Prince George Plaza opened

ALL eyes were on Playford last week as the first element of the northern central business district (CBD) project – the Prince George Plaza – was officially opened on Friday evening.

Around 700 people were in attendance at the event as Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty officially opened the brand new $5.5 million plaza.

The internationally acclaimed Adelaide Symphony Orchestra tested out the acoustics of the new plaza by performing live at the opening event, while a team from Northern Adelaide Senior College put on an urban light show, which thrilled onlookers.

Mr Docherty said the plaza will serve as the new “civic heart” of Playford, and was excited about the opening of the new facility.

“The opening of the $5.5 million plaza in Elizabeth is a significant milestone, marking the first completed element that makes up our northern CBD project,” he said.

“The plaza is the new civic heart of Playford and a dynamic community event space.”

Also commissioned on the night was the newly-restored Windsor Green fountain, which was originally opened by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in February 1963.

The fountain, re-installed at the site in August this year, had been restored to its former glory by Playford Council and serves as the centrepiece for the plaza.

“The fountain symbolises fire, earth, birth, rebirth and continuing life,” Mr Docherty said.

“How fitting that is, as we transition into a new era.”

Playford’s CBD project continues to take shape, with the development of a six-storey car park recently approved by council’s Development Assessment Panel.

Other developments within the project include the construction of a $30 million medical hub, retail tenancies, office buildings, the proposed Playford Arena and a proposed 4.5-star hotel development.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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