Adelaide City Centre

Adelaide is hoping to come out on top of the pandemic by offering young people better job options, and the great smaller city lifestyle to go with them.

We learned this week that for the first time in almost three decades, during the pandemic South Australia had managed to retain a net positive migration figure for more than 12 months.

The extra hundred or so people coming from interstate (well, it’s a positive! And compares with the ususal thousands in the negative) may be those finally taking the opportunities of working from home and job flexibility to relocate to the wine capital of Australia.

South Australia is also looking to create its own new job opportunities, establishing a model through government funded, high-tech innovation hubs, the most prominent being Tonsley and Lot Fourteen.

Combined these two precincts provide around 2700 high quality jobs across the fields of advanced manufacturing, space, defence, cyber and more.

Sydney polishing its emeralds

By while Adelaide is gunning it, Sydney has been gathering the creative sparks to work out how to re-ignite some love for the CBD, looking pretty dismal even before the current lockdowns.

In welcome news for the many property owners tossing in their sleep right now, a new interesting business space has been announced to try to spice up life for when the pandemic finally gets bored with us. It’s called Greenhouse, and it’s designed to attract 100 high-performing businesses in the sustainability realm to generate “more than 1500 new jobs over 10 years” and it’s on the first three floors of Lendlease’s new 56 storey tower at 180 George Street.

The venture has come about thanks to a voluntary planning agreement struck with the City of Sydney which we know has been beavering away in the background trying to help lift the spirits of the Emerald City in its more jaded iteration, shall we say.

Now isn’t that sensible? Taking space that’s unlikely to be brimming with tenants and using it to inject new life into the CBD. It’s what Arup’s David Harding reported from his work with a Committee for Sydney committee to focus on exactly that.

The space will take up a massive 3800 square metres of space but won’t be open until next year.

Part of the deal involved an accommodation grant from the City to Innovillage, part of seed investment company, Investible, to operate the hub to startups.  

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the space would be a great place to showcase Sydney’s tech startup ecosystem to the world. We’d have to agree and add that it will make a much more attractive motivation for activity when the lockdown finally ebb away than the city’s fairly monochromatic pre-pandemic tone of the city.

Investible co-founder and Greenhouse chief executive Creel Price, said businesses in the hub may be able to tap investment opportunities, including from his own crowd and it’s interesting to read his comments:

“Emerging technology companies will play a critical role in enabling a net-zero carbon future, but they face increasingly complex challenges and require different levels of support as they scale.

“We’re designing a space that’s optimised for growth; bringing together a diverse group of investors, experts, partners and advisors to provide climate tech businesses with the nutrient capital, talent, programs and community to grow to their fullest potential.”

Job movements

Hydro Tasmania’s mainland energy retailer Momentum Energy, is seeking a new managing director following the resignation of Amy Childs.

Since 2018, Ms Childs has overseen a 37 per cent increase in customers and heavy investment in the data and technology side of the business.

“Momentum Energy is embarking on its next evolution and – after more than five and a half years in the business – the time is right for me to step out and seek new opportunities,” Ms Childs said.

Architects, Group GSA has appointed two new principles in their Sydney and Melbourne studios. The firm welcomed Kirby Rees in Sydney and Richard Weinman in Melbourne.

Ms Rees’ resume includes periods with Roberts Co, Laing O’Rourke and BVN, during which she worked on a range of buildings across commercial, civic, heritage, education, hotels and technical facilities.

Mr Weinman has a similarly diverse background and over 25 years of experience in an array of sectors from residential, hotels and commercial through to community and sports.

Our pick of the jobs

Returning to our focus on Adelaide, here are some job picks located in the city of churches.

Beyond bank is looking for a sustainability manager, based in Adelaide, to make sense of the company’s sustainability impact data, including but not limited to greenhouse gas emissions, waste, community fundraising and donations.

Beyond Bank are Australia’s first B Corp bank and is well advanced in the sustainable finance movement, making it key to have someone like you who understands sustainability to keep them on the right track.

Consulting firm Tonkin is looking for an environmental scientist to investigate, analyse and report on a range of major engineering, urban development and construction projects across South Australia.

The company’s clients range across local government, state government, private sector and industry regulatory bodies and you will have the chance to work alongside a renowned national team of like-minded people on a variety of multidisciplinary projects.

With a high volume of environmental consulting and strategy positions in South Australia in both government and private industry, now may be the time to make the move.

Did we mention the median house prices in Adelaide is just over half a million. Why not buy two houses for the price of one in the major cities while you’re at it?