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Strategy Aim

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Strategy Objectives

1 Entrepreneurship and active business networking
Contact new businesses
Explore extent of demand for a Co-working space
- Prioritise a series of networking/learning opportunities around new approaches to entrepreneurialism.
- Maintain support for existing businesses, responding to local needs to foster re-investment in local business, business retention and business growth
- Active networking – foundation steps in prospective industries (like transport/logistics, heavy engineering/mining services (with Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG), tourism, health, renewable energy, defence supplies).
- Work with GMUSG to improve capability of Port Augusta businesses to supply head contractors (mining & defence)
- Prepare network development plans for viable networks and seek funding from State and Commonwealth government programs

2 Townscape & amenity
Foreshore and city upgrades
Facilitate new business formation around foreshore
Consolidate CBD revitalisation plan Improve town entrances
Publicise rolling CBD works program
Engage landowners in townscape improvements
Develop material to support a campaign promoting Port Augusta’s lifestyle attributes
Market the Port Augusta lifestyle package.

3 Transport & logistics
Improve ability to market capability to head contractors
Re-open discussions with mining companies about local transport services infrastructure needs
Formulate sound cost-benefit analyses for transport capital projects
Explore freight flows.

4 Heavy industry
Detail supply chain potential
Understand expectations and requirements of large miners in relation to local suppliers in terms of capability and certification
Build on learnings on head/sub contractor positioning from DefenceSA and Defence Teaming Centre
Implement recommendations in KPMG Hub study with a focus on Port Augusta:
- R1 Regional coordination and implementation (focusing on Port Augusta)
- R2 Raise capability of (Port Augusta-based) mining services suppliers to contract with new customers through support from industry, industry bodies, State and Local Governments
- R3 Skills training and workforce development (for Port Augusta businesses)
- R4 (Evaluate) Common use infrastructure investment (in Port Augusta)

5 Renewable energy
Complete Stage 2 of the Renewable Energy Market and Value Chain work:
a) Identify gaps in capacity
b) Connect businesses
c) Provide evidence-based information to potential investors. Work with State Government to ensure local business spinoffs and long term business capability in renewables
Provide support to design and advocacy of a Port Augusta-based Centre of Renewable Energy R&D

6 Education
Revival of RTO-industry links.
Active support of COTEC business case
Continue active support for Port Augusta as a Centre of renewable energy R&D and training.

7 Tourism
Resource, develop and implement a “Stay another day” campaign
Incorporate visitor needs into townscape changes
Prioritise tourism business operators for entrepreneurship initiatives
Facilitate investment to expand local tourism business capability.

8 Defence
Active, strategic lobbying/advocacy on behalf of local capability
Strengthen involvement in DTC and other SA Defence industry links
Develop brokering role between local suppliers and defence procurement.

9 Health & aged care
Integrate future aged accommodation needs into land use planning for Port Augusta
- Facilitate business-to-business connections amongst public and private health care and aged care services
Review skills needs with employers and RTOs/COTEC
Prepare an action-oriented strategy for growing health and aged care in Port Augusta and maximising local job outcomes.

10 Arid lands horticulture
Facilitate discussions with RTOs around the training need
Facilitate Council and State Government approvals for related projects
- Integrate Sundrop technical capability into work on the potential renewable energy cluster
Facilitate commercialisation of activities at the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens.

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