Development of Business in Southern Sydney through Collaboration, Innovation and Partnership. Activities include promoting the development of technology parks and commercial centres with office blocks, supported by appropriate infrastructure.

Job Creation

ANSTO and NRAG form exciting new partnership

The National Robotics & Automation Group has been established by Shirebiz and Southern Strength comprising southern Sydney based industrial automation companies and the University of Wollongong.  NRAG has signed a collaborative research agreement with ANSTO to provide innovative solutions in materials handling. The Media release details the partnership.


ANSTO Innovation Precinct

ANSTO's vision of a Graduate Centre, Innovation Centre and an Industrial Park [the Precinct] at their Lucas Heights facility will provide a symbiotic ecosystem for scientists of the future and innovative industry leading to significant economic growth and high value jobs across Sydney's south.  A brochure describing the components of the precinct can be viewed here.
ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson addressed a ShireBiz Quarterly on July 12th on plans for the Precinct.
ANSTO has recently released its Draft Master Plan for the Innovation Precinct which can be viewed here

A one page description  of the project can be found here

Launch of NANDIN Advanced Technology Incubator

Dr Adi Paterson, CEO, ANSTO opened the NANDIN incubator on Monday 19th November.  Participants from industry, local politicians,ANSTO staff and NANDIN tenants were addressed by Dr Markus Nordberg of CERN on Physics, CERN, Innovation & Social Impact.  The address was followed by a smoking ceremony.
For further information see here and here


Image recognition Technology developed by ANSTO nandin member

Artificial Intelligence Image Recognition technology developed by the University of Wollongong and Matt Lynch of eVisuals, a tenant of nandin, ANSTO's Advanced Technology Incubator, can be used in emergencies. eg detection of people within a high rise building on fire eg Grenfell Towers UK see

Sutherland: The CBD for Southern Sydney

Sutherland is the Shire's Administrative Centre and is a major transport hub.  Developments within the Shire particularly at Kurnell and Lucas Height make Sutherland more appropriate to be the CBD for Southern Sydney.
Proposals to make Sutherland the Shire's Commercial Centre have been underway for some time.  Discussions with interested parties should produce a concept plan shortly.






Digital Currency – no need for cash

Some central banks maintain that central bank digital currencies could facilitate real-time settlement of cross border financial transactions see.

 Vale Tony Blain  Died 20th February 2020

Tony was active in the formation of Shirebiz and held the office of Depuy Chair from inception some 8 years ago. Tony was involved with Alan Tooth in the ANSTO project (ongoing) and the Turn up & Go High Rotation Shuttle trial currently under way. There were several other ShireBiz accomplishments that Tony figured strongly in.  Tony was also active as a presenter & Marketing Manager of 2SSR & on various Sutherland Council working sub committees. He was also founding  President of the Australian Chapter of the American Antique Motor Cycle Club.  Some images from his life are set out here.

RIP Tony-we will miss you & remember you.

'Turn up and go' bus trial to operate between Caringbah & Lilli Pilli
Commencing 18th November  LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME

The turn up and go shuttle bus trial has nbeen extended until the end 0f 2020.  The service operates every 10 minutes between 6:05 am to 8:45 am to Caringbah Station and 4:10 pm to 8:10 pm to Lilli Pilli.  Opal bus fares apply and customers can tap on and off using Opal Cards, Credit/Debit cards.
Listen to passengers' comments on the new bus here.

Cyber Security

Cyber Security Breakfast May 29th 2019

45 local businesspersons attended the joint Sutherland Shire Combined Chamber/Shirebiz Cyber Security breakfast held at the Sharks Club.  Speakers came from the NSW Police Cyber Security Group, and local IT providers.  Videos of the presentations are now available  here.

Are you ready for Quantum Computing

The Lazy person's guide to Cyber Security [see]

Cyber Security Seminar

On 12th April 2018, a seminar on Opportunities in the Digital Economy & the Cyber Security Risks was held.

The 40 attendees were presented with the opportunities and risks of joining the Digital Economy.  Details including presentations can be seen here.  Some suggested actions to reduce risk of cyber attacks were:
1 Having your computer software updated regularly
2 Each machine on your network to have anti virus software installed
3 Use Web Filtering software which checks links in emails to see if genuine
4 Have regular local and offsite backups
5 Have a password policy and change passwords at least every 3 months
6 Have staff training to avoid inadvertently clicking on links
7 Treat IT as an investment NOT a Cost
A recent article in My Business highlights the problem.

Shire Accommodation

A concept plan has been developed by local architects for a Hotel to be built over the southern end of Cronulla Station.  Discussions are underway with potential commercial developers and relevant State Government Authorities.




Shirebiz AGM held 31st July 2020

Shirebiz members met by ZOOM, changed the Constitution to reflect a change in name of the Committee to a Board and Committee members to Board Members.  Following the AGM the Board then elected its officers.
They are Barry Alchin, Chair; Paul Degnan and Dr Tim Boyle, Deputy Chairs; Richard Walker, Secretary; Jeff Forsyth, Treasurer.  As the year progresses sub-boards will be formed to deal with Membership, Events and Education.

Shirebiz Quarterly July 2nd 2020 5pm Problems of businesses through the COVID 19 pandemic   A ZOOM meeting

NSW Finance & Small Business Minister Damien Tudelope MLC discussed problems that NSW businesses are having with the COVID19 pandemic particularly the conflicting information presented in the market place and answered questions from members.

Shirebiz Qtly May 14th 2020 How business can prepare for the impact of climate change by ZOOM Video Conference

Further to a number of recent articles in the SMH & AFR, Shirebiz approached the Australian Industry Group [AIG] who was planning to hold a number of workshops over the next 3 months on this topic for businesses in Sydney & Melbourne.  ShireBiz has managed to get the presenter Tennant Reed to address the Quarterly including feedback from the various workshops.  The talk will cover physical changes, impacts on communities, insurance and systemic financial risks.  Registrations will open in late March

Shirebiz Qtly Feb 20th 2020 Demystifying Nuclear Energy

Dr John Harries and Dr Mark Ho of the Australian Nuclear Association discussed the use of nuclear energy, demystifying some of the myths surrounding this topic. 45 supporters attended.  The presentation can be accessed here.  Images of the event can be seen here.

ShireBiz Quarterly 15th August 2019 Aged Care in Australia - its future

Dr Peter Moran, CEO, Moran Group discussed the main issues affecting the future of aged care in Australia. Details of the talk can be found here



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