Cutting-edge technology and a new playground will be installed at Heywood Park thanks to more than $400,000 of Federal and State Government funding.
The City of Unley has secured a $264,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant from the Federal Government to integrate smart technology at Heywood Park, improving safety and usability of the popular park and reducing operating and maintenance costs.
It is also the recipient of $150,000 from the State Government’s Fund My Neighbourhood initiative for a mini ninja obstacle course in the park.
Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne said installation of revolutionary technology would make Heywood Park a testing ground for ‘intelligent’ parks in South Australia.
“As a Council, we’re proud to have received the largest grant of this kind to be handed out in South Australia and it’s a testament to the City of Unley’s long-standing commitment to innovation and improving usability of our public spaces,” Mr Clyne said.
Smart technology that will be installed as part of the project includes an electric car charging station, community WiFi, predictive lighting, apps to help people check the availability of car parking and barbecues, and technology to notify the Council when bins need to be emptied, and to minimise and monitor water usage.
“Not only will the new technology save our ratepayers money, it will be almost entirely invisible as it will be concealed underground and inside existing infrastructure such as light poles, bins and watering systems,” Mr Clyne said.
The project will also see new park furniture, paving, lighting and CCTV installed.
Project designer and smart city expert Corey Gray, of Unley-based LVX Engineers, said Unley was at the forefront of smart city technology that would benefit both locals and visitors to the area.
“It’s all about making it safer and easier for people to live and work while also delivering commercial and environmental benefits,” Mr Gray said.
“Typically a lot of this technology has large up-front costs so the Federal Government’s grant allows the City of Unley to enter into the smart city space in a significant way and really lead the charge for councils around the State.”
Meanwhile the new mini ninja obstacle course, designed to cater for children aged 10-14, will be constructed in the north eastern corner of Heywood Park.
Premier Jay Weatherill said that Heywood Park would become a smart public space that engages the local community.
“Unley residents have shown strong enthusiasm for the Fund My Neighbourhood program - one of the world’s biggest community funding initiatives. The mini-ninja obstacle course is a great way to get older children involved in outdoor physical activity. We may even see an Unley resident on TV screens in a future episode of Australian Ninja Warrior!’
“The ‘smart city’ plans for the park are a great example of how innovation can improve liveability and safety. Heywood Park will become an enviable community space, and a demonstration of the types of advancements we hope to see rolled out across the State in coming years.”
Local resident Rebecca Deans, who garnered the support of 200 residents and petitioned the State Government for the funding, said the course would be a much welcome addition to the park.
“The mini ninja obstacle course not only caters for ‘tweens’ but provides a fitness-based outdoor activity in a beautiful location,” she said.
Council is now undertaking public consultation on the preliminary plans and designs are expected to be finalised by the end of March 2018. Construction is expected to start in July 2018.
View Heywood Park Smart Precinct - Master Plan
Recently the City of Unley secured $264,000 in Federal Government Smart Cities and Suburbs funding to enhance the heritage and environmental features of Heywood Park. This was the largest grant of this type awarded in South Australia.
The project will see smart technology initiatives implemented in Heywood Park that will bring significant environmental benefits, improve the safety, usability and aesthetics of the park, and reduce operating and maintenance costs for the City of Unley.
As part of the SA Government’s Fund my Neighbourhood grant program, a local resident, with the support of over 200 other local residents, was successful in receiving $150,000 in funding for a ‘mini-ninja’ obstacle course in the north-eastern corner of Heywood Park. The project is aimed at providing activities for the 10 – 14-year old ‘tweens’ age group.
Design, community engagement and construction will take place in conjunction with the Heywood Park Smart Precinct Project implementation.
One of the best parts about the new smart technology that is being proposed is that it is almost entirely invisible.
Several initiatives are incorporated into the project that will make Heywood Park more beautiful, and speak to the heritage and natural beauty of the park:
The Smart Technology in Heywood Park will be almost entirely invisible, as it will be concealed inside distribution boards, existing pits, and light poles. In fact, the use of smart poles will actually reduce the overall number of poles, pits, distribution boards and enclosures in the park by consolidating services into multi-purpose ‘nodes’ or locations. The only visible difference will be the new community information signage at the corner of King William Road and Northgate Streets that will replace the existing cluster of signs at the entry point to the bikeway.
Usability of Heywood Park is a key driver of this project. The following features will significantly increase usability:
The following initiatives will improve safety for all park users:
Smart technology will help save money on electricity, water and waste management.
New ultra-long life, energy efficient LED lighting will not only provide a more natural ‘human’ light for the park and enhance safety, combined with a lighting control and monitoring system it will reduce electricity by 60% and maintenance costs by 90%.
A control and monitoring system combined with environmental sensors will ensure that grounds are only watered when it is required, and only for as long as is required. If it rains when watering is due, then the irrigation will not come on. If it is forecast to rain just after watering is due, the watering will be postponed and only take place if rain doesn’t eventuate.
In addition, water monitoring technology will determine how much water is being used and also detect any excess usage that may be caused by fractured pipes or leaking taps. Water can be isolated from a central point until the leak is located and repaired.
Bins equipped with smart sensors will detect when bins are nearly full and notify waste management services that servicing is required. In the same way sensors will inform waste management services if a bin has not been used and does not require servicing, thus reducing the number of services and associated costs.
The smart technology that will reduce operating costs in Heywood Park will also provide direct environmental benefits in terms of reduced water and electricity consumption, and reduced waste.
Carefully designed lighting will also ensure that the behavioural patterns of indigenous fauna are not affected.
One of the reasons that the Heywood Park Project received the largest Federal Government grant awarded in South Australia is because it offers significant benefits for the entire community. The project does this because a significant part of the grant funding will be used to purchase smart systems for safety, lighting, water, waste, parking and traffic management that will be able to be used throughout the City of Unley to provide the same benefits as they will for Heywood Park.
The local design firm engaged for this project are global experts in the field of smart city technology and urban lighting. It is true that there are some types of LED lighting that have been implicated with health issues and insomnia, (normally the ones with a bluish-white light), but these will not be used. The types of LED lights being used will be a warm light and in fact be better for local residents than the existing lights in terms of colour and glare control.
The main reason for the enhanced lighting is to facilitate events, and the lights can be controlled by the City of Unley to be on, off, or dimmed at any given moment. It is a focus to increase the usability of the park, but call assist buttons combined with CCTV and noise monitors that will immediately notify authorities of excessive noise or undesirable behaviour are being installed. These systems have been proven to attract people using the park for its intended purpose and deter trouble makers.
The project design will be finalised by Easter and construction will commence in July 2018.
The project must be completed by May 2019.
No. The park won’t close. For about four weeks the pathways will be out of use while they are paved and lighting is replaced, but the main barbecue, recreation and play areas will remain in use.
The City of Unley values your feedback and formal consultation will take place during the design phase, (up until Easter).
Project updates and online surveys will be available on the City of Unley website.
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:
Goodwood Oval is a key sporting precinct in the City of Unley, catering for organised sport (including Australian rules football, cricket, tennis and hockey) and public recreation. The grandstand at Goodwood Oval is leased by the Goodwood Saints Football Club and Goodwood Cricket Club and is located on Curzon Avenue, Millswood.
This facility is over 60 years old and like all of Councils assets, this asset needs to be upgraded from time to time to keep up with modern requirements.
Since the development of an Improvement Plan in 2014, Council has worked with the clubs to develop options for a future upgrade in order to secure external funding.
At its meeting on 27 November 2017, Council accepted State Government funding of $2.5 million for the grandstand upgrade, as well as $150k from the sports and clubs, and Council also allocated $950k towards the project. At this time, Council also committed to a two-storey as its preferred upgrade option.
Community consultation on the proposed grandstand designs was undertaken in February and March 2018. Feedback received will be considered as part of a report to be presented to Council in April 2018.
For further information, please contact the Council’s Sport & Recreation Planner on 8372 5111.
Millswood Sporting Complex is home to Millswood Bowling Club, Millswood Croquet Club, Millswood Lawn Tennis Club and the South Australian Society for Model and Experimental Engineers (SASMEE). The site also enables public access across the Belair train line to Goodwood Road, and there is also a small parcel of land for public recreation, commonly used for dog exercise.
Located at Millswood Crescent, Millswood, Council has been working with all clubs since the development of an Improvement Plan for the site in 2014. Since this time, Council has investigated options for the development of a fourth croquet lawn and relocation of the bowling greens, a possible synthetic bowling green and improved car parking and public access.
Following consultation with clubs and growth in bowls participation, Council decided not to proceed with these options, but to investigate improvements for the croquet club including lighting and a new club house.
At its meeting on 27 November 2017, Council received the draft design proposals for the croquet club building and surrounds, and allocated $260K in its long term budget for this project. The club has also committed $50K of its own money to the project. Council are continuing work on the concept plans to reduce the estimated cost and achieve a workable outcome for all parties.
In December 2017, the croquet club officially opened its new flood lighting for all 3 croquet lawns.
Council are also continuing to work with the lawn tennis club and SASMEE regarding ongoing improvements and increasing use at their sites.
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.
View the Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project webpage for further information and history on the Project and the approved stormwater management plan.
The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project undertook a six-week community consultation process from 13 May 13 to 23 June 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.
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.
The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project submit the final Stormwater Management Plan to the Stormwater Management Authority.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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