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AGM 7/8/2019

A reasonable gathering despite the inclement weather attended our recent AGM.

The usual end of term reports were given (you can read the President’s report here: PRESIDENT’S REPORT (Aug 7, 2019) )

after which elections were held which saw all sitting office bearers re-elected unopposed and three new committee members added.

The talk by Tony Zappia on the proposed Coles redevelopment was most instructive. To summarise the current plans we were told:

  • The three significant trees will remain (cork, river red gum and one on the northern side) although there may be a loss of some of the mature trees on the southern boundary.
  • The car park on Edward St will stay much as it is but with a reconfiguration for easier pedestrian access and some shaded parking. There is no no housing planned for Edward St.
  • The Coles delivery area will move from the southern side to the east (off George St).
  • The open parking off George St will be lowered and screened from the road.
  • Townhouses (six from memory) to be built on George St.
  • All new building will be in the centre of the site which will be totally demolished. The Coles supermarket will occupy the ground level, roughly the same size as now.
  • Above this will be a level with commercial space (targeted for a medical centre) plus parking.
  • The third level will be all parking.
  • Above, there will be the so called ‘floating’ townhouses – some 25 or 26 in number (two story) as well as open space for the residents.
  • Also planned are two apartment towers of six stories (making nine total above ground) comprising 26 units each (mainly two bedroom). These will be at the northern end.
  • The access between The Parade and Coke St will remain as per the current mall.
  • There is provision for a ground level ‘piazza’ between the western car park and the mall.

We were told a great emphasis is being put on the environment with more tree planting, the aesthetics (an Italianate colonnade theme is envisaged), heritage and design.

Some details were quite sketchy and more changes are possible.The sites plans were informative but there were no decent elevation drawings to give us an idea of how it might actually look. The claim is that meetings and negotiations are going well with no ‘show stoppers’ and a development lodgement is expected ‘within a few months’. The anticipated build time is 18 months to two years.

There is an offer to give another update further down the track and if enough members are interested we will pursue this.


Annual General Meeting

Norwood Residents Association (NRA)
Annual General Meeting

Don Pyatt Hall (Entrance George St)
Wednesday August 7, 2019
7.30 – 9.30pm

Existing and prospective new members are cordially invited to join proceedings at our upcoming public meeting to:

  • Hear a brief overview of NRA activities/goals
  • Nominate/elect office bearers (President, Secretary, Treasurer) and committee members
  • Gain insight into the rationale and scope of the new Coles complex being planned for Norwood
  • Mingle with other residents

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Tony Zappia from Studio Nine Architects, the company managing the proposed Coles re-development.  A brief question time will follow his presentation.

Please come along, stay both informed about and connected to your local community and enjoy a light supper over a friendly chat with others.


Save Our Heritage Campaign


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See full leaflet here: Save Our Heritage_Norwood Residents Ass

To sign the online petition
…share it with your friends.

 Sign up for email updates on the heritage watch website

Like and share the Love your local heritage Facebook page


  • The proposed framework for heritage protection under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act and its translation to the Planning and Design Code was supposed to be the subject of the People and Neighbourhoods Discussion Paper, originally proposed for release in 2018. This paper has not yet been released with conflicting explanations from the Department of Planning as to when, where and in what form it might be presented.
  • Without prior notice, in early May the State Planning Commission released instead ‘policy positions’ (not a Discussion Paper) setting out major changes in the way heritage would be dealt with in the new planning system.  There is no public consultation on these documents which is at odds with the Community Engagement Charter under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act and the process used with other areas of planning policy.
  • The policy positions are presented as a fait accompli, without any evidence or substantive argument to support them.
  • This is not the public debate around planning policy that was supposed to be the purpose of the Community Engagement Charter, which states that:
    ‘the Charter must be used to guide public participation with respect to the preparation of designated policies, strategies and schemes, [including the Planning and Design Code]’
  • The State Planning Commission is not compliant with its own Community Engagement Charter.
  • Many of the ‘policy positions’ advocated by the State Planning Commission are a radical departure from current practice and represent a significant diminution of heritage protections, including downgrading of recognition and protection for more than half of the places currently protected; the introduction of new criteria to make it easier to demolish heritage places and introducing greater uncertainty in approvals for alterations and additions to heritage places.
  • In preparing these ‘policy positions’ the State Planning Commission has ignored the overwhelming public feedback from the DPTI consultation on local heritage conducted in 2016 and the Parliamentary inquiry into heritage conducted in 2018 which strongly supported strengthening of heritage protections and the need for heritage protection to be managed independently of the planning system.
  • Since the release of the’ policy positions’ in May the State Planning Commission has repeatedly failed to answer questions presented to it about its proposed approach, even when they have sought the questions.
  • The Planning Commission has not made the case for the changes it is advocating. Nor has it properly assessed the risks and potential negative impacts of the changes it is proposing.
  • The risks to our remaining heritage places are too great if these proposals are adopted.
  • And the benefits of adopting them have not been proven or supported by any substantive arguments.

So why do it?  Who will benefit?


More Heritage Pressure and Helicopter Outrage

The NRA has written to sitting Dunstan member and Premier Steven Marshall on the heritage threats arising from the proposed State Planning Reforms. You can read this letter here: Heritage Letter to Steven Marshall.

Also of interest may be this letter from a Norwood resident about the application for a helipad on Peregrine’s new Head Office building: Peregrine Helicopter Letter

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

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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.