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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Supporting jobs in northern Adelaide

Media release
6 September 2012

The Gillard Labor Government is supporting local jobs in northern Adelaide with a new employment precinct receiving support under the Suburban Jobs program.

The Suburban Jobs program is a Gillard Labor Government initiative to support employment precincts in the outer suburbs of our major cities to create local jobs, helping to reduce congestion and build more sustainable cities.

The City of Playford will receive $11.3 million to support the Stretton Centre, part of the Playford Alive project.

Sustainability Minister Tony Burke and local MP Nick Champion today joined Premier Jay Weatherill to announce that the City of Playford had been successful under the Suburban Jobs program.

"I am proud to announce that the City of Playford has been successful under the Suburban Jobs program," Mr Burke said.

"The City of Playford is growing at a fast rate and around a third of the city's working residents leave the area each day for work.

"This project will help create local jobs and take cars off the road, allowing Playford residents to spend more time with family and friends.

"Historically governments have put jobs on one side of the city and houses on the other. This program is only required because planning hasn't been as good as it could have been."

Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, said the project would create real benefits for the Playford community.

"I am delighted that the City of Playford's bid for a share of the Suburban Jobs program funding has been successful," Mr Champion said.

"The Stretton Centre will deliver skills training, provide for the co-location of business support services and conduct relevant local employment research to assist this growing population."

Premier Weatherill said Hugh Stretton is one of our finest South Australian thinkers.

"His intelligent application of the science of economics to the needs of people has changed the way we think about cities," Premier Weatherill said.

"This initiative, which focuses on the important link between geography and jobs could not be a better choice for an institute bearing his name."

The Stretton Centre in Playford, South Australia will be an employment research and development facility which will contribute to the regeneration area. The centre will co-locate business support services to ensure local businesses can easily access the support they need to grow and thrive.

The centre will be a central hub in the Playford Alive community, bringing industry development services together with learning for job seekers and timely, relevant, local employment research.

The Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre at the University of Adelaide will lead innovative research into employment trends and how workforce development training programs can provide for the development of appropriate responses to the economic needs and opportunities in the area.

A competitive application process was conducted to select projects for funding under the Suburban Jobs program. Construction of projects will be completed by 30 June 2015.

More information about the Suburban Jobs Program is available at