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This year the Playford Alive project celebrates its tenth anniversary by sharing the achievements of the past decade and the stories of the people that call Playford Alive home.

Playford Alive milestones

In this tenth year we take a moment to reflect on some of the significant milestones of the Playford Alive project.


  • Project commenced and civil works began on first stages to create new lots for sale
  • The Works Program commenced with training and employment opportunities offered to the local community and the first live training site in operation
  • The Playford Alive Community Reference Group up and running


  • First new lots released for sale – house buyers began to make Playford Alive their home!
  • First Playford Alive Initiative Fund grant round is announced and awards $204,000 in grant funding


  • John Hartley School opened in Smithfield Plains
  • Inaugural Playford Alive Local Heroes Awards


  • First display village opened
  • Mark Oliphant College opened in Munno Para


  • Playford Alive commended at the Local Government Management Association of SA’s Leadership Excellence Awards
  • Stebonheath / Curtis Road Wetlands completed


  • Playford Alive’s commercial precinct in Munno Para has its biggest sales year with five sites sold – for a McDonalds, Stepping Stone (SA) Child and Early Development Centre, On the Run, veterinary clinic and the Stretton Centre


  • New Adelaide North Special School opened in Munno Para
  • Newly renovated John McVeity Centre re-opened in Smithfield Plains


  • Opened the Playford Town Centre at Munno Para with Woolworths and several retail and speciality shops
  • Stretton Centre opened - meet four clever entrepreneurs and discover this incredible collaborative space, located right in the heart of The Playford Alive Town Centre
  • Opened the Playford Alive Town Park, which gets a commendation at the Planning Institute of Australia Excellence Awards
  • Playford Alive’s Town Life Living townhouses win State UDIA Awards for Medium Density and Affordable Housing


  • Second display village opened
  • Playford Alive’s Town Life Living townhouses win National UDIA Award for Affordable Housing
  • Playford Alive Town Park wins Kidsafe National Playspace Design Award


  • More businesses open at Playford Alive including a beauty salon, a new service station, Indian supermarket, restaurants, a real estate agent, post office
  • Playford Alive’s Community Reference Group celebrates their 10 year anniversary
  • Completion of the Smith Creek walking and cycling trail connecting Curtis Road to Crittenden Road in Smithfield Plains


  • Upgrade of Peachey Road from Womma Road to Curtis Road – final portion under construction and anticipated for completion this year

So Alive

Playford Alive's residents tell us their stories

For many who call the neighbourhood home, there are more reasons than ever to love life in Playford Alive. We filmed three families who tell us in the new So Alive series why they plan to stay in Playford Alive – for life!

Alvin and Anita

A young family with amazingly energetic kids, Alvin and Anita have been through it all, moving in just five months from the start of their build. They’re loving life in Playford Alive so much, they’re here to stay.

Find out why in the following short film.

Seeking Playford Alive’s Local Heroes

Playford Alive is calling for the community to recognise their best people with nominations opening recently for the Local Heroes Awards.

The Playford Alive Local Heroes Awards recognise community and business achievements in the Playford Alive project area (Smithfield Plains, Davoren Park, Munno Para, Andrews Farm and Eyre) who are actively involved in giving back to their community.

If you think you know someone local to Playford Alive who deserves to be rewarded for their community spirit and/or business savvy, read more about how you can nominate them for a Local Hero Award.

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