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A globally award-winning event series is returning to the pubs and bars of NPSP


Raising the Bar Adelaide takes place on Tuesday 13 August and features 20 talks from academics and experts at ten bars across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters. 

2019 marks the second year that the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has held the event, which will see ten venues across the City’s turn into spaces for learning and discussion for one night.

Little Bang Brewing Co. will host a talk given by Matthew Stubbs, Associate Professor at Adelaide Law School, on the prospect of war in space. Matthew is a member of an international research project which is tasked with developing a new set of international laws to govern the military use of space. Matthew’s talk, ‘Laws for the Final Frontier’ will explore the real possibility of the militarisation of space and takes place at 6.30pm at Little Bang Brewery, Stepney.

Ryan Davidson of Little Bang Brewing Co. said: “we are excited to be taking part in our second Raising the Bar event. As self-professed nerds we love the idea of getting the experts into a pub where we can nerd out to cool cutting-edge content we wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to access, and all with a glass of beer or wine in our hands.”

Nearby at The Avenues, Dr Jessica Grieger will talk about a completely different topic in ‘What to Eat, What Not to Eat: A Pregnant Women’s Guide’. Jessica’s research focuses on how changes in diet can modify metabolic health to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, and this forms the focus of her talk. Through the evening, she’ll highlight key nutrients and supplements that support pregnancy health; dispel common myths about foods to avoid, or eat; and focus on the importance of a healthy diet before and during pregnancy. ‘What to Eat, What Not to Eat: A Pregnant Women’s Guide’ will be held at 6.30pm at The Avenues, Stepney.

Later in the evening, Dr Robert Moles will give a talk titled ‘The Un-making of a Murder’. Robert is one of Australia’s leading researchers on miscarriages of justice, and played a key part in the retrial of murder suspect, Henry Keogh. He will give a fascinating talk on the cases of Henry Keogh and the steps that were taken which resulted in both his conviction, and, 20 years later, his release. ‘The Un-making of a Murder’ will take place at 8.30pm at the Alma Tavern, Magill Road. 

Raising the Bar will be held on Tuesday 13 August at venues across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters. Tickets for Raising the Bar Adelaide are free but booking are essential.  To book a ticket or to see the full list of talks, visit:

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

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

Felixstow Reserve Redevelopment recognised for excellence


Felixstow Reserve Redevelopment has received three prestigious awards at the 2019 South Australian Landscape Architecture Awards.

The project was awarded the Parks and Open Space Landscape Architecture Award, Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award and the Cultural Heritage Award of Excellence, with the jury commenting that the project “will provide a new benchmark for developments along the River Torrens Linear Park corridor”.

The project team, which included the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ strategic projects team in association with ASPECT Studios, the Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association, Paul Herzich, Oxigen and Integrated Heritage Services, was commended for its approach to cross-cultural engagement and collaboration which the jury commented “clearly demonstrated the benefits of intentional and genuine reconciliation approaches to design.”

Felixstow Reserve is located in an area of high cultural significance to Kaurna people. Using what was described as an “authentic” and “exemplary” engagement process, the project team engaged and collaborated with Kaurna people on the redevelopment, to create a space that upheld the importance of the area for Kaurna people as well as allowed the broader community to gain an appreciation and respect for Kaurna cultural history.

The project team was also highly praised for its consideration of environmental sustainability, with the jury commenting that the redevelopment is “an exemplar project that highlights the power of transforming existing sites to shape greener communities in our state”.

In 2019 there were 29 entries across categories including civic landscape, infrastructure, play spaces, parks and open spaces, cultural heritage, community contribution, urban design, gardens, small projects and future leader.

By recognising the best in landscape architecture, the 2019 South Australian Awards show the value of productive and collaborative partnerships, high quality design thinking, leadership and outcomes that have shaped our cities and neighbourhoods and realised the cultural, health, social and economic benefits of greener, open and more accessible public spaces.

As a result of winning the Award of Excellence and a Landscape Architecture Award, the project has been entered in the 2019 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards as a contender in the Parks and Open Space category and the Cultural Heritage category. The national awards will take place on Thursday 10 October as part of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Melbourne. 

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


2020 Santos Tour Down Under returns to Norwood


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is excited to be hosting the start of Stage 4 of the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under.

Mike Turtur, Race Director, Santos Tour Down Under said Norwood has remained a popular location as a stage start, with this year marking the fourteenth year of Tour Down Under involvement.

“Norwood provides a relaxing setting for the start of Stage 4. Given the number of years of TDU involvement, the riders know what to expect from a Norwood start and it is always great to see the crowds come out in force to cheer them on,” said Turtur.

“This year we are expecting even more of a crowd as family and friends of Challenge Tour participants join the crowd.”

“The race departs Norwood and continues to Williamstown which will host a sprinters stage.  The King of the Mountain will be staged at Mount Torrens for the first time in Men’s TDU history which will be exciting to watch.”

The Santos Tour Down Under will be staged 16-26 January 2020. Stage 4 is set to depart from Norwood on Friday 24 January 2020 and takes riders 152km to Murray Bridge. Register now at #TDU

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

NPSP is ‘Raising the Bar’ for Adelaide


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is bringing global award winning event series, Raising the Bar, to Adelaide for the second year in a row. This follows the undeniable success of last year’s event, which saw many talks being sold out.

On Tuesday 13 August, 10 venues across NPSP will be transformed into spaces for learning and discussion. There will be 20 insightful talks led by experts from South Australian universities. The 20 different topics include: how creativity is used for good and evil, the impact of technology on our privacy and whether our protein choices can save the planet.      

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria said: “Raising the Bar Adelaide is helping make education part of the fabric of everyday life.  It’s informal learning that takes place in a relaxed setting and gives people an opportunity to engage with experts face-to-face, which, given how much of our time is now spent online, is quite refreshing.

“Last year’s event was hugely successful and we had some great feedback. It’s clear that people love this form of learning. We’re delighted to bring Raising the Bar to the city for the second year.”

Raising the Bar is a global event series that began in New York. It aims to make education a part of popular culture in cities across the world, and has taken place in major cities including Hong Kong, London and Sydney.

Later this year, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will also bring a new series, Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship, in a global first. This series will take place on Tuesday 1 October, and will feature talks targeted at entrepreneurs and those interested in starting a business. The City will be the first place in the world to host the series.

Tickets will be available from Monday 1 July. To book tickets and for more information, please visit This is a free event and bookings are essential.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

NPSP announces responsible residential rate increase in 2019-2020 Budget


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has delivered an average rate increase of 1.85 percent for residential rate payers in the City.

The average residential rate increase of 1.85 percent will equate to a $27 increase over the year (or 51c per week), from $1468 to $1495 per year. Commercial property owners will experience an average rate increase of 2.92 percent, which equates to $72 per year.

Despite the Council voting to pass on the increase in the Solid Waste Levy to ratepayers in full, it was able to keep the average residential rate increase at 1.85 percent, which is still in line with the figures contained on in the Council’s draft Annual Business Plan and Budget that was released for consultation in May this year.

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said: “The Council is very disappointed with the State Government’s recent decision to dramatically increase the Solid Waste Levy by 40 percent—firstly from $103 to $110 per tonne as of 1 July 2019 and then to $140 per tonne from 1 January 2020. 

“This unexpected and unjustified increase to the Solid Waste Levy, made without any consultation and at very short notice, completely undermines the State Government’s call for the introduction of rate capping for councils and has placed councils in a difficult position.

“Despite this decision, the 2019-2020 Budget continues the Council’s responsible approach to financial management and sustainability.

“The Council has worked hard to respond to the cost of living pressures on households and has kept the average residential rate increase to a low 1.85 percent,” he said.

The average rate increase is in line with the Council’s Long-Term Financial Plan, which aims to deliver fair and equitable rates over the plan’s life course. Over the past five years, the average residential rate increase in NPSP has been kept low, at 1.74 percent, with the average commercial rate increase at just 0.7 percent.

If the State Government’s rate capping legislation was in place, the Council’s rate increase is below the capped rate that would have applied to the Council.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077