Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2018
UNLEYLIFE 07 The State Government Fund My Neighborhood grant program gives South Australians the power to nominate and choose neighborhood improvement programs. Local residents nominated projects and were successful in securing $455,000 in funding, thanks to the support of hundreds of other residents who voted in the initiative. Whilst there are many projects in the City of Unley, Council has sponsored four. These include a crossing at Parkside Primary School, a new Goodwood Oval scoreboard and creative playground upgrades at Heywood Park and Soutar Park. City of Unley Sport and Recreation Planner John Wilkinson says Council is delighted to sponsor the initiatives, working in collaboration with the State Government and the local community. “As a Council, we’re proud to be par t of this new program, piloted to improve streets, suburbs, towns, neighbourhoods and infrastructure – and to receive funding that will improve the safety and usability of our popular public facilities and recreational spaces,” Mr Wilkinson says. “In addition to State Government funding, Council will be contributing time and in-kind resources to ensure successful sponsorship and delivery of the nominated projects successfully funded through the hardwork of our local residents.” Work on the four projects has commenced with completion expected by June next year. Mr Wilkinson says design work for the new Mini Ninjas playground at Heywood Park, and the upgrade of Soutar Park, were well underway while Council was working with the Goodwood Saints Football Club to ensure the Goodwood Oval scoreboard is a state-of-the-ar t facility. It is expected the safe school crossing at Parkside Primary School will be completed prior to the star t of the 2019 school year following community engagement with local stakeholders. “Council is strongly committed to safe walking and cycling in the community and is aware of the need for a safe school crossing at Parkside Primary,” Mr Wilkinson says. “Council’s technical officers are investigating traffic flow and management adjacent to the school at a holistic level. This is to ensure the crossing is appropriately located for maximising safe use.” Local resident Joseph Maniscalco, who garnered the support of more than 200 residents and petitioned the State Government for funding a new recreational space at Soutar Park, says the upgrades will add to the appeal of Soutar Park as a community and fitness hub and provide equipment for older kids to broaden its appeal to all ages. “It is great to see how much the local community here in Goodwood gets behind projects like this. This funding and the suppor t from the Unley Council is going to make what is already a fantastic community space even better,” he says. For more information about the Fund My Neighbourhood projects, visit unley.sa .gov.au The projects at a glance: Parkside Primary School Safe Crossing Attracted 230 community votes and $150,000 funding. The school crossing will improve safety in pedestrian movements to and from Parkside Primary School. It will increase safety within the general road network to benefit the whole community, but the school community in particular. Safer crossing oppor tunities and slower traffic are key benefits for the Parkside Primary School community. Goodwood Oval Electronic Upgrade Attracted 253 community votes and $65,000 funding. The local community will be provided with a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard complete with video capability, which will enhance playing, spectator and community experience. Soutar Park Upgrade Attracted 204 community votes and $90,000 funding. The project aims to provide the community with a safe, socially inclusive recreational space with improved access and facilities for all age groups to enjoy. Key features include a play space for older children and an outdoor fitness circuit for adults. Mini Ninjas in the Park Attracted 206 community votes and $150,000 funding. The project entails the design and build of an innovative new adventure play scape at Hey wood Park, uniquely catering for the recreational needs of older children (10 to 14 years) and in keeping in with the harmony, established identity and heritage of the park.
Unley Life Autumn 2018