Adapting Northern Adelaide
Water2020, the theme of this year’s Australian Water Association SA State conference (12 August 2016), provokes us to think about the direction the water industry, and more widely, our state, is heading in. At the YWP hosted conference breakfast, Tim Kelly, Coordinator of the Adapting Northern Adelaide (ANA) Project, painted a tantalising picture of the future of Northern Adelaide as a nationally and globally recognised Green Industries Region.
The ANA Project is a joint initiative of the City of Salisbury and City of Playford Councils, supported by the Federal and State Government, to prepare and implement a Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The ultimate goal of the adaptation plan is to build liveable communities underpinned by a prosperous economy and sustainably managed natural resources.
Success lies in capitalising on the region’s strengths such as horticulture, ideal location for sustainable food growing, food processing and transport infrastructure, manufacturing, research and natural assets. Although in its early stages, the project has already received a strong level of interest from numerous businesses and entities already working in, or looking to work in, the Green Industries space. It is certainly an exciting time for Northern Adelaide!
Following on from Tim’s presentation, breakfast attendees undertook a scenario exercise in which they were asked to imagine themselves as developers of new smart metering technology, and to think about how they would build relationships with potential customers. As our industry becomes more and more customer driven, it is important for YWPs to develop relationship building skills and to learn the all-important lesson of looking at things through the customer’s eyes.
The SA YWP committee thank all those who attended, Tim Kelly, and Wallbridge and Gilbert for their sponsorship of this event.