Tilley, Andrew

Mr Andrew Tilley

Position Elected Member for Boorman Ward
Ward Boorman Ward
Suburbs Boorman Ward encompasses the suburbs of Brown Hill Creek, Kingswood, Leawood Gardens, Lynton, Mitcham, Netherby, Springfield, Torrens Park and Urrbrae.
Address PO Box 21
Mitcham Shopping Centre
PO Box 711
Mitcham Shopping Centre
Contact Details Mobile: 0411 158 882
Phone: 08 8272 9405
Fax: 08 8372 8101
Email: atilley@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au
Term Dates From 14/11/2014

February 2018

The State election is looming. Mitcham is in the middle of five electorates with many in hot contention. The presence of candidates from the Xenophon team and the resignation of a long standing local representative of a previously safe Liberal seat makes a heady mix. 

The result is each party is suddenly pressing funds in our direction. As a result we as a Council have had to get projects ready so that funds from the State that were being offered had a place to land in Mitcham. In 2016 there was a Federal election which also saw the major political parties read to fund projects that may have otherwise been neglected. 

The Mitcham Library upgrade was an early beneficiary. We received a substantial amount of money on the proviso that it would be allocated before the end of 2017. The Mayor was pleased to get his shovel out and turn the first sod on the 7 December thereby beating the dead line by moments. However this timing proviso has put pressure on the planning processes. 

It’s a very important building to get right as the Library sits at the gateway into Mitcham overlooking the very lovely Soldiers Memorial Gardens. The creek, the massive River Red Gums, the leafiness and the cool green grass all highlight the natural beauty of the area. The park was well used during the recent Carols by the Creek as it is for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day celebrations. 

The new additional car parking area at the Mitcham Shopping Centre is a very welcome improvement. However parking in residential areas around the shopping centre still remains tight as the introduction of timed parking has forced many shopping centre and Council staff to park in local streets. This is part of our love hate relationship with cars. Bike riding is being further encouraged by a dedicated bike lane down Rugby Street to join with the same efforts all the way to the City through Unley. The pedestrian/bike crossing on Cross Roads is a part of a city wide effort to encourage healthy economic environmentally sound options. We still have a long way to go to achieve a two way connect with the hills and Flinders areas. 

Changes to planning have been introduced as a result of a change in State legislation. This has meant that the Development Assessment Panel that used to have three Councillors and four independents now has one Councillor and four newly chosen independents and is now called the Council Development Assessment Panel. Some would argue that less Councillors in a very professional field is an improvement. The counter argument is that the independent members aren’t elected by the community they make decisions on behalf of and in most cases live outside the district. This raises the question of how community sentiment is reflected in the important decisions they make? 

Later this year is an election year for local Council as well as the State… it’s your chance to make a difference.

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Mitcham Shopping Centre

Torrens Park SA 5062

131 Belair Road

Torrens Park SA 5062

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