The model for achieving the Tonsley vision is based around a triple helix partnership among government, university and industry. This model incorporates the development of high amenity, mixed-use urban development (physical assets), populated with anchor businesses as well as research and training institutions (economic assets) in an environment that supports entrepreneurial activity and a culture of innovation (networking assets) to create this unique innovation district.
Tonsley Innovation District attracts companies seeking to develop, launch and test innovative new mining technologies in addition to automation, software and simulation technologies. The South Australia Drill Core Reference Library is based at Tonsley. Not located on the Tonsley site, but in the broader region, BHP Billiton, BP, OZ Minerals, and Santos are just some of the many mining and energy companies with a strong presence in the region, and other key industry sectors such as manufacturing, defence, energy, health, building and construction are also represented.
Tonsley aims to link major mining and energy project development with local companies and capabilities. The district includes education facilities focused on skills and training, as well as companies who service the mining sector. 1