MEDIA RELEASE – A Chainsaw Massacre is Coming to Glenside

 Yes the chain saws are coming to the Glenside Hospital site despite overwhelming community opposition, This means death to the koalas and other small Australian animals and insects that live in these beautiful, historic Glenside trees . What a disaster for the community who love the serenity, peace and healing ambience of Glenside.

The SA government appointed Development Assessment Commission (DAC) has decided that developer Cedar Woods can go ahead and chop down 83 of the 150 protected trees at Glenside plus hundreds more unprotected trees. In line with SA government approved planning laws the DAC has given Cedar Woods a licence to kill the native animals, destroy the nesting places of birds, and obliterate all the wild life from scarce marsupials to the tiny insects that all play such an important role in keeping our environment ticking over.

At the DAC hearing on the 9 March, which went on for four hours, the developer Cedar Woods had representatives at the meeting who were invited to speak, but in breach of the principles of “natural” justice, nobody from the community was allowed to speak when the decision was made to give developer Cedar Woods permission to chop the Glenside trees down, or even attend.

Tom Matthews, chair of Community Alliance said “There are no appeal rights, the developer has all the rights in the world but we the people of South Australia have no rights at all. This is a scandal. Where is the justice in this when the people have their voice stolen by a government apparently driven only by development industry greed? Cedar Woods isn’t even a South Australian Company!

Two years ago we were told that most of the trees would be retained. We were soothed gently and quietly by the government’s assurances and promises. Eloquent statements that now appear to have been cynical, self-serving lies.

Community Consultation? “Yes we were consulted” said Tom Matthews “and yes they listened to what we had to say but Renewal SA and the government took absolutely no notice of us whatever – it was a slimy, duplicitous done deal from the beginning”

 “We have a Minister for the Environment” said Mr. Matthews “but he has gone missing in action. The Minister has said nothing about the Glenside Trees and done nothing to save them. Why does the government bother to have a Minister for the Environment who does nothing to save our irreplaceable urban ecosystems? “

A Clean and Green SA government? Definitely not. On the one hand the government proudly bangs on about wind farm energy generation but on the other hand, has no qualms about chopping trees down and destroying our defenceless little animals.

Now for the next Con. The Planning Minister wants a Charter of Community Participation legislated in the new Planning Act but the Community Alliance says that the Charter will be a total waste of time.

“Why would any one believe that the SA Government listens, when it totally ignores people’s suggestions and concerns? We never hear back from any submissions or hearings. Nothing. Silence”. Mr Matthews said “This is a government that holds the concerned citizens of South Australia in complete contempt.”

 We live here because we like living in South Australia but we sure do NOT like what our Planning Minister is doing. Minister – we want our Glenside Trees saved. Just do it. The Trees, Animals Birds and Insects do good things for us.

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 For further information contact Tom Matthews, 0429 337 453 President Community Alliance SA

Rally to Protect Glenside Trees – March 2017
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Civic Review 2016 Brickbats

At the Civic Review 2016 Awards and Brickbats ceremony on 24th October, Australian Civic Trust Inc. chairperson Darian Hiles commented on the surprising number of brickbats this year. (Some years there have been none.) Darian stated “Last year a trend toward stronger emphasis on general public consultation and engagement on major projects was noted, but this has proved ephemeral. The public is increasingly bypassed: a problem that the government must address.” You can see details of all the entries that were accepted at this address: People’s choice

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The 30-YEAR Plan should be a people’s plan

“The 30-Year Plan is a developers’ plan – not the people’s plan”
(Member comment made at a workshop; from the Community Alliance SA submission to the Expert Panel on Planning Reform, October 2013)
The State Government’s 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide was adopted in 2010 and the draft Update was released on 25th August 2016 for public feedback.
Our response – 2016-10-21-community-alliance-sa-response-30-year-plan-update
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Our local heritage under threat (part 2)

Community Alliance SA has produced a response to the State Government’s Local Heritage Discussion paper aimed at reforming and “improving the ways we recognise heritage places in South Australia”.

The community was only given a few weeks to respond to the Government’s ideas on heritage reform, and the Community Alliance and National Trust calls for this to be extended to 6 months have not been met. Continue reading Our local heritage under threat (part 2)

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More power to the Planning Minister – whose idea was that?

The State Government introduced a new Bill into Parliament last week, which sets out how the new planning laws will be implemented.

The Statutes Amendment (Planning, Development and Infrastructure) Bill 2016 will not only pave the way for the implementation of the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, it will also make changes to the Act itself.  The changes include decreasing further the role of the yet-to-be-formed State Planning Commission, while increasing the powers of the Planning Minister!

The alert from Kelledy Jones Lawyers gives the first detailed summary of the Bill and what it entails.

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High-rise apartments are bad to live in and bad for society…

Australia is building too many poor-quality high-rise apartment towers that are alienating to live in and have low environmental performance, one of the nation’s most widely respected residential architects has warned, in an article in The Age.
Other experts have warned against building too many central-city high-rises, while suburbs continue to sprawl outwards, with not enough medium density being built in the middle-ring suburbs. There also needs to be more green infrastructure – large parks and natural landscapes, and quality public streets and urban spaces – adding to features in apartments like communal rooftop and private balconies.
Though the article focuses on Melbourne, Adelaide is making many of the same mistakes. Is the Update to the 30-year Plan released on 25th August really moving Adelaide in the right direction?

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Our local heritage under threat

The National Trust of South Australia has produced a damning report on the State Government’ s discussion paper aimed at reforming and “improving the ways we recognise heritage places in South Australia”:

Heritage Under Threat – National Trust Response

The community has only been given a few weeks to respond to the Government’s ideas on heritage reform, although the deadline for written feedback has now been extended to 23rd September.

It seems that the Adelaide City Council and Local Government Association also have concerns about the Paper and consultation process:

Advertiser – Expert warns of ‘demolition derby’ for heritage buildings

Advertiser – Heritage-listed properties can be demolished on ‘merit’ under new State Government plan

InDaily – Govt proposal threatens to demolish local heritage system: National Trust

Govt proposal threatens to demolish local heritage system: National Trust

Community Alliance SA will be producing a response to the Local Heritage Discussion Paper, which can be found here.

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Meeting 25th August 2016

General meeting of members starting at 7pm on Thursday 25th August 2016, in the Seminar Room (downstairs) at the Joinery – 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Please avoid parking in the gravelly area next to the Joinery, even though it looks like a car park. A sign to avoid parking is not easy to see at night, but parking inspectors will not miss imposing penalties on a vehicle parked there!

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