Realising Adelaide’s Progressive Potential

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The following opinion piece was published in this month’s Adelaide Review (1 August 2015). 

Adelaide has undergone an exciting transformation in recent years but we need to resist the temptation to take our foot off the pedal. The challenge now is not to maintain the status quo but to build on this momentum by embracing new ideas and opportunities. So where to next in the revitalisation of our city?

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Royal Croquet Club to remain in Victoria Square for 2016

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The Royal Croquet Club will remain in Victoria Square for 2016 with some improvements to community access and amenity, following a resolution of Council last night. Given their desire to expand, from 2017 the RCC operators indicated they will look for another venue in the city that better suits their needs.

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Council looks to the future on bikeways

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Last week Adelaide City Council launched an investigation into extending the Frome Street Bikeway from Pirie Street to the River Torrens. The investigation will also look at potential improvements to the existing Frome Street Bikeway (Carrington to Pirie Street) but in a win for cyclists, a majority of Councillors ruled out any major redesign.

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Council triples green scheme

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Adelaide City Council has tripled funding for its Solar Incentive Scheme with eligibility criteria expanded to include schools, businesses and office buildings. This provides a real opportunity for Council to work with the business sector to reduce emissions in the city and I was delighted to support the expanded scheme at last night’s meeting. You can read more about it in this article on InDaily. 

The City’s Green Future

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Council’s $1 Million Greener Streets program (in this year’s provisional budget) will fund demonstration projects for more green walls, roof top gardens and tree planting throughout the city. It’s a chance to really position Adelaide as a leader in sustainability. I spoke to the Adelaide Review about the benefits of the Greener Streets plan and the opportunities that lie ahead. You can read the article here.