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Service changes during COVID-19 conditions

25/03/2020

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters continues to respond to State and Federal Government directives and take proactive measures to ensure the safety of our community during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) conditions by limiting, postponing or suspending services and events.

Following the Federal Government announcement of Stage 2 social distancing restrictions, the Council has closed the Norwood Swimming Centre effective from 8.00am, Wednesday 25 March.

“We made the decision to close the Norwood Swimming Centre as of 8.00am this morning, in an effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre closed on Sunday 22 March—the scheduled season closing date.

In addition to the closure of Norwood Swimming Centre, the Council’s three libraries, community centre and other facilities for hire will also be temporarily closed from 12 noon today.

“We understand that the Council’s libraries are much-loved and well-utilised by our community, and even though the libraries will remain closed for the interim, library card holders can still access plenty of books and online learning opportunities from any mobile device through the Libraries SA app.”

The Libraries SA online catalogue, available on the app, offers a huge range of books, digital magazines and newspapers, and online learning opportunities. The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
While many Council facilities will be closed and with programs and services suspended, essential services will continue to be offered.

“Waste collection, street sweeping and field services will continue as normal and the Norwood Town Hall offices will remain open at this stage, subject to any further lockdown measures.”

The new raft of changes follow the Council’s proactive decisions to limit gatherings of people in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the associated risk to our community, employees and Volunteers

  • all Council events, exhibitions and library and cultural heritage programs have been suspended with the intent of rescheduling some of these in the future however this will be reviewed at a later date
  • Council’s three Libraries will close to the public today from 12.00 noon on Wednesday 25 March until further notice
  • non-essential community and Volunteer services have ceased, however the following essential services which assist the vulnerable, elderly and less mobile members of our community will continue:

- Home Support Shopping Program

- Justices of the Peace

- Friends of the Billabong

  • Council facilities for hire including Norwood Concert Hall, Don Pyatt Hall, St Peters Youth Centre, St Peters Town Hall Complex and Payneham Community Centre are closed in accordance with Government guidelines regarding indoor public gatherings
  • Council and essential committee meetings will continue as normal at this stage
  • the next scheduled Citizenship Ceremonies will continue in accordance with Federal Department of Home Affairs protocols at this stage.

As this situation continues to evolve over the coming weeks and possibly months, the Council will continue to regularly monitor updates regarding COVID-19 and will act on all Federal and State Government advice accordingly and provide regular updates to our community.

“This is not an ordinary time. The Council has made some tough decisions and continues to act on all advice and recommendations of Federal and State Governments.

“On behalf of the Council, I assure our citizens that all decisions have been made with the health and well-being of our community, staff and Volunteers as the utmost priority.”

Mayor Bria also acknowledges the financial impact that COVID-19 may have on members of our community and says these matters will also be reviewed over the coming weeks.

“The Council’s responsible management of the City’s finances means it is in good financial position to absorb some sudden shocks such as the impacts of COVID-19.”

“Where possible I encourage you to continue to support our local businesses by shopping local, while exercising care and caution in relation to hygiene and personal contact, and following all Federal and State Government lockdown measures.”

“We all need to play our part in managing this crisis by acting on all directions issued by Federal and State Governments and health officials.

“I cannot urge you more to comply with social distancing—maintain physical distances but please phone, text or email loved ones to make sure they are okay.

“Now more than ever, we need to care for and support one another, particularly our elderly residents, vulnerable neighbours and those living alone.”

“Our community is strong and resilient and we will get through the COVID-19 conditions together.”

If you are unwell you must not attend Council buildings or access services in person, rather contact the Council by phoning 08 8366 4555, following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cityofnpsp or visiting this website.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Council services during COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) conditions

19/03/2020

Effective Thursday 19 March, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will be taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of our community as part of its response to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) conditions by limiting, postponing or cancelling services and events.

Mayor Robert Bria says that the Council has been regularly monitoring updates regarding COVID-19 as the safety and well-being of our citizens, staff and Volunteers remains our highest priority.

“As is the case for State and Federal Governments, Local Government also has a ‘duty of care’ for its citizens and must act responsibly to minimise the spread of COVID-19.”

As part of the proactive review of Council services, several changes have been implemented to various Council services, programs and operations, all of which are subject to ongoing review.

“At this stage, the majority of the community will notice minimal difference to services provided by the Council and the way in which we deliver them.”

Waste collection, street sweeping and field services will continue as normal, while the Council’s three Libraries and Norwood Town Hall offices will remain open at this stage.

“At this time and after careful deliberation, the decision has been made to keep the Payneham Memorial and Norwood Swimming Centres open given the season for these facilities close on 22 March and 12 April respectively.”

However, the Council will be limiting gatherings of people to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the associated risk to our community, employees and Volunteers. Effective from today, Thursday 19 March, the following changes will be implemented:

  • events including St Peters Fair, Symphony in the Park and Food Secrets @ the Green have been cancelled
  • Art on Parade and History Festival exhibitions will proceed however associated launch events have been cancelled
  • while Libraries remain open, all Library events and the School Holiday Program have been cancelled
  • non-essential community and Volunteer services will cease such as fitness and well-being programs, however essential services that assist the vulnerable, elderly and less mobile members of our community will continue, for example assisted shopping
  • Justice of the Peace services will be reduced but still available at the Norwood Town Hall
  • Norwood Concert Hall and the Don Pyatt Hall will remain available for bookings in accordance with Government guidelines regarding indoor public gatherings
  • Council meetings will continue as normal at this stage
  • Citizenship Ceremonies will continue in accordance with new strict protocols announced by the Federal Department of Home Affairs earlier this week.

“These have not been easy decisions to make however the health and well-being of our community, staff and Volunteers is our utmost priority,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

Mayor Bria also acknowledges the financial impact that COVID-19 may have on members of our community and these matters will also be reviewed over the coming weeks.

“I encourage you to continue to support our local businesses by shopping local wherever possible during this time, while exercising care and caution in relation to hygiene and personal contact.”

As this situation continues to evolve over the coming weeks and possibly months, the Council will continue to regularly monitor updates regarding COVID-19 and will act on all Federal and State Government advice accordingly and provide regular updates to our community.

We ask that if you are unwell you refrain from accessing Council services in person, rather contact the Council by phoning 08 8366 4555, following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cityofnpsp or visiting us online at www.npsp.sa.gov.au 

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

 

Council concerns over Portrush and Magill Roads intersection upgrade

05/03/2020

The Council has resolved to strongly oppose the Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade – Community Consultation Plan.

In its submission to the State Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), the Council will set out its opposition to the project and in particular:

  • the expense of $98 million to only save up to 90 seconds in waiting time;
  • destroy the local amenity and built form of the area,
  • create potentially dangerous bottle necks at Dover Street and Beulah Road; and
  • not addressing the major issue being the volume of large trucks now using and projected to use Portrush Road.

The Council will also outline other concerns which it has about the project, including:

  • the potential loss and suffering that may be experienced by residents and businesses, including loss of property value and loss of amenity due to increased traffic volumes, noise and air pollution, and less ease of access to properties;
  • a major increase in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the demolition of 43 dwellings and business premises due to loss of their embedded energy and the road construction process;
  • the long-term environmental cost of increased heat island effect due to the expanse of bitumen and concrete; and
  • a reduction in convenience and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

Importantly, the Council is also very concerned with the loss of 40-50 mature trees which will need to be removed to accommodate the project.

In addition, the Council also expressed its disappointment and concern with the lack of and delay in undertaking appropriate consultation and engagement with the Council and local community which in turn has led to the presentation of the project as ‘fait accompli’.

On behalf of the Council, Mayor Robert Bria has urged DPTI to consider all alternative options to achieve its traffic and safety objectives rather than simply pursue the option which has been presented.

“The Council welcomes the opportunity for further engagement and in particular the opportunity to work with DPTI to minimise the negative impact on the local community, the loss of trees and in particular ensure the best outcome for our community.”

The full submission will be available on the Council’s website on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Notes to editors:

The Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade Project was jointly announced by the Federal and South Australian Governments in March 2019 with major construction expected to commence in early 2021.

According to the DPTI, the intersection upgrade aims to improve travel times, safety for all users, network reliability and economic productivity.

Public safety concerns over proposed helicopter landing facility

04/03/2020

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, says his Council has major concerns regarding the public environment impacts of the helicopter landing facility proposed by Peregrine Corporation as part of its proposed Kensington headquarters and will provide a submission to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

In addition, the Council is concerned that the Public Environment Report which has been submitted by Peregrine does not adequately address risks to the public or property associated with the helicopter landing facility.

Mayor Robert Bria said that the public safety risks of the development are unacceptable and have not been adequately addressed.

“The proposed landing facility will have significant adverse impacts on the local amenity and community, in particular nearby residents who will be affected by noise from helicopters landing at the facility.”

The Council’s full submission will be available on the Council’s website on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Notes to editors:

Peregrine Corporation is seeking approval for a helicopter landing facility to be established on the roof top of the yet to be constructed Peregrine headquarters building at 270 The Parade, Kensington Gardens.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has announced that the Public Environmental Report (PER) for the proposed helicopter landing facility will be on public consultation until 13 March 2020.

To download the PER, visit: SA Planning Portal

For further information, download: Peregrine Mixed Use Major Development Variation 2 Fact sheet or refer to the public notice on the SA Planning Portal.

Showtime at St Peters Fair

24/02/2020

The much-loved St Peters Fair returns to Linde Reserve on Saturday 28 March.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “The community looks forward to St Peters Fair each year.  It’s a great family day out and an opportunity to enjoy local produce, live music and entertainment.”

Linde Reserve, on Nelson Street, Stepney becomes a hive of activity, with rides, a petting zoo, a nature playground and much more to keep the kids entertained all day. The event will include a line-up of children’s performances, featuring circus acts, as well as award-winning show, Kidding Around with Bethany Fisher, and the much-loved Animals of the Magical Mountain.

There will also be market stalls, face painting and henna. Food and snacks will be available onsite from trucks offering a range of delicious food for different tastes.

St Peters Fair takes place on Saturday 28 March from 11am–3pm at Linde Reserve, Nelson Street, Stepney. It is a free, family friendly event. No tickets are necessary. For more information, please visit www.npsp.sa.gov.au/stpetersfair

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or rbria@npsp.sa.gov.au