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.
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 building.
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.”