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Nova Systems expands to UK

Exercise Kakadu10Edinburgh Parks based Nova Systems has established operations in the United Kingdom.

The firm specialises in defence work and believes Nova’s strengths would give it a competitive edge in the UK.

“Nova will be an agile company focused on delivering on best for capability – that’s bang for buck,” according to Nova’s inaugural UK chief Stephen Camporeale.

“It will have the correct balance between quality, cost and schedule.”

Mr Camporeale is overseeing a new office established in London near the UK’s Ministry of Defence headquarters and a Nova Systems-owned aerospace design business in the seaside town of Bournemouth.

“We bought the aerospace design company to support design work in Australia so that our design work here was recognised in Europe,” Mr Camporeale said. He believed that Nova was the first significant-sized defence company to launch operations in the UK since the signing of the Australia-UK Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty earlier this year.

“There have been defence companies come to Australia, but not a significant-sized company going the other way.”

The full report can be found in AdelaideNow.



Titanium Manufacturing Facility on its way at BAE Systems


Work is well under way on BAE System’s new titanium manufacturing facility in Edinburgh Parks, where the company plans to build components for the Joint Strike Fighter jet program in the US

BAE Systems chief executive David Allott said the new facility allows “us to address a significant capability gap in advanced manufacturing in Australia”.

A $10 million titanium machine due to arrive from Switzerland in the middle of this year.  “The new machine is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and one of only two in the world,” Mr Allott said.

“This gives South Australia a competitive edge because it allows us to manufacture larger titanium components (up to five metres long) for both defence and commercial markets”.

“The investment may also lead to new opportunities in defence and other sectors like commercial aviation.”

Mr Allott believed it was important that Australia had advanced manufacturing to differentiate from other low-cost economies, allowing “us to supply into large defence and commercial contracts”.

The full article can be found in AdelaideNow



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.


UniSA set to lead Cell Therapy Manufacturing

Reported by AdelaideNow a new state-of-the-art research centre at Mawson Lakes will be dedicated to find treatments for previously incurable and difficult-to-treat conditions – including Type 1 diabetes.

The $59 million Co-operative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing at UniSA will use cell-based therapy and smart materials to repair damaged organs and tissues. The facility is tipped to create more than 2000 jobs across Australia by 2021 – mostly in Adelaide.

It will run a world-first human trial of transplanted cells from human donors which might eliminate the need for daily injections of insulin for the more than 100,000 Type 1 diabetes sufferers in Australia.

Other examples of new technology to be developed include a way to prevent rejection of organ transplants by manipulating cells that “police” the immune system – removing the need for drugs to suppress natural response.

The centre will also develop stem cells with the potential to heal severe foot wounds – formed when a lack of blood flow deprives tissues of oxygen – offering hope to diabetics who face having their legs or feet amputated.

Centre acting managing director Dr Sherry Kothari said the science of cell therapy had developed to the point where a new industry was “suddenly starting to rapidly grow”.

“As an industry we’re hitting it at the right time, because it is set to grow around the world,” she said.

“Given that we are based in South Australia and the centre is headquartered here – and we’ve had very generous support from the State Government and a lot of our key researchers are based here – I think we would see a lot of these benefits within South Australia.”

The centre will bring together materials scientists, cell biologists, bioprocess engineers, clinicians and industry professionals with expertise in advanced manufacturing.

UniSA Professor Rob Short said the work of the new centre would increase the affordability and accessibility of cell therapies.

“Cell therapies offer exciting new possibilities for a range of previously incurable and difficult-to-treat medical conditions including Type 1 diabetes, which affects more than 100,000 Australians,” he said.

“They will also provide a platform for healing life-threatening ischemic (lack of blood) foot wounds and progress a new technology for organ transplants that could negate the need for immuno-suppressive drugs.”

Prof Short said novel interventions based on smart materials and surfaces would facilitate the cost-effective manufacture and rapid translation of cell therapies into clinical practice.

The Federal Government has provided $20 million over six years to the centre with further funding and support coming from the State Government, research and industry partners.

The centre will also comprise local, national and global manufacturers, researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and Sydney University and from the Royal Adelaide Hospital and St Vincent’s and Westmead Hospitals and some key charities.

Its headquarters will be at UniSA’s $50 million Materials and Minerals Science building.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the successful bid to establish the CRC was great news for the university and the state.

“This is a significant area of research that will feed the development of a world-class manufacturing base in South Australia in an area of great benefit locally and globally … It represents exactly the kind of university, government and industry partnership that stimulates relevant innovation.”


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$7 million Salisbury fire station will help meet demands of growing population

As reported in AdelaideNow a new fire station will be built in Salisbury to replace the 36-year-old station on Frost Rd. Plans for the $7 million station, to be built on the corner of the Grove Way and Main North Rd, were unveiled last week. MFS strategic capability and corporate affairs manager Don Cranwell said the larger station was designed to cater for population growth expected over the next 50 years. “The response area of the Salisbury MFS is one of the largest in the northern metropolitan area,” Mr Cranwell said. “The new location will significantly improve the integrated response area of the Salisbury station with existing MFS stations at Elizabeth and Golden Grove. “It will be an impressive facility designed to serve future growth as well as the training and response needs of MFS firefighters.” The station is expected to have a 50-year life span and will include environmentally sustainable design features including a water recycling system. Mr Cranwell said the new station would continue to be manned by two fire trucks and eight firefighters per shift, operating 24-hours-a-day. However, it will have the capacity for four trucks and 16 firefighters to expand inline with population growth. Emergency Services Minister Michael O’Brien said the new station would greatly assist the needs of a growing community in the north. More than 40 full-time firefighters man the Salisbury fire station which was opened in 1977.

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UniSA alliance helps next generation of electronic devices

The University of South Australia’s Thin Film Coatings Group has entered into a strategic alliance with Swedish research and development company Arubedo AB to bring new electronic products to market.

With thin film coatings at the core of many high-tech products and devices, from solar cells to smart phones, Dr Drew Evans (pictured right) from the Thin Film Coatings Group, part of the University’s Mawson Institute, has welcomed the collaboration.

“This collaboration is really exciting for the Thin Film Coatings Group and UniSA, as it connects us directly with international industry partners who can help take our research from the lab to real world devices out in society,” Dr Evans said.

Arubedo AB will make novel polymer building blocks in Stockholm and ship their compounds direct to UniSA.

Dr Evans says his team will use a large-scale manufacturing technique to create nano-films of the different polymers.

“These nano-films are then tested for their optical and electrical performance, and constructed into a range of devices,” Dr Evans says.

Dr Evans says most of society’s everyday consumer products require thin film coatings to function.

“By creating these films from polymers, we hope to not only make the products cheaper, but to create new products that are more energy efficient and also flexible. For example, a cheap smart phone or solar cell that can be folded or rolled up and put in your pocket,” he says.

“The team at Arubedo AB in Sweden are leaders in creating new polymer building blocks, which we can turn into novel nano-films for the development of the next generation of consumer electronics.”

Arubedo AB CEO Dr Fredrik von Kieseritzky says new and unprecedented organic electronic devices and applications are expected to hit the market in record short time, as a result of the new collaboration.

“It’s a match made in heaven,” Dr Kieseritzky says.

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Osmoflo provides off-shore desalination for LNG Project in Timor Sea

Ship-mounted plants suppling potable and process water to crews involved in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrocarbons from Ichthys field in the Timor Sea have been awarded to leading Australian desalination specialist, Osmoflo which has its headquarters in Burton.

South Korean conglomerates Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineers and Samsung Heavy Industries selected Osmoflo following a global tendering process. Osmoflo design, sales and commercial staff from Adelaide and its branch in Pune, India were involved in the successful bid which included intensive contract negotiations in South Korea.

Both vessels are currently under construction in South Korean yards. On one Osmoflo will provide a single pass reverse osmosis plant consisting of two 100 kilolitre per day (KL/d) trains which will process seawater to potable standard. Further treatment including remineralisation, ultra violet (UV) sterilisation and NRMB conditioning will provide high purity process water which will be used to clean generator turbine blades.

The second ship will have a two pass reverse osmosis system in two 150kL/d trains to process seawater for potable requirements.
Both plants are being constructed at Osmoflo’s main facility in Burton will be of robust design and will be configured to meet stringent oil and gas industry, marine and environmental requirements. They will be fitted and commissioned before the vessels leave the shipyards.

The ships will be permanently moored at a location some 440 km north of Broome and 800 km from Darwin. The first will partially process recovered gas to remove water, raw liquids and condensate prior its transportation by pipeline to an on-shore processing facility at Blaydon Point, Darwin.
Currently under construction at a cost in excess of $40b the Ichthys project includes the development of Timor Sea wells, a connecting pipeline to Darwin and the construction of a large processing facility. Lead developer is the Japanese company INPEX. The Darwin facility will initially produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG per annum and 1.6 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas as well as approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

Last year Osmoflo was awarded a contract for a membrane based demineralisation plant which will provide 1,565kL/d of high purity water to a new power station that will provide electricity to the Darwin processing facility.

These latest contracts consolidate Osmoflo’s position as a preferred supplier to the LNG industry. All three massive LNG projects currently under development off the north- west coast of Australia, Gorgon, Wheatstone and now Ichthys have placed multiple orders with Osmoflo for desalination systems.

“The oil and gas sector demands a rapid response and high compliance with industry standards from its service companies along with the capability and competitiveness to participate in global tendering. Osmoflo is structured to enable us to provide world’s best practice at the right price, factors that account for our continuing success in this industry sector,” said Marc Fabig, Osmoflo Managing Director.
With its headquarters in Adelaide, Osmoflo has offices through the mainland Australian states, in India, Dubai and in Chile.


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Salt fields being consider for housing

Ridley Corporation has called off the sale of its Dry Creek salt fields and is looking at developing the site for housing as repoted by AdelaideNow.

The company announced earlier this year it wanted to sell the 5000ha portion of land between the Barker Inlet and Salisbury Highway, but has decided there would be more value in developing it.

Ridley did yesterday announce the sale of the rest of its Cheetham Salt business for $150 million.

The company said it was already talking to developers about the Dry Creek site, which is just 12km from the city.

Ridley currently uses the salt fields to supply raw materials to Penrice Soda Holdings.

“During the course of the transaction process, it became increasingly apparent that the realisation of value for Ridley shareholders from the Dry Creek operation would be significantly higher through a retention of the site by Ridley than from the consideration attributable to the earnings stream of that business as part of a sale transaction,” the company said.

“The supply agreement with Penrice currently provides positive earnings and cash flows and upon its expiry, the land will become available for a redevelopment of the kind previously contemplated.

“After completion, Ridley will continue to service the Penrice supply agreement whilst concurrently continuing to prepare for the redevelopment of the Dry Creek site.

“The potential value derived from a redevelopment of this kind would create significant long term value for shareholders and Ridley will actively pursue other development opportunities for the broader land holdings north of the Dry Creek operation which are not utilised in salt production.

“Management has already held discussions with property developers in this regard.”

Ridley announced in 2008 that it would work with Delfin Lend Lease to redevelop the salt fields into a major housing development, but the plan was shelved in late 2010.

UniSA expert can stop mineral processing turning to jelly

Cooking minerals in huge mixing tanks can turn them to jelly and Ian Wark Research Institute expert, Dr Ataollah Nosrati has found out why.

It’s hoped developing the research can save the resource development industry millions of dollars a year in lost production and cleaning costs.

Sticky gel-like materials form during the liquid processing of mineral ores, when clays in the deposits release elements such as silicon and aluminium into the liquid under particular conditions of temperature and acidity.

To extract metals, some of world’s largest mineral deposits are mined and processed as concentrated slurries. This generally occurs in mixing tanks at high temperatures under aggressive acidic or alkaline conditions. Zinc silicate ores, for instance, are typically cooked at between 50 °C and 80 °C under very acidic conditions for a couple of hours.

But occasionally, the breakdown of attached silicon compounds results in everything thickening into a gel. This can also happen with other ores containing reactive clays or silicates.

“If we can prevent or mitigate this, it would lead to a higher recovery rate of valuable metals, lower operating costs, and a dramatic increase in throughput with a greatly reduced number of plant shutdowns,” Dr Nosrati says. “The decreased need for cleaning the mixing tanks would also increase safety.”

Professor Jonas Addai-Mensah, Associate Director (Minerals) at IWRI and lead researcher on the project, says Dr Nosrati not only identified the problem but has also proposed viable solutions.

“Ataollah identified and established plausible mechanisms responsible for gelation,” Prof Addai-Mensah says. “He also proposed possible mitigation strategies in actual mineral plants for this costly and intractable issue.”

Due to their high solubility at elevated temperatures under acidic conditions, the clay-based minerals release significant amounts of gel-forming elements into the processing solution, Dr Nosrati found. Reactions among these elements can have a significant impact on the particle interactions and flow behaviour in the solution, and that is what leads to gelling.

The research findings are expected to enable better ways to process complex, low-grade ores of copper, gold, nickel and cobalt which contain silicates and aluminosilicate clays.

The research project is co-funded by the Australian Research Council and industry.

Dr Nosrati is one of 12 early-career scientists unveiling their research to the public for the first time thanks to Fresh Science, a national program sponsored by the Australian Government.

Flight Training Adelaide take on the first Virgin Australia cadets

Eight cadets have been chosen by Virgin Australia to train as pilots at Parafield Airport as recently covered by Adelaidenow. The cadets, picked by Virgin from nearly 1200 applicants from around the country, will spend 55 weeks with leading aviation school Flight Training Adelaide before becoming first officers on commercial flights using ART turboprop aircraft. “This allows us to prepare for the future,” Virgin Australia chief pilot Brad Thomann said.

“Parafield Airport features world-class facilities and modern training methods. It also give the trainees an opportunity that’s not been out there. “We want people to be able to become Virgin Australia pilots no matter what your socio-economic background is.” The cadets, from NSW, Queensland and Victoria, have become Virgin employees and will be provided with accommodation at Flight Training Adelaide’s Parafield campus, meals and some spending money. Training costs about $120,000 with Virgin paying 30 per cent and the Federal Government’s VET fee Higher Education Loan Program covering the remainder.

Graduates will be bonded to Virgin which expects them to progress to Embraer or 737s after two or three years on the 68-seat ATRs flown by Virgin subsidiary SkyWest in the eastern states. Tori Perrow, 21, from the NSW central coast, has leapt at the opportunity to study in Adelaide to pursue her dream. Michael Molan, 22, from Canberra, said it was great to have Virgin’s support. “We’ll all be living, working and playing from here in Parafield for the next year,” he said.

The cadets will train in light aircraft and in flight simulators, the training including how to work as a multi-crew team. “They’ve got to learn how to make one plus one equal three,” Mr Thomann said. Flight Training Adelaide managing director Johan Pienaar said it was “fantastic” to have Virgin on-board.

The school already trains Cathay Pacific and Qantaslink pilots using its 45-strong fleet of aircraft. The Virgin cadets will mix with other students but have their own course structure. “It creates a good, healthy competition to have them interface with students from other airlines,” Mr Pienaar said. Virgin will make announcements about further intakes next year.

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Adelaide Mobile Lunch Service: Retail

Raelene Bird established Adelaide Mobile Lunch Service 15 years ago, having grown up in the Salisbury region.

“I believe in the north and wanted to keep the business in the local area,” explains Raelene. “Being in the Salisbury area was convenient since starting up we have expanded and moved premises, still within Salisbury. We stayed within Salisbury for both the business and to also maintain our same staff. We now service the north, west and eastern areas of Adelaide.

Adelaide Mobile Lunch Service is a South Australian family food company with 20 vans out on the road each day. The company employs 35 members of staff and delivers food to more than 600 customers every day.

“We deliver a vast selection of food and beverages,” continued Raelene. “All of our products are purchased from South Australia organisations only.”

The variety of food and drinks on offer ranges from home-made pasta, Thai curries, roast dinners, casseroles, snitzel packs, pastries including the popular Balfours, Villis, Mrs Macs and Gawler South Bakery, hot dog and burger selections, rolls, wraps, sandwiches, salad packs, fruit salads, yogurts, cakes, lollies, soft drinks, energy drinks, juices and more.

“We open our kitchen early in the morning to enable our team to bake a selection of fresh food daily, that’s how we’re able to continue with our important motto ‘Adelaide Mobile Lunch Vans: Get it Fresh’.

“I have always worked in the hospitality industry and wanted to go into business with my husband,” said Raelene. “We are very mindful of the current economic situation and want to ensure that everyone can purchase from our vans. We continuously offer specials depending on customer requests and changing seasons.”

Adelaide Mobile Lunch Service has benefited from doing business in the Salisbury region by participating in short courses available through the Salisbury Business & Export Centre. It is this accessibility to support and advice that makes it easier for the company to go about their daily business.

T&R Pastoral and Holco meat join forces

SOUTH Australian meat processing giant T&R Pastoral and Holco Fine Meat Suppliers have joined forces to create the largest Australian-owned meat processing and packing company as featured on Adelaide Now.

T&R Pastoral chief executive Darren Thomas announced yesterday that the Murray Bridge-based meat processor had bought a 50 per cent share in Holco who has its headquarters at Cavan in northern Adeliade. This renews a long-term relationship between the two companies.

The Murray Bridge-based T&R has a turnover of more than $1.3 billion and is the nation’s largest lamb and mutton exporter and a major beef exporter with 80 per cent of its business to more than 80 export markets.

Mr Thomas said the benefits from T&R’s perspective will include the ability to supply the general Australian retail market and food service sector with red meat, chicken, pork and seafood.

“The benefits will flow back to the farming community and we will be able to focus on more branded products underpinned by the Meat Standards Australia guarantee of quality,” Mr Thomas said.

“It will give us an opportunity to promote some of our great brands on the domestic market that were previously only seen on the international market.”

T&R operates four abattoirs in Murray Bridge, Lobethal, Tamworth in New South Wales and Wallangarra in Queensland processing 120,000 sheep and lambs and 5000 cattle a week.

Mr Thomas said Holco will become the largest Australian-owned food service provider with access to a processor.

T&R employs 2500 people, while Holco’s 300 employees process and deliver fresh beef, chicken, lamb and pork to restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, commercial caterers, mining sites and healthcare organisations across Australia.

Mr Thomas said Holco, which has a $130 million turnover, will also assume responsibility for the management and operation of T&R’s Country Fresh Nationwide business located in Coffs Harbor, adding to Holco’s existing operations in Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin.

Holco owner and managing director Mike Rankin said it will remain uniquely South Australian, but the deal will provide it with greater access to a wider market, while giving T&R a platform concentrated on the Australian market.

Mr Rankin will continue as managing director of Holco with Mr Thomas joining a new executive board to help guide its growth and future strategy.

“By consolidating Country Fresh Nationwide and Holco, the combined business will do upwards of $200 million,” Mr Rankin said.

“It will be run out of our head office and is a very exciting move for us with the philosophies of the two groups almost identical.”

Mr Rankin said Holco will have to increase employment in its administration group and sales departments in Adelaide.

“We’re quite a successful business and this is just going to improve our ongoing viability,” he said. “It will give us access to bigger markets and to a wider geographical outcome.”


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Flight Training Adelaide flies sky high

Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) based at Parafield was named winner of the Business SA 2012 export award for education and training as featured in SA Business Journal. This comes on the back of their recent success in securing Virgin Australia as their recent client to train cadet clients through their courses.

Virgin Australia Chief Executive John Borghetti said in Adelaide the first cadet intake would be selected by the end of the year.

FTA Chief Executive Pine Pienaar said it was a huge move for his company.  “For us to wear the Virgin Australia badge alongside other big providers like Cathay, QantasLink and Dragon Air is a fantastic opportunity,” he said. At initial intake of eight cadets will sign up with capacity to expand to 24 over the year.

Tens of thousands of air travellers every day throughout the world have their safety in the hands of pilots who learnt their craft at FTA.   FTA has a magnitude few realise, even in its home state.

FTA with its offices, lecture rooms, fleet of 45 training aircraft and full-board accommodation for students all at Parafield Airport in Adelaide’s northern suburbs is passing the $30 million annual revenue mark, the biggest of its type in Australia, such is the demand for its expertise.

“We can accommodate up to 300,” says Pine Pienaar, Chief Executive of Flight Training Adelaide. He says Cathay Pacific is currently its biggest client, followed by QantasLink and DragonAir.

Mr Pienaar has just returned from China, sealing a renewed contract with government organisation China Rescue and Salvage to take 11 trainees in December for helicopter training.

He says the Parafield Airport base allows trainees to live with full board and lodging provided and only a few minutes walk from lectures and hangars. Although other businesses have training centres in Australia, FTA is the only one with these attributes and of such a size.

FTA offers three primary courses.

The first is about 12 months for people with no flying experience and takes them to commercial pilot licence standing, multi-engine rating, Airline Pilot Licence Theory and culminating with a Multi Crew Co-operation (MCC) phase in an advanced jet training device.

The second is a six-month course for those with a commercial licence wanting to upgrade to multi-engine command instrument rating, and it also includes the MCC.

The third course is transition training and caters for pilots who already hold a command instrument rating, ATPL theory subjects and 1500 hours of flying experience.

It’s a four to 12-week course which adapts them to a new airline; for example, a pilot from a regional airline who is moving to a long haul carrier like Cathay Pacific.

Mr Pienaar says FTA has about 200 people on staff, including some casuals. It seems a lot for a centre with a maximum of 300 students, until it’s realised that a lot of the time is one-on-one instruction, up flying aircraft.

“We have about 70 flying instructors, 16 to 20 ground school instructors, 20 maintenance staff we look after our own aircraft even housekeeping and kitchen staff,” he says.

“People here are passionate about what they do.”

Of the 45 aircraft on the training fleet, there are 30 single-engine small planes, 11 twin-engine and four helicopters.

Then there are eight full simulators, including an airline jet 737-type device.

“Flight Training Adelaide is a bit of a jewel,” Mr Pienaar says proudly. “We are a worldwide brand.”

The business has been running for 30 years, since 2005 owned by Young Brothers Aviation.

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Osmoflo: Desalination and water recycling

Australia’s largest locally-owned desalination and water recycling company, Osmoflo, has experienced a 30 per cent growth per annum over a ten year period since moving its manufacturing operations to expansive premises in Diment Road, Burton.

“Salisbury is recognised around the world as a pioneer in stormwater capture and re-use, and we are delighted to call this city our home,” said the company’s founder and principal, Marc Fabig. “Our growth trajectory meant we needed to establish a base with sufficient room to expand.

“We have constructed new office facilities at Burton to accommodate up to 160 staff in engineering, project management, operations, finance and sales.”

“We considered a number of options interstate to establish our corporate headquarters, and we now have offices in each capital city of Australia. But in the end, Burton was the wise choice because it is central to our markets and we have the room and flexibility for continued growth.

“Today it is the largest facility in the southern hemisphere dedicated to the design and fabrication of reverse osmosis desalination equipment, including a full test rig for completed modules.”

Since it was established, Osmoflo has custom designed, manufactured and commissioned around 300 water purification systems of varying capacity for industrial and public clients. Its customer base includes municipalities and communities, the mining and power generation industries and the food and beverage sectors.

“We are well-placed to grasp opportunities and meet challenges to provide water solutions across Australia and overseas,” continued Marc. “Burton is our solid base to realise our potential against stiff global competition from multi-national companies.”

Marc Fabig
Founder and Principal

Adelaide Produce Market: Fresh Food Wholesaling

Celebrating their 25th year in Salisbury, the Adelaide Produce Markets is South Australia’s centre for the distribution and marketing of fresh fruit and vegetables.


“The Market has the benefit of being located on one of the main pathways through to major highways in the north such as Port Wakefield Road,” said CEO Angelo Demasi. “Our proximity to the fruit and vegetable retailers and the northern growing area of Virginia makes us well placed to do business.”


The Market is in close proximity to the Woolworths and Coles distribution centres located in the northern region.


Every day, 60 wholesalers, 60 growers and 300 retailers descend on Adelaide Produce Markets, with an estimated 185,000 tonnes of fresh produce passing through the Market each year, within an estimated wholesale value of $600 million.


The business is surrounded by sophisticated logistical and support services, including cold storage facilities and convenient access routes to local and interstate markets.

Angelo Demasi
Adelaide Produce Market

Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant undergoes major biogas transformation

WORK is under way to generate electricity from biogas using international technology at the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant, part of the site’s near $50 million transformation into an efficient and environmentally friendly utility according to AdelaideNow.

Multinational company Clarke Energy, which has its Australian headquarters in Adelaide, has won a $17 million contract this year to design and construct a gas-to-power co-generation plant for the site.

When completed in July next year, the project will use biogas produced during the treatment plant process to generate about 35 gigawatt hours of power a year, or 85 per cent of the electricity requirement of the wastewater plant.

The Bolivar WWTP, is based in the City of Salisbury 16km north of Adelaide and west of Port Wakefield Road, processes about 60 per cent of metropolitan Adelaide’s wastewater.

Local company Guidera O’Connor was awarded close to $18 million worth of contracts at the site to upgrade and modify the pumping station to reduce failure risks and improve operations and safety of the facility.

The two major contracts, budgeted at $50 million by SA Water, are part of the $42 million worth of contracts awarded by SA Water since the start of this year.

The investment provides a number of benefits to SA Water and the community by creating a greener, more sustainable approach to waste management and energy consumption, says SA Water’s infrastructure delivery manager Peter Seltsikas.

“The existing generation plant at Bolivar, installed in 1992, consists of a single gas turbine which does not maximise the electricity that can be generated from the available biogas.

“After nearly 50 years of operation, the Bolivar main pumping station requires modifications to both extend its operational life, to increase its pumping capacity to a suitable level and ensure safety compliance.”

Clarke Energy sales manager Martin Smith says the company’s first direct contract with public utility owner SA Water is quite a “strategic project”.

“It’s a key case study for us using some of our world-class technologies,” he said.

Clarke Energy will use three GE Jenbacher gas engines to fully integrate the electricity generated into the existing electrical infrastructure.

The dual-fuel gas engines will operate either solely on biogas or a blend with natural gas and they also produce hot water to supply the heat to the plant digesters that sustain the treatment process.

It will result in annual electricity savings of $1.3 million with a capital payback period of eight years.

Additionally, it will reduce the plant’s greenhouse emissions, generate electricity market revenue of $0.7 million a year and create nearly $1 million worth of additional Renewable Energy Certificates each year.

The major upgrades follow the $100 million Bolivar Environment Improvement Program completed in 2005, which updated treatment plant facilities, according to SA Water.

“However significant parts of the infrastructure remained unaffected by the program. The projects mentioned above are stand-alone projects unrelated to the earlier EIP program,” Mr Seltsikas adds.

This project adds to the $23 billion of major projects being undertaken in the Northern Adelaide region showing City of Salisbury is a hub for opportunity.

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Salisbury City Centre – A new era begins

City of Salisbury has launched a master plan for renewal of the Salisbury City Centre. This is a new phase that will see Salisbury evolve as a flourishing, vibrant place to live and work. A place where businesses and families alike can move forward, enjoying growth and success.


Current development opportunities:

Sexton Car Park Development Site

  • Prime Development City in heart of City Centre
  • Ideal for mixed use retail/commercial/residential
  • Close to shops, cinemas, train/bus, parks and schools
  • Zoned District Centre
  • 3670sqm

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Salisbury among the best for lowest council rates for business

City of Salisbury continues to provide one of the lowest council rates in Adelaide for Industrial and Commercial property the City of Salisbury provides a significant ongoing saving when compared to neighbouring councils.

What you will find is for 2012/13 the City of Salisbury Council Rates is between 58% and 41% less expensive than the City of Playford and City of Charles Sturt respectively. Similarly comparatively locations such as Edinburgh Park and Burton offer 28% more affordable rents for average Prime Rens $/m2 than inner northern areas such as Wingfield and Regency Park (Knight Frank 2011)

With the ongoing cost saving of lower rates and affordable land in and area which is known for its growth and industry strenghts its why so many business like to call salisbury home.

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Salisbury developments top $325 million as Mayor backs growth

Major developments have been announced in the News Review Messenger amounting to more than $325 million, which is in the pipeline for Salisbury.

More than 25 development applications over $2 million have been lodged with the Salisbury Council over the past 12 months, totalling $175.5 million. On top of that as well in the $150 million Kings Rd entertainment hub, which is currently being assessed by the State Government.

The project includes:

  • Restaurant, cafe and function room at Mawson Lakes – $ 2 million
  • Expansion of Liebherr-Australia at Para Hills – $65 million.
  • Warehouse at Burton – $8.2 million
  • Road transport terminal at Direk – $22 million
  • Hotel construction at Waterloo Corner Rd – $27 million

Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the figures showed ‘great confidence” in the region, who has been quoted as saying:

“Not only do we have new businesses coming into our area, but we have existing firms expanding, which shows that local businesses are doing well and putting money back into the community”

Find out the lastest news and developments in the City of Salisbury.

Trailer Business pulls its weight

SA Business Journal has recently featured Bill Cowie from Move Yourself Trailer Hire, one of the fastest growing companies in Australia.

The Cavan-based company has grown by 206 percent in the past three years through its multipronged business, which includes hiring 5000 trailers through 1000 locations around Australia.

With Bill’s unbelievable energy and commonsense business decisions, he has created an innovative company that has grown from humble beginnings from when he built a trailer for his future father-in-law as a 17 year old. Leading to more orders for trailers from other customers and then people began asking if they could hire trailers.

The next major development came when someone wanted to return a trailer after hours and Mr Cowie arranged for it to be left at the nearby 24-hour service station, leading to the development of a framework for his future national network.

The Cowie Group of Companies include BC Trailer Engineers, which makes all the company’s new trailers as well as maintaining and repairing them, an import business, advertising company, Chilly Billy cool rooms for hire and an information technology company.

Mr Cowie said Move Yourself is constantly expanding its product range which includes utes, mobile coolrooms and lawnmowers and expects its next major growth phase will include a significant expansion of its ute hiring network through major service stations within a year.

A second national company ViperTrak was developed by Mr Cowie’s need to keep track of his valuable assets, providing an electronic tracking system. ViperTrak also runs a Trailer Registry, a community initiative with Crime Stoppers to help the community keep track of equipment.

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Salisbury Town Centre Revitalisation

The City of Salisbury is about to unveil its vision for the city centre which will see it transformed into a vibrant community meeting place, business centre and retail hub.

The Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy and Structure Plan, which sets the framework for development over the next 20 years, will be formally launched in September 2012. The Plan is based upon extensive research, modelling and input from the community garnered through comprehensive community consultation over the past 15 months. There will be further opportunities for input from the community and key stakeholders as Council begins to move in to the implementation phase.

The City of Salisbury is ‘open for business’ and is working hard to attract investment and development opportunities which will see the centre revitalised and brought into the 21st Century to cater for an increasingly diverse population.

For further enquiries about the revitalisation project, please contact Greg Waller, General Manager City Development on 8406 8293 or via email at

Media enquiries should be directed to Lorraine Williams, Senior Communications Officer on 8406 8242 or via email at

For more information see Salisbury Town Centre Renewal.

Sunfresh Salads brings in fresh returns

In 2009 Chris Chirstopher, Managing Director of Sunfresh Salad outlayed $10 million to build a modern food facility in Mawson Lakes specialising in ranges of salad-based foods. Three years on, Sunfresh Salad now attracts buyers and major supermarket chains offering a diverse range of freshly prepared, high quality salads, side dishes and other meal solutions to the retail and food service market.

SA Business Journal featured Sunfresh Salads and their success in helping to push innovation and join the big league of the South Australian food industry, which was following a long involvement in the food sector by Chris Christopher.

Sunfresh has doubled its turnover in just three years to become a substantial business with major clients including Foodland, IGA, Coles and Woolworths.

“The Australian food industry is advancing at a rapid rate because we are constantly being challenged by our customers who want innovation and diversity,” Mr Christopher said.

“This company is really just starting and we’re already in our next expansion phase with a $5 million development because when you stop investing you stop growing.”

Holden’s savings on the rise

Holden and their millions of dollars in savings at its Adelaide production facility has been featured in SA Business Journal.

The plant that makes the Commodore and Cruze in Adelaide’s north has changed its production rate to around 400 cars a day using one shift, but the company says it is working smarter to save “more than $10 million” a year.

The Australian GM factory have taken pride in not sacrificing product quality to save money, with improvements across the board since the factory started building the Cruze locally since late 2010.

The factory is also now sourcing 50 per cent of the Cruze components from local suppliers after two rounds of supplier reviews, increasing its local content from a 30 per cent share when the small sedan first went into Australian production, which is a 40% increase.

The company’s manufacturing boss as also state that there were no plans to reduce the 2300-member workforce any further and that the company’s employees had been a critical part of the factory’s improvements.

Beyond defence for industry supplier Lockheed Martin in SA

SA Business Journal featured well-known defence industry supplier Lockheed Martin aims to broaden its South Australian presence in the civilian sphere.

Lockheed Martin last month completed a ‘proof of concept’ trial in the state’s Mid-North on an advanced train management system in conjunction with partners the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

There will now be further tests conducted to underpin a business case to the Federal Government for funding a national rollout of the system.

“This is a very important program for both Lockheed Martin and Australia, including SA” Chief Executive Raydon Gates told a Defence Teaming Centre lunch in Adelaide.

The train management trial, which ran between Crystal Brook and Port Augusta aims to improve efficiency and safety through live tracking of train movements.

While new jobs in Adelaide to take the train project to the next step would be modest, the move would open doors into the resources sector.

Welding firm K-TIG digs into overseas market

Salisbury Business and Export Centre’s mentoring client K-Tig has been featured in SA Business Journal for securing their first two international sales of its revolutionary welding machine.

The two sales to buyers in Glasgow and Dubai represents the culmination of eight years of research and development for the Salisbury-based company, as it moves to make its mark in a booming industry, which is predicted to be worth in excess of $13 billion by 2015.

“Those first export orders are a huge milestone for us,” general manager for international development, Neil Le Quesne, said. “It really validates the technology and the enormous research and development over eight years and signals the start of our commercial operations.”

Originally developed by the CSIRO, the K-TIG welding process is already used by major organisations, including the shipbuilding division of Samsung Heavy Industries.

While K-TIG employs six people, they have experienced success in Western Australia and is looking to capitalise growth in the South Australian mining industry, its recent decision to appoint distributors in the UK, Europe and the Middle East signals that it sees the majority of the growth overseas.

“We’re expecting some major growth,” Mr Le Quesne said.

“We feel the opportunities for K-TIG are absolutely enormous.”

Recently also, the Minister for Small Business, Brendon O’Connor was able to meet with Laurie Jarvis from K Tig and Donald Kay of Don Allen Pty Ltd, two of Salisbury Business and Export Centre’s clietns where the Minister also witnessed the special and unique welding process.

Mentoring K Tig from the early beginnings is a perfect example of a typical business that Salisbury Business and Export Centre has assisted in its Mentoring for Success program.

$65m expansion of Liebherr-Australia’s Para Hills office to create 100 jobs

Liebherr-Australia has been featured in AdelaideNow for creating more than 100 jobs in the next five years through a planned $65 million expansion of Para Hills mining manufacturing firm Liebherr-Australia in areas such as warehousing, distribution, mechanical and electrical trades, administrative and clerical.

The company has lodged plans for a $65 million expansion of its Willi Liebherr Drive head office with Salisbury Council.

The development will include a three-storey office, workshops, a warehouse, a component plant and a distribution centre. Liebherr-Australia will also provide equipment and support services to the mining and construction industries.

Managing director, Greg Graham said the company was looking to expand following “Considerable success” in mining sales.

 “We believe we can source the people we need from within Adelaide and our experience with the people who already work within us at Para Hills has always been positive.”

If approved, work is expected to start on the development at the end of the year and be finished in 18 months.

Mawson Lakes Shopping Centre Stage 2 Starts

Work has started on a new $40 million shopping centre at Mawson Lakes, with the first shops to open by early 2013. Stage two of the town centre will include a new Woolworths supermarket, 12 shops, two cafes and 40 apartments.

In August last year News Review Messenger realised an article when the Development Assessment Commission approved of this step forward with the Developer Andrew Taplin, managing director of the Taplin Group saying it had been a long time coming and will be wonderful for the City of Salisbury but more so for the Mawson Lakes precinct.

Indoor surfing, skydiving and skating on cards for $150 million shopping centre

Adelaide-based developer Commercial & General proposes incorporating indoor surfing, skydiving and skating facilities into a $150 million shopping centre adjacent to Parafield Airport on Main North Rd.

Announced in AdelaideNow, this unique development will integrate the emerging trend of value shopping with entertainment and leisure activities to create an engaging social environment.

This attraction is one proposal for the 20ha site, which would incorporate bulky goods and apparel shopping and an indoor skate park.
City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the project would deliver a jobs boost, with an expected 2000 direct jobs and 1300 indirect positions.

“This will be something completely different”, she said “it will bring people from all around the state and it will give our youth a place to go. Young people never have enough to do”

The City of Salisbury has approved the project, endorsing a statement of intent that has been lodged with the State Government.

Census shows Salisbury growth

Census 2011 data shows Salisbury has been the fastest growing area in the state. AdelaideNow published an article stating Salisbury is the biggest growth area in the state but South Australia has the nation’s second-lowest growth rate.

The Salisbury Council region recorded a growth rate of 9 per cent – from 118,423 residents in 2006 to 129,108 last year.

SA’s population rose by 5.4 per cent – from 1,514,340 in 2006 to 1,596,568 – ahead only of Tasmania, which recorded a 4 per cent growth rate.

Western Australia outgrew the rest of the nation, up 14.3 per cent to 2,239,171 people. Queensland was second, up 11 per cent, to 4,332,737.

The nation’s population grew by 8.3 per cent – from 19,855,287 people in 2006 to 21,507,717 last year.

There are more females than males living in SA – 787,218 females compared with 809,354 males. The median age is 39. Nationally, the proportion is 49.4 per cent males and 50.6 per cent females, with the median age 37.


Benson Radiology invests in Salisbury

Benson Radiology has been featured in the SA Business Journal for tackling growing demand in the city’s north with a multi-million dollar refurbishment and technology upgrade at its Salisbury branch.

The new facility has been decked out with a new state-of-the-art wide bore magnetic resonance imaging machine. The facility also has a new low dose CT scanner, nuclear medicine unit, new digital mammography unit, three new ultrasound machines and a new dental X-ray machine to name just a few.

Benson Radiology chief executive officer Graham McGeagh said the business had effectively doubled its footprint at Salisbury and will continue to expand under a five-year strategic plan.

“There is clear population growth in the northern suburbs,” Mr McGeagh said. “Looking at the State Government’s 30-year Plan, there’s no doubt there’s a significant focus on population through the northern corridor.”

Benson Radiology is one of the country’s largest private diagnostic imaging practices and currently operates 22 branches in South Australia.

image courtesy of Lyndon Stacy


The Sky’s the limit for NewStat

Australia satellite company NewStat has been featured in The Australian for it’s big step towards launching its Jabiru-1 satellite in 2014 after securing breakthrough funding from the Export-Import bank of the US.

The $280 million loan – made at around 2 per cent, which is an Australian first with the US government-owned bank directly financing an Australian satellite launch.

NewSat now has $601 million in binding pre-launch customer contracts for the expanded satellite, which is being constructed by Lockheed Martin and is contracted to be launched by an Arianespace launch vehicle in late 2014.

If it secures funding from Coface, the remaining hurdles in front of the launch of Jabiru-1 would be arranging the equity finance and debt syndication before reaching financial close on the launch.

A successful launch of Jabiru-1 would transform NewSat from a global reseller of satellite bandwidth through its existing teleports into a wholesaler, potentially increasing profits. 

Most of its contracts for high speed data services come from the military, large mining and telecommunications companies.

Connecting businesses to Major Projects – Have you got the goods?

Attended by over 200 businesses, the Mining and Major Project Conference 2012 provided practical assistance to derive the maximum benefit from business opportunities in South Australia and examples of how other businesses are entering the supply chains of these major projects.

SA Chamber of Mine and Energy are forecasting $39 billion of mining projects over the next 10 years in South Australia, adding to the $23 billion of projects already outlined in Northern Adelaide. This gives a clear sense of opportunity for local businesses to consider how they can tap into these opportunities.

The real challenge facing SA firms wanting to be part of the resources boom will be their ability to deliver the goods, says former SA Thinker in Residence Professor Göran Roos.“Most companies that are not already part of complex global supply chains usually underestimate the barriers that exist, such as the requirement for adequate quality control systems or the ability to manage the interface with global business,” he said. “It is, therefore, critical that companies are constantly reminded of what it takes to succeed and the hard work that’s necessary to successfully participate in such a boom”

At the conference it was identified that SA companies could overcome this barrier by being creative in forming smart alliances and corporate structures, such as cluster-style formations that could operate as a single large firm, even if it was made up of a number of smaller companies.

“If you’re a big resources company you don’t want to be dealing with lots of small companies – you just want a few simple interfaces with larger entities. This is the type of creative solution that will be critical in gaining access to the new resources projects,” said Professor Roos

If you are looking for opportunities to grow your business by supplying to major projects the Industry Capability Network (ICN) can help you – for free! ICN supports Australian industies by matching buyers with suppliers. See for more information and to register to be a supplier.

Mining supply companies position themselves for success

Recent investment activity shows mining supply companies have recently moved or expanded to capitalise on opportunities within the mining and minerals sector.  Local examples include companies like IMX Mining Company, Cape, IS Australia , Ausco Modular, Mine Corp and  SCT Property Group.

The SCT Property Group has recently completed their 5th multi modal estate, located in Penfield, South Australia. The development includes a Distribution Centre for a large global beverage organisation, the SCT Logistics Intermodal Freight Centre and the IMX Resources Maintenance/Marshalling Facility. The site will also have all SCT Group operations located and operational from early June 2012.

Over seven kilometres of rail track/siding has been constructed so far, with significant expansion capability. The site will have 14-16 receivals / rail despatches per week and port shuttles running four times per week servicing IMX Resources.

The SCT Group chose to develop in Penfield due to access to the national standard gauge rail network, availability of land, good access to the arterial road network, remoteness from sensitive residential users and adjacent to major urban growth and development. The 90 hectares of prime development land is situated in the major growth corridor of Adelaide and the development compliments the initiatives and strategy of the Northern Region.

The SCT group turnovers $450 million per year, employees approximately 1,200 people and services various industries all over Australia.

Expanding IS Australia has recently established a South Australian office with a comprehensive training facility at 1381 Main North Road, Para Hills West.  IS Australia is geared up to service the expanding skills development opportunities in a host of industries, including building and construction, civil, mining, energy and resources, and transport and logistics. The new facility provides a practical and hand opportunity to gain the skills accreditation require to get the job done effectively and safely. A unique element of their business is their mobile classrooms allowing onsite training at any sites.

NBN investment takes effect

The investment roll on effect of being one of the first NBN rollout sites is already having it benefits.

Last year Modbury was announced as an early rollout site with approximately 8,900 premises to begin being connected toward the end of 2012.

As part of the latest stage NBN Co. as invested in a 20 year lease of a 6,500m2 industrial site at Green Fields in Adelaide’s north, with a plan to be operating by the end of the year. The three year roll out plan was announced in March 2012 and covers an extensive area of Northern Adelaide. This includes a broad range of suburbs in the areas of Pooraka, Edinburgh and Elizabeth. For information about the NBN including the rollout maps.

The benefits of high-speed broadband are expect to be far-ranging, as technology is rapidly changing how we do business: how we trade, communicate, learn and care for each other and the NBN roll-out will be a significant stimulator of investment in the region.

Drug technology spin-off Ceridia

University of South Austrlia (UniSA) has developed a drug technology spin-off Ceridia is in the early stage talks with a generics manufacturer to test its technology.  

UniSA have recently deployed its technology to reformulate drugs on behalf of a major US pharmaceutical company as well as the New Zealand agricultural research organisation AgResearch. There hopes are to proceed to licence thsi reformulated drug. 

The technology developed by the Cerida will improve delivery of active drugs can also allow pharmaceutical companies to “upgrade” and re-patent a key product or allow drug makers to produce a ‘super-generic’.

Ceridia’s commercial manager, Mark Bruce said Ceridia have started the conversation with a generics manufacturer about possible acquisition of the company.

“They’re at a very early stage but, depending if they like our technology, then that would be an option.

“They’d probably test us out on a particular project or two.

“There is one (manufacturer) we’re moving towards with a confiden- tiality agreement that starts the conversation.”

Not only has this been feature in SA Business Journal, it is a great achievement, for Ceridia but also UniSA which also has a campus at Mawson Lakes  as it puts them on an international stage with the use of their technology.

High technology is the way to go

NOVA Systems chief Jim Whallley has been featured in SA Business Journal expressing he wants Australian governments to focus on rebuilding high-end manufacturing and technology sectors.

The former fighter pilot has turned his own Adelaide-based company into a leading provider of specialist engineering services to the defence sector.

With an average annual growth rate of 40 per cent since inception in 2000, Nova’s work has expanded into government, utilities, aerospace, mining and rail sectors.

The company now has 250 staff across Australia with Mr Whalley saying success comes from investing in smart people. “Most of our people are Masters or PhD qualified. We spend a lot of money on professional development on everyone in the company,” he says.

It has been a rapid expansion for the company started as Nova Aerospace by Mr Whalley and his friend and colleague at the Aircraft Research and Development Unit, flight test engineer Peter Nikoloff.

“We saw a real need for an organisation independent of the major manufacturers for testing of key defence systems and capability,” Mr Whalley says.

Mr Whalley said the plan was to pursue further defence work in Singapore and utilities contracts internationally.

VOK branches out into wine production

Salisbury-based Vok Beverages will now produce wine with the purchase of a 5000-tonne capacity Step Road winery at Langhorne Creek.

The purchase from administrators was announced in the SA Business Journal for an undisclosed sum, which included stock and wine brands Step Rd, Beresford, Crystal Brook, Katherine Hills and Trig Point.

The move is a major step for Vok which until now has outsourced production of its wine, spirits, cider and liqueur brands.

Marketing Manager Chris Illman said the deal was part of a wider strategy to grow the 10 year old business.

“the goal was to build Vok to “one of Australia’s largest privately owned beverage businesses”.

Owned by Bickfords Australia, Vok ventured into wine brands in 2009 with an agreement to market and distribute 13 “tail brands” for Treasury Wine Estates (then Foster’s Group).

Mr Illman said almost all Step Rd staff had moved across to Vok, lifting staff levels to about 75 at Salisbury split evenly between production and administration.

Innovative IS Australia expands Training Centre to Adelaide

Expanding IS Australia has recently established a comprehensive Training Facility at 1381 Main North Road, Para Hills West.  IS Australia  is geared up to service the expanding skills development opportunities in a host of industries, including building and construction, civil, mining, energy and resources, and transport and logistics. The new facility provides a practical and hand opportunity to gain the skills accreditation require to get the job done effectively and safely.

 As part their unique service delivery is their fleet of fully integrated modular mobile campuses. From now on, if trainees can’t go to the classroom, the classroom can come to them.  The 25 customised modules currently in service have been despatched via road train, sea or rail to locations across the length and breadth of Australia.

 Dubbed the ‘ultimate on site, any site’ training facility,  these go-anywhere classrooms/ workshops are revolutionising skills development in a host of industries, including building and construction, civil, mining, energy and resources, and transport and logistics.

 Modules include industry skills workshops, traditional – albeit high tech – classrooms (seating 12-15 students) and self-contained accommodation units for industry trainers and assessors.

 IS Australia’s experience in the field, workshops are customised with unique tool and equipment packages for every situation, while the mobile campus is supported by state-of-the-art IT infrastructure.

 For more information see showcases over $23 billion of opportunity

Three Northern Adelaide Councils have developed an innovative new website to raise the profile of their region as a primary attraction for new investment, business and retention of existing businesses. The website was officially launched on 3 February, at Innovation house at Mawson Lakes, by the Premier of South Australia Hon Jay Weatherill MP and Mayors Gillian Aldridge, Glenn Docherty and Miriam Smith. is the result of the collaboration between the Cities of Playford, Tea Tree Gully and Salisbury and the State Government.

With approximately 20% of the state’s major projects accounting for more than $23 billion of major projects currently underway or planned for the Northern Adelaide region, a compelling range of opportunities exists for businesses to move to the region. is an important tool for potential investors, developers, commercial property agents and investment intermediaries and is expected to be used regularly to share information for their clients.

Users of the website can explore, investigate and learn about the economic strengths of the Northern Adelaide region through an interactive map showcasing business opportunities and information about infrastructure, industry clusters and major projects in the Northern Adelaide Region.

The interactive map is designed to be easily accessible and iPad friendly allowing the website maximum portability. It can also be embedded into other businesses’ websites, such as real estate agents to provide a resource to their own clients.


Above: Official website launch at Innovation House, announced by Northern Economic Leaders Co-Chair, Kelvin Trimper.

Invest Northern Adelaide website launch 

From left: Virginia Miller; Bob Carmichael, Manager Business and Economic Development, City of Tea Tree Gully, Luke Harris Economic Development Officer, City of Playford, Premier of South Australia Hon Jay Weatherill MP; Ben Kirchner, Senior Economic Development Officer, City of Salisbury; and Chris Hannaford Manager, Economic Development and Land Use Strategy, City of Playford


The website is supported by the dedicated Economic Development staff from each council who provide a comprehensive range of business and investment support services. Support form the City of Salisbury staff can be contacted at the Polaris Center at Innovation House, Park Way, Mawson Lakes. Ph 8260 8205
Invest Northern Adelaide Interactive Map


(Statistical information from South Australian Major Development Directory 2011/12

BAE reaches for the sky

 AdelaideNow published an interesting article on Janary 17th 2012 regarding BAE Systems attempt to win a share of global airline and military contracts after securing a new machine to produce tail fins for up to 3000 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

BAE Systems and the State Government yesterday announced a new hi-tech device would be installed at BAE’s Edinburgh site, allowing production of vertical tail fins for the jets.

The machine is going to be installed within a year and is considered to be the start of Australian’s biggest titanium aerospace manufacturing operation. 

BAE Systems Chief Executive David Allott said the investment would initially create 22 jobs at his plant and 60 at Rosebank Engineering, which will treat and finish the parts.

“This capability is flexible enough to leverage into other commercial opportunities,” Mr Allott said.

“The future for manufacturing in SA has got to be this leading-edge stuff,” Defence Industries Minister Jack Snelling said.

This is great news for South Australia and the City of Salisbury on a local and global scale. As advanced manufacturing is where we can compete with the rest of the world.

NewSat scores another defence deal


InDaily Business featured a story on Mawson Lakes- based company, NewSat, who has signed a 10 year contract with a Middle Eastern telco for Jabiru satellite transmission capacity worth more than $67 million.

Tucked away off Port Wakefield Road at Mawson Lakes, the Teleport is a secure Global Access Point, supporting classified networks with sensitive information for government clients.

NewSat is accredited to supply services to both the Australian Department of Defence and the US Defence Department.

NewSat advised the Australian Stock Exchange the deal for Ka-band satellite capacity will allow the customer, which NewSat declined to name due to “commercial and competitive reasons” to deliver high-speed internet and data services across several Middle Eastern regions.

The 30/20 GHz Ka-band is used in communications satellites, often used in high-resolution, close-range targeting radars aboard military airplanes.

North to benefit from mining expansion

According to Messenger Newspaper, the State’s mining boom is attracting businesses and research programs to the north, with thousands of jobs expected to be created in the next decade. With the Olympic Dam expansion set to create 15,000 support jobs alone, the State Government, industry leaders and job experts have earmarked the northern suburbs as a key player in the growth industry.  

The number of mines in SA has increased from 4 to 18 in the past decade, with more than 30 new projects in the pipeline according to the State Government.

Mining services provider KJM Contractors , business support manger Tanya Bilney, of Blakeview, said it was exciting to see the mining growth.

“The north is a growing area and with Edinburgh Parks being an industrialised as it is, the boom in the mining industry is just a bonus,” Ms Bilney said

“For us, it will be good to have our whole business in the one building and it’s also good for the truck drivers because they’ve got to travel out that way anyway.”

There is so much potential to benefit the northern suburbs in  mining companies not only in the potential in creating building, transport and mechanical jobs for northern residents. There are also benefits such as smaller industries and businesses that can support mining and ensuring that mining companies purchase their resources locally e.g. drill bits, houses, groceries.

Cape Expands with SA base

Global mining and industrial services provider Cape has been featured in the SA Business Journal  for establishing its first base in South Australia. This will be Cape’s first base in South Australia and they have chosen Salisbury to be the prime location.

In September the UK-listed company was awarded a four-year, $42 million contract renewal to provide ongoing access services in support of fabric maintenance work at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine site near Roxby Downs.

Cape is already well-established across 17 locations throughout Australia and the company provides a range of industrial services. Cape has been a major supplier to the resources industry, particularly in Western Australia, but Mr Freeman said it would also look to expand its commercial and residential service division in South Australia.

According to Jason Freeman, Cape’s General Manager with already 50 workers based on-site at Olympic Dam, it is likely the workload will double by more than 100 within two years.

Cape’s new facility located at 14 Kaurna Ave Edinburgh Parks, is owned and managed by listed industrial and commercial property developer and investor Goodman Group, with which Cape has entered a long-term lease with.

Coke invests $20mil in distribution centre at Salisbury

It has been confirmed that Adelaide-based developer Commercial & General has acquired a 25ha industrial development site at Salisbury, providing a welcome boost to the market.

Commercial & General managing director Jamie McClurg said the remaining land would be brought “back to life with quality new-age industrial facilities”.

“We will strive to develop new facilities that resonate with other organisations around the precinct,” he said.

Coca-cola Amatil (CCA) will build their new facility, which will cost the beverage giant over $20million on the new 35,000sq m distribution facility that will be located on the former Bridgestone typre factory on the corner of Frost and Cross Keys Roads, Salisbury, according to a report by Adelaide Now. The new location is reportedly closer to distribution centres of its major clients.

CBRE director David Reid said the pre-release deal with CCA, which covers 10ha of the 25ha industrial site was one of the states largest. “I don’t recalled anything of this size in the recent past, certainly not in the past couple of years,” he said.


Solar Cell Plant moving to the region


Construction of Australia’s largest solar cell manufacturing plant has begun in Adelaide’s north. When completed, the Tindo Solar plant will have the capacity to produce enough panels each year to power 30,000 households.

A great example new investments in the City of Salisbury featured in SA Business Journal.

Check out their new website and explore their solar panels that applies a fusion of world-class manufacturing with Australian innovation to create the next generation of photovoltaic solar panels.

Edinburgh Parks -“Gateway to new projects”

Today’s SA Business Journal includes an excellent example of the success of Edinburgh Parks industrial estate and again shows how establishing in Adelaide’s North makes good business sense. This $18 million faciltity is expected to be completed in April 2012

Congratulations to KJM Contractors and their mining services support business on providing so many new jobs to the region.

Contracts flow for Osmoflo in Port Pirie

City of Salisbury based Osmoflo has won a tender to design, build, operate and maintain a Aus$ 5 million water-recycling plant and reticulation system at the Nyrstar Port Pirie smelter north of Adelaide in South Australia.

Funded through Nyrstar – a global multi-metals company based in Zurich – the Port Pirie Regional Council and the Australian government’s Water for the Future initiative, the reverse-osmosis (RO) based plant will reduce Nyrstar’s reliance on the river Murray by 25%, deliver operational efficiencies and provide bonus irrigation supplies for the local Port Pirie Council.

As well as these already identified benefits, the water will also be used for initiatives such as dust suppression, cleaning and revegetation, which are directly linked to the city’s blood-lead reduction program.

Recycling the sites industrial process wastewater will produce up to 1,600 m³/d of high quality water for use by Nyrstar, which currently uses 1.8 million m³ of water each year.

Osmoflo has included energy recovery in the RO treatment process. Concentrate produced by the recycling plant containing the removed salts and other materials will be disposed of via the existing Process Effluent Treatment & Storage system as per EPA licence conditions.

The plant is expected to be commissioned in early January 2012.

This story has been supplied by The International Desalination Association.

Northern Connector Project- As step away from reality

The Northern Connector, a proposed new freight rail line and multi-laned motorway, is a critical component of Adelaide’s north–south corridor that links major transport routes and enables an all but unimpeded journey from Port Wakefield, the mid north, the Barossa Valley and the Riverland to the Port of Adelaide or the length of the corridor, to Old Noarlunga.

The 31 kilometre train track will be used by freight trains as well as the Ghan and Indian Pacific, and connect with the existing rail line at Kings Road, Virginia and the Outer Harbor line at Dry Creek. Four rail bridges will separate rail freight travelling up to 115 kilometres per hour from road vehicles.

This national freight rail line will link with the existing freight network and make a more efficient north–south link for Perth to Melbourne journeys.

The rail track will sit alongside the new 15 kilometre long road.

The road, to the west of Port Wakefield Road, will extend from the new Northern Expressway interchange with Port Wakefield Road at Waterloo Corner to the Port River Expressway and South Road Superway interchange at Wingfield.

With three lanes in each direction, a posted speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour and four road interchanges, this motorway will serve as a new national road link better connecting Adelaide with Perth, Darwin, Sydney, the Riverland, Barossa Valley and Sunraysia.

The Northern Connector will be raised on an embankment to protect the area from flood while detention basins and swales with extensive plantings will improve the area’s water management.

The project will also provide a three metre wide 16 kilometre path for cyclists and pedestrians that will connect with the Northern Expressway’s existing 23 kilometre path.

The Northern Connector will meet the forecast traffic volumes from the north, currently reliant on Port Wakefield Road. In the long term, this project will remove freight trains from suburban lines and level crossings, including Park Terrace and Kings Road at Salisbury, as well as reduce travel times from the Port of Adelaide to Adelaide’s north.

The preferred route solution meets targets in South Australia’s Strategic Plan and growth forecasts outlined in the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide. This project is also listed as a project with real potential by Infrastructure Australia given the role the route will play in the national movement of goods and people.

The Northern Connector will enable regional growth and economic sustainability, more efficient road and rail travel, improved safety and be an environmentally sustainable step forward. When funded, it will take around three years to build.

Ahead of securing funding, the department is progressing planning. The July 2011 release of the Project’s Impact Report is a key planning milestone that will determine the scale and location for the road and rail line enabling required land to be identified until such time the project is funded.

When the Northern Connector is finished and open to traffic, Port Wakefield Road will again be an arterial road serving the industrial and commercial sectors within the City of Salisbury with the myriad of businesses along the road benefiting from improved traffic flow plus better access to road and rail freight shipment.

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Bondor expands at new Salisbury facility

After moving its company into a new bigger facility earlier this year to Salisbury South, Bondor have installed a new production line for its popular insulated roofing product, SolarSpan.

SolarSpan pervious was manufactured only in Queensland, but growing demand from the southern markets has opened up SA’s manufacturing capability, Bondor general manager Geoff Marsdon

“Our new site’s got more expansion potential and we see South Australia as a good place to invest in and improve customer offerings nationally, especially in the south,” Mr Marsdon said.

The product, which has started rolling off the line will also create more jobs at the facility as demand picks up, he said.

SolarSpan is a combination of roofing, insulation and ceiling in one durable, functional and attractive panel. This all-in-one insulated roofing solution offers the potential to create the ideal indoor/outdoor living environment in any climate.

NewSat announces $2.35 million of new contracts

NewSat Limited announced on 7th July 2011 a number of new significant contract wins signed during May and June. The new business contracts are worth $2.35 million in additional revenue and will provide satellite communication services within Australia and abroad, including Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.

NewSat Limited is Australia’s largest specialist provider of satellite capacity delivering Internet, voice, data and video communications via satellite. With its unique-to-Australia teleport infrastructure, some of which is based at Technology Park, Mawson Lakes in Adelaide.

 The military portion of NewSat’s business has continued to grow strongly, delivered through NewSat’s US Military accredited Teleport in South Australia. With demand for military communications projected to increase, driven by new technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and demand for larger bandwidths.

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Cahill’s $10mill headquaters in Adelaide’s north

National transport company Cahill Transport will design and construct a $10 million state-of-the-art warehouse and office facility at Walker Corporation’s 100ha Vicinity industrial estate at Direk.

Cahill Transport director Michael Cahill said the deal ended an exhaustive 18 month company search for new headquarters in South Australia.
“We are extremely satisfied with our decision to build a new facility at Vicinity Industrial Base,” he said.

“We conducted a detailed search of the inner north and were put off by the price of land and inability to find suitable-sized, contamination-free land at the right price. Having road train access by the end of the year will be a great advantage and being located in Direk gets us away from the congestion of the inner north, and more direct access to the national highway network.”

Cahill’s new 18,500 sqm headquarters will be located next to the Toll NQX facility on Heaslip Road, 25km north of Adelaide and just 3km from a major entry point on to the new $560m Northern Expressway.

This deal shows the strength and demand for outer north and follows similar moves in 2009 and 2010 by Kimberly-Clark and Toll to design and construct purpose-built facilities within the $400 million Vicinity precinct.

Toll NQX spent $20 million on a 20,000 sqm facility last year while Kimberly-Clark completed is 7,000 sqm facility in late 2009.

The vacitity location is an excellent location for transport and logistics businesses as its close to major freight and transport routes and key transport destinations, including the port and CBD.

Holden’s drives $112 million Profit

With the move to locally build the four-cylinder Cruze and strong sales of the Series II Commodore have driven local car manufacture to post a $112 million after-tax profit for 2010.

The result is a fantastic result given global pressures and it is a testimate to Holden and its varous suppliers many of which are in Northern Adelaide.

Chief financial officer Mark Bernhard said “The economic climate experienced during 2008 and 2009 required us to improve our structural cost base and business model to ensure the long-term profitability of our domestic business. The measures we took to restructure our organisation and reduce costs during this period saw us emerge as a leaner, more flexible automotive manufacturer.”

Holden worforce employs 2300 and earlier this year the four-cylinder Cruze platform was launched at Elizabeth bringing certainty to those still employed as a second shift returned.

Mr Bernhard said the $179 million research and development investment to produce a small car alongside the Commodore at Holden’s assembly operations in Adelaide formed an important part of Holden’s long-term strategy.
“We are pleased to announce a return to profitability and to achieve our goal of putting Holden back in the black in 2010,” he said.

In 2010, Holden’s domestic vehicle sales were up 11 per cent while vehicle exports rose 13 per cent and engine exports 25 per cent.

Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux said last year the company was buoyant about the Cruze’s potential. “The Cruze will be a second production line alongside the Commodore and that sets up this plant for the next 15 years. We are in the business of designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles and Adelaide is one of only seven locations where we do all of those things.”

“Holden is here to stay.”

Check out the video below which launches the manufcturing of the new Holden Cruze Series II

Edinburgh Parks an ideal choice for Rocla

Leading Australian supplier of concrete infrastructure products, Rocla has found an ideal location to establish its new multi-million-dollar plastic pipe and tanks manufacturing facility at the Edinburgh Parks industrial estate in Adelaide’s north.

The new business venture will create approximately 70 new jobs during the construction phase. Rocla will then employ additional staff to run the new facility, which will manufacture and distribute pipe and tank products throughout Australia.

Stephen T. Baker, General Manager Rocla Pipeline Products, was quick to see the potential of the Edinburgh Parks site for the company’s new operations which required a purpose-built facility for Plastream High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipe and tanks manufacture with additional space for warehousing stock.

“The combination of value for money, a good sized 1.3 ha allotment and excellent road connectivity at Edinburgh Parks provided us – and the developer / builder of our new facility, Emmett Property – with the confidence to construct a $5 million purpose-built facility, Mr Baker said.

“This facility will be Rocla’s first complete Plastream HDPE pipe and tanks manufacturing facility and will provide us with additional capacity and higher product quality.”

“We needed a facility that would allow us to perform pipe and tank manufacture and also store the finished products prior to shipment.

“Our new premises at Edinburgh Parks will accommodate a 10,000 square metre storage area which is a crucial requirement as we will be distributing nationally from South Australia,” Mr Baker said.

He said the team at Rocla is impressed with the wide roads at Edinburgh Parks and its proximity to major transport links including the new Northern Expressway.

“We will be moving products from the new facility to other States and Territories in Australia, so access to a major highway is a must,” Mr Baker said.

Rocla is a national business that supplies concrete infrastructure and quarry products. With this new investment, Rocla’s SA staff numbers are forecast to increase over the next 12 months.

Edinburgh Parks covers about 600 hectares and is centrally placed for good access to major road and rail infrastructure. It is South Australia’s premier new location for business and industry.

Developer Nick Emmett, with 10 other Edinburgh Parks developments under his belt, understands the area well and is no stranger to seeing how companies can benefit from what Edinburgh Parks has to offer.

“The reasons given by Rocla for choosing Edinburgh Parks were similar to those given by our other clients,” Mr Emmett said.

“The assurance of a well planned and serviced location with access to major transport routes and proximity to a skilled workforce with a sound manufacturing experience base is an asset for any business, and Edinburgh Parks delivers all of that,” he said.

“In addition our clients appreciate the opportunity to locate adjacent to two major commercial / retail hubs in Salisbury Town Centre to the south and Elizabeth City Centre just up the road to the north,” Mr Emmett said.

Construction of the Rocla plant is well advanced and the company is scheduled to begin pipe manufacturing operations in June 2011.

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Construction begins on new $67 Million Youth Training Centre

The new $67 Million Youth Training Centre, to be built at Cavan, will comprise of 60 beds and have the capacity to expand if necessary. The new facility is being constructed at Goldsborough Road, Cavan, and will replace the current Magill Youth Training Centre.

This investment by the State plus ongoing maintenance and operation of this centre will provide significant economic benefits to the Northern Adelaide Region.

The facilities will provide flexibility to meet the needs of a diverse group of children and young people, including those in overnight police custody, those on short-term remand and those preparing for a transition back to the community.

According to Minister for Families and Communities, Jennifer Rankine, the “new centre is about keeping the community safe while also providing the best possible environment to support young offenders to turn their lives around.”

“This is more than just a facility to house young offenders. It’s about creating an environment where young people have the support and opportunity to overcome the challenges they face, and to get their lives on track.”

This new Cavan facility is in addition to the current 36-bed Cavan Youth Training Centre on Jonal Drive.

Construction on the new facility is expected to be completed mid next year (2012).

$30m rail freight terminal will drive industry & mining growth

The first stage of a $30 million major rail freight terminal development opened today provides a critical boost to industrial development both in the north of Adelaide and for South Australia’s mining industry.

The rail freight terminal (RFT) developed by Australia’s largest privately owned rail operator SCT Logistics on a 70ha site in the heart of Greater Edinburgh Parks. It is expected to stimulate the development of a broader logistics precinct in the area. Greater Edinburgh Parks has been identified as SA’s major new industrial zone and is already home to range of facilities such as:

  • a $125 million Coles distribution centre,
  • $100 million food processing facility for Inghams,
  • MTU Detroit Diesel, ZF Lemforder, Futuris.
  • the head office of Australia’s largest defence contractor, BAE Systems;
  • RAAF Base Edinburgh and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), and is soon to host the new 7RAR Mechanised Army Battalion.

SCT RFT will create up to 300 new jobs, would facilitate the growth of resources, industrial and other sectors in South Australia by providing direct access to the national standard gauge rail network and the recently opened Northern Express Way.

SCT Logistics CEO Geoff Smith said the RFT marked another significant step forward for his company, which over the next year expects freight generation and throughput of 1 million tonnes of rail transported freight. The facility would also facilitate a modal shift from road to rail between Melbourne and Adelaide.

“It will be a vital piece in the jigsaw as Northern Adelaide becomes the economic and industrial engine room of South Australia. It will also play a key role in enabling the $9 billion worth of infrastructure being developed in Northern Adelaide, a region that’s expected to drive half of Adelaide’s industrial development over the next 20 years” said Mr Smith.

Development of the RFT also coincided with SCT-related company Specialised Bulk Rail Pty Ltd (SBR) entering the bulk rail market in Australia by winning a $150 million contract with IMX Resources for iron ore rail haulage over 1000km from the Cairn Hill mine near Coober Pedy to Adelaide’s Outer Harbour. Stage Two of the contract is expected to see its value grow to $300 million.

The new facility has been welcomed by local business and the state’s mining industry. South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy CEO Jason Kuchel said the SBR contract with IMX Resources demonstrated how vital rail infrastructure would be to the future development of SA’s burgeoning iron ore industry.

SCT Logistics CEO Geoff Smith said the first major warehouse currently being constructed at the RFT site was a $9 million, 10,000m2 distribution warehouse for the Fosters Group, in addition to a 6000m2 container park, all constructed by SCT. The site opens opportunities for both existing and potential customers to develop new state of the art distribution centres in South Australia.

Mr Smith said “the expansive footprint of our new site will offer greater flexibility and facilitate the expansion of our maintenance facilities into South Australia as well as configuring our trains to optimise efficiency. Adelaide is in many respects an epicentre for rail in Australia as it is a major intersecting point for rail activity as well as having less inhibitive train height and length restrictions.”

Download:  SCT Rail Freight Terminal Masterplan

Industrious Edinburgh Parks

LOCATED at the northern tip of the City of Salisbury and bordering Elizabeth, Edinburgh Parks is one of South Australia’s most significant industrial land development projects, identified in the State’s 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide as key to our economic future.

Covering about 650 hectares and connected by the new northern super highway system, the estate comprises three precincts: an automotive precinct, a defence precinct and an industrial precinct.

It is already home to major facilities including a $125 million state-of-the-art distribution centre for Coles, a $100 million food processing facility for  DHL, Inghams, and a $24 million logistics hub for DHL. The area is estimated to be home to more than 3,000 jobs.

The State Government’s Land Management Corporation owns much of the vacant land and is actively promoting the sale of industrial allotments to other large, international corporations.

Part of its marketing push is the environmentally sustainable design of the project, based on Salisbury’s internationally recognised stormwater management, involving an aquifer storage and recovery system and reticulated non-portable water supply.

Of course, Edinburgh is best known to most South Australians as the long time home of the RAAF Base and DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation). Nowadays it is a strategically important defence hub, being the Australian headquarters for international players such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Australian Aerospace, MTU Detroit Diesel and Nova Defence.

In early 2011 the Battle Group from the Australian Army’s 1st Brigade in Darwin will also relocate to new purpose built facilities within the Edinburgh Defence Precinct. The Battle Group includes the mechanised infantry battalion of the 7th Royal Australian Regiment, better known locally as 7RAR.

The Battle Group relocation will provide huge economic opportunities for the area and reinforce South Australia’s position as the Defence State. With partners and children, it’s estimated that 1900 people will arrive in the northern suburbs early in the New Year, creating new demand for housing, education, childcare, sporting and medical facilities. In readiness for the arrival of the new troops, the Commonwealth Government began construction of over $620 million of facilities at Edinburgh in 2008.

When fully completed there will be 80 new buildings including a state-of-the-art health facility, on base living accommodation for over 200 personnel, and a substantial fitness centre including a 50 metre swimming pool.

The barracks will also include high-tech combat simulation facilities enabling soldiers to maintain high levels of deployable readiness.

Edinburgh has also been identified as a potential future defence super base and land has been reserved for further expansion.

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Northern Expressway – South Australia’s newest road unveiled

The $564 million Northern Expressway was officially declared open 12th September 2010 – three months ahead of schedule despite the wet winter.

South Australian Minister for Transport Patrick Conlon said the major project had given a significant boost to South Australia’s economy.

“In excess of 3,000 people have been employed on the project – many of whom are residents of nearby communities – and more than 130 local sub-contracting firms have been engaged,” he said.

“Ambitious targets have also been set – and consistently exceeded – for the employment of young and Indigenous people, with 14 per cent of workers on-site having been drawn from these backgrounds.”

Key advantages for the region include:

  • cutting travel times by up to 20 minutes for working families and freight travelling between Adelaide and the north.
  • making Adelaide’s north safer for motorists and their families, more productive economically and a better place to work and to live.
  • more cost efficient transport for industry
  • supporting the future use and operations of the Edinburgh RAAF Base
  • enabling future development of the proposed transport intermodal facility (located between Taylor and Heaslip Roads)

Fulton Hogan York Joint Venture was awarded the Northern Expressway Design and Construct contract for the Northern Expressway. York Civil is a local company that has joined with New Zealand based Fulton Hogan for this project.

Fulton Hogan is a major civil and resources contractor that operates throughout Australia. York Civil is a South Australian market leader in bridge construction.

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New Toll NQX Facility at Vicinity Estate

Walker Corporation on 6 September 2010 officially unveiled its latest industrial development – a new warehouse and office facility for logistics and transport company Toll NQX. This new $20million, 20,000sqm facility is as part of the national property developer’s 100 hectare Vicinity Industrial Estate project in Adelaide’s north.

The new state-of-the-art Toll NQX facility is positioned on the corner of Edinburgh and Heaslip Roads at Direk (25km north of Adelaide), just 3km from the new $560m Northern Expressway, ensuring easy access to the main freight routes in and out of Adelaide.

Executive Chairman of Walker Corporation, Lang Walker, said the opening of the Toll NQX facility at Vicinity symbolised an important step forward in Walker’s vision to advance industrial infrastructure on key transport routes where the government is investing heavily.

 “With easy access to the Port, Adelaide’s CBD and interstate highways, Vicinity is well positioned strategically as the State government continues to develop Adelaide’s north into an industrial growth corridor,” he said.

Designed by Walker Corporation’s team of industrial architects, the Toll NQX facility expands the long-standing relationship with Toll, having delivered other facilities for the Group in recent years.

“We approached this project as a team, ensuring flexible design solutions and affordable rental options,” Mr Walker said.

“Vicinity offers both large and small users flexible business solutions.  We aim to work in partnership with businesses to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.”

Toll Group Property Director Chris Noble said he was confident the new facility would help to develop Toll NQX’s South Australian presence.

“Toll has been pleased with Walker Corporation’s capacity to complete this project on time and to budget. We have worked successfully with Walker before and I am sure we will do so again.

Walker is convinced of increased activity in the industrial sector in Adelaide moving forward also. The completion of the Toll NQX facility follows agreements with other large industrial producers including Kimberly Clark, for which Walker finished a 7,000spm in late 2009.

“The enthusiasm of large companies like Toll towards investment in Adelaide’s north mirrors Walker’s capacity to extract the greatest possible benefit from it,” Mr Walker said.

Land at Vicinity Industrial Estate is available for sale or lease, with land parcels from 5,000sqm to more than 50,000sqm.

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From Burton to the World with Water Solutions

For a company that is a high achiever in delivering advanced technology water purification solutions, Salisbury is a logical choice to create a base for global

In 2008, Osmoflo Pty Ltd moved its manufacturing operations to expansive premises in Diment Road,
Burton having outgrown previous facilities at various locations across Adelaide.

As Australia’s largest locally-owned desalination and water recycling company, Osmoflo had experienced a sustained 30 per cent growth per annum over almost a decade when it decided on the move to Burton.

“Our growth trajectory meant we needed to establish a base with sufficient room to expand,” said the company’s founder and principal, Marc Fabig. “It hasn’t taken us long to fill the plant.

“We are now building new office facilities at the Burton site to accommodate up to 160 staff in engineering, project management, operations, finance and sales.”

The synergy between his company’s expertise and the City of Salisbury’s innovation and achievements in water management is far from lost on Marc Fabig, a chemical engineer and marketing graduate who started Osmoflo from scratch in 1991.

“Salisbury is recognised around the world as a pioneer in stormwater capture and re-use, and we are delighted to call this city our home,” he said.

“We considered a number of options interstate to establish our corporate headquarters, and we now have offices in each capital city of Australia. But in the end, Burton was the wise choice because it is central to our markets and we have the room and flexibility for our continued growth.

“Today it is the largest facility in the southern hemisphere dedicated to the design and fabrication of reverse osmosis desalination equipment, including a full test rig for completed modules.”

When Marc and his wife, Annie, an economist, saw an opportunity to establish Osmoflo almost 20 years ago, the concept of high technology water treatment was in its infancy in Australia.

Primarily this technology is in reverse osmosis to remove salts from water. Put simply, it involves passing ‘feed’ water through a membrane under pressure to capture salts in concentrated form while generating fit-for-purpose water up to drinking quality.

Since it was established, Osmoflo has customdesigned, manufactured and commissioned around 300 water purification systems of varying capacity for industrial and public clients. Its customer base includes municipalities and communities, the mining and power generation industries and the food and beverage sectors.
“In global terms, Australia is a relative newcomer to reverse osmosis desalination and it is still viewed with a degree of scepticism in the community,” said Marc.

“But it is the most cost-effective way of removing salts from water with minimal environmental impact. The technology has been embraced around the world with communities and economies now thriving on desalinated water.”

Osmoflo employs approximately 185 people –mostly in highly skilled professional positions – with 46 per cent of its workforce living in the northern region of Adelaide. In the past 10 months, the company has engaged 68 new staff members, including 58 in South Australia. It also partners with sub-contractors and tradesmen in the region to meet the growing demands of its clients for quality water solutions.

While specialising in reverse osmosis desalination, Osmoflo also delivers other water purification technologies such as micro-filtration and demineralisation.

“Water is recognised as a precious resource and, like the power transmission industry, the infrastructure to deliver it to customers is ageing and in need of replacement,” continued Marc.

“High technology water treatment provides an economically and environmentally sensible solution, but it will require partnerships across Government, industry and community sectors to meet the demands of current and future generations.

“We are well-placed to grasp opportunities and meet challenges to provide water solutions across Australia and overseas. Burton is our solid base to realise our potential against stiff global competition from multi-national companies.”

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Rising High in Mawson Lakes

A development at Mawson Lakes will become the tallest building of its kind within the suburb once building consent is approved.

The seven storey building, which has received planning consent from the City of Salisbury, will feature 33 apartments, three ground floor offices, a staircase and lift. Upon its completion it will stand at 23 metres high, the tallest building in Mawson Lakes.

Stormwater Treatment Project: More Than Meets the Eye at Unity Park

Along the meanderings of Dry Creek, the City of Salisbury is embarking on a unique water security project that will also embrace historic, cultural and artistic elements of life in the region.

A central feature of the project is a series of underground biofiltration cells that will cleanse harvested stormwater at significantly less cost than wetlands and with a much smaller development ‘footprint’.

The biofiltration technology is being installed in picturesque Unity Park at Pooraka to further refine stormwater collected in reconfigured wetland basins in the expansive recreational area along South Terrace.

A key objective of the project is to demonstrate the efficiency of vertical flow biofiltration for application in other places where available space for wetlands is limited.

Bruce Naumann, Manager of Water Systems for the City of Salisbury, explained that biofiltration cleanses stormwater of pollutants by allowing the stormwater to drain through a layer of vegetation, porous soil and deeper layers of filtration media, before it finally seeps into a slotted recovery pipe.

An initial six biofiltration cells will operate with the conventional wetlands at Unity Park. The cleansed water is transferred by pipeline to a series of nine Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells at Cavan.

The Unity Park Biofiltration and Reuse Project – funded by the Federal Government ($7 million), State Government ($2 million) and the City of Salisbury ($5 million) – will harvest an estimated 1.3 million litres of stormwater each year.

  • Apart from creating new landscaped features and amenities at Unity Park between Main North Road and Briens Road, the project will provide:
  • Fit-for-purpose water for local industries;
  • Irrigation of open space, school ovals and sports facilities; and
  • An alternative supply for watering gardens, flushing toilets and washing cars in new residential developments where the developers install a ‘purple pipe’ network to new homes.

Bickfords: Food & Beverage

Bickford’s Australia’s world class beverage manufacturing has been part of South Australia’s heritage since 1839.

Our products range from waters, juices, iced teas, to the world famous Bickford’s cordials.

Recently, we had a choice to move our new production operations to either the north or south of the Adelaide business district. We chose Salisbury in the north, because the Council there has been exceptional to deal with in terms of planning approvals. They also helped us secure a suitable land site and  made key contacts in the region.

Being located in Salisbury means we are close to our major customers and we have ease of access to a Council that will continue to work with us to further grow our business in the region. For Bickford’s everything adds up, Salisbury is the perfect location.

Angelo Kotses
Managing Director

UniSA: Education

Mawson Lakes is home to a number of UniSA’s Schools and research concentrations spanning a wide range of disciplines from engineering to teacher training.

The campus features state-of-the-art facilities and is at the cutting edge of teaching, research and knowledge transfer helping to deliver sustainable solutions to the issues facing our planet, through advancements in manufacturing, defence, national security, materials science, minerals processing, telecommunications and ICT, water management, renewable energy and sustainable settlements.

The flourishing technology hub of the Northern Region offers the perfect blend of education and research for the community, business and government, creating a vibrant and innovative nexus to support economic, social and environmental development. The new construction of a $50million iconic Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub, and the recent announcement of a UniSA college, in particular a Maths and Science Centre at Mawson Lakes, highlights our continued investment and confidence in the City of Salisbury.

Professor Andrew Parfitt
Pro Vice Chancellor:
Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment

BAE Systems: Defence

BAE Systems is Australia’s largest defence company with more than 6,500 employees.

We established our Australian headquarters in the city of Salisbury because of its significance as South Australia’s major centre for defence and high tech research activities.

The area also offers access to high quality education and real lifestyle benefits for our employees.

Jim McDowell

R.M. Williams: Manufacturing

R.M.Williams – The Bush Outfitter, has been proudly outfitting the people of Australia for over 75 years.

R.M.Williams manufactures footwear, apparel and accessories for men and women incorporating seasonal ranges, Big Men’s, Longhorn, Stockyard, and Colts and Fillies for children. 100% Australian owned, R.M.Williams has expanded across the globe with over 40 stores in Australia, New Zealand, London and New York, more than 900 stockist locations worldwide and exporting to over 15 countries globally.

R.M.Williams’ Adelaide office and manufacturing plant has been based in Salisbury for over 30 years. We have always enjoyed an excellent relationship with the Salisbury council, and have found them very supportive of our business and a pleasure to work with.

The easily accessible labour force, makes Salisbury an excellent environment for doing business in, in conjunction with convenient freight access, particularly with respect to the port and access to the north of the state. It is also beneficial to be operating close to a group of quality manufacturers in the area, who uphold similar values to R.M.Williams.

The majority of our manufacturing staff, who underpin our current operations and our expected future growth, also live in the area. The R.M.Williams team appreciate the professional convenience of living in Salisbury and enjoy living the lifestyle Salisbury provides them.

For R.M.Williams’ Australian manufacturing requirements Salisbury is a great fit. R.M.Williams looks forward to continuing our relationship with Salisbury Council and the Salisbury community for many years to come ”.

Geoff Thiel
Chief Operating Officer