In 2010 the City of Port Adelaide Enfield prepared a long-term, strategic document – the City Plan 2010-2016. The City Plan is designed to express the aspirations of the people who live and work in the Council area, and those who visit the area. It serves as an important guide for Council decision-making and has helped shape Council’s priorities.
In 2013 Council embarked on a process to review the City Plan to see how far we have progressed in our journey towards a common vision for our city. Council residents, workers, students and visitors were given an opportunity to provide feedback on the City Plan and have helped council to identify what has been achieved and what needs further attention.
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 based around five goals. The 2013 City Plan review was 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 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