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Adelaide Will Plant 100,000 Square Meters of Greenery by 2020

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Only a few years ago, if you mentioned the words sustainability, green, or global warming you were probably met with an eye roll and maybe some sort of off-handed remark about being a hippy. Now, the opposite has happened: it’s totally uncool to be disinterested in the environment…read more.


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Splash Adelaide

Here is the latest issue of the Splash Adelaide newsletter that I have been writing for the Adelaide City Council as part of the Splash Adelaide project.

The Adelaide City Council’s Splash Adelaide initiative is a series of pilot projects that ran from 1 November 2011 until 31 March 2012. The program was created to test innovative and experimental projects in public spaces in the city quickly, economically, and in collaboration with business, stakeholders 
                                                                               and the community.

It’s aim was to give Adelaide a splash of colour, allowing city users and workers to soak up the vibe of alfresco activations, street closures with music and vendors, and bring Adelaide alive over the summer. I was lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful team, who paved the way for these innovative projects across Adelaide.

As part of my role I ran communications for the team, and created everything from newsletters, profile articles and social networking. I also participated in the team that gave Adelaide the Waymouth Street Party and Eliza Street Art market, which I was especially proud to be involved in, as I  got to work with some bright, talented and emerging artists from the Tooth & Nail Gallery.

So if you’re interested in reading the second to latest issue I wrote for Splash Adelaide visit  

PLUS you can check out the Splash Adelaide Facebook page, which will keep you up to date on everything happening around Adelaide at

LASTLY, if you’re interested in checking out the work the Tooth & Nail Gallery do visit they’re absolutely AMAZING and have such a wide variety of artists under their banner – definitely a great local initiative to support.

– Suzanna Parisi

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La Waffle or Love Waffle?

Adelaide has come alive, and it’s not only the activated streets, bike parks and market stalls that have everyone talking, our taste buds are getting in on the action too, with a series of delicious street food vendors…we’re starting to become very spoilt for choice.

La Waffle is one of Splash Adelaide’s newest recruits to tingle our taste buds.

A regular at the Gawler Place Plaza every Wednesday and Thursday you can see Aurélie Maldague, the owner of La Waffle, cook up one of her popular Liege Waffle’s just for you. Made from dough and pearl sugar, imported straight from Belgium to give it that extra caramelly goodness, you can top it with melted Belgian chocolate, berries, vanilla ice cream or, if you want to be really indulgent…all ingredients at once…yummm!

A native of Belgium, Aurélie hails from a town about 30km south of Brussels called Ottignies, where she grew up with a Dutch father and a French mother. In 2008, she left Belgium and headed to Sydney where she began her La Waffle business.

In 2010 Aurélie met a man who she fell in love with, and after a year of dating the pair decided something had to be done about their blooming love – thankfully for us, her man hailed from Adelaide…go men of Adelaide!

So in October last year, Aurélie packed up La Waffle and moved it here and now Gawler Place Plaza is reaping the benefits of her chocolatey Belgian goodness, made with real love…mwah!

Make sure you pop by, grab a waffle, have a chat to Aurélie and find out her tips for making a perfect waffle…and maybe even the perfect man!

– Suzanna Parisi 

Plus if you want to find out where you can eat some of Aurélie’s DE-LICIOUS waffles or hire her for an event visit

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Foodie Love Jewellery

Lauren Ann Hillman has had a love affair with food ever since she was a little girl. Whether it was sweeping the floor at her Grandparents fish ‘n’ chip shop, scoring top marks in Year 12 Home Economics, pulling many a pint from her time working in UK pubs or serving hundreds of excited TV diners at The Greedy Goose (winner of Ch 7’s My Restaurant rules 2005), food always seems to be at the heart of Lauren’s creativity.

Now, Lauren Ann can call food her career. Not only is she currently workings for ABC TV researching food and story ideas for Poh’s Kitchen Series 3, she has developed a series of unique and creative food inspired jewellery called Foodie Love Jewellery.

Lauren Ann’s inspiration stems from her love of the Barbie dream house she had when she was 5, and all the miniatures that came with it, including the tiny butter dish and the 6mm cutlery set, but a recent trip to Thailand helped turn her love affair into an original business idea.

“I consider myself a bit of a foodie and I absolutely love big bright coloured rings and on a recent trip to Thailand, I stumbled across the most fantastic market in Chiang Mai that sold miniature food for dollhouses,” says Lauren Ann.

“On return I thought ‘That little plate of sushi would make a fantastic ring,’ and after sourcing a miniature food artisan in the UK that creates custom handmade mini food that I could turn into a ring or earrings, Foodie Love Jewellery was born.”

Beautiful and bright is definitely Lauren Ann’s style, and with her jewellery showcasing miniature cakes, yum cha, bento boxes, donuts and other food items, you’re sure to find a unique foodie ring or brooch that suits your taste.

So pop down to the Summer Fridays in the East End Markets in Ebenezer Place, each Friday during March from 5pm and say hi to the lovely lady and pick up your unique piece of foodie jewellery.

– Suzanna Parisi

Plus, for more info on how to purchase one of Lauren Ann Hillman’s rings visit her facebook page for all the info.

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Greater Choice for People with a Disability (Novita Children’s Services)


Date: 19 December 2011

Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a major revamp of disability services in South Australia that will ensure people with a disability have a greater choice in the services they use.

Speaking at Novita Children’s Services today, Premier Jay Weatherill, along with Federal Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin and State Disabilities Minister Ian Hunter discussed the reforms to the State Government’s disability blueprint Strong Voices.

The blueprint is set to radically reform the provision of support for people with disabilities, by allowing the individuals to choose the services that are most important to them for their needs and aspirations, rather than the system dictating how and when they use them.

People who receives six or more hours a week of disability services will receive a personalised budget and will be given the option of receiving direct payments to manage their support needs.

“For too long, people with disabilities have been told what services they will receive, when and how they will receive them,” Mr Weatherill says.

“They have been told what time they will eat their meals, what time they will go to bed.

“We want to provide greater opportunity for people with a disability to take control of their own lives and make decisions just as any other South Australian does.”

According to State Disabilities Minister Ian Hunter, the Government has been investing money into supporting people with disabilities and providing more services than ever before, but the current system is reaching the limits of its effectiveness.

“Money will be needed to fix this problem – but we first need a fundamental rethink of the way we provide disability services,” he says.

“One of the clear messages from the disability blueprint was the most authoritative voice in making these decisions should be the person with a disability.”

According to Mr Weathering the revamp “will ensure South Australia is well placed to implement the new National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

The revamp is set to introduce new measures which would include:

• DRAFTING a new Disability Act.
• PROVIDING $600,000 to support an extra 120 people with a disability to access training and gain employment.
• DEVELOPING a disability justice plan, which will improve protection for people with a disability in the criminal justice system.
• CREATING a new role for the Ministerial Disability Advisory Council to independently monitor disability reform and service standards and report their findings to Parliament.
• IMPROVING public transport access, including routine scheduling of wheelchair accessible buses, and better timetable information about wheelchair accessibility, such as a mobile phone application.
• COORDINATE the Commonwealth’s Better Start and Helping Children with Autism programs with South Australia’s early childhood intervention services.
• Develop tools to help parents of children with disability make informed choices about the early intervention services they receive.

Mr Hunter says that although the new measures are a considerable task to undertake the Governments first course of action will be working with the disability sector to consider this report further.

“This is a long-term plan that presents us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform the disability sector.”

The Australian Government says they welcome the South Australian Government’s commitment to work to improve the lives and choices of South Australians with a disability, their families and carers.

 – Suzanna Parisi Novita Children’s Services

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Ben Potter (Novita Children’s Services)

In June 2011, Ben Potter and his partner Tessa had a baby named Onieviia.

Onieviia was born with a very rare genetic disorder called Ponto Cerebellar Hypoplasia Type 2, which affects motor and cognitive development. At just 19 years old each, Ben and Tessa are working hard to create the best life possible for Onieviia, and have found Novita to be a huge help to them.

As an apprentice mechanic, Ben’s colleagues were constantly teasing him about his long golden locks, so when Ben’s workmates mentioned they’d pay him to shave his head, they never thought he’d actually take them up on their offer. Instead of opting to make a bit of spare change for himself, Ben stepped right up to the challenge, and accepted the money to donate to Novita, as a way of saying thank you for the help the organisation has provided Onieviia since she was born. What he thought would be around $400 in donations, ended up raising more than $4,000 for Novita Children’s Services.

By choosing to change what could have been a simple act of fun between mates, Ben has become a wonderful example of how one individual can make a difference in the lives of others.

Let’s congratulate Ben for undertaking such a selfless act to help Novita continue to connect kids with their worlds. His generous contribution will help Novita continue to care for more than 2,000 children with disabilities and other special needs throughout South Australia, providing essential therapy, equipment and family support.

– Suzanna Parisi Novita Children’s Services