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NPSP launches Eastside Design for Living to support local interior and homeware businesses


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will tonight launch its inaugural homeware and interior design publication to help support the local industry.

Mayor Robert Bria will officially launch Eastside Design for Living at Art Images Gallery, located on The Parade, Norwood at 6pm.

“Tonight’s launch marks a very important milestone for economic development in the City, with the launch of this new, unique and highly anticipated publication,” Mayor Bria said.

“It is understood that the Council is the first in the state to develop, create and launch a publication of this type.

“Our City has a long-standing reputation for its stunning interior and homeware businesses, and it is for these very reasons the Council wanted to capture the talent, diversity and style of local establishments.”

Eastside Design for Living has been developed by the Council in collaboration with the 47 businesses that are featured.

“From small and family owned to those recognised internationally, these businesses have a strong emphasis on inspiring and exploring individual tastes, with the ultimate aim of enhancing the beauty and style.

“Boasting creative flair, exceptional service and a sharpened knowledge of market and design trends, Eastside Design for Living is not only visually appealing, it is a wealth of history and knowledge.”

Each business featured is helping to promote our City as Adelaide’s number one destination for international design, custom made furnishings and unique homewares.

The publication and the businesses featured within it, will be promoted on the Council’s websites, via social media and a range of other external advertising platforms, such as SA Life.

Eastside Design for Living is available from participating homeware and interior businesses, as well as Norwood Town Hall and online:

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Redeveloped Norwood Oval receives national recognition in the AFL Facility Awards


The much loved and iconic Norwood Oval is continuing to kick goals after being crowned the state’s winner of the AFL’s Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Award.

The multi-million-dollar redeveloped Oval was the only facility in South Australia to receive the Award, which is presented by the AFL’s Australian Football Facilities Fund.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters made a significant funding contribution towards the redevelopment.

“To be honoured with the Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Award is an incredible result and testament to the vision, determination and hard work in what was a huge team effort,” Mayor Bria said.

The Norwood Football Club, State Government and Federal Government also contributed, along with  

award-winning winemaker and former Number One Ticket holder of the Club, Wolf Blass.

“I would like to thank the Australian Football Facilities Fund for this Award and its contribution to the redevelopment,’’ Mayor Bria said.

The redevelopment – which was completed in late 2020 - involved the construction of a new two-storey community centre, where the former Baulderstone Stand was located, transforming the venue into one of the premier facilities for football in SA.

The redevelopment also significantly improved facilities for both male and female players and umpires while encouraging increased female participation.

“The new clubrooms and member's facilities have bolstered its appeal, as not only the home of the mighty Redlegs, but as a place to watch and enjoy the Adelaide Crows AFLW team,” Mayor Bria added.

Among the vast range of new features, the multi-purpose facility includes a new 180 seat members clubroom, function space and new Premier’s Bar.

The Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Awards recognise, on an annual basis, best practise in community football facility development across Australia, along with the people, clubs and other stakeholders driving our best community level projects.

Ken Gannon had a decorated career across many areas of the game, including as Chief Executive of the Geelong Cats and AFL Victoria.

Other state and territory winners of the most recent Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Award are:

  • Community Clubrooms for the Pennant Hills Demons AFC - New South Wales
  • Santa Teresa Oval Project – Northern Territory
  • Ferny Grove Falcons Change Room Project - Queensland
  • Brighton Regional Sports Pavilion - Tasmania
  • Coburg City Oval Redevelopment - Victoria
  • Lakelands Park Sporting Complex - Western Australia

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Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077


$24 million Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre revamp


The Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre will be transformed into an exciting aquatic park for swimmers, families and the wider community.

The Council will be investing $16.5 million in 2022–2023. This is in addition to the Council’s $500,000 investment last financial year.

Once completed the total investment in the state-of-the art facility will be in the order of $24 million with $5.6 million contributed from the State Government.

This redevelopment includes:

  • two new pools (including a 50m pool and all season 25 metre pool)
  • high platform waterslides
  • water play areas
  • disability access ramps to facilitate the increased use of the existing facilities, as well as supporting greater independence for all patrons.

Mayor Robert Bria said the redevelopment will also boost the local economy by creating jobs and a direct spend on construction.

“While the Centre is much-loved, it is also desperately in need of major work, having been constructed in 1968,” Mayor Bria said.

“This investment will make a huge difference to people who use the centre making it even more popular given the exciting new features, including the high platform waterslides.”

The inclusion of disability access ramps will facilitate the increased use of the existing facilities as well “as support greater independence for all patrons.”

The Swimming Centre will be completed for the 2023-2024 swimming season.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077


45 initiatives delivered in first year of NPSP’s Economic Development Strategy


The first annual review of the Council’s Economic Development Strategy has revealed positive data in relation to how businesses are performing in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

In its first year, the Strategy delivered 45 initiatives which have all played a key role in helping the local economy during the Pandemic.

The review revealed positive data including:

  • The vacancy rate within The Parade Precinct dropped from 10.5 per cent in 2020 to 5.16 per cent in 2021
  • Employment in the City grew from 24,367 jobs to 24,594 jobs over the same period
  • There were 662 Development Applications approved in the City in 2020-2021, with total development costs of $145,768,093
  • A diverse range of initiatives, competitions, networking events and business support from the Council received high engagement from local businesses, resulting in a boost to the local economy.

The five-year Strategy has been established under four key themes – Dynamic & Diverse City, Destination City, Innovative City and Business Friendly City.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Year 1 Review of the Council’s 2021 – 2026 Economic Development Strategy demonstrated that the Council’s support of the local business community was delivering immediate and tangible results.

“Whilst 2021 brought another year of challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council has continued to support businesses and deliver programs and host events for the community.,” Mayor Bria said.

“The Economic Development Strategy sets out the Council’s vision and we expect that as more support and assistance is rolled out, the business community will reap even greater rewards in the future.

“From increased social media engagement, participation in shopping days, bridal showcases, television features and highly regarded events such as Raising the Bar Adelaide, the Council is working tirelessly to work with, and support, the local business community.”

Download: Economic Development Strategy: 2021 – Year 1 Review

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

NPSP adopts its first ever Tree Strategy with a focus on climate change, biodiversity and beautiful streets


The Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council adopted its first ever Tree Strategy (2022-2027) last night, which will serve as the blueprint to guide the management, forward planning, planting and maintenance of all Council owned trees over the next five years.

The Strategy has set a target of planting new 500 street trees in 2022 and also sets out the Council’s role in advocating for the retention of trees and planting trees on private land.

Mayor Robert Bria said the three primary objectives of the Strategy are:

  • adapting to climate change and mitigating against urban heat;
  • ensuring species diversity to support sustainability and biodiversity; and
  • delivering clean, safe and beautiful streets and footpaths to enhance active lifestyles and community well-being.

There are approximately 20,000 street trees in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters with 7,000 trees in parks and reserves and, including trees on private land, the City has 24 per cent tree canopy cover.  The Council has committed to increasing its tree coverage by 20 per cent by 2045, with a particular focus on suburbs with low levels of coverage such as Glynde, Firle and Payneham South, compared to St Peters and College Park that have over 30 per cent coverage.

“The endorsement of the 2022-2027 Tree Strategy recognises the leadership role which the Council can play in setting clear objectives and guidelines, both strategic and operational, for managing Council owned trees in the City,” he said.

“Trees are what makes the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters one of the most desirable local government areas to live and visit. They are the of lungs of our City, bringing cooler temperatures in summer as well as providing beauty to our streets and habitat for birds and animals to sustain biodiversity.

“The Council recognises that with climate change taking on a more prominent role, trees will continue to play an important role in in environmental agenda.

“Through this Strategy, there is an opportunity for the Council to take a more strategic and long-term approach with its street tree planting program. Through this Strategy the Council also plans to engage and involve the community in watering street trees in their local areas,” he said.

Mayor Bria said the submissions received during the community consultation period provided valuable information to the Council and a number of the comments were incorporated to improve the Strategy.

He said, to ensure the successful delivery of the Strategy’s Action Plan, a Staff Steering Group comprised of staff across the Council would be established to monitor and track progress and report to the Council.

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Media queries: Robert Bria phone: 0431 74 077