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A clean sweep for NPSP’s streets


A new street sweeping program has been endorsed by the Council in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

The new program will see an increased frequency of street sweeping as well as the addition of footpath blowing across the City.

Mayor Robert Bria said: “The Council has reviewed the current program to assess both its efficiency and effectiveness and has now developed street sweeping and footpath sweeping schedules that provide greater clarity in terms of the frequency of these services.”

Under the new program, local roads will be swept every four weeks instead of every six, and all streets and footpaths with Queensland Box trees will be swept every eight weeks to accommodate the additional sweeping of local streets and footpaths

“Our primary focus with this program is to ensure our streets and footpaths are cleaned in a regular basis. Taking into account different parts of the city which require different types of services depending on the season.

“The Council believes the new program will improve the overall cleanliness of local streets, while at the same time achieve good value for ratepayers. The Council will continue to monitor the impacts of the program to ensure it achieves the desired outcomes,” said Mayor Bria.

The new program also introduces leaf and debris blowing to all footpaths across the City, which will take place eight times per year.

The revised program will assist in improving safety for road users and pedestrians, minimise pollutants entering local waterways, and enhance the appearance of the City’s streets.

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

Grand slam for tennis courts in NPSP


Ten tennis courts in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters are set to be upgraded in 2020.

Two grants totalling $825,000 have been provided to the Council by the state government to upgrade four courts at Buttery Reserve and six courts at Payneham Oval, with construction of the Payneham Oval courts set to commence in early 2020.

Mayor Robert Bria said: “This grant funding is a great result for the community. We are now able to upgrade these important sporting facilities and increase their lifespan so they are fit to be used for at least another 20 years. The Council hopes this will encourage more people to have a go at tennis, as well as improve the facilities for the tennis clubs and their members.

“The Council is delighted that both the Norwood Tennis Club and East Adelaide Payneham Tennis Club can continue to call local facilities their home and is pleased that we can continue to work together to maintain these valuable community assets.”

The grants have been provided by the South Australian Government’s Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing’s 2019-2020 Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program.

Mayor Bria thanked the state government for the grant funding as these projects can now be progressed.

For more information, or to book a sporting facility in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, please visit

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

Felixstow Reserve wins again


The multi-award winning Felixstow Reserve Redevelopment Project received another five awards over the weekend, taking its total number of awards to eleven.

The local project won the Award for Excellence in Public Engagement and Community Planning, as well as awards of commendation in the Best Planning Ideas – Large category and Great Place category at the Planning Institute of Australia Awards on Friday night. The following evening, the project received two awards from the Master Landscapers of SA, where it received commendations in the categories of environmental sensitivity and landscape maintenance.  

Located in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, the newly redeveloped reserve was opened in February this year with a number of new features, including: a pavilion; fitness stations; BBQ areas; drinking fountains; basketball, netball and bocce courts; a nature play area; and a cultural art trail.

Felixstow Reserve also features an expansive wetland which collects, treats and stores stormwater which is used for irrigation purposes across the eastern region of Adelaide.

Mayor Robert Bria said: “Felixstow Reserve is a world class facility which combines valuable open space for the community with an excellent wetland and traditional Kaurna heritage and culture.”

The project has previously been recognised for demonstrating ‘best practice in contemporary design, incorporating considerations of site, water, community engagement and facilities’ as well as for its ‘approach to cross-cultural engagement and collaboration’ at the 2019 South Australian Landscape Architecture Awards. It also beat 12 nominees from around the country to receive the highest accolade in the Parks and Open Space category at the 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards.

Since it opened in February, the reserve has won the following awards:

  • 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Award in the Parks and Open Space category
  • 2019 AILA SA Award of Excellence in the Cultural Heritage category
  • 2019 AILA SA Health Parks Healthy People SA Award
  • 2019 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Award in the Parks and Open Space category
  • Award of Commendation for lighting design from IES The Lighting Society
  • People’s Choice Award in the Urban category from the Australian Civic Trust
  • Award of Excellence in Public Engagement and Community Planning from the Planning Institute of Australia
  • Award of Commendation in the Best Planning Ideas – Large category from the Planning Institute of Australia
  • Award of Commendation in the Great Place category from the Planning Institute of Australia
  • Award for Most Environmentally Sensitive Project from Master Landscapers of SA
  • Award for Landscape Maintenance Commercial from Master Landscapers of SA

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


Lights, pageant, carols! Christmas arrives in the City of NPSP


The Parade, Norwood will be buzzing with families and excited children on Saturday 24 November as the much-loved Norwood Christmas Pageant marks the official start of Christmas in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“Christmas is a great time in our City; there are plenty of things to do and see for residents and visitors,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

Mayor Robert Bria says that Christmas presents an opportunity for all members of our community to come together, connect and celebrate.

“The Norwood Christmas Pageant is always an exciting day for the pageant itself but also launching more than one month of family-friendly events and free Christmas activities hosted by the Council.”

The Council’s Festive calendar is jam packed with fun events, including the popular Twilight Carols at Linde Reserve on Friday 6 December.

“The Council’s Twilight Carols is the perfect opportunity to gather your nearest and dearest for a relaxing evening under the stars to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.”

Unfortunately cancelled in 2018 due to inclement weather, the Movie on the Oval will return this year with a screening of Saving Santa on Saturday 14 December at Norwood Oval.

Osmond Terrace will again be transformed into an outdoor gallery of wooden Christmas Trees for the Festive Gallery on Osmond, as children from 10 local schools decorate 24 six-foot tall wooden Christmas trees to be displayed on the Osmond Terrace median strip from 18 November 2018 until 3 January 2019.

“The Festive Gallery on Osmond is a great example of the Council collaborating with local schools and children to create a popular destination for residents and visitors during the festive season,” said Mayor Bria.

Christmas lights are always an attraction in our City and residents will be delighted with the impressive displays of lights and decorations which local residents have placed on homes along Ninth Avenue (from Royston Park to St Peters) throughout the festive season.

“We know that Christmas can be difficult for some, so the Council is again collecting books as part of Give the Gift of Reading.”

The community is encouraged to donate books, colouring or activity packs at the Norwood Town Hall and Council libraries, as well as donating non-perishable food to the Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul on The Parade, Norwood.

For more information please contact the Council’s Events Unit on 08 8366 4555 or visit

What’s On

Norwood Christmas Pageant
10.00am–11.00am, Saturday 23 November 2019
The Parade, Norwood

Festive Gallery on Osmond
On display 18 November 2019 – 3 January 2020
Osmond Terrace, Norwood

Twilight Carols
5.00pm–9.00pm, Friday 6 December 2019
Linde Reserve, Nelson Street, Stepney

Movie on the Oval – Saving Santa
7.00pm–10.30pm, Saturday 14 December 2019
Coopers Stadium, Norwood

School Holiday Program
Christmas Slime | Tuesday 17 December 2019, 10.30am–11.30am at St Peters Library

Christmas Craft Maker Morning | Wednesday 18 December 2019, 10.00am–12.30pm at St Peters Library

Christmas Movie – The Grinch | Thursday 19 December 2019, 2.00pm–4.00pm at Payneham Library

Give the Gift of Reading
Until 20 December 2019
Donate a book, colouring or activity pack at the Norwood Town Hall or any of the Council’s libraries.

Visit for further details and other events over the Festive Season.

Media enquiries: Lucy Summerfield, Communications Officer on 0402 632 823

Owners of contributory items value heritage protection


A survey of the owners of contributory items in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has found an overwhelmingly positive response to their properties being located within historic conservation zones.

The survey, conducted by the Council, found that of 397 respondents, 79% said it was important to have their property listed as a contributory item. The survey also found that 82% of respondents thought that it should be made harder for contributory items to be demolished or that the existing policy on demolition did not need to be changed. Only 18% thought it should be easier for contributory items to be demolished.

The findings come in the wake of the SA Planning Commission’s proposal to remove contributory items as part of state-wide planning reforms which, it is feared, will create uncertainty as to their status.

Mayor Robert Bria said: “Councils and residents are concerned that removing contributory items from the new Planning and Design Code will create ambiguity. Contributory items contribute significantly to our City’s character. Without protection, these important historic buildings are open to demolition.”

Amongst the proposed changes is the plan to remove individual council development plans, which currently provide specific policies to local areas and in many cases add greater protection to contributory items.

There are currently 1463 contributory items in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“There is the ongoing and well documented concern that the planning reforms will further strip away councils’ authority to manage how development is undertaken in their local areas,” said Mayor Bria.

“Frustratingly, the part of the new Planning and Design Code that relates to the character of an area has not been released as part of the consultation on the new planning reforms, which means the community and affected property owners are not being given the opportunity to comment on these key details,” he said.

Consultation on the planning reforms and new zoning of all properties in SA through the Planning and Design Code is currently open. For more information and to have your say, please contact the State Planning Commission by visiting SA Planning Portal, emailing or phoning 1800 318 102.

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