Sunday, 3 January 2021


Response to Sunday Mail Article “Council’s theft of $1m in Utilities”

14 December 2020

“Council’s Theft of $1m in Utilities” not true says Unley Council.

The Sunday Mail story about the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens and Supreme Court proceedings brought by the Duke Group lacks balance.

Our defense was submitted to the Supreme Court on Friday 11 December, before the story was published. Here is a copy of our defense.

Council rejects and will contest for very good reason the Duke Group claim. It is in the best interests of Unley ratepayers for Council, on their behalf, to reject and defend claims such as these.

The claim involves the use of water and electricity.

Immediately after Council was approached by Griffin Lawyers on behalf of the Duke Group, we engaged an external services consultant to review, quantify and identify the source of both water and electricity used on the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens.

With water, the report indicates the Garden always was watered through meters from Unley Road and Thomas Street. This is confirmed by SA Water documents that record quarterly usage and charges since 1996/97.

On electricity, the consultant confirms that all monument lighting was fed by a SAPN (formerly ETSA) connection. The report indicated power to the public toilets for lighting, hand dryers and a small hot water service came through the adjacent shopping centre and had likely done so since Council sold the shopping centre in 1997.

This was corrected in June 2020 immediately after it was identified. Review of daily usage and assessment of power consumption over the past 20 years by an independent expert indicates that if council was found liable to pay for the use of shopping center’s power the cost of that power is no more than $4000.

 Council offered to settle the matter ahead of court proceedings, but this was not accepted. Council will defend what it considers to be its strong position on this matter.

Mayor Michael Hewitson

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Mayor's Message - December - YouTube   

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 In the Mayor's video for December, Michael Hewitson discusses topics from the Council agenda for its final meeting for 2020. The Mayor talks about the benefits of a major development planned in Unley Central, plans for the completion of the Wood-Weller bikeway to make it safer for the community, and also Council's vote to ban artificial grass from street verges and footpaths.

Sunday, 6 December 2020


Mayor's Message - November

Published on 02 December 2020

 Mayor Michael Hewitson talks about highlights from the recent Council meeting in November, including topics such as the recent round of Community Grants, an important plan we are consulting our community about regarding healthy living and which we'd like your feedback on, and a recent decision to join an international alliance which requires our City to formulate approaches to dealing with climate change at a local level.   

Friday, 6 November 2020

Dear Friends and Owners of Unley,                     

                             I wish to talk rubbish. In 2006 my very first newsletter was about rubbish. 

               Unley is doing comparatively well with rubbish. Already we have made savings of $55,000 last year. But waste management is more than dollars. It is about our environment and the capacity of planet earth to support human life. Proof readers of the newsletter thought my reference to planet B was a typo. It’s not. The 8.3 Million tons enter our oceans in 2020, a great deal degrading into Nano particles coated with poisons. I googled to find…. “The average person now ingests five grams of plastic each week, the equivalent of a credit card, a new report by WWF has found. Researchers found that people are consuming up to 102,000 tiny pieces of plastic of less than 1mm - 250 grams each year - with nearly 90 per cent coming from water, both bottled and tap.”  Climate change is but one of the challenges we face as individuals, as an Unley Community and as a Global issue. 

 I am proud of our community and the work we are doing in Unley. We are cleaning up Adelaide. 

The Summer News attached describes the next step. 

With my best wishes


Mayor's Message - October | City of Unley

Mayor's Message - October. Published on 03 November 2020. In this video, Mayor Michael Hewitson recaps some of the highlights of the Council meeting in late October, including the selection of a new Deputy Mayor, the climate emergency debate and Council's representation of its community in a Representation Review we'd like your feedback on. Tagged as: Announcements.


Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Mayor's Message - September

Published on 02 September 2020

Mayor Michael Hewitson AM talks about highlights from the recent Council meeting, including redevelopment of Edmund Avenue cottages, Council's Active Ageing Strategy and a green waste initiative.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Dear Friends and Owners of Unley,             

Jobs were disappearing even before Covid-19 and our grandchildren are now being lumbered with debt. Your Council is acting…. Forming partnerships and building opportunities for both young and old. (Called “mature” in PC speak) See Village Green story. As we distance our local liveability, our parks, our shaded streets and our local community are even more important to get right     

Pride they say comes before a fall. I am proud of this Council. Issues are being dealt with and all voices are respected. 2020 is not easy… from zero overall rate increase yet rising costs…. From a loss of trees with the loss of control of planning rules…. Job creation with start-ups……. I hope you find the Spring 2020 newsletter interesting 

Ruining our footpaths?

You choose the best...!

Village Green Plans

Rates Rise O%,  How?

Angus sells peaches

Unley Life, a waste or?

Everard Park to Glen Osmond nature trail?

National Recognition

Thank you for your support and Ideas.

 With my best wishes,