Whether for business or lifestyle opportunities, more and more eyes are turning to South Australia.
The Covid-19 changed everything. People are reexamining their lives. They are re-evaluating their careers. They are making big changes. The rest of the world calls it the “big resignation”. For South Australia, this is a huge opportunity. “I have a feeling that Adelaide is going to be the beneficiary of this movement,” said Inovor Technologies spokesperson Rebekah Holliday. “Adelaide has a lot of lifestyle factors that are appealing to those who live on the east coast. But that’s also where things happen, especially in space.
South Australia is well positioned to capitalize on a post-Covid-19 world. Our universities are innovative. Adelaide has Australia’s fastest 10 gigabit fiber optic network, and our adoption of renewables offers potential for emerging low-emission industries such as green hydrogen.
The potential of knowledge economy poles is proven. There are space, defense, high tech and creative industries in Lot Quatorze. There is the SA Health and Medical Research Institute with its proton therapy facility. And there are defense research and manufacturing clusters. It doesn’t have to end there.
“The reason the space community has come so strong in Adelaide is due to the confidence that it has had the backing of successive prime ministers,” said James Brown, CEO of the Space Industry Association of Australia ( SIAA). “The community has had direct and regular access to Steven Marshall, for example, which makes a big difference. They know that if they have a problem, they can fix it. Or, if there is an opportunity, they can act quickly and seize it. And this is really important.
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“The most important thing for us, besides quality of life, stability, beaches, schools and freedom, is knowing that there will be a thriving Australian space industry 10 years from now. This will be the most important factor when people seek to return home or when we seek to import talent from abroad. Brown said.
Space, he adds, provides an ideal springboard. “I believe the greatest opportunity for the government of South Australia is to educate its workforce, agencies, departments and industry leaders about the opportunities in the space.”
When it comes to a knowledge economy, employee happiness is paramount. This is something that satellite manufacturing start-up Inovor must have recognized at the start of its recent rapid expansion.
Inovor has a lot of people who have moved here from the freeway, “so we have to think about the opportunities in the workplace for social connections,” Holliday says. “Much of it is wrapped around the CBD, Lot Fourteen, and the Stone & Chalk community. ”
Holliday cautions not to underestimate the importance of issues like drastically reduced commute times, quality of life, and remote work opportunities. “People have children. They have interests. They want to enjoy the great outdoors and all that life has to offer, ”she says.
“We have seen Covid-19 really bring this message home. ”
Mutual inspiration also brings collaboration. “There is a certain level of proximity to Adelaide, not just in Lot Fourteen, but also to Mawson Lakes, Tonsley and the universities,” Brown adds. “It means that ideas can evolve quickly. Space is so specialized, so technical and so scientific that a collaborative industry is needed.
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It is not without apprehension that Patrice Harapeti has chosen to settle in Adelaide. The incentive was there: Australia’s new space industry hub at Lot Fourteen in the city center was where the action took place. “It appeared that most of the Sydney-based space development companies had moved to Adelaide or Canberra after the announcement of Lot Fourteen,” he says. “For this reason, I began to broaden my research opportunities to include cities such as Adelaide and Canberra. “
Eventually, his other fears subsided. The Covid-19 pandemic has actually helped, in a way.
“Due to Covid-19, most, if not all Australian universities, were forced to adopt an e-learning methodology that allowed me to study between states,” Harapeti said.
The Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics student was able to accept full-time employment at Inovor Technologies as a full-stack software engineer while continuing his university courses part-time. And as for his expectations vis-à-vis Adelaide?
“I felt like Adelaide was a small town with little to do on the weekends,” he says. “But Adelaide has a lot more to offer than it looks. Living in Adelaide has exposed me to the unique culture to be found here, as well as the relationships and friendships within the fostered space community in lot fourteen. “