Large Scale Waste Recycling in the ACT

Fyshwick would be worse off with waste facilities than Hume: report

Delos Delta prepared a rapid economic impact assessment of large-scale waste recycling in the ACT, specifically comparing the locations of Fyshwick versus Hume.

The goal was to understand which location would deliver a better economic outcome for the ACT as a whole.

While the analysis focuses on a subset of the total economic impacts, our findings are clear: Hume is a better location for large-scale waste recycling activities.

Our report highlights that Fyshwick is moving away from its traditional industrial base towards a mixed-use commercial environment.  Accordingly, any large-scale waste recycling facility in Fyshwick would have a significant negative impact, on traffic and property values in particular, with flow on impacts to government revenue, rental returns and employment, which are the focus of our analysis.

Overall, there appear to be benefits for establishing new, innovative waste management processes.  If a facility of this type does proceed in the ACT, Hume should be the preferred location, from both an economic and a planning perspective

Read the full Canberra Times article or Download the Large Scale Waste Recycling in the ACT Report

Wodonga Innovation Project

Since late 2019, Delos Delta have partnered with the Wodonga community to design and establish the Wodonga Innovation Project (WIP).  

This story below first appeared in the Border Mail on the 22nd of January 2021. 

Let’s make Wodonga a hub of innovation

Wodonga is prospecting, staking a claim to become an innovation powerhouse. It is searching for future generations of entrepreneurs to develop and nurture. The aim is to become a hub of economic opportunity – a breeding ground for innovators, start-ups and new technology.

Last year was a challenging one. COVID-19 imposed uncertainty and upheaval across Australia. But 2020 also proved to be a year of renewal for Wodonga, with the launch of the Wodonga Innovation Project.

The Innovation Project is building local innovation skills and connections, helping local businesses and entrepreneurs to create new jobs and industry for the region.

Chair Steve Martin says: “The long-term goal is to position Wodonga and region as a hub of innovation – a place for investment, ideas, partnership and economic opportunity. The disruptions of COVID-19 have reinforced the value of innovation and resilience. When change comes, innovation mitigates the negative impacts, and generates new economic opportunities.”

The project’s establishment was supported by funding from the state government and Wodonga Council.

Delos Delta and the Canberra Innovation Network, innovation and technology experts based in Canberra, were engaged to design the project. As a first step, in late 2019 Delos Delta and CBRIN facilitated workshops in Wodonga to identify local priorities. The Innovation Project was welcomed by local innovators, businesses and organisations. This broad base of support is reflected in the Innovation Project Steering Committee, with representatives from business and associations, local governments, the Victorian government, Charles Sturt and La Trobe universities.

The Innovation Project was ready in early 2020. More than 100 people were expected at the launch event. Innovation programs, accelerators and incubators were poised to roll out. Then COVID-19 hit, ruling out face-to-face events and activities for most of 2020.

But the economic disruption and uncertainty made the Innovation Project even more important for the local economy. So, COVID was never allowed to slow down the project. It would always be full-steam ahead. The project rapidly pivoted to digital interaction and virtual events. The development of the Wodonga Innovation Project website was fast-tracked. Social media accounts became the main point of interaction and communication. Steering committee meetings were held via Zoom. Innovation programs moved to digital modes. A local innovation co-ordinator, John Elgin (CEO of Murray-Hume Business Enterprise Centre) was engaged to maintain momentum “on the ground”. Two flagship programs of 2020 exemplify the project’s purpose and energy: the Youth Innovation Program and the Wodonga Accelerator.

The Youth Innovation Program ran for three months via online workshops, aiming to develop the entrepreneurial skills and innovation capacity of youth aged 15-25. The program linked teams of young people in the Albury-Wodonga region with local business and innovation mentors, to develop, test and discuss their innovative ideas.  For the 16 young participants, the program culminated in an “innovation pitch” to a panel of experts, where they presented their innovative ideas, products and proposals.

Grace King, 19, won the top award, picking up $1000 for her Plastics to Products pitch. She proposed using emerging technology to turn soft-plastic waste into new products, reducing local waste and creating local manufacturing opportunities. Her pitch combined business, technology, economic development and sustainability. We’re looking forward to the next steps.

The second flagship program of 2020 was the Wodonga Accelerator. Delivered via digital workshops, it covered topics such as customer validation, prototyping, business models and raising capital.  More than 20 local businesses and innovators took part.

Mr Elgin said: “The accelerator program pushes local businesses and entrepreneurs to turn their great ideas into new products and services. By forming a cohort of like-minded innovators and moving together through a disciplined pathway, the accelerator rapidly catalyses new business ventures.”

The Innovation Project promises more in 2021. The team will expand the project as a regional innovation network supporting the entire region, collaborating with Albury and Wodonga councils. The project will also align innovation activity with the federal government’s Albury-Wodonga Regional Deal. This year will also bring a host of new innovation, events and programs.

According to Mr Martin: “It’s going to be a big year for innovation in Wodonga and region. We’re looking to deliver a range of programs, both digital and face-to-face, that will build local skills, create new partnerships, increase our national profile and spark new business.”

Another accelerator program, networking events and webinars with international innovation experts are just a few of the highlights. Everyone is welcome to participate – innovators, businesses, individuals, students, researchers, government officials, community groups and beyond.

We want to build a broad and vibrant network of local innovators, where collaboration and competition generate new ventures, investments and industry.

 

Author: Brook Dixon – Managing Director of Delos Delta and Innovation Project Co-ordinator, Wodonga Innovation Project. 

Dirty Data, Done Dirt Cheap

Let’s start with a trick question. What type of company is Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, Alibaba or Tencent? If you answered ‘data’, you are ahead of the curve in understanding new business models.

In 2017, The Economist declared “the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data”. In 2020 just Facebook, Alphabet, Apple and Amazon have market capitalisation of $US5 trillion, with revenues of US$773 billion.

Alone, data is not much use to anyone except boffins. These data companies, and smart organisations across the globe, are demonstrating that activated data provides insights that drive better decisions. We are hearing leaders and voters demanding better information, nowhere has this been more evident that keeping the community informed during COVID.

Are you ready? Be honest. If not, it is okay, you can start now with small steps.

In our experience, the essential first step is doing some boring bits. No matter if you are in government, not for profit, or private entities these bits include—clear data governance, capability uplift at all levels, structured coordination mechanisms, clear and repeatable business processes, supporting architecture, communication across the data value chain and supporting these with the right mix of tools (applications and infrastructure).

Doing nothing is always an option, but this will cement some of the consistent challenges we are seeing in the activation of data. Again, reflecting on practical experiences, these challenges include siloed and single channel thinking, systemic data illiteracy, bootstrapped approaches from legacy systems, key person and ‘need to know’ approaches, and fragmented policies and practices.

Action is happening around Australia. We are seeing many local governments thinking big about their approach to data, changes in infrastructure towards cloud options, transitions from traditional to digital interfaces and, of course, the emergence of smart city data being used to drive decisions.

One word of warning. There is absolutely, positively, no single silver bullet to fix all your data challenges. There is a universe of approaches that sound great, but they still need to be driven by the needs of your whole organisations—single product decisions without the boring bits may conflate the challenges you already have.

Taking steps towards an activated data system, to underpin better decisions and inform your customers will keep you lockstep with emerging market trends, potentially lower the cost of service delivery and build a beautiful relationship with your customers.

Reach out for a conversation if you are ready to take some steps but don’t know where to start. We would love to be a partner in your modernisation.

Googong Smart Precinct

Smart Community Blueprint & Awards Finalist

Congratulations to Peet, Mirvac Residential, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, and Onewifi & Infrastructure for joining esteemed company as finalists for the Smart Cities Week ANZ Future of Place Award.

This consortium worked together to imagine and deliver the Googong Smart Community Project.

The Project aims to integrate forward thinking and smart technology into the foundations of community development, setting a new benchmark for smart city deployment in cities and suburbs around Australia.  The Googong development will eventually comprise of five connected neighbourhoods – home to around 18,000 people in 6,500 dwellings.

The Googong Smart Community Blueprint was also support by the Australia Government under the Smart Cities and Suburbs program.

Delos Delta are proud to have partnered with Googong and the Smart Googong project team to deliver this collaborative and future-focused project.

 

2020 Wrap Up

2020 has been a year of change for all

The rapid pace of urbanisation and technological developments, combined with the challenges of a global pandemic, have forced organisations and communities to reimagine the way they live, work and connect.

Delos Delta have worked with clients to address these challenges and are aiming to build resilience, intelligence and innovation.

We have harnessed our smart transformation expertise to expand our digital capacity and data systems to support full online, remote and intelligent consultation, client support and general operations.

Below are some of our key highlights from 2020:

  • Developing smart transformation frameworks, strategies and action plans for a range of clients.  These include the Smart Casey Launchpad, the Smart City Strategic Framework for the City of Greater Geelong, the Norwood Payneham & St Peters Smart City Plan and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Smart Community Roadmap.
  • Supporting economic development, resilience and reinvigoration by providing dedicated strategies, plans and organisational reviews for clients including Blue Mountains City Council, Charters Towers Regional Council and more.
  • Encouraging innovation and unlocking the benefits of innovation networks and partnerships for clients like Wodonga Council.
  • Building better, smarter, more sustainable places that promote inclusivity, connectivity and innovation.  These projects include the Googong Smart Precinct and Maribyrnong City Council SC2 Project.
  • Helping organisations, such as Glenelg Shire Council and the City of Greater Geelong, to improve their capacity to harness the potential of big data, and better manage their data processes.
  • Delivering targeted community and corporate planning, supported by close stakeholder consultation. Projects include planning long-term, better futures for clients such as the City of Wanneroo and Charters Towers Regional Council.
  • Delos Delta has progressed innovation and inclusivity in our growing team by partnering with Curijo to provide cultural awareness training to our team, enhancing our commitment to reconciliation. We also provided advanced IAP2 stakeholder engagement training to our senior consultants.

Delos Delta would like to thank our clients, partners, associates and team for their commitment to innovating, growing and supporting development in the face of the unknown and the difficult.

We look forward to expanding and sharing our expertise to support smart transformation, economic development and better governance in 2021.

North Sydney Council

Smart City Strategy & SCCANZ Recognition

Congratulations to North Sydney Council whose Smart City Strategy was highly commended in the Policy Leadership category of the 2020 Smart Cities Awards powered by Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.

Building on existing digital and smart technology projects, North Sydney launched their Smart City Strategy in 2019.  Recent highlights include:

  • Installing 10 EV charging stations in carparks
  • Implementing an electronic lodgement system for development applications
  • Approving planning for a co-working space
  • Developing a suite of new online forms
  • Installing solar photovoltaics on the shed roofs at Coal Loader
  • Delivering the “Tech Help for Seniors” program

Delos Delta is proud to have to have partnered with Council to develop this Strategy and comprehensive Implementation/Action plans.

New Melbourne Offices

Delos Delta landing in Victoria

Delos Delta are excited to announce that in January 2021 we will be opening a new headquarters in Melbourne.

Our new base is set to provide closer support to our Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian clients, and allow us to work more closely with our interstate associates.

Reach out to find out more and to connect with our Melbourne team!