July 2020
We are Open for Business
Happy new financial year and welcome to the July edition of the City of Marion’s Open for Business newsletter.

In this edition, we celebrate Plastic Free July and show how you can implement some eco-friendly changes to your business. We provide an update on the State Government's Roadmap for Recovery and provide some helpful tax time pointers. The recent surge in cases in Victoria has highlighted how vigilent we still need to be. Businesses would now have received an update to their COVID-Safe plan and it is important that we continue to follow the directions and recommendations. For an update on City of Marion services, please visit our COVID-19 portal .

Why not celebrate the new financial year with a new business plan and book an appointment with one of the Southern Business Mentoring Program General Business Advisors? Or celebrate our lowered restrictions by booking a desk at the Cove Business Hub Co-working Space? Our two business associations, Southern Business Connections and Hallett Cove Business Association are ramping up for the new finanical year and have some great activities planned.

As our local economy continues to open up, we again urge you to shop, eat and stay local these school holidays.

As always, keep safe,
Donna, Kate, Lisa and Marissa
Economic Development Team
Sustainability for Business
Plastic Free July - Join the challenge
Coupled with the growing global concern about excessive plastic waste, consumers are increasingly choosing businesses which are reducing their environmental impacts, especially when it comes to waste, as the changes are highly visible. Whether you are just starting out or keen to take next steps, taking the Plastic Free July challenge is a great way to inspire action in your business.

It’s easy - choose one single-use plastic item, find an alternative for the month of July, and register your challenge.
Learn from others
Curious to know what other people have done for Plastic Free July? Read inspirational stories from other participants reducing single-use plastic waste at home, work, or in their community. Learn about the steps they took, the challenges they overcame and lessons learnt.

Watch this three minute video from Plastic Free July to see what Herbert Smith Freehills has implemented.
City of Marion support
The City of Marion's Waste and Recycling Education officer, Allison Byrne is also able to offer support and advice to assist your business with reducing waste and recycling.

Here are Allison's top tips to get you started: 
  1. Use boxes instead of bags for customers to carry their purchases.
  2. Ask for a supplier to reduce plastic packaging and work with them to find an alternative supplier to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they use.
  3. Do a bin audit to understand the single-use plastics you’re generating as a business.

Feel welcome to get in touch with Allison via email or call 0412 057 104. 
Valuing Business Waste Grants
Green Industries SA are now offering grants to support South Australian businesses to identify better ways to manage waste and transition to a circular economy.

$15,000 is available per applicant, for projects delivered by a suitably qualified, independent service provider to assist with the transition to a circular economy. Projects should focus on identifying ways to recover materials for beneficial or higher value reuse and increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill, prioritising waste avoidance, reduction, reuse, and recycling.
Eco-friendly now mainstream
The  Southern Business Mentoring Program' Joanna Arhontis  is available to help the City of Marion's retail businesses with tailored one-on-one advice. Joanna shares with us how eco-friendly products are no longer an alternative, but the new mainstream.

In this ever fast, changing world we live in, our customers are more socially and environmentally aware. With so many eco-friendly alternatives on the market at competitive prices, more businesses are recognising the opportunity in making the switch. Eco-friendly is becoming the mainstream, and smart business owners are recognising it can be a part of their branding...
Business Support Services
Roadmap to Recovery Update
The South Australian Government continue to ease restrictions as part of their Roadmap to Recovery . Density requirements have now changed with the total number of people in a space now not exceeding one person per two square metres. Physical distancing measures still apply.

Whether or not your business has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, there are steps you can take to help protect your staff, customers and wider community as business restrictions ease. Continue to visit the State Government's Recovery from COVID-19 page for the best resources in their getting back to business checklist .
Changes to leasing
Landlords and tenants in the retail and commercial leasing industry need to be aware of important changes to the  Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995 (the Act) and accompanying Regulations. 
These changes came into force on 1 July 2020.  A copy of the amending Bill as passed by both houses can be found here. 

A summary of these changes can be found in the Small Business Commissioner's fact sheet. Have questions regarding your retail lease? Book a free advisory appointment with the Southern Business Mentoring Program's Retail Advisor .
Tax time changes
2020 has been difficult and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) recognises that businesses have experienced significant challenges. To help make tax time easier, the ATO has a range of different approaches to support you, particularly where new circumstances mean that people are receiving a different type of income or are able to claim new deductions for working from home , PPE and travel.
New cyber security risks
In June, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) alerted the public that Australian organisations are currently being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor.

The malicious activity is targeting Australian organisations across a range of sectors, and it is important that all businesses are aware of the risks of cyber attack and understand how to take protective action.

ACSC has developed a list of mitigation strateigies to assist organisation in protecting their systems against a range of adversaries.
Flinders Enterprise Consulting
In an ideal world, ahead of every project, program, service, process or initiative, businesses would perform extensive research and testing before launch.  

We know that not every business has the time or capital to work with a big name advisory firm to make that happen. Flinders Enterprise Consulting (FEC) uses the brightest business minds from Flinders University to explore your challenge, test different solutions and present a game plan – for much less money, but with the same service and delivery you would get from the experts. Applications are open for Semester 2; visit the FEC website to learn more.
Cove Business Hub
Cove's Co-working reopens
Over working from home? Or are you tired of the daily office commute? The Co-working Space at Cove Business Hub has reopened and offers a professional atmosphere, new connections and a warm alternative to rainy commutes or expensive heating bills this winter. 

You will receive a socially-distanced desk amongst fellow co-workers, high-speed broadband access, free parking and lots more, all within walking distance of Hallett Cove Shopping Centre to grab a coffee or lunch.
Shop local and win
While visiting the Co-working Space, why not also j oin Hallett Cove Shopping Centre in supporting our retailers and enjoying local tourism in The Great SA Giveaway ! It’s time to get back on the road and explore our beautiful region.

Win some great prizes including a top of the range Toyota Rav4 Hybrid GX, plus every week, for 12 weeks you can WIN an SA Getaway or special prize! S imply Shop and Win at Hallett Cove Shopping Centre.
 
Eligible entrants only. See full terms and conditions at hallettcoveshoppingcentre.com.au
Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Precinct
Turning Edwardstown from grey to green 
The City of Marion, jointly funded by the Department for Environment and Water's Greener Neighbourhoods Fund, will be planting over 160 trees and installing 75 tree inlets commencing September, on Woodlands Terrace, Furness Avenue, Deloraine Road, Dunorlan Road and adjoining streets.

What are we doing? Green streets offer many benefits to the local community, including:
  • They create a more enjoyable journey.
  • Temperatures under the shade of a tree can be 10-25°C less than in the full sun and can reduce your cooling costs by 10%.
  • Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and pollution particles.
  • Tree roots increase infiltration of water into the soil, reducing runoff and stormwater.
  • Tree inlets capture stormwater from the road and divert it directly to the roots of street trees, keeping them healthier and greener.
  • Trees are home, shelter and food for birds and other wildlife.

Do you want to read more? Please visit the Greening of Edwardstown Making Marion website to keep up to date on the progress of this project.
Faces of Edwardstown -
OneWorld LED
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.
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Pop Up Cafe at Warriparinga
In July, the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Australian Wattlebush Catering will be hosting a pop-up cafe. Pre-order from a delicious menu and enjoy your takeaway meal in the idealic surroundings of Warriparinga.

Cafe days and menus will change on a weekly basis so make sure you follow Living Kaurna Cultural Centre on Facebook to check out what they're serving this week!
Business Association Update
Hallett Cove Business Association
The Hallett Cove Business Association have been busy behind the scenes and have some great offers for the new financial year. Want to learn more? Visit the HCBA website or send them an email.

Visit the HCBA Facebook page and learn about what their members have been up to and how COVID-19 may have changed their business.
Business Breakfast

Whilst enjoying a full cooked breakfast, we will discuss in groups the answers to questions regarding the impacts and opportunities for business since the start of COVID-19.

The breakfast will give everyone an opportunity to listen to what others have experienced, how to operate with restrictions and opportunities for Southustralia business.

Marion Hotel
8 July 2020, 7:30 AM
Informal Networking Drinks


Informal networking at Marion hotel, bookings essential so we can adhere to restrictions.

This is where the magic happens, where you meet other businesses in southern Adelaide and learn from each other!

Marion Hotel
Monday 13 July, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM



Upcoming Webinars
Small business webinars

The ATO have recently split their current free small business webinar series into different topics that cover both general and industry-specific areas of tax obligations.
 
Topics include:
  • An introduction to tax basics
  • Activity statement essentials
  • Running a home-based business
  • Income tax deductions.
 
As these webinars are interactive online seminars presented by experienced tax officers, you can ask questions to help you apply the information to your situation. 

Online delivery
Various times
Review and reset your goals

Is it time to review and reset your business and personal goals, to help you move in the right direction and balance competing priorities? Perhaps there are areas of your life or business that you haven't been paying attention to? Or are you unsure of the goals you should set next?
 
Join Kerstin von Shearing and Wendy Perry for a reflection on where you want to head and put those down on paper in an interesting and experiential way. From this session you will walk away with a renewed sense of purpose, clarity and goals in your personal and business life.

Online delivery
Tuesday 21 July, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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