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Owners of contributory items value heritage protection


A survey of the owners of contributory items in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has found an overwhelmingly positive response to their properties being located within historic conservation zones.

The survey, conducted by the Council, found that of 397 respondents, 79% said it was important to have their property listed as a contributory item. The survey also found that 82% of respondents thought that it should be made harder for contributory items to be demolished or that the existing policy on demolition did not need to be changed. Only 18% thought it should be easier for contributory items to be demolished.

The findings come in the wake of the SA Planning Commission’s proposal to remove contributory items as part of state-wide planning reforms which, it is feared, will create uncertainty as to their status.

Mayor Robert Bria said: “Councils and residents are concerned that removing contributory items from the new Planning and Design Code will create ambiguity. Contributory items contribute significantly to our City’s character. Without protection, these important historic buildings are open to demolition.”

Amongst the proposed changes is the plan to remove individual council development plans, which currently provide specific policies to local areas and in many cases add greater protection to contributory items.

There are currently 1463 contributory items in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“There is the ongoing and well documented concern that the planning reforms will further strip away councils’ authority to manage how development is undertaken in their local areas,” said Mayor Bria.

“Frustratingly, the part of the new Planning and Design Code that relates to the character of an area has not been released as part of the consultation on the new planning reforms, which means the community and affected property owners are not being given the opportunity to comment on these key details,” he said.

Consultation on the planning reforms and new zoning of all properties in SA through the Planning and Design Code is currently open. For more information and to have your say, please contact the State Planning Commission by visiting SA Planning Portal, emailing or phoning 1800 318 102.

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

Felixstow Reserve wins national award


Felixstow Reserve wins national award

Friday 11 October

A local project has taken home a top national award in the prestigious Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture National Awards.

The award-winning redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve, located in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, has been awarded the highest accolade in the Parks and Open Space category at the awards ceremony which took place in Melbourne on Thursday 10 October.

The redevelopment project beat 12 nominees to the top spot, including two from New South Wales, one from Queensland, two from Tasmania, three from Victoria, three from Western Australia and another park from South Australia.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “Felixstow Reserve has been highly praised for good reason. Feedback from the community on the redevelopment has been overwhelmingly positive and the reserve is now the perfect place to get some fresh air, relax, exercise and learn about the cultural heritage of the area.”

The reserve also took home the Award of Excellence in the Parks and Open Space, Cultural Heritage and Healthy Parks Healthy People SA categories at the state-level awards earlier this year. Praise for the project included demonstrating ‘best practice in contemporary design, incorporating considerations of site, water, community engagement and facilities’ as well as for its ‘approach to cross-cultural engagement and collaboration’.

Felixstow Reserve is located in an area of high cultural and spiritual significance for the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains. The redeveloped reserve incorporates a trail of Kaurna cultural markers, a nature play space inspired by Kaurna wardli (houses) and a canoe scar tree. The reserve has also gained new BBQ facilities, toilets and sports and fitness equipment through the project, as well as an innovative dual-purpose wetland which collects, treats and stores stormwater to be used for irrigation across eastern Adelaide.

For more information on the redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve, please visit


RTBE comes to NPSP in a toast to entrepreneurial spirit


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has been chosen to host the world’s first Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship event. 

This follows the great success of Raising the Bar, an event which is held in major cities around the world including Sydney, New York and London and that NPSP has hosted since it brought it to Adelaide for the first time in 2018.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is the perfect location for Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship. The wide variety of industries spread across our City creates a healthy ecosystem for business. This combined with our City’s diverse culture and strong sense of community provides exciting opportunities for start-ups and enables businesses to grow and flourish.”

Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship will see ten prominent figures in the business community take to the stage in five welcoming bars and pubs in the east of Adelaide to present leading-edge ideas and share stories of business success and failure.

“Learning can often be costly,” said Mayor Bria. “Raising the Bar events are free to attend and open learning up to everyone. The settings are friendly and relaxed and audiences have the opportunity to hear from leading experts and ask questions.”

The talks cover a myriad of topics to educate and inspire. Amongst others, Doug Adamson, will talk about ways to attract funding from a number of different sources, Dr Andrew MacDonald, will explain how a creative mindset can be leveraged to drive innovation, Tom Rayner will take you through the exciting changes that have defined the new space age and Leila Henderson will explain the importance of reputation and the power of media communication in her talk ‘Where Business Funding Meets Spin’.

Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship takes place on Tuesday 1 October and is free to attend. Talks will be held at 6.30pm and 8.30pm at: The Alma, The Colonist, Little Bang Brewery, The Maid and The Republic.

The events are free, however bookings are required. For more information and to book a place, visit

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

For further information, please contact Lucy Summerfield in the communications unit on 08 8366 4528 or

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Kent Town set for economic growth


Kent Town is set to benefit from a new strategy for economic growth, which is open for consultation from today, Monday 16 September.

Currently home to 828 businesses, Kent Town presents huge employment potential for a suburb with an area of just over half a square kilometre. The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will focus its efforts on growing the area’s economy, with a strategy directed at three key themes: to attract investment, support growth and create prosperity.

Mayor Robert Bria said: “Through this strategy, we’re setting the building blocks of sustainable long-term growth in the area. Kent Town’s thriving business economy makes it ta much sought after place to work. In addition, its highly accessible location on the edge of Adelaide CBD and proximity to South Australia’s wine regions and beaches also make it a great place to live.”

The strategy focuses on the cultural and creative industries which are located in Kent Town, building on the area’s reputation for heading up the creative industries sector in South Australia, with over 70 businesses in the small suburb falling into this category.

“Kent Town is an area rich in talent when it comes to creative industries,” said Mayor Bria. “It’s not only evident through the businesses that already call Kent Town home, but also through the many new businesses that are being attracted to Kent Town”.

Initiatives proposed in the strategy include growing a welcoming and diverse evening economy in the area, advocating for better public transport links and planning for the integration of new technologies.

Consultation on the draft Kent Town Economic Growth Strategy closes on Friday 11 October. To have your say on the strategy, please visit

For all media enquiries, please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 08 8366 4544 or

New fashion event debuting in NPSP


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters continues its long-standing reputation for holding events to suit all tastes with A Day of Fashion, taking place this October.

A Day of Fashion will deliver a first-class shopping experience across the City, with renowned brands and independent boutiques offering exclusive discounts to customers on the day. Visitors will also have access to in-store experiences, including workshops and a beauty bar.  An open-air showcase of fashion and the latest trends will take place on The Parade, renowned as east Adelaide’s fashion-forward main street and destination for shopping and dining.  

Cristina Tridente, Adelaide fashion designer and owner of couture fashion label couture+love+madness, will hold a workshop in her boutique on The Parade. Cristina said: “A Day of Fashion is a fresh take on a fashion event and focuses on celebrating the local business community. It’s about bringing everyone together to share information and continue to improve the fashion industry in SA.”

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has been holding spring fashion events since it founded the Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) in 2008. The festival was taken over by the State Government in 2015 and moved to Adelaide CBD, where it ran until 2018. During this time, NPSP ran the much-loved Fashion on Parade event, which ended in 2018 following the cancellation of the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Now, A Day of Fashion will fill its shoes. 

Mayor Robert Bria said: “A Day of Fashion gives visitors a great opportunity to discover the stores and boutiques tucked away across Norwood, Payneham and St Peters, as well as getting involved in activities led by fashion industry experts.”

As well as discounts at fashion retailers across the City, activities on offer include a hand wellness session including an exfoliation, eco-paraffin wax experience and a ayurvedic-inspired hand and forearm massage delivered by Yard’s Skincare; an up-close and personal viewing of the new collection by couture+love+madness, led by designer Cristina Tridente; and a talk on business and banking tips, for all those studying fashion or considering starting their own label, led by Bendigo Bank and special guests.

Shoppers needing to make space in their wardrobes can do so responsibly at the Council-run donation station located in Norwood Place. Visitors can drop-off any pre-loved clothes that can be worn again and these will be distributed to op shops in the City.

A Day of Fashion takes place across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters on Saturday 12 October. For more information and to book a place at a workshop, visit, follow @cityofnpsp on Facebook and Instagram. Always consider environmental impact when shopping.

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

For further information, please contact Lucy Summerfield in the communications unit on 08 8366 4528 or