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Unley Oval desecration begins.

February 26, 2015

fenceWant to  witness a shameful act of selfishness enacted at Unley Oval  over the next few days/weeks?

Get down there and watch as the pickets go up and your right to unimpeded use of  YOUR open space is trashed for the financial benefit of  a dozen or so games of footy a year. A right that has been in place for decades since the barriers came down in the Eighties as Sturt Football Club moved their “home” games to Adelaide Oval.

Questions still need to be asked about the propriety of the so-called “public consultation” which was undertaken last year…an exercise which, we were told, was not a vote , but which (surprise, surprise) came down on the side of pickets  solely on the weight of numbers  in an unbalanced  consultation process.

Once again I will be accused by some of hating Sturt.

Not so, as Mayor Lachlan Clyne has very publicly attested. I have steadfastly supported the club’s wishes to improve its facilities…better lighting and better player amenities, etc. And I have always maintained a reasonably friendly relationship with the club’s managers.

But what I DO hate is the unnecessary, intrusive, plastic-coated blight going up around our green oasis solely for dollar, not danger, reasons.

Those responsible should hang their heads in shame.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Another grumpy one permalink
    February 27, 2015 2:14 am

    The same lack of proper consultation occurred and still occurs re development planning in Unley! No one wanted five storey buildings along Unley road yet now we will apparently get them (and even higher!). Talk about a lack of democracy..

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  2. Unley Oval fence is an insult permalink
    March 9, 2015 9:59 am

    Mike, you could not have said it any better. The farcical consultation that was only ever going to have one outcome, and the nonsense proffered by the Council about the need for the fence was both dishonest and insulting to the Unley community. This sorry saga will make a fantastic case study for sociology students for all the wrong reasons. Having enjoyed Unley Oval fence free on a daily basis for over 20 years, I now find that I will not be able to run or walk around the entire perimeter of the Oval unless I am on the inside of the picket fence. The fence blocks off access at the bowling club. Is this one of the community enhancements proposed by the Council on behalf of the Sturt Football Club? I can hardly wait for the others.

    The actions of the Council Administration who put forward this fence proposal and the Councillors who voted for the fence are shameful.

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    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      March 9, 2015 1:53 pm

      There is still more to come on this in the very near future, I can assure you.

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