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Issue 25, February 2010 Maintain unique character Flood tips win ...
Issue 25, February 2010 Achievements and goals for 2010 A Light concept After a successful 2009 the Adelaide Hills Council plans this year to roll out infrastructure Light Regional Council will sell off five improvements using Federal Government Regional and Local Community Infrastructure new allotments at Freeling to finance the Program funds, to undertake a $4 million construction of the Main Street upgrades in redevelopment of the Park Range Estate Woodside and Lobethal, and to prepare a new Community Plan. Reserve and to settle loans taken out by Council in 2008. As a result of significant financial restructuring, the end of year result for 2008/09 saw Council’s financial position improve by $1.6 million. The Council also completed Stage 1B The concept for the redevelopment of of the Lobethal Main Street works, completed a number of infrastructure projects and set a the Reserve includes the reshaping of target of 20% reduction in carbon emissions by 2016 as part of its Climate Change strategy. a stormwater detention basin, a central playground and picnic area, a southern The Council also received the Metropolitan Council of the Year Award for Public and reserve, new walkways, additional Environmental Health, and won the PIA (SA) Excellence Award for the Environmental Covers screening landscaping and a new entry Policy which involved placing protective netting over vineyards and orchards. wall. The redevelopment will provide a more functional and attractive reserve and Maintain unique character improve stormwater management. Name: Ivan Brooks - Mayor of Mitcham Family: Married to Jan, 4 children, 8 grandchildren Flood tips win award Mitcham, Unley, Marion, Holdfast Bay, West Business: Prior to retirement, State Manager for Sunbeam Torrens and Adelaide City Councils, with Victa for many years. Full time Mayor. South Australia’s SES, took out the national Community: It is important that Council maintains its focus Australian Safer Communities Award 2009 on protection of both our built and natural environment, with their FloodSafe program. particularly in the face of climate change, extreme weather The awards are sponsored by the Australian events, and water shortages. In Mitcham the risk of serious bushfire is an ever-present Attorney General’s Department for reality and I hope that by implementing community educational campaigns, establishing programs enhancing community safety effective strategies to provide for the protection of the community and Council staff on through emergency management. high fire risk days, and conducting regular bushfire preventative practices, any potential damage to property and loss of life can be minimised in the event of a major fire. The FloodSafe program involves providing the community with advice on flood Council: Councillor of the City of Mitcham for 15 years. Elected as Mayor in May 2000, preparation, behaviour during a flood and re-elected as Mayor in May 2003 and again in November 2006. during the recovery period. Challenges: Managing urban development sensitively to provide adequate housing to meet demand, while ensuring preservation of heritage areas and Mitcham’s unique urban character. Maintenance and replacement of ageing infrastructure, particularly roads, New VIO for Angaston footpaths and drainage systems is an ongoing challenge in Mitcham, as it is for other Visitors to Angaston now have tourist older metropolitan Councils in today’s economic climate. The provision of services to the information at their fingertips with the community within the context of an ageing population is a major challenge. Sustaining opening of a dedicated Visitor Information the many street trees that are a characteristic feature of Mitcham in the face of extreme Outlet (VIO) at Angas Park Fruits. heat and drought is a particular problem we face. Council has been working hard in The Angas Park Shop now displays a wide collaboration with other Councils to ensure the development of an environmentally and range of tourism information including economically responsible stormwater management solution in the Brown Hill Keswick visitor guides, maps and brochures. Barossa Creek area. Visitor Information Centre Co-ordinator Jo Personal Interests: Collecting and restoring antique oil lamps and irons. Member of Seabrook said the new VIO complements two Vintage/Classic Car Clubs. Has restored a 1924 Fiat, a 1955 Austin Healey and a 1956 the tourism services provided at the Visitor Renault. Information Centre (VIC) in Tanunda. Balaklava BBQ Onkaparinga’s gas Wakefield Regional Council has The City of Onkaparinga has become one of completed the final stage of the first Councils in the state to de-gas old the Balaklava Parklands with the fridges and airconditioning units received in installation of a shelter over the its hard waste collection. BBQ. Students from Balaklava About 1400 fridges and airconditioning High School designed and built units each year will have the ozone the shelter. Council will shortly depleting gases removed by local install a fluorescent light and contractors before they are sent away for power point, within the shelter. crushing and recycling. This service will save the equivalent of 240 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. The gas will be recycled for Funds for Playford use in new whitegoods, and the metal parts will also be recycled. More than $205,000 in funding grants is being invested in the local Playford community as part of the first round of the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund. The Fund was established to initiate and sustain initiatives that are going to see a real Throwing Octopi improvement in opportunities for residents living within South Australia’s largest urban More than 7,000 people crowded Port renewal project area. Over the life of the project the Fund will provide around $4-5 million MacDonnell earlier this year to celebrate dollars for community initiatives. the 15th anniversary of the MG Plasterers Bayside Festival, and the annual Octopus City of Playford Mayor Martin Lindsell announced the first round of allocations from the Throw attracted record entry. Fund, and said the major beneficiary would be programs that provide employment opportunities for young people in the project area with two grants in the category of Major attractions with local and national Pathways to Employment. entertainment including the Neil Diamond Superhits Show with Steve Cummins, the first amateur Open Mic competition. Something to carp about The joint winners of the Morning Loaf The Mt Barker Council has Bakery Pie Eat-a-thon managed to consume extended an invitation to anglers 10 meat pies each. to help Council rid the Laratinga Wetlands of unwelcome On the same wave European carp which were Port Adelaide Enfield, Charles Sturt, NPSP, illegally introduced to the Tea Tree Gully, Walkerville and West Torrens wetlands. The carp are growing Councils have again held a successful beach in numbers and need to be safety course and fun day at the Semaphore removed. Surf Life Saving Club. The Council has almost In partnership with the Australian Refugee guaranteed a successful fishing Association, Families SA, Multicultural venture with no limit to the Youth SA, Surf Lifesaving SA and Survivors number of fish caught. Only one of Torture and Trauma Assistance and caveat to a fruitful day’s fishing, Rehabilitation Service, the Councils intro- don’t throw them back in, take them home and dig them into the garden for fertiliser. duced youngsters and their families to On a more positive note the Laratinga Wetlands (which featured in the recent Out of the beach safety. Participants observed a mock Ordinary reality television series on Channel 9) are home to more than 140 bird species. rescue and had a go at surf swimming and The Wetlands are unique to South Australia and are one of the most successful and diverse paddling a board, with a free lunch, beach artificial wetlands in Australia. soccer and beach volleyball thrown in for good measure. 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