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Leave your car at home on Ride2Work Day


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is urging commuters to leave their car at home – and take alternative transport on Ride2Work Day on 10 November.

By either riding your own bike (or a friends), or riding a share e-bike or e-scooter, commuters can receive a free bike tune up at Norwood bike shop, Treadly, on the day and a month of discount services at Whippets Workshop, Stepney

Mayor Robert Bria said he hoped many residents, visitors and workers to our City take part in the event next month.

“Ride2Work Day is also an ideal time for people looking to either get back on the bike or start riding for the first time,” he said.

“It’s also a great opportunity to try an e-bike or e-scooter for the first time as there will be discounts on the day. Residents can ride them all the way to the CBD or just to a bus stop and complete their trip on a bus.”

“The Council is committed to encouraging sustainable transport and is actively working to improve safety for people who choose to walk or ride a bike.”

“It is great to see that more and more people are taking the opportunity to ride – rather than use their car. Riding a bike over short distances can be faster than driving a car during peak hour, and it’s also great for health and well-being, reduces traffic congestion and frees up parking spaces.

“The Council is continuing to improve local bikeways and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians is a major focus in all of Council’s infrastructure upgrades,” Mayor Bria said.

The Council is also asking motorists to drive with extra care on Ride2Work Day with a higher than usual number of cyclists expected to be sharing the road. And remember always look for a cyclist before opening your car door.

Organised nationally by Bicycle Network, Ride2Work Day is the largest celebration of commuter bike riding in Australia. However, only a few states are taking part this year due to COVID lockdowns.

“The main objective of the day is to normalise the idea of riding to work. It encourages people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go, and it allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to get involved.”

Some tips to prepare for Ride2Work Day:

  • find a low traffic route
  • do a practice run on the weekend before
  • check all equipment including lights, bell and lock
  • wear a helmet and bright colour clothes
  • take clothes the work the day before to change into
  • find someone to cycle with (ask a colleague at work or a family member)
  • check if there is somewhere at your work place you can securely park your bike

Refresh your knowledge of the Australian Road Rules by taking this quiz: My Licence - Road Rules Quiz

For more information and to register for discounts please visit

Do you know someone who has made a real and positive difference in our community?


Do you know an individual who helps make the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters a fantastic place to live, work or play? Or a community group which has made a big difference to local lives?

Each year, the Council holds the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards to honour individuals and organisations that have made a voluntary contribution to our community.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Awards recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to a local community – above and beyond normal working duties.

“Each year the Council recognises the outstanding achievements of community members and organisations that motivate and inspire others through their vision, leadership, talent, humility and spirit of community service,” Mayor Bria said.

“The 2022 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards recognise our City’s unsung heroes and pay tribute to the citizens in our community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and make our community an outstanding place to live, work and visit.”

The theme for the 2022 Australia Day Awards is Reflet. Respect. Celebrate.

Nominations are now open for the following Award Categories:

  • Young Citizen of the Year - presented to the most outstanding Young Citizen for the local government authority
  • Citizen of the Year - presented to the most outstanding citizen for the local government authority
  • Community Event of the Year - presented to the person or group who have staged the most outstanding community event during the year

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters 2021 Award recipient was Mr Don Looker, of Royston Park, who has provided exceptional service to his community and country since he was a teenager.

Mr Looker was enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in June 1942, aged just 19, and was trained as a Wireless Air Gunner. For the past 45 years, Don has been an integral and much loved member of the RSL and various sporting clubs.

The Citizen of the Year Awards are presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and administered by local Councils.

To nominate someone that makes you proud, complete the nomination form available at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077


Norwood Christmas Pageant cancelled again


The Norwood Christmas Pageant has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and the restrictions which are currently in place - and expected to be in place when the Pageant is scheduled to occur.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council was bitterly disappointed that it cannot present the Norwood Pageant for the second year in a row.

“We certainly appreciate the health challenges presented by COVID-19 and have worked closely with SA Health, but the situation presents too great a risk to community safety, which is the Council’s primary concern,” he said.

“We delayed any announcement to the latest possible date to give ourselves every chance of trying to make this work, but unfortunately we couldn’t.

“After working closely with SA Health over recent months, the event has been deemed a high risk and it would not be possible to maintain a “controlled” environment.

“There has been a lot of communication between the Council, SA Health and SAPOL and while we are disappointed with the outcome, we understand that SA Health are doing their best to keep our community safe.

“Council staff are now considering an alternative Christmas event that could incorporate some of the pageant floats. The Council is very keen to foster a strong sense of Christmas spirit within the community and is exploring a number of exciting options for children and families,” he said.

In a cruel blow, the three large (6-metre) Christmas trees outside the Norwood Town Hall – which form part of the City’s Christmas decorations - will not be on display as the median strip has been removed - which is strongly opposed by the Council.

“The unnecessary works by two private developers at The Parade and George Street intersection will also mean the Council can no longer install the Christmas trees in this location. For many years, the trees have been a beautiful feature in our City during the festive period.

“It’s bad enough that COVID has impacted on festivities, but now our much-loved Christmas decorations– which provide joy to countless members of the community – have gone too.”

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Raising the Bar Adelaide returns for another thought-provoking evening of fun and knowledge


The award-winning and thought-provoking event, Raising the Bar, is set to enlighten and entertain once again as it returns to the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters next month.

Ten of the City’s best bars and pubs will be transformed into knowledge hubs for people who want to be challenged and inspired, while enjoying a drink, a fun night out with friends and delicious food.

The 20 speakers will be discussing a range of absorbing subjects including euthanasia, health and fitness, empowering children, reducing homelessness, the damaging effects of video gaming, the changing landscape of media, reporting on victims of crime, domestic violence, sport, fitness, legalising sex work and much more.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council was absolutely thrilled to be able to host the highly anticipated event once again on Tuesday, 12 October.

“This year’s speakers cover a range of current issues and curious and fascinating topics that are sure to pique everyone’s interests,” Mayor Bria said.

“One of the challenging parts of Raising the Bar Adelaide 2021 will be deciding who to see and in what pub. The calibre of this year’s guests is exceptional.”

The Advertiser’s Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster and Change Management Consultant, Daniel Panozzo are the co-creators and co-hosts of the Just Lawful Podcast.

During their talk – at The Alma – they will be focussing on the importance of ensuring the stories from victims-of-crime are heard and understood.

“The Council is also very excited to have the ABC’s Drive Program host, Julian Schiller, talking about changes to mainstream media, while Dr Kim Le will be sharing his wisdom and advice about the dark side of video gaming,” Mayor Bria said.

“On a lighter note, best-selling author of Run Fit, Nick Muxlow, will keep you on your toes with his talk about improving your running style.

“Dr Scott Zarcinas will offer insight into how to overcome writer’s block, while Dr Nigel Rogasch will focus on boosting memory.”

There will also be talks on nutrition, the evolution of the universe and learning to live pain free following an injury.

Raising the Bar is a COVID safe event and therefore seating may be limited for some talks to ensure physical distancing requirements are met.

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 sitting alongside Hong Kong, London and Sydney.

Raising the Bar Adelaide was first held in the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters in 2018.

Last year, our City was the only destination in the world to host a live and in person event, as many other cities battled with the COVID-pandemic.

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

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Mayor Robert Bria: Australian and Aboriginal flags removed from The Parade overnight is “undignified and disrespectful”.


Mayor Robert Bria, of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, has slammed the removal of four prominent flags outside the Norwood Town Hall overnight – including the Australian and Aboriginal flags – without any correspondence with the Council.

The flags – which also include the South Australian and the Council’s own flag – were removed as part of roadworks by two private property owners – acting on behalf of the Department for Infrastructure and Transport - who are installing permanent right hand lanes at the intersection with George St.

The Council is strongly opposed to these roadworks and the detrimental effect the right hand turns will have on The Parade for both the short and long term.

Mayor Bria said that the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Australia National Flag protocol provides the option of holding a ceremony to mark the retirement of a used Australian National Flag, but that opportunity was not afforded to the Council or to the community

“At no stage did the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) or the property owners doing the work at the intersection on their behalf, ever bother to approach Council about holding a flag-retiring ceremony,” said Mayor Bria.

“The Australian flag has flown outside the Norwood Town Hall for three decades, and along with the Aboriginal flag, have been symbols for the civic and cultural identity of our City,” he said.

“To have the Australian and Aboriginal flags taken down under the cover of darkness in such an undignified and disrespectful way, is an egregious affront to the local community and Aboriginal people.

“As a level of government, the Council has always treated the Australian flag with the reverence it deserves and has flown the Aboriginal flag as a symbol of Reconciliation.

“Sadly, this sentiment does not appear to be shared by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport or the two private property developers.

“DIT’s ‘Reconciliation Statement of Commitment says the Department respects Aboriginal peoples as the State’s first peoples and nation, but the treatment of the Aboriginal flag during the construction of the works has been anything but respectful.”

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077