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NPSP joins forward-thinking cities across the globe


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will implement a new Smart City Plan to guide the City to becoming more digitally connected and technologically enhanced.

As a smart city, Norwood Payneham & St Peters will join global leaders like London, Toronto, and Tokyo in using infrastructure, innovation, and technology to improve liveability in the city.

Smart cities collect and use data to improve day-to-day activities for visitors and residents.

Some examples of this are:

  • traffic management: Monitoring the flow of traffic and optimising traffic lights to reduce congestion and create a hassle-free commute
  • free public Wi-Fi: Providing free access to the internet along major shopping and business precincts to enhance connectivity and access to information
  • smart parking: Using smartphone apps so that drivers can easily find available parking spaces, and extend their parking times remotely
  • public charging stations: Smart benches equipped with solar powered charging for devices including smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

“In recent years the Council has implemented several successful technology-based systems and app services,” said Mayor Robert Bria. “We are excited to deliver a Smart City Plan that will improve living and working in Norwood Payneham & St Peters.”

The Smart City Plan will also help see Adelaide join Melbourne and Sydney in leading global technology-based cities in Australia.

You can have your say on the Smart City Plan by completing a short survey at:

Community consultation sessions will be held on Tuesday 18 February at 6.00pm and Wednesday 19 February at 8.30am. To book a place, visit

Results of the community consultation and survey will assist in the delivery of a unique, tailored, and successful Smart City Plan.

For all media enquiries, please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

For more information, please contact Lucy Summerfield on 08 8366 4528 or

Poolside is back with a splash!


Grab your mates and your bathers for a day of fun under the sun at Poolside.

With the weather forecast looking warm, residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy music, games and a sausage sizzle, and race the clock on the giant 16 metre inflatable obstacle course at Poolside 2020.

Hundreds of people are expected to join the Poolside celebrations at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre on Sunday 26 January.

“Poolside is one of the busiest days at our pool in Payneham, but the atmosphere is always relaxed, family friendly, and buzzing with the sounds of friends and family spending a day outdoors together,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

Attendees can bring a picnic or enjoy drinks and treats from the canteen, along with a sausage sizzle.

Poolside opens from 11am – 4pm on Australia Day and entry is $2 per person. This is a family-friendly, alcohol and smoke-free event. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide!

For all media enquiries, please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

For more information, please contact Lucy Summerfield on 08 8366 4528 or

TDU celebrations fit for a King of the Mountain


As the Santos Tour Down Under rolls into town, The Parade, Norwood will host a lycra infused evening of food, wine, live music and family-friendly entertainment on Thursday 23 January.

Local restaurants, bars and wine makers will bring their fare to the street as a stellar line up of live bands set the scene to celebrate the Stage 4 Start and Westpac Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser.

“The Parade is the home of cycling in South Australia and a gateway to the iconic Adelaide Hills; making it a fitting starting line for the world’s most elite cyclists,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

Norwood on Tour is a two-part celebration of the official 2020 Santos Tour Down Under, taking place on The Parade, Norwood.

“The evening prior to the race start presents an ideal opportunity to showcase the first class produce and local businesses that the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is renowned for.”

On Thursday 23 January, The Parade will be transformed in a cycling village, embracing the electrifying atmosphere of the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere and this iconic international sporting event.

The following morning will see thousands of recreational cyclists converge on The Parade for the start of the Challenge Tour before the world’s fastest and strongest line up outside the Norwood Town Hall bound for Murray Bridge for the Santos Tour Down Under Stage 4.

What’s On

Norwood on Tour Street Party
Thursday 23 January, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
The Parade, Norwood

Gather your family and friends celebrate the Santos Tour Down Under at Norwood on Tour. An all ages and free family-friendly event featuring live music, food, wine, beverages and entertainment.

Main stage entertainment:
5:00pm        Cool for Kids
6:00pm        JB Live Duo
7:00pm        Parkville
8:00pm        The Revue
9:00pm        Mr Buzzy Band

Stage 4 Start and Westpac Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser
Friday 24 January
The Parade, Norwood

Challenge Tour: 6.00am
Race start: 11.00am

Watch cyclists from all over the world commence Stage 4 of the Tour Down Under; 152kms from Norwood to Murray Bridge, via a host of popular towns in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

Temporary road closures

Temporary road closures will be in place for the official race.

Thursday 23 January
9.00am to 2.00am
The Parade (northern and southern carriageways) from George Street to Edward Street (not including intersections)

During the above road closures west bound traffic and bus services will be diverted along Portrush Road, Magill Road and Osmond Terrace, back down The Parade, with the reverse for east bound traffic.

Friday 24 January
2:00am to 1:30pm
The Parade (northern and southern carriageways): from Osmond Terrace to Portrush Road
George Street: from The Parade to Webbe Street
Edward Street: from The Parade to the entrance of Coles/Café Bravo car parks

For further information about Norwood on Tour, please visit the Council’s website at or contact the Council’s Events Unit on 08 8366 4582.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Green light for scramble crossing on The Parade


A scramble crossing will be installed at the intersection between The Parade and George Street next year.

 City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ Mayor, Robert Bria, said: “The Parade is the main shopping precinct in the eastern suburbs. The scramble crossing is one of the enhancements that The Parade will receive next year to increase safety and access for pedestrians, as well as amplify the street’s cosmopolitan feel.”

 The scramble crossing will separate pedestrians and drivers at the traffic lights, allowing pedestrians to safely cross the street in any direction. Drivers will no longer need to wait for pedestrians to cross before making turns, improving traffic flow.

 The crossing is part of The Parade Masterplan, which aims to improve access and enhance visitors’ experience along the popular main street.

 “The masterplan builds on the vibrancy, culture and unique ‘sense of place’ that you experience when you visit The Parade, making it an even more enjoyable destination for shopping, or dining in first-class bars and restaurants,” said Mayor Bria, “The aim is to refresh and revitalise The Parade, as well as complement other developments taking place in the precinct.”

 The scramble crossing was endorsed by the Council at a special meeting on Wednesday night following discussions between the Council and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. The department supports the installation of the scramble crossing, right turns being prohibited from The Parade on to George Street during peak traffic times of 7.30am – 9am for westbound traffic and 4pm – 6pm for eastbound traffic, to help traffic flow.

 Work on the scramble crossing is due to commence next year following formal approval from the department.


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

The Parade leads the way to plastic-free


A popular café on The Parade, Norwood has become the first business in South Australia to go plastic-free.

Brick+Mortar Creative has been announced as the first business in the state to officially go ‘plastic-free’ as part of the South Australian Government’s plastic-free precincts pilot program. The popular coffee spot has replaced its single use plastics like lids, cutlery, coffee cups, straws and takeaway containers, moving to reusable or compostable items.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for a local small business and a step towards environmental sustainability for our City as a whole.

“I’m extremely proud that businesses of The Parade are leading the move to become a ‘plastic-free’ precinct. It’s a challenging proposal, but Brick+Mortar Creative has shown it can be done.

“Congratulations to Brick+Mortar Creative on becoming the first business to ban single-use plastics in South Australia. I encourage other local businesses to follow their lead.”

The announcement was made by Minister for Environment and Water, David Spiers, on Saturday when draft legislation on the ban of single-use plastics was also released for consultation.

“Ever since we announced our first single-use plastic free precincts including The Parade, Norwood; Jetty Road, Brighton; Adelaide Central Markets; and Surf Life Saving South Australia, businesses in these areas have been working towards going plastic-free with help from Boomerang Alliance.

“I congratulate Brick+Mortar Creative on being the first business in South Australia to officially go plastic-free and look forward to others joining them soon”, said Minister Spiers.

Brick+Mortar Creative director Elizabeth Donaldson said a collaborative effort by business, consumers and government is vital to share the cost and spread the benefit of making a city sustainable.

“As a small business owner, I feel it’s my social responsibility to minimise our environmental impact, and we do that through composting the organic waste from our café, only using compostable packaging and recycling our containers,” said Ms Donaldson.

Boomerang Alliance Director Jeff Angel commended Brick+Mortar Creative on embracing the challenge rather than shying away from doing things differently.

“Boomerang Alliance have run our Plastic Free Places program in Noosa (Queensland), Perth (Western Australia) and Byron (NSW). We can see South Australia is continuing to lead not just nationally but internationally when it comes to container deposits, the plastic bag ban, and now the will to act on legislating to ban single use plastics,” said Mr Angel.

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

Notes to editors:

The Parade, Norwood is one of four precincts and groups taking part in the state government’s plastic-free precincts pilot program. The full list of areas taking part is: The Parade, Norwood; Jetty Road, Brighton; Adelaide Central Market; and Surf Life Saving South Australia.