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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.


  • Volunteer Profile Michael Sachsse

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    This week is National Volunteers Week and each day we profile one of Burnside's wonderful volunteers.

    Michael Sachsse arrived in Australia from war-torn Germany in 1952 aged 10 with virtually no English. After mastering the language he went on to complete a Master of Education and became director of a number of TAFE Institutes in SA. In the late ‘90s he moved into consultancy work and travelled the world as a project manager in a number of post-conflict countries, including Ethiopia, the Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, Indonesia as well as nine missions to Afghanistan.

    In his late sixties Michael phased out of paid consulting work and took on much safer voluntary community work. He become more active on the Board of the Royal Association of Justices including serving as its President. He was appointed as a Special Justice and sat on the bench as an Honorary Magistrate in several metropolitan courts.

    Michael has fond memories of working as a Justice of the Peace in the Burnside Council JP Signing room. Over 15 years in that role, he has met many hundreds of Burnside residents who have come to have their various documents witnessed.

    “I see volunteering as a two-way street,” Michael says. “I provide the community with an important service, which in itself is very satisfying. In turn I maintain my interpersonal skills while at the same time benefitting from the social interaction and mental stimulus that comes with witnessing documents.”

    As Chair of the Royal Association of Justices Professional Development Committee, Michael played a key role in establishing a team of accredited trainers who conduct regular training sessions for the 25 Justice of Peace groups located around the State.

    In 2016 Michael was awarded an OAM (order of Australia medal) for services to vocational education and the community.

    Michael is married to Rosalyn Sachsse, an accomplished potter, whose work can be seen in the Burnside Council’s Pepper Street Arts Gallery.

  • Burnside and Trees for Life grow trees for fire affected properties

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    In the summer of 2019/20, large areas of both the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island experienced devastating bushfires. The City of Burnside assisted both the emergency response and clean-up of both areas through contribution of staff, equipment and expertise.

    To assist in the replanting and provision of wildlife habitat, Council’s Biodiversity nursery program, managed by Dr Mark Ellis and assisted by a team of dedicated nursery volunteers, collaborated with the non-government organisation Trees For Life Inc (TFL), through their Bushfire Recovery project.

    Mark said that such an initiative had to be part of a coordinated response to landscape restoration. “It was important that we were in partnership with an organisation that had links to landholders and volunteers in the affected areas,” he said. “Trees For Life already has the established networks in these areas and very importantly could provide the locally sourced seed that we used to grow the trees. Replanting local native species is essential to ensure they are adapted to the local environment.”

    The nursery grew 500 trees, indigenous to the Adelaide Hills, for distribution to Adelaide Hills landholders in fire affected areas.

    TFL managed the program linking landholders who order the trees, undertake preparation works, plant and maintain the trees. TFL also have a program of providing volunteer assistance to landholders to undertake planting.


  • Kensington Oval - Wind Back Wednesday

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    Kensington Oval was purchased in 1874 by a group of local residents. Seven years later some of the land on the perimeter was sold, the revenue funding a pavilion, fences and a scoreboard.

    South Australia’s first inclined cycle track was also built there in 1888. Between 1898 and 1920 the oval fell into disuse and was for a time used as the Council’s works depot.

    In 1920 the Kensington Cricket Club leased it and in subsequent years the oval was replanted and other improvements were made. Sir Donald Bradman was a playing member of the Kensington District Cricket Club from 1935 until the late 1940’s and was on the club’s Committee for more than 20 years. His highest score was 303 scored in less than 5 hours at the Kensington Oval against Port Adelaide in 1939.

    During World War 2 the army used it for troop training. After the war the South Australian National Football League also used it for league football.

    In 1963 the oval was leased to the South Australian Amateur Athletics Association and the South Australian Soccer Federation. A synthetic running track was laid and the oval was renamed for a time as the Olympic Sportsfield.

    For many years it was Adelaide’s principle athletics stadium, and was used for soccer until 1990. A portion of the land has since been licensed to nearby Pembroke School, but is still available for public use.


  • Wyfield Reserve

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    Did you participate in the 2021 City Nature Challenge? Over the past four days, 150 people have recorded more than 900 species in Adelaide on an app called iNaturalist. The app also has a webpage for observations made any time in the City of Burnside (see below).

    Council’s Coordinator Environmental Sustainability, Philip Roetman, took a stroll in Wyfield Reserve at Skye after work and captured this beautiful sunset as well as a variety of birds.

    Our Conservation and Land Management Program has done a huge amount of work in Wyfield Reserve with both biodiversity contractors and volunteers. They have restored the Mallee Box Grassy Woodland, ridding it of woody weeds and protecting and establishing numerous wildflower and understory species, not to mention maintenance and upgrade of the trails.

    Scroll through our photo gallery on the top right.



    City of Burnside iNaturalist Page

  • Burnside Highlights 4 May 2021

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    Mayor Anne Monceaux presents Burnside Highlights.

    Burnside Highlights 4 May 2021

  • RAWsa works with Council on Indigenous employment

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    RAWsa is working with Council and our contractor CAMCO SA to actively achieve employment outcomes for Aboriginal People across the councils boundaries.

    The Kensington Gardens Reserve Project has provided over 2000 hours of indigenous workforce participation in the first three months of this project which equates into 4 full time positions working operationally on the ground. The Council's commitment in reconciliation has invested in a RAWsa employed, Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC) endorsed, Aboriginal Workforce Participation Officer (AWPO), who’s role is to maximise Aboriginal workforce participation.

    Activation of the AWPO has provided skilled Aboriginal operators opportunities for employment across the principle and subcontractors, as well as provided the project with access to Kaurna community consultants engaged for community interaction workshops with local Kindergartens and other key stakeholders activities.

    #realjobs #realoutcomes cannot be achieved without the hard work and a collaborative commitment from the Burnside Council Steering Committee, Burnside Council Project team, CAMCO SA and the team working within the RAWsa Heritage Environment and Repatriation Strategy.

  • #rideburnside coming to Langman Recreation Reserve

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    On 13 April 2021 Council resolved to temporarily place the pump track at other locations in the City such as Langman Recreation Reserve, Burnside, and Penfold Park in Magill.

    The pump track will be set up on one of the tennis courts at Langman Recreation Reserve for approximately four months, commencing 29 April 2021.

    In September #rideburnside will be relocated to Penfold Park in Magill.

  • Trolley Buses

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    In 1932, Adelaide’s Municipal Tramways Trust trialled the first trolley bus in Australia between Payneham and Paradise. A trolley bus is an electric bus that draws power from overhead wires. After the success of the trial, the new network officially opened in 1937.

    In the Burnside District suburb of Knightsbridge, the trolley bus replaced trams in 1952. The service ceased over 10 years later with the introduction of motor buses.

    Established circa 1855, Knightsbridge was named after George Taylor’s home on Hazelwood Avenue ‘Knightsbridge House’. Taylor named his property after the London suburb. In 1941, Knightsbridge was incorporated into the suburbs of Leabrook and Hazelwood Park.

    Photograph: Leyland Canton trolley buses in Knightsbridge, circa 1960. Courtesy of the Preiss family.


  • Bunya Pine

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    Michael Perry Reserve in Stonyfell was created in the 1970s after the subdivision of Clifton estate. This Bunya Pine tree (Araucaria bidwillii) is believed to have been planted between 1872 and 1901 by Nathaniel Knox, the second owner of Clifton.

    This Bunya Pine is one of the largest specimens in Adelaide. Interestingly, the Bunya Pine is not a pine but is a member of the ancient Gondwanan plant family Araucariaceae, which is found naturally in South America, South Africa and Australasia. In its natural habitat in the Bunya Mountains, Queensland, it was an important resource for the traditional owners the Wakka Wakka, Jarowair and Barrumgum people and was the focus of harvest festivals.

    Here at the City of Burnside, the conservation volunteers are treated to an annual feast of Bunya nut muffins (photo below) or cake baked by our Conservation Officer Dr Mark Ellis.

  • Happy 60th Birthday to Burnside Library - from the PM!

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    Burnside Library celebrated its 60th Birthday on Thursday 8 April.

    There were three events on the day, starting with a talk on the history of the Library. In the afternoon an event was held on the lawn and forecourt with entertainment by The Amazing Drumming Monkeys and MCs Hayley and Lauren from Adelaydy. Guests included The Hon. Vickie Chapman MP, Member for Bragg, James Stevens MP, Federal Member for Sturt, Mayor Anne Monceaux and children’s author Mem Fox. Mr Stevens read a letter from the Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP. In it the PM said “I know that all at Burnside worked with great innovation throughout the time of COVID lockdown to connect with your community, keep children learning, and help local people stay optimistic during difficult times”.



Page last updated: 15 October 2021, 09:00