2019 Review

It’s been a busy year! Here is a quick summary:

  1. General Meetings included the following:
    March – an engaging talk by Denise Schumann about Norwood’s early history and colourful characters
    May – a very successful, informal get-together at Lost Barrel
    August – the AGM with Tony Zappia from Studio 9 Architects informing us about the Coles redevelopment plans
    November – a pre-Christmas social night at The Norwood Hotel
  2. Council and Other Meetings
    – Monthly NRA Committee meetings with one or more members attending most NPSP Council meetings
    – Private meetings with the Mayor addressing local concerns
    – Numerous sessions with council planners dealing with impending State Planning changes
    – establishing closer contact with other local associations such as Kensington Residents, Kent Town Residents, St Peters Residents, Rotary, Community Alliance, Salvation Army
  3. Heritage Campaign
    The ongoing fight with the State Government about their development planning changes continued on many fronts. Several written submissions were made directly from the NRA and support was given to the Community Alliance of South Australia and the new Protect Our Heritage organisation. A Norwood historical walk guided by Denise Schumann was conducted in August as well as two heritage bus trips hosted by Rowena Dunk in September. We attended presentations by the State Planning Commission and helped precipitate the Dunstan Forum in November with the Premier, Planning Minister and Planning Commissioner. On-line and paper petitions were launched and continue to seek signatures from people concerned about heritage, while numerous calls have been made for residents to write to their MPs.
  4. Other
    – A written submission to the Civil Aviation Authority raised concerns about the proposed helipad on the new Peregrine building
    –  NRA Committee members assisted Norwood Rotary with their post pageant Fair at Richards Park in November
    – A follow up presentation by Studio 9 Architects on the Coles redevelopment was organised and attended by NRA, Cork Tree and Council representatives

 

 

Christmas Catchup, Rotary Fair and more…

NOVEMBER NOTES – NORWOOD RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

A few things to inform you all about:

  1. Rotary post-pageant fair
  2. Christmas social night
  3. Dunstan Planning Forum
  4. Coles re-development

ROTARY FAIR
Norwood Rotary will be holding a children’s/family fair at Richards Park after the Christmas Pageant on Saturday 23rd November (see below).
The NRA will be assisting them in setting up and running the event as well as having our own stall there promoting the Association. We’ll also be selling some delicious marmalades and jams and maybe a few other items to raise some money. We welcome any other contributions to our table – if you think you can donate something please contact us at our email address (norwoodresassoc@gmail.com).

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL NIGHT
Please come along to our end of year get together for a more relaxed, informal gathering. It will be at The Norwood Hotel (in the room to the left as you come in from Osmond Terrace) from 6:00pm Wednesday, 27th November. Like the previous happy hour, we’ll provide some finger food and you can buy drinks at the bar. It would be nice to see as many members as possible there. For you non/ex members perhaps you’d also like to come along and join/re-join on the night!

DUNSTAN PLANNING FORUM
This was held at the Norwood Concert Hall on the 4th November and it was great to see many of you there. With the Premier, Planning Minister and Planning Commission Chairman speaking and a spirited Q&A session it was a valuable component of the whole engagement process. The premier invited us all to submit extra questions to his office (via dunstan@parliament.sa.gov.au) and has promised to respond to all queries. This is your chance to educate yourself further and/or apply more pressure. There is a consultation period of five months for the recently released Design Code and this will be essentially the final opportunity to help shape the new development planning process. Rest assured that your Association will be actively involved and will be writing a submission during this time.

COLES REDEVELOPMENT
The development application has now been lodged. You may have seen the recent Advertiser article about this. A few of us have been invited to find out more detail from the Architects themselves and we’ll report back on this immediately afterwards. Being a category Two application only adjacent property owners can make submissions/objections to the development (by 21st November). See our Facebook page for some more detail…

 

FREE CHILDREN’S FUN FAIR

At Richards park – nestled in between Magill Rd, entrance next to Heatworks, East of Osmond Tce & North of Verdun St

Come along and …
have lunch, enjoy the jumpy castle, purchase a lucky dip, talk to the jolly old fella and lots more

Between 11am – 1pm on 23rd November
It’s on straight after the Norwood Christmas Pageant

Dunstan Forum

Everyone who is concerned about the changes to State development planning should get along to this forum. An ideal opportunity to hear from all the leading figures and to be able to participate in the discussion. Take note of the requirement to RSVP and to submit questions in advance. See you there!

PROTECT OUR HERITAGE FORUM

This will be a very important meeting about the proposed State Government changes to planning rules. If you care about our built heritage you MUST come along and support the resistance to some of these changes that will affect our living environment, particularly here in Norwood. It will be held at the Norwood Concert Hall on Wednesday, 18th September – full details on the poster above.

See you there!

Norwood Heritage Walk

Heritage…..It’s More Than A Place

Historian Denise Schumann is passionate about Norwood’s history and its beautiful 19th century-built heritage. She is dismayed at recent developments on The Parade where the unique character of this historic main street and the surrounding streets is being impacted by high-rise contemporary buildings punctuating the skyline as land values increase.

These so-called ‘hip’ developments affect the amenity of one of Adelaide’s oldest suburbs. While being described facetiously as ‘urban renewal’, they systematically erode the character, change the cultural landscape and chip away at the very fabric of local life. Influential groups such as the Property Council of South Australia see the scale of our built heritage and way of life as obstacles to more lucrative developments.

Denise will walk us through the streets of Norwood, revealing the stories, the people and the lessons of history and why we need to preserve our neighbourhood. She will highlight what the loss of local planning powers means and the effects of transferring decision-making powers to remote authorities such as the State Planning Commission and Renewal SA.

Come along and hear what Denise has to say, but please first confirm your attendance.

Details:

Norwood Residents Association Heritage Walk
Date: Saturday 31 August 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Depart: Norwood Town Hall, Cnr The Parade and George Street

Led by Denise Schumann OAM

Maximum number 20 people.
Please register with Chris Francis, President of the NRA (0419 826 918)

Denise Schumann Schumann & Assoc.,(005)

 

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.

 

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