City of Playford
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|City of Playford
|Population||79,850 (2010 est.)|
|• Density||230.8/km2 (598/sq mi)|
|Area||346 km2 (133.6 sq mi)|
|State electorate(s)||Little Para, Kavel, Light, Napier, Taylor|
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 346 km2, and is home to almost 80,000 residents. Playford is the fastest growing local government area in South Australia.
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. (The City of Munno Para had previously been the District Council of Munno Para, originally established in 1853.)
Prior to the 1950s, most of the area surrounding today's suburbs 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.
City of Playford 1997-2002
Since 1997, the council has 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 has been built. Other notable developments are the new library in Smithfield, and the revamp of the Elizabeth shopping centre, including an 8-screen cinema complex.
In 2003  was announced that A$1 billion would be allocated to rejuvenate the Peachey Belt. Known as the Playford North Urban Regeneration project, it is expected that the population of the area will increase from 13,000 residents to 30,000 in 15 years and will involve the demolition of most 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."
The SCT Logistics Rail Freight Terminal, opened in January 2011, will provide 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.
The council is working with the South Australian Government to release 1,000 hectares 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.
The council has also been involved in discussions regarding expansion of the Elizabeth City Centre, (the major shopping precinct in Playford), onto 30-40 hectares of land to the west of the train line.
Mayor Docherty aims to make Elizabeth the second CBD of Adelaide, as new growth in Playford will transform the commercial centre from low density commercial and housing to multiple storey mixed use commercial and residential developments.
Playford Council has recently worked with the University of Adelaide on the new Stretton Centre. Mayor Docherty was able to secure more than $11.3 million from the Australian Government in securing the new jobs and research centre. The Stretton Centre will also see a new library, community space/meeting rooms and town park.
In April 2013 the council announced its 2043 Playford Community Vision.
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. Lindsell was defeated in the 2010 local council election by Glenn Docherty.
A number of sports teams call the City of Playford home, including:
- Central District Football Club (Australian rules football - South Australian National Football League (SANFL))
- Playford City Patriots (Association football/soccer - FFSA South Australian Premier League)
- Playford Aquatic Club based at the Aquadome, Elizabeth
Notable people who have lived within the City of Playford include:
- Jimmy Barnes (Singer and songwriter)
- Mark Cosgrove (Cricket player)
- Glenn Docherty (Mayor of Playford)
- Martyn Evans (Politician)
- Max Fatchen (Journalist and children's writer)
- Kevin Scarce (Governor of South Australia)
- Glenn Shorrock (Singer and songwriter)
- John Swan (Singer)
Parks and recreation services
Fremont Park recreation and leisure facilities are located near the Elizabeth City Centre. The park features a large lake with fountain and waterfalls. It also features 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 is the largest swimming centre in northern Adelaide. Included in this multi-purpose facility are a 50m pool, a beach entry leisure pool, cafe, 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 5730m for 18 holes, and is par 70.
Playford Concil has two library locations based in 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:
- Playford Youth Advisory Committee  intended to be the voice of young people aged 12 to 25 in the Playford Region. They meet fortnightly at the Northern Sound System.
- Jibba Jabba Radio; gives young people in Playford the opportunity to produce and broadcast a youth radio program on Adelaide's PBA FM radio station.
A great place to live, work and play.
- "National Regional Profile: Playford (C) (Local Government Area)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 4 Nov 2011. Retrieved 18 Nov 2012. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2010.
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