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Code of Conduct dilemma

June 24, 2018

Unley City Council’s Administration has declined to become involved in a complaint against mayoral  hopeful Councillor Michael Hewitson by Councillor Jenni Boisvert.

At the May meeting of Council, in a “Question without notice”, Ms Boisvert queried the actions of Councillor Hewitson in writing a letter to the Editor discussing rates increases which made implications which, she said, could be seen to bring fellow councillors and/or the Council into disrepute.

In a response to the question, an Administration report said that the expression of a view as to  whether fellow councillors or Council were brought into disrepute, in  the absence  of a process consistent with  that set out in the Complaints Handling Procedure would not be consistent with the application of natural justice and procedural fairness principles.

“Therefore a direct response to the question cannot be provided”.


Meanwhile, the above-mentioned elections are not due until November…


Parkside’s poltergeist strikes again.

June 24, 2018

Don’t know what the problem is (and nobody else does either) but Grumpy has been out of electronic and electoral touch with the world for a couple of days. Which is MOST aggravating.

The upside is that I was able to have time for reflection and decide not to tread into the forth-coming troubled waters that constitute the November Local Government election scene.

Just to predict that it certainly won’t be smooth sailing in the mayoral sea.

Watch this space.

With luv to The Gov.

June 22, 2018

Grumpy is not averse to a bit of praise when praise is warranted.

Hence the unsolicited free advertisement for Adelaide’s music mecca just a chord-length’s distance from the Port Road’s Entertainment Centre.

Won’t take up my space and your time by plagiarising the article in this month’s edition of the always interesting and very readable “Adelaide Review” . Just to draw your attention to David Sly’s paragraphs of praise for the quarter of a century of  live music at “The Gov”.

I’ve been privileged over the years to enjoy some VERY memorable musical evenings there.

Long may the Tonkin dynasty continue.

Pulteney’s parklands grab: Chapter 2.

June 22, 2018

Why is it that I am super-suspicious about Pulteney Grammar’s explanation about  their excuse/reason  for an invasion of the parklands opposite their exclusive South Terrace establishment.

No, we are told by Pulteney head honcho Anne Dunstan, it’s NOT a move to have classrooms on precious public open space.The upper floors (what about the intrusion at ground level???)will, we are assured, be designed to provide flexible spaces for community partners (partners with whom??). Whatever that gobbledegook means.

This is merely another proposal to hijack a section of our beloved green belt , however small the footprint. It must be rejected by the Adelaide Park Lands Authority, which has sadly and shamefully abdicated its responsibility and merely recommended a small “footprint”.

North Terrace lunacy strikes again.

June 21, 2018

When I see tourists pointing their cameras towards Parliament House I succumb to temptation and ask them why they are photographing a lunatic asylum…

Today’s page three of “The Advertiser” justifies my actions.

While  Local Government Minister Stephen Knoll continues on his not-so-merry way to cap council rate rises, his fellow mentally bewildered inmates have agreed to a SIX percent rise in the  Natural Resources Management Levy  for the Mount Lofty Ranges. And – wait for it!- Port Adelaide Enfield  and Oinkaparinga ratepayers will be shelling out NINE percent more…Meanwhile we (Unley Council) have spent countless hours squabbling over a controversial rates rise of less than a third of that!!!

I have been a persistent opponent to the rural rip-off, and have raised the issue repeatedly at Unley Council meetings. Only to be told that we have no way to stop it.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Lesser Crested Blue Tongued Marsh Warbler as much as the next person. But the rustic quango’s budget to protect it and other species should be subjected to VERY close scrutiny.


King William Road memory stroll.

June 19, 2018

A good steak lunch at the local hostelry. (A bouquet to the Hyde Park Tavern). A long conversation about the forthcoming Local Government elections (November). Then out the door for a coolish stroll along King William Road past  much-too-many empty premises. Not forgetting a reflective stop at THAT brass plaque marking the Yellow Brick Road experiment of three decades ago. Ah, the names of those departed (to one destination or another) colleagues.

It will be interesting, to say the least, to see what  the new road and footpath  surface will look like in the years to come.


Pulteney pleads parklands innocence.

June 19, 2018

Don’t know why, but I am doubly doubtful/sceptical about today’s assurance/excuse by Pulteney Grammar re the proposal for reported  “classrooms” on a parklands site opposite its  South Terrace seat of learning.

We are assured that the idea is NOT a  planned expansion of the school’s campus into the public parklands. They would be used, apparently, by community groups for umpire training and yoga.

Pull  the other one.