Lainie Anderson: To all small businesses in SA having a go despite tough times, take a bow!

It’s only natural that South Aussies crave big cures such as a $50 billion submarine build.

(Article by Lainie Anderson, republished from

The highest unemployment in the nation and the imminent demise of car manufacturing will do that to a state.

But good things come in small packages, too, and collaboration and clever thinking are not confined to the heavy hitters.

Three separate stories made me excited during the week about the future of SA – not on any epic scale, but small signs of company “can-do” and a government that is, indeed, agile.

Silver Fleece is a Kilkenny-based woollen mill that’s been manufacturing Test jumpers for the Australian cricket team for 40 years. Who knew?

With 18 full-time staff and an annual turnover of up to $3 million, the company also supplies Aussie schools and the RAA, which ran a uniform design competition with TAFE students in 2012 and awarded the knitwear contract to Silver Fleece.

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