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WELCOME.

This is our media hub of all things Burnside.

A hub for local news about people, businesses and happenings in our community.

You will see some beautiful photos of Wyfield Reserve, one of Burnside's biodiversity sites, at the top right of this page.


WELCOME.

This is our media hub of all things Burnside.

A hub for local news about people, businesses and happenings in our community.

You will see some beautiful photos of Wyfield Reserve, one of Burnside's biodiversity sites, at the top right of this page.


  • Burnside Highlights 28 July 2021

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    Mayor Anne Monceaux presents Burnside Highlights

  • Your Neighbourhood Budget Results

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    Your Neighbourhood Budget (YNB) is a participatory budgeting program where residents are able to suggest ideas for small capital assets and events to occur in their neighbourhood. The community can then vote on their favourite two projects that they would like to see implemented. This program provides one of many opportunities for the community to say how rates are spent as part of the annual business plan and budget. The winning Your Neighbourhood Budget projects for 2021/22, as voted by you, have been decided.

    This year’s program resulted in 24 submissions, with 12 of these projects assessed as eligible to proceed to the community voting stage. A total of 56 residents participated in the voting. Based on the votes, the successful projects which will be implemented in 2021/22 are:

    • Drinking fountain, Kensington Gardens Reserve, to improve hygiene. Taps and new water service from meter with backflow valve.
    • Handrail, Michael Perry Reserve, at rear of Willowbridge Grove Stonyfell to improve safety.
    • Little library, Bell Yett Reserve, maintained by local residents. To create a stronger sense of community and engagement and stimulate greater interest and reasons to be out and about in the community.
    • Shelter, Langman Recreation Reserve, close to tennis courts, barbecue and water fountain.

    Deborah Lindsay and her family have hosted or attended many birthday parties and social gatherings with school parents or neighbours in Langman Reserve over the years. “I suggested a shelter and seating as a great focus for the facilities already there, which could be used in various weather conditions,” Deborah says. “It feels good to know that your suggestion has been supported by both the community and council.”

    Jim Muir lives next to Bell Yett Reserve and suggested the Little Library. “One of the key ideas behind the project is to build connections between people and give them another reason to be in touch with each other, extending the quality of community within the local area,” Jim says.

  • Coopers Factory

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    Thomas Cooper, a shoemaker by trade, began brewing in 1862 using his wife’s family recipe. What started as a tonic for his ailing wife led him to become a brewer by accident. In 1881, he built a brewery on Statenborough Street, Upper Kensington (now Leabrook). Four of Thomas’ sons, John, Christopher, Samuel, and Stanley, inherited the business. The business operated in Leabrook until 2001, when facilities moved to a larger site at Regency Park. The Coopers brand continues today, managed by the 6th generation.

    The Leabrook factory has since been demolished and is now the site of On Statenborough retirement village.

    Pictured: The Coopers Brewery on Statenborough Street in the 1930s and then in the 1970s. Burnside Local History Collection. Courtesy of Coopers.

  • COVID-19 restrictions and Council services

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    ** CHANGES TO COUNCIL SERVICES FROM 20 JULY 2021 FOR SEVEN DAYS **

    On advice from the South Australian Government, all Council services will close from 20 July 2021 for seven days.

    As detailed directions from the State Government and SA Police are made, this information on the Council services available to our community will be updated.

    Council's services that remain OPEN during this period include:

    • Waste collections, including hard waste and bin repairs will continue as normal. East Waste Customer Service staff will be available for waste related assistance via email east@eastwaste.com(External link) or on the East Waste website(External link). Two collection of waste bins in reserves and parks will be undertaken during the seven day period.
    • The Commonwealth Home Support Program. Essential services supporting our vulnerable residents will continue. This includes transport to medical appointments and the 'Shopping For' service (for CHSP clients only). All CHSP clients can still call 8366 4193 if assistance is needed. And also we ask for non-urgent requests like maintenance to be deferred until after the lockdown period.
    • The Library will be closed to visitors. eResources for reading books and magazines online are available.
    • Cleaning of public toilets to support the homeless members of our community.
    • Customer Service enquiries. The Customer Service Desk is closed for visits in person. You can do your business online at www.burnside.sa.gov.au(External link). For issues requiring immediate response (for example fallen trees or roaming dogs) contact 8366 4200.

    ALL OTHER SERVICES NOT LISTED ABOVE ARE CLOSED. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Depot field services such as graffiti removal, park and reserve maintenance, resident requested tree assessments and pruning. If there is an emergency (threat to life or property) seek emergency service assistance(External link).
    • Burnside Library, Toy Library and all library events.
    • No Library returns - automatic renewals of borrowed materials will be undertaken. The library chute will be closed. Please hold on to your Library and Toy Library items until the restrictions are eased.
    • Civic Centre Customer Service Desk and the Civic Centre.
    • Community Centre's and activities. This includes activities usually held at the Burnside Community Centre, Glenunga Hub, Dulwich Community Centre, Burnside Ballroom and Burnside Town Hall.
    • The Glenunga Hub.
    • Non-essential Commonwealth Home Support Program services, such as social support and fitness groups are closed until further notice.
    • Regal Theatre.
    • Pepper Street Arts Centre.
    • Volunteers and the volunteer program, including the Justice of the Peace service, has ceased.
    • Sports clubs and hirers of sporting facilities will be asked to abide by the advice of the State Government.

    Need to know more about COVID-19? The Federal Department of Health and SA Health websites are the trusted sources for information. See the Important Links section above.

    Stay safe everyone.

  • Prescott’s Farm in Rose Park - Windback Wednesday

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    William and Christian Elve Prescott arrived in South Australia with their six children in 1838. The family first lived on Rundle Street, then from 1842, leased Section 262 (Rose Park) and 275 (Toorak Gardens) from the South Australian Company.

    Their farm was bounded by what is now Fullarton Road, Kensington Road, Portrush Road and Swaine Avenue. The Prescotts grew wheat, barley, oats and hay, and later purchased a herd of dairy cattle.

    In December 1938, the last load of chaff was sold, at which time the farm was prepared for subdivision.

    This photograph was taken from what is now Watson Avenue, circa 1920. Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Burnside Highlights 14 July 2021

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    Mayor Anne Monceaux with Burnside Highlights.

    Summary:
    ✅ Burnside Primary School SA NAIDOC Exhibition & Old Collegians Rugby Club Indigenous Round
    ✅ City Master Plan 'Connecting People and Places' consultation extended to 23 July
    ✅ Representation Review open until 5 August
    ✅ City of Burnside Business Awards now open
    ✅ Upcoming Regal Theatre shows including ABBA-solutely Fabulous and the Foenander Brothers.

    This is just a summary of some of the key decisions and things happening in Burnside. You can read the minutes in full here.

  • Colourful History

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    Ever wonder what an old black and white photo would look like in colour? Resident Kelly Bonato enjoys colouring old photos and has done so with yesterday's Windback Wednesday photo of Woodley House. Kelly loves to colour old photos saying it really brings them to life.

    "I have been editing and colourising what feels like hundreds of old photographs for my family, who migrated from Arbroath to Strathalbyn in the 1850s," says Kelly.

    "I I have loved getting to know my ancestors through their life stories and images

    "Like the council, I am very passionate about preserving history, and I absolutely adore old photos and the stories they tell."

    Kelly, of Magill, has volunteered to colourise more of Council's Windback Wednesday photos.

  • Woodley House - Windback Wednesday

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    State Heritage-listed Woodley House in Glen Osmond was constructed circa 1842 for Osmond Gilles (1788-1866), South Australia’s first treasurer. Built of bluestone and red brick with elaborate gables, and a large verandah featuring decorative cast-iron lace, it was initially known as the Glen Osmond Villa. After Gilles death, the property was renamed ‘Woodley’ by his brother, whose first wife was Mary Woodley Horne.

    In 1856 Gilles established a 20-acre vineyard on the property, planting mainly Shiraz, Malbec and Mataro grapes. These plantings later became part of Woodley Winery. Vigneron Horace Pridmore bought the property in 1905, extending the vineyard and building large cellars.

    Pictured: Woodley House and its vineyards in 1904. Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Queen's Birthday Honour

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    A number of locals were named as recipients of Queen’s Birthday honours.

    Dr Victor Squires of Kensington Gardens received an AM for his extensive works in ecology and service to the environment. Victor said he was surprised when he found he was amongst those on the honours list. “It means a lot and I was surprised that I was given the award,” Victor said. “Very few people who work in the field of ecology get recognised like this. It was very nice that my efforts over the last 60 years have been recognised. I’m 83 now so I wasn’t expecting anything else to come about but there you go.”

    The 83-year-old has published over 20 books and worked in 35 countries and on every continent, apart from Antarctica. Outside his ecological work Victor is proud of his Moslem hat collection, which totals in the hundreds.

    Jill Swann, of Rostrevor was awarded an OAM for her work as a long time volunteer at the Art Gallery SA and at Hans Heysen’s former home The Cedars.

    Dr Richard Abbot of Dulwich received an AM for his significant service to medicine and to leukaemia research.

    Petras Bielskis of Glenside received an OAM for his service to the Lithuanian community of South Australia. He served in a number of roles in the Adelaide Lithuanian Society including as president between 1965 and 1989.

    CAPTION: Dr Victor Squires recent recipient of an AM pictured with his prize Moslem hat collection.

    Source: Adelaide East Herald

  • Gustave Adrian Barnes - Windback Wednesday

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    Gustave Adrian Barnes (1877-1921) was the Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1918 to 1921. He lived on West Terrace in Kensington Gardens in a ‘plain, unfussy’ house that he designed, with a painting studio upstairs.

    He worked as a designer, modeller, etcher and was well-known for his landscape paintings in oils and watercolours.

    Pictured here, Barnes in circa 1919 painting in Kensington Gardens.

    Burnside Local History Collection