Glenn Docherty

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His Worship
Glenn Docherty
Mayor City of Playford
Assumed office
23 November 2010
Deputy Mayor City of Playford
In office
21 November 2006 – 23 November 2010
Councillor, Ward Six, City of Playford
In office
May 2003 – 23 November 2010
Personal details
Born Elizabeth, Adelaide, Australia
Alma mater University of South Australia
Religion Anglican
Website [2]

Glenn Brian Docherty (born 1983[1]) is the third Mayor of the City of Playford in South Australia.[2][3] He became mayor following the 2010 mayoral election. Docherty is, to date, the youngest mayor of Playford.[4]

Docherty unsuccessfully contested the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Newland for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2014 state election.


At the age of 19, Glenn Docherty was first elected to Playford Council in 2003 as one of two councillors for Ward Six. He was re-elected for a second term in 2006, and became deputy mayor, a position he held until nominating for the 2010 mayoral election.[citation needed] During his time as a Deputy Mayor/Councillor he had been a champion of a number of causes, the most notable being the creation of the Playford Health Precinct around the Lyell McEwin Hospital.[5]

During the mayoral election campaign, Docherty focussed on city presentation, building a health precinct and building better infrastructure for the community.[6]

In the months following his election, Docherty was prominent in the South Australian and Australian Press with announcements and interviews regarding his keen interest on expanding employment opportunities in Playford, promoting the new SCT Rail Terminal,[7] and promoting a study into the potential renewal of the suburbs of Elizabeth.[8] Docherty also aims to make Elizabeth the second CBD of Adelaide.[9] In February 2014, the council under his leadership released an expression of interest for the first stage of CBD development.[10] Docherty also secured over 15 million dollars from the Federal Government and the University of Adelaide in building the Stretton Centre. This centre provides job training and research and development in new and emerging industries. The centre also comprises a community space.[11][12]

In April 2013 Docherty launched the new Playford 2043 Vision. This is a community vision that has a focus on jobs, lifestyle, business and educational outcomes for the community. The Vision has been well received to date.[13]

Docherty chaired the Wakefield Group for two years from February 2011 until February 2013, representing the 7 local government councils which are located in the Federal Division of Wakefield. This group lobbies the State and Federal government on issues within its boundaries.[14]

He has overseen the creation of the Playford Sports Hub in Elizabeth. The first stage of the masterplan concept has been approved by council for community consultation.[15] The first stage of land has been purchased ready for the Aquadome car park expansion.[16][17]

Docherty was reelected unopposed for another four years as mayor in September 2014.[18]

Awards and Honours[edit]

In 2001 Docherty was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to the community through St John, Playford Youth Council and the SA Youth Parliament.[3] In 2010 he was awarded the Service Medal of the Order of St John, for 12 years service to St John Ambulance. In 2013 Docherty became a Member of the Order of St John. These Awards form parts of the Australian Honours System.

Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal (2001)[19] Service Medal of the Order of St John.jpg Service Medal of the Order of St John 2010 Star-MStJ.jpg Member of Order of St John 2013

The John Legoe Awards for outstanding service to Local Government were introduced in 2007 by the SA Local Government Association. Deputy Mayor Docherty was the inaugural winner of the John Legoe Encouragement Award for excellent effort during his time as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor.[20]

At the start of the 2011 SANFL Season, Docherty was named the Number 1 ticket holder for the Central District Football Club.[21]

On 16 April 2013 the Sunday Mail included Docherty in its 2013 list of South Australian Rising Stars, acknowledging his contribution as Mayor of Playford, and his aspiring political career.[22]


  1. ^ Daniel Wills (19 January 2013). "Liberals choose young mayor Glenn Docherty as candidate for South Australia election". The Advertiser. 
  2. ^ Mayor Glenn Docherty, City of Playford
  3. ^ a b Centenary Medal, 1 January 2001,
  4. ^ Katelin Nelligan (2010) Docherty Playford's youngest mayor, 15 Nov 2010, News Review Messenger
  5. ^ Rob Greenwood (2010) Health hub plan for Lyell McEwin, 5 August 2010, The Messenger,
  6. ^ Pam Brombal (2010) Mayor race on rates, 19 October 2010, News Review Messenger
  7. ^ Geoff Smith (2011) Jobs, safer roads promised from rail freight project, 25 January 2011,
  8. ^ Pam Brombal (2011) Radical plan for Elizabeth rebirth, 2 February 2011, News Review Messenger
  9. ^ Mark Schliebs (2011) Shire aims to be second CBD, 14 May 2011, The Australian
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  14. ^ Ellouise Goodwin (2011) Glenn aims to build region's profile, 16 February 2011, The Bunyip Press
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  18. ^ Henson, Elizabeth (17 September 2014). "Mayor Glenn Docherty will lead Playford Council until 2018 after being re-elected unopposed". Northern Messenger. News Limited. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  19. ^ It's an Honour - Centenary Medal
  20. ^ SA LGA Website (2007) Inaugural John Legoe Awards announced at LGA Conference, 12 April 2007, SA Local Government Association
  21. ^ CDFC (2011) CDFC No 1 Ticket Holder, February 2011
  22. ^ Sunday Mail [1], 16 June 2013, AdelaideNow

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