Major Projects

Design King William

Together with the traders and the local community, the City of Unley is committed to transforming King William Road, Hyde Park, into Adelaide’s most loved main street.
Over the last few months, Council embarked on a period of intensive engagement with traders, residents and property owners interested in shaping the future of the precinct.

Thank you to all those who got involved in the engagement and design process. Your contribution is valued. 

We are pleased to announce Council approved the project to proceed with detailed documentation ready for tender. Our team are now progressing with the detailed designs and working through different construction options that will minimise disruption to traders.

 Design King William Shopfront Display

We will continue business workshops to enable traders and landlords to provide direct input into the construction approach.

Continue to stay informed on the project by visiting the Design King William website and subscribing for email updates.

Unley Oval Stage 1 Grandstand Upgrades

Stage 1 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 Stage 1 redevelopment has delivered quality facilities:

  • Harry J. McKay Stand – New umpire facilities, new women’s change rooms, new public canteen at Northern End and upgraded interior for use as ‘away team’ rooms; and
  • Oatey Stand – New public toilets, and new ‘home team’ rooms.
  • 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.

    Harry J. McKay Stand
    New umpire facilities, new women’s change rooms, new public canteen at Northern End and upgraded interior for use as ‘away team’ rooms were constructed in 2018.

    Oatey Stand
    New public toilets, and new ‘home team’ rooms were constructed in 2018.
  • 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 did Stage 1 cost and how was it funded?
    The total project budget for the Stage 1 upgrades is $3.052m.

    Committed funding contributions have been made by:
    • The City of Unley $1.8m
    • Sturt Football Club $500k
    • SA State Government (from the Female Facilities Program) $482.5k and
    • AFL $250k.
    Kennett Pty Ltd were awarded the contract to upgrade the Unley Oval grandstands.

Heywood Park Smart Technology

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.

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.

Heywood Park Smart Technology

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.

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.
  • What is the Heywood Park Smart Precinct Project?

    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. 

  • What is the Heywood Park Mini-Ninja Course?

    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.

  • Will the park look different?

    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:

    • New pathway paving
    • ​New park furniture
    • Feature lighting to statues, the original entry gates, (opposite Westall Avenue), and significant trees
    • New screening with vegetation to the water storage tank will enhance the aesthetics of the southern area of the park
    • New warm colour temperature lighting will replace the existing blue-white and orange lights, and will be much better for local residents in terms of glare control.

    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.

  • How will Heywood Park be more usable?

    Usability of Heywood Park is a key driver of this project. The following features will significantly increase usability:

    • Lighting to barbecue and recreation areas, as well as event power and audio mean that Heywood Park will be able to be used for better and larger events, and also in the evening
    • An electric car charging station in Adiscombe Street will cater for the increasing and inevitable move towards electric cars
    • Monitors on the barbecues connected to apps will mean that people can check if barbecues are available before heading off to the park. These Apps will also inform City of Unley grounds personnel when cleaning is required
    • Smart parking on Adiscombe Street and environs connected to apps will mean that people can check if parks are available on their way to the park. The App will also inform the Council if cars do not move for extended periods of time
    • Consolidation of various services into the new lighting ‘Smart Poles’ mean that the number of poles, pits and services points will significantly reduce
    • Community wi-fi will allow visitors to the park to stay connected and be kept up to date with everything going on in Heywood Park and the City of Unley.
  • How will the smart initiatives improve safety for park users and cyclists?

    The following initiatives will improve safety for all park users:

    • Pathways will be resurfaced making them safer for pedestrians and cyclists
    • The lighting along the main bikeway between King William Road and Whistler Avenue will be upgraded
    • Smart predictive lighting will be installed along the eastern pathway
    • New security and emergency lighting will be installed in the amenity block
    • CCTV cameras will be installed
    • Help emergency assist buttons will be strategically located in new lighting poles within the park
    • Noise monitoring will ensure that any excessive noise is monitored and managed
    • Remote operated retractable bollards will replace the existing bollards at the King William Road and Northgate Street intersection entry to the park, making the space more attractive for community events
  • How will Heywood Park be more cost effective?

    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.

    Waste Management

    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. 

  • What are the environmental benefits for Heywood Park?

    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.

  • How will the project benefit the City of Unley residents?

    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.

  • Will the installation of Smart Parking mean I will have to pay for parking?
    No. There will be no paid parking at Heywood Park. The purpose of the Smart Parking is to make parks easier to find in peak use periods.
  • Is it true that LED lighting can be glary and bad for my health?

    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.

  • Could more lighting encourage undesirable night time use?

    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.

  • Will Heywood Park be out of use while the project is being installed?

    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.


Parklets on King William Road

The Parklet program for 2018/19 generated great interest from the King William Road Traders, with successful nominations from two new parklet hosts, Morchella Café and Mulots Patisserie.

Parklets provide new pedestrian spaces for visitors to meet and gather, eat and drink, or just pause and unwind. Next time you visit King William Road, you are invited to take advantage of the parklets as a great spot to relax and enjoy the colour and vibrancy of one of the City of Unley’s favourite mainstreets.

Goodwood Oval Grandstand Upgrades

Goodwood Oval is a key regional sporting hub in the City of Unley and a valued community open-space for the broader community.
Since the development of the Goodwood Oval Improvement Plan in 2014, the Council has been investigating options to provide more family-friendly facilities to encourage greater female and junior participation in local cricket and football, as well as to benefit the broader community.

The Planning Approval Process
As part of the planning assessment, public consultation was undertaken in late 2018.

The submissions and proposed development will be assessed and presented to the independent Council Assessment Panel for consideration.

Concept of potential new Goodwood Oval grandstand
  • Project Background 2017
    In 2017 the State Government provided the City of Unley with funding of $2.5 million to support the Grandstand redevelopment, in addition to contributions from the SANFL and Cricket Australia, as well as both the local Football and Cricket Clubs and the Council.
  • Project Background April 2018
    In early 2018, the Council undertook extensive community consultation regarding a proposed concept design for the Grandstand redevelopment. The Council considered the feedback in April 2018 and provided support to proceed to detailed design and tender for construction. As part of the Council’s decision, a range of amendments were identified for further resolution through the design process.
    In response to the community feedback, the Grandstand has been revised to include:
    • flexible change rooms with amenities and medical facilities to accommodate 2-4 teams, in accordance with AFL / Cricket Australia local standards. The new facilities will support greater use for male, female and junior participation, as well as better accommodate male and female officials;
    • new clubrooms, with improved kitchen, storage and amenities to better support local club activities, and provide for greater all weather spectator viewing. The clubrooms will be for club-related activities only, and used in accordance with the club’s lease with the Council;
    • new meeting room, overlooking the oval, to be available for use by the sports clubs and other community groups;
    • revised building materials and colour section to better reflect the local character of the Millswood neighbourhood, with increased landscaping to improve park access and local amenity;
    • reduced building height and revised building footprint to protect the existing Cork trees, with greater setback from Curzon Avenue, and the oval boundary line;
    • new male, female and disabled public toilets located on the southern side of the building, adjacent to the existing playground; and
    • small addition to existing maintenance building on east side of oval to assist with storage of larger sporting equipment.

Millswood Sporting Complex Upgrades

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 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.

Completed Projects

  • 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.

    Goodwood Rd Streetscape Upgrade
  • 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.

  • 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.