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 12/11/2018

June 2018

The State election has come and gone. We have a new premier, cabinet and for Boorman a new State member. The government has promised to introduce rate fixing. Fixed rates will be welcomed news to some although its implementation is yet to be revealed. 

The issue will become one of service delivery. Some of the things that have been expected of Council may change. The LGA spoke about putting more pressure on Federal Assistance Grant money being made more reliable rather than its current random distribution. At the moment it is subject to political vagueness and election cycles where once it was a fixed percentage of GNP. 

My role as the single Elected Member on the Council Assessment Panel has highlighted areas that I believe should be of concern. We should recognise that we are blessed with Brownhill Creek running through the middle which brings with it relief from the intensity of suburban living. The creek was the reason why Mitcham was the first village settled outside of Adelaide. The first Council met at the Union Chapel in Mitcham Reserve in 1853. The granite monument celebrates this and the buildings use as a schoolhouse by Mr Thomas Mugg. My great grandfather and his brothers and sisters were some of his students. 

The desire to live near the creek and share in this natural beauty has brought pressure upon the creek environment. Living near the creek means learning to live with the creek and the massive River Red Gums that grow there. Too many of these giants have been threatened by increased development. Many of them have their roots in pre-colonial times and represent a unique connection to indigenous times. 

There is a Council tree replacement policy fund where a developer can “pay” into a fund to replace a significant tree if able to justify its removal. There is difficulty in placing a monetary value on these massive old trees that represent environment heritage and history. Recently a river Red Gum with a girth of 3 metres in diameter was approved for removal and the amount for the tree replacement fund was $175. The other pressure is from the ‘two for one developments‘ that clear every piece of vegetation from the block. Where will the mature stately trees of the future come from, who will plant them and how will our existing stock of giants survive. Will they go the way of the Kaurna people? 

In preparation of new planning laws initiated by the Labor government and endorsed by the new Liberal government communities will have almost no say in the planning process. The rights for appeal against development that currently exist will be lost. We have been preparing a new Strategic Management Plan that recognises the need for beneficial development but seeks to preserve the features of our area. We are choosing with the support of the community areas that we want insulated from change and where development could happen. 

Please have your say when you are given an opportunity.

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Mitcham Shopping Centre

Torrens Park SA 5062

131 Belair Road

Torrens Park SA 5062


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