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Pt Adelaide/Enfield council – City Plan 2012-2016

6 Mar 2013 iProperty Network 0 Comment


Four years ago the City of Port Adelaide Enfield prepared a long-term, strategic document – the City Plan 2010-2016 – which was designed to express the aspirations of the people who live and work in the Council area, and those who visit the area.

It served as an important guide for Council decision-making and has helped shape Council’s priorities, but now it’s time for it to be reviewed and updated.

In 2013 Council is scrutinising the City Plan to see how far we have progressed in our journey towards a common vision for our city – and to identify the path Council will take over the next four years.

Just as the original document was produced in consultation with the community, council residents, workers, students and visitors will again have an opportunity to provide feedback.


The Big Picture


Council’s approach to strategic planning and reporting is embedded in its strategic management framework.

There are a number of documents that make up the structure of Port Adelaide Enfield’s Strategic Management Framework.

Principal in these is the City Plan, which sets the direction for Council over a specific period of time.  The City Plan review is part of Council’s approach to strategic, accountable and responsible management.

The City Today

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is located in the north-western region of Adelaide, extending from the River Torrens in the east to Outer Harbor in the west.  Incorporating extensive residential, commercial and industrial areas, it covers an area of approximately 94 square kilometres, making it one of the largest metropolitan Councils within South Australia.

It has a large and culturally diverse population.  At the 2011 Census, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield had a resident population of around 116,000.  It continues to be a growing and developing area, with major urban development and renewal projects in Northgate, Clearview, Northfield and Greenacres leading to the construction of around 7,000 new dwellings over the next 10 years.  Significant industrial development will be occurring on the Northern Lefevre Peninsula and at Gillman.

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has a significant role in the State’s economy, with 30% of Adelaide’s industrial land and 20% of Adelaide’s industrial output, as well as containing 70% of Adelaide’s transport industry sites.  The area provides jobs for over 44,000 people.

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is also home to a number of historically and environmentally significant areas such as the Dolphin Sanctuary, Biodiversity Park, Barker Inlet, the Port River, the Gillman Wetlands, Barker Inlet Wetlands and Dry Creek and River Torrens Linear Parks.

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield and its environment have changed in the last three years and trends provide us with a glimpse of challenges and opportunities in the near future:

  • Through careful management of our resources we have avoided significant disadvantage from the Global Financial Crisis, but we need to continue to encourage commercial development and create education and employment opportunities across our City.
  • Major housing development across the Council area, including Lightsview and the now-completed Westwood means we need to work hard to address the challenges and opportunities of increased residential growth.  These challenges could include requirement for services and pressure on our road networks, and natural environment.
  • Our City is home to a culturally and socially diverse population, which includes many people who are experiencing disadvantage.  We will continue to look for ways to support and celebrate the diverse interests of our community.



Our Vision 2030

Our Vision is for:

  • A City that values its rich history and cultural identity
  • A City that embraces and celebrates its diversity and encourages community connection
  • An innovative, economically thriving and environmentally responsible City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • A city of opportunity – realising its potential

City Plan Goals

City Plan - Goal 1 - BannerA strong and sustainable local economy built on the growth of a diverse range of economic activities that provide employment and other benefits for the community.
City Plan - Tell Us What You think Objectives

  1. An attractive, vibrant and revitalised Port Adelaide Regional Centre, supported by a variety of quality retail, tourist, commercial and residential development.
  2. Strong and effective linkages exist between the community, education and training providers and local employers.
  3. Support for and recognition of business initiatives that employ local people.
  4. Opportunities for economic diversification are encouraged.
  5. Strategic land use and infrastructure planning supports economic development while balancing social and environmental outcomes.

Some of our many achievements

  • State Government and Council have collaborated to allocate a total of $7.6 million to assist with the revitalisation of the Port Adelaide Centre in the short to medium term.
  • Council secured funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Liveable Communities Program to prepare design, documentation for future upgrade of Commercial Road North.
  • Partnership meeting with Tea Tree Gully Council to establish a case for funding targeted at areas in need including Kilburn, Blair Athol and the northern region of Council.
  • Council contributed $10,000 towards the construction skills training project for Aboriginal people, a partnership between Council, Housing SA, North East Vocational College, Uniting Care Wesley, SA Works and the Construction Training Board. This resulted in five young people gaining apprenticeships/traineeships in the construction industry.
  • Advice and guidance provided in the preparation of the North West Corridor Structure Plan, the Parks Community Centre redevelopment, the proposed part-development of Gillman employment lands and the proposed redevelopment of the Klemzig Interchange for residential and mixed use development.
  • Commissioned a lighting strategy that has illuminated historic buildings and structures in Port Adelaide to facilitate investment and improvements in property in the area

Key challenges into the future

  • Creating and implementing successful programs and projects that lead to the Port Centre revitalisation.
  • Increasing the levels of education and skills development for local residents.
  • Maximising employment opportunities in the region for local residents.
  • Provision of well planned, strategic transport infrastructure including integration of road, rail and port infrastructure.
  • Relatively high number of households with no internet connection (average – 27%)



City Plan - Goal 2

A healthy and connected community that supports and values people, culture and place.
City Plan - Tell Us What You think


  1. An engaged community with residents enjoying a high level of participation in community life.
  2. An active and healthy community that has access to positive lifestyle choices.
  3. A community that is recognised as being safe, welcoming and inclusive.
  4. Volunteering opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the community.

Some of our many achievements

  • Facilitation of special events and local festivals including Port Festival 2010, Annual Twilight Christmas Parade and contribution to community events through Council’s Event Sponsorship grants.
  • Development of Footprints Project, community murals and programs for new arrivals.
  • Significant Public Art initiatives including 2 public artworks on Semaphore Road, Hillcrest Community Centre murals project, Mosaic pavers project at Woodville Gardens School.
  • Implementation of the One Library System
  • Created opportunities for 250+ Council volunteers, who contribute 35,000 hours of unpaid voluntary work per year
  • Delivered one of the first Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Projects in the state, to improve the health of young Council residents
  • Established partnerships with training organisations to enable local residents to obtain Hospitality certificates and gain employment at Kilburn Community centre

Key challenges into the future

  • Meeting the demands of a growing and diverse population.
  • Pockets of significant socio-economic disadvantage characterised by:
    • comparatively low individual and household income,
    • high proportions of public housing,
    • lower educational attainment,
    • higher unemployment,
    • and low vehicle ownership, but without adequate access to public transport
  • Perception of safety.
  • Comparatively higher levels of physical and mental health challenges.
  • Declining participation in physical activity and increasing levels of obesity.
  • Diminishing volunteer numbers.



City Plan - Goal 3

Natural and urban environments characterised by clean air, soil, water and biodiversity that are cared for and respected by businesses and the community.
City Plan - Tell Us What You think


  1. An effective and integrated approach to sustainable water management.
  2. The impacts of climate change on the local community, the natural environment and Council’s infrastructure are identified and addressed.
  3. A Council and community committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.
  4. Areas of biodiversity in the City are protected and expanded.
  5. Urban and industrial development does not have a detrimental impact on the quality of the natural environment.
  6. A state of preparedness for environmental disasters in collaboration with the community and key stakeholders.
  7. Improved waste management through community education and collaboration with key stakeholders.

Some of our many achievements

  • Completion of Stage 1 (research and analysis) of the Western Region Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
  • Energy efficiency and reduction in corporate-wide greenhouse gas emissions
  • Water consumption reduction
  • Implementation of State Government’s Better Development Policy within Council’s Development Plan strengthens protection of natural environment during the development assessment for new developments.
  • Over 23 tonnes of hazardous materials were collected over the 2 free hazardous household chemical collection days held in May 2012 at Council’sWillochra Streetand Kilburn Depots.
  • Around 15 tonnes consisted of old paints and motor oils, and around 1kg of the extremely dangerous poison strychnine was safely removed from the environment.
  • 49% of materials were diverted from landfill for 2011/2012 financial year.

Key challenges into the future

  • Increasing growth of both residential and industrial development in the Council area, providing both challenges and opportunities for a sustainable quality of life.
  • Managing climate change impacts and adaptation opportunities.
  • Ensuring adequate public green and open spaces for recreation and biodiversity.
  • Increasing imperative to conserve water and energy in the urban environment.
  • Managing pollution to improve water, soil, and air quality.
  • Reducing waste creation and increasing recycling, including organic materials.
  • Protection of the coastal environment and waterways.
  • Sustainable transport planning, including a shift to alternative modes of transport.



City Plan - Goal 4A vibrant and attractive City that is well-planned and accessible, with safe and healthy places to live, work and play.
City Plan - Tell Us What You think Objectives

  1. A diverse range of socially and environmentally appropriate housing to meet community needs and expectations.
  2. An integrated transport system that is safe, efficient, convenient and sustainable, and that encourages the use of alternative forms of transport.
  3. Pedestrian and cycle networks and trails that provide connections within communities and link passive and active recreation areas.
  4. Urban form shaped by appropriate policy and principles of development control expressed in the Port Adelaide Enfield (City) Development Plan.
  5. Port Adelaide Enfield urban development issues represented in strategic land use planning at a State level.
  6. Detrimental health impacts from industrial areas and transport corridors minimised through appropriate land use planning that balances the needs of industry and residents.
  7. An urban environment characterised by attractive and sustainable landscaping and useable open space throughout residential and commercial areas.
  8. Equitably distributed and accessible community assets and infrastructure provided and maintained in a fit-for-purpose condition.
  9. Natural and built heritage that is widely appreciated and preserved.

Some of our many achievements

  • Westwood redevelopment of housing in the suburbs of Mansfield Park, Angle Park, Ferryden Park and Woodville Gardens
  • Bus patronage increased from 6.6% to 7.3% when comparing 2006 to 2011 Census data (greater Adelaide increased from 5.8% to 5.9%). There was no change in percentage of people using trains noting a number of major disruptions to services due upgrade of infrastructure by State Government.
  • There was a 21.4% reduction in fatal and serious injury road accidents on Council-maintained roads between 2011 and 2012.
  • Redevelopment of Semaphore Road completed.
  • Council worked extensively with DPTI to review and amend parking controls on roads with bike lanes to ensure parking signs were consistent with bike lane requirements.
  • Continued representation at State Government level in relation to the Port Waterfront redevelopment, Meyer Oval, Lightsview and the South Road Superway.
  • Responded to proposals by the Minister for Planning to rezone land on the Northern Lefevre Peninsula for industrial development and to a proposal to rezone industrial land at Churchill Road, Kilburn for a new shopping centre.
  • Commenced a major redevelopment of Klemzig reserve and invested $2.3 million in the Lefvre Community Stadium

Key challenges into the future

  • Narrower residential streets in new housing developments and less opportunity for on-street parking.
  • Newer residential areas with relatively less private open space than older residential areas.
  • Effect of South Road Superway construction works on travel times.
  • Status of the Port Adelaide regional centre (including Hart’s Mill, Black Diamond Square, and Dock One).
  • Interface between housing and industries at Birkenhead, Blair Athol, Kilburn, and Dry Creek.
  • Nature of public access to the waterfront of thePortRiverand shoreline of Outer Harbor.
  • Effect of rail freight movements upon residents living near the Adelaide-Outer Harbor rail freight line.
  • Industrialisation of the Lefevre Peninsula
  • Projected increases of vehicle traffic levels in coming years



City Plan - Goal 5

Elected Members and staff are committed to achieving the 2030 Vision for the Port Adelaide Enfield community.
City Plan - Tell Us What You think


  1. Strong and proactive leadership and a collaborative approach to working with the community and other key stakeholders.
  2. Financial sustainability and the responsible management of community assets.
  3. Robust governance and systems that ensure accountable, transparent and informed decision making and provide effective risk management and mitigation.
  4. Valued skilled and professional staff working towards achieving the 2030 Vision.
  5. A high level of customer service for internal and external stakeholders.
  6. Council understands and is responsive to the community’s needs and aspirations.
  7. Effective and innovative information and knowledge management systems that enable staff to achieve the 2030 Vision.

Some of our many achievements

  • Developed strategies and tools to manage our precious assets.
  • Improved the financial capacity of the region by avoiding major rate increases.
  • Provided traineeships for local young people in horticulture, library and administrative roles.

Key challenges into the future

  • Greying of Council workforce
  • Increasing pressure to deliver more products/services using less resources
  • Ageing infrastructure requiring more maintenance

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