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Shaping our future: have your say


As part of a mid term review of its strategic management plan, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is now seeking comments on the proposed changes to CityPlan 2030: Shaping Our Future.

The Mid Term Review is being undertaken to provide ongoing stability and certainty in an environment of constant change by reaffirming the Council’s high level strategic direction and ensuring a strong focus on the four Outcomes of Social Equity, Cultural Vitality, Economic Prosperity and Environmental Sustainability is maintained over the final ten years of the strategy.

Mayor Robert Bria says that the updated CityPlan 2030 takes into consideration the views, aspirations and ideas of community members who were invited to participate in the initial stages of consultation.

“The Mid Term Review has provided a timely opportunity for the Council and community to reflect on what we believe to be the unique and defining elements of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, and how we will protect and nurture them given the challenges we continue to face due the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“This update also introduces the aspirational smart city agenda while emphasizing the Council’s focus on sustainable active transport and climate change adaptation.”

In order to secure a prosperous future for our natural environment, rich built heritage, cultural diversity, community spirit and ‘sense of place’, Mayor Bria encourages all residents, property owners, business owners and operators to participate in the consultation.

“Now, more than ever, it is important that we work together to ensure that all of the great things about our City are preserved and enhanced for ourselves and future generations to enjoy.”

Visit the Council’s website, to download a copy of the draft Plan and provide comments. The draft Plan can also be viewed at the Norwood Town Hall Customer Service Centre or at any of the Council’s Libraries.

For further information regarding CityPlan 2030, please contact the Council’s Economic Development & Strategic Projects Coordinator, Rosanna Francesca on 8366 4524 or email

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Growing importance of sustainable gardens: join a workshop, take a tour or nominate your garden!


Nominations for the 2020 Sustainable Garden Awards open on Monday 21 September, celebrating and recognising the importance and prevalence of sustainable gardening and landscaping in our City’s urban environment.

Mayor Robert Bria says, “The Council’s Sustainable Gardens Awards aim to foster community awareness and interest in the importance of sustainable gardens and landscapes in our City”.

The Sustainable Garden Awards is open to all residents, businesses, schools and community groups in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters who have a sustainable story to share.

Nominations will be assessed by an expert judging panel against a range of criteria including design, innovation and creativity, biodiversity and habitat, self-sufficiency, waste management and nature play.

A biennial initiative of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, the Awards not only showcase gardens which positively contribute to the environment and well-being of our community, but also includes a series of free, informative and fun workshops, webinars and tours.

“As a result of restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council has rethought its sustainable gardening workshop program to offer a range of online and in-person workshops, webinars and tours, all compliant with social distancing requirements.”

Those interested in sustainable gardening practices, design and innovation can learn tips, tricks and insights from sustainable gardening experts—or take a crash course in using their mobile phone to capture creative photos in their garden!

This program also includes a tour of the St Peters Billabong and a virtual tour of an award winning sustainable garden with 2018 residential Sustainable Garden Award winner, Alan Shepard.

“To encourage residents to create their own sustainable garden, the Council is also giving away seedlings that are native to the Adelaide Plains region,” added Mayor Bria.

Nominations for the Sustainable Garden Awards will be open from 21 September until 30 October 2020, and can be submitted online at

For further information about the Sustainable Garden Awards and the program of workshops, webinars and tours, please visit the Council’s website or contact Sustainability Officer, Naomi Doolette, on 8366 4532 or email

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Norwood Christmas Pageant cancelled


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing physical distancing requirements, the Council has made the difficult decision to cancel both the 2020 Norwood Christmas Pageant and Twilight Carols.

In a special message to the community following the Council Meeting on Monday 7 September, Mayor Robert Bria expresses his disappointment, assuring the community that the decisions were not made lightly and with the health and safety of all volunteers, participants and attendees in mind.

"We know these decisions will be disappointing for thousands of residents and visitors to our City, especially young children for whom the Pageant is the most anticipated event of the year."

The cancellation of the Norwood Christmas Pageant means that 2020 will be the first year that the Pageant has not been held since it began in 1978.

Watch: Mayor Bria's message regarding the Norwood Christmas Pageant

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Have your say: Guiding NPSP’s economic growth in a recovering economy


Some 7,000 businesses operating in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters are the focus of the Council’s new Economic Development Strategy which aims to support businesses, increase economic prosperity and guide sustainable local economic growth over the next five years.

The Council’s draft Economic Development Strategy 2021–2026 is currently open for consultation with comments welcome until 17 August 2020.

“Developing an economic development strategy with clear direction provides a strong foundation to help ensure the success and longevity of the City’s business sectors and local economy,” says Mayor Robert Bria.

A clear vision and four key themes are identified in the draft Economic Development Strategy, all of which aim to achieve growth in the local business sector, promote the City as a destination with dynamic and vibrant precincts, as well as encourage innovation and investment—and make it easy for people to start, own and grow a business.

The draft Strategy has been developed following consultation with the business community and during the COVID-19 pandemic and as such, the known economic and social impacts of the pandemic have been carefully considered in its development.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the Council playing a key role in supporting a strong, sustainable and resilient economy, so the timing of this strategy is crucial as it will guide our local recovery.”

In response to this, the draft Strategy includes a ‘Recover and Rebuild’ phase which will be implemented during year one (2021) and will guide the Council in supporting local businesses through their recovery while capturing opportunities that arise from a re-imagined economy.

Mayor Bria says that the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly realised the need for diversification in the local economy in order to reduce reliance on a small number of sectors to create local jobs.

“A diverse economic base is a focus of the strategy as it will increase the local economy’s ability to withstand challenges and enable the economy to respond to and recover from significant impacts such as the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Consultation on the draft Economic Development Strategy closes 17 August 2020.
To view the draft Economic Development Strategy and to provide comments, please visit the Council’s website at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Rate relief for local businesses


One hundred and twenty businesses in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will receive an automatic 50% rebate from the rates for the Fourth Quarter of 2019–2020.

The Discretionary Rebate will be offered to businesses—such as cinemas, pubs, gyms and beauty therapists—that were forced to close following Federal Government restrictions which took effect at midday on 23 March 2020.

Mayor Robert Bria says that the rebate recognised that these businesses are amongst the most affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These businesses were unable to re-open until 8 June, meaning they were closed for 68 of 91 days in the last quarter.”

Several recent reports show that the local economy in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, like many local areas across the state, has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and job losses in both the retail and hospitality sectors have been considerable.

“While this Discretionary Rebate will negatively impact the Council’s revenue it is another example of the Council’s commitment to assisting those business owners who are experiencing hardship within the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.”

The rebate is in addition to a suite of financial hardship measures which have already been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to the value of $1.15 million. These include waiving of Outdoor Dining Permit fees until 31 December 2020 and suspending the Separate Rate for The Parade traders.

The Council has also asked Chief Executive Officer, Mario Barone, to give consideration to continuing the flexible approach to monitoring time-limited parking around the Council’s commercial and retail precincts until 31 December 2020.

“By extending the flexible arrangements, the Council can provide local businesses with a strategic advantage over other shopping precincts.”

For further information regarding the Council’s Financial Support Package, visit the Council’s website at

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077