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 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. 

Food trucks fight back

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Adelaide food trucks spoke out against changes to the city’s mobile food vendor program at a Council meeting on the 28th of April. I spoke to InDaily about my concerns that any changes to the existing system may push food trucks from our city and stiffle innovation. Indeed, Council’s economic modelling did not support the argument that food trucks are damaging bricks and mortar businesses. You can read the full article here.