With the Tea Tree Gully Township project, our aim is to create a shared vision and a plan to help prioritise investment in the township over the next 15 years. We want to work in partnership with the local community, businesses and State Government to make sure that together we explore all opportunities to make the most of the township’s character and potential.
The project follows on from work in 2010 on the create20forty project, where we created a vision for our City for the next 30 years and developed a new Strategic Plan and City Master Plan to guide us.
Now we are focusing on specific areas around our City – the first of which was the Tea Tree Gully Township, a popular cultural and economic hub and a gateway to the Adelaide Hills.
In January and February 2012, we asked people what their vision for the township was and what they’d like to see happen in the area. This was an extensive exercise and included sending postcards to over 2100 households and writing to over 1000 residents, property owners, schools, businesses, government agencies and peak bodies, MPs and community, sporting and faith groups located in and around the township area. We also held a community workshop that was well attended by 60 people.
We collated this feedback and used it to develop concepts and ideas for the township to be rolled out over the next 15 years.
In the Stage 2 engagement we wanted to:
From 23 July to 20 August 2012, the community was invited to let us know what they thought of the plans and ideas we’d developed for the Tea Tree Gully Township.
An A4 booklet was produced which provided information about the project. The booklet included maps, photos and concept images to illustrate some of these ideas, along with accompanying text. A tear off feedback form was provided at the back of a booklet with a reply paid (freepost) address to send completed forms.
Over 2100 residential properties were given a booklet in a letter box drop. Booklets and posters were also left with a number of businesses in the township area. Additional booklets were sent to community groups and were available in the Tea Tree Gully Library, Civic Centre reception and Scribes Café. People who participated in Stage 1, and whom we had contact details for were posted a booklet or emailed a link to the booklet and invited to provide further feedback.
We held two open houses at the Tea Tree Gully Institute; Friday 10 August from 2-5pm and Saturday 11 August from 3-5pm. The open houses offered an informal and unstructured way to provide feedback with a series of displays to comment on. Invitations to the open houses were sent to previous participants, as well as community and special interest groups, local MPs, local businesses, schools and residents. Thirty three people attended the open houses over the two sessions.
Our website provided information about the project, a downloadable copy of the booklet and an online form to give feedback.
Notices about the community engagement featured in our news column in the Leader Messenger “Gully Views” throughout the engagement period.
A presentation was made to Council’s Reconciliation Sub-Committee about the Tea Tree Gully Township project and the concept of establishing an Aboriginal History Interpretive trail from Pine Park to Newman’s Nursery.
An article appeared in the winter edition of Council’s newsletter ‘Gully Grapevine’ about the project and detailing ways for the community to have their say.
A total of 47 submissions were received. When allowing for multiple responses from one person (where provision of contact details made it possible to identify), 46 individuals provided responses. This included submissions from a number of organisations and groups. Details of the feedback received can be found in the report below:
The feedback we received was used to refine the final Tea Tree Gully Township Precinct Plan which was endorsed by Council on 13 November 2012. This plan will guide and prioritise investment in the township over the next 15 years.
Our interactive map provides full details on the projects and initiatives, some of which include:
Please contact us on 8397 7444 or via email.