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Dardanelles Cenotaph uprooted

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It was a sad day to see the Dardanelles Cenotaph uprooted from the South Parklands and transported to a side street in Adelaide.
Over the past year I had joined local residents in Adelaide and Unley to protest the planned removal.
It had been paid for by the Unley (and Adelaide) widows of soldiers killed in the Dardanelles.
It was the first WW1 memorial. Funded 100% by local residents.
It was a travesty by the Adelaide City Council.
There was no real consultation.
A real shame.
May Adelaide City Council hang its head in shame.

Story by journalist Lance Campbell

The Dardanelles Cenotaph, uprooted and plonked in a side street in Adelaide. Compared with where it was, it looks so out of place.

ask for Angela

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This is a fantastic initiative that started in pubs in Scotland with a 'ask for Annie'.
It has finally caught on in Australia, and now in SA.
If you're on a date at a hotel and feel uncomfortable or unsafe and want help or a discreet exit, then approach hotel staff and 'ask for Angela'.
Hotel staff are being trained to assist you to escape an awkward situation eg. taken to a private room and a taxi called.
The scheme was designed primarily for women, but anyone asking for Annie will be assisted.

A great initiative.

Hotels in SA rolling out 'ask for Angela' campaign

My earlier blog back in July 2018


Sad farewell Sisto Malaspina

It was sad to hear of the death of Sisto Malaspina, killed by a terrorist in front of his Pellegrini's coffee shop in Bourke Street, Melbourne. He was a mate; a friend to all who visited. He remembered you after years of absence; and after only a few occasional visits to Melbourne. I had the pleasure of having coffee (many short blacks) with him earlier this year. When in Melbourne, a visit to Pellegrini's was always my priority. Pellegrini's will continue as an institution (because the coffee is just so good; simply the best) and the family will maintain that special relationship with the clients.
RIP (far too early) my friend.

What next?

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The campaigning for the Unley Council election is over. I've walked the length and breadth (and all the streets) of Unley many times. I averaged 10-15km per day. I lost 5kg and tightened my leg and stomach muscles; and I had to put another hole in my belt. Pants falling down wasn't a good look on the campaign trail  I met some great people and had many interesting chats. I even came home with some plant cuttings; a perennial Greek Basil (now growing well) and a lovely pink Frangipani. The Frangipani stalk will lie on the ground for 2-3 months before I plant it. It was an interesting campaign. I ran a robust and honest campaign. Mine was the only campaign for Mayor that was environmentally friendly with no glossy coloured flyers and no nasty plastic corflute posters up poles that visually polluted the streets of Unley. It was frustrating to learn that a lot of election material stuffed in letterboxes was not read; and not just mine. It was difficult at times; dealing with deceit and dish…

Don't waste your vote!

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A week to go before the Council election votes are counted.
50% of the forecast votes have been received.
(In general about 30% of people vote.) If you have not yet voted, then be quick to beat the deadline.
Votes must be received by Friday 09 November. If you leave it too late to post (and remember it may take 2-3-4-5 days to get there) then you can drop your votes off at the Unley Council.
Your vote could just determine who gets elected.
Importantly, don't waste your vote VOTE 1 BOB SCHNELL for Unley MAYOR He's your best choice (by far) !! Bob is your candidate with COMMON SENSE



written and authorised by bob schnell 10 halmon avenue everard park 5035

Malicious election material

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David and Muriel in Hyde Park contacted me. They were distressed by a flyer that had appeared in their letterbox overnight. It was about an 11 storey development proposed next door to them.
I explained that it was a cruel hoax and was being circulated to influence the election.

It is a a nasty red coloured leaflet being circulated across Unley.
It contains blatant lies and is whipping up hysteria about an 11 storey development to be built 'next door to you’.


It’s very amateurish and has a ‘how to vote’ showing a preference for Michael Hewitson. The gossip on the street is about who actually funded it To me, it’s clear who funded it. It’s in very poor taste. Just ignore it.
Don’t be deceived; don’t waste your vote ❌ VOTE 1 BOB SCHNELL for Unley Mayor ✅✅✅

Written and authorised by bob schnell 10 halmon avenue everard park 5035 #unley #mayor

Cremorne high rise

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Unley Council zoned the property opposite the Cremorne Hotel as 5 storey. I would have preferred 3-4 storey to protect the heritage and character. Yet the State Government (both Labor and Liberal) approved 7 storey developments. Vote for a Mayor to fight these horror high rises. VOTE 1 BOB SCHNELL #Mayor4Unley Vote to protect the character of our city. Don’t waste your vote!

image sourced from Facebook written and authorised by bob schnell 10 halmon avenue everard park 5035 #concretejungle #highrises #crowding #keepunleygreen #keepunleybeautiful #standfortrees #protectandpreserve #heritage #history #Unley #Mayor