Northern Adelaide is changing - in part due to the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
The centre of SA's economic activity is moving north. Not only are the defence and advanced manufacturing industries driving this growth, but a new era of industrial innovation supported by road and rail infrastructure will secure the future of Northern Adelaide.
The challenges for the future will be about how the city manages growth and ensures that it is maximised to benefit the community. The City of Playford's population is growing at over 2,000 people per annum, with about 2,000 hectares of residential land in the pipeline (already zoned) and another 1,500 hectares about to be zoned in Angle Vale, Virginia and the Playford North Extension. In addition, there is another 1,100 hectares of industrial land about to be made available within Greater Edinburgh Parks.
There is approximately $23 billion of investment currently underway or in the pipeline in Northern Adelaide, with nearly $11 billion in civil, residential and commercial development and a further $12 billion in defence projects mainly around Edinburgh and the Lefevre Peninsula.
Australia's most innovative residential renewal project is happening in the City of Playford.
Playford Alive is an exciting project covering about 930 hectares of land in the Playford North area including the Peachey Belt, Munno Para West and Andrews Farm South. The development will deliver new housing, public housing upgrades, new shopping centres, proposed school sites, transport upgrades, parks and sporting acilities over the next 15 years.
The project will also deliver many additional benefits including business and community development, improved employment opportunities and training.
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In January 2011, Premier, Mr Rann opened the $30 million first stage major rail freight terminal development on a 70ha site in the heart of Greater Edinburgh Parks in the City of Playford. Australia's largest privately owned rail operator SCT Logistics expects fright generation and throughput of 1 million tonnes of rail transported freight within the first year. The facility will also facilitate a modal shift from road to rail between Melbourne and Adelaide.
This significant development is located with direct access to national standard gauge rail network and the recently opened Northern Expressway. The IRFC will be a vital piece of infrastructure facilitating the growth of the resources, industrial and other sectors in South Australia.
Development of the RFT also coincided with SCT-related company Specialised Bulk Rail Pty ltd (SBR) entering the bulk rail market in Australia by winning a $150 milliion contract with IMX Resources for iron ore rail haulage over 1000km from the Cairn Hill mine near Coober Pedy to Adelaide's Outer Harbour.
Stage Two of the contract is expected to see its value grow to $300 million boosting the overall vision for Greater Edinburgh Parks area which is expected to attract 25% - 50% of Adelaide's Industrial land consumption over the next 20 years.
For more media information on the recent launch click here
The Lyell McEwin Hospital is a vital health facility providing a comprehensive range of specialist and diagnostic services in the northern region of South Australia. The recent investment by the State Government Department of Health of $336 million has created a major economic development opportunity.
A feasibility study was undertaken to investigate establishing a Health Precinct combining the nine adjacent health businesses. With the projected population growth of 90,000 additional people in the City of Playford area from the current base estimate of 75,000 and expected population increases in surrounding areas this will provide a unique opportunity to invest in the development of a Health Precinct.
A productive economy relies heavily on a healthy workforce and with increases in population and industry in the region, health is an area expected to see employment growth.
The largest undercover aquatic facility in the northern region underwent a $15.8 million upgrade.
Construction of the facility was completed in 2009 with minimal interruption to key programs and services. Improved access to the pool and a major facelift to the facade incorporating modern gym and fitness centre, spa and steam room and a range of environmental initiatives are just some of the exciting things incorporated at the centre.
For an excellent range of programs and services operating at the aquadome click on the link http://www.aquadome.ymca.org.au/