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of Adelaide,' says Mayor Docherty.
'Researchers at the centre will
analyse workforce trends, economic
development, and training and skills
issues in northern Adelaide. Stretton
will put Playford at the forefront of local
government thinking on innovation.'
Innovation in new and established
industries is needed to create jobs
for Playford's expanding population,
and to offset the end of Australian car
manufacturing by 2017. Playford will
remain an important manufacturing
hub -- about 20 per cent of its workforce
is employed in that sector -- but its
industrial future rests on developing a
larger advanced manufacturing sector,
and helping its agricultural sector
export to Asia and develop value-
The $150 million SCT Rail Freight
Terminal at Penfeld is a vital new piece
of transport infrastructure to support
mining, agriculture and other industry
in Playford. The frst stage of the major
terminal, worth $30 million, opened in
January 2011, with SCT celebrating its
latest expansion in early 2015.
The SCT Rail Freight Terminal
signifcantly boosts the capacity for
rail-transported freight in Adelaide's
north, and employs more than 200
people. The investment is expected to
stimulate the development of a broader
logistics precinct in the area, and lead to
a modal shift from road to rail transport
between Melbourne and Adelaide. The
terminal was the frst major industrial
development in the 1000-hectare Greater
Edinburgh Park, a major new industrial
zone in South Australia.
Playford is also upgrading and sealing
its rural roads to provide better access
for farmers. Massive growth in Asian
consumption is driving stronger
demand for Australian food, and
reinforcing South Australia's potential
as a food bowl for emerging markets.
Playford's agricultural sector is well
positioned to participate in this
growth, given the area's improved
transport and logistics.
'A new era of industrial innovation,
supported by road and rail infrastructure,
is securing northern Adelaide's future,'
says Mayor Docherty.
To support this industrial innovation,
the Waterproofng Playford project
creates a sustainable future and
environment by capturing and reusing
stormwater, making the most of this
precious resource. 'The project will
assist with the improvement of green
spaces, develop a drought-resistant
community, and provide educational
opportunities for those within the
growing community of Playford,' says
Creating a larger service-based
The initiation of the Lyell McEwin
Health Precinct in 2011 would give
Playford a cluster of nine adjacent
health businesses and more healthcare
jobs. Health care and social assistance
is Playford's second-largest employer,
according to the latest census data.
Health care added more than 1000 jobs
in Playford in 2006--2011 -- by far the
most of any industry sector.
Led by the City of Playford, the South
Australian Department of Health and
the Lyell McEwin Hospital, the health
precinct, if it proceeds, could have
30,000–40,000 square metres of foor
space, worth $75--100 million, over
10--15 years, and could be a major driver
of new jobs and urban renewal.
Playford's focus on health extends to
community projects. Its Regional Sports
Precinct Master Plan, endorsed in June
2013, will develop a large, high-profle
sports precinct that caters for multiple
sports and connects to the city's
commercial and health precincts.
The $55 million Playford Sports Precinct,
to be developed over 15 years, will have
an enhanced main oval, a four-court
indoor sports centre, a new lawn-bowls
facility, school ovals, a 22-court tennis
complex, a soccer hub with four full-
sized pitches, and a softball facility.
It follows the $15.8 million upgrade
in 2009 of the Aquadome, the largest
undercover aquatic facility in Adelaide's
north. 'The Playford Sports Precinct will
be a massive boost to the city's sporting
facilities,' says Mayor Docherty. 'It will
cater for high-end competition and
training, as well as local community
sport for our young and older residents.'
Solid foundations for growth
Playford has several attractions for
business investment. The frst is
population growth. The municipality
is expected to almost double from
an estimated population of 86,869 in
2014, to 160,000 in 2026. High housing
affordability is attracting young families.
A skilled, multicultural workforce
provides industry with a ready-
made, strong pool of labour. Playford
has access to some of Australia's
best education facilities, including
the University of Adelaide and the
University of South Australia.
An expanding economy is another
tailwind for business. Playford's gross
regional product has grown from
$1.9 billion in 2006 to $2.6 billion, its
share of the South Australian economy
is increasing, and northern Adelaide is
one of Australia's growth hotspots.
A progressive, innovative council is
another strength. Playford continues
to do the basics well -- new footpaths,
play centres and community centres,
for example -- while focusing on the big
picture: a contemporary CBD, modern
housing estates, innovation centre and
health and sporting precincts.
'We have worked very hard on the core
functions of local government,' says
Mayor Docherty. 'That is, utilising our
assets more effciently, improving service
provision, ensuring strong governance,
having a sustainable process for planning,
and listening to the community. That
work is paying off as Playford becomes
the second centre of Adelaide.'
To learn more about the City of Playford,
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