Reaching Out

During the COVID-19 lockdown, it is important to stay SAFE and CONNECTED to others.

Incapacitated, high risk residents living alone can and do benefit from:
• NPSP Community Services (Ph: 8336 4600)
• The assistance of caring neighbours to do shopping/home deliveries
• Regular phone and/or email contact

And for all of us to help get through this lockdown period here are some suggestions:

• Sharing funny or uplifting moments on our NRA Facebook page

• Inspiring quotes like:
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES.”
William James

• Many online experiences to enjoy e.g.:

– A virtual stroll through Monet’s Garden (Visit created by Slow Tours. Click ‘Gallery’ and scroll down to enjoy this FREE travel experience. More to follow on this website)

– The UK National Theatre broadcasting weekly full plays (Jane Eyre currently):

– Watch full Andrew Lloyd Webber productions (next one is Jesus Christ Superstar):

– Live music streams:

…and many more galleries, museums etc. Search for them on the web.

Stay home. stay safe, stay in touch…

Parade and Magill Rd Bus Stop Changes

From DPTI following community submissions:

“After close consideration of patronage, operational and road safety data, as well as feedback from the community, the following changes will be implemented along The Parade:

  • Removal of stop 13 on the southern side
  • Renumber of stop 14 to stop 13 on the southern side
  • Removal of stop 14 on the northern side
  • Removal of stop 15A from both sides
  • Removal of stop 16B from both sides
  • Removal of stop 17A from both sides
  • Relocation of stop 17B northern side, 140 metres west for travel away from the city

Due to community feedback regarding the value of bus stop 7, the team have decided to keep bus stop 7 operational in its current location.”

and for Magill Rd:

“After close consideration of patronage, operational and road safety data, as well as feedback received from the community, the following changes will be implemented along Magill Road:

  • Removal of stop 7 on the northern side
  • Removal of stop 8 on the southern side

Due to community feedback:

  • Stop 4 and 5 will no longer be combined
  • Stop 7 on the southern side will remain in its current location  
  • Stop 8 on the southern side will be removed rather than relocated
  • Stop 10 will remain in its current location
  • Stop 14 will remain in its current location”

See the attached maps which detail the upcoming changes. These changes will be active as of Monday 6 April 2020.

For further information about this project please visit the DPTI website:     DPTI

Magill Road Bus Stops

Important Notice

Dear Norwood Resident,

Regrettably the COVID-19 health crisis has put many of our Association’s planned activities on hold, until such time as public gatherings are deemed safe for our cohort of older members.

Deferred initiatives include:

  • the Community Rally on the steps of Parliament (March 22)
  • a public meeting on street/verge management (April 15)
  • an informal social gathering for members (early/mid June)

Importantly though, timely responses have still been drafted and submitted in relation to THREE major proposals which will directly affect our community (all are available on our NRA website):

Despite the fact that ‘official’ deadlines for each have now passed, we urge you to continue lobbying MPs about your concerns regarding these matters, because more emails/letters clearly give us a louder voice and greater power.

With all that has happened in recent months, people are facing a difficult time. We trust that able members of our Norwood community will find ways to care for those in need and will in turn benefit from the support of others.

Chris Francis (President)

Tom Smith (Secretary)

NRA Makes Submission on Peregrene Helipad

You can read it here…

NRA Helipad Submission – March 12, 2020

And a reminder of the community rally on March 22nd protesting the planning reforms – see the previous post for all the details.

Also, in addition to another posting re the Portrush/Magill Roads revamp, there will be a demonstration outside Steven Marshall’s Office next Friday (March 20) at 4pm.

Smart City Plan

The Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council is developing a Smart City Plan. Smart cities make use of digital technology to improve collaboration, efficiency, sustainability and economic development.

Common smart city projects include:

– free public Wi-Fi
– co-working and innovation hubs
– smart parking
– smart street lighting
– digital democracy platforms
– mobile apps.

At this stage they are inviting residents to complete an online survey in order to provide important feeedback to the consultants. Please consider participating by going to this link:…

The survey closes 5:00pm, Friday 28 February 2020.


From Wikipedia:

“A Smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, utilities, water supply networks, waste management, crime detection,[1] information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services”


Here is just A TASTE of the GRIM REALITY of new planning rules/regulations the State Government is proposing to implement later this year. In their current form these changes will mean:

  • Loss of Council control over planning and development with ALL existing Council Development Plans replaced by an overarching ‘one size fits all’ approach across the entire state
  • Loss of residents’ appeal rights against almost all new developments
  • Historic Conservation Zones replaced by Historic Area Overlays with generic NOT specific guidelines and much weaker demolition controls
  • Greater building heights on main roads, corridors (eg 6 storeys along Magill Road) and increased building envelopes from 30 to 45 degrees
  • Loss of subdivision controls in quaint Residential Character Zones to support greater infill
  • Less private open space (8% of a site) for trees, vegetation and wildlife
  • Increased overlooking (sill heights reduced from 1.7 to 1.5M)
  • Loss of noise control eg from air-conditioners
  • A dismantling of the hierarchy of commercial activities, such that shops/businesses can be built ANYWHERE, including next to your home
  • A flawed, difficult to navigate e-planning portal with errors/omissions
  • An overall less fair, less certain system open to corruption, litigation and poor outcomes (to the detriment of our streetscapes)


  1. Read the NPSP Council response to the Code (available on its website)
  2. See how the Code will affect your property, by accessing the draft Code, fact sheets etc from the SA Planning Portal:
  3. Share your concerns with our local member, the Hon Steven Marshall MP:
  4. Sign the Heritage Petition soon to be presented to Parliament.

These will again be available on The Parade (by Trenery) from noon until 2pm, Sunday, February 23

  1. Like/share Facebook posts
  2. Write your own submission on the Code (it doesn’t have to be long) and email it by February 28 to:
  3. Attend the Community Alliance rally planned for the steps of Parliament House at 11am, Sunday March 22


This $98 million initiative will have quite an impact on a number of people and those directly affected are asking questions like:

What is the logic of changing the intersection to 3 lanes north and southbound? What will happen when the traffic has to merge back to 2 lanes after the intersection?….a bottleneck? How does this improve traffic flow? What about safety? What will it be like when there are trucks merging back into 2 lane traffic? What about our street-scapes and the removal of all the trees? Where is DPTI’s adequate ‘consultation’ process with those people whose properties are targeted for acquisition as well as the wider community?


Stay informed about what is happening locally by attending one of these (late notice) DPTI community information sessions and reading “Backlash over $98m intersection upgrade” (The Advertiser February 4, page 7).


Check out the fact sheet here: Portrush_and_Magill_intersection_Upgrade_Pro.._

and the DPTI webpage here:


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