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. 

Determining what amendments to make to the Development Plan is currently under consideration by the Council’s City Strategy and Development Committee, with recommendations planned for presentation to the full Council in March.

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.

View our latest article on the DPA and Village Green.

Unley Civic Centre Future Visioning

With the vision of stimulating economic and population growth in the Unley Central Precinct, the City of Unley has taken the bold step of exploring how a potential redevelopment of the Council’s Civic Complex could aid this goal. It was also felt that an exciting new redevelopment might spark interest and encourage others to embark on new developments and activities in the Precinct.

No plans have been prepared at this stage, only a number of artist impressions to give an idea of what the size and nature of the development might be like. The position on the site has also not been considered. The community will be invited to join in concept visioning with us as the project develops.

Village Green Perspective
Village Green Perspective

Oxford Tce Perspective
Oxford Terrace Perspective

 

Goodwood Rd PLEC - Undergrounding of Powerlines

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.

    The undergrounding of the power lines commenced end of January and is expected to be carried out in three stages, finishing works in approx. October/November 2016.
    Community engagement informed the streetscape design and implementation of streetscape improvements will commence following the undergrounding works. 

    What does PLEC mean? 
    PLEC stands for Power Line Environment Committee, a South Australian State Government committee assisting the State Minister responsible for the Electricity Act 1996 and councils with initiatives to enhance the aesthetics of a location by undergrounding power lines. It predominantly focusses on historic areas, major shopping precincts and other areas of community benefit in metropolitan and regional areas of the State.
     
    SA Power Networks (SAPN, formerly ETSA) are responsible for carrying out works relating to undergrounding power lines. 

    Why underground the power lines on Goodwood Road? 
    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 power lines is considered a key element to improve the streetscape.

    Where will the project occur? 
    The undergrounding will occur from north of the tram line to Victoria Street, Goodwood. Streetscape improvements and reseal will start south of the tram line and also finish at Victoria Street. A further stage is to be investigated to take the undergrounding to Mitchell Street, Millswood. 

    Who will be doing the works? 
    In regards to the three separate projects:
    1. SAPN will engage contractors to undertake undergrounding and related works. Council’s role in the undergrounding part of the project is to engage with the community and keep them informed while liaising with SAPN and contractors.
    2. Council will undertake the streetscape works with a contractor.
    3. DPTI will undertake the reseal.
    What's the timeline? 
    PLEC works commenced 27 January 2016 and are expected to be complete around October/November 2016.

    Detailed design on streetscape improvements is underway and it is expected to tender for construction by mid-2016. Construction of streetscape improvements will need to follow PLEC works to avoid damaging streetscape works.
     
    To finish off, DPTI will reseal Goodwood Road.
     
    Below is an indicative timeline for the various project elements.

  • Undergrounding Construction Process – PLEC Works

    What do PLEC works include?​ 
    The undergrounding of power lines requires civil construction works to establish a common service trench to house the new power lines. A number of new electrical switching cubicles will be installed mainly in side streets.

    PLEC works will occur in three stages:
    • Civil works – trenching, laying conduits, refill trenches and reinstate trenched areas
    • Cabling works – pulling cables through new conduits, connect properties, energise cables and switch over properties
    • Finally overhead cables and stobie poles will be removed while concurrently new light poles will be installed.
    The undergrounding process in detail:
    1. Civil works along the proposed route include trenching, laying conduits and backfilling. Works also include the installation of high and low voltage cubicles along the route
    2. Following the civil works, electrical cables will be pulled through the conduits and connections (termination) occur
    3. When a substantial section is completed:
      • Cables will be energised
      • Services will be changed over
      • During this work both underground and overhead powerlines are kept working to continue to provide power to properties and street lighting
    4. Work to happen concurrently on stobie poles:
      • Remove existing overhead cables and stobie poles (either pull out or oxy cut and leave footing and base of pole in ground), and
      • Install new street light poles.

    How will PLEC works be carried out? 
    The main trench will be dug in the middle of the southbound side of the road. Only where necessary will there be a trench in the footpath, to install junction pits and connect properties. 


    Works cover approx. 20-30 metres at a time and trenches and pit areas will be backfilled and made safe for outside working hours. This rate depends on ground conditions.

     
    The majority of PLEC works on Goodwood Road will be carried out at night time. DPTI requests to keep Goodwood Road open for traffic as much as possible. Therefore, most traffic controls are expected to happen at night time with minimal impact expected on daytime traffic flow. 

    Night works generally continue Monday to Friday, from 7pm to 6am. Works in side streets are scheduled to occur during daytime. 

    What’s the expected impact on business for Goodwood Road traders? 
    There is minimal impact on businesses and traders on Goodwood Road as PLEC works are carried out at night times on Goodwood Road. When works commence in side streets there will be some impact due to works likely being carried out during daytime. Trenches are closed pit areas are made safe for pedestrians and traffic, and the work areas will be cleared of machinery.

    How much distance will the works cover each day? 
    Experience with other PLEC projects indicates that the civil works should cover up to 30m at a time. This will vary depending on the existing conditions and other services located in the area.

    All works will be made safe for traffic and pedestrians during the day. 

    How will the footpath be reinstated? 
    Where properties are connected via a trench, the contractor will backfill and make the work area safe. Pavements might be reinstated progressively as soon as practical or patched up in light of soon-to-follow streetscape works including repavement works. 

    How wide will the trench be? 
    On average, a 600mm wide trench is expected. This can vary depending on the number of services and conduits required to be placed in the trench. 

    What will happen with noise and dust control? 
    A condition of the contract will be to keep dust and noise at a minimum. The contractor will liaise with the community and traders.

    Will there by power outages?
    There will be a switching over process from over-head to underground cables requiring a power outage. This work will require approximately one (1) day. Sufficient notification will be provided.

    There will also be a change over process for each individual property processes to have their premises connected to the new cables. This will take 2-4 hours. A contractor will make contact with affected property owners and occupants to make a suitable time for these works

    Are there other service outages (water, telephone lines, etc.) expected?
    PLEC only deals with the undergrounding of power lines. There are no overhead telecommunication cables on Goodwood Road. No other services should be affected by these works. 


    How will the premises be connected to the new power line? Is rear access to buildings required?
    The contractor will liaise with traders and residents to work around business hours and the individual property layout and plan the connection. Generally, a conduit will be run up the outside wall of the building and connect to the existing termination point.

    How much notice will be given before works commence?
    The contractor will generally liaise with the community, traders and property owners a week prior to works occurring in the target area. 

    Is there any cost implication for owners or traders? 
    No.

  • Implications of Undergrounding (PLEC) Works

    What will be the expected impact on trading hours, night deliveries, night traders (restaurants, cinema)? 
    Works along Goodwood Road are carried out mostly at night and there is limited impact during trading hours.

    As with other undergrounding power lines projects, the contractor will liaise with traders to accommodate their particular requirements. All work areas (e.g. trenches and pits) will be closed and made safe for traffic and pedestrians. 

    What will happen with on-street parking? 
    There is minimal impact for on-street car parking as works are carried out mostly at night. Goodwood Road is a clearway at certain times; therefore any trenches are made safe before the start of the day and are therefore available for car parking outside clearway restrictions. 

    What will happen with footpath access, prams/disabled, access to bus and tram stops? 
    All footpath areas affected by trenching will be made safe for access, including access to bus and tram stops. 

  • Streetscape Improvements
    What is involved with streetscape improvements?

    The Urban Design Framework was prepared in 2009 following extensive community engagement and lists a number of ideas and projects for Goodwood Road in the short, medium and long term.

    The Goodwood Precinct Urban Design Framework Action Plan 2009-2019 identifies and prioritises actions and projects covering improvements for pedestrian environment and traffic management through to Village Green, and landscape strategy ideas. A number of these elements have been implemented over recent years, including the reduction in the speed limit to 50km/h, the installation of public art, the tree pot project and the installation of a pedestrian crossing at Victoria Street.

    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 leading to tender and construction. 

    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 and terra cotta pavement pictures. Tree pots will be removed and 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. These planter boxes will have 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’.
     
    The ‘angel bench’ in front of Foodland will not be disturbed by works while the decorative fence might need to be removed and reinstated to enable works. Other art sculptures might 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.
     
    These longer 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 regular 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 pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au

    Once a contractor has been engaged their contact details will be made available for emergency calls during construction.

     

Unley Oval Grandstand Upgrades

Over the past eighteen months 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.


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 is Unley Oval used for?

    Unley Oval caters for a wide range of uses and is a popular location for the local community as a park, play space and dog exercise. The Unley Oval precinct is also the home ground for Sturt Football Club, Sturt District Cricket Club, Sturt Lawn Tennis Club and Sturt Lawn Bowls Club.

  • What do the upgrades involve?
    The scaled down option 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, such as reconfiguration of internal walls and a new canteen space.
     
  • What general community use is anticipated to be available in the upgraded facilities?

    The upgraded facilities aim to provide an enhanced player and spectator experience for all activities at Unley Oval, from league football and cricket, to school activities and community events.  Included in the upgrades are new function rooms and upgraded public toilets.

  • How does Council propose to fund any future development of Unley Oval?

    Council is not intending to construct the upgrades unless a satisfactory grant funding arrangement can be secured at some time in the future. The construction will also go through the normal statutory notification processes for development applications.

    By having a clear direction for the facility, Council will advocate for and make application to various external funding sources to ensure Council is not solely responsible for the cost of future upgrades. 

  • How much will the upgrades cost?

    The scaled down option is in the order of $4.6 million, and it is anticipated that external grant funding and contributions from Sturt Football Club would comprise a major component of this amount. At this stage, Council has agreed to fund some of the upgrades, but the project is reliant on the additional external funding before it will proceed, and the designs have been prepared to secure funding.

  • Where can I get more information?

    For further information please contact Council on 8372 5111.  Regular updates will also be placed on this project page.

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

    That:

    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 pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au

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.

The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project has released the results of a six-week community consultation process regarding proposed flood mitigation works for upper Brown Hill Creek (Part B works).
 
The community consultation process ran from May 13 to June 23 and 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.

In 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.


View the BHKC Stormwater Project's latest News Release.

For a complete project overview visit bhkcstormwater.com.au