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Shop The Parade to win!


If you’re craving a little retail therapy, delicious food or to be pampered to your heart’s content, then now is the time to rediscover The Parade, Norwood—Adelaide’s premier mainstreet.

For a limited time only, by shopping at The Parade you could win a share of $12,500 to spend at your favourite stores, services, cafes, restaurants and boutiques.

Mayor Robert Bria, who is also Presiding Member of the Council’s Norwood Parade Precinct Committee, said this competition is a fantastic way of encouraging visitors back to The Parade to shop, dine and enjoy everything this premier destination has to offer. 

“As we emerge from what has been a challenging time for many local businesses and our City generally, this competition will certainly go a long way towards stimulating activity and helping to boost the local economy and employment.”

“Not only will it encourage people to shop on The Parade, but winners will then have the opportunity to select vouchers from participating businesses, driving investment back into the precinct.”

To enter the competition, simply spend a minimum of $15 in a single transaction at any business located within The Parade precinct from Monday 6 July to Monday 17 August and you could be among five lucky shoppers to win prizes valued at $5,000, $3,000, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000,

“Whether you’re catching up with friends for lunch, doing grocery shopping or refreshing your wardrobe, just make sure you keep your receipt and enter online—it’s as simple as that!”

People can enter as many times as they wish however entries will be limited to one entry per receipt and must be lodged online at before 5pm, Monday 17 August 2020.

The competition will be drawn on Wednesday 19 August 2020 and the winners will be notified by telephone and in writing.

For further information and terms and conditions of the Shop to Win competition, please visit

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Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Have your say: draft 2020–2021 Annual Business Plan


The Council is now seeking comments on its draft 2020–2021 Annual Business Plan and Budget with community consultation open until Wednesday 3 June 2020.

The Annual Business Plan sets out the projects, programs and services which the Council proposes to undertake during the next financial year (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2020).

Mayor Robert Bria says the draft 2020–2021 Annual Business Plan and Budget has been prepared during challenging circumstances as the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant Federal and State Government restrictions being put in place, thereby significantly impacting many within our community.

“The draft Annual Business Plan and Budget demonstrates the Council’s strong financial position—the result of continued prudent financial management—and its ability to manage the known economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

In preparing this budget, the Council has been conscious of the need to continue investing in infrastructure, economic development and renewal of assets, while maintaining low rate increases in line with community expectations.

“The draft 2020–2021 Annual Business Plan and Budget includes a 0% increase in rate revenue—except where the rate revenue increase is the result of a new development, improvements to properties or property valuation increases following sale of the property.”

The increase in revenue as a result of development is estimated to be 0.64% while residential and commercial properties that have not increased in value will see an increase in rates payable of 0.19%.

“The Council feels this is a sensible response given the current economic conditions and the known social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mayor Robert Bria said that ratepayers should feel confident that the Council has given careful consideration to all services and programs and that their rates are being invested into projects that will deliver maximum results.

“In 2020–2021 the Council will invest $20 million into projects which will include a number of new initiatives.

“$8.7 million will be invested into capital works to provide for the renewal of the City’s stormwater drainage system, footpaths, kerbing and resealing of roads.”

Ratepayers, residents and business operators are encouraged to submit their comments on the draft 2020–2021 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Comments must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 3 June and can be submitted in writing:

For further information regarding the draft 2020–2021 Annual Business Plan and Budget, please contact the Council’s General Manager, Corporate Services, Sharon Perkins, on 8366 4585 or email

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

NPSP Libraries re-open today!


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ three libraries will re-open today, Friday 15 May—albeit looking and operating a little differently.

In accordance with the requirements issued by the Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, there will be some restrictions and entry conditions in place at each of the Libraries to protect the health, well-being and safety of our staff, customers and community to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

“Our priority is to ensure that each of the Libraries are equipped to provide a safe environment for visitors in accordance with Federal and State Government restrictions and advice,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

“We know that the re-opening of our Libraries has been highly anticipated so we are excited to be able to welcome our community back.”

Due to capacity and social distancing restrictions set by the State Government, visitors to the Libraries will need to adhere to some changes and conditions of entry.

“As we aim to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access and enjoy our Libraries, visits will need to be kept to minimum and less than 30 minutes.”

A maximum of 10 customers will be permitted in each Library at any one time and everyone must maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres, sanitise their hands on entry and exit, and practice good respiratory hygiene at all times.

Library hours have been temporarily changed and services have been limited to browsing, borrowing, making payments and using PCs (where available), while all seating, toys and interactive displays have been removed.

“Library card holders can still access plenty of books and online learning opportunities through the online catalogue on the Council’s website or from any mobile device using the free Libraries SA app.”

Although Library programs, activities and events have been temporarily suspended, some have been taken online for participation at home.

“Our wonderful Library staff are still offering Storytime and craft workshops for children and young families, which can all be viewed online through the Council’s website.”

“In what is a challenging time for us all, I thank everyone for their cooperation as we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

For further information about the Council’s Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Council’s website at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Library opening hours from Friday 15 May 2020

Opening hours across the three Libraries have been temporarily revised and are as follows:



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Cultural Heritage Centre and other community facilities

At this time the Cultural Heritage Centre, St Peters Youth Centre, St Peters Banquet Hall, Payneham Library Community Facilities and Payneham Community Centre will remain closed due to social distancing measures and restrictions on public gatherings. This will be reviewed in the next phase of restrictions being eased.

City of NPSP provide rate rebate for non-residential property owners


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters this week endorsed a discretionary rebate for eligible non-residential property owners for the Fourth Quarter of 2019–2020.

At its meeting on Monday 4 May, the Council agreed to a Differential Rate rebate for non-residential property owners who can demonstrate financial hardship due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Robert Bria says, “We know that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are widespread and affecting many people and businesses within our community. The Council is working to assist ratepayers, residents, business operators and community organisations wherever possible”.

The rebate of the Differential Rate—which is charged for non-residential property owners—is an additional measure and forms part of the Council’s 2019–2020 Financial Support Package which was put in place in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“This particular measure is intended to assist those non-residential property owners—such as commercial property owners, RSLs and Rotary Clubs—that are feeling the financial effects of the current environment,” says Mayor Robert Bria.


Non-residential and commercial property owners wishing to apply for a rebate of the 20% Differential Rate should contact Council staff to make an application demonstrating financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These are incredibly challenging times for our community and I encourage anyone who is experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to contact the Council to discuss their individual circumstances and enquire about their eligibility to access the Council’s 2019–2020 Financial Support Package.”

For further information about the Council’s Financial Support Package, please contact the Council’s Rates Unit on 8366 4555.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

It’s playtime as NPSP playgrounds reopen!


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is this week re-opening all of the City’s playgrounds following the advice of SA Health’s Chief Public Medical Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier.

“We know that our youngest citizens have been waiting eagerly to visit their favourite playgrounds—and we are just as excited for them to re-open,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

The Council’s much-loved playgrounds will open progressively from Wednesday 6 until Friday 8 May with the popular playgrounds at Linde Reserve, Joslin Reserve and Payneham Oval among the first to be re-opened.

“Playgrounds and exercise equipment at Felixstow Reserve will re-open on Wednesday, together with the all access playground at Drage Reserve.”

Mayor Robert Bria acknowledged that the re-opening of council playgrounds is a significant turning point for our State amid the restrictions which have been put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a promising step forward and a direct reflection of everyone’s commitment to stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

In order to protect the health and well-being of children and their parents and carers, the Council cleaned every playground on Tuesday 5 May and is committed to maintaining Council’s playgrounds to a safe and healthy standard.

“For the remainder of this week, our Field staff will be preparing playgrounds for their re-opening, and we expect they’ll have a keen audience of onlookers waiting for the all-clear!”

Mayor Bria called on the community to play their part in keeping the Council’s playgrounds open for everyone to enjoy.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that our playgrounds remain safe by adhering to social distancing measures and restrictions on social gatherings, and practicing good personal hygiene.

“I encourage everyone visiting playgrounds to wash and sanitise their hands before and after using the playground equipment.”

The Council’s playgrounds will all be reopened for the community to enjoy by the coming weekend.

“I can’t wait to take my family to the local playground this weekend—we’ve all been looking forward to this for weeks!”

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077