What is the ONE BIG THING that you would like to see in your community in 2040?

about 7 years ago
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Tell us what the most important thing is that you would like to have, feel, or see in your community in 2040. Don't feel shy - share your most radical ideas! We need to know what is important to you.

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  • bazsmith1905 over 7 years ago
    Ok - brain dump as follows...People working in the area they live (people community from the north & CBD to work in Marion). A mixed of manufacturing, high tech and tertiary industries. Secure bike storage facilities at each bus/train/tram stop. Public transport able to transport bikes.Green (play) spaces, within safe / short walking distance from home. Leafy suburbs. Arterial routes inside COM made interesting (!) eg trees, artscaped, sculptures etcFruit trees in parks & street / shared areas. Local gardening/veggie plots available to residents. Broadband public access throughout the city area. Energy & water initiatives supported by local/state govt eg Solar power / Water harvesting from commercial property. Partner with utility companies to conduct trials in CoM eg home based wind turbines. Support implementation of state-wide recreational fishing licences, use revenue to buy-out commercial fishing licences in the Gulf of St Vincent & market as a haven for marine life & recreational fishing. Opening of the pier at Establish an Aquaculture centre north of the de-salinisation plant. Adventure playgrounds. Eg at O'Halloran Hill & other locations - think like St.Kilda / Noarlunga. Engage community to fund / build / maintain. Establish a series of 'Discover Marion' themed walk / cycle / car (& public transport) tours available for download from CoM website. Could link places of interest, local markets, cycle paths, events, walking paths, giocache sites, activities etc. Use to promote local area/events, produce, encourage personal activity / exercise, local park usage, area history, council development initiatives, scenic views, community initiatives etc. Opportunity to support with discount vouchers from cafes. Leverage use of technology (such as telephone based GPS / QR codes) to guide tours & provide 'virtual' experiences / challenges / puzzles / photo opportunities for participants. Example - treasure hunt at Hallett Cove foreshore beach & Conservation Park area to highlight local attraction. The treasure hunt could make use of a series of QR codes (or similar) to provide **intersting facts / info on trail location**puzzles**invite participants to snap pics & submit to council website and/or their facebook page **embed images of sharks, ice-cap or dinasaurs into camera pics**clues/direction to next location on the treasure hunt**if all clues collected, a discount / free coffee provided at the local cafeBenefits -Community group involvement (develop & update)-Low cost development / maintenance-Showcase local attractions / initiatives-Attract people to visit the area (economic benefit)-Encourage exercise / healty living-Community focused -Easy to expand with neighbouring council areasWildlife corridor network protected / expanded.Artificial reefs extablished to help protect marine life & possible development of surf breaks.Hostuing of major events eg - Outdoor music best of SA music - venue could be part of carpark in Westfield / Bunings area.- Annual car / motorcycle / cycle / running races on a course thru the streets of Marion! WOW!!Centres of high class outdoor sport venues with multiple pitches allowing high volume usage. Water wise initiatives such as Council mulch collected green waste & make it available for residents. Undeveloped area to the west of Majors Road / Ocean Boulevard junction turned into a forest
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    • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
      Wow! What great ideas! Your thoughts will be input into the devlopement of the Community Plan. Thank you so much for your input
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      • Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis over 7 years ago
        What a fantastic list of ideas. You'll get no argument from me about these things. I think we are on the same wave length.
    • Deputy Mayor David Speirs over 7 years ago
      @Bazsmith1905, thanks so much for all your input, and just taking the time to dump all our ideas onto this website. Your ideas cover many of the things that I'm excited about in the City of Marion! I particularly like your comments on our environment. Marion has an amazing amount of open space for a suburban city (Glenthorne Farm, Field River Valley, Marino, Hallett Cove and O'Halloran Hill Conservation Parks), we need to protect and revitalise these important patches of open space.
    • Sharon over 7 years ago
      Hey, well done for taking the time to put down such great ideas, I like them!
    • Ann over 7 years ago
      Lots of great ideas in here ... I like them too!
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      • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
        Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! We'd be really interested in what kinds of ideas you are particlualry interested in Ann, was it around public transport ideas? environemental initiatives? broadband access? Do tell!
  • Sharon over 7 years ago
    More trees and more open space.
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    • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
      keep the ideas coming!
  • Matilda over 7 years ago
    A roof garden on top of the Westfield like New York's high line - or the UK's Liverpool One.
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    • Becky Hirst over 7 years ago
      Thanks Matilda! Tell us more about the roof garden in New York or at Liverpool One... What's in the gardens? Who goes there? Why would you like to see it on top of the Westfield shopping centre? I would love to know more about this idea!
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      • Matilda over 7 years ago
        http://www.architecturelist.com/2010/02/04/liverpool-one-by-pelli-clarke-pelli-architects/Liverpool One's leisure terrace is a roof garden above the shopping centre. Although it has cafe culture restaurants around the edges, lots of families take picnics and enjoy the space between visiting the nearby shops, galleries and museums. It also hosts concerts and events.
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        • Becky Hirst over 7 years ago
          Wow! Thanks for sharing the info. On a personal note, my folks are regulars at Liverpool One so next time I speak to them will be asking whether they've been to the roof garden! Thanks again for your input.
  • Matilda over 7 years ago
    Give Marion a heart! Make better connections between Tonsley, Flinders, the Westfield, Cultural Centre & SA Swim Centre - connect them all with a tram system & extend it out to Glenelg and the airport too!
  • Lr84 over 7 years ago
    No graffiti!! Which in turns means more community projects for young people at risk of disadvantage and to reduce crime. Encourage art spaces where individuals can express themselves. More activities in general for young people to attend.. for instance, Midnight Basketball http://www.midnightbasketball.org.au/locations/salisbury/Pages/default.aspx
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    • Becky Hirst over 7 years ago
      Sounds like a win-win situation to me, thanks Lr84! You've mentioned activities for young people which has got me wondering what the City of Marion might be like to live in for a young person in 2040. If we're talking about people aged 18 and under then it's at least another 10 years from now before they are even born! A lot could be achieved between now and then. If you have any other ideas about making sure our young people in the future have the best possible opportunities within Marion, let us know!
  • futurama over 7 years ago
    One big thing: restrict own car use! a) one house, one car, b) a car can't be started with turning the key, but with putting your destination into a board computer: if the destination is
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    • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
      Thanks Futurama - you have really thought that through, well done! It is going to be critical for us to be less reliant on cars so thanks for taking the time to tell us your ideas!
  • Kate Mc over 7 years ago
    I would love to see Marion becoming an area that is highly recreational and promotes a healthy, family friendly lifestyle. For example more bike paths, exercise equipment in parks, well maintained play equipment for children.There also needs to be an area that is great for eating out and night spots like a strip such as the parade, Jetty Road, Brighton and Glenelg. Marion is really the only hub that has a range of eateries. Everytime I try to think of somewhere good to eat it is always outside my own council areas. When driving down Marion Road shops are all run down and it doesn't reflect well on the area. It looks very undermaintained. A great example of a main road that has vastly improved and therefore reflects better on the area is Port Road. The shops have all been revamped and it looks very neat. Opportunities to work in the area are few and far between. It would be great If there could be some sort of business hub that provides office space to businesses and another alternative to the city.
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    • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
      Thanks Kate! You've touched on a lot of different areas like recreation, business and employment and community. Love your ideas and keep them coming until the 19th October! Only 8 days left to have your say.
  • davidgas over 7 years ago
    The one big thing I would like to see is to change the Sturt River from a concrete drain, back into a more natural river, and to enhance, extend and widen the linear park to a similar standard as the River Torrens Linear Park. This should include a walking/cycling path that passes under main road bridges in the same way as those along the River Torrens Linear Park, thereby eliminating the need for pedestrians and cyclists to cross sometimes busy main roads.
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    • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
      Thanks for your one big idea David - the reestablishment of the natural river will have lots of both environmental and recreational opportunities like you've touched on. Appreciate your feedback
  • greenanne_jane over 7 years ago
    Try and fix up the Graffiti problem. An overpass at the Warradale/Oaklands rail crossing is a must, the locals have been asking for one since the 70s. I love the other ideas here, lets hope something happens to improve the area for the future.
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    • Becky Hirst over 7 years ago
      Thanks Greenanne_jane. Tell me more about the overpass idea. As you say, locals have been asking for one since the 70s. Why is it so important?
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      • greenanne_jane over 7 years ago
        Well it is ridiculous that it can take 1/2 hour to get around the corner at peak hour times, it's obviously when more cars are on the road and the trains run more often, trying to turn right out of Dunrobin Road is also a nightmare
  • resident1 over 7 years ago
    Trees and greenery on the streetscapes. It would be great to see planting of trees like jacarandas and plane trees (aka similar to eastern suburbs main roads) to soften the landscape. Roads like Morphett and Sturt and Oaklands Roads could be transformed by systematic tree planting and undergrounding of electricity poles (e.g. similar to Portrush Rd upgrade several years ago)Similarly - greening residential streetscapes - particularly in suburbs which have been undergoing redevelopment (like Seacombe Gardens, Dover Gardens, Warradale etc). More proactive greening of verges and planting of attractive trees (i.e. not bottlebrushes) would to soften the streetscapes. Increased greenery would assist to build community pride in the area and would also have great environmental impacts.
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    • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
      Thanks for your feedback Resident1 - I'd love to hear more about your sense of community pride. What is it about the greenery that can help a community?
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      • resident1 over 7 years ago
        Firstly, trees like jacarandas and plane trees are beautiful. I think that if public areas (including streets, verges, parks, town squares) are beautiful it tends to make people feel glad to live in the area and to be proud to be residents. Who wouldn't feel proud to live in a beautiful tree filled area? Most people would rather see a tree than look at dirt or concrete.Secondly, if time and money have been invested in planting trees in public spaces and along roads to make an area leafy, it makes residents feel like their local area is being looked after and being nurtured, which I think in turn will build pride in being resident of that area. A few residents here and there can't green a suburb or area by themselves, it needs to be a coordinated effort.Thirdly, trees are great for the environment. It's great to be part of a community which is environmentally conscious. Trees in the streets and roads fulfil both an aesthetic and environmental purpose.
  • anon over 7 years ago
    I would like to see Marion Council operate as a transparent and accountable organisation.In recent months there have been articles surfacing surrounding Council's use of private investigators and accusations of inappropriate conduct by staff.While I understand that parts of the investigation should remain confidential, senior management should provide a transparent and frank response to the community including what kinds of matters are under investigation, the number of staff involved and what action is being taken. This response need not identify individuals but if should feature prominently on Council's website to give the community some certainty action is being taken.When speaking with staff I have encountered a number of occasions where inaccurate or incorrect advice has been provided.In one example several calls were made to Council asking for general planning information. In all instances the information provided was incorrect and resulted in the purchase of a block of land and a substantial financial loss.Other examples include requesting traffic management plans prior to an application being lodged and the public notification of planning applications which were complying development.These kinds of mistakes can have a significant financial impact on people.To address these problems it is important that experienced staff be employed in all management/senior roles and that staff are properly vetted prior to employment.For example staff employed at a senior level should have a minimum of 6 years experience and managers should a minimum 10 years experience and preferably management training/experience.It is concerning to walk into a Council office and to see staff in tank tops, shorts and iron maiden t shirts. Having a casual day every Friday may be fun for staff but does not reflect a professional image for Council.Holding monthly or quarterly casual days would substantially improve the image of Council.To assist with becoming more transparent Council should adopt a no tolerance approach to disrespectful/rude behavior and institute a clear and fair complaints policy.All complaints should be investigated by a party separate from the employee for example by HR or a manager outside of their department.All complaints should be reported to senior executives monthly or quarterly with a record of what action has been taken to address the complaint.This approach would greatly improve transparency in the organisation and provide confidence to residents that their complaints will not be brushed under the carpet.While my comments may sound negative I do enjoy living in Marion and would like to see the Council become an example to other organisations.
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    • Admin Commented City of Marion over 7 years ago
      Thank you for your feedback Anon - It's great to hear that you enjoy living in Marion. Your comments will be taken into account when we are developing the Community Plan. We have directed your specific feedback to relevant areas of the organisation. If you'd like to make contact with us we would be very happy to chat further to you at anytime on 8375 6600.