Our Direction for 2024
14 May 2023
The centre has experienced an increased level of business activity towards online content delivery. As from June to September the centre will undergo remodelling with a new range of services online with more to follow.
From June to September 2023, access to the business centre during renovations will be by appointment only.
New / Improved Services for 2024
Virtual Mailing and Address with new mail processing options
Member's Free Business and Technology Support by Phone & Email
Online Training Programs with live interaction - Coming Novemeber2023
Intranet and automation systems for growing companies - Coming Oct 2023
New range of online tools attend to our business toolbox, including quoting systems.
Members starting a business for the first time can also access a free one-hour online business advice session to get started quickly.
Return of the Makerspace - Coming 2024
New renovated office space for hire - Coming 2024
End Of Parcel Deliveries
24th May 2022
Now two years on, and the official word is that COVID-19 pandemic is no longer declared as an emergency in SA.
As of the end of June, the temporary parcel deliveries service offered to AHBC members and mailbox / virtual address holder will cease.
Mail and Virtual Address services will revert to standard business mail service, as outline on the Mail and Virtual Address page.
We will still process low volume, small parcels until the end of June.
.AU the biggest shake-up to domain name for over 20 years
5th March 2022
If you are in business, with a website, you know it's a great place to showcase what you do or what you sell, attract new customers, and create trust in your business.
Most businesses in Australia will have registered a .com.au domain name however from March 2022 the way we register domain names in Australia will change, and it’s the biggest shake-up to domain names in the last 20 years.
So to understand the opportunities and risks for your business, we have outlined the key points.
Access to shorter domain name
From 24 March 2022, Australians have access to shorter and simpler domain names with the introduction of direct .au domain names. Previously, it was only possible to license lower level .au domain names, such as com.au, net.au, org.au, and so on.
This means you’re now able to register and use a shorter domain name, such as your "business.au" rather than "yourbusiness.com.au".
If you already have a domain name ending in .au, and you registered it before 24 March 2022, the matching .au direct domain has been placed on a 6-month priority hold for you until 20 September 2022 to register.
After this priority period, the .au domain will become available to the public on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recommends that all Australian businesses with existing domain names register the .au equivalents to protecting your cybersecurity.
What action to take to protect your domain name
Register your .au direct domain by following these steps:
Review your current domain’s contact information is correct. Visit the .auDA's Who is tool https://whois.auda.ltd/ to verify and to ensure your domain has an ABN or ANC attached to it.
Check if your domain is eligible using the auDA’s priority status tool, https://www.auda.org.au/tools/priority-status-tool.
Once you’re ready, apply for your .au domain through your existing domain name registrar or register via the Adelaide Hills Business Centre domain site, https://domains.adelaidehillsbc.com.au
What happens if your business doesn’t register a .au.
You don’t have to register the .au direct domain if you don’t want to. This process is optional and does not affect your existing .au domain names. Your existing name in the .au domain will continue to operate as it does today, provided you keep your registration up to date.
However, it’s important to consider the risks of not doing so, including cybersecurity risks. Your domain name is an important part of your business – its identity, brand and marketing. If you choose not to buy your .au direct domain, then following the end of the priority period on 20 September 2022, it will become possible for others to register it.
It’s generally a good idea to register the different endings of domain names, such as the .com and the .com.au versions. The same thinking applies to new .au domains.
If you don’t register the .au alternative, it’s also possible that someone else could step in and take it. Consider this risk carefully and how it might affect your business and its operation in the future.
This could create an opportunity for someone to impersonate your business and conduct fraudulent cyber activity, such as creating a fake website or sending emails to people pretending to be your business.
Local Innovation and Industry, Is It Dead?
1st Oct 2021
The AHBC Maker Space and Hacker Space (Hacksaw) resources and training programs while showing some initial interest has not gained the traction to continue at this time.
While it does not come as a total surprise, it is disappointing.
It's not hard to see the diminishing capability to design and produce everyday products in Australia, along with the ever-increasing dependence on overseas manufacturers such as in China to service our needs.
We need to value industries again and what it brings to our local economy. Governments at all levels, need to understand the importance of industry and to foster an environment that builds confidence and pride in the "Made In Australia" label.
The Adelaide Hills, with a large proportion of its population travelling outside their LGA, is placing an unsustainable demand on road infrastructure and use of non-renewable fuels.
Local job opportunities are limited, and unfortunately the future is dark with increasing population growth and a local industry dying.
There seems to be little commitment or understanding by those in government to encourage regional industry development with sustainable jobs opportunities. Government talk about planing "this and that" but really mention "doing". It takes action to bring on change.
Ok! Getting down from the "Soapbox" for now.
Thanks to those that supported our innovation programs and used our maker and hacker work spaces.
Members Showcase Ag Technology to State Judges.
7th Feb 2021
Adelaide Hills Business Centre members showcase local Ag technology to the "Agricultural Town of the Year Award" panel judges.
Gordon Kay, centre manager endorses Woodside as a world-class agriculture region from farm to consumer. He also stated the vital role technology plays in the agriculture industry.
Centre's members were invited to discuss their innovations.
• Suzanne Kambuts, took the judges on a view of the future, where shelf life was greatly increase and waste greatly diminished. Her business, Vanquish Technology, takes an NASA technologies to a whole new level for the agriculture industry. Vanquish patterned concept is currently undergoing trails with the Adelaide University at the Waite institute.
• Greg Matheson spoke about the complexities of grain and other commodity trading. The Marango technology is providing Australian growers and traders with a world-class trading platform that greatly reduces times, waste and cost at all levels.
The "Agricultural Town of the Year Award" presented by the PIRSA and Solstice Media, highlights the vital role that agriculture plays in the regional landscape. This year the program received 70 town nominations and over 5,000 votes.
Top 5 town finalists are:-
The judging panel is made up of Hon Rob Kerin (Primary Producers SA & Regional Development Australia), Mayor Erika Vickery OAM (South Australian Region Organisations of Councils), Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello (South Aussie with Cosi), Belinda Cay (AgCommunicators), Joe Keynes (Livestock SA), Lisa Bennier (Wine Grape Council of South Australia) and John Rothwell (Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA).
Winner to be announced in Late February 2021.
For further details, visit www.agtown.com.au
Hon Rob Kerin (Primary Producers SA & Regional Development Australia), Rebecca Sharkie (MP Mayo in South Australia)
Jan-Claire Wisdom (Mayor of the Adelaide Hills Council), Brett Mayne (Event MC and AHC Economic Development Officer)
20 May 2020
During the COVID 19 pandemic, the AHBC is offering Cowork Members, Mailbox and Virtual Address service holder the ability to have small parcels delivered to the Business Centre. Please note that this service is limited to a few parcels per month and business related items only.
For further details, please click here
BizRebuild - Bushfire Talks With Adelaide Hills Business Sector
5th March 2020
On the 5th of March, Brigadier Rupert Hoskin AM - Deputy Coordinators for BizRebuild and his team visited the Adelaide Hills bushfire impacted regions to observe the extent of damage on the local economy.
BizRebuild is a business-led initiative, developed by the Business Council of Australia, to provide practical and on the ground assistance to small and local businesses left devastated by the bushfires.
During Brigadier Rupert Hoskin's visit, he met with local industry groups and key local government members explorer a range of community support programs or direct aid for those impacted by the fires.
While the Adelaide Hills is a high risk bushfire region it is also a significant contributor to the local and Australian economy. The main concerns for fire effected businesses appears to be around cash flow and trading capabilities. The Adelaide Hills region has very few large businesses with 90+% considered micro businesses. Of these effected businesses the main form of revenue is derived from agricultural industries such as livestock and crops (viticulture) and associated tourism.
Key Points and Outcomes:
During the meeting much of the discussion was based on anecdotal evidence and it was suggested that BizRebuild could fund a comprehensive impact study to build more resilient communities in the future.
Direct assistance will be by way of vouchers for businesses to discuss a range of recovery planning options with national support and accounting teams. Click here for details.
BizRebuild is also providing replacement tools for those in the building industry. Click here for details
For communities with damaged infrastructure, funding the construction of multi-purpose, community facilities to promote social and economic activity. Click here for detail.
BizRebuild may also look at supporting a range of councils and industry lead business development programs and events in May 2020.
Investigate early warning technology and integrated / relevant data would have wide reaching benefits from councils, businesses and response centres.
Santos Tour Down Under 2020 Stage 2 Start Woodside
22 Jan 2020
For the first time in the history of the Tour Down Under, Australia’s greatest cycling race, Stage 2 Starts in Woodside.
The small town of Woodside, Population 2600, increased many times over today with the exciting start of Stage 2 and 3 laps over an hour.
The weather was perfect and the Centre was in a prime viewing position.
"Love Woodside", community group, certainly enhance the whole experience with a great range of sustainable street art.
21st Jan 2020
Federal Emergency Management Minister, David Littleproud joins Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie MP, Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan MP, Mount Barker's Mayor Ann Ferguson and CEO Andrew Stuart at the Adelaide Hills Business Centre to review Bushfire status and to connect with local industry leaders.
The Minister, David Littleproud and head of the recently established Bushfire Recovery Agency, Andrew Colvin have provided 33 councils impacted by recent fires a cash injection to drive local recovery and to rebuild their communities.
Littleproud defended the question on regional investment being "pork barrelling" and said "30% of Australians live in regional areas and if the regions are strong, Australia is strong".
Furthermore, it's important to empower regional communities to grow and maintain the same social fabric that metropolitan areas have.
Following the press meeting, the Minister caught-up with a number of local industry leaders to discuss the recovery process and potential impact on local trade and tourism.
Federal Visit reviews Ag and Tourism impact of Business Fire in Adelaide Hills
13th Jan 2020
Adelaide Hills agriculture industry under review by Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie. Visited the Adelaide Hills Business Centre today with Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie MP, Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan MP and a number of represents from the Wine and Ag sector including Hamish Laurie of the Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA)
Productive discussions addressing industry-specific short and long term challenges and strategies to protect the Adelaide Hills food, wine and tourism reputation.
TOUR DOWN UNDER 2020
SEE - EAT - DRINK
Get Front Seats - TDU Start of Stage 2 + 3 Laps
2020 Santos Tour Down Under, Australia’s greatest cycling race. Stage 2 Starts in Woodside.
Make it your day to rub shoulders with world-famous superstars with exclusive viewing from the Adelaide Hills Business Centre. Enjoy a range of gourmet foods and drinks leading up to the exciting start of Stage 2 and throughout the 3 laps over an hour. A perfect opportunity to see, eat and drink with other members.
Race starts at 11am but you will need to arrive at 10am or sooner.
Member : Free
Non Member : $65pp
BOOK NOW - ID 52
Minister for Communications visits the AHBC
21 Oct 2019
Hon Paul Fletcher MP and Mayo Member, Rebekha Sharkie take time out to visit the Adelaide Hills Business Centre (AHBC). Minister Paul Fletcher talks to Centre manager Gordon Kay and local business owners on recent NBN rollout throughout the Adelaide Hills.
The AHBC was one of two locations that the Minister Paul Fletcher and local Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie visited in the Adelaide Hills Region.
"We were very honoured to showcase our facilities but more so to share with the Minister and Member for Mayo the opportunities high speed internet offers our region."
"The AHBC has been very keen to deploy a community controlled public Wifi and "Internet Of Things" (IoT) to further promote local events and venues to tourist and to provide greater community connectedness." For further details, Click Here.
"We feel it's important for regional areas not to be robbed of their ability to manage local content. Multi nationals are very technology savvy and can easily displace trade and jobs away from local businesses and communities"
"With the rapid growth in IoT devices, the AHBC through its Hacksaw Program is keen to show the local businesses and Ag industries how to implement and take advantage of this new low cost technology to reduce cost and risk. IoT is the catalyst to foreseeing trends particularly around weather and bushfire effects on livestock and crops."
"Our Hacksaw has started to gain local engagement with further workshops around livestock tracking, early bushfire alerts and automation using IoT starting in December"
AHBC Centre Manager
Upcoming Events and Workshops
Minister Fletcher and Gordon Kay
Member Rebekha Sharkie, Minister Paul Fletcher and Gordon Kay at the Out-Space (Home of Hacksaw Workshops)
3rd Nov 2019
Fostering manufacturing In the hills.
A new space has been developed at the Adelaide Hills Business Centre for inventors and entrepreneurs to build and test new products. The Makerspace complements the current Hackerspace with a range of workshop tools for woodworking, metal fabrication and composites constructions.
The AHBC has created this creative space to fill a gap in the local industry sector. While tourism and agriculture are key economic generators for the Adelaide Hills they also at high risk to natural and economic events. (Eg. Fire, weather damage, disease outbreaks etc) Fostering a manufacturing base industry add stability during difficult times and provides alternative skills, careers and jobs.
Community & Business Technology Projects
10 Oct 2018
In our pursuit to offer alternative industry and commercial opportunities, the centre has installed Adelaide Hills first public long range (LoRaWAN) IoT Gateway. We are keen to grow local awareness and community engagement around the Hacksaw Hackerspace and workshop.
Hacksaw - Fosters Technology Innovation
30 Jul 2018
Technology Interest Group comes to the hills. Visit www.hacksaw.tech
Hacksaw, is about connecting people that have an interest in technology, keen to share knowledge, exchange and learn through a collaborative environment of presentations and hands on workshops.
Hacksaw caters for technology wannabes, geeks, techies, developers, electronic hobbyist, start-ups, inventors, entrepreneurs and investors.
The aim of Hacksaw is to foster technology development and solutions with real commercial opportunities such as early bushfire alerts with automated action, animal welfare and tracking, farm property remote management to name only a few.
We aim to present a technology topic most month while allowing Techies to show and share their stuff for other to learn, discover and try. It's a hands on approach to help you get started.
Some of our early workshops will be around asset protect using Internet Of Things to communicate and automate a response around approaching bushfires and weather damage. In addition, livestock tracking and remote farm management technologies will be covered and how 3D printing can be used to prototype new products.
Some of the topics we would like to cover over the next 12 months:-
Connecting environment sensors to processors and IoT transceivers.
Combining mechanical devices to electronics.
Basic electronics and mechanics for inventors.
Using tracking devices for assets and livestock.
App Creation for mobile devices (Android, iOS etc)
Electronics (DIY, Arduino, Raspberry pi, Onion Omega etc)
3D Printing and Scanning
IoT - Internet Of Things
Google Apps Scripts & Products
Drones, Robotics and Automation
Website development & coding
Radio and Telephony
SaaS - Software as a Service
Power and Energy Storage
Public WiFi Proposal for Woodside Community
24 May 2018
The Adelaide Hills Business Centre is keen to create and support a community operated Public WiFi Hotspot for the township of Woodside and beyond.
Creating public Wi-Fi Hotspot zones in Woodside has many benefits from tourist retention, local jobs growth, connectedness and community safety. For example a landing page (www.Woodside.Today) that contains:
Promoting local Events & Businesses
Sporting venues and time tables
Visitor's information & Service centres
The proposal available at the end of this post, outlines a simple and low cost approach that has the potential to fund local community projects. In addition, the proposal incorporates the rapidly growing Internet Of Things (IoT) for the Ag industry and others.
Local business owners and community groups leaders are invited to attend an information event on Tuesday 29/05/18 at 7:00 to discuss the proposal. Please book in here.
Light finger food (Dinner) will be supplied along with refreshments
Map shows a range of Free WifI Zones and Gateways to the a 1GigaBit network.