Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct - Project

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Project Background

The Edwardstown Employment Precinct is the economic engine room of the City of Marion economy.  It is host to over 4,500 jobs, over 1,700 businesses and provides $1bn into our economy.

In 2019, Council resolved to investigate the revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct.  As a result, a forum was held and a 12-month Action Plan was developed in collaboration with the business community.

Project Objectives:

  • Enhance vibrancy and liveability of the area for local people
  • Foster local commercial activity and business prosperity
  • Raise the profile of the City as a business and visitor destination
  • Improve visual and aesthetic appeal of the built environment
  • Present increasing employment opportunities for all local residents
  • Promote environmental responsibility through low-carbon initiatives and sustainable business practices
  • Promote environmental and social benefits through encouraging local jobs for local people and minimising impact on transport infrastructure
  • Generate financial benefit and reinvestment by the City for community projects and enhancement of services
  • Support economic recovery
  • Improve access to competitively priced goods and services

Project Deliverables:

A 2020/21 12-month Action Plan endorsed by Council at the Meeting on 28 July 2020 will continue the momentum from the 2019/20 Action Plan.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to someone about the project please contact Donna or Kate via email.


Project Background

The Edwardstown Employment Precinct is the economic engine room of the City of Marion economy.  It is host to over 4,500 jobs, over 1,700 businesses and provides $1bn into our economy.

In 2019, Council resolved to investigate the revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct.  As a result, a forum was held and a 12-month Action Plan was developed in collaboration with the business community.

Project Objectives:

  • Enhance vibrancy and liveability of the area for local people
  • Foster local commercial activity and business prosperity
  • Raise the profile of the City as a business and visitor destination
  • Improve visual and aesthetic appeal of the built environment
  • Present increasing employment opportunities for all local residents
  • Promote environmental responsibility through low-carbon initiatives and sustainable business practices
  • Promote environmental and social benefits through encouraging local jobs for local people and minimising impact on transport infrastructure
  • Generate financial benefit and reinvestment by the City for community projects and enhancement of services
  • Support economic recovery
  • Improve access to competitively priced goods and services

Project Deliverables:

A 2020/21 12-month Action Plan endorsed by Council at the Meeting on 28 July 2020 will continue the momentum from the 2019/20 Action Plan.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to someone about the project please contact Donna or Kate via email.


  • Ten22 - One of the hidden gems of Edwardstown

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    27 Oct 2020
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    TEN22 truly is a hidden gem in an industrial and trendy neighbourhood with so many surprises to be found inside!

    TEN22 Boutique have converted a traditional industrial warehouse into a stylish event space that is perfect for those who want a contemporary alternative to the customary event space. The restored space has retained a link to its past as a wrought iron manufacturing site, with the original front iron gates still very much admired. The space is both industrial and rustic with styled elements throughout. An Italian vintage chandelier, rustic Argentinian doors and polished concrete floors, together with palette installations, hanging foliage and festoon lighting.

    TEN22 is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 2014. Husband and wife duo, Nat and Dave Lands, saw a need in the Adelaide market for an industrial, urban event space that was closely situated to all the best photo spots that Adelaide has to offer! Edwardstown was the perfect location.


  • Fully Promoted Celebrates One Year in Edwardstown

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    16 Oct 2020
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    Fully Promoted Embroidme Edwardstown is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all business identity and promotional needs. Based in Edwardstown, Fully Promoted work with a diverse range of businesses both locally and across Australia. They supply a complete range of services, including embroidery and printing as well as uniforms, team wear, signage, floor mats, promotional items, and giftware. Fully Promoted Edwardstown can also assist businesses with website creation, social media marketing, and advertising platform assistance. Their skilled staff can assist in creating graphics and can provide unique tailored advice to their clients on the best options available and assist them to achieve a professional look.

    “Great presence makes great advertising and increased customer exposure!”

    Fully Promoted Edwardstown is available to assist local Edwardstown businesses as they reopen, rebuild, and grow post-COVID-19 closures.

    Fully Promoted Edwardstown recently announced their first birthday milestone and have appreciated all the local support from the Edwardstown business community and surrounding suburbs.

    To sample their apparel or promotional range, they are located at 974 South Road Edwardstown or visit fullypromoted.com.au/stores/edwardstown.

  • Spare parts business drive recycling

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    A business in Edwardstown is leading the recycling drive by packaging products using wooden pallets, newspapers, and cardboard discarded from neighbouring companies.

    VDL Adelaide Spare Parts Store dismantles wrecked vehicles, salvaging everything from seats, engines, bumpers, electronics, gear sticks, and dials before selling them online. Owner Paul Vine is also on a mission to convert the remnants of a 1955 Volkswagen Kombi into an electric vehicle. The former accountant who turned his back on the corporate world a year ago said his business combines two of his passions. "Reusing packaging salvaged from local businesses saves us money, reduces our environmental footprint, and the waste disposal costs for businesses that provide it to us,” Mr Vine said. “I’m passionate about creating an environmentally sound operation and have always been a car fanatic. “My aim is to use solar energy to run the workshop, power the forklift, and eventually the Kombi.” Mr Vine moved his business from his home in Glenelg to a workshop in Edwardstown last year. He recently installed solar panels at the workshop thanks to a $10,000 grant from Marion Council. “We distribute about 200 parts each month, 25 percent of which are sent to Europe for cars like Volkswagen, Audi, and Mercedes,’” Mr. Vine said. “Edwardstown is accessible, and an ideal place to do business.”

  • Treasure Boxes, supporting South Australian families and children in times of crisis

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    11 Aug 2020
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    Treasure Boxes is based in Edwardstown and provides essential items to SA families to keep high-risk infants and children safe and warm during times of crisis. The items distributed by Treasure Boxes include cots, car seats, feeding equipment for newborns, clothing, shoes, toys, nappies, and linen – all donated by the South Australian community and retailers.

    Donations are received in their warehouse by a team of over 100 dedicated volunteers and are sorted, cleaned, repaired if necessary, and checked against Australian Safety Standards and product recalls.

    Their service provides vital essentials to women and children fleeing domestic violence, families experiencing homelessness and severe poverty, and at-risk families who simply don’t have access to items to care for their children. In the longer term - with ongoing community support - families who can survive the short-term will be better placed to make plans for the long-term and build their future self-reliance.

    In 2019 Treasure Boxes supported 2,026 newborn babies and children, distributed $2.12M of goods to over 890 disadvantaged South Australian families, and work with over 110 agencies including; SA Health, Departments for Child Protection, and Humans Services, Hutt Street Centre, Catherine House any many other incredible organisations.

    To find out more visit: www.treasureboxes.org.au

  • Devon Clothing provides local, ethically sourced, SMART uniform solutions

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    14 Jul 2020
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    Devon Clothing is a local South Australian family business that has been servicing the corporate, sporting, and school wear market in Australia since 1984.

    Their corporate, sporting and school wear is designed to fit well and feel good. Durable and quality fabrics that are ethically-sourced are used for all custom made garments allowing them to maintain their shape and look for years to come. The production team is highly-trained in the knowledge of the latest most durable, comfortable fabrics and production techniques to ensure cost-effective contemporary uniform, outcomes.

    Devon Clothing has recently introduced the latest innovation in solving lost property issues within schools and is the exclusive South Australian uniform supplier of RagTagd Technology. RagTagd Smart Tags work by helping you to recover lost items at school by embedding items with a smart tag and can be paired with a smart phone. A sensor then sits in the school lost property and automatically scans the area for smart tags once a day notifying parents that their missing item has been found and is ready for collection.

    Devon Clothing has a great understanding of work needs and requirements to help businesses find the best uniform solution. They take pride in their customer service and innovative methods of service and supply which are adapted to each customer's unique requirements.

    To find out more visit: devonclothing.com.au/

  • One World LED, a local Edwardstown Business operating on a global scale

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    18 Jun 2020
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    One World LED (OWL) has been manufacturing, supplying, and developing LED technologies and software from its Edwardstown office since 2015. Since then, OWL has established itself as a primary local supplier of LED technology not only in Adelaide but on a global scale.

    OWL has previously provided LED screens to venues such as the famous Her Majesty's Theatre where the project was a great success and the installed LED screen assisted in the promotion of performances from around the globe.

    At OWL, they pride themselves on their ability to deliver the highest quality products while maintaining complete separation from market alternatives. This is achieved through offshore manufacturing, software and hardware development patented technologies and their accredited authorised reseller network enabling them to offer the best in LED technology. This reseller network has grown to a powerful global distribution network with strategic partnerships with AV, electrical, signage, engineering, and design companies that provide multifaceted professional services to deliver high-quality solutions in multiple markets across China, Australia and the USA and are actively recruiting partners in the EU, South America, Africa, and other parts of Asia.

    OWL focuses on innovation, quality, efficiency, total cost of ownership, and development of the technology that drives the industry without a heavyweight sales-force and marketing presence as well as operate with a commitment to non-compete arrangements with all of our affiliated distributors, resellers, partners and installers. Our mission is to continue to provide our resellers with the latest high-quality technologies and innovations to help them bring their visions to life. Our goal is to attract more resellers to our network by offering Australian based software and hardware support, ensuring that any One World LED backed project will be a successful one.

  • Edwardstown's Winkle Group diversifies through development of Sneeze Screens

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    20 May 2020
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    The Winkle Group is a family owned and operated Edwardstown business. Originally started by Desmond Kelly, it is now in the second generation of family ownership by siblings Josh, Hamish and Harmony. The Winkle Group produce commercial and retail joinery from their purpose built warehouse on Weaver Street. The business has been manufacturing in Edwardstown for forty-one years and have been witness to the significant growth and development of Edwardstown as a business district in that time.

    The Winkle Group are industry leaders in commercial interior fit-out solutions; and operate on a national level. All joinery is produced in South Australia and transported throughout the country to service their national client base.

    Offering a turnkey solution for retailers, medical centres, office spaces and educational institutions has been the core business for forty-two years. Clients range from large national retailers, government departments and councils, to small family operators requiring a retail or office fitout. Manufacturing in a central location in SA allows clients to be involved in the process; and to visit the company’s office and warehouse to see their joinery in production. It also ensures quality control over the joinery and the flexibility to manufacture to suit a variety of budgets.

    The company are passionate about supporting young people to obtain a trade qualification. They run an apprenticeship program which sees a new apprentice commence with the company each January for a four-year term. There are currently five apprentices undertaking a Carpentry & Joinery apprenticeship with Winkle Group. The Directors see it as their way of giving back to the industry; and ensuring that Australian manufacturing does not become obsolete and force Australian businesses to buy imported joinery.

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 on retailers around Australia, the Winkle Group have been required to adapt and diversify to keep production staff employed and the machinery in operation. The company have developed a Sneeze Screens design for those commercial spaces that have continued to operate through this pandemic. The screens were designed as an efficient solution for countertops where face to face contact with customers and clients has been necessary. The screens have sold extremely well and the feedback from the customers has been excellent. Three different widths of screens are available and the DIY set-up of the screens makes them appealing and cost-effective for businesses. Winkle Group has also been producing custom made sneeze screens and produced all the custom screens for Aldi stores around the state.

    More information on the Winkle Group is available on their website – winklegroup.com.au.

  • Amuse Event Lighting and Audio Visual gives back at the Adelaide Fringe

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    22 Apr 2020
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    Amuse Event Lighting and Audio Visual is a local provider of technical event services and has been operating in Edwardstown since 2017. At Amuse, they believe that the best events live on in memory long after the last guest departs. Specialising in corporate events, incentives, activations and weddings, Amuse can transform a venue into something truly incredible through the creative use of lighting, sound and vision making reliable audio visual and lighting hire accessible to all of their clients with an emphasis on great service and utilisation of commercial grade equipment.

    Amuse pride themselves on being able to mix creativity with a high service delivery. Delivering event services locally and as far as Darwin, their success lies in their meticulous approach to event design. Every show is different, and each is designed to suit their client’s needs.

    More recently, Amuse have started to specialise in venue activation through providing wow factor designs and looks.

    As Amuse has grown, it has sought to give back to the artistic community through its sponsorship of the Adelaide Fringe. During last year’s festival Amuse provided complimentary lighting services for a wide array of different Fringe venues.

    To learn more please visit www.amuselav.com.au

  • Castle Plaza's Solar Shaded Car Park

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    05 Mar 2020
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    Castle Plaza's Solar Shaded Car Park

    In late 2018, Vicinity Centres (Vicinity) installed a 548kWh Sungrow Samsung storage battery at the Castle Plaza shopping centre in Adelaide. This was an Australian retail industry first and undertaken as part of Vicinity’s $73million investment in renewable energy initiatives across Australia, including embedding renewable energy innovations across their shopping centre portfolio.

    Vicinity introduced a national solar and battery program to help reduce its exposure to volatile energy market conditions, strengthen energy resilience in communities and deliver improved sustainability outcomes.

    Following is a detailed look at the battery and solar program introduced at Castle Plaza.

    What are the key facts and figures for the Castle Plaza renewable energy program?

    • 2.4 megawatts (MW) solar capacity installed at the centre by the end of 2019
    • Over 430 solar shaded bays available for customer parking
    • Over 6,600 solar panels laid across rooftop and car park (that’s over 12kms of solar!)
    • Expected that over 50% of centre energy use will be produced by the solar system
    • EV charging stations to be installed in early 2020
    • One of Australia’s largest retail solar programs
    • Australian retail property’s first storage battery program

    How does the storage battery work with the existing solar program at Castle Plaza?

    In simple terms, when the centre generates energy from the roof and car park solar system, the connected battery can store any excess energy (that can’t be used by the centre at that time) to utilise it when needed. This is particularly helpful in reducing grid consumption at busy times and reducing overall demand on the national grid, which in turn, improves local energy resilience. To break it down further the battery performs the following tasks…
    • Absorbs excess power generated during the middle of the day to utilise later in the day when there is less solar production
    • System balancing - when grid conditions change, the battery can release or absorb energy to ensure the stability of the grid is maintained and smooth any impact of fluctuations in solar PV generation production; for instance, when there is intermittent cloud cover it can absorb the peaks and fill in during the troughs
    • Maintain quality of power production throughout the day when the centre uses most of its power from its solar supply

    Why are Vicinity trialling a storage battery at Castle Plaza?

    Castle Plaza is a great test site due to several factors including centre size; the large solar array installed on the roof and in the car park; an upgraded behind the meter network; a strong network connection and existing building management system. Combined, these elements allow Vicinity to test and learn from the connected energy platform which helps inform other renewable energy decisions for the business.

    What do Vicinity hope to learn from the trial?

    Primarily, the trial will help Vicinity understand how effective battery technology is at further maximising renewable energy outcomes. This will help determine how Vicinity could use similar battery technology at other shopping centres as part of any future energy strategy and solar program growth.

    How does the battery help the centre and Castle Plaza community?

    Battery use allows Vicinity to install larger solar arrays and increase self-consumption of the solar energy generated while ensuring the intermittency of any generation is carefully managed. At Castle Plaza, this provided a gateway to install over 430 solar shaded car parking bays.

    In terms of benefiting the wider community, combined with local solar resource the battery supplied 100% of centre energy use during recent heatwave. This ensured grid capacity was available for other energy users in the local area. A great outcome for all.

    How has the battery performed so far?

    Since commissioning the battery at the start of November 2019, it has provided significant assistance in managing network demand. This is achieved by injecting stored power into the centre load to reduce peak loads from centre operations and equipment use. This outcome benefits the centre, its shoppers and the local community.

    What is the future of battery technology at Vicinity?

    Vicinity’s industry-leading solar program is creating a backbone for further integrated energy innovations and investment that will deliver an ‘energy community’ at, and around, our centres.

    These energy communities will be built on complementary renewable energy initiatives such as solar energy generation, energy storage (such as battery), waste to energy and electric vehicle charging.

    And, as the economics of energy storage change via reductions in outright battery purchase costs and increased revenue opportunities, it’s likely that more centres in the Vicinity portfolio can benefit from this technology.

    Vicinity have also partnered with Australia’s leading blockchain experts, Power Ledger, to turn the solar energy generated and stored into a valuable saleable commodity. Power Ledger’s blockchain technology may open the door back to the grid for real-time energy transactions with residents and businesses that connect to a Vicinity network.

    What happens with the battery after it’s useful life?

    While Vicinity expect the battery at Castle Plaza to have a long and productive life cycle, there is a plan for its eventual removal and disposal.

    The Li-ion battery waste contains a whole host of valuable materials like cobalt, lithium and graphite that can be recovered and 95% of these components can be turned into new batteries or used in other industries.

    What are the benefits of battery for other business owners?

    Storage batteries are likely to become increasingly valuable to business owners as the technology and renewable energy market matures in Australia. Some potential ‘future proofing’ benefits Vicinity has identified include:

    Business growth can create a need for additional power consumption and network capacity that may require costly infrastructure upgrades. Introducing a solar and battery system can help mitigate this issue by utilising more of the power generated on-site and reducing the requirement for network upgrades.

    In extreme weather conditions, stored battery energy can provide an emergency backup solution that ensures the business can continue its operations until grid power is restored.

    Battery can provide a gateway to associated renewable energy technologies, such as the introduction of electric vehicle chargers at a business premises. At Castle Plaza, EV chargers are being installed in early 2020.

    Battery and solar systems could unlock additional revenue streams, such as on-selling excess stored energy to other users and using battery inverters to respond to price signals and increase or reduce site usage.

    Interesting fact!

    Assuming an average Australian home consumes about 30kWh per day, the Castle Plaza battery, with a full charge, can power that home for over two weeks independently from the grid.

  • The Local Bunch

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    23 Jan 2020
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    The Local Bunch is an online florist shop with an Eco-Friendly approach to floral design, that’s been operating out of Edwardstown since 2018. Early in the mornings we visit our local flower market and source the freshest flowers to create a floral design in our garden style each weekday. We provide same-day delivery for our daily bunches and deliver to over 200 local Adelaide suburbs. Having a single design each day helps keep our wastage low which in turn helps to keep our environmental impact to a minimum.

    Using a wide range of seasonal flowers, each with their own unique shapes and colours makes our daily bunches ideal for almost any occasion. They turn a normal day into an extra special day, especially for Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, Anniversaries, Weddings and Special Events. We have a passion for flowers and creating unique bunches every day using only the freshest and most beautiful flowers, designing them into the perfect gift.

    The business has been growing steadily over the past two years with the hopes of providing employment to locals in the near future. We also prioritise buying directly from local flower growers, this supports our local farmers and puts money back into the local community. It also reduces the environmental impact associated with imported flowers.

    We also only use 100% post-consumer recycled wrapping paper and gift tags along with twine, making all of our packaging items either reusable, recyclable or compostable and we compost all of our trimmings.

    To find out more visit: www.thelocalbunch.com.au