Economic Development in West Torrens

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Economic Development Overview
Local Businesses
City snapshot
Culture and workforce
Our vision and values

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Please contact Adriana Christopoulos ph:8416 6227

A diverse city

The City of West Torrens is diverse, unique and multi‑cultural. Many international and local businesses call our council home, including Coca Cola, Pfizer, Adelaide Airport, West End Brewery, Vili’s, Haigh’s Chocolates and Rossi Boots. Our city prides itself on community, development, sustainability, transport, strong business partnerships and working relationships.

The precinct has easy access to

  • Adelaide Airport
  • Kooyonga, Glenelg and Adelaide Shores Golf Courses
  • Harbour Town Shopping Centre
  • City Mazda Stadium
  • Adelaide Airport Stadium
  • ETSA Netball Stadium
  • SANTOS Athletic Stadium
  • Australian National Rail Terminal, Kewsick

What is the nbn™ network?

The nbn™ network is Australia’s new landline phone and internet network. It’s designed to provide you with access to all the benefits of fast and reliable internet services, wherever you live.

Is your business ready for the nbn network?

To help prepare you for the switch use the handy checklist prepared to tick off important items, determine which services and equipment may be affected and find out what you need to do next.



More than 58,500 people reside in the City of West Torrens and the number of new residential developments is increasing annually. Data released at the latest Australian Census shows that more than 53% of residents living in West Torrens have been here for a minimum of five years, with almost 18% having moved from another part of South Australia. The West Torrens community prides itself on diversity and has a vibrant mix of nationalities. More than 23% originate from countries where English is not their first language, predominantly India, Greece, China and Italy. The city is home to a number of large shopping precincts including Harbour Town, IKEA, the Mile End Homemaker Centre and the newly opened Brickworks Marketplace complex. These shopping precincts are home to myriad local and international businesses that keep the local economy flourishing. In 2015 retail investors successfully completed the $65 million redevelopment of the popular Brickworks Marketplace.

Our city is recognised as the gateway to the Adelaide Central Business District offering a valuable destination for tourists and increasing opportunities for investment. New business and employment opportunities are abundant due to our innovative business collaborations and positive investment environment. International pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has just announced investment in their production base at Thebarton. When the $21 million expansion is completed, the facility will become the national hub for producing a drug used to reduce infections in cancer patients.

The city has a culture of working with community groups and businesses alike.


The City of West Torrens has a long history of active and effective involvement in economic development which has had a strong business development focus. The city has a culture of working with community groups and businesses alike.

We have provided and attracted resourcing for:

  • Sporting and community groups
  • Small business support and networks
  • Investment and infrastructure development In addition, the City of West Torrens has been effective in securing infrastructure projects for the benefit of the region including:
  • Upgrades to rail and road infrastructure
  • Commencement of the national roll-out of the high speed national broadband network in the council area to ensure the economic and social future of the region is secure.
  • Council has an excellent record in environmental stewardship and collaborative partnerships with other organisations through its Brown Hill and Keswick Creek Flood Mitigation Project.

Our workforce

At the last Census, the City of West Torrens had a resident workforce of 28,155 people. At the last Census, the largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the City of West Torrens included a growth trend in the following sectors: › Health Care and Social Assistance › Public Administration and Safety › Construction › Transport, Postal and Warehousing

workforce2 Predominant Employment

13.5% Health Care and Social Assistance

11.1% Retail

8.3% Manufacturing

7.8% Education and Training

7.8% Accommodation and Food Services

7.8% Public administration and safety

7.1% Professional, scientific and technical Services

6.7% Construction

4.9% Transport Postal and Warehousing

Our vision is to foster the development of an inclusive city; one that recognises the value of all people, celebrates their diversity and treats them with respect and dignity. We will work in partnerships with community, business and government sectors to provide a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, one that balances social, cultural, heritage, environmental and economic factors. Our mission is to build an economy that is diverse, adaptable, built on innovation and provides our communities the opportunity for employment within our city.

Our values

  • pianoA community that embraces diversity
  • Healthy and learning communities
  • An engaged community
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Reduction of our ecological footprint
  • A well designed built environment
  • Effective storm water infrastructure
  • An interconnected transport system
  • A thriving business environment
  • A vibrant city
  • Sustainable population growth
  • Sustainable financial management
  • Strong partnerships and working relationships