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Playford prepares for life after Holden

Friday, 19 April 2013
Author: Melissa Mack, Indaily

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THE City of Playford is moving away from a reliance on car manufacturing in its 30 year plan, instead looking to horticulture and defence to secure the region's jobs.

The council also aims to build a "northern CBD" to consolidate local jobs in service and professional industries.

"We aren't sure what we'll be driving in 2043 and whether there will be an effective car industry in SA," Mayor Glenn Docherty told Indaily.

"[But] we know we can't rely solely in manufacturing in the northern suburbs and need to diversify."

Earlier this month Holden announced it would cut 400 jobs from its Elizabeth plant which is likely to have a knock-on effect to the companies that supply parts for the factory.

The council's 'Community Vision 2043' plan highlights a focus on a "central business district" for the north in Elizabeth and a diversification of other industries.

Docherty said the region needed to take a "serious look" at where its future lay, with the vision document including a target of 75 per cent of residents being able to work in the region.

"With northern Adelaide being one of the only places of significant housing growth in metropolitan Adelaide, Elizabeth is in the prime spot to have those services," he said.

"Council is definitely keen on moving quickly on the northern CBD; we see real opportunity around commercial growth with service industries and professional industries.

"We see a demand for things like commercial office spaces for accountants, lawyers and other professional services and government departments, and there are opportunities there for headquarters for not-for-profit to add diversity to the current regional centre."

Despite manufacturing output from the region being worth $20.3 billion per year, Docherty said it would become increasingly important to diversify.

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