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The Aquiba is coming -- and it could have a
significant impact on how water restric-
tions are applied and enforced. It's an
intelligent water meter and the companies
which developed the Aquiba will be pitching
its capabilities to Australian water utilities
in November. Touted as "more than just
a standard measuring device which tells
the water company how much to charge",
the Aquiba meter has the capacity to tell
water companies how much water you use
and when you use it. Armed with radio-
controlled alert systems, it can advise the
company if you turn the water on outside
of restricted hours. It can also provide
accurate time-stamping of all consumption
and comprehensive data-logging backed
up by data retrieval by radio or optical port.
The population and immigration debates
were put aside at the Restaurant and
Catering Awards on Monday night when
well-known immigrants were recognised
for their contribution to the industry and
the community. Pizza king Andy Parisi of
La Trattoria fame received the Individual
Hall of Fame award and Pomi Sandhu and
Amrik Sing (Tandoori Oven and Jasmin
Restaurant) were given the Lifetime
Achiever Prize. Andy's emotional speech
thanking his migrant father brought out
the tissues among the 1100 guests at the
Adelaide Convention Centre.
Holden spokeswoman Andrea Matthews is
a dedicated Twitter fan and one of the few
Twitterers who has anything interesting to
say. We especially loved this observation
from Andrea earlier this week: "You know
you work for a car company when you don't
mind that your car gets more compliments
than you do."
Yet another analyst's report has hitched
our economic future to the "potentially
huge" expansion of Olympic Dam. Access
Economic's quarterly business outlook
again focused on the yet-to-be-approved
project and ignored the state's main
economic driver, the rural sector. "Although
SA's resource potential is indeed tremen-
dous, it remains 'potential' rather than
actual ... despite the welcome exclusion
of Olympic Dam from the new mining tax,
there is still no certainty that the expan-
sion will go ahead," the report stated. A
year ago Access claimed the state had too
many eggs in too few baskets. They might
want to look further afield and find the
Direct air services from
Adelaide to Vietnam and
China have been proposed
by Vietnam Airlines and China
Southern in talks with govern-
ment and aviation officials.
A trial of the service has been
planned for later this year.
Representatives of the airline
are discussing the prospects as air
traffic growth resumes after the
global financial crisis.
The airport owner, Adelaide
Airport Ltd (AAL), is continuing
talks with other potential candi-
dates, including two Middle East
airlines -- Emirates and Etihad.
Also on its "wish-list" is the
introduction of direct overseas
fights by Qantas low-cost sub-
sidiary Jetstar, which says it is
"interested in future international
operations out of Adelaide".
However, any introduction of
Jetstar services into Asia will have
to await the arrival of two more
Airbus A330 aircraft next year.
Adelaide Airport s status as
a regional gateway -- allowing
unlimited overseas access -- and a
partnership with the SA Tourism
Commission are important sales
tools in the bid to attract more
airlines to South Australia.
Its best prospects for Asia lie
with carriers China Southern and
AAL s managing director, Phil
Baker, says negotiations are being
held with the travel industry to
generate enough passengers for
two trial return charters between
Adelaide and Vietnam later this
year, to gauge demand for a direct
A similar approach will be
adopted with China Southern,
in conjunction with the SA
Tourism Commission and the
state s Department of Trade and
Representatives of the Chinese
airline attended the recent Routes
Asia regional conference in
Adelaide and expressed interest
in starting a service between
Adelaide and its Guangzhou base
Adelaide Airport has under-
taken route development studies
for overseas airlines, to demon-
strate the market opportunities,
and in China Southern s case,
the strong trade, education and
tourism links underpinned the
potential for direct services, Mr
Similarly, growing Vietnamese
trade and travel in both directions
could support direct services.
Mr Baker said that, on a
population basis, Adelaide was
under-serviced by international
airlines, compared with the major
gateways of Sydney, Melbourne,
Brisbane and Perth.
Adelaide Airport s best
bargaining tool is its status as a
secondary airport which, under
last December s Aviation White
Paper, makes it much easier for
overseas airlines to gain traffic
They could fly into Adelaide "as
often as they like," Mr Baker said.
However, he admitted, most
preferred to serve the four major
Apart from seeking to lure
China Southern and Vietnam
Airlines to Adelaide, the airport s
management has discussed
prospects for a direct service to
Christchurch, to complement the
present Air New Zealand flights
between Adelaide and Auckland
five times a week and airport
management would like to open
direct services to Thailand.
A potential operator on that
route is Jetstar. The airline s head
of public affairs, Simon Westaway,
said Jetstar remained open to the
prospect of overseas services from
Adelaide, using an A330.
"It would require a partnership
with Adelaide Airport and
Tourism SA, he said.
With the present A330 fleet fully
committed, a decision on any
Adelaide overseas services was
"still some way away", he added.
Jetstar is taking delivery
of its eighth and ninth A330s
this year, which will be used
for Melbourne-Singapore and
Singapore-Auckland services from
December, with two more due from
Airbus Industries during 2011.
At present, Cathay Pacific
and Singapore Airlines operate
daily services through Adelaide,
while Malaysia Airlines has four
return services a week from Kuala
Lumpur and Air New Zealand
operates Adelaide-Auckland five
times a week.
Qantas has only three interna-
tional services weekly through
Adelaide, to Singapore and on to
Europe, and Virgin s Pacific Blue
flies to Denpasar in Bali, also three
times a week.
Adelaide Airport came close to
securing services by Emirates,
but the GFC intervened. Talks
continue with the Dubai-based
airline and have been extended to
Gulf rivals Etihad and Qatar.
The airport s wish-list extends
to North America, and talks are
likely to be held with US airlines in
August. "We haven t pushed very
hard in the US in the past," Mr
Baker said, but there was potential
for trans-Pacific flights to add an
Adelaide leg to the major east coast
Meanwhile, domestic traffic
through Adelaide is growing
again and passenger numbers for
the 2009-2010 financial year are
expected to top six million for the
first time, with AAL forecasting
further growth this financial year.
Helping the process is Tiger s
decision to base a third A320 in
Adelaide, and Jetstar s steady
expansion of its domestic services
"The Adelaide market is
performing well for us," Mr
China, Vietnam loom
as new destinations
Jetstar is happy with the local market and wants to expand its overseas flight schedule out of Adelaide.
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