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CASA Election Platform for 2022 – Questions for State Election Candidates

CASA has published a brochure outlining reforms to the Planning System in South Australia and has sent it to all sitting members of the South Australian Parliament in the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.

It will be sent to all candidates as soon as we know who they all are.  Nominations close on 28th February.


CASA Election 2022 Platform Cover Picture and Link
CASA Election 2022 Platform

Welcome new CASA committee for 2021-22

At the AGM 2021 a new committee was elected.

Dr Iris Iwanicki remains President
Tom Matthews remains Treasurer with assistance from Laura Pieraccini
Janet Scott is now Secretary

Congratulations to additional committee members Liz Vines, Margaret-Anne Copeland, Sandy Wilkinson and Lilian Henschke, Laura Pieraccini and thanks for all you do!

Thank you to Christel Mex and Kevin O’Leary who have served us well and now take a well earned break.


We have a fantastic night lined up for our AGM this year, and we hope 6 OCTOBER is in your diaries!
Professor Chris Daniels will join Minister for Environment the Hon David Speirs MP to discuss GREENING ADELAIDE and what this means to our urban environment. This will be a great opportunity to have your say about this issue and ask some questions about how this can be achieved.
Following the forum, you are invited to enjoy our famous supper and stay for the AGM for Community Alliance. 
Below you will find the Eventbrite link to book your seats. 

Consulting the community on the Code -latest news

We won’t know what the activated Code is until Friday, 19th March 2021  and do not know what the Commission heard from the last 6 week consultation that closed on the 18th December, 2020!  In the meantime, check out the Conservation Council’s  Planning committee presentation on the current state of the Code prior to activation this coming Friday, 19th   March 2021in 2 days time! While  the information is relevant to the Conservation movement it also provides an overview relevant to Community Alliance members. Click on the green link below to view.

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Hearts and Minds engaged at CASA!

On 25 February, Community Alliance held its quarterly general meeting at the Box Factory and welcomed two  guest speakers.

Our first speaker was Francis Turland from the National Heart Foundation. She provided an overview of its work in encouraging healthy living. While her portfolio includes physical activity and nutrition, her presentation focused on what makes neighbourhoods healthy and in particular how planning can achieve good developments and facilities to make healthy living possible for residents.  Her talk was inspiring and by the many informative booklets on aspects of good planning, it is clear the Heart Foundation sets an example of how organisations can promote personal and local responses to the challenges of climate change. Successful Heart Foundation programs include walking groups in local areas, healthy living choices information brochures and research data with data for future planning. Her presentation was passionate and proactive. A bouquet of flowers was awarded in appreciation of her excellent presentation, which is available below.

CASA President Iris Iwanicki thanking Francis Turland

Our second guest speaker, The Honourable Mark Parnell, provided both a response to Francis’ presentation and advice that CASA members should check the Code and portal after activation on the 17th March. The next step is to submit comments to the Parliamentary Committee on Planning Review with any issues arising from what will be the initial fully authorised Code.  Planning authorities must have regard only to Code provisions as all Development Plan contents will become defunct.

Hon Mark Parnell MLC

As the meeting marks the 10th year of CASA, President Iris invited the treasurer, Tom Matthews to thank Mark Parnell for his continuous advice and support. Mark and Tom were at the first meeting as were some of our stalwart members who attended.  To mark CASA’s appreciation, a wee gift was presented to Mark in appreciation of his good humour, passion and support for the environment in parliament.

A token of appreciation to the Hon. Mark Parnel, MLC

After a short break of Covid hospitality (tongs and packaged biscuits), the general meeting was held and the minutes are below. The best news was that our committee was about to meet with Attorney General Hon Vickie Chapman the next day on the Code, and that presentation is now available below. 

A film evening to support CASA’s continued engagement with the planning reform is being held on Friday, 16 April featuring the movie “The Father”, starring Anthony Hopkins. We are looking for volunteers to help with the raffle prizes and ticket selling, and to bring friends and relatives along to the movie night at the Capri on the 16th of April. Please email our secretary Christel with any prize donations, or offers to assist on the night to help us make this a fun event! And don’t forget to book your tickets by clicking on this link:

Our illustrious and wise Treasurer Tom Matthews at work at the meeting







Minutes CASA General Meeting 25 Feb 2021

Heart Foundation Frances Turland presentation to Community Alliance SA 25 Feb 2021man

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Agenda papers for our General Meeting – 24 February 2021


Yes, it’s on again – Our next General Meeting this Thursday evening please join us and be one of the lucky 37 Members and Friends to actually Be There!

You can book now (see below) for our next ‘live and in-person’ General Meeting on Thursday, 25 February at 7pm. It will be held at our old stomping ground at the Box Factory, 59 Regent Street, Adelaide (enter from Carrington Street).

This will be a COVID safe event so numbers are limited. to 37.  To secure your seat, click on this link

We are delighted to confirm Ms Francis Turland from the Australian Heart Foundation as our guest speaker on the theme, ‘Have a Heart for happy communities-how can we plan for them?

The Hon Mark Parnell will also be joining us to give us an update on all things Planning. Mark is going to retire shortly – yes retire – and we will be thanking him for his wonderful support over the last ten years and also to Mark’s Chief of Staff, Cate Mussared, for all the good things she has done for the Community Alliance SA over all those years.

It all began on 27th  November 2011.

We will also give you an update on the planning reforms and we look forward to hearing the latest from your neck of the woods.

Agenda papers can be downloaded below.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Dr Iris Iwanicki

210225 Agenda CASA General Meeting 25 2 2021 docx

CASA Minutes 6 February 2020

210208 January 2021 Income and Expenditure Statement

Your feedback wanted! Draft submission on revised Planning and Design Code

We urge all CASA members to have a look at our draft submission on the revised Planning and Design Code.

Click on the link below to view the draft,  which is due on Friday 18 December.

We would really appreciate your comments and suggestions, particularly on how the Code will impact your suburb.

Please email Iris by 12 noon on Thursday, 17 December at or give her a call on 0438 535 058.

Check your inbox for an email from CASA which will provide some hints for your own submission and a pro-forma letter.

201214 DRAFT CASA Submission on revised Code


AGM News: Meet our new committee!

We had a fabulous turnout at our AGM on 5 November – thanks to all who were able to attend!

First up was our key-note speaker from Melbourne, Brett de Hoedt, who gave an excellent presentation on how to run an effective advocacy campaign. He gave us some great tips on leadership, teamwork, and communications. Here is a link to a similar presentation he gave to Our Community Inc if you want to have a look click here.

Next, our new Minister for Planning, the Hon Attorney-General Vickie Chapman MP, who gave an update on the revised Planning and Design Code that is now out for consultation for six weeks. There was some great news around heritage protection, urban design, and tree protection which looks promising. We’re looking at the fine print this week with some expert planners to help with our submission, but we’ll also need your feedback about your experiences with the portal.  See our previous email with links to the portal and submission information.

After a short break to enjoy Tom’s sandwiches and Laura’s sushi, it was great to see that most of you stayed for the formal AGM. Following the President’s report from Christel, we had an election for new officers and committee members:

President – Dr. Iris Iwanicki,

Vice President – Elizabeth Vines

Secretary (Immediate Past-President) – Christel Mex

Treasurer – Tom Mathews

Additional committee members who elected were Lilian Henschke and Janet Scott. Four more members volunteered to fill casual vacancies and they will be confirmed by the committee at a later date. A big thanks to all who are stepping up to fill these important roles!

The best part of the night was when one of our founding members, Mr. Tom Matthews, received a life member award – well deserved Tom! Everyone was thrilled to see this important recognition, for this very special human being, who has dedicated thousands of hours as a volunteer President, Secretary, and everything else!

The draft minutes from the AGM and a revised financial statement are available below. The financial statement will be confirmed at the next general meeting, to be held in three month’s time.  A recording of the Minister’s speech and Q&A session can be found by clicking here.

If you are on Facebook (Community Alliance SA Inc), don’t forget to ‘like’ our page and share our posts. Be on the lookout for more news on the Code and get your submissions in by 16 December!

Till next time,

Iris and Christel

201105 DRAFT Community Alliance Minutes AGM 5.11.2020

201105 AMENDED CASA Financial Statement Financial Year 2019-20 with bank statements