New stories of jobs being created in the City of Salisbury

$7 million Business Attraction Fund for Northern Adelaide Food Park

Coles Distribution Centre at Edinburgh Parks

The next stage of the Northern Adelaide Food Park is underway, with $7 million funding available to attract food and beverage processors, manufacturers, packaging and logistics businesses looking to locate at the new industry hub to create jobs, increase exports, and stimulate economic growth.

The Food Park will be located at Edinburgh Parks, instead of the site initially selected at Parafield Airport’s Cross Keys precinct.

A $7 million Food Park Business Attraction Fund is now available to help businesses looking to relocate to an innovative, smart and central food manufacturing area.

Existing food and beverage businesses located at the Food Park site in Edinburgh Parks, as well as international and interstate businesses looking to relocate to South Australia, may also be eligible to apply to the State Government’s $200 million Future Jobs Fund.

There are currently four well-known and reputable South Australian companies who are in negotiation to sign on as tenants of the Food Park.

Premier Jay Weatherill saidI’m thrilled to announce our $7 million Food Park Business Attraction Fund, which will help businesses relocate to reach local, national and international markets quickly.

South Australia is a global leader in growing clean and green produce and the food industry continues to grow at a record rate.

In December, our food and wine revenue hit a record $18.64 billion and created 3400 jobs in the past year and we’re pleased to continue supporting this industry through the Northern Adelaide Food Park and these grants.”


The Food Park will generate economic growth in northern Adelaide by attracting new and expanding businesses. It will encourage innovation in the food industry by forging collaborative partnerships, economies of scale and knowledge sharing.

Parafield Airport Ltd’s Cross Keys Precinct was initially identified as the preferred site for detailed concept, infrastructure and implementation planning of a food park following an open market and site assessment process. This initial phase was undertaken with an intent from both parties to review the outcomes of concept planning before any further commitment.

After detailed planning, site feasibility work, and discussions with the food industry, it was determined the Parafield Airport site proposal wasn’t commercially attractive to the private sector, as it was unable to provide the flexibility of tenure or development opportunities many local businesses were looking for.

The Food Park will capitalise on ‘South Australia’s premium food and wine exported to the world’ credentials, maximising production of value-added food, wine and beverages.

The project forms a key part of the Northern Economic Plan, developed by the State Government in partnership with local councils, industry, business and the community to support economic growth and create jobs in the Northern Adelaide area.

For more information on the Food Park Business Attraction Fund go to

Edinburgh Parks

Edinburgh Parks in northern Adelaide is about 25 kilometres from Adelaide CBD. Based in the City of Salisbury Edinburgh Parks site offers rapid development opportunities for businesses, multiple tenure options and well-serviced with the majority of base infrastructure already in place.

Edinburgh parks provides a cost competitive opportunity for local food and beverage processors, manufacturers, packaging and logistics businesses considering expanding their business or starting operations in northern Adelaide. Food-based business that already call Edinbugh Parks home include Coles Distribution Centre (92,000 sqm), Inghams Processing Facility (24,000sqm), Comfresh, Infuse Bottling Co., and Nobel Wines.

The site will be home to leading local, national and international companies that drive growth and exports in South Australia’s value-add food sector.

Download: City of Salisbury – Food Processing Sector Profile

On The Run provides platform for Bickford’s to launch new products

Bickford's at Salisbury South

Bickford’s at Salisbury South

As reported in AdelaideNow,  On The Run is South Australia’s largest private employer in SA – with more than 2400 direct employees at its 130-plus stores – the 24/7 outlet is also a platform for local companies to launch products.

Salisbury-based drink company Bickford’s has had a strong relationship with OTR’s Shahin family for more than 20 years. It has successfully launched several products via OTR, the most recent being its Chiahh range of drinks.

In 2014, the two combined to create a stand-alone section, complete with dedicated SA branding, that promoted locally made beverages that went beyond Bickford’s range.

Golden North who also has the headquarters in City of Salisbury has also benefited with the launch of their soft serve ice cream.

To find out how more how you support local goods and services see

Edinburgh Parks sites get snapped up

Edinburgh Parks

While automotive manufacturing at GM Holden will end in 2017, there is a positive future ahead for the northern region.

With seven businesses taking up more than 19.8 hectares and creating approximately 250 jobs in Edinburgh Parks in the last two years, many businesses are realising the great value industrial property represents at Edinburgh Parks. This is supporting a smooth transition away from automotive activity. The recent purchases of several ex-automotive sites prove to be a gateway to future industrial development which will endeavour to bring in jobs and sustainably transform the region’s industrial base over the long term.

These advantages were recently be reported in the The Advertiser where businesses explain why they have made the move to Edinburgh Parks over other locations. Read here. 

The businesses who have made Edinburgh Parks their home in the last two years include:

  • Footersville
  • YourDC
  • Mayfield Engineering
  • Dowell Windows
  • Tilling
  • Comfresh
  • Infuse Bottling Company

There two other sites that are currently under negotiation with many more deals in the pipeline.

“What we are seeing is good value buying where businesses are realising the established infrastructure area of Edinburgh Parks,” said Mayor Gillian Aldridge. “Recent developments and project announcements across Northern Adelaide are encouraging signs for the ongoing economic transformation of the region”.

According to Businesses, there are a number of benefits businesses are seeing:

  • Major transport and infrastructure upgrades are bringing new and improved access to Edinburgh Parks including the $1 billion
  • Northern Connector and South Road upgrades.
  • Access to labour where northern Adelaide has South Australian’s fastest growing population
  • Proximity to major Defence Contractors, Defence Science and Technology Group and RAAF Base
  • Neighbouring freight companies and distribution centres such as Coles Distribution Centre based in Edinburgh Parks

To find the right site in Edinburgh Parks our Economic Development Team is here to offer investors and businesses free and confidential services to help you find the right site to grow and expand your business.


Call us on (08) 8260 8205 to find out how we can help

Technology Park- Smart, Growing and Global

Codan Premises at Technology Park 2Technology Park’s reputation as Adelaide’s premier business location for knowledge intensive firms has been further cemented with a raft of activity over the past six months.

“Technology Park is home to more than 80 businesses, and recent expansions and relocations will make a significant contribution to the ongoing value and synergies that come from like businesses co-locating,” said Mayor Gillian Aldridge.

“These businesses have University of South Australia expertise at their doorstep with the new multi-million dollar Future Industries Institute, which focuses on building knowledge and capacity in core future industries. It provides business real scope to leverage these research capabilities to address real world issues.”

Codan recently centralised its Adelaide operations to Technology Park bringing over 250 staff. Codan exports to more than 150 countries with leading-edge technology solutions that solve customers’ communications, safety, security and productivity problems in some of the harshest environments on Earth.

Managing Director and CEO Donald McGurk said Codan’s new premises underwent significant redevelopment and a refit “bringing a campus-feel to the workplace”. “It has been designed to foster a culture of collaboration and interaction by being predominately open-planned, with minimal offices and extensive break-out and meeting spaces,” he said.

The choice to relocate to Technology Park was a simple one for Codan, said Matthew Csortan, Executive of Operations. “Technology Park is the premier technology precinct in Adelaide and Codan establishing its global base of operations here puts us amongst other like-minded hi-tech and defence organisations, which will benefit both business and the community as well as supporting economic growth in the northern suburbs”.

Other recent expansions and relocations include:

  • Speedcast purchased and expanded facilities to provide teleport and satellite capabilities to service providers and the natural resources and government sectors. This recent acquisition accounted for a growth in staff and the construction of multiple on-site satellite dishes.
  • Ellex has signed a conditional contract to buy an office building of some 4,500 square metres, which will become the headquarters of this ASX listed company. They design and make ophthalmic lasers and ultrasounds to treat eye disease. This move will bring over 150 staff with plans to grow significantly to meet increasing export demands.
  • In November combat system manufacturers Lockheed Martin Australia opened their new facility, which integrates the best sensors, sonar, radar, navigation, imagery systems and weapons for Australia’s future submarine combat systems.
  • Global aerospace giant Boeing established their first ever South Australian headquarters at Innovation House at Technology Park to prepare for eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft at the RAAF Edinburgh Base.
  • Defence firm CEA Technologies is expanding from its current location in Technology Park to a new purpose built two storey office plus separate workshop.


Click here for more information on the business success stories in the City of Salisbury.

Mayne Pharma $25 million expansion to grow their US markets

Mayne Pharma pharmaceutical facility at Salisbury SouthBased at Salisbury South pharmaceutical company Mayne Pharma is investing $25 million in its manufacturing facility to support their significant export opportunities in the United States as highlighted by a story on AdelaideNow
Mayne Pharma is expanding by putting in new infrastructure and equipment in to its facility over the next 18 months.
Much of the spend is related to the production of its Doryx brand which is a treatment for acne in the US as Mayne last year suecured the marketing right for the brand in its biggest market.
Its expected this will fuel a growth in high-tech jobs which as already see a 25% growth in staff over the past two years to 200.
There will be high-tech jobs in the future at the site, which also houses its research and development centre, where the company innovates to improve older patents and formulations.
The Salisbury workforce has grown by 25 per cent in the past two years to 200 staff.
Their expansion plans includes

  • $10 million is going towards equipment, including a fluid bed dryer and sprayers, to add polymers or coatings to the drug that can control its release in the body.
  • $15 million is towards new tablet presses, high-sheer granulators and a tablet film coater which will be put into a new manufacturing rooms.
  • 600 square metres of new processing areas within the existing (12,000sq m) factory

The production faculties at Salisbury makes about 3 billion capsules and tablets, 100 metric tonnes of bulk product and 16 million units of liquids and creams of which 75% is exported to US. Other markets also include South Korea, Canada and some parts of Europe and Asia.

In SA, Mayne Pharma’s history stems from FH Faulding and Co and the company remains one of the largest and most prominent public companies headquartered in South Australia.

Mayne Pharma’s Website

$10 Million to grow small business and create jobs in the north

Guidelines released today outline how the $10 million Small Business Development Fund will support small businesses to grow and create multiple, ongoing jobs in northern Adelaide.

An initiative under the State Government’s Northern Economic Plan, the Fund will provide small businesses with financial support through two Grant programs, over three years.

A total of $4 million in Start-Up Business Grants worth up to $20,000 will assist entrepreneurship and new business establishment, while $6 million in Business Expansion Grants worth between $10,000 and $100,000 will support activities that grow small, established businesses.

The Grants are exclusively for businesses based in the local government areas of Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield. Applications open on July 1.


The Small Business Development Fund is an initiative under the Northern Economic Plan, which has been developed by the State Government in partnership with the Playford, Salisbury, and Port Adelaide Enfield Councils, along with industries, businesses, and the community.

The Northern Economic Plan is a blueprint for a prosperous northern Adelaide, focused on creating jobs and empowering local communities. More information about the Northern Economic Plan is available at

The guidelines can be found here.



Food Park at Parafield Airport gives tenants $7 million boost

Food Park Parafield AirportA new Food Park will be located at Parafield Airport has been given a boost with $7 million to attract anchor tenants to the Northern Adelaide Food Park and to promote the use of renewable energy and energy storage solutions at the Food Park.

This announcement forms part of $24 million of new projects announced as part of the Northern Economic Plan launch by the Premier last week at Bickford’s at Salisbury South.

The 40-hectare site will be located at southern end of Parafield Airport and will bring together food manufacturers, packaging and transport companies. Co-locating services will improve efficiencies and cost competitiveness.

Every year for the past 17 years the state’s horticulture sector has increased in value. It currently contributes about $250 million to the total state economy (6.5 per cent). In addition, South Australia’s food and wine industries generated a record $18.2 billion in revenue in 2014-2015. Finished food and wine exports increased by 17 per cent in the past financial year.

The City of Salisbury truly is the food hub of South Australia with the largest concentration of food and grocery activity in the state delivering clean and green produce and premium food products to the world. We are the ideal location for food businesses and enjoy access to major food distribution centres whether that be via road, rail or air. See our Food and Beverage Processing Sector Profile for more about the benefits of locating food based operations in the area.

The park is currently on hunt for tenants. For more information and to register for updates visit

Major Works underway at Mawson Lakes

Capitial Mawson LakesHave you noticed the earthmovers and excavators hard at work on Capital Street in Mawson Lakes?

Mayor Gillian Aldridge this morning ‘turned the soil’ to mark the commencement of work on the $45 million Mawson Lakes Central Plaza development.

The project – by Hot Property Group and Romeo’s Retail Group – will comprise a 4,000m² retail complex with a large supermarket set to house Romeo’s New Foodland Supermarket and 11 speciality stores, along with 82 modern townhouses and common area facilities that will accommodate up to 217 local, international and interstate students.

Pictured from left are Valentino Fuda (Hot Property Group), Mayor Aldridge, Tony Pullino (Hot Property Group), and Anthony and Paul Romeo (Romeo’s Retail Group).

Parafield Airport precinct to host 40ha Food Park

A 40-HECTARE food manufacturing hub will be established at the Parafield Airport precinct will bring together the packaging, distribution and transport of food products.

With Premier Jay Weatherill revealing the Parafield Airport precinct had been chosen from eight potential sites. The Government has allocated $2 million over two years to planning the food hub. “By co-locating and even sharing certain utilities creating cost competitiveness and driving efficiencies,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of Food SA, Catherine Barnett, said today’s announcement was welcomed by the industry.

“The proposed Food Park is a great step for the South Australian food industry to encourage world’s best practice, collaboration and the opportunity to reduce manufacturing costs through new, efficient facilities and shared services,” she said.

“The South Australian food industry is very well networked and a hub, such as a Food Park, will continue to bring the industry together and will benefit those inside the precinct and other industry players who will want to use the facilities.”

Managing Director of Parafield Airport Limited Mark Young said the Food Park would further utilise airport land, extending the organisation’s portfolio of activities.

“Parafield Airport is located very close to food processing and manufacturing businesses and major food distribution centres in northern Adelaide, with close links to road, rail, air and heavy vehicle infrastructure,” he said.

The 40ha is based on south west corner of Parafield Airport and according to Parafield Airport Ltd Managing Director Mark Young the site was “development-ready and appropriately zoned as set out in the Parafield Airport Master Plan”.

In addition to the synergies that you get when you co-located like businesses together locating the Food Park at Parafield Airport will provide food business a number of compelling advantages including:

  • Centrality to a broad regional and metropolitan labour market
  • Limited residential interface, but close proximity to the amenities of Mawson Lakes
  • Synergies with the University of South Australia’s adjoining campus and nearby Technology Park
  • Access to low cost Salisbury Water which can be brought up to food grade quality to provide water supplies lower than SA Water
  • Locating at Parafield Airport also has a strong visual frontage to the community which is ideal for branding but also creates exciting potential for factory outlets with the vicinity. (Elder Smith 28,000 per day* Main North Rd 56,300 per day* – Average Daily Traffic Estimates (DPTI May 15)
  • Access to public transport including the train transport via City the Gawler line at Mawson Lakes, plus public bus routes on Main North Rd and Salisbury Highway.
  • Centrality to distribution centres including Aldi (Regency Park), Woolworths (Gepps Cross), Coles (Edinburgh Parks) a planned $65 million distribution centre at Salisbury South, Costco (Kilburn) and Adelaide Produce Market (Pooraka) with streamlined road access.
  • Excellent transport links facilitating quick access to the Port of Adelaide, airports and intermodal terminals. Direct connection to the National Highway to service interstate markets.
  • Proximity to major transport and cold storage companies including Gilbert’s Transport Service, Toll, Swire Cold Storage, Border Express, Auscold Logistics, Rapid Haulage and Scott’s Transport

The Salisbury Council understands that food processing provides a significant opportunity to create new jobs.  Over 1,600 people in Salisbury are already employed in this sector with 50% jobs growth between 2006-2011.  This level of growth reflects the vote of confidence food processors have given to Salisbury as their location of choice.  The Food Park will help maintain this growth which is critical to soften the effects of the declining automotive industry and to provide alternative manufacturing jobs for those displaced.

Parafield Airport Limited and the State Government are working collaboratively to undertake detailed concept design, planning and investigations. If you would like receive to further information regarding the Food Park Initiative, visit and complete the registration form.

More details on the City of Salisbury as place to grow your food business see:

Food and Beverage Sector Profile

Logistics Sector Profile

City of Salisbury Investment Prospectus

Here why Bickford’s choose Salisbury relocate and expand their business in Salisbury.

$985 million Northern Connector given the go ahead

On Monday 14 September 2015, the Australian and South Australian Governments announced a joint funding allocation of $985 million to deliver the Northern Connector (road only) as part of the 78 kilometre North-South Corridor, with the Australian and South Australian Governments each contributing $788 million and $197 million respectively.

The new non-stop motorway connecting the already completed Northern Expressway and South Road Superway links, will provide an unimpeded journey from Gawler to Regency Park; a total of 43 kilometres.

The project scope will include:

  • 15.5 kilometre motorway standard road connecting the Northern Expressway and Port Wakefield Road to the Port River Expressway and South Road Superway
  • four road interchanges
  • three lanes in each direction, posted speed of 110 kmph
  • 16 kilometre path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The new motorway is expected to significantly improve freight access to the Port of Adelaide and the industrial areas of Adelaide’s north and northwest,  improved road safety and efficiency, reduction in travel times for commuters travelling to and from the northern suburbs and better serve the industrial and commercial sectors along Port Wakefield Road, with the myriad of businesses along Port Wakefield Road benefiting from improved traffic flow as well.

The rail component of the Northern Connector project has been deferred for future implementation. Initially announced as part of the project, following further planning work has determined that the freight rail line improvements are not required in the shorter term.

Thomas Foods International looks to northern Adelaide for new manufacturing facility to meet export demands

Ready made mealsA South Australian food company Thomas Foods International is promising a significant number of local jobs out of a deal it has reached with a group of Thailand’s biggest private businesses as reported on ABC online.

Thomas Foods International has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s CP Group to build an advanced food processing centre to produce ready-made meals for export. Thomas Foods chief executive Darren Thomas said it could lead to tens of millions of dollars of investment.

“It will be one of our company’s biggest investments so it’ll be in the millions of dollars and the jobs will be there and they’ll be significant,” he said.

The SA Government hoped the deal might benefit Adelaide’s northern suburbs, where the unemployment rate is expected to rise once Holden shuts its car manufacturing plant by 2017.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the northern suburbs and the land availability,” Mr Thomas said.

“If you look at land availability … it would be a logical choice to be looking there.”

Mr Thomas said some of the automotive workers losing their current jobs might be well-suited to the potential work in food processing.

“[That is] because of the high technology and automation, in that there are some skill sets there that I think would be useful and we’ve had discussions along those lines,” he said.

Charoen Pokphand Group is Thailand’s largest private business

  •  Established in 1921, its annual turnover is $US43 billion
  • CP Group has more than 300,000 employees and operates in 18 countries

Thomas Foods International was established in 1988 as T&R Pastoral

  • Based at Murray Bridge in SA, it employs 2,500 people
  • Its annual revenue is $1.3 billion and it exports to 80 countries.

The memorandum of understanding arose from a recent South Australian trade mission to South East Asia, during which the State Government and Austrade introduced the two companies. Premier Jay Weatherill said there was no decision yet on where to build a processing plant, but he would be keen to see it in the northern suburbs.

“While manufacturing generally in South Australia has been in decline, food manufacturing as a category has actually been going up,” he said.

“So there are bright spots in the manufacturing sector and food is one of them.”

For more information on Food Processing Sector in Salisbury see our sector profile.

Over $30 million of investments supported by $11million grants

Mayfield Switchroom UnloadingCity of Salisbury based companies Mayne Pharma, SA Structural, Ezy-Fit Hydraulics, Mayfield Engineering and BAE Systems Australia have all been successful in accessing $11 million in federal manufacturing grants to spur on by over $30 million in planned their planned investments.

These businesses have won these grants through the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme on merit and will invest at least double the grant amount to grow their business. An example includes Mayne Pharma who is investing $11 million in three machinery equipment pieces from their $4 million grant, which will fuel their rapid export growth.

This is a strong indicator businesses have the confidence to invest and the ingenuity to create competitiveness strengths within their businesses. It also shows the how support from the government can stimulate a broad range of investments which will drive both jobs and investment in the manufacturing sector plus in majority of instances brings exports dollars back into our local community.

Successful Applicants

Applicant Organisation Grant amount supported Project Description
SA Structural Pty Ltd $1,261,140 Installation and commissioning of a state-of-the-art coping machine to cut steel using the dual thermal processes of high definition plasma, where extreme precision & quality finish is required.  This will replace a manual steel cutting process, and allow the company to diversify and expand its manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness.
Mayfield Industries Pty Ltd $1,414,981 Introduction of new plant and equipment, including the latest in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM), and improvements to Enterprise Resource and Material Requirement Planning for the production of Switchboards and Transportable Switchrooms.
Mayne Pharma International Pty Ltd $4,000,000 Increase the existing capacity of the spray coating facility with the purchase of a new fluid bed spray coater, which will be used to apply coatings to medicine. Purchase of three key pieces of machinery: Spray coating equipment including fluid bed, mixing vessels, feeders, controls, lifting devices, maintenance and cleaning equipment; and tablet coating equipment including the solution tank and tablet loader; and chiller.
BAE Systems Australia Limited $2,479,500 Establish a complex mill turn capability in hard metals (particularly using the super alloy Inconel).  Expand high-value manufacturing activities to encompass engine components for the Joint Strike Fighter, with the potential to access additional market opportunities in aerospace, oil and gas, nuclear and automotive industries.
Ezy-Fit Engineering Group Pty Ltd $1,932,850 Through the purchase of CNC turning, machining and measuring equipment, the project will expand the company’s capability to manufacture heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders at its facility in Salisbury South.



Mayne Pharma to plans to double exports with $11 million expansion

Mayne Pharma pharmaceutical facility at Salisbury SouthSalisbury South based Mayne Pharma plan to double their exports to $60 million this year. To accelerate this growth they will invest $11 million instillation of a large-scale fluid bed spray coater at its Salisbury facility. Fluid bed processing technology is used to apply various polymers to drug particles to modify the rate of release of the drug when ingested.

This expansion is being supported by $4 million grant under the Federal Government Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program which was recently announced. Other local companies which were successful include SA Structural, Ezy-Fit Hydraulics, Mayfield Engineering and BAE Systems.

Mayne Pharma expansion and growth into export market has been in-part because of the focus on R&D and investing profits back into the business. Mayne’s Chief Executive Scott Richards said over the past two years the company has directed 80% of is Australian based R&D spend into the development of advanced oral drug formulations.

Parabanks Shopping Centre set for $18 million expansion at Salisbury

Parabanks- Shopping Centre-Salisbury-ExpansionParabanks Shopping Centre has received approval to expand its site. The new plans will cost about $18 million to complete.

They will include about nine new shops, an expansion of the north-eastern entry, new toilets and a carpark upgrade. Coles Supermarket will move into the Harris Scarfe shopfront, which will be expanded to include additional floor space and a loading dock. Upgrades to the façade will bring an exciting and news look and will bring positive flow on effects for the surrounding businesses but also bring about some new tenancies and a greater variety for shoppers.

This expansion continues to build on the Salisbury City Centre reputation as key activity centre in northern Adelaide.

About the Salisbury City Centre
Located centrally, Salisbury is the ideal location from which to provide services to the rapidly growing northern Adelaide region. Well serviced by public transport and supporting a cluster of complementary services such as community centres, local government services and Centrelink. With a range of office accommodation and public amenity to be the perfect fit for your business.

Investment opportunities
The City of Salisbury has developed a road map for creating a revitalised City Centre. This involves exciting investment opportunities which the council is committed to facilitating. There is significant opportunity for people seeking to invest in residential and commercial developments. Council stands ready to partner with businesses, developers and investors to grow Salisbury City Centre’s next era of success.

More information
Download: Salisbury City Centre Investment Overview

IT entrepreneurs select Edinburgh Parks for $30 million cloud data centre

yourdc_logo-edinburgh parksNew IT infrastructure firm YourDC has purchased a 6,000 sqm facility at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, to house a state-of-the-art, $30m cloud data centre.

Founded by two of South Australia’s most successful IT entrepreneurs, Scott Hicks and Greg Siegele, the high tech data centre will support the transformation of Adelaide’s North by providing essential IT infrastructure to underpin job creation and global competitiveness.

In a first for the State, YourDC will lease custom private data rooms at no extra cost to large government and corporate clients.

Co-founder and CEO Scott Hicks said there is a critical shortage of hosting infrastructure, with just 0.5% spare capacity available across the State.

“Our market research tells us that the major players have no plans to increase capacity,” Mr Hicks said.

“When you combine that demand with the reality of the NBN taking shape at last and the mass move to cloud computing, you have a perfect storm for a brand new, energy efficient data centre.”

YourDC is one of only two Tier 3 data centres in SA, the other being Adam Internet, which Scott Hicks helped build and which is currently at 90% capacity. All other providers are Tier 1, the lowest possible rating.

“YourDC, or Your Data Centre, is fully customisable to your needs, whether large or small,” Mr Hicks said.

Executive Director Greg Siegele, who sold video gaming company Ratbag to Midway Games in 2015, said he initially looked at YourDC as an investment, but loved the business plan so much he decided he wanted to become more involved at the operational level.

“Not only is there huge demand, I have enormous confidence in Scott, who has spent his working life building and managing one of the State’s most successful Internet Service Providers, Adam Internet,” he said.

YourDC satisfies the demanding criteria required by organisations such as the Department of Defence for the highest levels of security and redundancy.

“If there’s a power outage and an organisation’s computers go down for even a minute the whole operation grinds to a halt and customers are greatly inconvenienced, at the very least,” Mr Siegele said.

“Organisations can and have lost millions of dollars because of outages caused by anything from an earthquake, as in Christchurch recently, a plane crashing into a building, a flood or even a terrorist attack.

“Although the risk of these events may seem very low, the impact can be catastrophic. That’s why Edinburgh Parks is the ideal location for YourDC.”

The site at Edinburgh Parks is some 50km away from the State’s notorious earthquake fault lines, which run along the foothills and through Darlington, Tonsley and Flinders Park to the south of the city.  It also sits above the one-in-100 year flood zone.

YourDC  will be one of the most energy efficient data centres in Australia, designed with a unique approach to optimising temperature control for humans and machines.

The site delivers vast amounts of power guaranteed by multiple redundant backup systems, and uninterrupted internet connectivity from multiple carriers.

The State Government has identified the critical need to build out the kind of infrastructure that underpins a growing economy.

“By building a facility like this locally, we immediately make South Australia more attractive as a place to work and live,” Mr Hicks said.

YourDC will join a host of other companies that have recently chosen to expand and relocate to Edinburgh Parks. This includes Mayfield Engineering, Dowell Windows and CommFresh Marketing.

Edinburgh Parks

Centrally placed for access to major road and rail infrastructure, Edinburgh Parks and Direk is South Australia’s premier location for industry. Adjacent to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and RAAF Edinburgh, it is one of Australia’s largest advanced industrial precincts and has more than 350 hectares of fully-serviced land available.



Codan centralises to Technology Park, Mawson Lakes

Codan_logo-Technology Park-AdelaideCodan Limited (ASX:CDA) has announced that the company will centralise its Adelaide operations to the Technology Park Adelaide precinct at Mawson Lakes bring over 250 staff.
Codan provides robust and leading-edge technology solutions that solve customers’ communication, safety, security and productivity problems. Their customers include United Nations organisations, mining companies, security and military groups, government departments, major corporates as well as individual consumers and artisanal miners.

Technology Park is home to over 80 businesses including the likes of Saab Technologies, Tindo Solar, Optus, Topon, Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Protech Systems, CSC and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia.In making the descion to move to Mawson Lakes, Codan CEO, Donald McGurk, said “We currently operate out of two locations in Adelaide which are owned by Codan. Consolidating these offices into one location and selling our surplus properties will result in increased efficiencies, cost synergies and a stronger balance sheet”.

“After 40 years at the same facility, either we had to redevelop the site at very substantial cost or relocate. The move follows an extensive review of all of our options. The redeveloped leased premises will provide great facilities for our staff and represents a long term commitment to the electronics industry in South Australia.”

Codan has entered into a long term lease of a refurbished building owned by Renewal SA. It will be home to over 250 Codan and Minelab staff. The building will also house Codan’s advanced manufacturing technology centre, which includes over 150 specialised engineering and research staff and all corporate functions. It will also include extensive training and product demonstration facilities showcasing our leading-edge products to a global customer base.

Technology Park Adelaide

Technology Park is home to over 80 businesses including the likes of Saab Technologies, Tindo Solar, Optus, Topon, Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Protech Systems, CSC and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia. Commercial land within Technology Park Adelaide is available for immediate development. Benefits of locating within Technology Park Adelaide include the synergies that are created from the co-location of over 85 companies in defence, electronics and communication sectors. It is close to Mawson Lakes Town Centre, the University of South Australia and public transport.



Boeing opens SA Headquarters in Mawson Lakes

P-8A_Poseidon-Edinburgh ParksGlobal aerospace giant Boeing has opened its first South Australian office in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes. This provides a strong indication that key international primes have confidence in the state’s defence sector.
The Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith attended the opening of the new Boeing office – in Technology Park at Mawson Lakes today – alongside Boeing Defence Australia’s vice president and managing director, Mr Kim Gillis.

“Boeing is setting up in Adelaide to prepare for the arrival of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft at the RAAF Edinburgh Base,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

“The first P-8A is due to fly into Edinburgh in early 2017. Their arrival will cement South Australia’s position as the nation’s centre of airborne maritime surveillance capability.

“These aircraft have been designed to undertake broad-area intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions around the world.

“A militarised version of the proven commercial 737 passenger aircraft, the P-8A will carry complex and sensitive sensors, communications system and weapons, including torpedoes and missiles.

“Boeing has established its Adelaide office to ensure flight and maintenance crews are ready to work in and on the P-8A aircraft,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

“While they are starting small, the Boeing-led P-8A Training team will grow over the coming years as activity on the base ramps up.

“Boeing also supports the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft’s electronic warfare systems as well as the communications systems on the Collins Class submarines, from Adelaide.

At Technology Park, Boeing can keep abreast of the defence-related activity across northern Adelaide – a region that continues to provide a very large proportion of the defence industry activity in Australia. Boeing joins othe major defence companies at Technology Park, Mawson Lakes such as Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Protech Systems, Saab Technologies Australia, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia and Codan who is in the process of relocating their Headquarters to the Park.

Defence plays an important pillar of the state’s economy, employing 27,000 South Australians (direct and indirect) and contributing about $2 billion to our economy each year.

Ground work begins on new Masters store at Parafield Airport

Masters-Parafield-Airport-City of SalisburyMore South Australian customers are set to benefit from Masters’ wide range of hardware and home improvement goods, with work commencing today on a new store at Parafield Airport.

The start of construction will be marked with a sod-turning ceremony on-site today at Parafield Airport to be attended by SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, Member for Ramsay Zoe Bettison and local dignitaries.

The new 13,500sqm Masters Parafield Airport store is set to open in May 2016 and when complete, customers will have access to more than 36,000 products available across 19 departments.

The construction of the store will generate more than 300 local jobs. Over 130 in-store jobs will be available when Masters Parafield Airport opens its doors.

Parafield Airport Masters is being constructed in line with Masters’ latest design, with a large paint department, ‘tool shop’ and more than 10,500 hardware products. It will also feature a spacious garden section and extensive bathroom and kitchen display area and a large drive-through area to assist local tradies and builders.

Senior Property Development Manager for Masters Rob Hain said today’s sod-turning marks a new era in home improvement for the local community.

“The new store will bring an unrivalled range of home improvement and hardware products to Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The construction will employ a number of people from the area and we look forward to strengthening our ties with the local community,” he said.

Masters is Australia’s fastest growing hardware store. It has 56 stores across Australia, offering a huge range of more than 36,000 products at Australia’s best prices.

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SAAB Australia opens new Advanced Maritime Systems Centre at Mawson Lakes

Saab Technologies AustraliaDefence and Security company Saab Australia is pleased to announce the creation of the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre, located in Technology Park, Adelaide.

The purpose-built facility will bring together all of the resources, skills and expertise which has made Saab Australia a world leader in naval combat systems. It will also ensure the continued growth of local skills and expertise for the Royal Australian Navy’s combat systems.

“The development of the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre will ensure that Saab Australia continues to be at the cutting edge of future naval combat systems. Through the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre Saab will be able to continue to develop and support naval combat systems of the highest quality for the Australian Defence Force,” said Mr Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director Saab Australia.”

The Advanced Maritime Systems Centre will employ over 100 local combat systems engineers, project managers, and software engineers. This is planned to expand to over 200 employees by 2020.

“Saab Australia has a long history of developing world-beating naval systems,” Mr Rosenfield said. “In addition to serving the Royal Australian Navy, the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre will also provide us with the opportunity to grow our export capability in established and developing markets such as Canada and India.”

The centre will include Saab Australia’s 9LV Combat Management System Development and Integration program, Submarine Ship Control Systems Laboratory, Training and Simulation Node, Future Combat Systems Laboratory, and Missile and Fire Control Systems Laboratory, which is the only facility of its kind in Australia.

Based in Mawson Lakes, Adelaide, the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre is located next to other key Defence research and development hubs, including the Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s offices at Edinburgh and the University of South Australia.

The Advanced Maritime System Centre will be officially opened by the Minister for Defence Senator the Honourable David Johnston next week.

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Eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

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At a cost of $4 billion eight Boeing P-8A Poseidons will replace the AP-3C Orions to provide maritime surveillance to over 2.5 million square kilometres of ocean.

These aircraft will be based in the RAAF Base Edinburgh and will begin to be delivered in to be operational by 2017 and to be fully operation by 2021.

Part of the investment will be building new facilities at Edinburgh and maintenance support. This will provide added strength to the local defence sector and their capacities.

For more details see the coverage in AdelaideNow.

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2014: A list of promising opportunities for business

Aworkforces reported by AdelaideNow the City of Salisbury is well placed to cope with the closure of Holden thanks in part to more than $130 million in planned developments.

With development applications totalling nearly $138 million received in the past six months. Plus a $147 million worth of applications were approved in 2012/13 financial year.

Due to be completed this year include $20 million worth of apartment buildings in Mawson Lakes and a $6.9 million expansion of Coca-Cola’s distribution centre on Cross Keys Rd.

Other strengths in the City include:

  • a 50 per cent jobs increase in the food and beverage industry over the past seven years and further spending forecast in defence, retail and real estate were good signs for the district.
  • the defence sector has the capability to undertake future projects – such as building Air Warfare Destroyers – if project funding from the Federal Government is forthcoming.
  • The Healthcare and social services are also showing grow on the back of the district’s ageing population, he said.

According to the City of Salisbury spokesperson “there is strong interest in retail investment with an integrated lifestyle, retail and leisure centre on Kings Road (opposite Parafield Airport) potentially generating 1550 jobs upon completion, with more than 400 short-term jobs created during construction,” the spokesman said.

“There is also a proposal for a $20 million retail precinct on Saints Road, and Aldi is likely to locate retail outlets in northern Adelaide as part of its expansion into South Australia.

“Transport, logistics and warehousing saw some significant completions and approvals in 2013, while mining services firms are expected to continue growing, despite capital investment in Australian mining projects declining.”

About 2280 development applications were lodged with the council in 2013, up on the 2134 lodged the year before.

City of Salisbury said some of the economic highlights in 2013 included:

  • Global luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton buying a 49 per cent stake in RM Williams, which has a factory outlet in Salisbury;
  • The Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Manufacturing spending $59 million on laboratories at Uni SA’s Mawson Lakes campus;
  • Mining firm Liebherr-Australia spending $65 million on an expansion of its Para Hills West operation, which is expected to be completed in mid-2014 and create more than 100 jobs, and;
  • BAE Systems building a $20 million titanium manufacturing facility to make Joint Strike Fighter tail parts.

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HI-TECH machine to produce 20,000 parts for Joint Strike Fighter

111003-O-ZZ999-002A HI-TECH machine to make tail parts for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is expected to produce 20,000 components over the next two decades.

Based at BAE Systems, at Edinburgh Parks, the $20 million machine is expected to pump out more than 20,000 titanium aircraft tail parts over the next 20 years.  The machine is the only one of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

BAE Systems chief executive David Allott said the machine could also produce parts for commercial aircraft and marine vessels and the company was in discussions with US businesses about expanding its output.

The technology enables machining of 4.5m pieces of titanium and is precise to within 30 microns, or half the width of a human hair.

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Housing for 700 at Burton to be considered

Burton- Waterloo CornerHousing for nearly 700 people is being considered for a 37ha of industrial land between Waterloo Corner and Pt Wakefield roads which will need to be rezoned to allow for about 250 houses.

The City of Salisbury staff have recommended their support and councillors will vote on it January 2014. If supported by the elected members’ the rezoning would go out for consultation with the public.

Salisbury staff has listed issues to be addressed before the rezoning goes ahead. For full approval the Planning Minister John Rau would have support to the rezoning proposal.

Moving Manufacturing Forward in Salisbury

Holden WorkerWhat it takes for manufacturers to thrive in a challenging environment will be the focus of Manufacturing: Strategies to Thrive, a major event hosted by the Northern Economic Leaders in Mawson Lakes on 11 December.

While there is much public focus on the future of Holden and its suppliers, there are manufacturers in Salisbury who are changing the way they do business and are thriving.

Keynote speaker at the event, Professor Göran Roos, chair of the State Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Council  will provide some observations on how best practice companies are succeeding, the government’s approach in working with manufacturers and the potential implications for northern Adelaide arising from investment decisions made by Holden.

Michael Horrocks, Director, Lifestyle Bakery, which will feature as one of the local case studies along with Saab Systems and Osmoflo said “being a smaller manufacturer which has seen over 30% year on year growth for the last 15 years has had its challenges, but without a large marketing budget I look forward to sharing our creative approaches to drive the most from our marketing activities.”

Join us on Wednesday, 11 December, 3pm to 5.45pm at the Conference Centre, Innovation House, Technology Park in Mawson Lakes.

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$35m Rand Refrigerated Logistics food distribution centre at Direk creates 100+ jobs

Rand logisiticsMORE than a hundred jobs will be created at Direk next month when Rand Refrigerated Logistics’ 10,500 sq m $35 million food distribution centre opens.

The project is the latest addition to the Vicinity industrial estate at the corner of Heaslip and Edinburgh roads, which is being developed by Walker Corporation.

Walker Corporation national industry manager Claire Boenne said more companies were looking to Adelaide’s north, which would result in increased employment opportunities.

She said cheap land in comparison to the rest of Adelaide, coupled with and Salisbury and Elizabeth’s proximity to Port Adelaide, made it an attractive place to do business.

She said the estate would eventually be home to about 4000 workers.

“The ripple effect of this employment in the surrounding area has already been profound, creating hundreds more jobs in companies which supply or contract to companies now located at Vicinity,” Ms Boenne said.

For more coverage of this investment see AdelaideNow.



Tindo Solar announces research collaboration with UniSA

RenewableSA _ Tindo 2013Mawson Lakes based Tindo Solar is collaborating with the University of South Australia and has recently received two South Australian State Government research grants to develop two new technologies. First, lightweight metal air batteries and second, infrared filters for enhancing performance of solar panels.

The grants have been achieved through the South Australian Government’s Innovation Voucher Program which is a collaboration between the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources, and Energy (DMITRE) and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST).

A senior research fellow with the Thin Film Coatings Group at UniSA’s Mawson Institute, Dr Evans specialises in developing thin film coatings for common surfaces. His invention of a lightweight, shatterproof plastic car mirror has already enjoyed significant international success but Dr Evans is now turning his attention to designing coatings for the renewable energy sector.

“Our goal is to advance our thin film coating research and development to tackle challenges in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The focus is to develop game-changing products and devices that lead to entirely new ways to create energy, as well as establishing more efficient ways to use energy.

The Mawson Institute’s current project with Tindo Solar, which is being led by the Dr Pejman Hojati Talemi, is developing coatings that can help control the temperature of solar panels.

“A little known behaviour of solar panels is they generate less and less power as they get hotter and hotter,” Dr Evans says.

“By understanding how sunlight interacts with materials, we are engineering coatings that block the sun’s heat but let in the visible light. This keeps a solar panel cooler, ensuring it runs more efficiently.”

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New Jet Simulation Centre opened at Parafield Airport

flying-fleet2Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Minister, Tom Kenyon says a new highly advanced Jet Simulation Centre at Parafield Airport ideally positions Adelaide as a pilot training hub for the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Kenyon today officially opened the multi-million dollar facility built to house two recently acquired state-of-the-art flight simulators at Flight Training Adelaide.

“FTA is a flexible, innovative business that continues to survive and grow in competitive international markets. These multi-million dollar simulators will ensure that FTA remains one of the major pilot training schools in the southern hemisphere.” Mr Kenyon said.

The Jet Simulation Centre is a state-of-the-art building housing two jet aircraft training simulators – one replicating an Airbus A320 aircraft, while the other has dual functionality and can replicate a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, as well as an ATR 42-500 turbo propeller aircraft.

FTA has a third multi-million dollar aircraft simulator located in another hangar FTA is an accredited Registered Training Organisation with 170 employees and a fleet of 46 training aircraft. The company has been training pilots for the world’s leading airlines since 1982 and graduated more than 200 cadets last year.

FTA has undertaken a $16 million capital upgrade program since 2011 which includes:

  • the simulation centre
  • four new additional student accommodation units
  • upgraded kitchen facilities
  • the initial stages of its single engine fleet replacement with the first 10 of potentially new aircraft already in operation

Mr Kenyon also commended FTA for its innovative approach to training in purchasing more than 200 iPads for use as ‘all-in-one ‘ training devices by cadets and installing fibre optic cabling throughout the Parafield campus for quick and easy Wi-Fi access.

“This innovation and adaptability has played an important role in attracting many of the world’s major airlines including Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Hong Kong Government Flying Service, QantasLink and Virgin Australia.

“A strong selling point has also been the on-site, full board accommodation offered to cadets on FTA’s training campus with around 80 per cent of the company’s students coming from overseas,” Mr Kenyon said.

FTA was named winner of the Business SA Export Award for Education and Training and a finalist in the National Export Awards in October last year.

Plans lodged for $30m housing development at Paralowie

fast-tracked-development-and-planningPlans have been lodged to build a 105-lot housing development in Paralowie within the Salisbury Council. This planned development is on 5.3ha site adjacent to Bolivar and it’s anticipated to be split in to 105 allotments.

Earthen Development Group purchased the site and expected houses will be built on the land early next year. This development will provide a welcome boost the construction industry and provide a favourable location to live as it is close to shopping, schools and transport.

RM Williams to supply Australian Army

RM Williams bootsRM Williams will supply 15,000 pairs of black Craftsman boots to Australian soldiers each year for the next three years, enough to equip every soldier in the Army.  They will be made at RM Williams Salisbury manufacturing headquarters.

Another 5000 pairs of boots will be supplied to inductees each year in the final two years of the five-year Army contract.

The boots will be used as the new Australian Army parade boot, replacing the traditional black lace-up Army boot worn by generations of soldiers on the parade ground.

“We are proud to further secure our manufacturing capability in Salisbury, which will now be complemented initially by a 4pm-8pm shift, with plans to go to a full evening shift in the coming years,” RM Williams chief executive Hamish Turner said.

The full story can be found at AdelaideNow

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New $7mill Fire Station to meet growing demands

009763-salisbury-fire-stationA $7 million Fire Station is planned for Salisbury East to cut response times and to meet growing demands within the northern Adelaide area.

The Fire Station will be built at the corner of Main North Rd and The Grove Way, Salisbury East. Its design is planned to be big enough to house four fire trucks, sixteen bedrooms, kitchen and gym.

If approved included in the plans is new traffic system to be installed at the intersection near the new station to allow quick exits for fire trucks.

See AdelaideNow for more details.

Dry Creek Salt pans looks to provide 10,000 homes

Saltfields Dry CreekA plan to build homes on the Dry Creek salt pans is back on the agenda after being shelved in 2008 as reported by AdelaideNow.

The salt pans owner, Ridley Corporation, is in talks with the State Government about building 10,000 homes on land west of Salisbury Highway and Port Wakefield Rd.

Ridley Corporation chief executive John Murray said Ridley was working with the State Government, which owns land north of the salt pans, to develop a master plan for the project.

“Obviously there is a lot of underlying value in the land for the possibility of residential development and a significant opportunity to have housing there,” Mr Murray told the News Review Messenger this week.

Some of the development ideas mooted in 2008 included a 40ha town centre, a saltwater recreational lake and a marina.