Home' The Bunyip : January 11th 2017 Contents Page 32 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
CBD gets new medical hub
A NEW major medical hub,
which was endorsed by Playford
Council's elected members at
their December meeting, is set to
cater to the growing population
of the Playford area.
Owner of the new Playford
Medical Centre Jim Kosmas said
the area is significantly expanding
and is going to need greater health
and medical services in the future.
"With the projected population
growth of the northern region
and an ageing population we feel
there will be a need for increased
medical and health services and we
want to be in a position where we
can meet these future needs as they
arise," he said.
"The City of Playford is
embarking on a significant project
to create the Playford CBD and
increase employment opportunities
and support services in the
Elizabeth area. Medical and health
services will be an important part
"We have a strong history of
providing medical services to the
northern community and have built
up a network of allied health and
specialist service contacts that we
feel would be ideally suited to this
The five-storey centre will be built
within the new Playford CBD,
expected within the Prince George
The hub will offer a number
of different medical services,
including general practice,
pharmacy, allied health, specialists,
mental health and day surgery
Dr Kosmas said working in
northern Adelaide for a number of
years has made him very familiar
with the area and is thankful the
project is now on its way to being
"I worked at the Lyell McEwin
Hospital as an intern in 1993
and as a resident medical officer
in 1994 and then commenced
working in general practice in
Andrews Farm and Blakeview in
1995," he said.
"After some time working in the
southern suburb of Seaford Rise,
I returned to the northern suburbs
to work at GPaxis Smithfield and
Elizabeth Park Medical Centre,
where I continue to consult to this
"I have always felt a connection
to the northern suburbs and feel
this project will provide significant
benefit to the local community.
"I am grateful to Playford Council
for their support and for approving
The $21 million project is expected
to create approximately 150
employment opportunities during
the operational phase.
PLAYFORD'S Fringe preparations
are under way with the call now out
for entries into the event's first art
competition and exhibition.
The competition asks artists to take
risks and use a canvas they may never
have thought of before, a car door.
The doors will be supplied by
Playford Council and artists are asked
to transform them into eye-catching
pieces of artwork that meet the event's
theme, the Playford Palace.
The 20 best entries will be displayed
in the Fringe's Lion and Unicorn
exhibition from Friday, February 24
and the best four pieces will receive
The categories' King and Queen
winners will receive $1500, whilst the
People's Choice Northern Crown and
the Aboriginal Torres Strait Shield
winners will receive $1000.
To be in the running for these prizes
and to enter the competition, submit
an expression of interest form, which
includes an artwork description
that meets the royal and fantasy
competition brief by Monday,
For more information contact
or 8256 0333.
Fringe preparations begin
SCHOOL students may soon be able to
add ice hockey to their sporting education,
if the State Cabinet accepts a proposal
next week to build a multimillion-dollar
ice-rink and rock-climbing complex in
The facility -- which Cabinet will decide
whether to endorse at its next sitting on
Monday -- is a joint venture between Cruachan
Investments and Southern Cross Group.
The concept has been in the pipeline for a
long time, according to Cruachan Investments
director Stephen Campbell.
"That's the last little hurdle for us...if we
get the go-ahead, then we will look at
construct in April, so just a few months," he
"It has been a long process, and we are
hopeful, because we see it as a great
development for the region and it's not just
Playford, but the whole northern region of
South Australia will greatly benefit from the
"We are also looking at introducing the
first school-specific ice hockey program in
Australia (and) have got several schools that
have already nominated their interest in both
participating and leading the process."
The proposal was endorsed by Playford
Council's elected members at their December
Mr Campbell said the facility will include
some significant features, including the two
Olympic-sized rinks and the largest rock-
climbing wall in Australia.
These will both cater to national and
international competitions and be the largest
ice sport and rock-climbing complex in the
"It is huge...one (rink) will be dedicated to
recreational ice-skating, the other will be a
sport-specific ice surface in the main stadium
which will accommodate more than 3000
spectators across two levels," he said.
"We have multiple bars and eating areas, we
have a restaurant (and) we have the highest
rock-climbing wall in Australia, at a height of
"(That) has been designed in close
communication with rock-climbing experts
nationally and globally to ensure that we
comply with all national rock-climbing
During construction, 100 full-time equivalent
jobs will be created, whilst 70 full-time
equivalent positions will be available when the
facility is operational.
Ice arena’s fate crystallises
The Playford Arena facility is set to start, providing it gets the go-ahead next week. The arena will feature two Olympic-sized ice-rinks, with one being used for competition and the other for recreational skating.
The fve-storey Playford Medical Hub will be a major part of the already moving Playford CBD project. IMAGE: Supplied
FAMILIES in Playford can embrace
the warm summer evenings with a
series of outdoor cinemas soon to be
The cinemas will be held on Friday
nights in both late January and
February and are free for the whole
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said
he hopes many locals will get out
to enjoy the cinemas, and is looking
forward to seeing many people taking
advantage of the hard work of the
"This is a great opportunity for
families to head down to Playford
Alive Town Park with a deck-chair
or a picnic rug and enjoy these free
outdoor cinema screenings," he said.
"The first of three summer movies
will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
on January 20.
"The outdoor cinema series is a
partnership between City of Playford
and Renewal SA and focuses on
Following the first cinema event next
Friday, the next two events will be
held on February 3 and 17, with films
Zootopia and Finding Dory screening
on the respective evenings.
Entry to the events is free, with
cinema-goers encouraged to take
advantage of the $1 popcorn and
All cinemas will be held at the
Playford Alive Town Park, with the
movies set to commence at 8.30pm.
Outdoor cinemas on the way
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