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City of NPSP endorses 2022-2027 Built Heritage Strategy and proposes investigating restrictions on new building heights


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has endorsed its first Built Heritage Strategy to ensure there are protections and polices in place to preserve the City’s history and character, now and into the future.

At the same meeting, the Council unanimously agreed to look into the feasibility of requesting an amendment to the State Government’s Planning & Design Code – with a focus on building heights and setbacks of new developments on The Parade.

The move followed a recent decision by the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) which approved an eight-storey development at 120 The Parade, Norwood.

The Council made representations to the SCAP to oppose the building based on grounds of excessive bulk and scale.  The Council’s planning staff also made the following submission to SCAP:

“The bulk and scale of the proposed building completely ignores its context. The Parade is a fine-grained street developed over time with small to moderate sized buildings……Further developments of this scale, height and bulk threaten the human scale of this important historic shopping street.”

Speaking after the Council meeting, Mayor Robert Bria said one of the key components of the Built Heritage Strategy was to advocate to the State Government, Members of Parliament and the Local Government Association (SA) for good policy outcomes with respect to heritage places and historic areas.

“This is exactly what tonight’s motion does and I am very pleased that the Council is acting so quickly on the actions of the 2022 - 2027 Built Heritage Strategy,” he said.

“The Strategy will enable the Council to identify its priorities for action, while clearly articulating our values regarding built heritage,” Mayor Bria said.

“The Strategy sets out a five-year plan to preserve and protect local heritage, fund heritage project initiatives and importantly, provide clarity for the community in regards to the timeline for Council’s heritage agenda,” he said.

“Over the past three decades, the Council, in partnership with the community, has been committed to recognising our valued built heritage and increasing the level of protection of historic buildings that are important to our City which began with three separate entities in the mid-to-late 19th century.”

This effort has resulted in 73 State Heritage Listed properties, 661 Local Heritage Listed properties and more than 1464 Representative Buildings (formerly known as Contributory Items) in our City, representing approximately 10 percent of the local housing stock.

This Strategy is applicable to all elements of built heritage as recognised in the Planning Development & Infrastructure Act 2016, Heritage Places Act 1993 and the Planning & Design Code.

In addition, outlined in the Strategy is a list of challenges facing the Council and proposed responses – including how the Council will collaborate, inform and build positive relationships with all stakeholders involved in managing built heritage, including the State Government.

To read the Strategy, visit: Built Heritage Strategy

Media enquiries:  Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Major public artwork unveiled – local artist draws from history, nature to create Seed Mix in Old Mill Reserve


A series of striking sculptures – titled Seed Mix – was last night unveiled in a special ceremony at Old Mill Reserve, Hackney.

The art work was commissioned by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters as part of its Quadrennial Public Art Program.

Seed Mix – which is located in three different locations in Old Mill Reserve - was designed and created by South Australian artist Nicholas Uhlmann.

The sculptures - Parrot Gumnut, Germinating Wheat Grain and a Golden Wattle Seed – celebrate the history of Old Mill Reserve by weaving contrasting cultures of Kaurna with early colonist grain processing.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council’s Quadrennial Public Art Program provided incredible opportunities for artists and an indelible cultural experience for residents, visitors and the wider community.

“The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is known for its unique and diverse culture and for valuing creativity and artistic expression within the community,” Mayor Bria said.

“The City’s public art walking trail is celebrated for its notable and eminent sculptures such as the stunning Spectrum and the Whirling Mandala, both in Norwood, and Matilda’s Playground, at Stepney. Now, art lovers can also admire the stunning three-part sculpture, Seed Mix, in Hackney.”

“Seed Mix is the Council’s fourth Quadrennial Public Art Commission and further cements our City’s reputation as a growing dynamic and vibrant outdoor visual gallery.”

Artist Nicholas said Seed Mix pays homage to the keystone species that “ties the whole story together and aims to celebrate nature as the star of the Old Mill Reserve experience.”

The Old Mill Reserve is located on the corner of Hackney Road and Richmond Street, Hackney, and forms an entrance to the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Seed Mix was officially unveiled by Mayor Robert Bria and artist Nicholas Uhlmann at Old Mill Reserve, Hackney.

To view NPSP’s Public Art Map visit: The Arts - Public Art Map

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Community to benefit from new recreation area as Council undertakes flood prevention work


Children, their families and the wider community will benefit from new play equipment and enhanced amenities at St Morris Reserve, which will be redeveloped in order to accommodate flood prevention infrastructure.

At its meeting held on Monday night, the Council resolved to undertake community consultation regarding the redevelopment of St Morris Reserve (at the corner of Green Street and Seventh Avenue).

The redevelopment will include new play equipment as well as improved landscaping.

The upgrade and enhancement of the Reserve will be the final stage of the Council’s multi-million-dollar program to manage flooding in the suburbs of St Morris, Trinity Gardens, Maylands and Stepney – an issue which has been raised by local residents.

The new stormwater infrastructure will reduce surface flood waters during storm events by capturing stormwater and temporarily storing it in a detention basin at St Morris Reserve, as well as underground detention tanks within the road network.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council has a strong track record of investing heavily in order to reduce the risks of flooding throughout the City.

“Flooding isn’t something that just happens in the eastern states. We need to plan for the future and make sure homes and businesses are protected from heavy rain events as far as practicable,” he said.

“The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has been successful in receiving $9.9 million from the Federal Government’s Preparing Australia Program, which targets local projects across the nation, with a focus on improving resilience against natural disasters.

“The $9.9m will be matched by the Council, making it one of the biggest investments in our City’s history.

“While a majority of the infrastructure work will be underground, there will be visible external changes and we will inform and educate the community about what is happening and why.

“In terms of the redevelopment of St Morris Reserve, the Council will be undertaking a full community consultation process.”

The City-wide upgrades to the stormwater drainage network from a floodplain mapping project which identified locations which are at risk from flooding.

The modelling undertaken as part of the floodplain mapping project has taken into account concerns which have been raised by local residents and a range of future scenarios that could influence the extent of flooding, including infill development and the ongoing impacts of climate change.

Consultation on new designs for St Morris Reserve is expected to begin at the end of this year with construction scheduled for 2023.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Behind the Businesses Podcast – NPSP’s diverse industry leaders take centre stage


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has once again created a unique platform for local businesses to share their insights and stories – through the innovative Behind the Businesses Podcast.

Series 2 has now launched and is available to watch or listen to now. It features 15 local business leaders from a range of professions and industries who discuss a variety of topics, from serious through to light hearted.

Set in the upper level of Beyond Bouldering as well as relatively new Reform Distilling, both in Kent Town, the professionally filmed episodes are hosted by local Parade identity, Nick Keukenmeester, from Heartland Wines.

Mayor Robert Bria said the podcast gives local businesses the opportunity to connect with the wider community through the personalisation of business stories and it also helps businesses connect with other like-minded business people in the City.

“The Behind the Businesses Podcast is the ideal platform for our business community to discuss and share their stories – not only about their profession, but also insights into other aspects of their lives.

Series 2 features a range of topics:  Magill Road, The Parade, Something Different, Need Support and Building a Brand.

Speakers include Owen May from Beyond Bouldering, Dr Derek McNair from The Parade Norwood Veterinary Clinic, Steve Osborn from Identity Marketing plus other well-known business identities.

“The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is constantly diversifying the way it promotes local businesses and attracts people to our dynamic City,” Mayor Bria said.

“The Council would like to thank these businesses for allowing us to use their space, as well as all of those that gave up their time to participate in the podcasts,” he said.

The Behind the Businesses Podcast is a collaborative initiative between the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and Magill Road business, BIEcreative.

The Behind the Businesses Podcast features 10 themed episodes across two series.

To watch or listen to the podcast episodes and hear insights from our City’s business leaders, visit:

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Excitement builds for the Challenge Tour – as elite riders embrace Adelaide’s East


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has welcomed the exciting opportunity to be an integral part of the Santos Tour Down Under Challenge Tour – which is set to test the toughest of legs on 20 January next year.

The Challenge Tour will travel between Norwood and Campbelltown and will take place just hours before the world’s best take on Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under men’s race.

Mayor Robert Bria said Norwood is the home of cycling in South Australia and a gateway to the iconic Adelaide Hills; making it a fitting start for the Challenge Tour.

“It’s always very exciting to see cycling fans lining stage routes and cheering on the peloton,” Mayor Bria said.

“Once again, our City will be bursting with colour and energy as we welcome the Santos Tour Down Under – and the thousands of fans – back to our leafy green streets and cosmopolitan lifestyle.”

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Stuart O’Grady OAM said Stage 3 was a stage for the climbers.

“Norwood is a great launchpad for Santos Tour Down Under routes featuring climbs and Stage three of our 2023 men’s race is set to test even the toughest legs,” Mr O’Grady said.

“All the action will begin on The Parade, marking Norwood’s 15th time hosting a stage start,” he said.

“Expect a big day of competition, and potential for a change in the overall lead.”

The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia's greatest cycling race, with a rich history as the highestregarded and most popular bike race in the southern hemisphere.

For more information visit: Tour Down Under - Challenge Tour

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077