Showing posts from October, 2014

French Christmas Market

It’s on again – the French Christmas Market – over 2 days and 2 nights . Presented by Alliance Fran├žaise d'Adelaide at Unley Soldiers' Memorial Gardens, Unley Road. Councillor Peter Hughes and I were the drivers to make this happen last year. The advertising promotion reads … This will be a great opportunity to celebrate the Franco-Australian friendship, and pay a very special tribute to the Australian soldiers who gave their lives during the First World War, with an aerial parade and a cine-concert ceremony on Friday. On Saturday, children and adults will be able to enjoy a large choice of fun festivities, as well as the yearly launching of the Beaujolais Nouveau and a concert under the stars in the evening. The market will feature a great panel of French specialties: from wine and cheese to delicious croissants, traditional handcrafts and gifts. This special cultural experience will showcase over 40 South Australian businesses bringing their French inspired p

Put Bob in Box 1

How to vote in Goodwood (in the Unley Council election)? By now, most people who intend voting in the Council election should have made up their minds. However, if you are doubtful then I ask that you consider supporting me. It's a strange election this year. 4 candidates in Goodwood. 2 are doing very little (at least they seem to be doing very little); they seem to be rather inactive. There is a reliance on a few posters on poles without any more substantial information available. Posters are being ripped down by residents offended by the visual pollution. For the record, I have not erected a single poster on a pole. I'm busy distributing my election material and door knocking and catching up with people on the street. I'm listening to their concerns. If you still haven't voted, then I urge you to ... Vote 1 Bob Schnell Put Bob in Box 1 Your voting paper should be posted by Tuesday 4th November to meet the delivery deadline of Friday 7th November @

2 weeks to go

There are 2 weeks before voting closes. In Goodwood Ward there are 4 candidates. When you review the candidates and consider their merit, ask the following questions. Who is local and lives in the Ward? Who is a member of a political party or has stood for State Parliament as a member of a party? Who is a member of an activist group? In my case, the answers are Yes, No and No. I am the only true Local Independent. Vote 1 Bob Schnell. Don't waste your vote. election disclaimer


Went to the Rolling Stones concert - Adelaide 14. Fantastic. A full house @ Adelaide Oval. I was surprised by the huge talented backing contingent on stage; vocals and instruments. At times the backing became the feature. The Stones may be ageing, but with the strong backing support they've got a few more years to go. Plenty more satisfaction to give. The city was alive. You had to be there. Resisted buying a $50 t-shirt. 50% of patrons were baby boomers (and older). They didn't need their hearing aids to enjoy the music. Most had bladder problems and had to stumble along the aisle to get out. Or they were going to get another beer. My only gripe was how long it took to buy drinks. Queues were 10m long and it took 20 minutes to be served. The staff simply weren't up to it. They were very much casual staff on the night. Adelaide Oval needs to get professional bar staff for major events or provide training. I went back for a second gin and tonic and gave up and settl

Beaut roses

During my recent walkabout across Goodwood, Wayville, Forestville and Everard Park, whilst I was delivering election leaflets and chatting to people ... I spent the time to check out people's gardens. Spring has rushed upon us and the gardens are blooming. The roses everywhere are fantastic. It's the best season we've had for several years. For so little effort, just a hard prune in winter and a spring feed and a couple of months later the roses are blooming fantastic. Tip: after the rose petals fall off, remove the heads and they will shoot again and create a fresh mass of flowers. Don't worry about excessive pruning, but as the season progresses don't prune too far down the stem. Control how high you want the rose bush to grow.

My vote

Today the postie delivered ballot papers to my home. Reports from Fullarton are that the ballots are arriving there. I'm impressed by how quickly Australia Post is delivering the ballot letters across Unley. The postie bags must be bulging. On the down side, given the poor condition of many letter boxes, there will be some letters falling onto the footpath. I noticed letters hanging from letter boxes or on the ground during my walkabout delivering election material to every home. I'm forecasting an average voter participation of 25%. Now, back to my ballot paper. How to vote? I'm not going to waste my vote. I will be voting 1 Bob Schnell election disclaimer

Voting already

Last night (Monday 20-Oct) I met a woman who said that she had already voted. She voted in the Unley Ward election. I was staggered that the ballot pack was received by post on the Monday and that she voted immediately and popped it in a red Post Box before 6pm. It takes all types. However, I guess she fits the pattern of a small group of people who handle their voting business very quickly. If you live in Goodwood Ward and are still undecided, then I insist that you can't do better than Vote 1 Bob Schnell Don't waste your vote! election disclaimer

13 @ Unley

Unley Council comprises 12 Councillors and a Mayor, all elected by the residents. Many other SA Councils have 13 members, some more, some less. What I'm about to say about Unley would equally apply to all other metropolitan Councils. Council is an interesting mix of people, thrust together as a result of an election. There are teachers, plumbers, engineers, developers, builders, pharmacists, IT dudes, journalists, lawyers, retirees, you name it ... Actually, there is no plumber on Council. 13 people are brought together and meet weekly and socialise at Council and community events. 13 people who would normally not socialise with many of the others outside Council. The group is somewhat, but not overly, representative of the community at large. Many are described as community leaders and yet most were not prior to getting elected. Once on Council you become (or are considered) a community leader and representative. Where am I going with this? ... We are strangers brought

Fine for Unley Candidates

It will be fine ... The weather forecast for this week is absolutely ideal for walking the streets, dropping election campaign leaflets in the letter boxes and talking with residents. Expect something in your letter box this week. The forecast is: 17 Monday 17 Tuesday 20 Wednesday 21 Thursday 24 Friday I'll be in your street soon. Remember, Vote 1 Bob Schnell . Put Bob in Box 1 to make your vote count. Don't waste your vote. election disclaimer

Unley League

I was shocked to receive an email from a candidate for Councillor in Unley. It was from a potential Councillor, one of the newbies. It was an invitation to join a 'League of Councillors' to stand up, to stand together. Effectively it would be a bloc, a voting bloc, a voting faction. I campaign hard as an Independent and won't be joining the Loony League. Residents expect their local representative to truly represent them and not vote on issues as dictated by a faction. Actually, it was a stupid tactical move on the part of the newbie. It will work against him/her and anyone who joins. Councils (eg. Burnside) in the past have been disrupted by factions. The whole fabric of local government was destroyed. We don't want that in Unley. Vote for a true Independent! Vote 1 Bob Schnell. election disclaimer

Ho Hum

I’ve been out and about talking with locals and I forecast that it’s going to be a rather low key, ho-hum Council election. The voter participation was expected to be about 30%, no higher. I reckon it will be way down, perhaps as low as 20-25%. Voters know that it is not compulsory. They know there will be no fine for not voting. They are also tired of voting. There was the Federal election followed by the State election 6 months later. Now, 6 months later there are Council elections. The difference is that this time, they don’t have to vote. Another factor is that there isn’t a Mayoral election. Mayor Lachlan Clyne got elected unopposed ie. not one person stood against him. If there is a Mayoral election, then that usually pumps up the voter participation by around 5%. Meanwhile, all is quiet on the Goodwood Ward front. No-one is distributing leaflets. Everyone is keeping their powder dry. No candidate wants their magic words to appear on another candidate’s

Bob's the one

Don't waste your vote at the approaching Council election. In Goodwood Ward there are 3 other candidates for Councillor. There are 2 positions for Councillor. Councillor Bob Schnell is the only candidate who can effectively deliver outcomes. He has a good track record of serving the community and achievement. It is important to have retention of experience and local knowledge. Vote 1 Bob Schnell Don't waste your vote! election disclaimer

Forestville Reserve upgrade

In my election newsletter I have mentioned the upgrade of Forestville Reserve. It was devastated by the SA Government Goodwood Junction Rail project. Trees were removed, the fitness equipment was removed, the basketball court was lost etc. The whole eastern section near the rail line became a waste land. In compensation, grant funding was secured to restore and improve the reserve and play area. Here are more details of the works that will start soon ... Shade sail for the new playground Plant lawn and grass around the skate park Restoration of the basketball half-court (near the skate area) Construction of a new netball court area. This should be hugely popular. Lighting and landscaping around the pedestrian and cycle paths Re-installation of the fitness equipment with an upgrade of some equipment Improvements to the opening of the new culvert opening where it enters the creek Planting around the culvert to soften the impact Enhancements to the skate park - provide a smo

Rabbitohs glory

A fantastic win by the Rabbitohs over the Bulldogs in the NRL grand final last night. It was such a rough and brutal game. I think most of SA were backing the Rabbitohs. But what was Russell Crowe wearing? That white jacket looked like a Vet's coat.

Greek hospitality

At the last election (in 2010) I was out door knocking in Wayville. You meet all types of people and observe different slices of society. At times it can be a real eye opener. Anyway, I was out door knocking in Wayville. It was early evening and a bit risky at that time of night. Disrupt someone having dinner or watching the news and there’s risk of losing (rather than gaining) a vote. Knock knock … It was a Greek household. Started my introduction , interrupted by come-in, come-in . I was sat down at the kitchen table and was offered food and beverage. I suggested a black coffee and eyed off the tasty morsels on the plate. A bottle of Metaxa 7 Stars Greek brandy was plonked on the table. Were they mistaken and thought that I was running for Mayor? No, they were just being hospitable. A few minutes of conversation at the front door was all I intended. 45 minutes later the Metaxa was still flowing. I realised that this would be the last home to be door