Royal Visit 2014

The City of Playford will host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to South Australia with a tour of Elizabeth on April 23, 2014.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will visit the suburb named after his grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, more than 50 years ago and see for the first time the suburban community where she turned on the tap for the newly constructed water fountain in the heart of the city in 1963.

Attending this historic event

The City of Playford encourages all South Australians to attend this historic event.

During their visit, which includes arriving at the Edinburg RAAF base, visiting Northern Sound System attending a reception at the Playford Civic Centre, there will be opportunities for South Australians to view Their Royal Highnesses as they move through these areas.

The City of Playford has made arrangements for public viewing areas in the following locations:

  • Elizabeth Way, immediately east of the Winterslow Road roundabout and south of the Northern Sound System skate park. This location will be able to see Their Royal Highnesses observing a skateboarding demonstration of local young people.
  • Parkland in between Frobisher Road and Main North Road, and south of Elizabeth Way, which will also include community activities and food vendors. This location the public will be able to see the motorcade passing by at slow speed.
  • The Elizabeth Shopping Centre Car Park immediately west of Playford Boulevard. The car parks between Playford Boulevard and Elizabeth Shopping Centre will be closed to vehicles. At this location the public will be able to see Their Royal Highnesses walking along part of Playford Boulevard before attending the reception at the Civic Centre.

It is expected that the best time to view Their Royal Highnesses at the locations above will be between 11am and 1.30pm.

Spending the day in Playford

Make a day of the Royal Visit experience by arriving in Elizabeth early and soaking up the festive atmosphere.

The Hub – Your Royal Entertainment Venue

The City of Playford’s Hub, located on the apex between Main North Road, Frobisher Road and Elizabeth Way, will feature roving entertainment, face painters, food and drink stalls, live streaming of the visit on a big screen as well as on-stage performances to keep you entertained before and after The Duke and Duchess’ visit. The Hub will also include:

  • Toilets, including disability toilets and baby changing facilities
  • First aid station
  • Lost children/lost property reporting
  • Free water and sunscreen

Central District Football Club/Grand Central

Grand Central will be open for pre and post tour eating and drinking, as well as providing parking spaces within easy walking distance of the royal action. Grand Central is located on Goodman Road, Elizabeth. Visit http://cdfc.com.au/grand-central/

Elizabeth Shopping Centre

The Elizabeth Shopping Centre will be open for trade, providing not only refreshments for royal watchers, but access to amenities and parking. Visit http://www.elizabethshopping.com.au/

Getting to the event

It is anticipated that a large number of people will attend the Royal Visit and that there will be significant traffic disruptions throughout the morning and parking in the vicinity will be very limited. There will be significant road closures in and around the event area – see road closure information in the side bar. The event area will not only be accessible to pedestrians, with polices officers and security personnel on hand to help direct crowds.

Public Transport

People are encouraged to plan to arrive early and if possible use public transport and avoid driving.

There will be increased public transport capacity to accommodate the anticipated crowds.

Adelaide Metro Buses

Stops along Woodford Road, Oxenham Drive, Mountbatten Square and Elizabeth Way, along with the Elizabeth Interchange, are all within easy walking distance of the event.

Visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au or phone 8210 1000 for information on bus timetables and appropriate stops. Some Adelaide Metro bus routes may be affected by road closures.

Adelaide Metro Trains

Travel along the Gawler line north from Adelaide or south from Gawler, alighting at the Elizabeth Interchange. The Elizabeth station is just a short walk from the Royal Visit action. Visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au for all train timeables.

Parking

Due to road closures and security restrictions, parking within the event area is strictly prohibited. Spectators are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take public transport where possible, however, limited parking will be available at:

Elizabeth Shopping Centre

Car parks to the north, west and south of the shopping centre will be available. Eastern car parks will be closed to the public.

Central District Football Club / Grand Central

Parking space will be available at Grand Centre, Goodman Road, Elizabeth, within easy walking distance of the event area. There will also be food and drink services and amenities.

Fremont Elizabeth High School

The school on Philip Highway will be made available for public parking.

Ridley Reserve

Existing parking spaces will be available at Ridley Reserve on Judd Road, Elizabeth.

Argana Park

Public parking will be available at Argana Park, on the corner of Midway and Main North Roads.

Shuttle from public parking spaces

Coaches will be available to shuttle spectators from the following car park locations:

  • Fremont Elizabeth High School / Grand Central: Look for the signs on Goodman Road / Philip Highway
  • Argana Park: Use Stop 73 on Midway Road

The shuttles will ferry spectators to the event site, with return trips to parking locations throughout the day. Coaches will be used for shuttle transport, therefore disability access to the vehicles is limited.

We ask all motorists to follow the instructions of police, parking officers and traffic controllers to ensure the smooth and safe flow of traffic in these areas.

Disability access

The City of Playford is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible are able to participate in and be part of the community events within the City. In considering access to the Royal Visit in Elizabeth on 23 April 2014, Council has allocated specific disability access sections for spectating and parking.

The disability access spectator section will be located on Playford Boulevard, between the GP Plus Clinic and Playford Civic Centre.

Reserved disability parking is available on the corner of Oxenham Drive and Gillingham Road, with entry from Gillingham Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available. A standard, State Government-issued disability permit will be required to access this area.

Access to allocated spectating and parking sections will be available to those with a temporary or permanent physical impairment that significantly restricts speed of movement including those who:

  • use mobility equipment (wheelchair, gopher, walking aid)
  • are permanently blind
  • require medical equipment (i.e. oxygen)

To ensure the allocated disabled access sections are available to as many persons as possible, only one carer/aid/assistant will be able to enter the spectator area which has been allocated on Playford Boulevard. Space is strictly limited to approximately 150 positions and cannot be reserved.

Seating and shelter will not be provided, however the area will have ready access to disability toilets.

Affected Businesses

The following businesses will be closed on Wednesday 23 April. Other businesses located within the vicinity of road closures may also be affected by the Royal Visit. We encourage you to confirm operating hours with those businesses.

  • Council facilities including the Northern Sound System, Grenville Hub, Elizabeth Library and Customer Service at the Civic Centre. Please see APRIL OPERATING HOURS in the side bar for further information about Council services during this period.
  • Elizabeth Magistrates Court
  • GP Plus Health Care Centre Elizabeth

Helpful hints for the Royal Visit

Here are some helpful hints to help you make the most of the Royal Visit. Please note this event is smoke, alcohol and pet free.

  • Be aware of road closures and plan your trip into the event area, using public transport where possible
  • Arrive early to secure a good spot at spectator vantage points
  • Be sun smart and wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Bring plenty of water (especially if warm)
  • Bring and umbrella or wear appropriate clothing if rain is predicted
  • Do no bring large bags or backpacks
  • Do not bring ladders, scaffolding or pop-up shelters to put up along the route
  • Listen to all instructions from police and security personnel
  • Write your mobile number on your child’s arm in case they become lost
  • You may be photographed and/or filmed by official City of Playford photographers. Images and footage may be used in an ongoing promotional capacity by the City of Playford. It is the responsibility of event attendees to inform the photographer if you do not wish to be filmed or photographed.

Sharing your royal experience

Share your royal visit experience on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #ROYALSPLAY or #RoyalVisitAus. Share pictures of Their Royal Highnesses, your place in the crowd or capture the general atmosphere!

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