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Planning reform: NPSP welcomes inclusion of Contributory Items in draft Planning and Design Code

09/11/2020

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has welcomed the State Government decision to include Contributory Items in the draft Planning and Design Code, as announced last week by Minister for Planning and Local Government, Vickie Chapman.

Mayor Robert Bria says, “The Council is proud to have taken the lead on this important issue and recognises the great work and lobbying carried out by Community Alliance SA and other local community members who have been in support of the cause”.

“The Council took a very professional, considered and evidence-based approach to ensure that our voice continued to be heard and taken seriously.”

Mayor Bria said that the Council’s approach included writing to all Members of Parliament; conducting a survey of owners of Contributory Items in the City in order to ascertain their views about the current level of protection from demolition and the value they place on owning a Contributory Item; as well as making two presentations to the Environment, Resources & Development Committee of Parliament.

One quarter of the 1,463 owners of Contributory Items responded to the survey.

“We know that more than 80% of survey respondents were either happy with the current policies or wanted the protections strengthened.”

 Mayor Bria says that two presentations given to the Environment Resources and Development Committee of Parliament in September 2019 and February 2020 were particularly important in raising awareness of the issue with Members of Parliament on all sides of politics.

“Those presentations provided the Council with the opportunity to explain in detail the importance of protecting Contributory Items,” said Mayor Bria.

 Mayor Bria was critical of the State Planning Commission, in particular Chair Michael Lennon, who he said was “stubborn and obstructionist” in its approach to recognising Contributory Items in the new Planning and Design Code and offering them protection from demolition.

 “This strategy was developed and pursued relentlessly and arrogantly by the Commission without any justification.”

 “The Commission’s insistence that Contributory Items could not be transferred into the Code meant that many of South Australia’s unique buildings would be at risk of being demolished,” added Mayor Bria.

 “This outcome and its impact on South Australia’s architectural and cultural heritage could not be left unchallenged.
“In a city such as Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, this would significantly impact on the uniqueness of our City and its much-loved streetscapes—an outcome which simply could not go unchallenged.

Mayor Bria said that leaving Contributory Items out of the Code would have also created significant confusion and potential conflict between property owners and developers when it came to the issue of demolition, and would lead to lengthy delays in the approval process which in turn would incur increased costs.

Mayor Bria said his Council is grateful to the new Minister, the Hon Vickie Chapman, for taking a pragmatic and enlightened approach to protect Contributory Items in the Code.

“The Minister has ensured the unique ‘sense of place’ and built history of South Australia will be enjoyed for many generations to come.”

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

 

 

Christmas to shine bright on Ninth Avenue

05/11/2020

Residents of Ninth Avenue are set to bring joy to our local community this festive season with their annual Christmas lights display. 

“The Council is delighted that Ninth Avenue residents will once again adorn their homes with decorations and turn on the lights for their annual Christmas celebration—a popular attraction during the festive season,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

More than 70 houses along Ninth Avenue from Battams Road, Royston Park to Stephens Terrace, St Peters will light up and shine bright from Tuesday 1 December.

“All residents of Ninth Avenue participating in this event should be proud of their contribution towards building a strong community spirit not only in their neighbourhood, but across our City.

“This Christmas, the lights will be a sign of hope and source of happiness after what has been a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mayor Bria says that the Council understands the need for the community to remain vigilant in reducing the spread of COVID-19, particularly given the large numbers of people expected to visit Ninth Avenue in the coming weeks.

“The Council’s Manager, WHS & Risk and I met with residents to determine the measures required to ensure the community’s safety and well-being during the event and with current Government health advice in mind.”
These measures include:

  • street signage encouraging physical distancing and continuous movement along the street
  • footpath signage encouraging pedestrians to walk in one direction
  • signage encouraging people who are feeling unwell to view the lights from their cars so as to minimise contact with others.

“Both the Council and local residents were keen to determine a way in which the Christmas lights could go ahead in a safe and responsible way while meeting the appropriate COVID-19 guidelines.

“By following the above guidelines, every visitor can have a wonderful time and go home with great memories.”

Spokesperson for Ninth Avenue residents, Kevin Naughton, says this year’s display will be the most significant in its 20 year history.

“Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and with support from the Council, we are aiming to deliver a free, family-friendly and safe Christmas experience.

“What started as a couple of houses has grown to more than 70 and evolved into a must-see event in Adelaide, enjoyed by thousands over the festive season.”

The lights will be on display from 1 December 2020 until 1 January 2021.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Making NPSP a smart city

19/10/2020

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is now seeking comments on a new draft Smart City Plan, which will guide the City to becoming more digitally connected and technologically enhanced for the benefit of our entire community.

Once finalised, the Smart City Plan will be used to inform, plan, design and accelerate the deployment of smart city technology.

Mayor Robert Bria says that as a smart city, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will join global leaders that use infrastructure, innovation and technology to improve liveability.

“Smart cities such as London, Toronto and Tokyo, collect and use data to improve day-to-day activities for citizens and visitors alike.

The final Smart City Plan, prepared by consultants Delos Delta on behalf of the Council, will set out a governance framework for the delivery of smart city technology—the platform to develop future business cases and partnerships.

“Technology evolves at an incredibly rapid rate and traditional models of service delivery across all spheres of Government are fast becoming obsolete.”

As new technologies become increasingly available, accessible and affordable, the needs and expectations of our community quickly change to reflect their uptake and use of new technologies.

“The evolution of social networking platforms as genuine and legitimate tools for engagement, consultation, debate and information sharing, is a good example of how new technologies can influence community expectations for service delivery.

“The Council must be constantly adapting to change and the Smart City Plan provides the dynamic framework to facilitate adoption of tested and innovative new technologies, which will enhance the Council’s service provision and community well-being.”

Mayor Robert Bria says that the draft Smart City Plan takes into consideration the views, aspirations and ideas of community members who participated in the initial stages of consultation in February 2020.

“The draft Smart City Plan introduces the aspirational smart city agenda while emphasising the Council’s focus on sustainable active transport and climate change adaptation.”

Mayor Bria encourages all residents, property owners, business owners and operators to submit their comments by 5 November 2020.

“Looking to the future, it is vital that we work together to ensure that all of the great things about our City are not only preserved but enhanced through the use of smart technology.”

Visit the Council’s website, www.npsp.sa.gov.au/consultation to download a copy of the draft Plan and provide comments. The draft Plan can also be viewed at the Norwood Town Hall Customer Service Centre or at any of the Council’s Libraries.

For further information regarding the draft Smart City Plan, please contact the Council’s General Manager, Urban Planning & Environment, Carlos Buzzetti on 08 8366 4555 or email cbuzzetti@npsp.sa.gov.au

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Raising the bar for people with a thirst for knowledge

24/09/2020

Award-winning event series, Raising the Bar, is returning to the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters on Tuesday 20 October—the only City in the world to host a live Raising the Bar event in 2020.

Ten of the City’s best bars and pubs will be transformed into accessible and fun knowledge spaces for people who want to be challenged, inspired and always learning.

“Following the overwhelming success of previous years, the Council is absolutely delighted to be bringing this global initiative back to our City for another night of inspiring talks with a range of experts,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

From gut health, body movement and mental wellbeing, to judicial systems and rebuilding tourism in a post-COVID market, there’s something to pique everyone’s interest.

Frances Nelson QC is just one person tasked with the delicate job of reviewing parole applications of South Australian prisoners. With a legal career spanning more than 50 years, she will share perspectives and considerations that must be taken into account when finding a balance between a punishment that fits the crime and protection of the public.

Jason Lee has made a career out of spinning records and now he’s set to spin us some yarns about the joys of collecting, the challenges of a ‘hobby income’ and how he keeps people dancing! He’ll be taking over the decks at The Colonist and taking you on a tour through music spanning the decades.

“We’re also thrilled to be welcoming back Luke Broomhall, a forensic psychologist who has captivated Raising the Bar crowds in previous years.”

Luke has acted as a medico-legal expert in some of the most notorious cases in South Australia’s legal history and will share his insights into forensic personality profiling referencing some of these cases, exclusively for Raising the Bar.

Raising the Bar is a COVID safe event and though seating may be limited for some talks to ensure physical distancing requirements are met, all talks will be live-streamed to ensure everyone can participate in the event.

“Those who don’t secure tickets or prefer not to attend the event in person, won’t miss out—they will be able to enjoy the talk online in the comfort of their own home.”

Livestream links will be available on the Council’s website and the Facebook pages of host venues closer to the event.

Raising the Bar is a global event series which began in New York and aims to make education a part of popular culture in cities across the world, with Adelaide now among Hong Kong, London and Sydney.

Tickets to Raising the Bar talks are free and bookings are essential.

For more information about speakers and venues, and to secure your seat, please visit www.rtbevent.com/adelaide

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Raising the Bar | Tuesday 20 October 2020, 7pm

Venue

Speakers

Talk

Alma Tavern

Luke Broomhall

Murder, violence and psychopathy in South Australia

Bath Hotel

Matt Heavyside and Jess Trengrove

Movement is medicine: why wait til we’re broken

Britannia Hotel

Frances Nelson

To parole or not to parole

Cue Bar

Matthew Iasiello

Why a focus on mental wellbeing makes all the difference

Little Bang Brewing

James Muecke

Building resilience: a personal and global journey

Maylands Hotel

Hannah Wardill

Chemotherapy with a side of poo thanks!

Republic

Rick Sarre

Your right to know

Robin Hood Hotel

Marianna Sigala

Tourism and the next normal: can we ‘Build Back Better’

The Colonist

Jason Lee

Dj-ing through the decades

The Maid

Evangeline Mantzioris

When food plays mind games

Shaping our future: have your say

21/09/2020

As part of a mid term review of its strategic management plan, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is now seeking comments on the proposed changes to CityPlan 2030: Shaping Our Future.

The Mid Term Review is being undertaken to provide ongoing stability and certainty in an environment of constant change by reaffirming the Council’s high level strategic direction and ensuring a strong focus on the four Outcomes of Social Equity, Cultural Vitality, Economic Prosperity and Environmental Sustainability is maintained over the final ten years of the strategy.

Mayor Robert Bria says that the updated CityPlan 2030 takes into consideration the views, aspirations and ideas of community members who were invited to participate in the initial stages of consultation.

“The Mid Term Review has provided a timely opportunity for the Council and community to reflect on what we believe to be the unique and defining elements of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, and how we will protect and nurture them given the challenges we continue to face due the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“This update also introduces the aspirational smart city agenda while emphasizing the Council’s focus on sustainable active transport and climate change adaptation.”

In order to secure a prosperous future for our natural environment, rich built heritage, cultural diversity, community spirit and ‘sense of place’, Mayor Bria encourages all residents, property owners, business owners and operators to participate in the consultation.

“Now, more than ever, it is important that we work together to ensure that all of the great things about our City are preserved and enhanced for ourselves and future generations to enjoy.”

Visit the Council’s website, www.npsp.sa.gov.au/consultation to download a copy of the draft Plan and provide comments. The draft Plan can also be viewed at the Norwood Town Hall Customer Service Centre or at any of the Council’s Libraries.

For further information regarding CityPlan 2030, please contact the Council’s Economic Development & Strategic Projects Coordinator, Rosanna Francesca on 8366 4524 or email rfrancesca@npsp.sa.gov.au

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077