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Eastside Business Awards – don’t let your favourite miss out!


There is limited time left to nominate a business in the Eastside Business Awards!

From Norwood to Glynde, St Peters to Royston Park, business in the east of Adelaide is booming. With premier destinations for shopping, dining out and quirky hidden gems; customers, residents, employees and business owners are encouraged to celebrate the east by nominating businesses for an Eastside Business Award before Wednesday 20 February.

Extending beyond the popular precincts of Magill Road and The Parade, the Eastside Business Awards recognise and celebrate businesses from all corners of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Whether it is one of the businesses which feature on the Food Secrets of Glynde & Stepney monthly food tours organised by the Council, or one of the brewers and wineries of the Eastside Wine & Ale Trail, if it is a business in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, it can be nominated.

There are 12 categories that businesses can be nominated for, including the Eastside Business Awards Hall of Fame which is reserved for those businesses that have been operating in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters for 20 years or longer. Last year the category was won by Robern Menz, the producer of well-loved South Australian treat, Fruchocs.

The full list of categories is:

  • Best Café
  • Best Coffee
  • Best Customer Experience
  • Best Emerging/Start up Business
  • Best Entertainment Venue
  • Best Fashion Retailer
  • Best Food/Beverage Manufacturer
  • Best Hair/Beauty Salon
  • Best Independent Retailer
  • Best Pub/Bar
  • Best Restaurant
  • Hall of Fame (businesses running for 20 years or longer).

Whether you’re a customer, resident, employer or employee, nominate your favourite eastside business for an Eastside Business Award at  Nominations close on Wednesday 20 February.

For more information on the Food Secrets of Glynde & Stepney food tours and to book, visit

For information on the Eastside Wine and Ale Trail, please visit

Felixstow Reserve opens after multi-million dollar transformation


The newly redeveloped Felixstow Reserve was officially opened on Sunday 10 February with a ceremony organised by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, who invested $3.8 million into the redevelopment.

Over 2000 people attended the opening, which was led by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, accompanied by the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall MP and the Hon Christopher Pyne MP. A Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country also took place, to respect and acknowledge the cultural significance of the reserve to the Kaurna people. This was followed with live music, children’s entertainment and a free BBQ.

Located just off Langham Grove and Riverside Drive, the new park has a number of new features including a pavilion, fitness stations, BBQ areas, drinking fountains, basketball, netball and bocce courts, a nature play area and a cultural art trail.

The reserve also features an innovative dual purpose wetland, which functions as a stormwater collection, treatment and storage point as well as providing a habitat for wildlife. The initiative is part of a stormwater collection and recycling project collectively run by the Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Walkerville and Burnside Councils.

Mayor Robert Bria said: “The innovative redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve is the result of collaboration and partnership between Local, State and Federal Governments and the Kaurna people. The result is a fantastic, valuable new asset for the community.

“We appreciate the community’s patience whilst the works have been underway and encourage visitors and residents to enjoy the new reserve.”

For all media enquiries, please contact Lucy Summerfield on 08 8366 4528 or

Felixstow Reserve opens to the community


Felixstow Reserve opens to the community – and it’s more than just a pretty face!

The new park includes a number of exciting new facilities for the community to enjoy, including an extensive open lawn area which can be used for picnicking or ball games, BBQ areas and a large park pavilion, as well as drinking fountains and wayfinding signs. The reserve also now features a 1km running loop which connects to the River Torrens Linear Park trail, as well as five fitness stations and basketball, netball and bocce courts, giving visitors and local residents a number of ways to stay fit.

The transformation of the reserve is the result of a $3.8million investment from the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, as well as funding from the state and federal governments. It follows the Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide Stormwater Harvesting and Re-use Project, an initiative of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Burnside and Walkerville Councils to create a resource that captures and recycles stormwater. Through this project, it was identified that a wetland could be created in Felixstow Reserve for this purpose and the rest of the reserve could be redeveloped to create an exciting new space and a valuable asset for the community.  The wetlands now capture, treat and store stormwater to be used for irrigation purposes across the eastern suburbs of Adelaide as well as provide a home for wildlife.

Felixstow Reserve is also an area of high cultural significance to the indigenous Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, due to its close proximity to the River Torrens. The Council has considered this in the design of the park and incorporated references to Kaurna culture throughout, including a trail of cultural markers, designed by award-winning Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri artist and designer, Paul Herzich, and a Canoe Scar Tree which is over 200 years old.

The lower park area north of the River Torrens also features a nature play space for children, incorporating boulders, logs and other natural features as well as a number of steel cubbyhouses, inspired by wardli, the houses that Kaurna people built in camps on the banks of the River Torrens.

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said: “Felixstow Reserve is a truly innovative space and now offers a large number of features to the community. It is a great place to visit with friends and family to enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer.

The redevelopment is the result of collaboration between local, state and federal government, and the Kaurna people, and a shining example of what can be achieved through good partnerships. I thank the community for their patience during the time the reserve has been under construction and encourage everyone to explore and make use of the facilities in the new park.”

The redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve has been funded by the federal government’s National Urban Water and Desalination Plan and the National Landcare Program, the Environment Protection Authority of South Australia as part of the Catchment to Coast Project, the South Australian Government through the Planning and Development Fund, the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Management Board and the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Please direct all media enquiries to Lucy Summerfield in the communications department at 08 8366 4528 or

The stage is set for Concerts in the Park 2019


Music lovers are invited to enjoy the sunset to a soundtrack of jazz, melodies or symphony in parks across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Concerts in the Park builds on previously-run popular events: Jazz by the Kiln and Melodies in the Park, to create a program of three open-air concerts, scheduled to take place this year in February, March and April.

Each concert features a different genre of music. ‘Jazz’ and ‘Melodies’ are back and Symphony in the Park has been added to complete the 2019 programme. All of the concerts are free to attend and will feature performances from a number of talented bands and artists including Aaron Deanshaw Jazz Trio, Horns of Leroy and Fusion Pops orchestra.

Those attending are welcome to bring a picnic, or grab a snack from one of the onsite food-trucks. Children’s entertainers will help keep the kids occupied at Jazz in the Park and Melodies in the Park to make sure both parents and children have an enjoyable evening.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “The first two concerts were extremely successful, which prompted the Council to expand the concert series and hold them annually. The Council is pleased to promote local musical talent at Concerts in the Park. I encourage people to come along, enjoy a great evening with their friends and neighbours and feel a part of the community.”

Concerts in the Park 2019 full line-up:

Jazz in the Park
Saturday 16 February 2019, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Koster Park, Trinity Gardens

Featuring performances from:

  • Aaron Deanshaw Jazz Trio
  • Charli Holoubek Jazz Band.

Melodies in the Park
Saturday 16 March 2019, 4:00pm- 8:00pm
Joslin Reserve, Joslin

Featuring performances from:

  • Horns of Leroy
  • Aaron Deanshaw Quartet
  • All About Her
  • Cool for Kids.

Symphony in the Park
Saturday 13 April 2019, 4:00pm- 8:00pm
Richards Park, Norwood

Featuring a performance from Fusion Pops orchestra.


Concerts in the Park takes place in parks across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters from February to April. The concerts are free to attend and not ticketed. For more information, visit

For all media enquiries, please contact Lucy Summerfield in the communications department on 8366 4528 or

Food, music and lycra!


Cycling enthusiasts will flock to The Parade, Norwood to celebrate Norwood on Tour, as the street hosts the start of a Santos Tour Down Under Stage for the thirteenth year.

Norwood on Tour is a two-part celebration of the official 2019 Santos Tour Down Under, taking place on The Parade, Norwood this month.

The free, family-friendly festivities will kick off on Monday 14 January with a street party, to celebrate the Santos Tour Down Under coming back to Norwood. Then the official Stage 2 start of the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under will take place on Wednesday 16 January.

Revellers to the Norwood on Tour Street Party can enjoy live music and circus entertainment, as well as some of the finest food, wine and beverages the local area has to offer.

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said: “Norwood is known as the ‘home of cycling’ in South Australia, and deservedly so; it is home to the oldest cycling club in the southern hemisphere, as well as the first velodrome in South Australia. The Santos Tour Down Under is a fantastic international sporting event and the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. We’re thrilled to host the Stage 2 Start on the Parade and hope that residents and visitors will celebrate with us at the street party”


Norwood on Tour Street Party

Monday 14 January 2019, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

The Parade, Norwood

Bring your friends and family to celebrate the Santos Tour Down Under return to Norwood, at the Norwood on Tour Street Party. All ages can enjoy this free, family-friendly event which features live music, food, wine, beverages and circus entertainment.

5:30pm – Georgia Carey

7:00pm – Sonic Circle

8:00pm – Gumbo Ya Ya

9:00pm – Mr Buzzy


Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2 Start

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 11:00am

The Parade, Norwood

Watch cyclists from all over the world commence Stage 2 of the Tour Down Under which runs from Norwood to Angaston. This gruelling 149km ride covers 2246m of climbing, including a 13.3% gradient at Checker Hill for the Subaru King of the Mountain.


Temporary road closures:

Monday 14 January 2019

9.00am to 2.00am (Tuesday 15 January)

  • The Parade (northern and southern carriageways): from George Street to Edward Street (not including intersections)

Wednesday 16 January 2019

6.00am to 1.30pm
Race start: 11.00am

  • 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
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. Some parking restrictions will also be in place.

For more information, please visit or contact the Council’s Events Unit on 08 8366 4582.

For all media enquiries please contact Lucy Summerfield in the communications department on 08 8366 4528 or email