Home' The Bunyip : August 5th 2015 Contents Page 24 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Playford alive with development
The highly anticipated $16.6 million Stretton Centre
began operation on Saturday with the official opening of
a $3 million library on the centre's ground floor.
The entire centre, which received $11 million in federal
funding and $5 million in state funding, is expected to be
launched in September.
While the Stretton Centre's being hailed as a stairway
to further employment, Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty
said the new library facility has put council in the "good
books" with more than 80 people attending the open day
He added that the library, relocated from the Munno Para
Shopping Centre, will provide a place for the community
to come, research, explore and imagine.
"The new library at the Stretton Centre will provide
the community with fantastic resources to improve the
service quality, as well as offering personal development
opportunities to its members," he said.
The service boasts an extensive collection, new radio
frequency identification devices to make the borrowing
process quick and efficient, and access to council
The library's opening follows the launch of the Playford
Alive Town Park and skate bowl last month.
Faith is also alive in the area following the opening of
Playford Uniting Church.
The church had its first service on July 19, less than 12
months after construction first began at the site.
The church, located on the corner of Curtis Road and
Douglas Drive, will run weekly services on Sundays
from 10am in the lead-up to its official opening on
Meanwhile, a new play café is being established nearby,
with construction of the site beginning this month.
PLAYFORD'S alive with developments, with several new services opening up in Munno Para recently.
RIGHT: Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty reading to his two girls Edith and Audrey at the new Playford Library Service.
Club makes splash
THE Playford Aquatic Club
made a splash at the recent State
Short Course Championships
with its 54 swimmers performing
"exceptionally well" achieving
288 personal best times.
Club president Harry Scherwitzel said
the four-day competition, held at the
State Aquatic and Leisure Centre, was
the stage for the club's rising stars.
Among the swimmers were 11 juniors
who competed in their first state
"Playford Aquatic Club was proud
of the efforts of each of their
swimmers competing at the 2015
State Short Course Championships,"
The club is also praising its five
swimmers aged 13 to 16 years who
achieved the 'A Standard' qualifying
time to be considered for SA selection,
and to compete at the State Teams
Short Course event held in Canberra
at the Australian Institute of Sport in
The team dived into the State Club
Relay Championships with the same
finesse, achieving 17 medals from 23
races for a medal tally of 22 gold, 24
silver and 47 bronze, finishing third in
"Based on club points tally, Playford
Aquatic Club maintains a strong
position as the highest-ranked northern
suburbs club," he said.
AT their most recent council
meeting, Playford Council's
elected members voted in favour
of gating a walkway in Elizabeth
Grove to prevent antisocial
The council moved the motion to install
gates, physically closing the walkway
between Seacombe Street and Mofflin
Road, following community complaints
of vandalism and rubbish dumping in
This follows the approval of another
walkway closure in Elizabeth Park,
between Green Street and Hayles Road,
under similar circumstances.
Playford Council is yet to finalise dates
for the closure of both walkways.
Playford Aquatic Clubʼs AAA medallists Lochlain Young (left), Alice March, Erica
McGiﬀert, Emma Pannell and Ethan Kennedy.
Program causes a stir
The NEST (nice, easy, simple
tips) program, run by OPAL and
OzHarvest, in conjunction with
Playford Council, is responding
to an identified need for healthier
cooking options in the area.
OPAL manager Lisa Atwell said
the northern suburbs is an area
where people are choosing to eat
out more than ever before.
"This program is an opportunity
for families to learn more about
healthy eating and cooking for
their family and stretching the
amount of money they have got
on a budget to be able to cook
healthy foods," she said.
"We're hoping that over the six-
week duration of the program,
the parents that come along
will learn more about cooking
healthy foods and share that with
their families; so, literally, go
home and cook with their kids."
OPAL has been working in
Playford for over six years
as it is an area where a third
of the child respondents are
overweight, 10 per cent higher
than the state average.
The northern suburbs have also
been identified as an area in high
demand for food-rescue charity
OzHarvest,with many families
suffering from "food insecurity",
where they do not have the
money or resources to know
where their next meal is coming
NEST Program co-ordinator Tim
James said the program teaches
"simple cooking on a budget".
"We have several different
recipes we cook together and eat
together and while we do that we
talk about nutrition," he said.
"Writing a shopping list, using
your leftovers, shopping at
markets to get the best price...
and you'll find you can squeeze
so much more out of what you
The first of six classes started
last month and Playford Mayor
Glenn Docherty said it was a
"People have more of an
understanding about nutrition,
healthy living and the
opportunity to buy better cuts of
meat, fruits and vegetables," he
"It has also given them the
confidence to feed their family a
The programs, which run until
August 25, are run out of the
Elizabeth Rise Community
Centre, but numbers are limited.
For more information, contact
OPAL in the City of Playford
(8256 0159 or eflavel@playford.
sa.gov.au) to make a booking.
A NEW cooking program in Elizabeth is causing quite a stir among local parents and carers
who want to learn how to make nutritious meals.
The NEST cooking program is proving popular at Elizabeth Rise Community Centre.
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