September 2020
We are Open for Business
Welcome to the September edition of the City of Marion’s Open for Business newsletter.

This month, we are highlighting some of the City of Marion's major projects. These strategic projects support the development of services and facilities for the community and enhance the sustainability of the area. Over $40million in investment will result in additional jobs and income within our economy.

Also in this edition, meet an Edwardstown business who provides essential items to SA families and rediscover networking with our two business associations. South Australia continues to be leading the field during the pandemic, but should the situation in SA change, keep up-to-date at the SA Government's business page, or our COVID-19 portal.

With the school holidays approaching, purchase local plus stay local where possible. Don't forget to visit our guide to find a mix of cultural, leisure and shopping experiences at 7 Days in Marion.

Keep safe and well,
Donna, Kate, Lisa and Marissa
Economic Development Team
Major Projects in the City of Marion
Oaklands Community Connection
To complement the Oaklands Crossing Project the City of Marion is working on an exciting project for Oaklands that will significantly improve connectivity to Marion Regional Centre. This project has also received Federal Government funding of $867,500 (Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Building Our Future) through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
The project will achieve multiple benefits including:
• Enhanced streetscapes
• Better pedestrian and cyclist movement
• Creation of a larger public park at Dwyer Road Reserve with new playground and amenities
• Technologies that enhance the local community and visitor experience of the project.
Sporting Facilities
$12.8m in developments on Majors Road are set to start construction in late 2020. The Sam Willoughby BMX facility, funded by the State Government ($3.3m) and the Cities of Marion and Onkaparinga ($1.75m and $750,000), will comprise of an international BMX track with 8m and 5m start hills, clubrooms and onsite car parking. This new facility will become home to the Cove and Happy Valley BMX Clubs.

The $7m Southern Soccer facility will deliver three natural turf pitches, clubhouse, pitch lights and associated infrastructure and onsite car parking. The project is being joint funded between ORSR ($2.5m) and City of Marion ($4.5m).

Council is also looking to re-shape the Cove Sports and Community Club, which is home to five sporting clubs: football (AFL), cricket, soccer, netball and BMX. More than 1600 members share the facility.
Glenthorne and our Open Spaces
The City of Marion are partnering with the State Government and contributing $2 million for a city wide attraction playground at Glenthorne National Park. This will attract thousands of visits to Marion once opened in 2021.

We also have a number of minor open space improvements valued at $190,000 at:
  • Woodend Pathway
  • Morphettville Oval surrounds
  • Crown Street Reserve
  • York Avenue Reserve
  • Oliphant avenue Reserve
  • Myer Road Reserve, and
  • Cove Road
Coastal Walkway
The Coastal Walkway forms part of the State Government’s Coast Park initiative, which when finished will provide 71km of recreational trail from Sellicks Beach to North Haven. Next stage of construction work will include rebuilding Kurnabinna and Grey Road gullies in Hallett Cove and installing a new stretch of the walkway connecting Heron Way Reserve and the Field River. Work will cost $4.8 million. Council is providing $2.4 million, a figure State Government has matched as part of its stimulus package to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus.
Local procurement focus
The City of Marion have initiated a greater focus on local procurement. Each tender released via Tenders SA will also be communicated via our social media outlets. Additionally, all tenders have a mandatory evaluation criterion dedicated to use of local suppliers. 
Please keep a look out on our social media channels to see the tenders we are releasing.
Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Precinct
A 2020/21 12-month Action Plan endorsed by Council continues the momentum of the Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct Project to:
  • Enhance vibrancy and liveability of the area for local people 
  • Foster local commercial activity and business prosperity 
  • Promote environmental and social benefits through encouraging local jobs for local people and minimising the impact on transport infrastructure 
  • Support economic recovery 
  • And so much more
Are you a new business needing premises? We would like to hear from you. Please register your details here.

If you are a member of the Edwardstown business community and would like to participate in consultation on the 12-month Action Plan at our monthly Business Community Group meetings please contact us.
Faces of Edwardstown -
Treasure Boxes
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...
Willing to share?
The City of Marion and Renewal SA are working with a Flinders University student team, looking for shareable items across the Edwardstown and Tonsley precincts. The team will be capability mapping the ecosystem, with a further goal of improving business-to-business connection and collaboration.

If you are a business in either of these precincts, we invite you to complete the survey. Your answers to these survey questions will help us to better understand your business, your needs and what you can offer. If you have further questions regarding the survey, please get in touch via email.
Cove Business Hub
New standing desk at Cove
Did you know, it is recommended to alternate between standing and sitting to keep active and productive? Therefore for an eight-hour workday, you should stand between 30 and 45 minutes every hour. Interested in using our new standing desk? Let Lisa know when you book.

Thank you to those who joined us for our most recent Co-working Drop-In day, featuring a TedX Discussion. Look out for our upcoming events, we can't wait to welcome you back to the centre.
Southern Business Mentoring Program
Covid-19: Survival v Growth?
The Southern Business Mentoring Program's Martin Pike recently shared an article with our business community.

Without a doubt, the first response for every business owner is “How am I going to survive the toughest economic times since the Great Depression?” Business owners have developed COVID response plans and with the support of government stimulus measures, many are starting to find their rhythm and adapt to COVID-19 impacted economy. The question facing business owners now is “do I invest in growth or stick to a business survival plan?”.

Read more from Martin on our website and book your free one-hour consultation for assistance with your business survival plan.
R U Ok? Support for your employees
Last week's R U Ok Day served as a reminder to check in with your staff and start a conversation with someone who may be struggling in life.

Need additional support? The Southern Business Mentoring Program's Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisors are able to provide both organisational and individual support through a free one-hour consultation.
Business Association Update
Hallett Cove Business Association
SPRING into Networking with HCBA!
It's been a long, lockdown Winter and HCBA are ready to SPRING back into networking again. Please join them for their first networking event for this financial year! Light Supper provided with a complimentary drink on arrival. Members will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to their table in a friendly, informal environment.

Monday 14 September, 6:00PM, Cove Tavern
Next SBC Event - At Home Visit
Join the SBC community to meet Troy Ryan, the owner of Solar Depot at their new premises at Lonsdale. Troy will talk about how Solar Depot became a success and talk honestly about failings that he may have had along the way. Troy can be entertaining, and SBC look forward to an open and honest presentation. Networking with food and drinks will be available.

Thursday 24 September, 5:00PM, Solar Depot
FREE for SBC members, $20 for non members. 
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Learn about our Aboriginal culture
Come and learn about our living history at Warriparinga. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre is hosting two Come and Learn days on 1 and 8 October. Join a 90 minute Walking Tour with our Cultural Officer who will help you to appreciate the natural environment, history and cultural significance of Warriparinga.

Weaving with Southern Elders and Aboriginal Art workshops will also be held.
Public Art and Placemaking
Public Art Guidelines open for consultation
Council recently endorsed the Public Art Guidelines 2020-2028 for consultation.The Guidelines align with the shared community vision of a city that is liveable, valuing nature, engaged, innovative, prosperous and connectedPublic art contributes to this vision by making our city memorable, stimulating and engaging, thus attracting visitors and locals alike.

Public art contributes to a sense of place and it is often an indicator of a thriving cultural environment. Art in public places can be chanced upon by accident, enriches our everyday experience and can be accessed free as a shared experience in public places.
Business Support Services and News
Increase to JobTrainer program
Young South Australians, school leavers and job seekers will benefit from increased low-cost training under an additional injection of $88million into the JobTrainer package to be rolled out across SA. JobTrainer will prioritise skills in industries where there is high demand for skilled workers to drive further employment opportunities.
Energy Summit Comes to Tonsley
The Future Energy Summit will bring together energy thought leaders and energy experts with South Australian businesses, with the intention to share ideas and collaborate on energy solutions for business. The Future Energy Summit will be kicking off with a workshop series starting on 1 October at the Tonsley Precinct. For more information about workshop dates and to register your interest to attend, visit the summit website. 
Applications open for SAYES
SAYES is a government-funded 12-month program from Business SA, designed to assist young South Australians aged 18-35 years to turn their business concept into a reality or focus on creating a sustainable business model for a newly established business. Applications are open now for a program start date of 14 October.
Paid Pandemic Leave
Workers directed to quarantine as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible for isolation payments of up to $1500 under a new Paid Pandemic Leave Scheme. 
Covid Marshals
As of 21 August 2020, prescribed operations must be supervised by a COVID Marshal; a person who is assigned to apply COVID directions and restrictions.
COVID-19 Portal
For advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the State Government's business portal.
City of Marion News
AFF Comes to the ‘burbs’
Register interest for free tickets for outdoor screenings of two movies as part of the Adelaide Film Festival’s debut in Marion. Gates open 4pm, street food and entertainment followed by screenings 6.15pm.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)
Saturday, 26 September, Warriparinga Wetlands
Wendy (M)
Saturday, 3 October, Heron Way Reserve
AFF In The Burbs is family-friendly and sponsored by City of Marion.
Representation Review underway
The Representation Review process is currently underway and out for community consultation. The Representation Review process requires each Council to undertake a review of all aspects of its composition and the division (or potential division) of the Council area into wards. Representation Review must be completed in accordance with the requirements of Section 12 of the Act to ensure fair and equitable representation of all City of Marion electors.
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