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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

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?

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!

FORUM REPORT – South Australia is Our Backyard

It was unfortunate the Planning Minister could not stay to hear the intelligent and well-informed community views put forward at the recent Community Alliance SA forum.  You can read all about them in our report and also view the presentation that Greens MLC Mark Parnell gave:

FORUM REPORT – South Australia is Our Backyard 21st Oct 2015

Mark Parnell’s presentation for Community Alliance SA forum 21st Oct 201…

More information on the forum is available here.


To be held from 7.00 pm on Thursday 19th November 2015 (after guest speaker Kevin O’Leary, urban planner and commentator) at the Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide

We will warmly welcome Kevin O’Leary, urban planner and commentator, as a guest speaker

Kevin O'Leary

Kevin worked for Planning SA for over 25 years, including on project management for a draft urban growth management plan for Adelaide. He has also had planning roles for councils in Melbourne. Kevin is a regular columnist for the Adelaide Advertiser.

Kevin will share his ideas on some of the big planning issues, and what he thinks the Community Alliance SA and its members can do about them. This will be an informal and relaxed session with Kevin speaking for around 10 minutes and some time allowed for people to ask questions and have a discussion before the more formal proceedings of the evening.