Major Projects

Unley Central Precinct Plan

The City of Unley has for many years held a long-term vision of revitalising the heart of Unley by generating new activity, more retail, and increased residential living opportunities in the Unley Central precinct. The need to increase the area’s population and provide opportunities for higher density living in Unley is also shared by the State Government with its articulation in the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide. 

In 2014, to assist in mapping how this vision for an enlivened Unley Central Precinct could be achieved, the Council set about preparing a plan for the area. In developing this plan, referred to as the Unley Central Precinct Plan, investigations were undertaken to consider the potential for higher and denser building forms to achieve new commercial and residential developments in and around the District Centre.

The plan, which was formulated with community input, also looked at opportunities to improve public amenity, open space and movement through the area. It is important to note that the Unley Central Precinct Plan was a visioning document it was not a blue print for what future developments would actually be and look like.

In considering how the Unley Central Precinct could progress, the Council decided to explore how its own Civic Centre site could be revitalised to assist in stimulating the envisioned growth for the area. Other than simply developing visioning concepts for the site, no actual plans have been produced.

Relationship to the Development Plan
Before any development can be embarked on, it must meet the requirements set out in the Council’s Development Plan. In undertaking the work on the Unley Central Precinct Plan it was identified that the Council’s Development Plan would need to be modified to ensure that the long term vision for the area could be facilitated. 

Amendments to the Development Plan were considered by the Council’s City Strategy and Development Committee. Council then considered the Committee’s recommendations at the March 27 Council meeting and voted on a final (amended) DPA which has been submitted to the Planning Minister. Visit the Unley Central DPA page for further information on this process.

Until the Unley Central Precinct Development Plan Amendment is finalised by Council and approved the Minister for Planning, no further work can progress on turning the visions set out in the Unley Central Precinct Plan into a reality.

When the Development Plan Amendment has been finalised, the Council will then revisit the Unley Central Precinct Plan to determine what elements of the Plan should continue to be pursued. Any development projects that may eventuate in the future will involve a public consultation process.

Unley Civic Centre Future Visioning

Investigations into Unley Civic Complex redevelopment stopped.
In line with its vision to rejuvenate the Unley Central Precinct, the Council late last year voted to investigate a possible redevelopment of the Unley Civic Complex, in the hopes it would spark interest and encourage others to embark on new developments and activities in the Precinct. 
Although Council had agreed not to start engaging with the Community about the possible project until after the Development Plan Amendment work had been completed and the planning policies for the area were known, there has been significant concern from a section of the community and various forms of communication directed towards the Council opposing the potential redevelopment.
In light of these concerns, Mayor Lachlan Clyne put forward a motion at the February Council meeting to stop any further action towards investigating a potential redevelopment of the site. This motion was adopted by Council after spirited debate.
How does this impact the Unley Central Development Plan Amendment?
The end of investigations into a possible redevelopment of the Unley Civic Complex is unrelated to the Unley Central Development Plan Amendment (DPA).
The DPA is about framing the Planning Policy for the area; it is not about individual projects. Council needs to amend the Development Plan to ensure that the development principles align with the City of Unley’s vision for the future of the precinct. 
Amendments to the Development Plan were considered by the Council’s City Strategy and Development Committee. Council then considered the Committee’s recommendations at the March 27 Council meeting and voted on a final (amended) DPA which has been submitted to the Planning Minister. Visit the Unley Central DPA page for further information on this process.


Goodwood Road Upgrade

The City of Unley is undertaking streetscape improvement projects on Goodwood Road between the tram line and Victoria Street, including undergrounding of power lines, a streetscape upgrade and a road reseal.  
Goodwood Road is a major north-south arterial through the City of Unley carrying approximately 30,000 vehicles per day, including high volumes of commuter traffic. The road also serves as one of the main commercial/retail centres of the city. 
Unley Council recognizes the benefits of making places more accessible and age-friendly and encourages an active community. We also recognise the economic benefits of having our commercial and retail-centred streets designed in a way that it supports business. 

Rosa Street Perspective
Artist's Impression by Jensen Planning & Design
  • General Questions

    What will the project include? 
    The Goodwood Road Main Street project, covering the section between the tram line and Victoria Street, includes:

    1. Undergrounding of existing power lines (PLEC),
    2. Streetscape improvements along Goodwood Road and into the side streets, and
    3. Reseal of Goodwood Road for this section. 
    Why upgrade the area? 
    The Unley Business and Economic Development Committee (UBED) resolved in 2009 to adopt an Urban Design Framework for Goodwood Road which includes the undergrounding of power lines as Stage 1 of the street’s improvement plan. Council progressed with this work and under-grounding the power lines is considered a key element to improve the streetscape.

    The area looked tired and consisted of undulating footpaths, subsided kerbs and water tables and misaligned pram ramps. There was very limited space for outdoor dining. The upgrade will make the area more age-friendly and DDA compliant as well as attract more business. 

    Where will the project occur? 
    The project scope stretches from the tram line to Victoria Street, Goodwood.  

    Who will be doing the works? 
    In regards to the three separate projects:
    1. SAPN undertook the undergrounding and related works.
    2. Council engaged Outside Ideas for civil and landscaping services and Groundplay for supply and install of the street furniture suite.
    3. DPTI will undertake the reseal.
    What's the project timeline? 
    PLEC works were carried out during 2016 and are practically complete.

    Outside Ideas, a local landscape and civil contractor based in Unley, currently construct the streetscape improvements as per the detailed design. Groundplay, also an Adelaide company, supply and install the planter boxes along the footpaths. Construction of streetscape improvements commenced in December 2016, completion is expected for July/August 2017.  
    To finish off, DPTI will reseal Goodwood Road in late September.
    Below is an indicative timeline for the various project elements.
     Goodwood Road Upgrades Timeline
  • Streetscape Improvements
    What does the design look like?
    View the detailed design online.
    The design is also on display at the Goodwood Library and Unley Civic Centre. 

    What is the streetscape improvement process?

    The City of Unley ran two rounds of community consultation in April and June 2015 to investigate opportunities for Goodwood Road and receive feedback on the concept design based on community input.
    Subsequently, Council approved the project’s budget and Jensen Planning and Design were engaged for detailed design services. Detailed design was completed in July 2016, construction services were tendered in August/September with Outside Ideas as the successful contractor.

    What will happen to public art, decorative fences and tree pots?
    As part of the streetscape upgrade works, opportunities for new art will be included in the design. Some existing public art will be photographed for potential future exhibition in the area. This applies mainly to art on stobie poles. The much-loved existing terra cotta pavement pictures will be replaced with new versions of the same as the existing ones are at the end of their life. New plantings are to be incorporated in the street scape including garden beds and trees.
    The new streetscape will see a number of planter boxes installed along Goodwood Road, supplied by Groundplay. Planter boxes will come with a bench seat, a single seat or no seating included. Some of them will also have little art displays included to create a ‘discovery trail’.
    Works will not disturb the ‘angel bench’ in front of Foodland, while the decorative fence will be removed and reinstated to enable works. Other art sculptures may be relocated to other public areas within the City of Unley.

    What is happening in the side streets?
    The side streets off Goodwood Road on the eastern side will see plateaux installed to create a continuous footpath. Plateaux in Florence, Rosa and Gilbert Streets will be approx. 20-25m long and provide the opportunity for community events such as markets.
    Plateaux will have decorative asphalt surfacing systems installed, creating a ‘welcome mat’ in the side streets. This installation is part of the public art for the precinct.
    All side streets will have widened footpaths.
    For stormwater management reasons, plateaux on the western side streets cannot be installed. However, these side streets will still receive the decorative asphalt treatment and widened footpaths.
    Side streets will also have two banner poles each. 

  • Communications

    How can I stay up to date with the project’s progress?
    There will be updates about the project on Council’s website and through other communications channels, such as the Goodwood Community Centre, the Goodwood Primary School and the Goodwood Road Traders Association. 

    Who can I contact?
    City of Unley’s contact is Oliver Pfueller, PLEC Project Officer, 8372 5111 or

Unley Oval Grandstand Upgrades

The City of Unley has been investigating options for the upgrade of the grandstands at Unley Oval, and undertook community consultation on proposed upgrade options between August and November 2015.

During the community consultation period, Sturt Football Club provided a significantly scaled down and potentially less expensive proposal to the grandstand upgrade option released for community consultation.

The scaled down option restricts development to two levels instead of three, and includes internal improvements to the Jack Oatey (southern) Stand, including a new mezzanine level with a large open room (which would be available for appropriate wider community use), as well as minor internal improvements to the Harry J. Mackay (northern) Stand.

Sturt Football Club plan to lodge a Development Application for the redevelopment in the near future. The community will have the chance to comment via the assessment process.

Council has endorsed cost estimates and concept designs for the new option and will continue discussions with potential external partners regarding funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Does The Proposed Redevelopment Involve?
    The $2.9 million proposed Unley Oval redevelopment seeks to improve the player facilities and amenity of the two grandstands – the Jack Oatey (Southern) Stand and the Harry J McKay (Northern) Stand for the benefit of the community, including Sturt Football Club players, visiting teams and local school and community groups.

    The project will better cater for junior football and – for the first time - women’s football with the establishment of new female change-rooms. It will also improve mobility-impaired access in and around the Oval and bring the facilities in line with Australian Football League guidelines.

    Among the additions are:

    Oatey Grandstand
    • New public toilets
    • New “home team’’ change-rooms and warm-up area on the ground floor
    • Mezzanine area for local Unley Oval football and cricket museum and warm-up viewing platform

    McKay Grandstand
    • New purpose-built women’s change-room and locker room
    • New “visiting teams’’ change-rooms and warm up area
    • New umpire facilities

    New Canteen
    • New public canteen at Northern End. Of particular benefit to spectators at games, it will mean they no longer will miss out on seeing activity while queued at the existing canteen.
  • Why Is The Redevelopment Needed?
    Aside from recent minor upgrades to introduce lighting, new goal posts, an electronic scoreboard and picket fence, Unley Oval has not been significantly improved since the Jack Oatey Grandstand was erected in 1976.

    Like all Council-owned assets, these grandstands need to be upgraded from time-to-time to keep up with modern requirements.

    The Unley Oval redevelopment aims to establish the Unley Oval precinct as a regional sporting hub with commensurate facilities for sport, and vibrant open space for the broader community.

    The grandstand upgrades have been designed to ensure the Oval meets the requirements of the AFL Preferred Facilities Guidelines for State League competitions and will promote the growth of Australian Rules Football, including women’s football, in the region.
  • Who Is Funding The Development?
    The development is already mostly funded. Committed funding contributions have been made by The City of Unley ($1.8m), Sturt Football Club ($500k), AFL ($250k) with the remainder ($500k) being sought from the State Government.
  • If The State Government Funding Application Is Approved, When Will It Be Built?
    The redevelopment is “shovel ready’’. This means, once the State Government funding is confirmed, the project can be completed within 6 months.
  • Who Will The Project Benefit?
    Unley Oval belongs to the whole community, attracting hundreds of recreational visitors each week, from fitness groups and dog walkers to sports days, AFL Auskick players and kindergarten and childcare groups. Sturt Football Club matches also attract more than 30,000 spectators to Unley Oval during the season.

    As such, this redevelopment is for the whole community, establishing Unley Oval as a first-class regional sporting and recreational hub that promotes healthy lives, diversity and inclusion.

Sporting Complex Improvement Plan

A staged implementation plan for the Goodwod Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan was endorsed by council on Monday 27 April 2015.

The staged plan provides a framework for implementing the improvement plan over the next 10 years and beyond.

The key actions that Council will focus on in 2015/16 will include:

  • Detailed designs to support the future facility upgrade requirements for Millswood Bowling Club and Millswood Croquet Club proceed
  • The Administration continues an advocacy role in supporting Forestville Hockey Club to relocate to a suitable site with a new synthetic hockey pitch
  • The implementation of the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan be considered as part of the review of funding for all major projects to be undertaken in 2015/16

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is The Purpose Of This Information?

    To provide an update on the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan project and advise that Council endorsed the plan on 11 August 2014.

  • What Was The Council Recommendation On 11 August 2014?

    MOVED Councillor Tipper

    SECONDED Councillor Boisvert


    1. The report be received
    2. The draft Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan be endorsed and further community engagement on the plan be undertaken during 2015 in accordance with the staged implementation plan
    3. A staged implementation plan be developed outlining the approach for further community engagement and detailed design, including funding options, to be presented to Council in early 2015
    4. The Administration commences discussions with Forestville Hockey Club and other key stakeholders to identify a suitable site for a new synthetic hockey pitch as outlined in Appendix B of the Draft Improvement Plan
  • Why Did Council Undertake This Project?

    The need to develop an Improvement Plan for these sites was recommended during consultation on the Community Asset Review in July 2012, which aimed to provide strategic direction on the future improvement, configuration and use of community facilities. Funding was committed in the 2013/14 budget and business plan to prepare the Improvement Plan.

    The objective of the Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan is to guide the future development of these two sporting complexes in order to assist Council to seek grant funding to implement improvements to these sites. The Improvement Plan provides a direction for both facilities located for the next 10 years, with cost estimates provided by a quantity surveyor.

    Council is currently faced with a broad range of issues that are impacting on our existing sport and community facilities, including:

    • Ageing infrastructure
    • Increasing costs associated with maintaining older facilities
    • Increasing demand for quality facilities
    • Changing demographics
  • What Is An Improvement Plan?

    An improvement plan is a term selected by the City of Unley to describe a comprehensive planning process for improving existing and developing new facilities. By following this process, planners are able to determine a wide range of interconnecting issues that affect the planning of a facility and the surrounding area. The plan includes:

    • A vision for the site
    • A list of recommendations and rationale
    • A list of costings provided by a Quantity Surveyor
    • Options for ongoing management where applicable
    • Graphic designs and concept plans/drawings
  • Which Facilities Have Council Developed Improvement Plans For And Why?

    Council has completed an improvement plan at Unley Oval (2013) and has recently completed plans for Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex. These sites are the Council’s largest sport and recreation hubs and provide opportunities for sports clubs and the community to participate in sport and recreation activities.

    Unley Park Sports Club is the Council’s other key sports facility and is progressively being developed by this lessee and may be reviewed as part of a wider improvement plan in the future.

  • How Did Council Complete The Improvement Plan?

    A quick overview of the process is below:

    • Project Brief endorsed by Council - 25 November 2013
    • Consultant engaged (Suter Planners) - 23 January 2014
    • User group and community consultation commenced with more than 4000 surveys sent to the local community - 11 February 2014
    • A community consultation day was held at each site - 29 March 2014
    • Draft concepts developed for further consultation with each user group - April-May 2014
    • Improvement Plan presented to full Council for endorsement – 11 August 2014
  • How Much Will It Cost, Who Will Pay For The Improvement Works And When Will Work Start?

    The improvement works identified in the plan total $8.262m, including $4.899m for Goodwood Oval and $3.363m for Millswood Sporting Complex. It is important to note that the Improvement Plan does not commit Council or any other organisation to allocate funds to projects and works. Instead it will guide Council and user groups to undertake future improvements to Goodwood Oval and the Millswood Sporting Complex as funds and resources become available.

    Cost estimates are provided by a quantity surveyor and provide a conservative estimate to assist Council to budget and seek funding for each item. This is a guide only and Council can choose cost effective options that result in a lower expenditure.

    It is expected that additional grant funding will need to be secured to fund the projects. During the planning process council will be identifying potential funding partners and exploring the options for sources of capital funding, including the State and Federal Government and user groups.

    The improvement plan outlines suggested works to occur over a 10-year period, however this will be dependent on available resources and other priorities.

    Council will develop a staged implementation plan to identify how the facility projects will be implemented and funded.

  • Will The Community Be Consulted Before Any Construction Starts?

    Community consultation is a vital and integral part of the planning process. Council is committed to working with the community and stakeholder groups to ensure the community’s concerns and aspirations are considered in the development of the facilities. A range of consultation processes will be undertaken prior to any construction commencing.

  • What Happens Next And How Can I Get Involved Again?

    Whilst the improvement plan has been endorsed by Council we still want your views on it. A staged implementation plan will be developed outlining the approach for further community engagement and detailed design, including funding options to be presented to Council in early 2015. This takes into account the local government elections, which will occur from September to November 2014. Details of how we will undertake further engagement will be outlined in this implementation plan.

    Council will also continue discussions with Forestville Hockey Club and other key stakeholders to identify a suitable site for a new synthetic hockey pitch as outlined in Appendix B of the Improvement Plan.

  • Where Can I Go For Further Information?

    Information on the Improvement Plan will continue to be placed on Council’s website.

    You may also contact Council’s Sport & Recreation Planner on 8372 5111 or email

Soldiers Memorial Garden Upgrade

For the benefit of the City and in lasting memory to those who served.

The enhancement of the Soldiers Memorial Garden on Unley Road in Unley, is a major initiative honouring the sacrifice and service of Australia’s service men and women. 

Situated prominently within the Unley Central Precinct, the Gardens form the centre-piece of the City’s public open space, provide engaging vistas and opportunities for public commemoration and community events. 

The space is complemented by the surrounding heritage architecture and provides a transitional space between the business and commercial functions, and community facilities.

The proposed upgrade will bring vibrancy to the surrounds of the Memorial Gardens, whilst respectfully maintaining the original intent of the public land purchased in 1917 for the benefit of the City and in lasting memory to those who served. 

Arch of Remembrance

The innovative and sophisticated designs for the proposed upgrade incorporate commemorative themes and opportunities for interpretation of historic events through symbolism within landscaping features such as; seating walls, pathways, interpretive signage and new tree plantings.

The integration of the existing structures, in particular the Arch of Remembrance and bandstand are central to the redesign and feature prominently in the design concepts. 

Council is consulting with the local RSL in developing a concept and ideas. 

Estimated project cost $660,000

Leader Street Streetscape Renewal Project – Stage 1

Leader Street is an integral east-west collector road connecting Anzac Highway and Goodwood Road. The existing footpaths, road and some street trees between Anzac Highway and the railway line adjacent to Nairne Terrace are in need of replacement.

To capitalise on this opportunity we are undertaking a streetscape renewal project to include additional beautification works, as well as encouraging more cycling and walking along Leader Street and connections with other local networks.

A funding grant from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board has allowed additional greening and water sensitive works to be included in this project.

Following community consultation in December 2015, a concept plan was created. The main themes of the concept plan included:

  • Providing additional water sustainable greening along the street;
  • Providing dedicated bicycle lanes for both directions;
  • Widening the footpath on both sides of the street; and
  • Removal and replacement of many of the existing street trees to improve streetscape amenity.

Taking this feedback on board, the redesign of the Leader Street Streetscape is complete. Please view the Leader Street Streetscape Design Plan and Artist’s Impression below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project

Brown Hill, Keswick, Glen Osmond and Parklands Creeks are important drainage watercourses in metropolitan Adelaide. The creeks have a relatively high flood risk, a history of flood events and a low standard of flood protection. Their combined catchment is mainly contained within the local government areas of Adelaide, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens.

In February 2017, the State Government, five local councils and the Stormwater Management Authority (SMA) reached a historic agreement on a $140 million infrastructure project to safeguard against flooding in the Brown Hill and Keswick Creek catchment.

The flood mitigation works detailed in the Brown Hill and Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan will reduce the number of properties affected by a 1-in-100 year flood event by nearly 98 per cent. The infrastructure project will deliver about 73 full-time jobs during construction.

The plan will also yield more than $240 million in community benefit in terms of damage mitigation, reducing flood impacts on Adelaide Airport, minimising economic disruption, and improving stormwater quality across the catchment.

The councils and State Government have called on the Commonwealth to contribute funding toward the project, and will be actively lobbying for this contribution in order to expedite construction and reduce the burden on ratepayers.

The State Government has agreed to fund 50 per cent of the required works via its Stormwater Management Fund over the next 20 years.

  • Project Background

    View the Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project webpage for further information and history on the Project and the approved stormwater management plan.

    May-June 2015
    The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project undertook a six-week community consultation process  from 13 May 13 to 23 June 2015.  

    August 2015
    The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project released the consultation results. The consultation attracted 818 public respondents, with 696 of these respondents (85%) indicating their support for the project’s preferred Option D, which includes upgrading the capacity of upper Brown Hill Creek at critical sections. Among respondents who own creek properties likely to be impacted, support for Option D was evenly divided.

    September 2015
    The five catchment councils unanimously agreed on Option D – ‘Creek Capacity Upgrade’ – as the preferred option for Part B Works, enabling the project’s Stormwater Management Plan to be finalised for the Stormwater Management Authority’s approval.

    March 2016
    The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project submit the final Stormwater Management Plan to the Stormwater Management Authority.

    February 2017
    The State Government, five local councils and the Stormwater Management Authority reach a historic agreement on a $140 million infrastructure project to safeguard against flooding in the Brown Hill and Keswick Creek catchment.