City of Unley

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City of Unley
South Australia
 • Density2,639.7/km2 (6,836.7/sq mi)
Area14.29 km2 (5.5 sq mi)
MayorMichael Hewitson
Council seatUnley
RegionEastern Adelaide[3]
State electorate(s)Unley, Waite, Ashford
Federal division(s)Adelaide, Sturt
City of Unley Logo.svg
WebsiteCity of Unley
LGAs around City of Unley:
City of West Torrens City of Adelaide City of Burnside
City of West Torrens City of Unley City of Burnside
City of Marion City of Mitcham City of Mitcham

The City of Unley is a local government area in the Adelaide metropolitan region. It is located directly south of the Adelaide city centre.

The Corporate Town of Unley was created in 1871, when 2,000 signatories to a petition from residents of the several towns of Unley, Parkside, Black Forest, Goodwood and Fullarton requested the Governor allow them to form their own municipality and thus sever from the District Council of Mitcham. The first town hall was built in 1880. It became the third municipality in the State to gain city status in 1906 (after the Cities of Adelaide and Port Adelaide), becoming the current City of Unley.[4]


Located on traditional lands of the Kaurna people, the City of Unley is rich in history, character and atmosphere, and centrally located only minutes from Adelaide's city centre.[5]


Unley is one of three suburban Adelaide councils to be awarded a "Tree Cities of the World" designation from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Arbor Day Foundation, along with the City of Burnside and the City of Mitcham, which as of July 2020 are the only three in Australia.[6]

Climate Action[edit]

In 2020 the City of Unley joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and pledged to measure its GHG emissions, set emission targets, and develop a plan to support emission reductions.[7]

The City of Unley’s CO2 emissions represent about 1% of total community-wide emissions. To address its emissions the City of Unley developed a draft Climate and Energy Plan that proposed attaining carbon neutrality by 2030. A local community group, Unley Voices for Climate Action (UVCA), made a detailed submission to Council, signed by more than 70 residents, arguing for a more ambitious plan including an earlier carbon neutral date.[8] In September, 2021 Council approved its Climate and Energy Plan which included a carbon neutral date brought forward from 2030 to 2023.[9] Council will achieve carbon neutrality by actively reducing its operational emissions during the 10-year life of the plan and from 2023 by purchasing accredited carbon offsets through investment in projects such as wind farms and revegetation schemes. To achieve operational carbon neutrality by 2030 council plans more solar PV installation, staged adoption of electric vehicles and an electrification strategy to switch from gas to electricity for space and water heating.

The remaining 99% of community-wide emissions originate from residents and businesses comprising: transport (45%), electricity (30%), gas (20%) and waste (5%). While community wide emissions remain largely outside of the control of Council it is encouraging the reduction of waste and transport emissions. It supports and encourages its residents to move food waste into organic bins for composting rather than landfill and by providing more investment in cycleways and pedestrian friendly streetscapes. Council has allocated funds in its 2022/23 budget to engage with residents to better understand community views on taking action on climate change.

The City of Unley has not declared a climate emergency.[10]


The council, and the councillors' registered interests, as of December 2021 are:[11]

Ward Party[12] Councillor
Mayor   Independent Michael Hewitson
Clarence Park   Independent Don Palmer
  Independent Jennie Boisvert
Fullarton   Independent Peter Hughes
  Liberal Jordan Dodd
Goodwood   Independent Emma Wright
  Independent Nicole Sheehan
Parkside   Independent Kay Anastassiadis
  Greens Jennifer Bonham
Unley   Independent Sue Dewing
  Independent Jane Russo
Unley Park   Independent Michael Rabbitt
  Liberal Monica Broniecki




  • John Henry Barrow (1871–1872) [15]
  • John Herbert Cooke (1904–1907)
  • Alfred Samuel Lewis (1907–1909)
  • John Henry Chinner (1909–1912)
  • Walter Dollman (1912–1914)
  • Thomas Elliott Yelland (1914–1916)
  • William Norman Parsons (1916–1918)
  • William Harold Langham (1918–1920)
  • Herbert Richards (1920–1922)
  • Alfred Ernest Morris (1922–1924)
  • Ethelbert Bendall (1924–1926)
  • George Illingworth (1926–1928)
  • Benjamin John Sellick (1928–1930)
  • Charles Mayo Read (1930–1932)
  • Frederick James Barrett (1933–1935)
  • John McLeay Sr. (1935–1937)
  • James McGregor Soutar (1937–1939)
  • Colin Dunnage (1939–1941)
  • Keith Bentzen (1941–1943)
  • Henry Dunks (1943–1946)
  • William Morris Harrell (1946–1948)
  • Samuel Gild (1948–1949)
  • Claude Stanislaus Coogan (1949–1952)
  • Joseph Young (Joe) Woollacott (1952–1953)
  • Theodore Fergus Ballantyne (1953–1955)
  • Alfred G. M. Freeman (1953–1955)
  • George S. Barlow (1957–1959)
  • Claude F. Page (1959–1961)
  • John McLeay Jr. (1961–1963)
  • Leonard Iles (1963–1965)
  • Alexander L. Hood (1965–1967)
  • Lewis G. Short (1967–1970)
  • Clement Colman (1970–1972)
  • Eric H. Parish (1972–1974)
  • Laurence K. Simon (1974–1975)
  • Lloyd K. Lovell (1975–1977)
  • John H. Southern (1977–1980)
  • Cecil S. Rowe (1980–1982)
  • Denis A. Sheridan (1982–1985)
  • Barry L. Schuetz (1985–1987)
  • David H. McLeod (1987–1991)
  • Michael Keenan (1991–2006)
  • Richard Thorne (2006–2010)
  • Lachlan Clyne (2010–2018)
  • Peter Hughes (acting, 2018–2018)
  • Michael Hewitson (2018–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Unley (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Eastern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Overview History of the Unley District" (PDF). City of Unley. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  5. ^ "City of Unley - Our City". Archived from the original on 26 February 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Recognized Communities for Australia". Tree Cities of the World. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Climate and Energy Plan, Our Path to Carbon Neutral Operations by 2023, The City of Unley, August 2021" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "UVCA Facebook page".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Carbon Neutral Plans (front page story) - 9 September, 2021". Adelaide East Herald.
  10. ^ "CEDAMIA Climate Emergency Declarations Database".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Councillors & wards". City of Unley. 27 July 2020. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Excerpts from Council Members' Register of Interests" (PDF). City of Unley. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  13. ^ "History of Unley". City of Unley. Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  14. ^ Hosking, P. (1936). The Official civic record of South Australia: centenary year, 1936. Adelaide: Universal Publicity Company. pp. 137–164.
  15. ^ "Unley Corporation". South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA: 1868–1881). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 30 November 1872. p. 14. Retrieved 16 February 2016.

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Coordinates: 34°57′S 138°36′E / 34.950°S 138.600°E / -34.950; 138.600