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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.


  • Windback Wednesday - Bluestone Coach House

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    Do you know where this coach house is located? Built around 1869, this coach house was originally part of a large estate owned by Thomas Graves at the time of construction. The building itself is made from local bluestone, with flanked gabled wings and a central pediment. When the property was subdivided in the 1970s, the coach house was converted into a residence and still stands today.

    Photo: Coach house circa 1899, State Library of South Australia B47447

  • Taking action on illegal tree felling

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    It is with sadness that the City of Burnside has unveiled new several banners and signage around the Auldana area. Deemed necessary following the destruction of up to 50 native trees in a reserve at the end of Patrick Auld Drive, these signs will act as community information boards and warnings against further vandalisation.

    The City of Burnside is thankful for the assistance from the State Government and Minister Nick Champion for helping to support this project by providing $50,000 funding. These funds will provide protection and development of the site moving forward through:

    • Debris cleanup and removal from the site
    • installation of new signage and banners
    • installation of CCTV cameras
    • installation of a walking trail through the area
    • creation of a new fund to plant 15 mature trees around the City of Burnside.

    The City of Burnside CEO Chris Cowley said the act of destruction had been extremely disappointing.

    ‘The City of Burnside wants to send an extremely strong message to the community that we will not tolerate this and it must never happen again,’ Chris said.

    ‘Our message is encouraging the community to be our eyes and ears on the ground. If you hear anything we encourage them to contact us straight away if you see any vandalism going on. We implore our community to help us in this endeavour.’

    City of Burnside Mayor Anne Monceaux said the importance of trees to the community both as an aesthetic and environmental asset was paramount.

    ‘Trees are a part of who we are, they are part of our logo, the tree is a symbol of the City of Burnside,’ Mayor Anne said.

    ‘The loss of trees is a loss of a community asset, a loss of beauty and a loss of habitat.’

    ‘We do not want to lose these trees that take tens or even hundreds of years to replace.’

    Council Members for Kensington Gardens & Magill Jo Harvey and Kerry Hallett echoed the mayor’s sentiment.

    ‘This is an important day for trees and creating awareness in our ward and within Adelaide,’ Jo said.

    ‘Tree vandalism is not the answer, and it costs you, the ratepayer.’

    ‘Trees should not die for a few,’ Kerry said.

    The installation of the signs follows a recent spate of incidents, including the large Auldana cull, in which members of the community had illegally damaged regulated trees.

    On Tuesday, 17 October 2023, the City of Burnside was victorious in gaining a successful conviction in a case before the District Court of Adelaide regarding the illegal felling of a regulated tree. The action, which occurred on 22 November 2022, saw the illegal removal of a River Red Gum or similar eucalyptus by workers employed by All State Tree Works.

    Council was fortunate that nearby residents reported the illegal action immediately to the City of Burnside employees who were able to arrive on the scene during the act and gather evidence in a timely manner.

    Chris Cowley said those who were caught conducting illegal actions towards regulated trees could expect similar consequences.

    ‘We want to send a very strong message to any member of the community that is seeking to cause damage to our precious tree canopy that we will pursue you. We will leave no stone unturned and will throw the full weight of the law at anyone we can find guilty of having damaged our tree canopy resource.’



    The Auldana reserve site was cleared of up to 50 native trees earlier this year.


    New signage has been installed at the site and surrounding area informing locals of the event and requesting assistance in finding those responsible.

    Pictured left to right: Cr Mike Daws, Mayor Anne Monceaux, Cr Kerry Hallett, Cr Jo Harvey stand in front of the newly installed Auldana banners.




  • Burnside Highlights 25 October 2023

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    Want to know more about what's been happening in Burnside recently? Find out more in this edition of Burnside Highlights with Mayor Anne Monceaux.

    ✅ State Government funding provided to install signage at illegal tree felling site at Auldana North Reserve
    ✅ Conyngham Street Dog Park works continue, scheduled to be completed in late 2023
    ✅ Remembrance Day services to be held at Rose Park and Kensington Park
    ✅ And a special Christmas announcement…

    Find out more about what's going on in the City of Burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

  • The handmade touch of Little Treasures

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    I hope you have finished your Christmas shopping by now.

    But if you haven’t, join Pepper Street Arts Centre for the return of the local artist exhibition ‘Little Treasures for Christmas’ running until 21 December 2023.

    Featuring the works of over 60 artists this exhibition is a much-loved Christmas special covering a variety of mediums including handcrafted jewellery, collage, textile, paintings, wearable art, woodwork, sculptures and much more – all stunning works at affordable prices, perfect for the last-minute gift.

    A staple of Pepper Street Arts Centre for over 20 years, this exhibition is the only ‘cash and carry’ show of the year and always delights with an abundance of colour.

    Coordinator of Pepper Street Arts Centre Sally Patterson said Little Treasures for Christmas is a flagship exhibition for the centre and never fails to draw in a dedicated fanbase.

    ‘This event is marked on the calendar every year by visitors,’ Sally said.

    Artist and Pepper Street Arts Centre volunteer Annie Reid who described the exhibition as ‘awe and wonder’ will this year be featuring in her fourth Little Treasures for Christmas exhibition with her signature Japanese-inspired temari balls and digital graphic cards, and said the exhibition was a great way to find something special.

    ‘It’s a basic celebration of Christmas and an opportunity for people to collect treasures,’ Annie said.

    ‘It doesn’t have the rarified look of a normal exhibition; it can be an overwhelming jumble of colour and warmth. It has a different vibe.’

    Learn more about ‘Little Treasures for Christmas’, including demonstration times at bit.ly/PepStExhibits




  • KGR/ Wama Wins National Award

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    The Kensington Wama/ Kensington Gardens Reserve has been recognised nationally for its innovation, winning a Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Spaces at the National AILA Landscape Architecture Awards.

    The award follows The Kensington Wama/ Kensington Gardens Reserve collecting three awards at the state awards back in June.


  • Windback Wednesday - Water Tank transformation

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    Do you know which City of Burnside community centre was once a stone and concrete water tank?

    This structure was originally part of the Undelcarra property and was built in the 1870s. This photograph may provide a hint, showing the inside of the building during the 1990s.

  • Council achieves successful prosecution for illegal felling

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    40 Gordon Terrace, Rosslyn Park – prosecution achieved

    On Tuesday, 17 October 2023, the City of Burnside was victorious in gaining a successful conviction in a case before the District Court of Adelaide regarding the illegal felling of a regulated tree.

    The action, which occurred on 22 November 2022, saw the illegal removal of a River Red Gum or similar eucalyptus by workers employed by All State Tree Works.

    Council was fortunate that nearby residents reported the illegal action immediately to City of Burnside employees who were able to arrive on scene during the act and gather evidence in a timely manner.

    City of Burnside CEO Chris Cowley said the damage to the City’s urban forest could not be ignored.

    ‘Our community in Burnside will not tolerate tree vandalism. We are serious about safeguarding our urban forest and this is another example where Council is committed to taking strong action to protect it,’ Mr Cowley said.

    ‘This illegal behaviour is not acceptable in our community and anyone can help by providing information to Council if you see anyone damaging a tree.

    ‘Photographs and statements are what can really change the outcome.’

    His Honour Senior Judge Durrant recorded a conviction against owner of All State Tree Works, Mike Fatu who has also been fined $7000 and ordered to pay the following costs;

    • court fees of $303.00.
    • victims of crime levy: $262.00.
    • the costs of the informant (City of Burnside) fixed at $1,667.57.

    The $7000 fine will be paid to Council in addition to costs.

    In his closing statement, His Honour Judge Durrant said: ‘I consider the whole community should be aware of this offending to protect significant trees and the integrity of the planning regime and to deter you and others from future unlawful removal of significant trees’.

  • Windback Wednesday - Tusmore Wading Pool

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    Did you know Tusmore Wading Pool is almost 60-years-old?

    Tusmore Park was acquired by the District Council of Burnside in 1925, and the first concept design by the Tusmore Park Improvement Committee included an open air swimming pool. However, it was not until over forty years later that a pool was added to the park.

    On 12 February 1966, City of Burnside Mayor George Bolton opened the Tusmore Wading and Sailing Boat Pool for the community to enjoy. After over 50 years of service, the pool was closed in August 2021 for a major redevelopment to replace aged equipment, install shade sails and other quality of life improvements. These works were funded through a $500,000 Federal Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure grant, with the pool re-opened in March 2022.

    Today the pool remains a popular space for families across the City of Burnside and beyond to enjoy during summer, with the pool currently open for the 2023/24 season. Find out more at https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Latest-News/Homepage-Latest-News/Tusmore-Wading-Pool-now-open

    1925 concept plan for Tusmore Park

    Tusmore Wading Pool in 1990


  • Burnside Highlights 11 October 2023

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    Mayor Anne Monceaux brings you the latest news from across the City of Burnside, including:


    ✅ Nature Festival events across Burnside ongoing, including a QR Code Treasure Hunt at Kensington Wama (https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Whats-On/Nature-Festival/Nature-Festival-Treasure-Hunt)
    ✅ Tusmore Wading Pool now open for the 2023/24 season
    ✅ Free Fitness in the Park program now underway (https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Community-Recreation/Parks-Recreation/Fitness-in-the-Parks)
    ✅ Garage Sale Trail events coming soon to the City of Burnside (https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Community-Recreation/Whats-on-in-Burnside/Garage-Sale-Trail)

    Find out more about what's going on in the City of Burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

  • Windback Wednesday - Kensington Gardens Reserve

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    Did you know that Kensington Wama was previously owned by the Tramways Trust of South Australia?

    In 1909, Piles Paddock was subdivided and sold as Kensington Gardens, with 40 acres reserved for public recreational use. Kensington Gardens Ltd bestowed the land to the Tramways Trust, who extended the tramline to stop at the reserve and improved the space by building picnic facilities, a kiosk, band rotunda and cricket pitches. In 1932, the Tramways Trust donated the reserve to the District Council of Burnside.

    Aerial view of Kensington Gardens Reserve in 1945.

Page last updated: 19 Jul 2024, 09:00 AM