About the Morphett Electorate
Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

Justice of the Peace Availability

Need a Justice of the Peace?  A great team of local Justices of the Peace attend my office on a regular basis to witness documents and certify copies.  You are welcome to attend at the following times and no appointment is necessary:

Monday: 9.30am – 12 noon and 2pm – 5pm 

Tuesday: 2pm – 5pm

Wednesday: 2pm – 4 pm

Thursday: 2pm – 5pm

Friday: 10am – 12 noon

If you need a JP at any other time or near your workplace visit http://jp.agd.sa.gov.au/JPPublicWeb/ for a complete listing.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

2018 Morphett Electoral Boundaries

For the next State Election on 17 March 2018, Morphett will take in the suburbs of Novar Gardens, Camden Park, Plympton Park, Park Holme and the portion of Plympton on the western side of Marion Road, as well as the remainder of Somerton Park north of Oaklands Road which is currently in Bright. The new boundaries will take effect from the issuing of the writs, expected to be early 2018.

Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

Jetty Road Tram Upgrade

Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

Sand Management

Duncan discusses sand management along our beautiful coastline.  Unfortunately, because of the intrusion of European settlers since 1836 this is a problem that is not going to go away and will need more and more money being spent.  Duncan has had numerous meetings with local councils and the Coast Protection Board over the years and will continue to work for the best outcome for the local area.

Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

Return to School


Motorists are reminded to please abide by the road rules this week as school students return to school.

Drivers must not exceed 25 km/h at any time of the day or night when a child is in the school zone, this includes weekends and school holidays.

Make sure you slow down as you approach a school and check to see if there are children, even after normal school hours.

For more information visit http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/road-rules/the-drivers-handbook/speed-limits

Friday, 25 September 2015 14:31

We are dementia-friendly



Statement of Commitment

Friday, 18 September 2015 09:44

Congratulatory Messages

Do you know someone who has a 90th, 95th, 100th, 105th or 110th Birthday coming up?
Or perhaps you know someone with a 50th, 60th, 65th or 70th Wedding Anniversary approaching.

Friday, 18 September 2015 00:00

Awards and Nominations

If you are a sporting club, service club, group or organisation in the Morphett electorate and would like to be included on Duncan's mailing list to be advised about upcoming awards, please phone the Morphett Electorate office on (08) 8294 6711 or use the Contact Duncan page. 

Monday, 30 September 2013 10:08

Organic Corner Store

Thursday's Organic Market has moved to Glenelg North from Somerton Park.

The Market's new home is the Glenelg North Community Centre on Alison Street.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 11:30

Inner West Business Enterprise Centre Inc

The Inner West Business Enterprise Centre is a not for profit organisation funded by Federal and Local Government's to assist small to medium business owners and operators.

They provide practical training specifically for small to medium businesses on a variety of topics, at affordable prices.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:54

Community Fruit and Vegie Swap

I would like to bring to your attention a local initiative, the Community Fruit and Vegie Swap held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Kibby Reserve, Glenelg North Community Centre, Kibby Avenue, Glenelg.

Organisers are urging people to come and share the goodness of their gardens, save, money and meet the local residents in their community.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:42

Ivan Bosnich Retires

Ivan has been cutting my hair for many years ... I wish him well in his retirement.

Great article in this weeks Guardian Messenger (19 September 2012).

Friday, 15 April 2011 15:58

Colonel William Light

There seems to have been quite a bit of misinformation lately about whether Colonel Light who founded Adelaide also laid out Christchurch.

Helen Gitsham has decided to research a little more deeply to get to the bottom of the misunderstanding that Colonel William Light founded and planned Christchurch in New Zealand as well as Adelaide. Apparently people believe this to be correct because the facts about Light can be found on the Wikipedia website and I quote, “Before Colonel Light designed Adelaide he designed Christchurch New Zealand”.

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:30

Glenelg Contract Bridge Club

As Club Patron, Duncan provides the Glenelg Contract Bridge Club with a perpetual trophy (silver tray) to be awarded each year to the member with the ranking of Regional, or less, who earnt the most masterpoints during the past year.

The club meets at the Sea Rescue Squadron at West Beach and is always looking for new members.  They now have a new website www.sabridgefederation.com.au/glenelg which has details of the Club's activities.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 09:30

Cummins House

Cummins House is located at 23 Sheoak Avenue, Novar Gardens and was built in 1842 as the home for Sir John Morphett who was a South Australian Colonist of Distinction.  Sir John Morphett's mother (formerly Mary Gliddon) spent her childhood on the family farm called "Cummins" near Exeter in Devon, after which the family home in Novar Gardens was named.

As part of the South Australian History Trust's annual History Week, on 24th May 2009 the friends of Cummins House organised special celebrations to honour the 200th birthday of Sir John Morphett (born 4th May 1809).  Although it was raining and too wet for the planned horse and carriage rides, around 350 attended the Open Day.  Here are some pictures taken on the day:

Friday, 01 May 2009 15:12

Sir John Morphett

The following biographical details of Sir John Morphett includes information on both his personal and political life. 

Tuesday, 09 December 2008 11:55

United4Kids - part of UnitingCare Glenelg

I have recently been advised of a new program that has been established in the Glenelg area which will be of direct benefit to people in the local area.

UnitingCare Glenelg, established in mid 2007, operates from the St Andrew’s by the Sea Uniting Church at 92 Jetty Road, Glenelg.  UnitingCare Glenelg currently provides individuals, families and groups with:

  • Food parcels, supermarket vouchers, assistance with payment of chemist accounts and other needs.
  • Counselling services – financial, personal etc.
  • Clothing and other material needs.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 12:07

Jimmy Melrose - Australia's Forgotten Hero

Imagine a young, 19 year old boy, 6 feet tall, unruly blond hair, freckled face – lived in his family home on the Esplanade at Glenelg. His name was Jimmy Melrose. This is an entry from his diary on Friday 9 June 1933:

“For the first time in my life I went for a flight all alone. Mr Stevens came with me and we made five good circuits and he was satisfied. So at 2.10pm I made my first solo flight which was the most marvellous experience I have ever had. I shall never forget that wonderful feeling as the plane climbed. I did several left hand turns and then closed the throttle, glided in and made a correct landing.”

That first flight was the beginning of a remarkable but short aviation career that only three years later, ended in tragedy.

Monday, 10 November 2008 15:05

How your suburb got its name

The Morphett electorate comprises the following suburbs:

Glenelg, Glenelg North, Glenelg South, Glenelg East, Glengowrie, Morphettville, West Beach and part of Somerton Park.

Find out how your suburb got its name ...

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