Stretton Centre

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Stretton is a regional innovation centre, making things happen in the North through research and development projects, training and learning opportunities, all of which will help transform the economic landscape of the North.


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Why does the North need Stretton?

The Northern region is one of the fastest growing in South Australia but population growth is faster than the growth of local jobs. There’s a strong need to accelerate industrial transformation in the region to counter jobs losses in mass manufacturing. It’s also critical to have support in place for the growth of resilient new enterprises alongside the modernisation of the region’s infrastructure. It’s in this context Stretton will help to support, develop and implement integrated approaches to industry, urban and workforce development.

How will Stretton address issues in the region?

Through research, engagement and strategy development, Stretton will help to identify and pursue new industry and workforce development opportunities. It will assist with the development of industry networks and clusters and new facilities that support growth and foster innovation in high growth potential sectors.

Stretton will provide a world class collaborative space for building and sustaining economic development partnerships involving stakeholders from industry, government, researchers and the wider community. It will provide high level industry extension services in collaboration with international partners and close partnerships with local, SA and Australian Governments.

Stretton will help to maximise industry and employment development opportunities that can flow from major projects by fostering the uptake of smart procurement practices in the region.

The Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR) at the University of Adelaide will be an anchor tenant and key partner, providing research and evaluation services. It will play a key role in guiding the development of Stretton in partnership with key stakeholders. The research and innovation program is already in full swing with a number of industry transformation projects underway and a suite of research reports produced by WISeR that can be found here.

Services and activities are offered within the Stretton Centre

  • City of Playford Library Service and Customer Care functions (Anchor Tenant)
  • Stretton Research Centre – Managed by WISeR (Anchor Tenant)
  • Kiosk (Provider TBC)
  • The Hub, a large public meeting place
  • The Forum and Workshop, curated spaces that will house industry and workforce development services provided by third party providers
  • Project Based Co-working Space hosting tenants from government, university, NFPs, industry and community
  • Innovation Design Lab – providing new digital technologies such as 3D printers and scanners used for prototyping products

Features of Stretton

  • 5 star equivalent, Green Rating – environmentally sustainable features throughout
  • Free public WIFI throughout the building and near environs
  • National Broadband Network connections
  • Magnificent, bespoke spiral staircase as the centrepiece of the building
  • Contemporary work and meeting places

Where exactly is Stretton?

The centre is located within the area of the largest urban development in the country, the Playford Alive project. It’s on the corner of Peachey Road and The Parkway in Munno Para’s new town centre, next to the new 1.3 hectare Playford Alive Town Park

Who are Stretton’s founding partners?

How was Stretton funded?

Total project budget (12/13-14/15): $16.6m

Funded through the Australian Government Suburban Jobs Program and Playford Alive Initiatives Fund with contributions from the founding partners.

SA Government has co-invested in current projects.


For more information on the Stretton Centre, visit


To see the construction of the Stretton Centre come to life via film click here.

Post: 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park SA 5113 | Visit: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
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