Councillor’s Update (Edition 6)

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WELCOME

At Tuesday night’s meeting we dealt with a range of issues, including social and affordable housing in the CBD, the completion of the East West Bikeway and a push for rate-relief for owner occupiers. The key outcomes are summarised below.

OWNER OCCUPIER RATE REBATES

Cllr Moran proposed that “Council investigate the reintroduction of the owner/occupier rate rebate or something similar to encourage home ownership in Adelaide and North Adelaide.” She argued that residents who live in the city, rather than negatively gear their property, should receive some rate relief.

The motion was amended by Cllr Abrahimzadeh to include business owners. I opposed the amendment as it seemed to be against the spirit of the original motion – turning what was intended to be a rate incentive to encourage more residential owner occupiers into a general rate relief package. If rate rebates are provided, I believe these should be means-tested to ensure that we are not giving financial relief to people who do not require it. The amendment was carried by Cllrs Abiad, Khera, Knoll, Couros, Hou and Hyde voting in support.

DO WE REALLY NEED MORE CAR PARKS?

Cllr Khera moved that “with a view towards enabling an expansion of the number of on-street parking spaces within the Adelaide Central Business District, Administration provide a report for consideration at The Committee no later than 2 April 2019, which provides an overview of:

– The current status of the number and location of available on-street parking spaces within the Adelaide Central Business District,

– The change in this status over the past one, two and three year periods respectively,

– The method by which an effective audit of parking spaces within that area may be undertaken,

– The method by which avenues of increasing available on-street parking on a street-by-street basis may be thoroughly investigated.”

I argued against the proposal on the basis that the city of Adelaide already has considerable carparks and administration already regularly audit car parking. I would rather our energies be directed towards encouraging active transport options. The motion was carried with Cllrs Donovan, Martin, Moran and I opposed.

BOOSTING SOCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

I moved that:

“ (1) administration advise Council on options available to the City of Adelaide to promote and facilitate the development of social and affordable housing in the city, including the investigation of rate incentives and other initiatives such as The Big Issue’s Homes for Homes;

(2) the advice be reported back to Council for consideration by no later than 30 June 2019.”

As I outlined in an interview with InDaily, I believe Council has a role to play in encouraging more diverse housing in the CBD.

Councillor Knoll moved to amend the motion to include accessing federal and state government support. He initially proposed removing social housing from the motion, arguing that this was not within Council’s remit. Councillors Moran, Donovan, Martin and I all spoke against this and argued that Council has a responsibility to show some leadership in this area.

In response to the discussion, Councillor Abiad proposed a variance to the amendment with the inclusion of social housing:

“That administration advise Council on options available to the City of Adelaide to facilitate the development of social and affordable housing in the city, including access to Federal Government, State Government, Private and Not for Profit Sector Support.”

I welcomed this. The amendment motion was carried unanimously and I look forward to seeing administration’s report in coming months.

THE FUTURE OF THE EAST-WEST BIKEWAY

Councillor Donovan moved that Administration:

“1. Provide a workshop briefing to Councillors by 31 March 2019 which contains:

1.1. A summary of the Bikeways project to date

1.2. An overview of Bikeways as part of Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy

1.3. Opportunities to discuss options for the dedicated East-West bikeway, and

1.4. A proposed consultation strategy for businesses, residents, and visitors to the city

2. Commence the consultation on delivery of the East West bike way in April 2019.”

I seconded the motion and after years of false starts and delays, I want to see the roll out of East West as soon as possible.

Councillor Hyde argued that to proceed with consultation on East West would be rushing the process and proposed:

“That Administration:

1. Provide a workshop briefing to Councillors by 31 March 2019 which contains:

1.1. A summary of the Bikeways project to date

1.2. An overview of Bikeways as part of Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy

1.3. Opportunities to discuss options for the dedicated East-West bikeway, and

1.4. Pays consideration to reroute or find new funding to support a separated bike way as part of the Tram Upgrade on King William St

1.5. A proposed consultation strategy for business, property owners, residents and visitors to the city, that may be used as a framework for future cycling infrastructure works.

2. Table for the Next Capital City Committee Meeting an item to discuss Smart Move 2.0 in partnership with the State Government. “

Cllrs Martin, Donovan, Moran and I opposed the motion as there was no provision to commence consultation on East West. It was carried with all other Councillors in support. I fear as a result of Tuesdays’ meeting we will see more debate and discussion about the bikeway, instead of real action. I will continue to argue to us to complete the city’s bike network.

You can read more about the meeting in Indaily here. 

PILL TESTING AT CITY EVENTS?

At Committee last week, Cllr Martin suggested that Council’s Safety Strategy include support for pill testing at city events and options for working with the state government and police to implement it. I supported the call and believe Council has a responsibility to do all that it can to minimise harm and save lives.

You can read more about the discussion here.

A NEW CITY SKATE PARK… AT LAST!

After years of waiting, the city’s skating community will finally get a new skate park. The new skate park which is being funded by the state government will be on Park 25, Gladys Elphick Park.

Council has been advocating for a new skate park for years so it is wondeful to finally see this get the green light. You can read more about the annoucement in The Advertiser here.

ASSISTING THE CITY’S HOMELESS

A new website has been launched to assist with referring people in need to support services.

If you see someone who is sleeping rough in the city or the parklands, you may wish to refer them to Street Connect. You can do this through the new website: www.streetconnect.sa.gov.au  

The website allows you to pinpoint someone’s exact location, so that support workers can find them and offer assistance.

If someone is in immediate danger, please call 000.

CONTACT ME

If I can assist you with a local issue, please do not hesitate to contact me on: R.Simms@adelaidecitycouncil.com.au or 0466 829 909.

I am based in Town Hall on Tuesdays. If you would like to arrange a time to meet please let me know!

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DISCLAIMER

Please note, the views in this newsletter are my own and do not purport to be those of Adelaide City Council.

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