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Posted: June 22, 2017

Committee for Adelaide State Budget response

The Committee for Adelaide has welcomed a number of initiatives in the State Budget designed to attract, grow and retain businesses but says the focus also needs to be on growing South Australia’s population to drive the economy. “Payroll tax cuts, the Future Jobs Fund and extra funding for the Investment Attraction agency are all designed to turn our high unemployment rate around and we welcome this,” Committee for Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Jodie van Deventer says. “The $120m being made to businesses to drive…

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Posted: May 23, 2017

Migration system not working for South Australia

What works for the eastern states doesn’t always work for South Australia and that appears to be the case with the Federal Government’s decision to make it harder for skilled migrants to come to Australia. While Sydney and Melbourne are bursting at the seams causing major infrastructure headaches, South Australia’s population has gone backwards in some regional areas and is growing at a glacial pace elsewhere. We need more people, not fewer, so anything which makes it harder for businesses to attract the people they…

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Posted: March 16, 2017

Committee for Adelaide pledges to work with State Government on State Energy Plan

The Committee for Adelaide has pledged to work with the Weatherill Government in its delivery on a new State Energy Plan to identify private partners for various projects, investigate alternate funding models and explore ways to create new industries that can be exported globally. “Ideally the electricity system needs to be urgently overhauled at a national level but in the absence of this, we broadly welcome the State Government’s measures to help ensure a more reliable supply of electricity,” Committee for Adelaide Chief Executive Officer…

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Posted: March 7, 2017

C4A calls for COAG focus on electricity

The Committee for Adelaide is supporting the State Government’s call to put the national electricity framework on the agenda at the next COAG meeting. “At our recent meetings in Canberra with the Prime Minister and other leading politicians, we stressed that the national electricity market was not working and that a bipartisan, nation-wide approach was needed,” Committee for Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Jodie van Deventer said. “Our businesses and community groups need certainty and reliable and affordable energy. We support an emissions intensity scheme and…

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Posted: September 30, 2016
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Shining a light on electricity

While it’s clear this week’s State-wide blackout was due to infrastructure damage caused by a massive storm, the damage to our brand as an investment destination is enormous. Interstate headlines ranged from SA entering the dark ages to being a state in the dark. At a time when Adelaide city centre is undergoing exciting changes with major investments along our Riverbank ranging from the Festival Plaza redevelopment to the expansion at the Adelaide Convention Centre, one dark afternoon is unravelling a myriad of activities carefully…

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Posted: September 1, 2016
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Jodie van Deventer announced as full-time CEO

The Committee for Adelaide is thrilled to announce Jodie van Deventer as its first full-time Chief Executive. Committee for Adelaide Chair Colin Goodall said Ms van Deventer was successful from a field of 128 applicants and will start her role in mid September. “We optimistically went to the market in an attempt to find an extraordinary individual to shape Adelaide’s future and we could not be happier with our choice,” Mr Goodall said. “Jodie has essentially had four successful careers - in the media, industry…

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Posted: July 7, 2016
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Media Release – Committee for Adelaide – SA Budget

The Committee for Adelaide welcomes a number of initiatives outlined in the State Budget, delivered today by the Treasurer the Hon Tom Koutsantonis, that will assist SA to become a high-tech advanced manufacturing hub of the future. We welcome the Government’s focus on encouraging new industries and new businesses – both home grown and from abroad – to establish themselves in South Australia. This includes funding to directly support innovation, to fund fast internet to SA’s innovation hubs and to provide seed funding and venture…

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Posted: June 27, 2016
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MEDIA RELEASE: Gig City

27 June, 2016 The Committee for Adelaide welcomes the State Government’s announcement today that it will roll out an internet network offering some Adelaide businesses connections up to 100 times faster than the national average. Committee for Adelaide General Manager Matt Clemow said, “for a city like Adelaide – dealing with economic transition - this is a smart investment in critical infrastructure to improve the competitiveness of the city.” “Those SA businesses that are able to connect to this network will become more competitive nationally…

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Posted: June 7, 2016
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Career opportunity: Chief Executive Officer

Established in November 2013, the Committee for Adelaide was run by Tim Horton who was succeeded by current General Manager Matt Clemow. Colin Goodall, Chair of the Committee for Adelaide said “Matt has done a superb job as General Manager, boosting the organisation’s membership, profile and led the charge on a number of debates in Adelaide. The consequence of this success is that we now need to replace the part time role of General Manager with a fully-fledged full-time CEO position. "This is testament to…

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Posted: April 28, 2016
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Nuclear lesson: ‘If you can’t bring the community with you, don’t bother’

A high-powered delegation of the state’s business and political leaders has been given a crash course in the science of nuclear storage in Finland, and the biggest single message it has learned is the value of keeping the community onside. Committee for Adelaide's Matt Clemow and Business SA's Nigel McBride at the nuclear repository in Finland.InDaily revealed last month that the self-funded working party would undertake a tour of nuclear sites across Europe ahead of nuclear fuel cycle royal commissioner Kevin Scarce’s final report next…

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Posted: April 26, 2016
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Business leaders tour Europe on nuclear industry fact-finding mission

Stored nuclear waste taken from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Political parties unit over high-level nuclear waste storage Nuclear waste dump would earn state $445 billion Push for storage at former atomic bomb test site A DELEGATION of South Australian business leaders have travelled to Europe to learn how the state could protect its “clean, green” image and ensure safety if it becomes more involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. Organised by the Committee for Adelaide, the two-week itinerary takes in sites in…

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Posted: March 30, 2016
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Matt Clemow: Population growth through migration can turbocharge South Australia’s economy

For every new South Australian, they need a roof over their head, 1.5 square metres of retail space and about 15 square meters of workspace. All of this means new jobs.SOUTH Australia’s single biggest issue is that as a state we lack the critical mass to enable a thriving economy. It is not enough to argue that if we have a greater population then there are fewer jobs for all — that is a fallacy. If we want to talk about numbers, let’s think about…

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Posted: March 2, 2016
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SA leaders to tour key nuclear sites

A high-powered delegation of South Australian business leaders and parliamentarians will jet off to Europe next month to visit key nuclear sites in a bid to facilitate a community debate on the merits of expanding the state’s role in the nuclear fuel cycle. The Cattenom nuclear power plant in France. Photo: Nicolas Bouvy, EPA.The trip was organised after consultation with Kevin Scarce’s Royal Commission, which last month handed down tentative findings outlining a multi-billion-dollar economic boon if SA established a high-level nuclear waste dump. The…

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Posted: February 18, 2016
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Arguments against growth boundary are fear-mongering

There's no shortage of land for development in Adelaide, argues Matt Clemow. Photo: Nat Rogers/InDailyEnough is enough, I’m calling bulls**t. Two weeks ago, we saw an article quoting the head and former head of the Housing Industry Association both stating that the Government’s proposed urban growth boundary would make housing more unaffordable in Adelaide. Yesterday, we saw a column screaming that restrictive planning laws and limited land supply are primary contributors to this threat to our way of life. The reality is that these unsubstantiated…

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Posted: January 1, 2016
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uberX delivering $80m in consumer benefits

1 February 2016: The launch, and subsequent growth, of Uber, and particularly its uberX ride sharing service, is delivering more than $80 million in direct consumer benefits. In a new report commissioned by Uber – Economic effects of ridesharing in Australia – Deloitte Access Economics has looked at the impacts of the new ridesharing economy on consumers, uberX driver-partners and the wider community. Key report points include: Operating at current levels, uberX creates benefits for consumers of approximately $81 million per year Ridesharing is growing…

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