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Jan 2020 - The AHBC is currently applying for a number of grants for the provision of business technology and bushfire recovery.


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Santos Tour Down Under 2020 Stage 2 Start Woodside

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.

Federal Minister, David Littleproud connects with Mount Barker Council and Adelaide Hills industry leaders.

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 injections 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.

David Littleproud, Dan Cregan, Rebekha Sharkie and Mayor Ann Ferguson https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6125067482001

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.

Hon Bridget McKenzie.



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

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 can implement and take advantage of this this new low cost data collection technology. IoT is the catalyst to foreseeing trends particularly around weather effects on livestock and crops."

Gordon Kay

AHBC Centre Manager

Minister Fletcher and Gordon Kay

Member Rebekha Sharkie, Minister Paul Fletcher and Gordon Kay at the Out-Space (Home of Hacksaw Workshops)

New Member's Changes as at 1st Nov 2019

1 Oct 2019

After 5 years and from the 1st of November 2019, the centre's rates will be adjusted to reflect ongoing provisions of services.

The good news is that annual membership will drop to $50 per year making it great value for every business to join.

Access to AHBC training events and business advise will continue at a fee for service. Some of these fees may have changed recently.

Cowork members will see an increase in their month fee. Eg. $72/month with 20 hours / access access will increase to $99. This reflects ongoing improvements and cost associated with seating, air conditioning, high speed internet and more.

All New Website and Members Tools

It's well overdue but the good news is that it's here. much easier to navigate and packed with resources. Members and Non Members will discover that they will be able to manager bookings and services much faster and easier.

New Events and Programs

Our popular business events, "Table Talks" will continue with a range of new topics. In addition online training programs designed for startup and established businesses will commence for long term support and development.

24/7 Public AED Defibrillator Woodside

14 Jun 2019

24/7 Public Access Defibrillator & First Aid Station now located at the Adelaide Hills Business Centre, near front entrance.


to save lives

For further details and a video on using an AED Defibrillator, click here

Community & Business Technology Projects

10 Oct 2018

The Adelaide Hills Business Centre is the first to install a public long range (LoRaWAN) IoT Gateway in the Adelaide Hills and as such are are keen to grow local awareness and community involvement at all levels.

  • If technology is of interest to you, become a member of the Hacksaw community. The level of involvement and what you gain is totally up to you. Ideal for any age without limits.
  • If you represent a community group that wishes to connect and measure community engagement using IoT devices, consider a IoT Project request.
  • If you are part of a business, corporation or government department that is seeking solutions to real world applications, consider a IoT Project request.

The AHBC gets to Out Space

26 Sep 2018

Out-Space - A new space that is community friendly.

A resource packed space ready for your imagination to hold your next event, workshop, class or meeting. Combined with The Green for outside activities, the Out-Space becomes the "in space" for business and community engagement.

Community Friendly with a great saving on booking. Simply register your Not For Profit community group or club to obtain your NFP booking token.

Secure Regular Times For those that need a regular space to hold workshops, events and classes, the Out-Space has a number of low cost plans with the flexibility to reschedule events around public holidays and for other reasons.

For further details and bookings, Click Here

More Comfort When Coworking

Members that use the Cowork space will now discover more the ergonomic task chairs. Please enjoy your stay

Members can now buy Cowork day passes online for only $15 include passes for your visitors. Non Members $25.

High Speed Internet

Now only weeks away from offering members visiting the AHBC the new FTTC high speed internet with public WiFi being available in early 2019 for parts of Woodside. We will keep you informed.

Hacksaw - Cutting Through Technology

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.

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 the topics we would like to cover over the next 12 months:-

  • Coding (Javascript, HTML, .Net, VB, C#, Ruby, Swift etc)
  • 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
  • GPS Technology
  • Drones, Robotics and Automation
  • Website development & coding
  • Radio and Telephony
  • SaaS - Software as a Service
  • Power and Energy Storage

Hacksaw also has a great online shop for those looking for electro mechanical parts and gift items. Visit www.GoGoGadget.tech

How we record an episode of Celluloid Junkies at the AHBC

12 Jun 2018

Discover how the Celluloid Junkies create their Podcast featuring the Adelaide Hills Business Centre's Media Studio.

Hosted by Luke Kane and Damien Heath and featuring music by Luke Kane. Special thanks to the Adelaide Hills Business Centre who provide the space

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
    • Regional Wineries
    • Sporting venues and time tables
    • Tourism News
    • 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

Click here to read the AHBC proposed WiFi Hotspot document.

Map shows a range of Free WifI Zones and Gateways to the a 1GigaBit network.