Civic robes date back to medieval England when Mayors were responsible for law and order, and their intent was to distinguish Mayors from other noblemen. The colour red is tradition, and also has its origins in medieval times when red was very expensive to produce and therefore indicated wealth.
The current robes were designed by students of the TAFE SA Fashion Industry Training Program. In 2015 it was recognised that the previous robes were showing their age after being created around 15 years earlier. The students were asked to design a new set of robes that reflected both the history that robes represent, but also to have a contemporary interpretation. The second year Bachelor and Advanced Bachelor design students were given the task as a part of their formal assessment tasks. Each created a number of initial designs, these were then reviewed and finally two were selected - one to be the more formal, winter robe, and a second to be a lighter and less formal robe for the summer months.
Abyit Hailu designed the formal / winter robe and Lacey Ayers designed the summer robe. They were then manufactured by a lecturer at the TAFE design school Ms Natasha Taradilis.
The ‘chain of office’ is worn by the Mayor on ceremonial occasions. The City of Charles Sturt chain was designed in the mid-1990s by Uni SA Jewellery Design student, Kylie Keers. Nine final year students were invited to create designs for the chain, and Kylie’s was selected for manufacture. Of the design, Kylie said:
“I spent a lot of time having a look at the surroundings of the City and drew on these elements for my design. The swirls on the chain represent Council’s sea link. I also thought about the tall ships that came to the area many years ago and the billowing, soft sails of these ships.”
The City of Charles Sturt logo features as a main element of the chain.
The chain was manufactured by experienced jeweller and North Adelaide School of Arts lecturer John Campbell.
The City of Charles Sturt logo was created following the amalgamation of Hindmarsh and Woodville councils. The colours have both historical and contemporary meaning. Historically they represent the councils of past: blue and gold for Hindmarsh, green and gold for Woodville. Their contemporary significance is as a representation of the landscape of Charles Sturt, which also includes the former Henley & Grange Council: blue and green for extensive waterways, gardens and parks, with the yellow curves for the River Torrens.
The logo design depicts the flow, integration and cooperation of all facets of life. The strength of the diamond, which represents energy and resolve, is complemented by the soft flowing curves representing humanity and a caring and balanced lifestyle.
The feature rug in the centre of the Council Chambers was acquired in 1997, following the construction of the new Civic Centre. It was created by contemporary indigenous design company Balarinji, whose best known works are its series of Dreaming aircraft for Qantas.
Designer David Malko named the rug design ‘Meeting Place’, making if a fitting addition to the Council Chambers space.