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The Power of One

Billionaire Elon Musk has focused his star power on South Australia, promising to build the world’s largest lithium ion battery in the Mid North, simultaneously coming to the aid of the state’s troubled energy system. HOME to just over 1400 people, Jamestown is perhaps best known as the birth place of bush fashion pioneer R.M Williams and enterprising mayor-turned premier …

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Future Vision

What jobs will look like in 2050 When Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the moon in 1969, we knew humanity was headed to places, and ideas, few had yet contemplated. Global leaders in space exploration have set their sights on Mars and commercial space flights could be on the cards for paying customers of Richard Branson’s …

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Eyre to the throne

In the pristine waters of Coffin Bay on the spectacular Eyre Peninsula, a husband and wife team have dedicated themselves to producing the fattest, happiest oysters going to market in an industry that demands the best for luxxe city tables. They say on the quiet days, you can hear the oysters “chatter’’. It’s a beguiling notion but when the clear …

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The art of being family

Discovering his Aboriginal roots and relation to prominent South Australian elder Major Sumner has taken Adelaide artist Damien Shen to more than just one country Words Michael McGuire Photographer Matt Turner In a popular, but unobtrusive, Chinese restaurant off one of Adelaide’s busiest arterial roads artist Damien Shen is talking about his remarkable uncle Major Sumner. The man who inspired …

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Divine Inspiration for the Tech Savy

THE CREATIVE BUSINESS WORDS RENATO CASTELLO The former St Paul’s Anglican Church on the corner of Pulteney and Flinders streets, one of Adelaide’s busiest intersections, has had many purposes in its 157-year history. In the 19th century, the heritage-listed building counted among its congregation wealthy and powerful families, including the Ayers and Bonythons whose influence, contribution and notoriety are etched …

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Wine Chief Gets the Gago

MAKING A TOAST Chief winemaker Peter Gago has been appointed the state’s Great Wine Capitals Global Ambassador. Mr Gago (pictured below) says the appointment will help put South Australia on the map of the global wine industry and have far-reaching benefits. “Elevating the state’s wine profile on an international stage increases the exposure for our premium wine labels and raises …

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Bonjour! Welcome to Adelaide

FRENCH CONNECTION WORDS TIM WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY MATT TURNER The dark blue timber facade of La Buvette stands out along Adelaide’s Gresham St. Surrounded by historically beautiful — but mostly run down — buildings, the style of the French bar’s exterior is exquisite, chic and, most of all, authentic. Authenticity was important for business owners Dominique Lentz and his Adelaide-born wife, …

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Power of the people

Renewable Energy Words Luke Griffiths Man with the Plan Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian- American business magnate, investor, engineer and inventor. Now based in Los Angeles, the billionaire founded SpaceX, electric car maker Tesla and SolarCity. Nearly 400 white industrial boxes on concrete pads are packed into an area slightly smaller than a soccer pitch. The boxes look …

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South Australia breaking new ground

Leading the way in rooftop solar Generous feed-in tariffs and support from local councils and the State Government has helped Adelaide become the nation’s leader in rooftop solar. Almost one-third of SA homes have rooftop solar panels, but this is expected to taper off since the feed-in tariff scheme ended on September 30. Adelaide solar energy business Suntrix launched in …

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Rise of the red metal

The SA Government’s drive to grow its copper production to one million tonnes per year could elevate Australia into the top three copper producers in the world Copper is the lifeblood of a developing economy, and the South Australian Government is determined to position the state to be a major supplier of the vital commodity over coming decades. Copper production …