Sunday, 3 June 2018

Michael Hewitson

Really thrilled to be opening my campaign for Mayor of Unley.

Thanks to my family for their support - and for helping post out the flyers which will be hitting your letterbox in the coming weeks.

Please give me a call for all things Unley!
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Voting is postal late in October. We have started now so that you can contact me with your thoughts and ideas. My newsletters and actions in Council have largely been your ideas, my listening and then "getting it done". Click on the website for the opening campaign themes.  Please Click on this link and visit the campaign website. I would love to receive your feedback, ideas and suggestions.

The links in the news letter are

The Highgate Primary Story

The draft Parking Policy

King William Road.... have your say

The ABC Radio with David Bevan on trees in Unley go to 1 hour 12 min


Monday, 28 May 2018

Silencing of Councillors

Our Council staff asked for a legal opinion on what Councillors are allowed to put into their reports. The legal opinion is not allowed to be shared with the Unley Community.  

"The purpose of EM reports as part of a Council agenda is to contribute to the openness, accountability and transparency of Local Government, to provide information about the activities of Elected Members undertaken in the conduct of their office...…"   

This is the report I submitted after we were told what was legal. It is quite different to the one published in the Council May agenda which our staff helpfully prepared...… no photos allowed..... no opinions allowed.... and no reports on the opinions the small sample of traders gave on King William Road. Hence I am moving a  motion to reinstate items of interest or concern. I believe it is vital for open and transparent government that elected members are able to present matters of concern or interest..... even if I disagree.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Dear Friends and Owners of Unley,
Once again five of the stories in the newsletter are initiated by you… the owners of Unley. It is a privilege to serve our Unley Community with so many great ideas coming from you, and working with me to see our community improved. Listening… getting it done…. Delivering.
The world is on the cusp of a revolution greater then we have seen to date. The Heywood park story hides the dramatic impact it will have on the way we live. Artificial Intelligence, Robots that learn like Children, and the low level example of autonomous cars we dial up and the car takes us to our destination are also hints of the coming revolution. Heywood Park with smart city technology
20% Tree cover loss
We have just lost 20% of our tree canopy across Unley since 2013. We had 26% cover and now it is 22% in 2017!  Please click on the link in my website where you will find a copy of my presentation to Council to come up with real solutions…. Not just words with targets.
For Michael’s presentation to Council on saving and growing our tree canopy click the link below.
Michael's Council workshop… saving our Tree Canopy

Friday, 13 April 2018

Our tree canopy cover in Unley has dropped from 26% to 22% in just four years.

We know that without this cover Unley will be 3-5 degrees hotter in Summer. Council granted me the privilege of running a workshop to turn this around.

To open the presentation right click on this link

Michael's Council workshop on Saving Unley's tree canopy

Councillor Hewitson has given notice of intention to move the following motion at the Council meeting to be held on 23 April 2018:
That staff develop a paper exploring options to enable Council to achieve its tree canopy objectives as set out in Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, and the target defined in the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, with a particular focus on strategies related to private land.
This paper should include, but not be limited to, ideas suggested at a Council workshop on 3 April 2018, such as:
Mandatory percentage of tree cover for planning approvals;
Better design rules and increased penalties (for noncompliance and/or damage to regulated/significant trees);
Establishment of a pre-significant tree register;
Rate remission for planting trees on private land (commercial);
Rate reduction for properties with over 52% tree canopy cover (residential);
Provision of free/subsidised trees for planting on private land (commercial & residential)

Friday, 22 December 2017

Summer 17-18 Newsletter

The Code of Conduct rules
‘The use of the “Code of Conduct” to lay complaints is a never ending farce that can destroy Local Government. I have had cause and opportunity to lay complaints against three other elected members and two members of staff on different matters that breached the code. I chose not to do so….  I also asked you not to waste time on the “he said or did this…. Etc.…. We have more important work to do to focus on the building a better Unley for the people who have entrusted this to us. We should not decend into a never ending round of legalese and politicking that gives our owners and ratepayers nothing! ‘  
Hopefully the rules will be rewritten as the Premier has announced he was planning to repeal the code.

Dear Friends and Co-owners of Unley,
                                On a happier note you will find my newsletter attached indicating in Unley we are getting on with building a better future for Unley. I am often asked what is happening at our neighbouring Burnside Council, “Lots of lawyers…. Great expense and little benefit to ratepayers…
In Unley we could travel the same road.  Cr Hudson was found to have breached the code of conduct after a tied vote of 5-5 with the Mayor then supporting the admin’s recommendation that supported holding the discussions in secret. With Crs Hughes, Koumi, Schnell and Salaman I voted to only receive the report as I have no confidence in our Code of Conduct and means by which members are found to be guilty. A Councillor said it all when pronouncing in the public part of the meeting that it was important that the discussions were “in confidence” (secret) because it enabled ‘us’ to say things we could not say in public! Cr Hudson had no representation in the secret meeting.
I wrote to all elected members and senior staff,
Dear Colleagues,
                                I was not allowed to move my notice of motion to receive the report and take no action, or speak to it before we became secret. My attachments are not confidential as I stand behind them publicly. I was able to read out the summary after we had the secret debate.
The use of Code of Conduct complaints is a never ending farce …………..
The reasons are
            1              The code of conduct rules are flawed
2              They operate in secrecy denying justice
3              To ensure elected members are able to carry out their duties without being frightened into inaction by heavy legal handedness.
4              To enable future Councillors have some confidence that they can             nominate, be elected and not be exposed to false reputational damage         without the opportunity to explain or defend.
5.           The charge against Cr Hudson is one of behavior at an Adelaide Council meeting. He was not acting as the City of Unley Councillor representing Unley. Some Adelaide Councillors would be very unhappy with what Cr Hudson said about a memorial and about the actions of the Adelaide Council. If it was about his representing Unley falsely it would be our business, but it was not. If Mike Hudson had committed an offence it should be judged by a proper public court where he is able to provide a defense and test the validity of the claims.
Please email me if you would like a copy of my full email giving details and explanations….. Let’s get on with improving life in Unley…..

Michael Hewitson AM

Councillor City of Unley