City of Playford

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City of Playford
South Australia
Population 85,000 (2010 est.)[1]
 • Density 230.8/km2 (598/sq mi)
Area 346 km2 (133.6 sq mi)
Mayor Glenn Docherty
Council seat Elizabeth
Region Metropolitan Adelaide
State electorate(s) Little Para, Kavel, Light, Napier, Taylor
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Website City of Playford
LGAs around City of Playford:
District Council of Mallala Light Regional Council Town of Gawler
City of Playford Barossa Council
City of Salisbury City of Tea Tree Gully Adelaide Hills Council
Looking northwest over Greenwith and the Little Para Reservoir from an aeroplane flying west down the River Torrens valley.
The dark area on the far side of the reservoir is the suburbs of the City of Playford. In the background are the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide, and the northern Adelaide Plains of the Gawler River.

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 85,000 residents. Playford is the fastest growing local government area in South Australia.[2][3][4][5]


The Adelaide skyline from Hillbank in the City of Playford. The Adelaide city centre is located approximately 29.7km (18 miles) from the City of Playford.

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.)[6]

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]


In 2003 [7] 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.[7] the project has since been renamed "Playford Alive".[8][9]

"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 council elected in 2010, led by Mayor Glenn Docherty, has started the creation of Playford Health Precinct around the Lyell McEwin Hospital.[10]

The SCT Logistics Rail Freight Terminal, opened in January 2011,[11] 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 A$750 million expansion within the RAAF Base Edinburgh, including facilities for 7th RAR (Mechanized Army Battalion), was largely completed in 2011.[12]

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.[13][14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17] The Stretton Centre will also see a new library, community space/meeting rooms and town park.[18][19][20]

In April 2013 the council announced its 2043 Playford Community Vision.[21]


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.[22] Lindsell was defeated in the 2010 local council election by Glenn Docherty.[23] Docherty was elected unopposed to continue as mayor in the 2014 local government elections. [24]


Royal Visits[edit]

The City of Playford has had a number of visits by members of the Royal Family

1963 Visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II[25]

1977 Visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

1986 Visit by Duke of Edinburgh

2014 Visit by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (April)

Sports teams[edit]

A number of sports teams call the City of Playford home, including:

Notable residents[edit]

Notable people who have lived within the City of Playford include:

Parks and recreation services[edit]

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.[26]

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.[27]

The North Lakes Golf Course, opened in 1993, is located in Munno Para West, measures 5730m for 18 holes, and is par 70.[28]

Located on Blackburn Road, Hillbank is a major regional park. It has tennis court and basketball court ( also lit at night), playground, bbqs, shelter sheds and walking trails. Has a sealed carpark which is open from dawn till dusk.[29]

In addition, the area is also home to Stebonheath Park, Jo Gapper Park, Jubliee Park and the Munno Para Wetlands.

Library Service[edit]

Playford Concil has two library locations based in Elizabeth and Munno Para.

Youth services[edit]

Playford Council has the highest number of young people per population count than any other council in South Australia.[citation needed] Young people have a number of services and activities supported by the council such as:

Northern Sound System

Is a dedicated youth centre which allows young people to learn, create and develop their musical talents

Playford Youth Advisory Committee [30]

Is 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;[31] Is 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.

Town motto[edit]

"A great place to live, work and play."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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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  6. ^ History of Playford,
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  8. ^ Playford Alive, Playford Alive,
  9. ^ Playford Alive website,
  10. ^ Rob Greenwood (2010) Health hub plan for Lyell McEwin, 5 August 2010, The Messenger,
  11. ^ Geoff Smith (2011) Jobs, safer roads promised from rail freight project, 25 January 2011,
  12. ^ Kim Wheatley (2010) 7RAR Battalion coming to South Australia in boost for defence industry, 8 February 2010, The Advertiser,
  13. ^ $30 Million rail freight terminal for South Australia, Press Release, T&DC Pty Ltd,
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  15. ^ Kate Nelligan (2010) Talks to expand city hub, 14 September 2010, News Review Messenger,
  16. ^ Mark Schliebs (2011) Shire aims to be second CBD, 14 May 2011, The Australian
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  22. ^ "Eight mayors lose council elections". ABC. 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2006-11-18. 
  23. ^ Kate Nelligan (2010) Docherty Playford's youngest mayor, 15 Nov 2010, News Review Messenger.
  24. ^ Elizabeth Henson (17 September 2014). "Mayor Glenn Docherty will lead Playford Council until 2018 after being re-elected unopposed". Northern Messenger. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
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Coordinates: 34°43′S 138°40′E / 34.717°S 138.667°E / -34.717; 138.667