Councillors' views - Nathan Prior
Read the latest City Limits Magazine column by Councillor Nathan Prior.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 52 - August 2016.
Exciting times once again for Marion with the conclusion of the Federal Election. Even if you are not happy with the result, there is plenty for us to smile about.
The two big ticket items are contributions toward the Edwardstown Oval redevelopment ($4 million) and the Oaklands Crossing Project ($40 million). We also managed
some smaller promises which will help some of our local areas (tennis improvements for Warradale and CCTV cameras for the recreation plaza).
Perhaps the biggest highlight on a personal level is the progress with the Oaklands crossing. Firstly, this project receiving a pre-election promise of Federal funding was a big nod to Council’s Let’s Get Oaklands Crosssing Moving campaign. This represents a great return on investment on the campaign, which included a billboard at the crossing, social media, radio and newspaper advertising.
The State Government’s recently announced plan to spend $190 million to fix the crossing is another boost to the campaign. The plan involves redirecting $150 million saved from building the Northern Connector road and spending it on Oaklands. This will require Federal Government approval.
On to the second biggest problem in the ward and in Urban Planning Committee news, we have submitted a Statement of Intent to the Minister of how we believe our
city should look going forward. This includes ways to meet the State Government’s growth targets without compromising normal life for the bulk of our residents.
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