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Council approves assistance package for local businesses impacted by State Government restrictions


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has approved a third assistance package to local businesses impacted by the Omicron variant.

Mayor Robert Bria, who put forward the proposal at last night’s Council meeting, said the combination of the decision by the State Government to open South Australia’s borders (on 23 November 2021) and the emergence of the Omicron variant, has led to devastating impacts on local businesses and their employees.

Under Mayor Bria’s proposal, the Council will:

  • give a Discretionary Rebate of the Differential Rate (20%) to all non-residential property owners impacted by the density restrictions introduced by the State Government following the borders opening (i.e. gyms, cinemas, hospitality venues) for the Third Quarter and Final Quarter of 2021-2022
  • waive fees for Outdoor Dining Licenses for the period 1 December 2021 to 30 June 2022
  • waive all fines and interest charged on the late payment of the 2021-2022 Third and Fourth Quarter Council Rate payments for all non-residential property owners
  • waive The Parade Separate Rate for all property owners and businesses impacted by the density restrictions introduced by the State Government following the borders opening (i.e. gyms, cinemas, hospitality venues) for the period commencing 1 December 2021 to 30 June 2022. 

“Once again, hospitality, tourism and personal services, such as gyms, are experiencing the most significant impacts with severely reduced capacity limits and patrons simply “staying away”,” Mayor Bria said.

“Over the last few weeks, I have visited a number of hospitality and retail venues in different parts of the City, to listen to traders about the impact of the restrictions and the impact on their businesses.

“The clear message I received is that the current restrictions have created uncertainty, made it difficult to plan rosters, led to reduced hours for staff and is severely impacting on cash flows.

“Hotels, cafes and restaurants are the drawcard of every mainstreet: and when they suffer, the rest of the precinct strip suffers and consumer and business confidence falls away.”

Mayor Bria said that while business owners acknowledged that the Council cannot provide the level of support that the Federal and State Governments can, they nevertheless believe local government has a role to play to offer assistance.

Owner of Pave Café, Rimu Good, said the Council’s relief package was a welcomed initiative.

"Trading in the current climate in relation to constant changes to density and seating, has been our biggest challenge during the pandemic,” he said.

“The financial impact to my business and loss of hours for my staff has been very difficult to navigate as a small business owner.

“With federal aid ending long ago, and a steep rise in cases in SA in recent months, any assistance locally is very welcome and will help us ride out the current restrictions.”

Café Bravo owner, Nick Venditti, said the Council’s third assistance package was “extremely necessary”.

“The current restrictions, density requirements and isolation rules have reduced turnover significantly,” he said.

“Isolation rules are having a far greater impact on business now, compared to previously and it is essential to receive support such as waiving outdoor dining licence – particularly when rules are in place that reduce the number of customers allowed.”

There are 1,859 people who work in the food and beverage industry in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and another 859 people who live in the City but travel to other Local Government Areas to work in the food and beverage industry.   

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

2022 – 2025 Youth Development Strategy endorsed by NPSP Council


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has endorsed the draft 2022 – 2025 Youth Development Strategy for community consultation, paving a clear path for programs, initiatives, advocacy and support for young people over the next four years.

There are four key components to the Strategy - which also align with the Council’s long-term strategic plan, CityPlan 2030: Shaping Our Future. They are:

  • Young people are connected, included and welcomed;
  • Young people are active and healthy;
  • Young people have resilient futures and;
  • Young people are visible and heard.

The draft Strategy was written following comments which have been received from young people who live, work, study and play in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

The feedback received clearly stated mental health and diversity as high in importance for young people.

“The Strategy will provide overall direction for the Council’s youth programs over the next four years,” Mayor Robert Bria said.

“Young people are integral to Council’s vision of a progressive City which is prosperous, sustainable and socially cohesive, with a strong community spirit.”

“Applying a youth lens over Council activities will identify where value can be achieved for young people and how the participation of young people can add value to community,” he said.

To view the Strategy visit

To find out how you can get involved in providing feedback please visit the Council’s website or contact Jenah Bambrick on

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Council’s endorsed draft Tree Strategy to focus on climate change, biodiversity and beautiful streets


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters draft 2022-2027 Tree Strategy has been endorsed by the Council with the next step being community consultation in early 2022.

The draft Strategy is the Council’s blueprint to guide the management, forward planning, planting and maintenance of all trees within the City, with a particular focus on street trees.

The Strategy has set a target of planting 500 street trees in 2022 and also sets out the Council’s role in collaborating with various sectors of the community to influence the retention of trees and planting on private land.  Mayor Robert Bria said the three primary objectives of the Strategy were:

  • adapting to climate change and mitigating against urban heat;
  • ensuring species diversity to support sustainability and biodiversity; and
  • delivering clean, safe and beautiful streets and footpaths to enhance active lifestyles and community well-being.

There are approximately 20,000 street trees in the Council with 7,000 in parks and reserves and, including trees on private land, the City has 24 per cent tree canopy cover.

The Council has committed to increasing this coverage by 20 per cent by 2045 and will focus on suburbs with very low levels of coverage such as Glynde, Firle and Payneham South, compared to St Peters and College Park that have over 30 per cent coverage.

“The development of the draft 2022-2027 Tree Strategy recognises the leadership role which the Council can play in setting clear objectives and guidelines, both strategic and operational, for managing Council owned trees in the City,” he said.

“Trees are what makes Norwood, Payneham & St Peters one of the most desirable places to live.

“They are the of lungs of our community, bringing cooler temperatures in summer as well as providing beauty to our streets and habitat for birds and animals to sustain biodiversity.

“The Council recognises that with climate change taking on a more prominent role, trees will become an even more important asset to protect and manage.

“Through this Strategy, there is an opportunity to take a more strategic and long-term approach with our street tree planting program. Importantly, through this Strategy the Council plans to engage and involve the community in selecting and watering street trees in their local areas,” he said.

The draft Strategy will be available for community consultation in February next year.

For more information visit

Media queries: Robert Bria phone: 0431 74 077

Action packed school holiday adventures in NPSP


A range of diverse and exciting activities are on offer these school holidays for young people who live, work, study or play in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Mayor Robert Bria said the City is the ideal place to spend the school holidays – with the activities not only being entertaining and fun, but also educational.

“Young people are integral to Council’s vision of a progressive City which is prosperous, sustainable and socially cohesive, with a strong community spirit,” Mayor Bria said.

“Supporting young people to engage in their community, lead healthy lifestyles and pursue opportunities for learning, helps to build their confidence and capacity—contributing to the prosperity and resilience of the broader community.

“It is absolutely paramount that the Council continues to seek out and deliver new and appealing activities to keep young people in the community engaged, while teaching them skills for the future,” he said.

Young people are being encouraged to take part in:

Pop-up Wheel Park

Bring along your favourite set of wheels, be it a bike, scooter or skates, and enjoy a fun and free day out at the Council’s dedicated wheel park.  Don’t forget to play it safe and bring your safety gear. Join in the fun from 8 – 23 January 2022 at Fogolar Furlan, 69 Briar Road, Felixstow.


Race Day

Test your skills at our race day. Bring your bike, helmet and plenty of energy to get your race on.

Groups will be separated by ages, 5 - 7 year olds, 8 - 10 year olds, and 11 - 13 year olds. Come along to Drage Reserve from 10am on 15 January.


Skill Sessions

The Skill Sessions have something for everyone – from pasta making, to skincare for beginners. Bees wax wraps, bouldering and more!  Available to young people aged 10 to 18 who live, work or study within the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters. Open your mind to new possibilities and get involved! The Skill Sessions are held from 17 – 21 January in a variety of locations.


Norwood Splash  

Bounce into fun this summer at Norwood Pool these school holidays. Challenge yourself on the pool inflatable, the fastest time will win a prize! Norwood Splash will be held on Sunday 23 January and Sunday 20 February.


Friday Nights by the Pool

Join the fun at Friday Night at the Pool at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre this summer. Designed for young people the Swimming Centre will be alive with entertainment including music, games and inflatables on 10 December, 14 January and 11 February.

These youth specific activities are in addition to the range of Christmas events that the Council has planned. Booking are essential for most of the events. For more information

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Christmas in NPSP set to be merry and bright


Twilight Carols, Festive Gallery on Osmond, Movie in the Park, a Spend to Win competition, dazzling decorations, a digital advent calendar and augmented reality activations all form part of the Council’s action packed Christmas celebrations.

Mayor Robert Bria said the festive season has well and truly arrived in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters with plenty of events, attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy.

“The Council will be home to a dazzling array of lights and magical moments, as well as a program of events suitable for the whole family,” Mayor Bria said.

Despite the cancellation of the iconic Norwood Christmas Pageant for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still plenty to see and do.

“Christmas is always a wonderful time in the City and although it looks a little different this year, I believe our community spirit is as strong as ever,” he said.

“This Saturday night, Linde Reserve, Stepney, will be filled with laughter and cheer as people gather to sing all of their favourite festive songs at Twilight Carols.

“The following week, on 11 December, the whole family is invited to Adey Reserve, Firle, to watch the movie, Fred Claus, at our open air cinema.”

Due to limited capacity and in accordance with current State Government restrictions and health guidelines, bookings for Twilight Carols and Movie in the Park are essential and can be made through the Council’s website.

For the second year in a row, the Council has worked closely with local traders to develop a digital Advent Calendar filled with daily special offers and discounts.

The Council has also once again embraced augmented reality technology to bring Santa and his friends to The Parade, Norwood.

Using the magic of technology, Santa and his friends will virtually pop up at various locations by using the free CreativiTek app.

“The Council’s Libraries are also buzzing with Christmas vibes with a full-program of activities and events including a free Christmas movie screening and craft workshops,” he said.

“Residents of Ninth Avenue have once again adorned their homes with annual Christmas light displays — which has become a popular attraction and helped to build a strong community spirit.

“There’s plenty more to explore at the annual Festive Gallery on Osmond which will be complemented by a collection of Norwood Christmas Pageant floats - including the revamped Father Christmas float.

“The Festive Gallery on Osmond activation is a great example of the Council collaborating with local schools and children to create a popular destination for residents and visitors during the festive season.

“However, we know that Christmas can be difficult for some, so the Council is again collecting books as part of the Give the Gift of Reading initiative.”

The community is encouraged to donate books, colouring or activity packs at the Norwood Town Hall and Council Libraries which will be gifted to children in need through Backpacks for SA Kids.

“Help make Christmas memorable for a young person by leaving your unwrapped gift under the Christmas tree at any of the Council’s Libraries or Norwood Town Hall or donate a non-perishable item for the Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul on The Parade, Norwood.”

Visitors to The Parade are also encouraged to ‘Spend to Win’ in the lead up to Christmas and be in the running to win a wide range of prizes.

“From luxurious gifts, to stunning summer fashion, and premium local produce, The Parade offers the ultimate Christmas shopping experience,” Mayor Bria said.

“By shopping and spending in the precinct, visitors could win $5,000 to spend at local businesses, $5,000 towards a holiday of their choice or $5,000 towards an e-bike. As we prepare to celebrate with family and loved ones, Mayor Robert Bria encourages everyone to continue to show kindness to others.

“This has been a tough year so where possible, take the time to reach out to members of our community experiencing isolation, loneliness and hardship. A smile, a wave or an unexpected helping hand, can make all the difference to someone’s day.”

For further information regarding the Council’s Christmas in NPSP events, attractions and activities, please visit the Council’s website at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077