From Onkaparinga Now
Introducing 14° South
18 March 2020
Meet 14° South
Council this week unveiled a vision to create a state-of-the-art enterprise, community and cultural hub for the south, which would have considerable benefits for the region and its growing population.
The $22 million vision would complement the state government’s Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood, transform the Noarlunga TAFE campus and Noarlunga Library, and enhance the vibrancy of Noarlunga regional centre.
14° South: Enterprise, Community & Cultural Hub could also secure the long-term future of the Hopgood Theatre, a unique performance and education space within the precinct that is highly valued by local communities.
Council is seeking investment from government and industry for the Noarlunga Centre-based hub, which could inject up to $29 million annually into South Australia’s economy and support around 260 local jobs.
What would 14° South achieve?
- Enhance the existing TAFE SA campus, addressing southern Adelaide youth unemployment via new apprenticeships and traineeships, and supporting state government’s Skilling South Australia vision.
- Focus on exciting growth sectors and industries such as defence, mining, space, cybersecurity, circular economies, hospitality and tourism, STEM and EV automotive.
- Become a regional satellite for Lot Fourteen, connecting industry, enterprise and the Future Industries Exchange for Entrepreneurship (FIXE) from the city to Tonsley, through to southern Adelaide, McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
- Become a hub for community arts, culture and education through a revitalised Hopgood Theatre and conference centre.
- Provide dynamic Gig City-enabled co-working spaces for start-ups and entrepreneurs and linking industry and entrepreneurs to events and networks.
- Accommodate up to 200 City of Onkaparinga staff and include space for state government employees.
- Become home to City of Onkaparinga’s ON Business Partner Program, accessible to the region’s job seekers and more than 9,000 businesses.
- Support partnerships with local schools, including the new Aldinga Super School, to cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship, enhance future job development and employment outcomes.
- Include revitalisation of the Noarlunga Library, connecting all levels of education, creating a community hub for lifelong learning.
What happens now?
- Include a gateway Plaza, Atrium and pop-up café with meeting and gathering spaces and a landscaped entryway from Ramsay Place.
The vision and opportunity is far greater than council can deliver alone. We’re keen to explore all funding options and opportunities from Federal and State Government, to industry partners.
We’ll continue liaising with the premier, ministers, state agencies, industry and other stakeholders regarding the proposal to make the vision a reality.
For more information on 14° South, visit our website.