Todd, Yvonne

Ms Yvonne Todd

Position Elected Member of Babbage Ward
Ward Babbage Ward
Suburbs Babbage Ward encompasses the suburbs of Pasadena, Panorama, Bedford Park, St Marys and part of Clapham.
Address PO Box 21
Mitcham Shopping Centre
Torrens Park SA 5062
Contact Details Mobile: 0418 891 097
Fax: 08 8372 8101
Term Dates From 14/11/2014

February 2018

Welcome to another exciting year. For 2018, Mitcham Council has several major projects planned to keep everyone busy, such as the upgrade to the Mitcham Library, and “fund my neighbourhood” projects. The many ongoing non-council projects underway in the area such as changes to the Repatriation Hospital site, changes to the intersection of Springbank, Goodwood and Daws Roads, effect of South Road upgrade on egress into St Marys will also all impact on staff time and resident’s amenity this year, but should provide positive long-term improvements. 

I am a Council representative on the Darlington South Road Upgrade Community Liaison Group which provides the opportunity for you as residents to tell me concerns and ideas about the project so I can discuss them with DPTI, Gateway South and other residents. 

In conversations with residents, I continuously hear that Babbage Ward needs park improvements such as walkways, playgrounds, seats, toilets, watering, bike paths and increased tree planting. It is useful for me to know what residents want so I can work with staff to try to find solutions. 

As Council representative on the Pasadena High School Governing Council I am looking forward to the facilities upgrade in 2018 with $10 million funding. This is welcome as enrolments have increased in 2018 and with this major investment into infrastructure, Pasadena High School will be a state-of-the-art secondary college for many years. 

Babbage Ward residents submitted eight “Fund my neighbourhood” projects in 2017 but only one was funded by the government. The successful project in Babbage Ward is the St Marys Foodbank, which received 200 votes and $60,000. Congratulations.

 I am heartened that residents voiced what they consider are important local improvements. Each project was suggested and supported by residents, and has been endorsed by Elected Members. I can use these projects for future funding requests and as potential projects in the 2018-19 annual budget. The effort by residents in suggesting projects will not be wasted. The seven unfunded projects are Clapham Community Circuit (123 votes), Toilets CC Hood Reserve (115 votes), Nature trail Pasadena Reserve (82 votes), Dog Park St Mary Reserve (76 votes), Riverside Reserve (Bedford Park) shared path and seating along Sturt River (52 votes), Playground Grant Jacob Reserve Pasadena (46 votes), St Marys sport score board (30 votes). 

Recently comments have been made that Elected Members waste time debating and not making decisions. Decisions are made through good debate and debate occurs because deciding an outcome before a meeting or trying to stop the debate on the floor is not allowed in the Legislation that governs Elected Member behaviour. Following the status quo without debate would be an easy thing to do but is not what I consider appropriate for Elected Members. The community can be proud that Elected Members are skilled enough to comprehend their obligations under the Legislation, and debate motions to reach a decision without simply accepting every proposal put to them. 

Please call me or email me if you want to discuss Council issues.

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Mitcham Shopping Centre

Torrens Park SA 5062

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