Sports park opening proof of progression

PLAYFORD Council’s bold plan to completely transform the economic landscape of Elizabeth is tracking well, according to local Mayor Glenn Docherty.
Council has been working towards creating South Australia’s second central business district (CBD), and last fortnight officially opened a key part of its sports precinct – the $5.5 million Eyre Sports Park.
The new facility will serve as a key community asset near the Eyre housing development and will be home to three local sporting clubs – Central Districts Rugby League Club, Northern Wolves Soccer Club and the Eyre Royals Cricket Club.
Mr Docherty said the ambitious CBD project will create upwards of 3000 jobs and has been a long-term objective of council to change the face of northern suburbs.
“The CBD is progressing really well and (people are) starting to see that we’re not just talk, and we’re really action-orientated at Playford,” he said.
“We’re trying to change the economic narrative in our community and move away from the heavy reliance on manufacturing to create new investment and life after Holden.”
Private investors have backed council’s approach, with construction soon to begin on the $50 million hotel development, while soil has been turned at the site of Drakes’ $80 million distribution
centre.
Mr Docherty said the projects continue to flow, with construction on council’s $7.4 million six-storey car park, near Elizabeth Shopping Centre, due to be complete at the end of the year.
“The private investment shows there is lots of confidence in our community,” he said.
“It’s confidence which shows there is a willing, and able, workforce to take up the jobs, not only in construction, but the ongoing positions which these developments will bring.
“There is lots of development on the books, but also we’re getting to the stage where we’re about to construct, which is really good news for the northern suburbs.”

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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