Briefcase: Business Snippets from around South Australia

In this week’s briefcase, Adelaide apple growers win big, SmartSat CRC partners with state government, and changes to the Banking Code of Practice mean more small businesses customers.

Emily Shipway and her husband Chris established @Lenswood Pick Your Own in May 2021. Photo: APAL

Emily Shipway and her husband Chris established @Lenswood Pick Your Own in May 2021. Photo: APAL

Adelaide apple growers win national award

Noel Mason and Emily Shipway have been recognised at the national Apple & Pear Australia Limited Awards of Excellence in Melbourne.

Mason, of AG & HC Mason of Forest Range was announced Grower of the Year.

Shipway, who works as an intensive care nurse, was awarded the Agritourism Award for @Lenswood Pick Your Own, which recorded 25,000 visitors in the 2023 harvest season.

Adelaide Hills’ apple and pear industry produces fruit valued over $30 million annually.

– Isabella Kelly

Government SmartSat CRC partnership

The state government and SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) announced a partnership to deliver two projects using space data and artificial intelligence in environmental monitoring.

The $500,000 of funding will use data captured by the state’s soon-to-be-launched Kanyini satellite to investigate methods of support for government agencies and research institutions around thermal sensing and biodiversity mapping.

The first project will use Kanyini’s thermal imagery and AI-based analytics capability to monitor surface temperatures across Adelaide and South Australia, while the second will pilot new approaches to improving the understanding of land use across the state.

Kanyini is set to be launched onboard SpaceX Transporter 11 this month.

South Australian Space Industry Centre CE Matt Opie said the projects would “provide critical insights… to help our experts on the ground make informed decisions”.

– Isabella Kelly 

Glenn Millican, Head of Procurement for Siemens Mobility ANZ and Buddhila Kariyawasam, Client Manager for Ganbara Facility Services with employees from Siemens Mobility’s Port Melbourne manufacturing facility and Ganbara Facility Services. Photo: supplied

Siemens Mobility partner with Ganbara Facility Services

Siemens Mobility has signed an agreement with Indigenous capacity partner Ganbara Facility Services, which is based in Kilburn, to deliver integrated facilities management across three offices in Victoria and Western Australia.

ServiceFM and Ganbara will provide planned preventative management of learning, electrical compliance testing, fire services, first aid, hygiene and more.

Siemens Mobility Australia & New Zealand head of procurement Glenn Millican said Siemens’ “engagement with local suppliers such as these, alongside other First Nations owned businesses, is a strategic decision that demonstrates this commitment, strengthens our supply chain, and enables us to contribute to our broader goal for reconciliation and cultural appreciation”.

“We are proud to be the largest organisation within the rail industry to partner with Ganbara and ServiceFM,” Millican said.

– Isabella Kelly

Prophecy signs Federal Government customer

Business software developer Prophecy International Holdings signed a 6-year, $10.7 million deal for the provision of eMite to Optus Networks for Services Australia.

Prophecy’s centre analytics platform, eMite combines advanced analytics, data collection and correlation, KPI management and threshold alerting to a single solution.

Prophecy CEO Brad Thomas said the partnership would help “continue to deliver sovereign innovation to the Australian Government”.

“Prophecy remains very well placed to penetrate more deeply into government departments, both federally in Canberra, at a state level across Australia with Optus, and on a broader scale into state and federal governments internationally,” Thomas said.

– Isabella Kelly 

ECH head of sales and marketing Anwar Daou and senior sales consultant Sheree Chambers. Photo: supplied

ECH receives national award

Service provider for older South Australians ECH was announced the winner of the Best Redevelopment – Not For Profit at the 2024 National Retirement Living Awards for its Modbury apartments.

ECH head of retirement living and property Alan Johncock said “society has realised the importance and value of intergenerational connections and highlighted the need to incorporate retirement living within the community at large”.

“While this was ECH’s first purpose-build design, in fact we understand the first for South Australia and even Australia, our population is not getting any younger, so we must continue to challenge existing norms and open the door to novel approaches in our design,” he said.

With a $42.5 million investment, the redevelopment includes private balconies and open-plan living spaces.

– Isabella Kelly

AML3D sell to US Navy component supplier

Manufacturing company AML3D announced a $1.1 million sale of a 2600 Edition ARCEMY system for use by US Navy component supplier Laser Welding Solutions (LWS).

LWS has been using ARCEMY, AML3D’s smallest industrial-scale metal 3D printing system, under a lease agreement for a Nickel Aluminium Bronze alloy qualification program for the US Navy.

AML3D CEO Sean Ebert said the company was “looking to maximise the opportunities we have across the US Defence sector”.

“It is not only a great example of progress against our strategic objective of embedding our proprietary WAM technology across the US Navy supply chain, but it also creates the opportunity to establish recurring service and maintenance revenues going forward,” he said.

– Isabella Kelly

Inspiring Women of South Australia, a Collective event with a panel of business women, including Edible Blooms co-founder Kelly Jamieson and Palas Jewellery managing director Anna Dimond, at the Wolf Blass Event Centre at Morphetville Racecourse on July 17.

SA State of the State: focus on critical service delivery, a CEDA event exploring critical services, the economy, government regulation, health and ageing with Ministers Nick Champion, Chris Picton and Nat Cook at the Adelaide Convention Centre on July 24.

SA Food Waste Reduction, An AACCI and FACCI event designed to highlight the export and overseas investment prospects for South Australia, with Susan Close and End Food Waste Australia CEO Steve Lapidge, at Oui Chef on July 31.

2024 CEDA Economic Outlook, an event presenting the latest on the global, national and state economies with CEDA’s senior economist Melissa Wilson at KPMG on August 15.

Tech Harvest – Ingenuity in Agri-Business, an AmCham event on technology’s role in improving agricultural productivity with Elders managing director and CEO Mark Allison, at the Adelaide Convention Centre on August 29.

South Australian Business Index, an InDaily event presenting an independent ranking of South Australia’s top 100 companies, with Premier Peter Malinauskas, at the Adelaide Convention Centre on September 20.

Pink Yellow Blue Disco, a Flinders Foundation event raising funds for cancer research and care, at the Adelaide Convention Centre on October 12.

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Changes to Banking Code of Practice

ASIC has released an updated Banking Code of Practice, strengthening consumer protections by including new safeguards.

The changes include new protections for small business customers, with an expanded definition of small business meaning an additional 10,000 small business customers will be able to access protections under the Code.

There will be new obligations for banks to meet with customers that intend to act as a guarantor, with new provisions for managing deceased estates, a new definition of vulnerable customers, and more clarity on the types of support available to all customers.

Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh said banks would begin making changes to meet the new requirements, which come into effect in February 2025.

“This updated rule book for banks raises the bar even higher with enhanced protections for customers. It will ultimately drive even better outcomes for customers. This is a Banking Code with teeth,” Bligh said.

– Isabella Kelly

Photo: supplied

Vailo wins sustainability award

Lighting manufacturer VAILO was awarded the Sustainability and Environmental Award at the 2024 SA & NT iAwards for its Zenith Gen-V PC Amber floodlight.

VAILO CEO Aaron Hickmann, an InDaily 40 Under 40 alumnus, said the product’s use of PC Amber-coloured LED lights reduced impacts on nocturnal animals and insects.

“This specific spectrum minimises interference with wildlife activities while still providing sufficient illumination for human needs, making it an environmentally-friendly lighting option for wildlife-sensitive areas,” he said.

VAILO will now continue to the second round of the awards for the national final, which will take place in Adelaide on August 29.

– Isabella Kelly

Law change welcomed by Land Conservation Alliance

An amendment to South Australian land use legislation has been welcomed by national peak body Australian Land Conservation Alliance.

The Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Amendment was proclaimed on June 27, confirming that carbon farming and conservation projects will be legitimate land use for SA pastoral leases.

ALCA CEO Jody Gunn said the changes meant all pastoral land managers now have the flexibility to generate alternative revenue sources from carbon farming and conservation.

“Conservation has always been a valued part of the rangelands – it’s in the name of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act, after all – and these changes underline the formal recognition it deserves,” Gunn said.

“This is great news for individual land managers and for conservation organisers working to create a healthy and resilient future landscape for generations to come.”

David Simmons

Dr Armando Corsi (Adelaide Business School), Peter Adamo (Golden North Ice Cream), Dr Rebecca Dolan (Adelaide Business School), Annabel Mugford (Food SA), Dr Jonathan Middis (End Food Waste Australia), Dimi Kyriazis (Golden North Ice Cream), and Darren Oemcke (Hydra Consulting). Photo: supplied

AI tool launched to help food and beverage producers

The University of Adelaide and Food South Australia launched AskSASI (South Australian Environmental Sustainability Accreditation Searcher and Investigator) based on a report by the Adelaide Business School.

The user-friendly web-based tool uses AI technology to search the Food South Australia Sustainability Matrix, allowing businesses to access tailored information specific to them and their products.

“By inputting product details and target markets, businesses receive customised accreditation requirements, enhancing their ability to meet international standards efficiently and effectively,” Travis Clapp, senior AI consultant at Web Design Café said.

Manager for supermarkets and export at Golden North Ice Cream David Wilson said the program was “very user friendly with clear descriptions”.

Golden North Ice Cream participated in a trial for the program prior to its launch.

– Isabella Kelly

SAWIA award nominations open

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) has opened its 2024 Excellence Awards for entry by SA wine businesses and individuals, with six awards up for grabs across environmental and workplace health and safety.

Entries are open until August 7, with winners announced at a dinner on September 19.

– Isabella Kelly

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