City of Playford
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The City of Playford is a local government area of South Australia in Adelaide's northern suburbs. The name 'Playford' comes from the recognition of Sir Thomas Playford, who played a part in the development of the area, and was South Australia's premier from 1938-1965. The City covers an area of 345 km2 (133 sq mi), and is home to approximately 90,000 residents. Playford is the fastest growing local government area in South Australia. As of 2016[update] the city motto is: "a great place to live, work and play".
|City of Playford|
|Population||90,669 (2016 census)|
|• Density||262.8/km2 (680.7/sq mi)|
|Area||345 km2 (133.2 sq mi)|
|State electorate(s)||Little Para, Kavel, Light, Napier, Taylor|
|Website||City of Playford|
The council members elected in November 2018 are:
|Ward 1||Peter Rentoulis|
|Ward 2||Gay Smallwood-Smith|
|Ward 3||Andrew Craig|
|Ward 4||Marilyn Baker||Deputy Mayor|
|Ward 5||Misty Norris|
The city was formed in 1997 through the merger of the City of Elizabeth and the City of Munno Para, which were formed in 1955 and 1988, respectively. Prior to the 1950s, most of the area surrounding the townships of Munno Para and Elizabeth were farming estates. After the end of the Second World War and the accompanying shortage of materials, the state government decided that South Australia needed to grow and become an industrialized state. A "satellite city" was planned for the Elizabeth area, and the South Australian Housing Trust initiated a housing development programme in the area, with a purchase of 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of land. The City of Elizabeth was formed on 16 November 1955, being named after Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the city in 1963.
1997 to 2010Edit
The first mayor of the City of Playford was Marilyn Baker, who had been the last mayor of the City of Elizabeth. She continued to hold that role until the 2006 council elections, when she was narrowly defeated by Martin Lindsell, the last mayor of the City of Munno Para.
After 1997, the council planned and built a number of new housing developments aimed at attracting young working couples and families in an attempt to rejuvenate the area. A new Civic Centre including council chambers, library, theatre and function centre was built. Other developments of the period included a new library in the Munno Para Shopping City in Smithfield, and a revamp of the Elizabeth shopping centre, including an 8-screen cinema complex.
In 2003  it was announced that A$1 billion would be allocated to rejuvenate the Peachey Belt. Known as the Playford North Urban Regeneration project, it was expected that the population of the area would increase from 13,000 residents to 30,000 in 15 years and involve the demolition of most of the Housing SA homes. the project has since been renamed "Playford Alive".
"As part of the 30 year Plan for greater Adelaide, significant growth and investment is pouring into Playford from business. Rapidly increasing employment coupled with new land releases has driven population growth and improved living standards."
2010 to presentEdit
The council elected in 2010 started the creation of Playford Health Precinct around the Lyell McEwin Hospital.
The SCT Logistics Rail Freight Terminal, opened in January 2011 provided for goods and services to be transported by road and rail more efficiently and quickly. Playford is to become the logistical and advanced distribution capital of South Australia.[vague]
As of 2010[update] the council has been involved in discussions regarding expansion of the Elizabeth City Centre (the major shopping precinct in Playford) on to 30–40 hectares (74–99 acres) of land to the west of the train line.
As of 2011[update] the Playford council is working with the South Australian government to release 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of industrial land in the greater Edinburgh Parks region, with the intention of attracting and supporting 38,000 jobs in the northern part of Adelaide.
In 2011, Mayor Docherty stated he aimed to make Elizabeth the second central business district of Adelaide. He envisaged a movement away from low density commercial and "quarter-acre block" housing to multiple storey mixed use commercial and residential developments in Elizabeth and other central parts of the council area.
In April 2013 the council announced its 2043 Playford Community Vision.
From 2012 to 2015 the council partnered with the University of Adelaide to launch the Stretton Centre, a physical home in Playford for research into regional innovation. Its "anchor tenant" is the Adelaide University's Australian Workplace Innovation & Social Research Centre (WISeR). Platyford Council was assisted by a A$11.3 million grant from the Australian Government for the research centre. The Stretton Centre includes the Stretton Research Centre (occupied by WISeR), the (new) community library, public and private community meeting spaces and the Innovation Design Lab, which is to showcase new innovations and technologies in relevant to the community.
Docherty was re-elected unopposed to continue as mayor in the 2014 local government elections.
The City of Playford (and its predecessor, the City of Elizabeth) has had a number of visits by members of the Royal Family:
- Andrews Farm (5114)
- Angle Vale (5117)
- Bibaringa (5118)
- Blakeview (5114)
- Buckland Park (5120)
- Craigmore (5114)
- Davoren Park (5113)
- Edinburgh North (5113)
- Elizabeth (5112)
- Elizabeth Downs (5113)
- Elizabeth East (5112)
- Elizabeth Grove (5112)
- Elizabeth North (5113)
- Elizabeth Park (5113)
- Elizabeth South (5112)
- Elizabeth Vale (5112)
- Eyre (5121)
- Gould Creek (5114)
- Hillbank (5112)
- Humbug Scrub (5114)
- MacDonald Park (5121)
- Munno Para (5115)
- Munno Para West (5115)
- Munno Para Downs (5115)
- One Tree Hill (5114)
- Penfield (5121)
- Penfield Gardens (5121)
- Sampson Flat (5114)
- Smithfield (5114)
- Smithfield Plains (5114)
- Uleybury (5114)
- Virginia (5120)
- Waterloo Corner (5110)
- Yattalunga (5114)
Services and facilitiesEdit
Parks and recreationEdit
Fremont Park is located immediately east of the Elizabeth City Centre. Providing recreation and leisure facilities, the park features a large lake with fountain and waterfalls, a rotunda for band performances and two playgrounds. The park also contains an adult fitness gym and is the host venue for many community events including Australia Day celebrations, school Holiday programs, weddings, and other private functions.
The Aquadome aquatic centre is the largest such facility in northern Adelaide. Included in this multi-purpose facility are a 50-metre pool, a beach entry leisure pool, café, a creche, outdoor pinic areas, a large carpark, and easy access to bus and rail transport. The Health Club, opened in 2009, contains a modern gym and fitness centre.
The North Lakes Golf Course, opened in 1993, is located in Munno Para West, measures 5,730 m (18,800 ft) for 9 holes, and is par 70.
Located on Blackburn Road, Hillbank, Jo Gapper Park is a major regional park. It has tennis court and basketball court, which are lit at night, playground, barbecues, shelter sheds and walking trails. It has a sealed carpark which is open from dawn until dusk.
Stebonheath Park, Ken Patterson Reserve, Jubliee Park and the Munno Para Wetlands are other public green spaces in the City of Playford.
The Playford library is split across two locations: Elizabeth and Munno Para.
Playford Council has the highest number of young people per population count than any other council in South Australia. Young people have a number of services and activities supported by the council such as:
- Northern Sound System — a dedicated youth centre which allows young people to learn, create and develop their musical talents
- Playford Youth Advisory Committee — a body intended to be the voice of young people aged 12 to 25 in the Playford Region meeting fortnightly at the Northern Sound System.
- Jibba Jabba Radio — a youth development program which gives young people in Playford the opportunity to produce and broadcast a youth radio program on Adelaide's PBA FM radio station.
Waste management and recyclingEdit
The City of Playford is home to several sports teams, including:
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