Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct - Project

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Project Background

Edwardstown has long served as a key employment generator for the region. Further investment is now required to deliver a mixed-use employment precinct with advanced manufacturers, export-focused businesses, integrated creative industry and housing diversity to contribute to a vibrant place to work. Further investment is required to unleash the full potential of the precinct.

Project Objectives:

  • improve access and amenity of the precinct
  • reduce the heat island effect
  • increase tree canopy
  • enhance heritage sites
  • activate the precinct for business
  • engage with the local business community
  • attract investment into the precinct

Project Overview:

The vision for the project is that Edwardstown will become an outstanding place for business, innovation and entrepreneurs to thrive, while simultaneously creating new jobs and attracting new industry. Further investment is now required to deliver a mixed-use employment precinct with advanced manufacturers, export-focused businesses, integrated creative industry and housing diversity to contribute to a vibrant place to live and work. A 12-month action plan has been endorsed by Council on 23 July 2019 to deliver actions to address access, amenity and activation of the precinct. Using the survey below, we'd love to hear your thoughts.


Project Deliverables:

A 12-month action plan has been endorsed by council on 23 July 2019 to deliver actions to address access, amenity and activation of the precinct.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to someone about the project please contact Donna or Kate via email - business.marion@marion.sa.gov.au

Project Background

Edwardstown has long served as a key employment generator for the region. Further investment is now required to deliver a mixed-use employment precinct with advanced manufacturers, export-focused businesses, integrated creative industry and housing diversity to contribute to a vibrant place to work. Further investment is required to unleash the full potential of the precinct.

Project Objectives:

  • improve access and amenity of the precinct
  • reduce the heat island effect
  • increase tree canopy
  • enhance heritage sites
  • activate the precinct for business
  • engage with the local business community
  • attract investment into the precinct

Project Overview:

The vision for the project is that Edwardstown will become an outstanding place for business, innovation and entrepreneurs to thrive, while simultaneously creating new jobs and attracting new industry. Further investment is now required to deliver a mixed-use employment precinct with advanced manufacturers, export-focused businesses, integrated creative industry and housing diversity to contribute to a vibrant place to live and work. A 12-month action plan has been endorsed by Council on 23 July 2019 to deliver actions to address access, amenity and activation of the precinct. Using the survey below, we'd love to hear your thoughts.


Project Deliverables:

A 12-month action plan has been endorsed by council on 23 July 2019 to deliver actions to address access, amenity and activation of the precinct.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to someone about the project please contact Donna or Kate via email - business.marion@marion.sa.gov.au

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

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    15 days ago

    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.

    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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    about 1 month ago

    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

    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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    3 months ago
    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...

    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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    4 months ago

    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...

    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


  • Kytons Bakery has been part of the South Australian community for over 80 years

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    6 months ago

    Kytons Bakery has been a part of the South Australian community for over 80 years and has been a part of the City of Marion Council since it moved to its current premises in Edwardstown in 2003.

    Kytons has been synonymous with helping the SA community for decades – with its lamington and other fundraising drives. Community lamington drives started back in the 1980s and fundraising drives continue to be an important part of Kytons today. “Each year we help hundreds of community, school, social and sporting groups raise tens of thousands of dollars for their groups” says Sharon Sutton...

    Kytons Bakery has been a part of the South Australian community for over 80 years and has been a part of the City of Marion Council since it moved to its current premises in Edwardstown in 2003.

    Kytons has been synonymous with helping the SA community for decades – with its lamington and other fundraising drives. Community lamington drives started back in the 1980s and fundraising drives continue to be an important part of Kytons today. “Each year we help hundreds of community, school, social and sporting groups raise tens of thousands of dollars for their groups” says Sharon Sutton, “you can’t help but feel great about that. Plus in turn everyone who buys from us is helping our local business provide jobs to our employees and spend money back in the community – it’s a win win situation”. Check out Kytons website if you have a group that could benefit from a fundraising drive – Easter is the next big fundraising season and details will be available from late January for Easter drives. Kytons hot cross buns have previously been awarded best in the country!

    Kytons Bakery is situated right behind Castle Plaza, so the retailers in the shopping centre see a lot of Kytons staff for lunch, a snack or their grocery shopping after work. Many needs for the business are met in the centre too – the post office, stationery or last minute or specialist ingredients.

    Darren and Sharon Sutton, owners of Kytons believe very strongly in giving back to the state that has been supporting their business for the last 80 years. They not only sponsor the ring tail possum and the Halloween event at the zoo each year as well as OzHarvest, Kickstart for Kids and Variety, but they also support many local smaller events.

    You’ll find Kytons products in most Foodlands and Drakes supermarkets and at their retail outlet in Edwardstown from January 24th when they reopen after their summer shut down.


  • Zonge Engineering and Research Organisation winner of the Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award, Business SA 2019 Export Awards

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    7 months ago

    Leading industry body, The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy was proud to announce Zonge Engineering and Research Organisation as the winner of the Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award at the Business SA 2019 Export Awards.

    Announced at a gala ceremony at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 18 October, Zonge was recognised as being a leading innovator in the geographical surveying and mining industries. Zonge has worked with high-profile clients such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, helping them to define their resources and target areas for drilling.

    Zonge’s ongoing development of techniques...

    Leading industry body, The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy was proud to announce Zonge Engineering and Research Organisation as the winner of the Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award at the Business SA 2019 Export Awards.

    Announced at a gala ceremony at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 18 October, Zonge was recognised as being a leading innovator in the geographical surveying and mining industries. Zonge has worked with high-profile clients such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, helping them to define their resources and target areas for drilling.

    Zonge’s ongoing development of techniques and equipment has helped it build an international reputation, expanding to New Zealand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Russia, Fiji, Japan, Pakistan, Laos, India, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

    Having a strong mining, energy and services sector is critical to growing South Australia’s economy, and SACOME plays a significant role in helping the state’s businesses reach their exporting targets.