New Council Members - Cr Mike Daws and Cr Jenny Turnbull

We are very pleased to be re-elected as the Councillors for the Burnside Ward for a second four-year term. Thank you for your support. We were also fortunate in being supported by our volunteers, who assisted with flyer distribution in areas where the topography was quite challenging.

The voter turnout for the Ward was above the last election’s total, which was a welcome result and shows an increased interest in local affairs. Also, a number of enquiries were received from residents during the campaign on a range of topics, which we have recorded for further follow up with Council Administration.

For the interest of residents, there is an ongoing list of projects, which we will continue to oversee in the short to medium term. They include:

  • Anzac lookout – beautification of area in accordance with Master Plan. However, full implementation of the plan will need to wait until water is connected to this area.
  • Bell Yett Reserve – sensitive upgrading, also in accordance with a Master Plan, which was formulated in accordance with input from local residents.
  • Lockwood Road – measures to manage traffic speeds with the finalisation of mitigation options near High Street.
  • Clark Street – review of street lighting arrangements at the top of the street for the safety of the residents.
  • Moorcroft Reserve – restoration of the heritage bridge, including the planting of native bushes and further screening.
  • Stonyfell Creek – resolution of contamination of creek, especially during winter months.
  • Penfold Road, Stonyfell – analysis of traffic survey with consultative solutions.
  • Greenhill Road/Hallett Road intersection – watching brief on new design to improve its safety. This project is dependent on approval from the State Government in regard to minor modifications. It should begin soon.
  • Ongoing interest in the use of facilities at the Hubbe Court Centre.
  • General resident requests in relation to such areas as road safety, tree management, verge upgrades and weed slashing.

What extreme weather we have been experiencing! The creeks are still flowing and the grass is still green and continues to grow. Our Council staff at the Depot have been working tirelessly to maintain the parks and verges. Did you know that residents need to register for Council to cut your verge? You can do this by phoning Burnside Council at (08) 8366.4200 or by using the link on the website,

As we approach the festive season, there is much happening in the Burnside Council area. The Regal Theatre has some great performances for you to enjoy and the Pepper Street Arts Centre has a range of beautiful, hand-crafted gifts to purchase for family and friends. A visit to the Laurel Avenue Pikurna Wirra/Peter Bennett Organic Community Garden in Linden Park will amaze you. The volunteers of this project are to be congratulated on establishing the plentiful organic garden.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by either phone or email if you have a local issue on which you are seeking our assistance. We do see ourselves as advocates for residents on anything local, or anything generally within the Burnside Council area with which you may need advice.

We look forward to catching up with the residents and ratepayers of the Burnside Ward over the next four years. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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