The doors are now open at Payinthi, 128 Prospect Road!
What a terrific launch into summer we are having at City of Prospect, led by the opening of our new Council and community building, Payinthi, on Prospect Road. The opening of the new facility marks an exciting step forward for Prospect Road and endless opportunity for our local business community.
City of Prospect’s previous library facility at Thomas Street received approximately 120,000 visitors annually, which is expected to skyrocket at Payinthi.
The new facility encompasses the Town Hall and music programs, civic centre, services and staff, library, children’s area, rear deck, maker spaces, history collection, meeting rooms and Newmarch Gallery. Payinthi means good prospects and marks the first time we have used a Kaurna word to name a Council facility.
The building officially opened its doors on 14 October, which created a buzz around the facility and Prospect Road, with many visitors through the door throughout the day, including hundreds of primary school students from across the area.
“It’s beautiful, it’s welcoming, it’s comfortable and thoroughly engaging if the wonderful feedback from the community is any guide,” said Mayor David O’Loughlin.
“Payinthi is our community’s new home base. With the State Government declining to renew our lease at Thomas Street due to huge enrolment growth at Nailsworth Primary, we turned our loss into a community gain – and our community owns it in every way!”
“Many thanks must go to our hard working Community Reference Group for the project, with representatives drawn from every user group of our old facility. Their care and love is evident in the building design and finishes. Thanks also to the Prospect Art Action Network, Public Art Advisory Board, and the project team, including key council staff who, together with elected members left no stone unturned to deliver a fabulous facility within our budget constraints.”
Our new Chief Executive Officer Nigel McBride also started with us on the very same day we opened the doors of Payinthi!
“Nigel brings new energy, ideas and a first class network of contacts throughout the business and development sectors in South Australia which we intend to use to attract and guide a range of quality investments along our corridors including Main North Road, the northern gateway to the CBD and the burgeoning northern economy,” said Mayor O’Loughlin.
“Prospect Road recently won the 2019 Mainstreet SA Statewide Super Community Choice Award, just one more sign that our community loves the new buzz around the city and all it has to offer. I can’t wait for our summer events season to start – it’s so good to see locals enjoying everything on offer,” said Mayor O’Loughlin.READ MORE