Thursday, 22 March 2012 19:21

Tier5 supportive of S.A. government initiative


Australian data centre company, Tier5, which in 2010 became the first commercial tenant at the former Mitsubishi site at Tonsley Park in Adelaide, has welcomed the South Australian Government's master plan for the precinct which the government has slated for development as a hub for innovative companies in advanced manufacturing and sustainable technologies along with education, training and research.

In late 2010, Tier5 unveiled an innovative green data centre at Tonsley Park that offers a 21st century nervous system for the 61-hectare site, which was vacated by Mitsubishi in 2008.

Tier5 CEO, Peter Wildy said the Tonsley Park master plan was a welcome step towards reviving the area. 'We are fully supportive and we can now move forward.'

Wildy said Tier5 had already established its pilot data centre capacity on the site, which would be substantially enhanced before the end of this financial year. 'Based on current interest, we expect to further enhance that capacity early in 2013. The release of the Master Plan will also help Tier5 as we actively pursue options to link with other tenants in the future, including initiatives around power and energy sharing or recycling.'

The South Australian Government has said the redevelopment of Tonsley Park will create a 'vibrant and integrated precinct' that will expand the industrial and economic base of southern Adelaide and the State. Around 6300 jobs are forecast for the site over the life of the project as well as attracting around $1 billion in private sector investment through land sales and physical development on site.

And, the government says the redevelopment will lay the groundwork for establishing a reputation for excellence, through modelling best practice sustainable urban design and exemplifying climate-smart practices in the way industry, educators, and the community interact with this site.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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