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AFL Gather Round set to provide a massive boost to Norwood economy for second year in a row


The recent AFL Gather Round is set to deliver a huge economic windfall for the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ economy with local traders taking advantage of the huge swell of interstate visitors to Norwood and surrounding suburbs. 

Mayor Robert Bria said he is delighted so many businesses were able to be a part of the Gather Round, by either directly participating in the Norwood Food and Wine Festival or countless other events and activities.

“It’s still a few weeks before the Council receives Spendmapp data which reveals the level of expenditure in the hospitality sector, but we expect it will exceed the $2.2m spent in Norwood alone last year,” Mayor Bria said.

“I spoke to a number of traders during the Festival who were very pleased with the turnover for their businesses. Traders who’ve never participated in previous food and wine festivals were particularly pleased with the huge crowd on the day,” he said.

Founder of Cheeky Grin Coffee, Stefan Iannace, said participating in the Norwood Food and Wine Festival “was an incredible opportunity which provided a platform to showcase our products to a diverse audience”.

“The Festival's well-curated selection of vendors and its strategic marketing efforts attracted a large crowd, resulting in significant foot traffic and sales for our business,” Mr Iannace said.

“The Festival's success can be attributed to its meticulous planning and dedication to providing an exceptional experience for both vendors and attendees,” he added.

Danniel Amadio from Amadio Wines said the Festival enabled the opportunity “for us to pour our wines for guests hailing from every corner of Australia”.

“Representing the Adelaide Hills, we couldn't be prouder to showcase the beautiful region on such a grand stage. The Festival turned out to be a record-breaking day, and we're grateful for the chance to share our passion for winemaking with so many enthusiasts.”

Mayor Bria said Norwood Oval hosting two games was a key part of the success of the weekend, with the Richmond versus St Kilda game a particular highlight.

“The Sunday match between the Tigers and Saints was a ripper, with thousands of fans who couldn’t get tickets still coming along to attend the Activation Area in front of the Oval and festival.

He said the Council will conduct an in-house review of the Gather Round before participating in a formal debrief with the AFL and Norwood Football Club in the coming weeks.

“Our approach is one of continuous improvement to enhance the football and cultural experience for locals and visitors and that’s where we’ll focus our effort.

“The Council had developed a strong and professional working relationship with the AFL over the past two Gather Rounds and we hope this will stand us in good stead regarding any future negotiations in 2025 and 2026,” he said.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or Simonne Whitlock 0400 650 951

Sensory friendly cinema sessions to celebrate the AFL Gather Round in Norwood


AFL fans who have additional sensory needs are encouraged to join in the fun of the 2024 Gather Round by watching the matches live on the big screen at Hoyts on The Parade, Norwood.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has joined forces with Hotys to ensure that children, adults and families who are autistic or have sensory sensitivities can still enjoy the excitement of the blockbuster matches, in a safe and inclusive environment.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council is conscious of providing an enjoyable and affordable experience for everyone in the community.

“Footy fans who missed out on getting tickets to the two matches to be played at Norwood Oval during 2024 AFL Gather Round have the opportunity to watch the action on the big screen.

“Importantly, families of children with additional sensory needs, can also make sure they join in the fun and excitement too.”

Hoyts Norwood have allocated two cinemas with a total of 195 seats to show each match to be played at Norwood Oval - Brisbane vs North Melbourne this Friday 5 April and Richmond vs St Kilda on Sunday 7 April.

One of the two cinemas on each day will cater for patrons with sensory sensitivities and/or sensory needs. 

The State Government’s Assistant Minister for Autism Emily Bourke welcomed the initiative.

“I congratulate Hoyts and the Council for kicking gorals for their local community by bringing the footy to the big screen in an environment that is inclusive for all fans,” Assistant Minister Bourke said.

Patrons will be offered a choice of two candy-bar deals: pop corn and water ($10) and pop corn, water and chop-top ice-cream ($13.50).

Every patron also will receive a complimentary bag of Menz Fruchocs courtesy of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Tickets for the matches are free and available now.  Online bookings are essential and will be limited to 4 people per booking. No tickets will be sold at Hoyts on match day.

To book your tickets, go to:

Friday 5 April -

Sunday 7 April -

For more information visit:

Rivals and Champions come together for a feast for the senses during City of NPSP’s Festival of Footy


There is just over a week until the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters erupts with the excitement, anticipation and energy of the AFL Gather Round and there is still the opportunity to secure tickets to two exclusive events as part of the Council’s Festival of Footy.

To kick off the weekend of activities, the Council has secured some of the biggest names in SANFL history for the Champions Lunch to be held in the Norwood Concert Hall on Thursday 4 April.

Mayor Robert Bria said the idea behind the Champions Lunch was the Norwood - Port Adelaide rivalry being one of the oldest and fiercest in Australian football.

“Now, as part of the 2024 Gather Round Festival of Football, you can relive some of the magic moments from two of the great grand finals of the 1980s.

“South Australian Football royalty and FIVEAA sports presenter, Tim Ginever will headline this special event with Michael Aish and Neville Roberts.

“With a theme meticulously curated to honour the victories of Norwood and Port Adelaide, every detail of the event is a nod to the indelible moments that shaped our football legacy.

“The Champions Lunch, is a step back in time, and a unique opportunity to pay homage to the football legends who left an indelible mark on SANFL history.

On Saturday 6 April, right in between the two blockbuster AFL matches which have already sold out at Norwood Oval, and in order to celebrate the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters hosting the highly anticipated St Kilda vs Richmond game, the Council is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime culinary event in an open air dining spectacular on Osmond Terrace.

The Rivals Long Lunch is co-hosted by the renowned MasterChef contestant Malissa Fedele and Sam Worrall-Thomson from restaurants BarLune and Dolly.

Mayor Bria said Chef Malissa Fedele has curated a menu that will showcase the finest local produce sourced from the Council’s local manufacturers.

“An exclusive paring with Amadio Wines and The Suburban Brew, an extraordinary outdoor setting and like-minded AFL fans seated around you, make sure you don't miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary event.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: AFL Gather Round

Finalists announced in Eastside Business Award – with new category acknowledging outstanding and continued success


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peter’s Eastside Business Awards continue to gain significance and momentum and 2024 is proving to be another resounding success with a record number of local businesses nominated.

Today the finalists were announced with some familiar names such as Cheeky Grin Coffee, Mary MacKillop Museum, The Colonist and Reform Distilling making the short-list in their respective categories. While eight businesses have been named a finalist for the first time, including JAKS Hire & Events, Merlin Post Productions and Physio Smart.

Mayor Robert Bria said this year the Council wanted to recognise those businesses that had been identified as a winner three times in the same category by creating a Legends Category. Those businesses that have historically been successful in winning a category three times will be recognised as Legends at the Awards Night.

“To be an Eastside Business Award winner or finalist, shows that a business has had lasting impact not only on an individual, but also the wider community, and that is something to be immensely proud of,” Mayor Bria said.

“It’s exciting to be able to announce a new Hall of Fame recipient as well as a number of businesses who will be elevated to legendary status,” Mayor Bria said.
Last year’s Hall of Fame winner was family owned and operated, Gelato Bello, located in Glynde.

Since being honoured with the Hall of Fame crown, Gelato Bello has been a featured at many Council and community events.

“Owner Marcus Nardone and his family are examples of how hard work, customer loyalty and producing a quality product - in this case some of the finest Italian gelato in South Australia – is a tried and true recipe for success,” Mayor Bria said.

“The Council is constantly thinking outside the square when it comes to supporting our local food, wine and manufacturing industries and the Eastside Business Awards are the perfect way to help those businesses to be recognised as some of the best food and beverage manufacturers in South Australia.

To be crowned the Hall of Fame winner a business must have operated within the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters for more than 20 years.

The 2024 Hall of Fame winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony, which is being held at the Norwood Concert Hall on 23 April 2024.

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters awards contract for Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre Redevelopment


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has advanced its plans for the redevelopment of the Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre, awarding the construction contract to South Australian-based Badge Constructions SA.

The project - which is estimated to cost $60 million - is the biggest investment in the City’s infrastructure.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council is excited to be working with a national construction company and on-site work has already begun, with 100 FTE jobs created during construction.

“The Council is delivering what we have long committed to the people of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters – a brand new, significantly improved Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre.”

“The Council understands the historical, cultural and social significance of this facility and is proud that our community will have a magnificent state-of-the-art facility in its own backyard.”

“The local community, swimming clubs, schools and regular users have been waiting patiently for the redevelopment of this much-loved facility and they will not be disappointed with the final product."

“The Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre will be the pinnacle of aquatic leisure centres, promoting health, well-being and recreational opportunities, as well as providing thousands of children with the life-saving skill of learning to swim,” Mayor Bria said.

The Payneham Swimming Club was first opened in 1968 by the former Payneham Council and, despite several repairs and plant replacement over the years, it has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of significant investment.

“For this facility to stay open it needed a significant investment and that is exactly what Council is committed to. In short, the days spending money on patch-up jobs at the pool are over,” he said.

The Centre’s design has been shaped by extensive community and stakeholder consultation. The Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre Redevelopment will include:

  • a 10 lane, 50 metre outdoor pool;
  • an 8 lane, 25 metre indoor pool;
  • an 11 x 20 metre indoor learner’s pool;
  • a 14 metre tall tower with two waterslides;
  • a zero-depth waterplay area;
  • multiple male, female and unisex all-access changerooms with showers, toilets and lockers;
  • multipurpose meeting rooms; and
  • shade shelters and picnic seating.

Each pool will have an all-access entry via a ramp or lift, and aquatic wheelchairs will be available for public use.

Badge Constructions is an award-winning builder renowned for its expertise in similar community-focused sport and recreation projects, including the Scotch College Wellbeing and Sports Centre in Torrens Park and the Wulanda Community Centre in Mount Gambier.

“The decision to award the contract is extremely exciting and I would like to thank the community for their patience while we have undertaken this significant body of work to ensure that the project is a success."

The Centre's funding includes a $5.6 million grant from the State Government’s Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program.

Acknowledging that the cost of the build had escalated significantly since it was first announced by the Council, Mayor Bria said the economic landscape, most notably interest rates, inflation and skill shortages and supply chain issues, has had serious knock-on effects to the nation’s construction industry.

“Notwithstanding this, in making this decision the Council commissioned an independent Prudential Report which included a detailed review of the potential impacts of this project and its ongoing financial sustainability. The Council is satisfied that it will be able to meet its financial obligations and continue its financial sustainability without unnecessary impact on our ratepayers.”

For more information about the Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre and to see the concept images, visit: Major Projects