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The Parade to be smoke-free


In the interests of community health and increasing the comfort of all people using public spaces and facilities, a section of The Parade, Norwood will become a designated smoke-free area from 1 December 2018.

The new smoking restrictions were approved by the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse earlier this year, following a thorough community consultation process in which 73% of respondents were in favour of The Parade being designated as smoke-free.

“It’s clear to us that our community is largely in support of smoke-free open spaces and public facilities as awareness grows about the affects of second-hand tobacco smoke,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

“The Parade is one of Adelaide’s much loved places and a destination for locals and visitors who relish the mainstreet’s vibrant and dynamic café, restaurant and retail scenes. So it’s imperative that the Council prioritises providing environments that promote well-being.

The smoking restriction applies to The Parade, Norwood between the eastern side of Osmond Terrace and the western side of Portrush Road. While it includes the road, footpaths, public spaces and the pedestrian laneway adjacent to the Norwood Town Hall, the restrictions do not include adjoining side streets off The Parade.

Signage will be installed in prominent locations along The Parade indicates the area where smoking is prohibited under Section 52 of the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997.

“As the Council is keen to work with the community to create smoke-free areas and healthy environments for citizens, we will be taking an educational approach rather than issuing fines as it’s important for people to understand why this initiative is important.”

Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size commended the Council on the announcement and said that no amount of exposure to cigarette smoke is safe.

“Smoke-free laws denormalise smoking within our community, particularly for children and protect the community from second-hand smoke exposure in high-traffic pedestrian areas,” he said.

“Every cigarette contains a deadly cocktail of chemicals and even small amounts of exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful to someone’s health. Smoking continues to be South Australia’s largest preventable cause of death and disease, with one in five cancer deaths caused by smoking.”

“Here at Cancer Council SA we are passionate about supporting South Australian’s to quit and will continue to support policies that protect the community and deter anyone from putting the health of others at risk.”

Other smoke-free areas in the City include Council-owned reserves and parks (including Norwood and Payneham Ovals), Payneham Memorial and Norwood Swimming Centres and at all events which are hosted or supported by the Council.

For more information please visit the Council’s website at or contact the Economic Development and Strategic Projects Unit on 8366 4555 or email

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

NPSP has Christmas all wrapped up


The much-loved Norwood Christmas Pageant returns on Saturday 24 November amid a variety of free Christmas events, activities and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Christmas in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is always magical and the events hosted by the Council will ensure it’s a great time for everyone,” said Lisa Mara, General Manager, Governance and Community Affairs.

“The Norwood Christmas Pageant is by far our most popular event and is the perfect launch for more than one month of special events and Christmas activities.”

Ms Mara said that following its great success in 2017, the Movie on the Oval will return this year with a screening of Saving Santa on Norwood Oval.

“During what is a very busy season, this is a great opportunity for families and friends to share in a relaxing evening under the stars.”

A popular feature on the City’s Festive calendar, Twilight Carols will also return to Linde Reserve, Stepney on Friday 7 December, featuring seven piece swing band Lucky Seven, and a cappella group 60 Four who will treat the audience to a trip back to the swinging 60s.

Osmond Terrace will again be transformed into an outdoor gallery of wooden Christmas Trees for the Festive Gallery on Osmond.

Children from 16 local schools will be decorating 62 six-foot tall wooden Christmas trees to be displayed on the Osmond Terrace median strip from 20 November 2018 until 2 January 2019.

“The trees have been a popular destination and it’s been great to see even more schools embrace and participate in this great initiative in 2018,” said Ms Mara.

Christmas lights are always an attraction and the Council will again install three six-metre tall Christmas Trees in the median strip on The Parade, in front of the Norwood Town Hall with some new illuminated lighting. Residents of Ninth Avenue (from Royston Park to St Peters) also install an impressive display of lights and decorations over the festive period.

“We know that Christmas can be difficult for many families, so the Council is again collecting books as part of Give the Gift of Reading and we encourage all residents to participate by donating a book for someone in need.”

Books can be donated at the Norwood Town Hall and Council libraries, as well as donating non-perishable food to the Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul on The Parade, Norwood.


What’s On

Norwood Christmas Pageant

10.00am – 11.00am, Saturday 24 November 2018
The Parade, Norwood


Festive Gallery on Osmond

On display 20 November 2018 – 2 January 2019
Osmond Terrace, Norwood


Twilight Carols

5.00pm – 9.00pm, Friday 7 December 2018
Linde Reserve, Nelson Street, Stepney


Give the Gift of Reading

Until 21 December 2018
Donate a book at the Norwood Town Hall or any of the Council’s libraries.


School Holiday Program

Take-home Christmas Craft | Monday 17 - Saturday 22 December 2018 at Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Libraries

Christmas Bauble Workshop | Tuesday 18 December 10.30am - 11.30am at St Peters Library (for ages 7-12 years)

Christmas Movie Afternoon | Thursday 20 December, 2.00pm - 4.00pm at Payneham Library

Christmas Crafternoon Drop-in | Wednesday 19 December, 12noon - 3.00pm at Payneham Library


Christmas Gift Wrapping supported by Salvos

Monday 17 to Monday 24 December, 11.00am – 3.00pm daily

Norwood Place, The Parade, Norwood. Gold coin donation.


NPSP Christmas Lights Map

Add your colourful Christmas lights and displays to the NPSP map or follow the trail on foot, by bicycle, or in the car.

Visit for further details and other events over the Festive Season.

For more information please contact the Council’s Events Unit on 8366 4555 or visit

Media enquiries: Lisa Mara, General Manager Governance & Community Affairs on 0413 743 407

NPSP wins WHS best practice award


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ efforts in the implementation of risk management programs and processes were last week recognised when the Council won the Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme (LGWCS) Work Health & Safety (WHS) Best Practice Major Award for a metropolitan council.

The award acknowledged the Council’s commitment to WHS through monthly Greater Safety Meetings, which ensure that WHS remains at the forefront of the Council’s day-to-day operations.

“The Council is honoured to be recognised by the LGAWCS and our peers for our approach to best practice WHS which ensures that senior management exercise due diligence while providing a forum for ongoing WHS monitoring and decision making,” said Mario Barone, Chief Executive Officer.

The Award was announced at the Local Government Association’s 2018 AGM Dinner on Thursday 25 October.

“Awards like this are the result of many years of hard work, commitment and most importantly, the passion of a dedicated team of management and staff.”

Given the scope of infrastructure, services and activities that the Council provides for our community – from fixing potholes to managing a child care centre to hosting large-scale community events – the need to have best practice WHS and risk systems in place is fundamentally important.

“The most significant outcome through our Greater Safety Meetings has been the development of a WHS and risk culture which has set the foundations for ongoing sustainability,” added Mario.

The Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme has been recognising excellence in Local Government through the annual Schemes Awards since 1999.

Media enquiries: Lisa Mara, General Manager Governance & Community Affairs on 0413 743 407.

Bridal couture joins the catwalk at Fashion on Parade


Four years after bridal couture was last featured on the Fashion on Parade catwalk, designs by Calèche, GretaKate and Cinderella Bridal will be showcased as part of Fashion on Parade presented by Norwood Place, on Sunday 14 October.

These local designers will join a host of boutiques and fashion labels as this season’s hottest trends are thrown in the spotlight during three spectacular open-air runway shows for the 2018 Adelaide Fashion Festival.

“As a premier fashion, retail and lifestyle destination, The Parade is the perfect place for families and friends to soak up a day of fun and fashion inspiration,” says Lisa Mara, General Manager Governance and Community Service.

Parades will be held at 12 noon, 1.00pm and 2.00pm, each followed by fashion talks with designers Cristina Tridente (couture+love+madness) and Greta Kate, and artists from Media Makeup.

The popular Norwood Fashion Market is set to return - with more than 40 market stalls retailing a wide range of clothing, shoes, jewellery, accessories, homewares and more – while The Colonist will host a pop-up bar featuring live music.

The fashion-forward will have the opportunity to ‘glammify’ at styling bars hosted by Media Makeup, Endota Spa and Bladez the Barber Lounge, or pick up collections straight off the catwalk at Love Affair Boutique, Style Society and Namoi Designs pop-up boutiques.

“The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters promises that the 2018 Fashion on Parade event will be bigger and better than ever as it builds on the successes of the past eleven years and draws on the popularity of our local fashion boutiques and retailers.”

A free family event – with a special kid’s only Fashion Factory - Fashion on Parade presented by Norwood Place will be held on The Parade, Norwood on Sunday 14 October, between 11.00am to 3.00pm.

For further information about Fashion on Parade presented by Norwood Place, please visit

Media enquiries: Lisa Mara, General Manager Governance & Community Service on 0413 743 407

Temporary road closure of The Parade (between George Street and Edward Street) will be in place on 14 October, from 5.00am to 8.00pm. Vehicle access to The Parade will be restricted during this period and therefore residents and businesses are advised to make alternative parking and delivery arrangement during the above times.

LED on the way for NPSP


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council has approved the transition of the Council’s non-decorative pedestrian category street lighting to LED technologies.

The transition to LED lighting from the existing Mercury Vapour lights forms part of the Council’s on-going commitment to progressing the City as environmentally sustainable through the use and promotion of energy efficiency initiatives and renewable energy resources.

“Moving to more environmentally sustainable LED lighting is good for the City, the environment, good for residents and good for the Council.” Mayor Robert Bria said.

Street lighting contributes approximately 6% of the Council’s CO2 emissions, which is the main contributor of CO2 emissions outside of Waste which is the biggest contributor. Transitioning to LED lighting will result in a 3% reduction in the Council’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, the LED lighting solution also offers a reduction of electricity consumption, delivering Council a 30% reduction in overall street lighting costs.

“This again shows the Council as forward thinking and demonstrates our commitment to environmental sustainability.” said Mayor Bria.

As part of the Councils Strategic Management Plan, City Plan 2030: Shaping Our Future, one of the Council’s objectives is to provide people friendly integrated and active transport and pedestrian network.

“The LED lighting will provide consistent lighting throughout residential streets and improve the overall public amenity 

“It makes sense from a public amenity perspective, an environmental perspective and a cost perspective.” Mayor Bria said.

For more information contact the Council’s Finance Unit via email at