ShireBiz Quarterly Meetings

Peter Barber spoke about development issues affecting commercial and residential building in the Shire at the May 9th Quarterly

Sutherland Shire Council’s Director of Planning, Peter Barber, outlined the present and future demographics of the Shire and the issues affecting the development of commercial/industrial land as well as residential development.  He indicated the importance of the ANSTO Innovation Precinct in providing future jobs particularly in the high-tech area.  He mentioned the difficulty of getting a hotel built to service both the tourism and commercial needs, mainly due to both low population and the need for an all year attraction such as a convention centre.

Jeff Eager, Carbonix spoke about the use of drones on Feb 21 2019

Jeff mentioned that the company had moved from using carbon fibre in marine vessels to using it in drones, due to the light weight He exhibited one of their long range drones.

Dr Tim Boyle addresses ShireBiz on March 2017 on the ANSTO Innovation Precinct

ANSTO’s vision of a Graduate Centre, Innovation Centre & 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 & high value jobs across Sydney’s south, the Illawarra & Southwest Sydney. ShireBiz shares this vision.  ShireBiz comprises leaders from the public & private sectors providing their experience & skills pro bono to grow economic activity in Sydney’s south generally, especially within Sutherland Shire. We have been an active contributor to the ANSTO Innovation precinct concept since its inception in 2013.

ANSTO has exclusive management of Australia’s nuclear infrastructure, enabling a competitive advantage in materials science, health & environment focused industry participants, in the Precinct. The ANSTO facility at Lucas Heights is an ideal strategic & geographic position to bring science & industry together. Lucas Heights is already a science precinct for ANSTO, CSIRO & the University of Wollongong.

Once fully established the Precinct will provide a beacon to attract more industry to Lucas Heights & its environs, where there is ample land for expansion, enabling industry based competitive clusters to be formed.


For further information please contact the ShireBiz representatives on the ANSTO Innovation Precinct Steering Committee: Tony Blain



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