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Eastside Startup Series helps start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs stay ahead of the pack


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is partnering with LeapSheep to host a series of events to assist local start-ups, entrepreneurs and small to medium enterprises navigate the grounds of starting and growing a business.

The Eastside Startup Series will take place over four events, starting in April 2019. This year, the series will focus on the impact that new technologies have on different industries covering key trends in the energy, property, real estate and construction, education and legal sectors.

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said, “The Eastside Startup Series is about giving local businesses insights into emerging trends and disruptions that are likely to impact on their business.

“The Council is delighted to be partnering with so many business experts who are willing to share their expertise and experience with business owners who want to stay ahead of the curve.”

The Council is running the events in collaboration with LeapSheep, a pioneering organisation that focuses on empowering business builders to develop hyper-growth scale business models.

CEO of LeapSheep and business start-up expert, Kirk Drage, will host the series. Kirk, who has held international leadership roles in Fortune 500 Silicon Valley start-ups and facilitated development of businesses in over 20 countries, said: “Our industries and careers are now transforming so quickly we’re no longer certain what jobs we’re educating our kids for, presenting both a challenge and an opportunity. I believe there are few better ways to prepare yourself or your business, than to look to the world of start-ups who are wholly dedicated to building future companies and jobs.

“LeapSheep is thrilled to be partnering with the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters to share our extensive networks and experience in building start-ups with the local community to inform, inspire and educate.”

Commencing on 30 April, the Eastside Startup Series will be held at Brick + Mortar Creative and will cover:

Towards a Clean Energy Future
Tuesday 30 April, 6pm – 8.30pm

PropTech’s Potential
Tuesday 25 June, 6pm – 8.30pm

The Education Movement
Tuesday 6 August, 6pm – 8.30pm

Legal Leading the Way
Tuesday 29 October, 6pm – 8.30pm

The Eastside Startup Series is just one of the initiatives the Council provides to support economic development and employment growth in the City.

Following the success of last year’s events, Raising the Bar, a global award winning series of talks that takes place in major cities across the world including New York, Sydney and Hong Kong, will be returning in August, and the inaugural Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship event will be held in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters later this year. The Council also runs a series of workshops and networking events for existing businesses on The Parade, to support their growth and development.

Tickets to the Eastside Startup Series cost $30 per person per event, or $100 to attend the full series. For more information, visit or follow @cityofnpsp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or

Hard work pays off for the winners of the Eastside Business Awards


Eleven local businesses were recognised for excellence in 12 different categories at the Eastside Business Awards announced at St Peters Town Hall on Tuesday 9 April 2019. 

Over 170 businesses across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters were nominated for an award, well exceeding last year’s total number of nominations. A public vote whittled down the nominated businesses to 50 finalists. The winners were then decided by a panel of judges.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “The Council congratulates all of the businesses who received an award this year, as well as the many other businesses that were nominated.

“The awards are an excellent way to celebrate the many local businesses we have in our City, as well as strengthen the partnership between the Council and the local business community.

“I know that many of last year’s award winners have enjoyed an increase in their profile and exposure as a result of these awards,” said Mayor Bria.

The total number of award categories went up to 12 this year, with the addition of two new categories. The Best Emerging/Startup Business category was added in a nod to the growing success rate for new business in the City, and Best Entertainment Venue category was also added.

The Hall of Fame category was this year reserved for businesses operating for over 20 years and was won by Outdoors on Parade. Owner, Annie Lovejoy, said: “It’s incredibly exciting, we all absolutely adore Norwood and love being part of the area and this just reaffirms that for us. The awards are fantastic and bring the whole neighbourhood together, everyone is excited for everyone else and it’s just wonderful.”

The Hall of Fame award was presented to Outdoors on Parade by Phil Sims, CEO of last year’s Hall of Fame winner, Robern Menz.

Two businesses won awards for the second year running: Little Bang Brewery won the Best Pub/Bar category for the second year in a row, as well as taking home the award for Best Food & Beverage Manufacturer. Chile Mojo, which stocks Australia’s largest hot sauce selection amongst other Latin-American larder staples, was judged as the Best Independent Retailer for the second year running.

The ceremony was attended by over 50 businesses from across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and was truly a celebration of businesses in the east, with catering by Kent Town business, Rustic Gourmet, flowers by Little Love Co Florist of Stepney and gelato provided by popular Magill business, 48 Flavours.

The businesses that have been crowned ‘best in the east’ for 2019 are:

Hall of Fame (businesses that have been running for over 20 years)
Outdoors on Parade
51 The Parade, Norwood

Best Customer Experience
Roaming Zen
443 Magill Rd, St Morris

Best Independent Retailer
Chile Mojo
395 Magill Rd, St Morris

Best Emerging/Startup Business
Fruitful Homes

Best Hair & Beauty
ORBE Hair & Beauty
174 The Parade, Norwood

Best Fashion Retailer
1/205 The Parade, Norwood

Best Food & Beverage Manufacturer
Little Bang Brewing Company
25 Henry St, Stepney

Best Café
The Lab Food + Coffee
313 Payneham Rd, Royston Park

Best Coffee
Brick & Mortar Creative
49 George St, Norwood

Best Restaurant
360 Gradi
405 Magill Rd, St Morris

Best Pub/Bar
Little Bang Brewing Company
25 Henry St, Stepney

Best Entertainment Venue
The Odeon Theatre
57a Queen St, Norwood

The Eastside Business Awards is an annual awards ceremony for businesses in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters. The awards are run by the Council in partnership with Messenger newspapers to recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses in Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or

Symphony in the City Norwood Payneham & St Peters


The final concert in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ event series, Concerts in the Park, is taking place this Saturday in Richards Park, Norwood.

Symphony in the Park will feature music performed by Fusion Pops Orchestra, a 40 piece orchestra and 12 voices, who will play a number of popular hits from the 70s and beyond.

The event, which will be held from 4pm – 8pm, will allow guests to enjoy the music outdoors as the sun sets. Refreshments will be available to purchase from food vendors at the event, and guests are welcome to bring a picnic.

Symphony in the Park takes place at Richards Park, Norwood from 4pm – 8pm on Saturday 13 April.

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or

Council endorses traffic management changes in Stepney, Maylands and Evandale, including a 40kph speed limit


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has endorsed a proposal to reduce the speed limit in the Stepney, Maylands and Evandale area.

The reduced speed limit is proposed to be introduced in the suburban area between Portrush Road, Payneham Road and Magill Road (not inclusive of arterial roads). The proposal was endorsed by Council at its meeting held on Monday 1 April 2019, and comes following an in-depth traffic management study to identify the key issues on the area’s roads.

The study, which was designed by the Council and carried out by Tonkin Consulting, used a number of research methods to identify suitable recommendations for the area, including the results from 85 separate traffic speed and volume counts together with community consultation. The results of a survey that was sent to each property owner in the area indicated that speed and volume of traffic were residents’ main concern and 68 per cent of 340 respondents were in favour of a 40kph speed limit.

The Council will spend $133,000 on implementing the recommendations of the study, and will also work with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to address the capacity of the arterial road network in the study area.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “The safety and well-being of residents is of paramount importance to the Council. The measures that will be introduced are in response to the many and varied issues raised by residents in different parts of the study area during the two rounds of consultation. The intent is to improve safety for all road users through better signage, line marking and the introduction of a 40kph speed limit.”

The Council will now lodge a submission with the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government for the introduction of the 40kph speed limit.

The full report can be viewed as part of the Monday 1 April 2019 Council Agenda at or by contacting the Council on 08 8366 4555

Media enquiries: Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or


Enjoy a day of family fun at St Peters Fair


On Saturday 30 March, Linde Reserve, Stepney will become a hive of activity from 11am – 3pm at this year’s St Peters Fair.

The free event will feature activities and entertainment for all the family, including live music, markets and delicious food and beverages.

Children can have hours of fun exploring the fair’s activities, which include a petting zoo, rides, henna and face painting and a day of performances from children’s entertainers: the much-loved Mr. Oopy, Kidding Around with Bethany Fisher and Cool 4 Kids: Amazing Animal Adventures.

Children (and their parents!) can get creative in the craft tent and have a go at making mandalas, paper insects and painting wooden animal shapes.

Visitors can also pick up a unique gift at one of the fair’s many market stalls, which will be selling artisan goods, homewares and jewellery.

Food and snacks are available onsite from trucks offering a range of delicious food for different tastes.

Mayor of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Robert Bria, said: “St Peters Fair is a great opportunity for the local community to come together at Linde Reserve and enjoy live music, entertainment and local produce.”

St Peters Fair takes place on Saturday 30 March from 11am – 3pm at Linde Reserve, Stepney. It is a free, family friendly event. No tickets are necessary. For more information, please visit

Please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077 or