Dear FOCUS Member,

FOCUS annual membership subscriptions for the 2015 -16 financial year are due for renewal on 1 July 2015.

Your subscription will support us in our efforts to preserve the historical character of Unley.

Could you please download the form below and forward this form with cash or cheque payable to FOCUS, PO Box 172, Fullarton 5063.

We aim to keep our members informed about FOCUS’ activities through our newsletter and bi-monthly meetings. If you have an email address please include it below to help us minimize postage costs.

We look forward to your on-going support in the pursuit of our objectives.

Mary Rumbold, Secretary

FOCUS YEAR 2014-2015

The principal goal of FOCUS is to preserve the heritage and character of Unley, and despite all the efforts of FOCUS, other heritage groups and Council, the State Government continues to introduce legislative changes that ignore the Unley Development Plan and encourages the destruction of the heritage and character of Unley.

The 2014 Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 16th September 2014 featured Mr Peter Wells, the Principal Conservation Architect in the State Heritage Unit. Peter provided an informative lecture including photographs to demonstrate the unique architectural styles that dominate the streets of Unley. He also provided an insight into what constitutes the State and Local Heritage Places.

On Thursday 6th October 2014 FOCUS chaired an open meeting to “Meet the Candidates” for the Unley Council Elections. Mr Joe Haslam very ably chaired the session and candidates were provided with questions to prepare their answers. It is disappointing that many of the unsuccessful candidates have not remained involved in local issues.

The February Meeting was deferred to Tuesday10/3/15 when Mr Lee Anderson, the Technical Officer _ Arboricultural for the City of Unley gave a very interesting presentation on the trees and Council’s Vegetation Policy.

Some key points made included:

  • Unley covers 14 square kilometres with less than 3% open space.
  • There are 26,000 trees in Unley, 23,000 are street trees.
  • In 2009 when the last study of the age of the street trees — 40% were classed as veteran, mature or semi mature.
  • State Government Legislation changed in November 2011 making it easier to remove regulated trees on private property.

The July Meeting featured David Pisoni and Steven Griffiths from the Liberal Party, and Mark Parnell representing the Greens responding to the approval of the Cremorne Plaza Redevelopment by the Development Assessment Commission. FOCUS deplores the fact that this Development does not comply with the Unley Planning Policy and sets a dangerous precedent.

Warren Jones chaired the discussion. All agreed the development is not acceptable and no further action can be taken by the community. The development now faces the market.

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The Planning and Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 has been released and is available from the links below –

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What can we do about it?

Invited panelists include:

  • Hugh Kneebone (environmentalist)
  • Michael Hewitson (councillor)
  • Mark Patterson (concerned citizen)

Come and have your say!

All welcome

Following the presentation and discussion share a drink with fellow FOCUS members, supporters and tree lovers concluding with the 12th FOCUS Annual General Meeting. We welcome new members.

When: Tuesday 15 September 2015

Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St, Unley

Time: 7:30pm

For more information: email focusonunley@gmail.com or call Ros Islip on 8272 3007

A notification has been released by Optus Vodafone for a proposed phone tower for 170 Greenhill Road. Please click on the image below for more details.

Phone tower for 170 Greenhill Road

Phone tower for 170 Greenhill Road

The August 2015 development register is available here. Click on a map marker to display the development details, or click on the “Rows” tab to display tabular information

The July 2015 Development Register for Unley is now available


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