New Saab-UniSA Institute to build next generation defence skills in Mawson Lakes


Leading defence systems company, Saab Australia and UniSA, are partnering to establish the new Saab AustraliaUniSA Defence Technologies Institute.

The new Institute will be a $40 million investment to provide a key education and research pipeline for highly skilled systems engineers, now very much in demand, as new defence industry projects come on-line.

The Institute will be located in a new purpose-built wing at Saab’s Mawson Lakes HQ, in close proximity to UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus, its Schools of Engineering, Information Technology and Mathematics and its Future Industries Institute.

It will provide a unique industry-based environment for students to experience real-life projects as an integral part of their studies, ensuring graduates are well-equipped to succeed in the defence sector.

Managing Director of Saab Australia, Dean Rosenfield says the significant defence industry projects planned for the next 20 to 30 years in Australia will require a new level of people with specialist skills in systems engineering.

“It is forecast that the need for additional personnel with the right education and training will be in excess of 5000 and about 20 per cent of those will need to be university qualified,” Rosenfield says.

“This partnership ensures academia is in the heart of industry. Students will learn the technological skills, the industry demands and through the practical experience element, know how to deliver projects effectively.

“We have had a long and productive association with UniSA. This new partnership will give South Australia and Saab the edge in building defence industry capacity, delivering world-class solutions for future key projects.”

Rosenfield says the Institute will have broad scope and will include engineering and IT, with a particular focus on critical areas at the heart of what Saab delivers – augmented reality, autonomous systems, cybersecurity and complex systems engineering.

This is another great example of why City of Salisbury is an ideal place to do business.


Technology Park- Smart, Growing and Global

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other recent expansions and relocations include:

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


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

Hugh Jackman invests in RM Williams

hugh-jackmanAussie actor Hugh Jackman has added is support for for R.M. Williams by announcing he has become a private investor in the company.


“R.M. Williams is proud to have Hugh Jackman as a shareholder. It is the strong view of the company that with the support of its shareholders there is a unique opportunity to take R.M. Williams and the iconic Adelaide-made boots, to a global customer”

The R.M. Williams Company was founded and established in South Australia in 1932 by Australian legend Reginald Murray RM Williams, who sold it in 1998.

R.M. Williams now exports to 15 countries, has more than 50 retail stores in Australia and a store in London.

“With its roots firmly planted in Outback Australia the company has at its core the famous R.M. Williams boots crafted from one piece of leather and worn by a discerning clientele from the bush to the board room.”

Here’s why R.M. Williams like doing business in Salisbury.

Osmoflo treatment of ground water enabling beer production


Water is always a major talking point in Adelaide, capital city of the driest state on the driest continent. Pro-active local industries often lead the way in adopting measures to conserve sometimes scarce drinking water supplies. Adelaide’s iconic Coopers Brewery is no exception to this cause and when planning its move to a substantially larger site actively sought out water saving measures including the replacement of mains water with ground water. Aware that the ground water source was slightly saline and would require treatment prior to use, Coopers’ management turned to Osmoflo which had already provided a small 200 kL/d reverse osmosis plant at the original Leabrook plant.

Osmoflo’s solution was to design a plant which met initial needs at the new brewery following its commissioning in 2001, but which could be easily upsized in line with future expansion. This occurred in 2007 when Osmoflo increased the capacity of its plant by 50% to 3ML/d Following pre-treatment to remove suspended solids the reverse osmosis plant reduces the salinity of the ground water from around 6,000mg/L TDS to 60mg/L. The concentrate or reject water from the desalination process is held in tanks and mixed with rainwater, making it suitable for the irrigation of a three hole golf course at the Regency Park site.

Coopers are achieving net savings by using ground water instead of mains water while the use of reject water in irrigation is also reducing effluent discharge costs. Osmoflo also offered its client a Build Own Operate arrangement whereby Osmoflo owns and operates the RO plant and the brewery is billed on consumption. Under this scheme, Osmoflo has the responsibility of providing water to the required standard, while Coopers can concentrate on what it does best – brewing beers of high quality.

Coopers Brewery Limited is the largest Australian-owned brewery, based in South Australia, brewing beer for over 150 years.

See here for more information about Osmoflo capacity.

New International Partnership with China

Group Shot Linyi, ShandongThe City of Salisbury and City of Linyi last week signed a Friendship City Agreement, which formalised the growing ties between the two cities and represents a significant commitment to future development and partnership opportunities.

The signing was conducted by Mayor Gillian Aldridge and Linyi Mayor Zhang Shuping during a ceremony at the Salisbury Council Chambers attended by city officials, State politicians and a high ranking delegation from Linyi.
Mayor Aldridge described the night’s signing as a “major milestone” for the City of Salisbury. “I believe this Agreement, along with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the South Australian Government on behalf of Local Government during a delegation to Shandong Province in May 2015, will provide an excellent mechanism for further developing our economic, cultural and social relations with China and in particular Linyi.”
Mayor Aldridge said the City of Salisbury and the Linyi delegation also used this week’s visit to further discuss ways of increasing economic activity between the two cities. “Linyi is home to more than 10 million people with their GDP growing 11.8% and total foreign trade value increasing by 15.5% in 2012,” Mayor Aldridge said. “And Salisbury is home to world leading research facilities and innovators in defence, logistics and advanced manufacturing, and we are the food hub of South Australia delivering clean and green produce and premium food products. I truly believe Salisbury-based businesses will see more opportunities for investment, export and trade as we continue to build our ties with China.”

Like to be involved?

One of the first projects planned to be undertaken by the City of Salisbury is to survey firms aspiring to or actively engaged in international trade or investment to identify programs or relations in need of development. If you would like to be involved please contact Ben Kirchner, Senior Economic Development Officer on 8260 8205 or

The City of Linyi is located in Shandong Province in the People’s Republic of China. The delegation in Salisbury on 9 November 2015 is one of the highest ranking and most influential Chinese delegations to visit the State of South Australia. The Friendship City Agreement signed states that both cities wish to ‘enhance mutual understanding, friendship, trade and investment between the Chinese and the Australian peoples and further develop cooperation between the two cities’.

Parafield Airport precinct to host 40ha Food Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food and Beverage Sector Profile

Logistics Sector Profile

City of Salisbury Investment Prospectus

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

BRW showcases planned $30m cloud data centre

Scott Hicks- YourDCAdelaide entrepreneurs Scott Hicks and Greg Siegele will build a cloud data centre, secure enough to meet Department of Defence standards, at a former car exhaust factory in the north of the city.

Hicks and Siegele are the major shareholders in start-up YourDC, which has just purchased the abandoned Tenneco Walker exhaust factory at Edinburgh Parks, a 6000 square metre facility sitting on a 25,000 sqm site about 25 kilometres north of Adelaide’s CBD.

YourDC’s investors – which in addition to Hicks and Siegele also include private investors from Adelaide, Switzerland, Darwin and Perth – expect to have spent $14 million by the time the data centre is ready for its first tenants in December.

“We hope the data centre will be a big enabler for Northern Adelaide, which has had a hard run over the last 12 months with General Motors Holden and a lot of manufacturing going,” Hicks says.

“There’s some amazing sites out there, and anybody wanting to move a business into Adelaide will want to have access to infrastructure like ours.”

Work has already begun to repurpose the factory as a cloud data centre meeting the Uptime Institute’s coveted ‘Tier 3’ rating.

“It means you’ve got a replication of every potential point of failure,” says Hicks.

“So we’ll be drawing power from two substations, multiple UPSs [uninterrupted power supplies] that maintain power in the event of an outage, and multiple generators that start 15 seconds after an outage with five days’ worth of diesel on site to keep them running. We’re looking at a 1.5 megawatt solar array on the roof too.”

Razor wire and guards will complement biometric hand scanners, pin codes and keys as security around the 1000 server racks YourDC eventually intends to house at the site, which by that stage will have cost $30 million to build. The founders also stress it is 50 kilometres away from South Australia’s earthquake faultlines and above the one-in-100 year flood line.

Hicks has calculated that YourDC becomes cashflow-positive upon renting space for 100 server racks, yet his due diligence has revealed demand for 300-400 racks’ worth in the next 12 months from local companies alone.

“There’s nowhere else to go in SA because the only other Tier 3 centre – Adam Internet’s, which I helped build – is at 90 per cent capacity and we’re not picking up any plans from the major players to increase capacity here.”

Data centre clients prefer to be able to reach their equipment within a short drive, Hicks says, while SA-based clients using the centre for network storage or low latency requirements could never consider racks in Sydney or Melbourne.

“From Adelaide they’re a 32 millisecond return trip, where a lot of that equipment requires a 3-4 millisecond response time.”

The data centre will be built in four stages over the next two years, assuming steady demand, with the first spaces available from December.

“We’re adding the mechanicals in a compact way that means we can grow with demand and not spend a ridiculous amount upfront,” Hicks says.

The SA Government is a likely client for some of the space, says Hicks, who also points out the centre is being built to Department of Defence specifications. A Royal Australian Airforce base will be a neighbour of YourDC.

“We’re also talking to the big managed services providers, who are finally rolling out cloud platforms and wanting them replicated at two facilities within SA,” Hicks says.

YourDC’s current headcount of 10 is planned to double over the next year, with another 70-80 jobs created during the build phase, Hicks estimates.

Some non-mechanical components of the build will be handled by Astelec, the telco construction company building a majority of the National Broadband Network in South Australia. Hicks is a passive 50 per cent shareholder in Astelec.

Hicks ran Adam Internet, the Adelaide-based ISP founded and owned by his father Greg, from 2004 to 2012. He reportedly disagreed with his father about selling the business, and left it in 2012, not benefiting financially from its $60 million sale to iiNet the following year.

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

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

Hicks is CEO and Siegele an executive director of YourDC.

*This story has been corrected to clarify Scott Hicks’ title at Adam Internet and the fact he did not benefit financially from its sale.

Original article can be found on the BRW site by clicking here.

$985 million Northern Connector given the go ahead

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

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

The project scope will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charoen Pokphand Group is Thailand’s largest private business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese MOU paves way to increased fresh produce exports

MOU Signing with Adelaide Produce makets to develop exports with ChinaMore local South Australian fresh produce could be seen in Chinese supermarkets and in restaurants  with the State’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to  increase exporting opportunities through the Chinese GuangZhou Jianghan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market.

The GuangZhou Jianghan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market is one of China’s largest wholesale fresh produce markets which supplies a diverse group of retail customers in China.

The Adelaide Produce Market, which consists of 100 wholesaling and growing-related businesses that supplies over $590 million of fresh produce each year has entered into a partnership indirectly with its Chinese counterpart. This was witnessed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell MP last week on 5th August 2015.

“The signing of this memorandum of understanding signify the bond and strength of this relationship which had been formed as a result of the Premier’s Trade Mission to Shandong Province, South Australia’s sister state in China in May 2015,” Adelaide Produce Market CEO Angelo Demasi said.

“This MOU will pave the way for increased exporting opportunities for the South Australian horticulture industry and in particular, the Adelaide Produce Market community,” he said.

Click here to find out more about the Adelaide Produce Market and why they like doing business in Salisbury.

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

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

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

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

Successful Applicants

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



Parabanks Shopping Centre set for $18 million expansion at Salisbury

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

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

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

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

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

More information
Download: Salisbury City Centre Investment Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edinburgh Parks

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



Codan centralises to Technology Park, Mawson Lakes

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

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

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

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

Technology Park Adelaide

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



Holco becomes NT’s largest dedicated meat supplier

Holco-Cavan-MeatCavan based meat company Holco will spend $5 million upgrading its Darwin cold storage and distribution centre to better serve Northern Territory consumers. The demands from the mining sector and US defence personnel will justify the company’s multi-million dollar meat storage expansion.

This expansion will help Holco become the Northern Territory’s largest dedicated meat supplier, providing fresh beef, chicken, lamb, pork, seafood, kangaroo and crocodile to consumers throughout the territory.

This expansion will increase storage capacity by 400 per cent to 500 tonnes of meat. It’s expected this will position Holco well from further growth opportunities including export markets into South East Asia. Holco success nationally has seen them grow from $120 million turnover business five years ago to over $200 million.

This success build on their recent partnership with Thomas Foods.

Ground work begins on new Masters store at Parafield Airport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information and a list of current stores, visit


Food revolution in Salisbury with recipes to conquer

pastabox-chorizoProfiled on InDaily it suggested “There’s something of a food revolution happening, rather quietly, in Salisbury” in realtion to growing food sector and the success of Australian Wholefoods who in less than four years, has grown to become one of the biggest national players in the fastest growing food sector – ready-to-eat meals.

In Salisbury, Australian Wholefoods joins other thriving households names such as Inghams, Bickfords, Lion, Obela, Viterra, Mitani, Holco and Sunfresh Salads have chosen Salisbury as the base for business in SA.

Australian Wholefoods supplies to Coles, Woolworths and hundreds of smaller independent outlets with everything from slow cooked beef ragu to pastitsio and peri peri chicken, and is already looking at overseas opportunities.

It’s a meteoric rise built on strong foundations; in fact, there’s more than a little sense of déjà vu for owners and directors Ray Khabbaz and Michael Demetriou.

They previously ran Copperpot, which between 2001 and 2007 grew to become the biggest single supplier of dips and snack products in Australia and the largest Australian exporter of these products.

When a good offer came from a major multinational they sold up and planned semi-retirement. However, as Khabbaz puts it, that lasted “about a nanosecond in business terms”.

Both could see an expanding market niche, with more and more consumers looking for quick meal options that are both health and high quality, and Demetriou suggested the old team do something about filling it.

To create the business platform they bought Australian Wholefoods, a then Marleston-based company primarily involved with catering. Within nine months its sales had increased by 80%, largely on the strength of new product ranges in the Clever Cooks brand and the Australian Wholefoods Quiche being stocked by Coles and others.

The purchase of another local business, Alaska Foods, gave them links into Woolworths as well, and both major supermarket chains could see the potential in what they were proposing. Both also trusted the business acumen that had created the Copperpot success story.

Australian Wholefoods thus had the products, the ideas and the buyers; it just needed a better facility to fulfil the vision. While looking, in late 2012, for a new site to relocate the two separate businesses, the partners discovered their old Copperpot facilities at Salisbury were out of lease with their current tenants, so they snapped them up – then quickly changed them completely.

Around $25 million was spent on refurbishing the building and installing state-of-the-art equipment that allows the company to do everything from making pasta and grinding its own mince to creating, packing and distributing its full range of ready-to-eat and single-serve meals.

“We don’t do paddock to plate but you could say we do gate to plate,” Khabbaz said.

Central to the innovation was equipment for modified atmosphere packaging, which gives fresh meals a 28-day shelf life without the need for additives or preservatives. They also have the capability to freeze products if required to fill future international orders.

Khabbaz, who travels relentlessly, says they have benchmarked their facilities against one of the biggest companies in Europe and while they may not have the scale, they lack nothing in quality and sophistication. And the Copperpot reputation is still a useful calling card when overseas.

Australian Wholefoods currently produces about six million units a year, but the facility is about 60% underutilised and only works one shift. It was purpose-built for growth, with the vision of reaching 13-14 million units within four years.

Even at current production levels it employs around 160 people and, more importantly, in Australia it performs strongly against some of the biggest international food companies.

Its own brands include Clever Cooks, Alaska and Banquet, but much of its product range appears under Coles and Woolworths private labels. Foodland and all other major independents nationally are also big supporters.

For more information about food industry in Salisbury see our latest Business case for the Food and Beverage Processing.

New Investment Prospectus Launched

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Launched by Mayor Gillian Aldridge the City of Salisbury Investment Prospectus provides an exciting and compelling sense of opportunities and capacities for northern Adelaide businesses, developers, investors.

Backed by over forty businesses, it paints a compelling picture why Salisbury is such a great place to operate a business in.

What strikes readers is the range of competitive advantages in the City of Salisbury such as costs and efficiencies but what really shines through is the capabilities of local businesses like Osmoflo, BAE Systems, Liebherr, NewSat and UniSA. Likewise is great to see so many businesses openly sharing why they like doing business in Salisbury, this gives a sense of confidence that businesses see a strong and exciting future in the region.

The prospectus is being distributed widely and is available in English and Chinese and is supported by our comprehensive investment attraction support services.

The Investment Prospectus is part of the City of Salisbury’s long-standing efforts to attract investment, continue building northern Adelaide, and is part of our Makes Good Business Sense Campaign

Please follow the links below to download electronic copy. For hard copies please call 8260 8205 or email


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