Fred Hill,Mike Windows, Robert Riggs, Lesley
Applebee and Lyn Roberts
Paul Atkins, Geoff Wells, Peter Isaksson, Matt Taylor
Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Marion and Water Resources Coordinator,
City of Marion
DISCUSSION WITH MARION COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
Fred Hill welcomed our visitors to the meeting.
Community Engagement Coordinator
explained her role and indicated
she has welcomed the input from the OERA on a wide range of issues for which
she has lodged work requests in some instances and directed other queries
for consideration/action to appropriate persons at Council. She also spoke
Future planning for the
Wetlands/Recreation Plaza areas which have now been completed as
A city wide landscape
biodiversity plan being considered which will be subject to
funding. A service level policy for all reserves required to
ensure equity. In response to query Patrice advised she will
look into how the hill has been considered in the future of the
whole site and respond.
The agreed Masterplan will
be broken down into manageable items. A new landscape architect
has commenced work at Council.
Being a conduit between
staff in different departments at Council and meeting with them
monthly to discuss matters raised
Removal of graffiti is a
non-stop job around the Wetlands/Recreation Plaza and adjoining
streets. (Some discussion on whether a blackboard wall for
graffiti would help or hinder). Will investigate whether CCTV
installation will assist.
liaising/advocating with Managers to consider options for the
Round House. Discussions are ongoing and complex - expects more
information soon so that this can move forward. Caveats on the
Crown Land on which this stands are also an issue.
Crime Prevention Office is
working with Youth Development Officers and SAPOL
Community Engagement Coordinator included:
Level of noise late at
night from skateboarders at the site and around the streets
Increase in graffiti on
the Estate and surrounds since completion of Recreation Plaza
Issues with lighting in
the Parade West (if gate is closed why is lighting required?).
Patrice undertook to recommend these lights be turned off by 9.30
p.m. due to the high level of antisocial behaviour. She also noted
the disrespect shown by skateboarders towards residents.
Whether a fence around the
playground equipment could be considered as many children will not
use the area due to dogs not being on leads. Patrice indicated she
will advise the Environment Health Team seeking a review with dog
owners being appraised of requirement to have on leads at all
times. It was thought a fence may also increase vandalism.
Improved signage may also be required.
Who is responsible for
garden maintenance at Marion Railway Station on verge which was
previously managed by Council Council or DPTI? Patrice will
investigate and advise.
- Community Engagement Coordinator
encouraged the Association to contact Ward Councillors to increase
prioritization of requests where it was felt justified as Council receives
hundreds of requests for works.
Water Resources Coordinator
stated the previously mooted proliferation of mosquitoes at the wetlands has
not eventuated. More plants are being planted and the water levels have
been dropped on purpose to allow roots of new plants to spread. Up to 10 mls of water is lost to evaporation each day. Cost of top up planting in
the last year has been $20k. 2015 had been a poor year for rainfall and
only 80 megalitres were pumped into the ground. Half of this has been used
on watering public reserves to date. Eleven sites are now connected with
plans to connect up to 30 sites in the future. It is hoped to capture a
greater quantity of water in 2016. The successful planting of the
biodiversity corridor was noted with a very small number of plants lost.
Glynn commended Samantha Kerr and her group for their work in this regard.
Thanks were expressed to
Community Engagement Coordinator
and Water Resources Coordinator
for attending the meeting and
providing useful information and feedback. They encouraged the Association
to continue to feed information and concerns to Ward Councillors for bigger
issues and to lodge work requests for operational matters. They left the
meeting at 8.53 p.m.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
held on 23rd November 2015 (amended) and 11th January
were moved for acceptance by Robert Riggs and seconded Lesley
BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES
Fred confirmed he has done a complete rebuild of the site and the
backend is almost completed. He will provide access/instructions to
Committee members to do a proof read before he goes live with the
No further information has been forthcoming other than from Council
representative earlier in the meeting.
a number of issues were raised regarding the Plaza during earlier
discussions with Marion Council representative. It was thought use of
the skateboard area may lessen when the Adelaide City Council opens its
new facility following closure of the one next to the railway station.
Community Alliance SA
Fred and Geoff had recently attending a meeting of this group which
has a number of likeminded groups as Members. It was moved Robert
Riggs and seconded Lesley Applebee that the OERA join this Alliance
group with Fred to complete membership application form and lodge with
annual fee of $25. Carried
work is ongoing on this project.
Duck Pond/Dog Fencing
Priority of Works Fred is currently liaising with Council to ascertain
if the duck pond can be removed and the viewing platform moved to the
top of the hill to overlook the Wetlands. There is currently a grants
process for Council and it was suggested cost of moving the platform
could be done using one of these grants.
Ben Pethick Reserve Watering
following comments from Glynn of Marion Council earlier in the meeting
it appears Ben Pethick Reserve is one of many which requires replacement
of irrigation system as it does not comply with pressure of pumps.
Council is spending $6m over a period of time to replace. Fred will
contact Council to ascertain timeframe based on their priority listing
Failure of Out of Hours Reporting Marion Council
Fred will raise this issue with Patrice Pearson.
Updated New Residents Welcome leaflet
agreed the new look leaflet is excellent with good content. Mike will
keep primary stock for distribution to each Committee member as required
when a new person moves into their collection area. Some issues with
printing were discussed Matt and Lyn will print to see if these can be
rectified. Noted new residents moved in to the house on the corner of
Coolah and Melanto today.
Traffic Control on Access Road to Reserve
Council is currently reviewing after this was brought to their
Clean Up Australia Day
Mike Windows reporting a small, enthusiastic team had covered part of
the reserve (Oak Tree, through vineyard to trainline) and then the
length of Minchinbury Terrace. Two large bags of rubbish and a half bag
of recyclables were collected. Thanks expressed to Mike for organising.
Felt it would be good to continue with this again next year.
contact received from Gary Goland who is working with a friend on a
project to map heritage trees in Adelaide. Fred will contact to discuss
and ascertain how this can become a mutually productive association.
Geoff to collect filing cabinet from Lyn.
In the absence of Paul Atkins, Fred tabled his financial report.
Insurance will need to be paid soon.
Report was accepted.
Awaiting advices from Peter regarding his approach to shopping centre
Annual Residents Barbecue Sunday 10th April
It was confirmed that:
SeSet up will commence
from 11 a.m. at the Oak Tree on the Reserve with all available
Committee members assisting, however Lesley/Dennis will make a claim
on the area under the Oak tree earlier in the morning.
Fred and Robert will
Matt had previously
indicated he can make a generator available if required (need to
check with Eddie regarding power from house next door).
Tony Owens has committed
to being present with his music/PA system
Fred will purchase meat
Lesley will purchase 6
loaves of slice bread
Robert and Paul will
Mike will purchase 2 kg
Geoff to arrange urn,
tea/coffee, sugar/milk, paper plates, plastic cutlery, serviettes,
paper cups, plastic garbage bags for rubbish, additional chairs for
guests (Mayor, Councillors if attending), small table, drinks for
Peter to arrange 1 x 500
grams butter, 1 x large squeeze bottle of tomato sauce,
All Committee to provide a
salad to share
Reminder notice appears in
the March newsletter
Lyn advised she will be
away and unable to attend.
It is believed the new toilets will be installed at the Reserve before the
end of April and work has commenced.
Monday 9th May 2016 at 7.30 p.m. Robert Riggs will host.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.40 p.m.