Posted: June 5, 2019

A Vision for Adelaide launch

Thank you to our members and supporters for helping us launch A Vision for Adelaide – a document resulting from our planning day held earlier this year. Designed to stimulate conversation and spark ideas, this vision is a “living document” which will continue to evolve as our city evolves. We encourage everyone to take ownership and to use the vision as a beacon when developing ideas and activities to shape our city’s future. After all, there is not one individual, group or organisation that can deliver a…

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Posted: June 3, 2019


We are proud to be supporting SEVENTEENx Adelaide hosted in partnership with Teaspoons of Change South Australia - an event aimed at engaging the business world with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Hear from four amazing social innovators, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and business operators from Adelaide telling their story of purpose and impact. Each speaker has 17 minutes to inspire and show how organisations can align their brands with the Global Goals to create ongoing impact for the future. Click here to book your…

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Posted: April 11, 2019

Strong Australia Network Adelaide business lunch

Thank you to the Business Council of Australia for bringing its Strong Australia Network lunch series to Adelaide, which we enjoyed hosting. An outstanding panel of national speakers - Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott, WSP Australia & New Zealand President & CEO Guy Templeton, ANZ Group executive Australian Business & Private Banking Mark Hand, University of South Australia Vice Chancellor & President David Lloyd and Committee for Adelaide Deputy Chair & Bespoke Approach Managing Partner Ian Smith - covered topics ranging from energy to water, jobs…

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Posted: March 18, 2019

Committees for Cities & Regions Network

We were in Ballarat in March for the Committees for Cities and Regions Network meeting. This network is a valuable resource and continues to grow in reach and influence with the Committee for Brisbane (formerly the Brisbane Development Association) the most recent addition. Eighteen organisations across Australia and New Zealand are part of the network. Image: Committees for Cities and Regions Network delegation Ballarat 2019.

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Posted: March 18, 2019

Brexit – What it means for Australia

Our CEO Jodie van Deventer joined an expert panel, organised by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the latest on Brexit. Despite the uncertainty, it's clear that the strong ties between Australia and the UK will continue to play an important role in our economy. Image (L-R): Paul O'Hagan, Bill Cole, Prof Richard Pomfret, Jodie van Deventer, Hon. David Ridgway, David McCredie.

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Posted: March 6, 2019

University of Adelaide strategic plan

Thanks to the University of Adelaide for giving our CEO Jodie van Deventer the opportunity to present to their leadership team in the wake of the release of their new Strategic Plan. Their plan Future Making will shape their trajectory through to their 150th year (in 2024) and beyond and help connect South Australia to the world and the world to South Australia. Read more about Future Making here. Image: Jodie van Deventer addressing University of Adelaide leadership team.

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Posted: February 27, 2019

Meet the Mayors

Thank you to Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor (City of Adelaide), Mayor Claire Boan (City of Port Adelaide Enfield), Mayor Erin Thompson (City of Onkaparinga) and Mayor Glenn Docherty (City of Playford) for taking the time to speak with our members about opportunities and challenges facing Adelaide and greater Adelaide at our most recent event. It was an informative night with some great insights. Thank you to the City of Adelaide for hosting. Image (L-R) Mayor Glenn Docherty, Mayor Erin Thompson, Mayor Claire Boan, Lord Mayor…

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Posted: February 15, 2019

2019 Planning Day

Bold ideas to put Adelaide on the global map and create a more sustainable and vibrant community were shared when about 40 of our city's finest thinkers joined our Board planning day last month. Thanks to our members, partners and supporters for participating. We're continuing to work through the ideas and look forward to sharing outcomes.

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Posted: February 5, 2019

DAMA Roundtable

Moves to increase our population are gaining traction in Canberra and the Committee for Adelaide, along with Migration Solutions, is playing a key role in helping secure the best outcomes for our State. We're collating data on future and current skills and labour shortages that can be used as the basis to negotiate Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) for South Australia and would like to thank all members who responded to our survey on this issue. In early January, we also held a roundtable discussion with a cross…

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Posted: December 21, 2018

End of Year Celebration

2018 was a busy year during which we took the population debate to Canberra, launched Boards without Borders and established a strong voice for Adelaide while our diverse membership grew stronger. Thank you to the University of South Australia Business School for hosting us and Junction Australia for sharing your insights on your work, especially as it relates to child protection. Click here for more pictures on the night. Thank you to all our members for your enormous contributions throughout 2018. We wish you all…

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Posted: December 14, 2018

Learnings from the Netherlands

Our CEO Jodie van Deventer had the opportunity to share her experiences from a recent study tour of the Netherlands while asking the question: What can Adelaide learn from Europe and why is the Netherlands considered a leader in areas such as innovation and mobility? From housing estates to innovation precincts and institutes where universities, governments and businesses work in collaboration using cities as “living laboratories”, she spoke about some of the most exciting smart developments occurring in today’s urban environments. It was also great…

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Posted: October 19, 2018

Future of work

In an inspiring session with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, we explored the role businesses and community groups can (and need to) take to prepare young people for the future. On the day groups were given four focus areas which included upskilling of parents and carers, thought diversity, youthful cities and work experience. Many ideas were captured during the session with the aim to identify tangible outcomes that will make a positive difference. Stay tuned for more on this.      

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Posted: August 9, 2018

Meet and greet with Peter Malinauskas MP

Although politically neutral, the Committee for Adelaide values building strong relationships with our political leaders. Our recent event with Peter Malinauskas MP was a great opportunity for members to meet the new Leader of the Opposition, hear firsthand his agenda for South Australia and and engage in some thought provoking and insightful conversation. It was also a chance to introduce our new members to the group. In case you couldn’t make it, or you want to have a look at social pics from the evening head…

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Posted: August 7, 2018

Bank SA Trends economic bulletin launch

The Committee for Adelaide was well represented at the recent Bank SA’s Trends economic bulletin launch with both CEO Jodie van Deventer and Board member Andrew Culley, wearing his Deloitte hat, joining the Premier and Opposition Leader in a panel discussion on population growth. To achieve growth targets, major changes are needed to the Federal migration system and it was great to hear both political leaders’ support for this. This coincides with more of our Federal politicians waking up to the fact that instead of cutting…

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Posted: July 5, 2018

Governors Leadership Foundation research project round table

Thanks to everyone who participated in our round table discussion on Creating a vibrant Urban Village - adapting to a new lifestyle paradigm. While the discussion was wide ranging, it has helped participants in the Governors Leadership Foundation (GLF) to clarify their thinking and narrow the scope of their research. The group is expected to present their findings in November. A big thank you to AECOM for hosting.

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