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Six community organisations from Adelaide’s northern suburbs will share in $23,465 in grants from the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund.

Local sporting, recreational, social and cultural organisations operating in the Playford Alive urban renewal project area (Smithfield Plains, Davoren Park, Munno Para and Andrews Farm) have been awarded a share of the grants on offer for this round.

The recipients are:

  • Lutheran Community Care – Peachey Place will receive $7500 to install a shed to accommodate the tool library program, community garden equipment and bicycles which are loaned to the community
  • Swallowcliffe (R-7) School: – the Community Partnership Agreement and Aboriginal Elders Village will receive $5000 for a program to maintain the Aboriginal culture for students including weekly art and craft activities based on stories the Elders will be passing on to students
  • Northern Carers Network Inc – the Breakthru Young Carer Project will receive $5000 to provide support to young carers and their siblings (aged 7-18) who support a parent, sibling, family member or significant other. The funding will help the organisation support at least 63 young carers in the Playford Alive area
  • Andrews Farm Junior Soccer Club will receive $4300 to run a healthy eating program for young children
  • Coo-Inda Over 50s – “Let’s Play Bingo” will receive $1015 to upgrade its bingo machine and speakers
  • Davoren Park Youth and Community Club will receive $650 to buy a heavy duty vacuum cleaner to better maintain their facilities.

Renewal SA Chief Executive John Hanlon said the funding would benefit the community through the good work of the successful applicants.

“The Playford Alive Initiatives Fund was established to play a key role in supporting the objectives of Renewal SA by providing funding and sponsorship for local initiatives and capital projects that support community and economic development,” Mr Hanlon said.

“The fund has helped organisations grow, become more independent and sustainable while supporting projects and activities that make a positive contribution to the community.

“There were a number of high quality applicants this year with 14 organisations applying for funds. Our congratulations go to the six organisations whose applications to the 2014 Playford Alive Initiatives Fund were successful. The funding will be put to good use and we look forward to seeing the results in the months ahead.”

Since the fund was established in 2009 about $700,000 has been provided to benefit the Playford Alive community. A further $1.25m has been committed to the upgrade of the John McVeity Centre in Smithfield Plains and $2.25m to the construction of the new Stretton Centre in Munno Para.

The fund is an initiative of Renewal SA and Housing SA and is supported by the City of Playford.

City of Playford Mayor, Glenn Docherty, who is also Chair of the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund Board, congratulated the six successful applicants.

“The City of Playford is proud to support the grass-roots work of local organisations through the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund and congratulates the recipients for the work they do in supporting the local community”, Mayor Docherty said.

About Playford Alive

In February 2006 the state government announced a $1 billion rejuvenation of Adelaide’s outer northern suburbs. The Playford Alive urban renewal project involves the regeneration of the Peachey Belt (Davoren Park and Smithfield Plains) and the development of broadacre land in Munno Para and Andrews Farm currently under the control of Renewal SA.

Renewal SA is the lead agency for the delivery of the project, in collaboration with the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, the City of Playford and the community.

Playford Alive is delivering an integrated approach to rejuvenate the existing and new communities through the renovation of existing Government owned housing, development of new homes, additional new schools, health facilities and shopping centres, recreational areas, access to training and employment opportunities and improved accessibility to public transport.

The Playford Alive urban renewal is expected to run for 15 years with the development of more than 9,000 new homes and population growth from 13,000 to more than 40,000 people.

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