Mayor Claire Boan

Mayor Claire Boan

Welcome to our Summer issue of PAE Today, the last for 2021.

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed, and we are heading towards warmer weather and can spend more time outdoors, especially at our beautiful beaches that stretch along our coastline. There’s many events and activities to enjoy over the Christmas and holiday season.

From live music shows and community fun days to skateboarding competitions and digital library entertainment to historical walks and PAE Way packages… it’s on in PAE.

We also continue to deliver major strategic projects, upgrades to facilities, and program reviews to improve our environment and spaces to bring us together and celebrate what we all enjoy about living, working, learning, and playing in PAE.

At this time, I want to acknowledge and congratulate a few of our Councillors. Every year we elect a new Deputy Mayor, and I’d like to congratulate Councillor Hannah Evans, who was voted in at the November meeting and will be taking on the role for the next 12 months.

Councillor Adrian Wotton has joined us as the Elected Member for the Outer Harbor Ward, after winning the supplementary election in October.

I would also like to take a moment to recognise Councillor Helen Wright for serving 15 years as an Elected Member. She is a dedicated representative for our Council and always shows commitment to achieving great outcomes for both Semaphore Ward and the wider PAE community.

Over this year, we have experienced great vision and leadership at PAE, and I thank my fellow Elected Members, CEO Mark Withers and all of the fabulous PAE staff for their support, innovation, and contribution. I also thank you for your support. We have learned a lot over the past 12 months, and as a community, we have become nimbler, more adaptable, and more resilient.

I encourage you to keep talking to me and your local Ward Councillors so we can keep advocating on your behalf. We continue to work towards our shared goal of shaping PAE’s future as a liveable, sustainable, and inclusive City, with even stronger community and business connections.

Enjoy the festive season, and keep following us at @CityofPAE on social media.

“The City of PAE acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we stand, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today”

Ward in focus – Semaphore

The Semaphore Ward extends from the coast to the Port Adelaide River.

It includes the suburbs of Semaphore, Exeter, Birkenhead, Peterhead, Largs North and parts of Port Adelaide. The current suburb of Semaphore once included many small subdivisions (‘townships’), which were given their own names by their original developers.

These included areas previously known as Alderley, Clairville, Clairville North, Kew, Plymouth, Scarborough, South Scarborough, Semaphore North and Weymouth.

Like choosing a favourite child, it’s practically impossible to decide what I love most about Semaphore.

Its nostalgic and laid-back vibes make our local area feel like a perfect paradise; a little-known secret held by only a handful of people. Whether it’s admiring the beauty of Semaphore and Largs jetties, grabbing a coffee at our fabulous local cafés, or enjoying our natural environment along the coastal path, I really do feel so lucky to live here.

Plus, we’ve got some exciting Council projects on the horizon which will make Semaphore an even better place to live, work and play.

My family and I have loved living on the Peninsula for more than sixty years and during this time I have been involved with many community groups.

I love the Peninsula. I love the serene, ever-changing foreshore to the West, which is open to a diverse mix of community attractions, such as the Street Fair, Music Festival, Greek Festival, Feast Festival, International Kite Festival and participation from so many other groups. As one of the State’s popular tourist attractions, visitors can also take advantage of FREE bikes on the foreshore and the E scooter trials currently underway.

I am a retired RN so I have always had a health focus, and I am concerned about climate change and pollution on the Peninsula, particularly as we now have 30,000+ vehicles on Victoria Rd each day. So positive health for residents on the Peninsula is very important to me, and I am a member of the Victoria Road Air Quality Study, which is a new collaborative initiative by Council and EPA. I am also a member of the Adelaide Brighton Cement Community Liaison Group, which is open to residents, particularly from Birkenhead and Peterhead.

I am proud to be part of this very inclusive community, and to be addressing environmental issues that are such an important part of our future health and wellbeing.

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Birkenhead Naval Reserve

Birkenhead Naval Reserve is located on the corner of Fletcher Road and Heath Street in Largs Bay.

The reserve is named in honour of the Naval service after a history of naval equipment being installed there. The upgrade of the Birkenhead Naval Reserve was made possible through $1.5 million funding from the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and appreciate the assistance of local Federal Member for Hindmarsh, Mark Butler MP with the grant application.

This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic

Following receiving this funding Council undertook community consultation to understand the way the reserve is currently being used and what the priorities are for the planned upgrades.

The upgrades for the reserve include a new play space, biodiverse planting, a new irrigation system and turf on the large open space for the community to enjoy. The open space portion of the reserve will also double as a stormwater detention basin to ease flooding and a pump station is currently being installed to account for the impacts of climate change.

The design of the open space aims to reflect both the rich Aboriginal and naval history of the area.

Klemzig Ward

Ward in focus – Klemzig The Klemzig Ward includes the suburbs of Gilles Plains, Windsor Gardens and Klemzig. It is bordered by Grand Junction Road, North East Road and the River Torrens along with other non-arterial roads. The suburb Gilles Plains was named after the first Colonial Treasurer Osmond Gilles who owned a sheep station…


Northfield Ward

Ward in focus – Northfield The Northfield Ward includes the suburbs of Hampstead Gardens, Greenacres, Hillcrest, Lighstview, Northfield, Northgate, Oakden and parts of Walkley Heights and Valley View. It is bordered by Hampstead Road, North East Road, Sudholz Road and other non-arterial roads and contains the eastern most point of our city in Valley View.…


Port Adelaide Ward

Ward in focus – Port Adelaide The Port Adelaide ward includes the suburbs of Gillman, Rosewater, Port Adelaide, Alberton, Queenstown, New Port, Glanville, Ethelton and Semaphore South. Popular historic building, Glanville Hall, was built in 1856 and was the original residence of Captain John Hart; Premier and Treasurer. Glanville was Hart’s mother’s maiden name. Hart’s Mill…


Enfield Ward

Ward in focus – Enfield The Enfield Ward is bordered by Grand Junction Road, Hampstead Road, a small part of North East Road, and the railway line in Kilburn. It includes the suburbs of Kilburn, Blair Athol, Enfield, Clearview, Manningham and parts of Sefton Park and Broadview. Some parts of the ward are less than…


Semaphore Ward

Ward in focus – Semaphore The Semaphore Ward extends from the coast to the Port Adelaide River. It includes the suburbs of Semaphore, Exeter, Birkenhead, Peterhead, Largs North and parts of Port Adelaide. The current suburb of Semaphore once included many small subdivisions (‘townships’), which were given their own names by their original developers. These…


Outer Harbor

Ward in focus – Outer Harbor The Outer Harbor Ward is located at the tip of Lefevre Peninsula, the northernmost tip of our City. It includes the suburbs of Outer Harbor, North Haven, Osborne, Taperoo and Largs North. According to Manning’s Place Names of South Australia, Outer Harbour was spelt with a ‘u’ in 1908…


Parks Ward

Ward in focus – Parks The Parks Ward is situated in the centre of PAE and includes the suburbs of Angle Park, Croydon Park, Devon Park, Dry Creek, Dudley Park, Ferryden Park, Gepps Cross, Mansfield Park, Ottoway, Regency Park, Wingfield and Woodville Gardens. This ward has a slightly younger population when compared to the rest…