Home' The Bunyip : November 19th 2014 Contents Page 26 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, November 19, 2014
WORK has begun on the first stage of a
$60 million shopping centre in Munno
Para, which is set to create 1000 jobs.
On Sunday, Premier Jay Weatherill turned
the first sod at the site that will eventually
consist of a Woolworths supermarket, Big W,
other speciality shops and a town square.
The first stage of the multimillion-dollar de-
velopment, soon to be known as the Playford
Marketplace, involves the construction of the
4200m2 supermarket, 18 speciality stores and
a town centre on the western side of Peachey
Road, north of Curtis Road, and will create
numerous jobs in construction and in retail
once work is completed.
The first stage is expected to be finished by
the end of 2015, while future planning sees
stage two as including a Big W, more speciality
shops and a further 400 jobs.
Mr Weatherill said there is every reason to
be optimistic about the north.
"The people in the north are resilient, they
have actually had to deal with a lot of change
over the years and we are offering them a new
future here," he said.
"We are prepared to stand with them and
invest in them, but we also want them to step
up and get the skills necessary to find these
"We believe in the northern suburbs,
we believe it has a strong future after car
Member for Napier Jon Gee said this boost
in available jobs comes as a huge relief and
that it is just what the City of Playford needs.
"It is a bit like rain, you know it's coming and
you haven't had any for a while, and when it
finally comes it is a real blessing.
"This is the beginning of many announce-
ments that are going to come in relation to jobs
and opportunities that will attract more hous-
ing to create this Munno Para town centre."
According to Mr Gee, Woolworths will
begin hiring in the first part of 2015, work-
ing with local recruitment organisations, so
Playford residents are given every opportunity
to apply for positions.
Raining jobs in Munno Para
Member for Napier Jon Gee, Woolworths
state manager Chris Peters and Premier Jay
Weatherill attended the turning-of-the-sod
ceremony on Sunday.
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The Collective brought the good life to Munno Para on the
weekend with their performance at the Playford Alive
Community Fun Day. INSET: Crowds gathered on Saturday to
see Australian boy band The Collective perform.
Protestors against The Forrest Review lined the entrance of the Hilton Hotel
where the South Australian Labor Party Convention was held on Saturday.
Protest against premier
LOCAL activist group Stop
Income Management in Play-
ford led a public protest against
Jay Weatherill's blanket endorse-
ment of The Forrest Review on
According to SIMPla spokesperson
Pas Forgione, Andrew Forrest's pro-
posal, Indigenous Employment and
Training Review, suggested a signifi-
cant expansion of income manage-
ment across the state.
"It is full of punitive policies that
have failed to work," he said.
"We are still not entirely sure why
Jay Weatherill, who is regarded as a
more progressive figure, would put
so much support behind a report that
Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have
been reluctant to endorse.
"Weatherill did something misguid-
ed and rushed and made the decision
before speaking to the people affected,
such as Aboriginal communities and
people on income support."
More than 40 protesters from
SIMPla, First Nations' Advocates for
Rights and Equality Anti-Poverty
Network SA, and concerned mem-
bers of the public heckled ministers
outside the South Australian Labor
"Mr Forrest's recommendation that
working-age Centrelink clients have
100 per cent of their funds quarantined
is an unprecedented attack on the rights
of those on income support to control
their finances," Mr Forgione said.
"We want to see the premier gen-
uinely consult with those affected
by government policies, not an 'an-
nounce and defend' approach where
communities are consulted after deci-
sions have been made."
The Maritime Union presented a
motion at the conference condemn-
ing the Premier's endorsement, which
-- Kimberley Pratt
It is a bit like rain, you know
it's coming and you haven't had any
for a while, and when it ﬁnally comes
it is a real blessing.
FOLLOWING his group,
The Collective's headline
performance at the Playford
Alive Community Fun Day in
the Munno Para wetlands on
Saturday, Julian De Vizio said
it is good to come back to his
The event attracted about
5000 people, with the Australian
boy band entertaining audiences
both young and old.
"We love these performances
to all different types of people
because we put music in our sets
that everyone can relate to," De
"We chuck the old songs in
there for the parents in the hope
that they will get up and sing
"Hopefully, at the end of the
set, everyone has had a great
The boy band, which began
on Australia's X Factor in 2012,
came to Munno Para with the
message of living life to the fullest,
as suggested in its recent song The
"I think everyone should live
that way, life is not a PlayStation
game, you cannot just press re-
start," De Vizio said.
"You have just got to live every
single day to the fullest, do some
crazy stuff, have fun with your
friends and family because, as sad
as it is, tomorrow might never
"So it is important to live the
life you want to live and not care
what anyone else thinks."
During the visit, Bell drew
on his experiences as a musician
and advised budding talent at
Elizabeth's Northern Sound
System to always challenge
"If you haven't sung a note, try
and sing a note," he said.
"If you want to play an
instrument, it won't hurt to try.
"Everyday you just try and
work harder to achieve more."
Renewal SA's Acting General
Manager John Blaess said the day
was a great success with not only
The Collective's performance
but also having Andrew 'Cosi'
Costello and local talent to
entertain the crowds.
"We have received a lot of
positive feedback about the event
and the entertainment," he said.
"The free rides, face-painting
and silent disco were all popular
-- it really was a great day out for
the whole family.
"I think we've raised the bar,
so, hopefully, we can still top it
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