December 2019

Welcome to December's Business Talk

Welcome to the last edition of Business Talk for 2019. 

This year has been a big year for the City of Marion. We are working hard to revitalise the Edwardstown Employment Precinct, which will be further improved via a State grant to green the area with the planting of 100 mature trees. We have confirmed investment of over $42 million in infrastructure projects including Mitchell Park, Southern Soccer and BMX facilities and the Oaklands Precinct. 
Co-Working at Cove continues to grow with more than 40 businesses regularly using the space. And f inally, in November we kicked off our Southern Business Mentoring program. Is there a better way to start the new year afresh than with a business audit from one of our advisors? And don't forget to also check out one of our great events in 2020. 

Shop local this festive period. Shopping local will not only save you time, but it keeps your money and local jobs in our community. Why not finish off your Christmas shopping while supporting the local stalls at this year's Marion Christmas Bazaar? Enjoy the summer weather at one of our newly redeveloped playgrounds or the Marion Outdoor Pool. Check out our  7 Days in Marion  guide for a great list of places to eat, play, shop and stay in the City of Marion. 

We wish you and your family a restful festival season and we look forward to helping your business to grow in 2020. 
Marion is Open for Business 

Recently launched at the Mayor's End of Year Business event, the updated City of Marion Open for Business booklet is now available.  Learn more about:
Check out our  booklet today. 

Give your business a kickstart in 2020 

Book with one of the  Southern Business Mentoring Program advisors and get your business ready for 2020. Launched in November, this mentoring program is available to current businesses and residents looking to start a business.
The program offers o ne hour one-on-one consultations in a  specialised discipline:
    • General business advice
    • Strategic marketing
    • Digital marketing
    • Human resources, work health safety and workforce planning
    • Innovation and transformation
    • International trade and export
 Book your session today

We need your help to tell us more about Edwardstown

Your feedback will help shape the future of Edwardstown.
Please take 30 minutes to provide us with information about your business and about working in Edwardstown. 
This information will be provided to our Consultant Professor John Spoehr at Flinders University who will produce an Economic Activation Report in June 2020. This report will be made available on our Making Marion site.

Take the Survey or learn more about the Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct project on Making Marion

Join Ben at Cove Co-working 

Ben is a sales specialist and black belt and has held certifications in training, coaching, fitness, IT support and combat marksmanship.  Since his first degree in Music, Ben has run businesses including Franchising, Corporate Training and Gyms. 
Turning his off-line focus towards local businesses between Glenelg and Lonsdale, co-working at Cove Civic Centre was a logical choice and great opportunity to spend more time with small businesses in the area. 
"We can all feel lonely as small business owners and start-ups at times... Sometimes just being around others in a co-working space, feels like you're part of a team and it can make all the difference."
Ben lives and breathes business and personal improvement and if you reach out to him he would be more than happy to chat and see how he can help. Connect on LinkedIn  or meet Ben by booking a desk at the Cove Business Hub  at  or email

nbn™ in the City of Marion

The rollout of the nbn™ open access network is more than 90 per cent complete within the City of Marion, and is being completed at scale ahead of full completion by June 30, 2020.  Work on the rollout is presently being done in parts of suburbs including Darlington, Marion, Oaklands Park, Seacombe Gardens, Sturt and Warradale. 

To check whether your property is ready to connect, go to and enter your address in the search box. nbn™ is currently working on the release of a range of exciting new products and about 60 per cent of Marion homes and businesses are expected to be able to access good value speed plans of up to 1 Gigabit per second by May 2020. 

The network also offers a range of excellent value mid-tier and entry-level products. For more information on connecting your business to the nbn™ visit

Sell your wares at the Adelaide Fringe 

City of Marion has partnered with the Adelaide Fringe to bring the Fringe @ Marion Cultural Centre on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February, from 5pm - 9pm.

The event will have a variety of entertainment, food and artisan stalls.  If you are interested in having an artisan stall to sell art and craft at one or both days of the event please email

Need tax assistance in Arabic? 
The Australian Tax Office are now offering their workshops in languages other than English. 

Join a 45-minute session in Arabic to learn a straightforward five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments. Find out how to identify business activities that trigger financial responsibilities as well as practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

تعال إلى هذه الندوة عبر الإنترنت والتي تستغرق خمسة واربعين دقيقة لتتعلم فيها عملية مباشرة من خمس خطوات تجعلك تظل على قمة التزاماتك المالية المعتادة. خلال هذه الندوة ستتعرف على كيفية تحديد أنشطة الأعمال التي تنشيء مسوؤليات مالية ،وأيضا ستحصل على مساعدة عملية تمكنك من تخطيط التزماتك المستقبلية والوفاء بها.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 12:30 pm
Book now   

Energy savings for your business
Receive free independent energy advice for your business with the federally funded Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP). The program provides a personal energy advice service and a small business energy check online benchmarking tool targeted at small businesses with between 6 and 20 employees. It allows businesses to compare their energy spend with similar businesses in their industry and region.

The government has partnered with the NSW Business Chamber, advisory firm AlphaBeta, and accounting platform Zero to deliver the program. The BEAP Energy Advisory Service is also exploring opportunities for collaboration. For assistance visit the website.

Event Calendar - What's coming up in 2020?
Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events for what's new in 2020. Have an event you would like to see on the Calendar? Send an email to

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Manager City Activation
T:  08 7420 6525

Unit Manager - Economic Development
T:  08 8375 6897


Economic Development Coordinator

Economic Development      Support Officer
T:  08 8375 6765

Economic Development      Coordinator 
T:  08 8375 6765