Tonsley Innovation District is the perfect location for Australia’s dedicated circular economy conference.

Tonsley | Adelaide | South Australia


An outstanding example of industrial reuse, the district is an evolving project that brings organisations together to collaborate in a stunning environment fashioned from a former car manufacturing plant.

The conference will provide plenty of opportunities to explore this stunning site, from award-winning architecture, to startup incubators, higher education and research showcase, and the world class Drill Core Reference Library, which holds geological samples from over 130 years of exploration in South Australia. Sign up to make sure you have the first chance to put your name down for some exciting tours.

Just 20 minutes out of Adelaide’s CBD (with easy access by metro, taxi and car) Tonsley is an evolving district in South Australia, with links across the world.

With a Mediterranean climate, South Australia is a state in southern central Australia. Home to world class wine regions the Barossa and the McLaren Vale and declared Lonely Planet’s 5th best region to visit in 2017, it’s a gem with charms for the most jaded of travellers. For sports lovers Adelaide Oval reflects test cricket history, beach lovers can explore the state’s 3800kms of coastline, it’s a hub for food and wine experiences, and known for huge arts festivals that take over the entire town.

Beyond its distinctive tourist appeal, South Australia is kicking goals in the circular economy space. The first to produce a report on the value of a the circular economy to the state (May 2017), South Australia is building on a history of managing waste and resource recovery since the 70s, when it was the first state to introduce a container deposit scheme, imposing a deposit on the retail price of beverages, which is refunded when the container is returned to a collection point (1975). More recently South Australia was the first state to introduce a single use plastic bag ban (2009).

Greenhouse gas emissions have decreased to below 1990 levels whilst the State’s economy has grown by more than 60%, and nearly 40% of South Australia’s energy is generated from renewable wind and solar energy. Meanwhile, South Australia’s capital Adelaide is working hard to become the world’s first carbon neutral city.

In innovation circles, size matters. Some say that South Australia is the perfect size to be a hotbed for innovative approaches. Small enough to experiment, big enough to get to scale. A corner of Australia that punches above its weight. Join us at Powering the change to find out for yourself