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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.


  • Quick Response Grants lead to Korfball Championships

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    A hybrid of basketball, netball and European handball, korfball is the most popular sport you’ve never heard of. Designed as a mixed gender sport, korfball was created in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 20th century with the IKF World Korfball Championships hosted every four years in alternating countries.

    With support from a City of Burnside Quick Response Grant, Linden Park resident Jazz Zulfic was a member of team Australia representing the green and gold in the 2023 World Championships in Taiwan last year. Jazz received the maximum $500 to assist with an international competition.

    A two-time World Championship representative Jazz said the process of applying for the grant was straight forward and simple.

    ‘We have to raise funds ourselves for the trip,’ Jazz said. ‘Myself and another teammate both applied successfully for the grant through Burnside.’

    ‘The trip was incredible, being exposed to a different way of life and culture, it is very interesting to see how other people live.’

    With eyes already on the 2027 World Championship in the Netherlands, Jazz will be looking to apply for the Quick Response Grants again when eligible.

    The City of Burnside Quick Response Grants are intended to be a fast approval form of Community Grants open to both individuals and community groups with a maximum of $500 available to each applicant – depending on event specifications.

    Criteria for applicants include:

    • Quick Response grants open on the first day of every quarter (January, April, July and October).
    • Grants will be closed once quartely allocation funds has been exhausted.
    • An applicant can only apply for one quick response grant per financial year.
    • Individuals can apply for a maximum:
      • $150 for state events/competitions
      • $300 for interstate events/competitions
      • $500 for international events/competitions
    • Community groups can apply for a maximum of $500 for a project/event/activity.

    Visit our website for the full list of grant criteria.


    Jazz at the 2023 IKF World Korfball Championships

  • City of Burnside Active Citizen of the Year - Burnside Military History Research Group

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    Active Citizen of the Year – Burnside Military History Research Group

    Ian Fitzgerald, Colonel Peter Scott and Ian Sando (dec).

    Over the past year, the Burnside Military History Group has spent countless hours researching soldiers honoured in the Burnside District Fallen Soldiers Memorial (WWI) located in Rose Park, known as the Avenues of Honour.

    This site is a part of the State Heritage List and acts as a community point of remembrance for those who lost their lives.

    The Burnside Military History Group were responsible for auditing the current memorial plaques, revealing spelling errors, inaccuracies in service history details, as well as other discrepancies. To fill in the gaps in information, the group accessed primary sources such as service records and provided the City of Burnside with the accurate information. As a result, details of each soldier will be updated to include correct information on all plaques across the Memorial. The findings of the Burnside Military History Group’s research will contribute to the ongoing preservation of the Memorial and will have a lasting role in honouring the fallen in the District of Burnside.

    The City of Burnside is currently using the research of the Burnside Military History Research Group to update the plaques and interpretative text along the Avenues of Honour. Updates are expected to be completed by mid-2024.


    Left to right: Brett Sando (accepting on behalf of Ian Sando), Colonel Peter Scott and Ian Fitzgerald

  • City of Burnside Young Citizen of the Year - Brandon Marlow

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    Young Citizen of the Year – Brandon Marlow

    An inspiring community leader demonstrating remarkable mentorship abilities at age 18, Brandon was selected to be a South Australian Youth Forum Member (SAYF) in 2022 and progressed to Executive Member and Mentor for the Forum in 2023.

    The Annual Report is the main goal of the Forum and includes meeting discussions, models of engagement and data collection from surveys. At the conclusion of each year, Forum members meet with ministers, politicians, community leaders, local government and businesses to present findings from the report and to educate decision-makers on their role in helping to enact change.

    Brandon’s other achievements include:

    • (As part of SAYF) Co-led the Gender Inequality sub-committee conducting research into young people’s experiences with gender inequality at school.

    • (As part of SAYF) Worked with the Department of Human Services (DHS) on their new coercive control campaign, the See The Signs campaign.

    • (As part of SAYF) Commenced a partnership with Flinders University to collect world-first data on how loneliness affects young people.

    • Contributed to the development of the DHS’ new Youth Action Plan.

    • Collaborated with SA Power Networks as a youth representative, offering insights into their Regulatory Reset 2025–2030 Plan.

    • Provided evaluations as a Voice of Youth Representative for the Uniting Communities #UnlockingLoneliness campaign.

    • Premier’s Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community

    • Volunteering SA Award for being a Community Changemaker.

    • Elected Head Boy of Pembroke School.


  • City of Burnside Citizen of the Year - Andrew Bills

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    Citizen of the Year – Andrew Bills

    A staple of the Burnside community, Andrew Bills has been the Area Coordinator of Neighbourhood Watch in Linden Park for 13 years. Andrew is described as a dedicated and valued leader of Neighbourhood Watch.

    The Neighbourhood Watch program is instrumental in educating the community on safety and security strategies, raising awareness and inspiring local action to prevent crime by working between police and the community.

    With only three Neighbourhood Watch groups left in the City of Burnside, Andrew’s contributions and commitment have been a key factor in keeping the Linden Park group running for as long as it has.


  • Burnside Highlights 14 February 2024

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    This Friday marks the beginning of the Adelaide Fringe, with over 20 shows coming to the City of Burnside! Find out about this and much more in this episode of Burnside Highlights.

  • Burnside Customer Experience receives excellence award

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    Here to help the community, that is the mantra of the City of Burnside’s award-winning Customer Experience team.

    Recently named one of the Snap Send Solve Top 10 Australian Solvers of 2023 as rated by the community, the Snap Send Solve Solver of the Year Award highlights the organisations that make a notable difference to their local communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    Chief Executive Officer Chris Cowley said this win is a testament to Burnside’s approach to customer service.

    ‘Our OneTeam approach is fully collaborative and integrated across the entire business,’ Mr Cowley said. ‘This means our teams work together to deliver quality results for our community.’

    ‘This acknowledgement from Snap Send Solve is fantastic and a testament to our customer focussed approach,’ Mr Cowley said.

    Team Leader of Customer Experience Kate Royle said while the award was greatly appreciated, it was the recognition by the community that was the most significant.

    ‘To know this award was based off of feedback by those we have assisted, means we have been consistently delivering positive outcomes for the community.’

    Interacting with hundreds of people everyday, the Customer Experience team remains ready as the first point of contact for the community. Excelling under pressure, the team was put to the test following a freak storm event on the morning of 11 December 2023. Facing 150 customer contacts within the first 2.5 hours of business the team handled the surge with their usual professionalism and knowledge, assisting inquiries from across the city.

    This weather event saw rainfall of over 30mm, winds of up to 69 km/h, numerous trees felled and property damaged throughout the city.

    Congratulations to the City of Burnside Customer Experience team!



    The Burnside Customer Experience team




  • Windback Wednesday - Cob Cottage

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    Do you know what material a cob building uses?

    The cottage in this photograph, of three rooms, was built circa 1850 and was one of the earliest residences in the area. The village of Burnside was laid out in 1849 and by 1883 it included 45 houses, several shops, a hotel, two churches and a tram service.

    The word ‘cob’ derives form an old English word meaning lump or rounded mass. Cob building is a mix of lumps of dirt with sand and straw, sculpted into a clay.

    To discover more about the history of Burnside visit https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/About-Council/About-Us/Our-History/Our-History-Video-Series

    Photo: An early cob cottage in the village of Burnside, circa 1876.


  • Burnside Highlights 24 January 2024

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    On Tuesday we had our first Council meeting for the year, with plenty to look forward to in 2024. Find out more about what’s on over the next few weeks in this episode of Burnside Highlights.


  • Windback Wednesday - Symons & Symons playground

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    Do you remember the Symons & Symons playground on L’Estrange Street, Glenside?

    William Symons, a glass manufacturer of the company Symons & Symons, built the playground in the mid-1950s using the vacant block next to his house. The playground featured swings, seesaws, a slide, a climbing tower, a trapeze and a merry-go-round, providing a fun and enjoyable experience for the local children. Symons connected the playground's loudspeaker with his home radiogram, allowing children and their parents to listen to music while they were in the park.

    The annual Progress Association Picnic at the playground, pictured below, was held to raise funds for the construction of a community building for local youth.

    Photo: Symons & Symons playground circa 1957. Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Fire danger season - what you need to know

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    Fire Danger Season – what you need to know


    Changes to available services on catastrophic fire days

    On Extreme and Catastrophic Fire Danger days there will be a reduction in the services that Council provides in the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. Services will recommence following a return to normal weather conditions with extra servicing for domestic waste collection to maintain an up-to-date service.

    Services will be uninterrupted on Moderate or High Fire Danger days.

    For further information on service reductions visit bit.ly/CoB_changestoservice


    Australian Fire Danger Rating System

    Most of the City of Burnside area is leafy suburbia with no direct bushfire risk. However, on the eastern extremes of the Council area is the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. This area extends along the foothills of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, one of the most fire prone areas in the world due to the Mediterranean climate and the characteristic hot summer months.

    Every year the Adelaide Hills experience a number of summer days with occasionally strong dry northerly winds and low humidity that create conditions for extreme bushfire risk. If you live within the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District danger is on your doorstep!

    The Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) is your simplified survival tool, telling you how dangerous a bushfire would be if it broke out, and what you need to do to stay safe on Moderate, High, Extreme and Catastrophic days. Go to bit.ly/CFSAFDRS


    Fire Safety Plans

    Learn about bushfire behaviour and how to survive by visiting the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au.

    You can also refer to the City of Burnside website for further information and advice at bit.ly/CoBFire

    If you and your home are not fully prepared for a bushfire, or if you have any doubts about your ability to defend your home, you should plan to leave early.


    Prepare now: clear around your property, pack an emergency kit and know your closest Bushfire Safer Place.

    Plan ahead: do your 5-minute bushfire plan and share it with loved ones today, and plan for all your pets and livestock.

    Stay informed: check the fire danger rating each day and stay informed using more than one source of information in case a fire starts near you.

    Know your Fire Danger Rating, monitor local conditions and keep informed.


    Backyard Burning

    Outside of the fire danger season, you can apply for a permit to burn vegetation as part of your fuel reduction program. Permits will only be granted for residents in the Hills Face Zone.

    In the fire danger season you will not be granted a permit to burn fuel. Please ensure your fuel reduction program is concluded prior to the fire danger season. While no permits for burning will be granted for the fire danger season, residents are able to light a fire for cooking food or providing comfort (all year) provided conditions are met, except on a total fire ban day. For more information about the conditions and fires generally, please refer to our website: https://bit.ly/firesinCOB_dosdonts or contact the Fire Prevention Officer on 8466 4200.



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