City of Playford
The Stretton Centre
The City of Playford will receive $11.3 million for the $16.6 million Stretton Centre, an employment research and development facility to be located within the Playford Alive project area. Playford Alive is a long term initiative which commenced in 2008 and which is regenerating and developing the Playford area.
Challenges in the City of Playford
The City of Playford is situated 30km north of Adelaide's central business district and is at the forefront of South Australia's growth. In 2009-2010, Playford was the fastest growing local government area within the Adelaide state district, and is facing projected population growth of 130 per cent over the period 2011-2036. Playford has been identified in both South Australia's Strategic Plan 2011 and The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide as a key centre of urban and economic growth for the next generation.
This growth, together with a lack of diverse local employment opportunities and high unemployment, has driven the need for an integrated approach to develop local skills and jobs. The Stretton Centre will encourage communities, governments, agencies, industries and research bodies to work together in planning and delivering a range of employment options for the Playford population.
What is the Stretton Centre?
The Stretton Centre will be located on Curtis Road, Munno Para in the City of Playford, adjacent to the developing Curtis Road town centre. The centre will be integrated with the adjoining town park and will house community, library, training, industry and university research services employing leading edge technologies supported by the NBN. The centre will feature modern urban design and sustainability principles and will serve as a showcase for other building work in the area.
The centre will provide a focal point for delivery of a range of services supporting industry and workforce development, including:
- Strategic research and evaluation services, identifying local industry development opportunities, and local employment and training opportunities
- Accredited training and employment services delivered by registered training organisations to connect local people to employment opportunities
- Business support services to foster industry development in the region
- Lifelong learning and information services for residents to connect the community to the digital economy
- Linking, support and engagement services to be delivered by the City of Playford in partnership with specialist community services
A key element of the Stretton Centre will be the Stretton Research Centre, providing high quality research on economic, industry, urban and employment trends and prospects in the City of Playford. This research will inform planning and strategy within the City, and will enable the development of appropriate responses to economic needs and opportunities. Research into population and employment trends will help to fill data gaps by examining employer demand at the local level, and will assess the effectiveness of current workforce development programs. Research into industry trends and prospects (which will initially focus on the health and aged care and manufacturing sectors) will underpin the development of regional workforce development strategies.
The project is currently in the detailed design phase. Construction of the centre is expected to commence in mid 2014 and be completed in early 2015.
How will this project address issues in the region?
The iconic Stretton Centre will be an employment research and development facility. It will provide learning services for job seekers, industry development and support services for businesses, and conduct relevant, innovative employment related research. Local businesses will be able to access training, mentoring and specialist advice in the integrated community facility.
The centre is located within the Playford Alive project. It will encourage links to develop between employment generation and planning, to complement Playford Alive and other major projects in the region. Additionally the construction of the centre will provide jobs for local people.
The centre will be a focal point for attracting further investment in the industry and workforce of the region which will lead to improved community and environmental outcomes.
The City of Playford is partnering with the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre at the University of Adelaide to deliver the research component of the project. The City of Playford is also working with Renewal SA, the South Australian Government's urban development authority, to deliver the town park adjoining the Stretton Centre.
How will the Stretton Centre demonstrate the opportunities of the digital economy?
NBN enabled technologies will support the delivery of community and library services from the centre. In addition, a digital training hub will be established to provide information technology training for residents. This element of the project will be further developed during the design phase.
For further information about The Stretton Centre please contact:
City of Playford
Suburban Jobs Team
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601