Like many Australian communities, the City of Playford faces ongoing economic and social headwinds. More than ever, residents and businesses look to its leaders to be more agile, more capable and better at prioritising the needs of community.
We face one of the biggest changes to northern Adelaide in 50 years, with the closure of General Motors Holden in 2017. Our reliance as a region on manufacturing to provide economic stability has passed.
Globally, the world is coming to terms with how rapidly changing technology will shape our future. The digital revolution continues to connect and change society in ways we couldn't have imagined just a few years ago. The digital economy - those activities that are enabled by technologies such as the internet and mobile devices - has changed community expectations about how they access services and information.
We know we must be open to new ideas and in response, Council will work to transform Playford into a Smart City, Connected Community.
A focus on transitioning Playford into South Australia's leading recognised Smart City will drive economic and social prosperity. Technology will enhance the connections between residents, business and visitors and provide our community with increased opportunities.
It will use technology to opens doors and respond to the community's calls for economic growth and employment stability.
The Smart City, Connected Community direction will reinvent Playford and once again lift this proud and resilient community.
In July 2016, the City of Playford endorsed an update to its Strategic Plan to simplify the organisation's priorities, bring greater focus to Council's direction and heighten the organisation's efforts in response to the economic and social challenges that face the Playford community.
The 2016 Strategic Plan Update incorporates the social and economic programs needed to transform the City of Playford into a Smart City, Connected Community.
It details the work that needs to take place over the next four years, leveraging technology to help fulfil the community's vision for Playford to be prosperous, liveable and happy.
Retaining Council's long term strategies, the updated plan consolidates the 21 lighthouse projects into six Smart Programs, providing clear direction and focus.
A copy of the plan endorsed by Council is available here.