


In a first for South Australia, The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will host the event ‘Raising the Bar Adelaide' for one night only, on Tuesday 7 August.

Founded in New York City by students of New York University and Columbia University, ‘Raising the Bar’ is a global award-winning event series which turns pubs into classrooms by combining education and popular culture.

"On 7 August, our city will become one big campus with academics from our three biggest universities and other notable speakers giving talks at different pubs and bars in the council area," said Mayor Robert Bria.

"This event is a great opportunity to listen to experts talk about topics ranging from art to culture, science to technology, sociology to philosophy, while enjoying a drink or two."

"Council is grateful that so many local pubs and bars have put their hand up to be a part of this exciting event."

There will be 20 free talks across 10 venues throughout the City on the night. Each venue will hold two different sessions – one at 6.30pm and the second at 8.30pm.

Participating venues are:

  • Alma Tavern
  • Britannia Hotel
  • Little Bang Brewing Co
  • Maylands Hotel
  • The Republic
  • The Robin Hood
  • Stone’s Throw
  • The Bath Hotel
  • The Colonist
  • The Maid

‘Raising the Bar’ events have previously been held in New York City, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney.

The event is free but tickets will be essential. Tickets will be available from 11 July via the official Raising the Bar website:

For more information visit the Council website

Media Enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria 0431 754 077

A sterling achievement for NPSP at Australasian Reporting Awards


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters was last week conferred a Silver Award at the 2018 Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA), for the Council’s 2016-2017 Annual Report.

The Awards are administered by the Australasian Reporting Awards Limited, an independent not-for-profit organisation run by volunteer professionals from business, government and not-for-profit sectors.

The Council’s Silver Award was presented at the ARA Awards Presentation Dinner held in Sydney on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

“As an organisation we are committed to good governance and our values set the bar for excellence,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

“Most importantly, we are firmly dedicated to open and transparent communication with our community and stakeholders.”

The Silver Award follows a Bronze, which the Council received for its 2015-2016 Annual Report.

“With our commitment to continuous improvement, comments received from the ARA are used to establish higher standards for the Council’s reporting to ensure that we are providing a balanced and reasonable picture of our financial, economic, environmental and social performance.”

The Australasian Reporting Awards also provides an opportunity for the Council to benchmark annual reporting against the ARA criteria, which is based on world best practice.

“The Council’s 2016-2017 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the highlights, activities and achievements, whilst complying with the legislative requirements of the Local Government Act 1999.”

Together with the strategic and financial outcomes, the Council’s Annual Report also recognises that people are critical to the delivery of our programs, services and initiatives.

“I am proud that our Annual Report features the stories of our Volunteers and people within our community who make the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters a great place to live, work and play.”

The Australasian Reporting Awards have been presented annually since 1950 and acknowledge excellence in preparing annual reports to improve the standard of financial reporting and communicating with stakeholders in Australia.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Council endorses draft Masterplan concepts for The Parade


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has unanimously endorsed the draft concept design for The Parade Masterplan, which will now be released for community consultation.

Mayor Robert Bria says The Parade is the centre of action in the eastern suburbs, which means that the Masterplan has to reflect the vibrancy, culture and excitement that people associate with Adelaide’s premier mainstreet.

"The Council has been very conscious to ensure that the Masterplan reflects these core characteristics of and presents The Parade as a street for all people.

“The Plan proposes the widening of footpaths, more street trees, pedestrian-friendly road treatments and landscaping to enhance the cosmopolitan feel, which makes The Parade unique.”

The Masterplan has been designed to complement the new developments such as those at the eastern end of The Parade and the Norwood Oval redevelopment at the western end, thereby ensuring that the whole of the main strip benefits from public and private investment.

The Masterplan divides the strip into three sections:

  • The Parade West (Fullarton Road to Osmond Terrace);
  • The Parade Heart (Osmond Terrace to Queen Street); and
  • The Parade East (Queen Street to Portrush Road).

"Dividing The Parade into three sections not only recognises the different character and function of the different sections of this unique precinct, but it will also helps the Council in terms of the proposed scheduling when implementing the final design," says Mayor Robert Bria.

The Masterplan also proposes some minor changes to George Street, whilst retaining the two-way traffic movement. The proposed widening of the footpaths will be created by removing the indented car parks on either side of the street between Webbe Street and The Parade.

Mayor Bria says particular attention has also been given to the treatment of the intersections at Queen Street, Edward Street and Sydenham Road to maximise safety for all users.

The consultation will commence on Wednesday 30 May and conclude on Friday 22 June 2018.

Comments will inform the detail of the final draft Masterplan, which is expected to be released for consultation in late July before the final draft is considered and approved by the Council at its September meeting.

For more information please contact the Council’s Manager, Economic Development & Strategic Projects, Keke Michalos on 08 8366 4509 or email

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Shop on The Parade and win a Caroma bathroom makeover!


Get yourself winter ready and shop on The Parade, Norwood for the chance to win a bathroom makeover thanks to Caroma!

The competition, an initiative of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and the Council’s Norwood Parade Precinct Committee, will see one lucky shopper win a Caroma bathroom makeover valued at $7,000, $2,500 cash and a $1,000 voucher from Outdoors on Parade.

Simply spend a minimum of $25 at any business within The Parade precinct from 1 – 30 June 2018, to go into the draw.

Mayor Robert Bria, Presiding Member of the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee, said the Committee is thrilled to be running this competition with Caroma after the recent opening of their flagship store on The Parade.

“We’re excited to be working with Caroma and Outdoors on Parade to offer such a great incentive for shoppers to visit The Parade.”

“The Parade is renowned for its fashion retailers but home furnishing and renovation represents a large cluster of the stores within The Parade Precinct.”

Such a competition isn’t possible without participation from The Parade retailers.

“On behalf of the Committee I thank The Parade businesses for their participation and in particular, Caroma for the generous bathroom products on offer.”

The Bathroom Makeover prize draw will be held on Monday 9 July 2018, with the winner notified by telephone and in writing.

The competition will open on Friday 1 June 2018, with entries closing on Saturday 30 June 2018. To view the full terms and conditions or to enter, visit

*Total prize valued at $10,500. Prize includes $7,000 worth of Caroma bathroom products, $2,500 cash and a $1,000 Outdoors on Parade voucher. **Terms and conditions apply. There is no limit to the number of entries any person may submit providing they have purchased goods to the amount of $25 or more per entry. 

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Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077