Monday, 26 December 2016

Dear Friends and owners of Unley,

Please find below Michael's Summer 2016-17 newsletter,

Being the only Councillor to vote against our draft Unley Central DPA being approved for public consultation, I owe to those who elected me to say why. In the December 2016 Council meeting I published on pp 67 - 69 my full reasons with details to show why. 

We need to protect the HERITAGE and the LIVABILITY of Unley by ensuring we have a cool green and sunlit city with a gentle transition to the high density areas from our heritage zones we are seeking to protect.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Letter for spring newletter

Email letter for Michael’s “Spring 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends and owners of Unley,
          Once again I had too much material to fit in the newsletter to be printed. It has been a pleasure to be the presiding officer of the Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee and I have reported many of the outcomes of this work which was unanimously endorsed by Council. I have attached the links to the reports and strategic planning documents.
DOGS:  Changes to Dog access to parks were open for consultation. “HAVE YOUR SAY!” I have attached this advice.
The parking and traffic:  Community feedback has now been received from the consultation (June 2016) on the draft LATM plan - Unley Wayville and Goodwood. A report on the matter, is scheduled to be provided at the next Council meeting.
Unley Central  
Thank you to all those who have responded with ideas and critiques of the documents being planned. contains more information and links on the Unley Central planning.
The elected Councillors of Unley take their role seriously and I thank again the staff for their support and professionalism in preparing the budgets, and the staff who have worked with the Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee in including the public feedback when shaping our strategic plans.
With my good wishes


Michael's 2016 spring News

Monday, 4 July 2016

Winter e news Rates update

Rates increase lost.

Four Councillors voted to increase the rates from 2.2%  to 2.7% 
Those voting in the affirmative:
Councillors Schnell, Boisvert, Salaman and Hudson
Those voting in the negative:
Councillors Smolucha, Hewitson, Palmer, Hughes, Lapidge, Sangster and Rabbitt
The AMENDMENT was declared LOST
The original MOTION was put and declared CARRIED

Our rates will go up by an average calculated using the council method at 2.2%. When the the final rates charged and the number of residential ratepayers are known I suspect this will become an actual mathematical residential rate rise of 2.3 -2.4%. In an earlier blog below I have explained the reasons why our rates going up twice the rate of our costs should not be increase even further!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Push to increase Rates is Wrong

Unlimited Money is unlimited waste. 

Unley Council has the financial capacity to borrow millions more because we are running a budget with a $2.8 million surplus and can afford to pay it off. We received professional accounting advice reporting that our finances are in good shape. The only item for expenditure queried by the commercial accountant was the spending of over $4 million on Goodwood Road footpath upgrades without a  business plan. To have higher rates would simply increase our "profits" and increase our future capacity to borrow. My concern is this may allow future capital works to be easily undertaken without a business plan to back it.

We should maintain trust with accurate Consultation

Is it fair to our ratepayers to present a budget for consultation and after consultation to significantly raise the rates?  Some Councillors are pushing for increasing rates from 2.2% to 2.7%. We have consulted on a project costing $170,000 and with mixed feedback have reduced our capital expenditure.... after consultation yet some are proposing to increase.... not reduce the rate.