Playford’s rapid population rise

Tom Staggard

POPULATION growth numbers in Playford Council are the highest in South Australia, according to new 2016 Census data.

The Census – recorded in August 2016 – has revealed Playford’s official population as 89,372, which represents a 13 per cent increase on the same figure recorded in 2011.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the variety of new housing developments can be attributed to the influx of new residents.
“There is lots of choice surrounding housing options and a lot of new development,” he said.
“Whether someone is looking to set up their first home in Playford Alive, downsize in Blakes Crossing or buy a large rural block out at Angle Vale, there are multiple housing styles and choice in our community.”
Mr Docherty said it’s encouraging that people are choosing to live in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, and that Playford Council is committed to making the area as best as it can be for residents.
“We’re about doing things great,” he said.
“Having great local parks down the end of the road, supporting business for good-quality shopping centres and healthcare facilities, as well as offering high-quality schooling options.
“It’s an affordable place to live and we’ve got a community full of great volunteer organisations, sporting groups, cultural groups and churches, because that’s what our community needs to be vibrant.”
Last week’s State Budget announcement of a new school in Munno Para will seek to offer additional education options in the region to help accommodate the growing population.
Mr Docherty said the school is sorely needed due to the rise of young families living in areas of new development.
“The government underestimated the number of people who wanted good-quality public schooling; we saw Mark Oliphant College get full very quickly since its opening,” he said.
“We encourage the government to build that school as quickly as possible, so that they can take new enrolments for the families who are looking for quality public schooling in the north.”

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