Do Business In Victor Harbor
Victor Harbor is a highly desirable destination to live and work given its close proximity (80 kilometres) and ease of access to Adelaide - the state’s capital city. It has a mild climate, high rainfall, growing population and beautiful natural assets.
The City of Victor Harbor is a rural and residential area, with a rapidly growing urban footprint, the City is a particularly popular destination for visitors and those wishing to transition into retirement. The City encompasses a total land area of nearly 400 square kilometres, including significant areas of spectacular coastline. Rural land is used largely for traditional farming, with some sheep and cattle grazing common - given reliable annual rainfall. Tourism & hospitality is an important industry sector along with aged care services.
With the introduction of the National Broadband Network (NBN - 100mbps -fibre to the premises) Victor Harbor is well placed to engage with national and global markets while offering exciting opportunities for improved productivity and business efficiencies.
- Availability of high speed internet with the roll-out of the NBN (2015-2016).
- High quality affordable housing close to lifestyle living (Sea-change or Tree-change).
- A growing population (61% higher than the State average).
- With a growing population comes increasing shopping and retail access.
- A wide range of health care services that supports the current demographic.
- Infrastructure improvements that Improved proximity to Adelaide.
Forecasted Future Growth
The Council have taken a proactive approach to planning for the future. Context, Issues, Opportunities, Likely Scenarios, Governance and Effective Strategies for sustainable growth have been outlined within Council’s Urban Growth Management Strategy (UGMS). View the City of Victor Harbor's Urban Growth Management Strategy.
National Broadband Network
The Australian Government is currently investing in a rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). Victor Harbor has been included in Stage 1 on the rollout and will receive Fibre-To-The-Premise (FTTP) connections. As one of Australia’s first regional cities to receive the NBN with FTTP connectivity, Victor Harbor is well placed to leverage a ‘first mover’ advantage and embrace digital into the local economy.
The NBN is Australia’s new network for fixed line phone and internet services. The aim of NBN Co is to provide access to fast, reliable and affordable services from a range of providers. This new service is being delivered to Victor Harbor through a combination of FTTP and fixed wireless network capabilities. The faster FTTP connections provide the immediate capacity necessary to overcome current reliability issues reported by businesses as well as support future high bandwidth services.
In the ‘Digital Opportunities for the State’ paper we demonstrated that economic growth and technology are intrinsically linked. The Federal Government envisions that access to the NBN will drive growth in the nation’s digital economy. Through access to the NBN and mature use of digital capabilities the NBN will open up access to new markets, create opportunities for businesses and organisations to reduce the cost of doing business and provide opportunity for businesses to reach a wider audience, create greater revenue and drive employment up.
Businesses in the Victor Harbor region will have access to the NBN ahead of most of Australia and as a result have ‘a first mover’ advantage.
Victor Harbor Digital Economy Strategy
To support business in Victor Harbor capitalise on this new infrastructure the City of Victor Harbor engaged Deloitte Digital and Deloitte Access Economics to prepare a Digital Economy Strategy.
The strategy provides context in terms of the opportunities that exist for business, while providing insight into current levels of business engagement in the online space. The new network will increase current business capacity while there will be a need for education and training that builds business capabilities.
The strategy outlines three key recommendations that will guide actions undertaken by the Council:
Recommendation 1—Increase level of Digital sophistication in region
Recommendation 2—Council needs to be an exemplar
Recommendation 3—Awareness campaign linked to the rollout of the NBN
In 2009 the City of Victor Harbor established the Community Purchase of Renewable Energy Program (C-PREP 1). The objective of the program was to connect residents with a reputable supplier/installer of affordable home solar energy systems so that they may take advantage of government subsidies and feed-in tariffs that were then available. Zen Energy successfully tendered to be our program partner.
Over 700 residents across the Fleurieu Peninsula signed on for the program while many others independently sought their own solar energy systems. Today over 40% of Victor Harbor residential properties have solar.
In 2011/12 the LGA replicated the program with great success and some 35 Councils across the State signed up on behalf of their communities.
Council has also been active in pursuing solar solutions for public spaces. In 2012 we installed a hybrid street light (wind and solar) which has battery storage and potential to be used to power gophers. This was achieved with funding through the LGA.
Other initiatives have included installation of 37 solar bollard lights along the Victor Harbor Esplanade and a commitment to progressively convert the Council civic centre to solar when funding can be secured.
In 2013 Council rolled out our second renewable energy program (C-PREP 2) to extend the solar purchasing opportunity to businesses and industry. During the 12 month program, 12 groups took advantage of the solar packages offered by Solar Depot. The renewable energy program was supported by neighbouring councils of Alexandrina and Yankalilla.
Our efforts in this area has brought positive recognition for our Council. In 2012 we were the overall winner of the KESAB Sustainable Communities Award. In 2013 we went on to become the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Sustainable Community Award winner. Further, due to pledges made by residents during earth hour this year to install solar panels, we won a solar system which has now been installed on one of our community meeting buildings.