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Another renovated playground for the City of NPSP with Koster Park under construction


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will be home to another new playground with the installation of new facilities at Koster Park in Trinity Gardens.

Located between Ashbrook and Avonmore Avenues in the heart of Trinity Gardens, Koster Park was home to a pottery owned by German migrant Johann Koster, before it served for a brief time as a community centre in the former City of Payneham.

The Council has ensured that the redevelopment of the playground honours the Park’s rich history while ensuring it remains functional for years to come.

Mayor Robert Bria said the new playground is overdue for the popular park which hosts the Council’s annual Jazz in the Park event.

“Koster Park is a fantastic asset in our City and is very popular with young families in the local area. The construction of the new playground is an exciting development for the neighbourhood and will certainly enhance the amenity of the park,” he said.

The playground equipment includes:

  • main play structure with accessible ramp and platforms, junior straight slide, spiral tunnel slide; web tunnel; combat climber, wave bars, and climbing and challenge elements;

  • concord rope climber/spinner;

  • accessible carousel;

  • accessible dipper rocker and;

  • swing set with four swings (including one swing for a toddler and for a child of all abilities).

The selected colours of the play equipment are themed to brick and pottery colours, in keeping with the park's rich history. The ground surface will be a mix of rubber soft fall and pine chip soft fall.  The rubber soft fall will provide an accessible path between the entry gates and all of the play equipment elements.

Last month, the Council officially opened new facilities at Cruickshank Reserve in Maylands and next month Burchell Reserve, in St Peters, will be open in the public, with an official opening later in the year. 

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

Image: Concept Design
Koster Park Render - 2024


Millions of dollars pour into Norwood Payneham & St Peters for the 2024 AFL Gather Round


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has enjoyed a financial boost from the
2024 AFL Gather Round weekend.

Spendmapp economic data for the month of April shows that the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, and in particular the suburb of Norwood, benefitted from an increase in spending this year compared to 2023.

The data revealed the total spend for the entire City over the three days was $17.6 million compared to $14.2 million in 2023.

Mayor Robert Bria said the weekend included two matches played at Norwood Oval on Friday 5th of April and Sunday 7th of April, as well as the Norwood Food & Wine Festival, which attracted 70,000 people.

“City-wide spend in the Dining and Hospitality category was $6.6 million this year compared to $4.45 million in 2023, which is a phenomenal result.”

“This included almost $1.1 million more spent on the Sunday compared to the Sunday in April 2023.

“Of the $6.6 million spent, $5.7 million was visitor spend, which is residents and businesses from outside of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters,” he said.

Dining and Hospitality spending in the suburb of Norwood reached $3.7 million compared to $2.2 million in 2023. Of this figure, 88% was spent by visitors outside of the suburb of Norwood.

Almost half of the weekend’s spend ($1.8 million) was on the Sunday, compared to just under $800,000 spent on the Sunday of last year’s Gather Round.“The massive increase in spending this year is testament to the momentum of the Gather Round and of course, the popularity of the Norwood Food & Wine Festival.”

“The high percentage of spending coming from visitors (rather than locals) which reinforces the success of the Gather Round attracting people from interstate to Norwood.”

“In fact almost one quarter ($890,000) of the spend in Norwood came from Victorian visitors, which is a great result and demonstrates the popularity of the Norwood Food & Wine Festival.”

Mayor Bria said the Council has resolved to express its interest with the AFL and the State Government for Norwood Oval to host matches for the 2025 Gather Round and has allocated $200,000 in its 2024-2025 budget for activations and events.

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

Win a Ford Puma ST by spending $25 on South Australia’s Premier Mainstreet, The Parade


Shoppers and visitors to South Australia’s Premier Mainstreet, The Parade, who spend $25 or more have the chance to win a Ford Puma ST-Line, valued at $35,250.

Mayor Robert Bria said the premise behind the competition, which is funded by the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee, is to provide a direct economic injection to the precinct, while also marketing and promoting The Parade.

The competition follows on from other successful campaigns including Shop the Parade & Cruise Europe in 2023 and the Win a FIAT 500 competition in 2021.

The Shop the Parade & Cruise Europe competition resulted in $482,327 spent within the Parade Precinct and the Win a FIAT 500 competition in 2021 resulted in direct expenditure of about $515,000 at more than 190 different businesses.

“The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee work hard to support local businesses and local jobs because we know a strong local economy leads to a strong local community.”

“Of course there is nothing like a good incentive - such as winning the luxurious Ford Puma ST-Line - to encourage people to spend money.”

The second prize is Sequioa Lodge Stay for two people and a Prancing Horse Luxury Driving Experience and the third prize is two $100 Parade Gift Vouchers per week for six weeks.

Entry is via an online form and the competition starts on 6 May 2024.

The winners will be drawn in 20 June 2024.

For more information, visit: Shop to Win

Chile Mojo inducted into Hall of Fame and four Local Legends honoured at 2024 Eastside Business Awards


Winners of the 2024 Eastside Business Awards have been announced with 13 local businesses recognised for excellence and St Morris Mexican grocery store, Chile Mojo inducted into the esteemed Hall of Fame.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters introduced a Legends Award to the Eastside Business Award for the first time this year and last night four local businesses received this honour. To receive a Legends Award a business must have won the same category at least three times.

The inaugural inductees of the 2024 Legends Award are:

  • Little Bang Brewery - Best Pub/Bar;
  • Shouz Boutique - Best Fashion Retailer;
  • Mary MacKillop Museum - Best Arts & Culture/Entertainment Experience; and
  • Cheeky Grin Coffee -  Best Coffee category.

All of the winners received their awards from Mayor Robert Bria and the Minister for Small and Family Business, Hon Andrea Michaels MP, at Norwood Concert Hall last night.

The event was also attended by City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters’ Elected Members, a diverse range of business owners, their family and friends as well as representatives from Solstice Media, who worked closely with the Council to deliver the successful Awards program.

“Jim Plouffe and David Simmons from Solstice Media have been fantastic to work with for this year’s Awards and the Council values the partnership we have formed with Solstice Media,” Mayor Bria said.

Mayor Bria said this year’s Eastside Business Awards honoured and recognised businesses and traders who have excelled in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

“The Council is very proud of the local business community we have here in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and sees itself as a partner to promote and support the local economy.  

“The Awards are one of many of the Council’s ways is recognising the efforts made by our business community and their contributions to the economic, social and cultural life of our City.

“After holding these awards as a stand-up cocktail event for the past six years, the Council wanted to take the event to the next level with a dinner in the Norwood Concert Hall.

“The feedback from the local businesses owners who attended the new-look Eastside Business Awards was fantastic and they certainly appreciated the effort of the Council to elevate the prestige of the Awards.

“The Awards have played a huge role in boosting the confidence of many small businesses in our City,” said Mayor Bria.

This year a record number of 347 individual businesses were nominated, up from 312 in 2023 and eight businesses were nominated as finalists for the first time. The Awards received a total of 10,900 votes just short of last year’s record of 11,063 votes.

“To be an Eastside Business Award winner or finalist, shows that a business has had an exceptional impact on their clients or customers, but also the wider community, and that is something to be immensely proud of.”

“I encourage all business owners, traders, clients, customers and visitors to our City to get involved and shine a light on our business sector.”

To read more about the Awards visit: Eastside Business Awards

Eastside Business Award Finalists and Winners

Best Arts & Culture / Entertainment Experience

Dillons Bookshop
Mary MacKillop Museum - WINNER
Merlin Post Productions

Best Café / Restaurant

Cafetal Coffee Co
Pave Café - WINNER
Taste of Nepal
The Nourish’d Kitchen

Best Coffee

Cafetal Coffee Co.
Cheeky Grin Coffee - WINNER

Best Customer Experience

JAKS Hire & Event
Physio Smart - WINNER
Tito Pignetti – Training & Consulting

Best Fashion Retailer

Boutique Mon Ami - WINNER

Best Food / Beverage Manufacturer

Chile Mojo
Prove Patisserie  - WINNER
Reform Distilling

Best Hair / Beauty Salon

Cozy Hair Beauty Salon
Marros Hair & Beauty - WINNER
Untangled Hairstylists

Best Independent Small Business

Chile Mojo
JAKS Hire & Events
Tito Pignetti – Training & Consulting - WINNER

Best Professional Service

Bambrick Legal
Physio Smart - WINNER
Tito Pignetti – Training & Consulting

Best Pub / Bar

Reform Distilling
Rising Sun Inn - WINNER
The Colonist

To read Mayor Robert Bria's speech, visit: Mayor Speeches


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