Council Budget Time

Consultation is now open on the Council’s annual business plan and budget for 2019-20.

The business plan sets out the programs, projects and services for the next twelve months, and all residents and business owners are invited to provide feedback.

Feedback can be provided via an online survey, email or post. You also have an opportunity to present your proposals and views in person at the public meeting on 29 May.

More information can be found on the website below.…/community_consultation



It’s time we got to know each other better…….and a social chat over DRINKS & NIBBLES seems the ideal way to go!!

To accommodate this, Lost Barrel Bar & Grill (134A The Parade) has agreed to allocate an area for us all to meet on Wednesday May 22 from 6.30 – 9.30pm.

The NRA will provide savoury platters at no charge, though we do ask people to purchase their own drinks.

Drop in for a short time or stay from beginning to end….the choice is yours.

If you are not a member then you are welcome to join us and sign up on the night.



Chris Francis (President) and Tom Smith (Secretary)

State Planning Reforms





Here in Norwood individual State and Local Heritage listed homes and designated Historic Conservation Zones help create the ambience/lifestyle residents and visitors are constantly drawn to and have enjoyed for decades. Under new State Government planning reforms though, State and Local Heritage listings will be preserved, but Historic Conservation Zones and Contributory Items are under very real threat. Developers especially, want existing demolition barriers to the re-development of such sites removed, which would undoubtedly mean the gradual erosion of the unique local character in areas like Norwood, Kensington, St Peters & Kent Town.


Do we want our cherished historic streetscapes bulldozed in favour of a line of concrete boxes?? Do we want the charming village appeal of our Norwood community, ultimately destroyed?? Do we want the vested interests of a few (as with the proposed Peregrine Helipad) to outweigh the amenity/concerns of the many in relation to noise, safety and built heritage protection of the Clayton Wesley Church spire and leadlight windows??


If the answer to any of the above is a definitive NO, it is important to have your say and challenge these planning/development decisions without delay. Write a letter, utilise photos or even design a poster to communicate your thoughts to your Members of Parliament, Ministers (Steven Marshall, Vickie Chapman, Stephan Knoll – DPTI) and the State Planning Commission (Michael Lennox – Chairperson). These responses need to reach the recipient by May1.


Heritage poster

See full poster here: Heritage poster


Other resources:

Letter template – Letter template – CASA

Contacts for letters – Contact Details for Letter Recipients

Community Alliance fact sheets – FACT SHEETS – CASA

Parnell amendment – Parnell amendment

NRA Response to the draft Development Assessment Regulations & Practice Directions

“This submission prepared by the Norwood Residents’ Association is in response to the draft Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) (Development Assessment) Variation Regulations 2019 and draft Practice Directions.
It is important to mention at the outset that while the State Government continues to inexorably roll out significant changes to our Planning and Development system, it is our local Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council that has endeavoured to brief residents and their associations regarding the detail and implications of same. In fact, the ‘consultative’ approach adopted by government bodies thus far is primarily aimed at planning/building professionals much more au fait with associated technical language and complex regulations than ordinary citizens. Such barriers coupled with a limited response timeframe, severely inhibit public consultation/transparency on decisions which will so dramatically affect the quality of people’s lives and their freedom to interact with the planning system. Furthermore, the drastic reduction of residents’ rights to have a voice in their community is an infringement upon their civil liberty…”

This submission has been sent to the Premier, Deputy Premier, the Minister for Planning and others. You can read the full document here:

Draft Planning Development Infrastructure Regulations 2019 and Practice Directions

NRA Public Meeting

Wednesday, March 20th 7:30 to 9:30PM
Don Pyatt Hall (in the Norwood Town Hall – enter from George St)
FREE entry for members and residents. Refreshments provided.

Guest Speaker: Denise Schumann OAM
Cultural Heritage & Historical Consultant

TOPIC: “Changing place and a changing society in 19th century Norwood: the story of ratbags, radicals and reformers from CJ Dennis to German Jesuits and everyone in between.”

This talk will tell the story of how from its foundation in 1848 the township of Norwood was at the frontline of agitating for political and social reform and challenged the conservatism of existing British colonial politics. Who were the movers and shakers committed to representative and participatory politics, and the creation of a more egalitarian society and civil society? Was it just coincidence? Or was there something in the water that Norwood can claim that in its golden age it was home to radical lawyers, artists, writers, politicians, architects, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and religious radicals some known, some unknown. Join historian, Denise Schumann, in what will be an engaging presentation guaranteed to inspire and challenge your view of history.

Speaker Profile
Denise Schumann: Cultural Heritage & Historical Consultant
Schumann & Associates, Stepney, South Australia

Denise Schumann Prof pic

Denise Schumann has worked as a cultural heritage consultant designing, developing and implementing creative heritage projects for Local, State and Commonwealth Government agencies across South Australia. She is known for her innovative approach to issues of heritage conservation, community engagement and cultural policy.  She has achieved national recognition for devising sensitive programs and strategies for the development of heritage sites and precincts in South Australia. As Cultural Heritage Adviser to the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters she has been responsible for the development of many initiatives,  such as the Norwood Parade Cultural Walk, Centenary of Federation Trail, the establishment of the St Peter’s Cultural Heritage Centre, the bronze installations by Meliesa Judge at Stepney’s Linde Reserve, the iconic Whirling Mandala by Greg Johns on Osmond Terrace and Yangalitya at Payneham by Darryl Pfitzner Milika. Her love and passion for the city is a matter of public record, as is her dedication to the promotion of its rich and diverse history.

2019 Australia Day Celebrations

January 26, St Peters St Civic Plaza


Seated at long white tables under a canopy of umbrellas, onlookers sampled various sweet and savoury nibbles provided by Council as they listened to inspiring addresses by Mayor Robert Bria and Ambassador William (Bill) Denny.  Both speakers acknowledged our difficult historical beginnings, but also felt that Australia today has become a melding of many different people from across the globe and we should celebrate what we have, what we are and what we are capable of becoming.  Following this opening, 59 newcomers then affirmed their allegiance to our country and were officially and personally welcomed as Australian citizens.

Another important part of the event was the recognition of significant achievements by a group or individual.

Award Winners were:

  • Ryan Sumner-Knowles (Young Citizen of the Year)
  • Colin Abel (Citizen of the Year)
  • Kensington Residents Association (Community Event of the Year)

To close proceedings, The Australian Girls Choir sang 3 songs ending with the National Anthem.

Art vs Footpaths

There will be a motion before Council on Monday 21/1/19 to use money designated for public artworks for some footpath repair work. Does this concern you? Please contact your local member if so. While nobody is against the proper maintenance of our roads and footpaths should we steal from previously approved funds to do this? This is not a question of whether the Council SHOULD dedicate some monies for public art but whether it is right to re-purpose these funds.

1. That the Council allocates funding of $200,000 to be spent in 2019-2020 on footpath maintenance in
addition to any amount allocated for this purpose as part of the 2019-2020 Budget.
2. That the additional funding of $200,000 be made available by the suspension of the Council’s annual
allocation to its Quadrennial Major Public Artwork Program reserve fund for the next four (4) financial
years (2019-2020 to 2022-2023 inclusive)).
3. That the Council’s Public Art Policy be amended in accordance with the Council’s decision.