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, entertainment, services, facilities 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. 

With relevant community input, the Unley Central Precinct Plan was developed between 2014-2015. As a visioning document, the Plan contains guiding principles, considers development opportunities and explores potential built heights. The Plan also studies opportunities to improve public amenity, open space and movement through the area.

Relationship to the Development Plan
Before any development can be undertaken a Development Approval is required.  To receive such an approval, a development should meet the requirements set out in the Council’s Development Plan. Council’s Development Plan has recently been modified to incorporate some of the principles from the Precinct Plan. 

The Minister for Planning approved Council’s Unley Central Precinct Development Plan Amendment, (developed from late 2015 and following extensive consultation), on 4 July 2017. Consequently, the revised policy is now encompassed in the Unley (City) Development Plan.

Goodwood Road Upgrade

The popular Goodwood Road shopping and dining strip, between the tram line and Victoria Street, now boasts more greening, new street lights, brick paving, improved pedestrian crossings and wider more accessible footpaths accommodating more outdoor dining opportunities.
The Goodwood library and community centre carpark has also been resurfaced and new trees have been planted in side streets intersecting with Goodwood Road as part of the works.

The Council engaged Forestville-based contractors Outside Ideas to undertake the civil and landscape works associated with the project along with Adelaide-based company Groundplay to supply street furniture.

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

Unley Oval Grandstand Upgrades

The Unley Oval is a Council owned asset, and the existing grandstands are 93 and 41 years old. Like all of Councils 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 that provides excellent facilities for sport and vibrant open space for the broader community.

The grandstand upgrades have been designed to ensure that we meet the requirements of the AFL Preferred Facilities Guidelines for State League competitions and will promote growth of Australian Rules football, including women's football, in the region.

​The Unley Oval redevelopment will:

  • Improve and provide quality facilities for all users of the oval, including for the first time, change rooms designed specifically for the needs of women
  • Improve the aesthetic appearance of the grandstands and streetscape
  • Improve accessibility for those with mobility impairments
  • Provide new facilities available for community use.
  • What has been done so far?
    Picket fence installation
    After two years of planning and extensive community engagement, a picket fence was installed at Unley Oval in 2015.

    New goal posts
    AFL standard goalposts were installed prior to the NAB Challenge game in February 2016.

    Oval floodlights upgrade
    Planning approval and secured funding saw the floodlights upgraded in May 2017.

    Electronic scoreboard
    A new electronic scoreboard was installed in May 2017.
  • What still needs to be done?
    Proposed upgrades to the Harry J. McKay Stand include:
    • New umpire facilities
    • New unisex change rooms
    • New public canteen at Northern End
    • Upgraded interior for use as ‘away team’ rooms.

    Proposed upgrades to the Oatey Stand include new public toilets and new ‘unisex home team’ rooms.
  • Who will 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, kindergarten and childcare groups, and junior sports team practice for sports including cricket and soccer. 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.

    Key activities and oval users include:
    • Fitness, recreation, play
    • Dog exercise
    • Community events
    • Junior School Soccer Training
    • Social football matches
    • Personal trainers
    • Schools, kindergartens and childcare centres.

    The grandstand upgrades will also promote the growth of Australian Rules football in the region, including the fast emerging Women’s League.
  • How much will it cost and how is it being funded?
    The player facilities upgrade cost estimate provided by the quantity surveyor is $2.9m but the final construction cost will not be known until the project goes out to tender.

    The development is already mostly funded. Committed funding contributions have been made by:
    • The City of Unley $1.8m
    • Sturt Football Club $500K and
    • AFL $250K

    The remainder in funding ($500K) is being sought from the State Government.
  • When will it be built?
    The redevelopment is “shovel ready’’. This means, once the State Government funding is confirmed, construction will take approximately 8 months.

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Sporting Complex Upgrades

Since 2014, Council has been working with clubs and the community to develop a long-term vision for Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex.

Our aim is to provide facilities that meet the needs of clubs, and provide sport and recreation opportunities for the community.
Council have also been working with Forestville Hockey Club as investigations on a new home facility with a synthetic surface continue for this club. With Council’s help, the club has been proactive in lobbying both sides of government at both State and Federal levels, and has been working with tenant clubs at Women’s Memorial Playing Fields, St Marys. 
Discussions are continuing regarding this project, and if you can assist with this project or would like further information, please contact Council’s Sport & Recreation Planer on 8372 5111.

  • Actions undertaken since 2014

    August 2014
    Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex Improvement Plan – endorsed by Council

    April 2015
    Staged Implementation Plan, which identifies the priority projects, potential costs and funding opportunities

    Investigations of a new 4th croquet lawn, recreation spaces and building improvements at Millswood Croquet and Bowls clubs

    April 2017
    Opportunities to improve the grandstand at Goodwood Oval were investigated, with concepts developed to seek external funding

    August 2017
    Opportunities to establish 4th croquet lawn were limited, therefore Council has focussed on improvements to the croquet building

    Council endorsed the investigation and development of designs for Goodwood Oval grandstand, Millswood Croquet Club building and lighting at Tennis SA Millswood Complex, with the aim of developing marketing materials in order to seek external funding

    September/October 2017
    Millswood Croquet Club floodlighting upgrade complete

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.

Completed mid-2017, the Leader Street Streetscape Renewal Project has delivered upgrades to the road, footpaths and street trees between Anzac Highway and the railway line adjacent to Nairne Terrace.

Dedicated bicycle lanes for both directions, and additional beautification works, encourage more cycling and walking along Leader Street and its connecting routes.

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

Raingardens along the street are designed to filter stormwater to remove pollutants that would otherwise enter our creeks and the ocean. The raingardens will filter approximately 5 million litres of stormwater a year, equivalent to two Olympic sized swimming pools of water.

The new wider permeable footpaths have approximately 110 thousand litres of storage capacity. The water that falls on the footpath is soaked into the soil below, providing additional water for trees and vegetation in the street.

For further information on this project, please contact Matthew Sanderson, Asset/Project Engineer Officer. Phone 8372 5111 or email

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.