#StandWithDenise

$7,240 raised
36%
GOAL $20,000
64 donations
 
since Oct 2019
 
 
 

The Adelaide Football Club is promising to build a new public aquatic centre, for free, if only they can put a two-storey private administration, and training facility right alongside, in Denise Norton Park (Park 2) in the northern Adelaide Park Lands.

After ten months of secret negotiations, four artists impressions were released on 10 December 2019.

Naturally the Crows’ drawings do not focus on the huge private area that the Club wants for its administration and commercial activities. Those private areas (shown only in the distance in their drawings) would take up two-thirds of the proposed building.

SA's first female Olympian, Denise Norton (aged 86) has pledged to stand in front of bulldozers if necessary to stop the Crows building their planned empire in the Park that is named in her honour.

She is now raising money for a publicity campaign to try to encourage both the City Council and the Crows to look at other options - to keep Denise Norton Park for the public rather than for a multi-million dollar football business.



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updates

06
Apr
On 4 April 2020, the Adelaide Football Club officially withdrew its threat to put a corporate office block onto Denise Norton Park / Pardipardinyilla (Park 2) of the world-unique National Heritage listed Adelaide Park Lands.

It's disappointing that it took a worldwide pandemic to fight off a corporate takeover.

AFC CEO Andrew Fagan sent mixed messages by first claiming that the project was “on hold” and then going further to say: “We are extremely disappointed to officially withdraw our proposal”

The City Council is considering the results of its flawed consultation, undertaken over a period of three months, from 11 December 2019 to 11 March 2020.

The consultation attracted 2,797 responses, of which 1,443 (52%) opposed the Crows plans.

A report to a Council committee on Tuesday 7 April deliberately omitted 746 of these responses because they “may have been influenced” by APPA.

Although the deeply divisive proposal is now off the table, we remain concerned that it might resurface in 2021 or later. We thank you for your contributions and help in fighting off this proposed corporate takeover. We will continue monitoring this issue and re-launch this campaign if necessary.

In the meantime, please stay safe. Keep practising social distancing, wash your hands often and keep walking running, or cycling through the Adelaide Park Lands if you can. #NatureNeverCloses
18
Mar
When you donate to the #StandWithDenise campaign, we do not receive your email address, so we cannot thank you personally.

However, we wanted to acknowledge the dozens of people who've contributed to this campaign and helped us break through into public debate and have the mainstream media recognise that there is a huge community concern at present.

The outbreak of corona-virus has forced us to re-think our plans for campaigning in 2020. We had been hoping for a mass turnout of protestors to coincide with a City Council debate on 14 April, but this is not going to be possible.

Instead, we will soon be launching a campaign of letter writing - directed at the Crows sponsors.

To keep up to date with the #StandWithDenise campaign, please follow the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association on Facebook and also subscribe to APPA's monthly newsletter, if you haven't already.

This 20-second video featuring the concerns of 26 prominent South Australians was shared in the March newsletter last Sunday. See www.adelaide-parklands.asn.au/newsletters
25
Feb
There's just 14 days to go in the current round of the #StandWithDenise campaign - before the City Council closes off its flawed "consultation" process on the Adelaide Football Club's proposed takeover of Denise Norton Park / Pardipardinyilla (Park 2).

Denise Norton has been thrilled with the support that she's received from thousands of South Australians - all ages, all locations, men and women, including Crows and Port football fans who care about protecting the world-unique, National Heritage-listed Adelaide Park Lands.

Your recent donation helped to fund a letterboxing campaign to 25,000 households in early February. Your support helped attract overflowing crowds to two public events at the North Adelaide Community Centre on 12 and 16 February, with coverage on all commercial TV stations as described in our February newsletter. www.adelaide-parklands.asn.au/newsletters

Nevertheless, the Adelaide Football Club has prominent shrill supporters in the media who continue to push privatisation as a panacea for the Aquatic Centre, while ridiculing and patronising you.

On the positive side, we have been heartened by the intervention of former Lord Mayor and former Member for Adelaide, Jane Lomax-Smith, who is one of the few voices for the Park Lands that has managed to cut through News Ltd's biased coverage.

From this point, the fight for Denise Norton Park can still be won or lost. Please, if you haven't done so already, do not miss the cutoff date of 11 March to respond to the City Council's consultation.

Find out more, and see our suggested responses to the Council, at www.adelaide-parklands.asn.au/crows

You can either respond to the Council on-line or print and fill out this leaflet to send to the City Council. And please, spread the word to your friends and family, before it's too late.
30
Jan
The campaign to #StandWithDenise and protect Park 2 from commercial takeover is about to enter a crucial phase. The City Council is conducting formal consultation and wants responses by February 19th.

It is essential that you as a supporter of Denise Norton and the Adelaide Park Lands don't miss this opportunity to let the Council know that it's on the wrong track. Your funding has helped us distribute thousands of these new leaflets to addresses in the City and near-City suburbs. If you don't get one of these flyers in your letterbox you can print out your own copy here: https://www.adelaide-parklands.asn.au/s/APP0001-Aquatic-Centre-Campaign-Flyer_FINAL.pdf

More and more people are becoming aware that the Adelaide Crows are seeking a $40 million grant of public land for their commercial headquarters. You have helped spread that word. See the updated video #StandWithDenise 2020 and catch up with the campaign at www.adelaide-parklands.asn.au/crows
14
Dec
The Adelaide Football Club is promising to build a new public aquatic centre, for free, if only they can put a two-storey private administration, and training facility right along side.

After ten months of secret negotiations, four artists impressions were released on 10 December 2019.

Naturally the Crows’ drawings do not focus on the huge private area that the Club wants for its administration and commercial activities. Those private areas (shown only in the distance in their drawings) would take up two-thirds of the proposed building.

Despite focussing mostly on the public areas, one of the four drawings released by the Adelaide FC shows a function/restaurant area for supporters. Incredibly, Crows CEO Andrew Fagan told Adelaide City Council (with a straight face) that the venue would not seek a liquor licence. Later, in an interview with Graham Cornes, he let slip that liquor licensing on site was not intended “at this stage”.

Mr Fagan says that despite the club’s intention to “upgrade” one of the Park ovals (currently used by community groups) to “AFL standard” the club does not wish to fence the oval. However neither of these assurances (about liquor licensing nor fencing) are believable. Even if Mr Fagan is sincere, it is obvious that future management of the proposed facility would want (and easily obtain) both a new style of liquor licence for sporting clubs and fencing to protect any investment in their training surface and further restrict public access to this part of the world-unique Adelaide Park Lands.

WHAT ABOUT THE AQUATIC CENTRE?

The key to all of this is the ageing Adelaide Aquatic Centre. For more than a decade the Adelaide City Council has avoided making hard decisions about whether or how to re-design the centre to minimise its expensive running costs. The Council is belatedly looking at that issue now, but has come up with no real option other than simply handing over the problem to the Adelaide Crows.

The Football Club, in turn, has offered to build whatever type of pool facilities that the Council wants. In their tentative plans, the Football Club proposes allocating an area of 5,000 square metres (inside their proposed building) for a new “public” Aquatic Centre. That is the bribe that the Crows are prepared to offer. The Council is consulting the public on what sort of pool or pools you would like.

Whatever turns up from the results of that consultation, the Crows are offering to build it, for free.

In return, they would be granted a private lease over a much larger area of the Park Lands, to replace the existing, over-sized Aquatic Centre, with a building that would be nearly as large as the existing Aquatic Centre, but TWO-THIRDS private.
08
Dec
Dear friend

We have some important news for you, as a donor to the #StandWithDenise campaign.

Using funds that you have donated (supplemented with more funds from the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation) we hired the market research firm ReachTEL to conduct independent polling on the attitudes of Adelaide voters to the City Council's current push to have the Adelaide Crows take over Denise Norton Park / Pardipardinyilla (Park 2) including the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

You will be pleased to know that a very large majority of respondents agreed with you - that this land should remain in public hands and should not be assigned to a private corporation for profit. The results of this polling will be in the media tomorrow (Monday 9 December) but we wanted you to hear about it first.

Here is a link to our news release:
http://archives.adelaide-parklands.asn.au/News%20Releases/NEWS%20RELEASE%20-%20Aquatic%20Centre%20-%20Sun%208%20Dec%202019.pdf

Your donations have made this possible and for this, you have our thanks. Together, we'll continue to #StandWithDenise

Kind regards
Shane Sody
President, Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association

PS: The City Council is due to receive the still-secret Crows plans at 5pm on Tuesday 10 December, in a "Committee" meeting. Then, later, in the official Council meeting that starts at 6pm, the Council will be deciding whether to take the Crows plans to public consultation over the Xmas- New Year period. If you have the opportunity it would be great to see you there at the Town Hall to show your support in person, for either the 5pm meeting or the 6pm meeting. The Crows plans might not be dealt with until 7pm or later.
28
Nov
Thanks to you, our donors we have printed 16,000 of these leaflets and they are being distributed throughout the City, North Adelaide, Medindie and Fitzroy. We have only a handful of leaflets left which will be distributed at coffee shops and to people attending the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. We are still fundraising in the hope that we can step up the advertising campaign in the New Year, after the City Council votes in 10 December. We expect that the Council and the Adelaide Football Club will undertake a very limited form of "consultation" over the Xmas-New Year period when most people are away... The Council has made it clear it will NOT be consulting on any alternative options for the Aquatic Centre - only on the wishes of the Adelaide Crows. Therefore it will be essential for us to emphasize to the public that there are many other options that have not even been considered.

Please spread the word to your friends to help Denise Norton keep Park Lands for the public.
 
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$7,240 raised
36%
GOAL $20,000
64 donations
 
since Oct 2019
 
Fundraising for
Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association
SA's first female Olympian, Denise Norton (aged 86) is raising money for a publicity campaign to try to encourage both the City Council and the Crows to keep Denise Norton Park for the public rather than for a multi-million dollar football business.
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Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association
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Denise Norton
Rose Park SA
 
 

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