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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.


  • Bell Yett Reserve Master Plan Endorsed

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    We are excited to announce that, following an in-depth community consultation, the Bell Yett Reserve Master Plan has been endorsed and will see a wide range of improvements installed at the reserve. Key features of Master Plan 2 include an upgraded sports area, additional play areas, extra seating and lighting and more! Find out more details at bit.ly/BellYettMasterplan


  • Burnside Highlights 25 May 2022

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    Mayor of Burnside Anne Monceaux brings you this week's Burnside Highlights, including:

    ✅ Kensington Wama/Kensington Gardens Reserve wins Park of the Year with Parks & Leisure Australia SA/NT
    ✅ Your Neighbourhood Budget voting now open (bit.ly/YourNB2022)
    ✅ Draft Master Plan consultation extended until 30 May (bit.ly/CoBconnectP2P)
    ✅ Penfold Park Master Plan works commence
    ✅ Local Native Plant Giveaway opens on Friday.

    To find out more information and receive the latest updates about what's going on in Burnside, sign up to engage.burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

  • Windback Wednesday - Reconciliation Week

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    National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

    On 27 May 1967, Australia’s most successful referendum saw more than 90% of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census.

    On 3 June 1992, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, the culmination of Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge of the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one) and leading to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands. This decision paved the way for Native Title.

    Since then, National Reconciliation Week started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993, and in 1996 the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia's first National Reconciliation Week.

    In celebration of National Reconciliation Week 2022, the City of Burnside is hosting a variety of events. To find out more visit: burnside.sa.gov.au/reconciliationweek


  • Local Native Plant Giveaway

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    Our annual Local Native Plant Giveaway opens for orders on Friday 27 May 2022.

    To order your plants, simply browse through the dozens of species available online, select your plants, then choose a time to pick them up from The Shed Biodiversity Nursery on Conyngham Street. Please note that you will not be able to add any plants to your cart until the giveaway opens.

    Head to the Burnside Biodiversity website to find out more and order your plants.

  • Windback Wednesday - Lions Club of Burnside

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    Recognise this logo? Since the first Australian club was formed in Lismore, New South Wales in 1947, the Lions Club has grown into Australia’s largest service club organisation. One of our local clubs, the Lions Club of Burnside, celebrates a milestone of 60 years in 2022!

    For the past six decades, the Lions Club of Burnside has been serving their community through fundraising, creating resources for aged care facilities and hosting social events. To discover more about the history of the Lions Club of Burnside, you can attend 'The Story of the Burnside Lions Club' event at Burnside Library on Tuesday 24 May at 2 pm.

    For further information and to register visit: https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Whats-On/Eventbrite/The-Story-of-the-Burnside-Lions-Club-BL-260869035307


  • Burnside Highlights 12 May 2022

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    Mayor of Burnside Anne Monceaux brings you this week's Burnside Highlights, including:


    ✅ Bell Yett Master Plan, as chosen by the community, endorsed by Council on Tuesday
    ✅ Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget public meeting to be held Thursday 19 May at 6 pm (engage.burnside.sa.gov.au/2022-2023-draft-annual-business-plan-and-budget)
    ✅ Draft City Master Plan out for consultation until Friday 20 May (engage.burnside.sa.gov.au/connecting-people-to-places-copy)
    ✅ Free architectural advice service now on offer to the community (bit.ly/ArchitecturalAdviceBurnside)
    ✅ And much more!

    To find out more information and receive the latest updates about what's going on in Burnside, sign up to engage.burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

  • Windback Wednesday - Dulwich Plant Nursery

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    The Dulwich Plant Nursery was located on the corner of Cleland Avenue and Mellington Street in Dulwich and was known by locals as ‘Grant’s Nursery’. John Grant purchased the land in 1857 and established the nursery in the same year. His son, Stephen Garforth Grant, continued the business until 1924. Stephen was also a Councillor at Burnside District Council from 1904 to 1929. The nursery specialised in vegetables and flower seedlings and is believed to be the first nursery in the area. The house and nursery have since been demolished.

    Photograph: Stephen Grant and family at their home, 1908. The nursery is believed to have been at the back of the house.

  • Windback Wednesday - John F Kennedy Memorial Garden

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    Did you know that there is a memorial to US President John F Kennedy in the City of Burnside?

    The John F Kennedy Memorial Garden on the corner of Magill and Gurrs Road, Beulah Park was created in 1964. Eastwood resident John Hennessy approached Council and suggested a memorial rose garden be created to commemorate the life of Kennedy, who had died in 1963. Hennessy, originally from England, was inspired by Kennedy and considered him a role model. He fundraised £1500 for the memorial garden and organised for some materials to be donated by local businesses.

    The choice of roses was inspired by the rose garden at the White House, which President Kennedy redesigned in 1961. The copper plaque of Kennedy featured on the wall of the memorial was sculptured by artist Voitre Marek and was the first plaque of this nature to beaten out of copper in South Australia.

    Images: News Review, January 1965 and City of Burnside.


  • Burnside Highlights 29 April 2022

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    Mayor of Burnside Anne Monceaux brings you this week's Burnside Highlights, with a number of announcements:


    ✅ Draft City Master Plan approved by Council, soon out for community consultation
    ✅ Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget proposing rate rise after two-year rate freeze
    ✅ Magill Village Project progressing on schedule
    ✅ New all abilities playground sign at Glenunga Hub
    ✅ Native Tree Giveaway now open for the community
    ✅ George Bolton Swimming Centre Burnside and Tusmore Wading Pool closed from Monday 2 May.

    To find out more information and receive the latest updates about what's going on in Burnside, sign up to engage.burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

  • Angel of Australia shines at The Regal Theatre

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    Despite a six-month COVID delay, powerhouse soprano Mirusia is letting nothing hold her back from performing at The Regal Theatre this autumn.

    Born to Dutch parents in Brisbane, Mirusia has been described as the “Angel of Australia” by the iconic André Rieu, who took Mirusia under his wing only weeks after she graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2006.

    Mirusia’s aunt played a pivotal role in launching the soprano’s career, having called Rieu to tell him about her niece’s remarkable talent. Rieu found Mirusia’s music online and within weeks was touring alongside her and the Johann Strauss Orchestra internationally.

    While Mirusia’s career has gone from strength to strength since, music has always played a prominent role in her life ever since a young age.

    “When I was about four-years-old I had to go to kindergarten and I could only speak Dutch, and so to teach me English my parents bought kid’s music cassette tapes and played them for me,” Mirusia said.

    “The thing they quickly realised was that I wasn’t just learning English, it was that I could actually sing all of the songs in tune after only listening to them once or twice. From there in primary school I would sing in the choir, volunteer to perform the anthem in assembly, and in high school I performed in musicals. If music hadn’t been in my life as a child, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

    Although being a country artist had originally been Mirusia’s aim, she found her voice didn’t align with the genre and was more suitable for a career in classical crossover.

    “To this day I still love country music and I love all of the Australian country artists. I very much respect what they do because it’s a very difficult genre to master,” Mirusia said.

    After over 10 years of touring with André Rieu, Mirusia has since established a successful solo career, which the artist found time to focus on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I was actually in Adelaide in March 2020 when my promoter called me and said ‘hey, your concert in the Barossa is cancelled, so head home and hopefully this will blow over in a couple of weeks’, and as we know it didn’t,” Mirusia said.

    “I’m a silver linings person and realised it was a wonderful opportunity to spend more time with my daughter, going for walks in the park and having picnics. Rather than being on the road I had that time to spend at home.

    “I also had time to record two albums and a live DVD, so the pandemic afforded me time for things I wouldn’t normally have time for. I think for all of us it was a time to reflect on what was important.”

    Mirusia is now having a bumper 2022, which she described as “three years of touring rolled into one” as she travels nationwide to catch up on a variety of postponed shows. This includes her performance at The Regal Theatre on 20 and 21 May, which was postponed from 10 and 11 December 2021.

    “I am so excited to perform here [The Regal Theatre] for the first time. There’s something for everyone in this show, there’s different genres: classical, classical crossover, musical theatre, pop and so much more,” Mirusia said.

    “We’ve got local artists from Adelaide in Amicus Strings and Emma Kavanagh, our wonderful soprano. We’ve got artists coming from Brisbane and my musical director Shane Calderbank as well. It’s really going to be a wonderful event and I can’t wait.”

    You can see Mirusia – Live in Concert at The Regal Theatre on Friday 20 May and Saturday 21 May. Tickets are available online at www.theregaltheatre.com.au/event/mirusia-live-in-concert/



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