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Safer school stroll.

May 2, 2019

Students at Parkside Primary School will soon benefit from safety measures approved by Unley Council after extensive investigations tackling the increased use of streets to the south by morning “rat-run” commuters.

In a three-part recommendation from Council’s transport and traffic division,  children’s crossings will be installed in Young  and  Robsart Streets, while there will be  kerb extensions along Castle Street at its intersection with Robsart Street.

The  treatments align with Council’s strategic objectives of improving walking and cycling within Unley.

The need for the programme comes mainly, in my opinion at least, from  city-bound commuters trying to avoid the notorious Fullarton/Glen Osmond Road intersection. My frequent calls for peak-hour “No left turn” signs into north Parkside from Fullarton Road have been regularly quashed/ignored, but someday, perhaps,  those in higher-level command of our destiny will see the light…

All of the above brings back vivid memories of  the days when Parkside Primary, now bursting at the seams with more than 400 pupils, was facing extinction— and disruption for its 100 students.   The  protest meetings were frequent, fiery and (thankfully, of course) successful.


Grand (piano) vision’s sour note.

April 30, 2019

Triple bidding for a  $100,000 newcomer to Norwood  Concert Hall has been given the flick by Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council.

Councillors Minney, Duke and Knoblauch were unsuccessful in their bid for a replacement for the existing johanna, despite labelling their proposed purchase as “peanuts”.

Eternal life. Here’s the secret.

April 30, 2019

Want to live to be 2OO???

Of course you do…

Simple. If you are an employee of the Australian Taxation Office. Merely dob in  your colleagues for alleged dodgy  practices — and spend 161 years in jail.

Sadly, however, alleged whistle-blower Richard Boyle’s  long wait for arrival at the Pearly Gates is in jeopardy, with the Federal Attorney being asked to look into the predicament of the Edwardtown debt collector.

Salaman’s wisdom wins.

April 29, 2019

Deposed Unley Ward Councillor Rufus Salaman has retained a link with Unley Council…through his appointment as a deputy independent member of the Council Assessment Panel

Unley rate rise pegged at 2.1%

April 29, 2019

A  last-minute bid by Goodwood Councillor Jenni Boisvert  to add half a percent to the city’s  proposed upcoming budget figure rise of 2.1% failed to get Members support at tonight’s Council meeting.

Grumpy was among those who supported the proposal, and expressed concern at the Council’s high level of loans, with Council promising just over another  $11million ..”to deliver all proposed projects and maintain current service levels..”

Meanwhile the community is being advised that submissions can be made via Council’s website (Your Say Unley) or via written submissions to PO Box 1, Unley 5061. All submissions will be accepted up until the close of business on May 29.

The declaration of rates will be presented to Council for adoption  at its June meeting.

Rabbitohs and Hammers double

April 28, 2019

A great weekend for followers of League and the round ball.

A  hard-fought battle in the second-best sport in the world and a brilliant one-goal win for  West Ham.

ANZAC march.

April 25, 2019

Couldn’t make the Unley Dawn Service, but was (as always) on the footpath in North Terrace to watch and applaud  the impressive/emotional march.

Technically I am a fourth-generation military man, but my uniformed experience was confined to the last-but-one call-up of National Servicemen in the Old Dart. Hardly medal  country!!!