More than 58,500 people reside in the City of West Torrens and the number of new residential developments is increasing annually. Data released at the latest Australian Census shows that more than 53% of residents living in West Torrens have been here for a minimum of five years, with almost 18% having moved from another part of South Australia. The West Torrens community prides itself on diversity and has a vibrant mix of nationalities. More than 23% originate from countries where English is not their first language, predominantly India, Greece, China and Italy. The city is home to a number of large shopping precincts including Harbour Town, IKEA, the Mile End Homemaker Centre and the newly opened Brickworks Marketplace complex. These shopping precincts are home to myriad local and international businesses that keep the local economy flourishing. In 2015 retail investors successfully completed the $65 million redevelopment of the popular Brickworks Marketplace.
Our city is recognised as the gateway to the Adelaide Central Business District offering a valuable destination for tourists and increasing opportunities for investment. New business and employment opportunities are abundant due to our innovative business collaborations and positive investment environment. International pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has just announced investment in their production base at Thebarton. When the $21 million expansion is completed, the facility will become the national hub for producing a drug used to reduce infections in cancer patients.