Mr Michael Picton
December 2013 Mitcham Community News
Components of the State Government’s Draft Transport Plan will assist us with finding solutions for a number of concerning traffic and transport issues existing in Mitcham.
Consultation with the community and local businesses, to assist us with ranking the proposals, will be an important part of the process. We hope to eventually see the traffic problems in Blackwood, including the notorious Blackwood roundabout, finally solved. The Daws, Springbank and Goodwood Roads bottleneck will also be remedied.
The proposed Belair to the City bikeway will complement our network of bike trails through the Mitcham hills and allow cyclists to ride safely between the hills and the city.
The electrification of the Belair line will allow for an increase to service frequencies making it easier for people to reach the City. Electric trains are known to be quicker and quieter than their diesel counterparts. The electrification of the line will put pressure on the Federal Government to one-day plan for the interstate freight line to be moved north around Adelaide.
I have been fortunate to be in a position to present a number of Mayor’s Award Prizes to several young people involved with sporting groups and schools in Mitcham. The worthy recipients of the awards were young people selected by their school or club, who have made a special contribution throughout the year. It was my pleasure to present the awards at the end of year functions and school graduation ceremonies.
Mitcham residents will be able to celebrate Christmas in style again this year.
The Blackwood Christmas Pageant, organised by the local Rotary and Lions Clubs will be bigger and better than ever. It will be held on Friday 6 December and will attract thousands of spectators to the parade and then afterwards at the Waite Street Reserve. Please join us at the Pageant, as it’s a great evening out for the whole family.
The spectacular City of Mitcham Carols by the Creek will be held on Sunday 8 December this year. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to get together and sing some traditional and modern Christmas carols. The ever-popular Humphrey B Bear, the Mitcham Brass Band, the Scotch Pipes and Drums and many other wonderful performers will entertain us again. It’s shaping up to be another exciting evening for everyone!
Australia Day Awards
Each year the City of Mitcham presents Australia Day Awards to special individuals or groups living and or working in Mitcham who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
If you know of anyone or any group that you think should be recognised by the community please contact me at Council so that we can submit a nomination form. There are a number of categories open for nomination: Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Excellence in Community Service and Excellence in Environmental Achievement.
The Awards are presented on Australia Day at the beautiful Carrick Hill, immediately after our Citizenship Ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend to celebrate Australia Day.
The recent bushfires in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales are a timely reminder to everyone in the bushfire prone areas of Mitcham to have a bushfire survival plan in place for you and your family. It is vitally important to prepare your property by clearing up combustible material from around the house and ensuring that your home is ember proof and your gutters are clear of leaves and rubbish.
You will need to Prepare, Act and Survive.
Your Bushfire Plan will assist you and your family to take appropriate action and avoid making last-minute decisions that could prove fatal during a bushfire. It is important that residents have more than one route out of the hills in an emergency in the event that a road or the railway crossing is blocked.
The only guarantee to safety is to leave early.
I would like to wish everyone in Mitcham all the best for the festive season and I look forward to working together with you in 2014 to make Mitcham an even better place to live.