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Council has consulted with the community on a range of projects over the past 12 months.

Draft Asset Management Plans

Council’s Asset Management Plans are used to ensure our local Council assets continue to be well maintained and provide appropriate services to the community. Council sought feedback from the Community on its REVISED Asset Management Plans for Transport, Footpaths, Stormwater and Bridges and NEW Plans for Assets in Parks & Reserves Open Spaces and Bus Stops. Feedback is currently being collated and will be considered at a future Council meeting.

New Bicycle Plan

STAGE 1
In 2015 Council sought feedback from the Community to assist in the review of its Bicycle Plan. A Community Bicycle Forum, held as part of the engagement, provided an opportunity for the community to discuss the plan in more detail. Feedback from the consultation along with a Draft Bicycle Plan was presented to Council at its meeting on 19 May 2015. Council resolved to receive the Draft Bicycle Plan and requested Staff identify key points worthy of progression for consideration by Council.

STAGE 2
In October/November 2016 Council again sought community feedback on the draft Bicycle Plan and Implementation Cost Estimates to make sure it was right and nothing was missed. Feedback is currently being collated and it is anticipated that a report on the outcomes to the consultation will be presented to Council for consideration early 2017.

REPORTS: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to STAGE 1 click here (go to Item 11.2, page 103). It is anticipated that consultation results from STAGE 2 will be reported to Council early in 2017.

Revised Strategic Plan Towards 2020

Council reviewed its Strategic Plan Towards 2020 and asked the community to check the direction set for the next few years is right. Whilst Council received enquiries, no written submissions were received by the close of the consultation and Council at its meeting on 15 November 2016 adopted the revised Plan.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 671).

REVISED STRATEGIC PLAN: To view the revised Strategic Plan, click here

Employment Growth DPA

The Employment Growth DPA (Development Plan Amendment) was recently made available for public comment. The aim of the DPA is to align Council's Development Plan with the State planning strategy and the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide whilst best enabling future local employment and economic growth. Feedback is now being collated.

REPORT: Consultation results will be reported to Council before the end of the year.

Revised Environmental Management Plan 2020

Council's EMP (Environmental Management Plan 2020) is a Strategic Management Plan that was adopted by Council in August 2014. Council has now reviewed the EMP 2020 as per the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 looking specifically at its relevance, currency and improvements. Very few changes are proposed at this time.  

REPORT: Consultation results will be reported to Council before the end of the year.

Whites Lane, Newton - proposed parking prohibitions

At its meeting on 19 July 2016 Council considered measures to address parking issues in Whites Lane and Monaro Crescent during the soccer season when there are significant visitors to the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre. Following this meeting, ratepayers and residents along these streets were consulted on the possibility of introducing parking restrictions along the southern side of Whites Lane. Feedback was considered by Council at its meeting on 4 October 2016 and it was resolved that:

1. Council introduce a no parking prohibition along the southern side of Whites Lane in the months February to September as follows:
        Monday to Friday – 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
        Saturdays – 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
        Sundays – 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
with local residents on Whites Lane provided with two residential parking permits for use during these times at no cost to the residents (other provisions of the Parking Policy to apply) 

2.  Staff amend Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges such that parking permit fees only apply to 3 vehicles or more henceforth.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.1, page 145).

Melville Grove Reserve, Hectorville and Reservoir Road Reserve, Paradise - Playground Improvements

In September 2016 ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of Melville Grove Reserve, Hectorville and Reservoir Road Reserve, Paradise were asked what they like about the Reserves and if they had any ideas for improvement. Feedback is now being collated and all ideas will be considered in the preparation of a draft concept plan for improvements at the two reserves.  Council will conduct a second closed consultation with local ratepayers and residents later in the year to obtain feedback on the draft concept plan. Council will consider allocating funds in future budgets for any approved improvements.

Elector Representation Review

Council is undertaking a review in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 to determine whether a change of arrangements are required to ensure that the electors of the area are adequately and fairly represented.

Stage 1 - Representation Options Paper
Council sought feedback on an Options Paper that examined the advantages and disadvantages of the options available in respect to local wards, number of Elected Members and how the mayor is elected. Council considered the available options in respect to its future composition and structure, as well as the seven (7) submissions received from the Community during the consultation period at its meeting on 18 October 2016, and made ‘in principle’ decisions regarding the elector representation arrangements.

Stage 2 - Representation Review Report
A further document the ‘Representation Review Report’, prepared in accordance with Council decisions on 18 October, was considered by Council at its meeting on 1 November 2016.  Council approved this document for a second public consultation process, seeking written comments from the Community on the preferred proposal. The consultation period has now closed and a report on the outcomes will be presented to Council in early 2017.

REPORTS: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to STAGE 1 click here (go to Item 11.5, page 259). It is anticipated that consultation results from STAGE 2 will be reported to Council early in 2017.

Draft Access and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020

In August 2016 Council invited the community to provide feedback on its Draft Access and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020.  Although similar in content to the previous Plan, the structure of the new Plan changed in line with the new directions of the NDS (National Disability Strategy 2010-2020) and also the release of a State Government toolkit aimed at assisting State Governments and Councils develop DAIPs (Disability Access and Inclusion Plans).  Although several Community groups verbally expressed support for the draft Plan, no written submissions were received by the close of the consultation. At its meeting on 20 September 2016 Council resolved to adopt the Plan.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 111).

Grandview Grove Reserve, Magill - Improvments

During July/August 2016, Council conducted a closed consultation with ratepayers and residents within 300 metres of the Reserve regarding the possibility of closing the southern end of Alexandra Avenue, Magill to convert to open space and increase the size of Grandview Grove Reserve. A total of 52 responses were received and after considering all feedback at its meeting on 16 August 2016, Council endorsed the closure of the southern end of Alexandra Avenue, Magill and allocated $10,000 at the next budget review to undertake all required procedures in accordance with Part 2 (5) of the Roads (Opening and Closing Act) 1991.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 103).

Council will now consult with the wider Community on the road closure in accordance with the provisions of the Roads (Opening and Closing) Act 1991.  Separate to this consultation, in September 2016 Council conducted follow-up consultation with local residents to seek ideas for improvements to the Reserve (ie playground, furniture etc) to assist in the preparation of a draft concept design.  Feedback is now being collated and will inform the preparation of a draft concept plan for the reserve.  Council will hold another consultation with local ratepayers and residents later in the year to provide an opportunity to comment on the draft concept plan. 

Draft 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget

Council annually seeks feedback from the Community on its plan and budget for the following financial year. The outcomes to the consultation with the Community on Council's Plan and Budget for 2016/2017 were presented to Council for consideration at its meeting on 7 June 2016. Feedback was received from 177 members of the community either by return of a survey, by email or by attending Council's Public Meeting.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this consultation.

After considering all the feedback Council agreed to set a rate increase of 3.90% plus growth and reaffirmed that the minimum rate for the 2016/2017 financial year will increase in line with the general rate increase of 3.90% (to $909). Council also confirmed that the rate cap will be set at twice the general rate increase for the 2016/2017 financial year, subject to criteria listed in the 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget. In addition, Council also included $4,000 in the 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget to undertake Biodiversity Mapping and development of a hierarchy of high risk areas, and $5,000 (net) for Solar Ventilators at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 39).

By-Laws Review 2016

During the first half of 2016 Council reviewed its by-laws and endorsed the following for public consultation: 

  • By-law No.1      Permits and Penalties By-Law
  • By-law No. 2     Moveable Signs By-Law
  • By-law No. 3     Roads By-Law
  • By-law No. 4     Local Government Land By-Law
  • By-law No. 5     Dogs By-Law

Feedback received during the consultation period was presented to Council at its meeting on 7 June 2016. After considering the feedback, Council adopted, pursuant to section 246(1) of the Local Government Act 1999, all of the above by‑laws. The by-laws were published in the South Australian Government Gazette and provided to the Legislative Review Committee of the South Australian Parliament in accordance with the Subordinate Legislation Act 1978. The by-laws will come into effect when the existing by-laws expire on 1 January 2017.  Thank you to everyone who provided comments on these by-laws.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 81).

NEW BY-LAWS: To view the revised by-laws and an explanation of changes, click here

Community Participation Documents

After a review of the following Community Participation documents, Council sought feedback to ensure they meet the needs of the community:
     »  Code of Practice for Access to Meetings and Documents
     »  Public Consultation Policy
Feedback received from approximately 200 Community members was considered by Council at its meeting on 7 June 2016. In reviewing the feedback received and noting the extremely high level of support for these documents, Council adopted the revised Code of Practice for Access to Meetings and Documents, revised Public Consultation Policy and revised Code of Practice for Meeting Procedures. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the final versions of these community participation documents.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.5, page 219).

Council's Code of Practice for Access to Meetings and Documents is a legislative document that guides how Council manages its meetings and documents. Council reviews the document annually and as per the above process, consults its Community when it is proposed to make changes. Not long after Council had consulted with the Community as outlined above, on 27 October 2016 the State Government established regulations directing Councils to update their policies (Code) with respect to management of Informal Gatherings. These regulations came into effect on 24 November and as there was no flexibility in the content of the policy direction as Council must comply with the legislation, no community consultation has been undertaken regarding amendment to the Code at this time. 

Proposed Hire Agreement with NBC for use of courts at the new Campbelltown Leisure Centre

The Norwood Basketball Club (NBC) has been a key tenant at the Campbelltown Leisure Centre for many years and the improved courts provide an opportunity for the NBC to consolidate their operations into the new Centre and provide an expanded program. In February 2016 Council asked the community to provide feedback on a request from the Club for a long term 20 year hire agreement from Council for the use of the courts at the new Campbelltown Leisure Centre to provide the NBC certainty on access to the courts as it consolidates and builds its programs.  At is meeting on 19 April 2016 Council considered the submissions received during the public consultation process and endorsed Council Staff finalising an agreement with the Club for use of the courts at the new Leisure Centre for a period of 20 years.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 219).

Proposed lighting on the main soccer pitch at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre

The Campbelltown City Soccer Club, a long term lessee of the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre on Stradbroke Road, Newton, approached Council seeking assistance to provide the main soccer pitch with lights to increase spaces that could be used for training and games. In February 2016 Council sought feedback on the proposal from the local community and a total of 56 responses were received. Council considered the feedback at its meeting on 5 April 2016 and resolved to support the installation of new LED lights on the main soccer pitch and to reaffirm its commitment to fund up to 50% of the total cost of the project subject to: 
1. the Campbelltown City Soccer and Social Club funding 50% of the total project cost, and
2. the placement of conditions on the use of the lights (days and times) and parking to address the concerns of residents being included in any future lease agreement.

Thank you to residents living adjacent to or within walking distance of the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre and others who provided feedback.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 211).

Community Satisfaction Survey

Biennially Council asks our Online Community Panel members to identify what services and facilities are important to the Community and how Council is performing in providing these services and facilities. The 2015 survey revealed a positive rating of councils’ overall performance, along with an improved level of satisfaction across a range of important council service delivery areas.

As the Online Community Panel feedback can sometimes be challenged as not being representative of the views of the whole Community, Council used the Community Satisfaction Survey to conduct a Panel Validation Survey to test the reliability of the Online Community Panel survey results. The Panel Validation Survey involved a telephone survey of randomly selected and demographically representative members of our local community.  The results overall found the local Community consistently rate its overall satisfaction with Council performance positively, and although there are some biases in the membership of the Online Community Panel, the Validation research showed variances in responses against the general population as minor and unlikely to compromise the validity of the results for Council’s decision-making.

To view the outcomes from the Community Satisfaction Survey 2015 and the Panel Validation Survey click here.

Revised Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2020

In February 2016 Council sought comment from the community and stakeholders on the Revised RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) 2016-2020. Feedback received will be presented to a Council meeting later in 2016 for consideration.

Revised Community Land Management Plan 2016

Council sought feedback from the community on its Revised Community Land Management Plan 2016.  Council considered the responses received at its meeting on 2 February 2016 and adopted the revised Community Land Management Plan subject to some minor changes for accuracy such as including common names for Reserves (eg 'Rotary Park' for Clark Crescent Reserve). Thank you to those who provided feedback on this Plan.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.1, page 35).

Traffic Movement Treatment - Corner Woodforde and Norton Summit Roads, Magill

During the second half of 2015 and early 2016 Council trialled a traffic movement treatment at the intersection of Woodforde and Norton Summit Roads to address safety concerns at this intersection and to better manage the traffic movement on Woodforde Road. The treatment involved barriers to prevent right hand turns into and out of Woodforde Road at its intersection with Norton Summit Road. 

The results of traffic surveys and all feedback (a total of 52 responses were received) on the trial treatment were presented to Council for consideration at its meeting on 2 February 2016. With the community equally divided between whether the trial treatment should be made permanent or not, Council resolved to leave the temporary barriers in place until Council undertakes a wider traffic management study following substantial construction and occupation of the Magill Youth Training Centre site.  Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on this important matter.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 111).

Henry Martin Reserve - Ideas for Improvement

In November/December 2015 ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of Henry Martin Reserve, Rostrevor were asked what they like about the Reserve and if they had any ideas for improvement. A total of 27 responses were received from local ratepayers and residents around the Reserve.  Overall, most wanted to preserve it as a peaceful open space for relaxation and informal passive use, with suggestions primary for subtle improvements to enhance the use of the Reserve, such as some added bench seats, picnic table, better pathway, more natural play elements and perhaps a historical piece to provide information on Henry Martin. Any maintenance works requested from residents were immediately logged for attention.

Feedback from the consultation was presented to the Council meeting held on 16 February 2016. Council considered the feedback from the community and resolved to consider allocating $20,000 for Henry Martin Reserve Improvements at the time of formulating the Draft 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget. 

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council that includes the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.7 titled Budget Request - Playground and Reserve Improvements, page 231).

Proposed Traffic Changes Around East Marden Primary School

At the East Marden Primary School there are currently two ‘koala’ crossings however it may be possible to change these to ‘emu’ crossings by creating a School Zone should it meet the regulations and criteria for such. Information was presented to the community on the difference between the two crossings types and Council sought the views of the Community on which of these two is considered best for around the School. Feedback was presented to Council for consideration at its meeting on 1 December 2015 - Council Agenda (in part) - 1 December 2015 - Report Crossings at East Marden Primary School(512 kb).

After considering the feedback Council agreed to retain the existing Koala crossings and will consider allocating $40,000 to upgrade the lanterns and signal controllers in James Street and Shepherds Lane at the time of formulating the draft 2016/17 Annual Business Plan and Budget. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and assisted Council in its decision making on this matter.

Proposed Revocation of Community Land Classification, Allotment 34 Henry Street, Hectorville

Council identified Allotment 34 Henry Street, Hectorville (also known as the Pigeon Club) as being surplus to Council’s requirements and sought feedback from the Community on the proposal to revoke its Community Land Classification to enable Council to sell it.  A report on the outcome to the consultation was presented to Council for consideration at its meeting of 20 October 2015 - Council Agenda in part (Revocation of Community Land Henry Street Hectorville) 20 October 2015(1747 kb)

The support from the community, Council resolved to proceed with the revocation of Community Land Classification process and to forward a report to the State Government for consideration and consent.  Ministerial Approval was received by Council in December 2015.

Following receipt of this Approval, Council at its meeting on 19 January 2016 resolved to revoke the classification of the land as Community Land at 34 Henry Street, Hectorville and requested Staff commence the process to sell this property for residential purposes. The proceeds from the sale will be quarantined for the purchase of additional open space somewhere more suitable in the Hectorville Ward. 

Campbelltown Tennis and Netball Club Proposed Car Parking Improvements

Council conducted a closed consultation with the Campbelltown Tennis and Netball Club, and ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of the facility, on proposed car parking improvements for visitors to the tennis and netball courts.

Council endorsed the revised concept plan as shown in the report (including additional parking on a property Council purchased earlier in the year on Emery Road) and also requested Staff to:

  • Consult further with residents on Karatta Avenue and Hollister Avenue directly opposite the Reserve regarding the option of removing a number of trees to provide additional on‑street parking around the Reserve.  It was agreed that if more than 50% agree to the proposal, that Staff would prepare a concept plan with costings for Council’s consideration. 
  • Enter into negotiations with the Eastern Districts Netball Association regarding avenues for staggering games and providing a longer ‘break’ between games to reduce overlap in visitors to the facility.
  • Consult the residents as to whether they would prefer the proposed parking prohibitions in Karratta Avenue and Hollister Avenue to be permanent prohibitions or only at certain times of the day/night.

The additional consultation was conducted in December 2015 and a report was presented to Council on the outcomes on 19 January 2016 Council Agenda (in part) - 19 January 2016 - Report Parking Restrictions Karatta and Hollister Avenues Campbelltown(2779 kb).

The consultation with residents in December 2015 found the level of support for the removal of the trees to provide additional on-street parking was not high enough to warrant further investigation on this option. 

However, it did reveal a high level of support for restricted parking prohibitions.  Accordingly, Council resolved to prohibit parking during school terms on the Hollister Reserve side of Hollister Avenue and Karatta Avenue (from Hollister Avenue to De Conno Court) on Wednesdays (February–December, 4pm–8pm), Fridays (October–April, 5pm–10pm) and Saturdays (May–September, 10am–5pm).

These parking prohibitions will be introduced at the time the car park improvements are undertaken and Council will consider these works in the Draft 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on this matter.

Jan Street Newton Precinct Place Making Project

Jan Street is located between Newton Central Shopping Centre and shops to the west in the area called Newton Court Shopping Centre. In 2013 Council asked land owners and tenants in the retail precinct, and the Community, what was needed to make Jan Street a safer, more pleasant location and how the entire retail precinct could better meet community needs in the future.

In February 2015 Council presented a concept plan and parking options to the landowners, tenants and the Community for feedback.

Feedback received was presented to Council for consideration at its meeting on 19 May 2015 (Council Agenda in part (Jan Street Report) - 19 May 2015(1681 kb)). Council resolved to "endorse the overall Concept Plan for improvements to Jan Street including the removal of some on-street car parking spaces and the retention of at least 15 spaces as per Option A with further consideration being given to the parking outside Panini Bros.”

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Council minutes and an audio recording of the Council meeting can be accessed here.

Policy Consultations

Council regularly reviews its policies, and in doing so, invites you to have your say on any proposed policy amendments, prior to adopting these policies.  Policies are presented for your review in batches (usually by Department) and feedback received is reported to Council for consideration after the close of the consultation for each batch. Refer to the Current Engagement page for details about current opportunities.

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