Dr Tash Ayers is an accomplished scientist with extensive experience in plant biology, agriculture and innovation - and is back in the region to introduce the Great Southern CONNECT Hub that will be running in the region. The new Hub will bring together entrepreneurs and innovative businesses from across the Great Southern region to incubate new ideas and business models, foster new collaborations, and access expertise and resources to fast track their business’s growth.
The 6-month programme will kick off with a two-day business boot camp, includes free access to a co-working space, expert training and mentoring, and an opportunity to participate in pitch events with prizes.
Pak Sak ~ Ante Perak
Ante is the owner of a little IGA in Denmark, in this business for almost 8 years, his focus is on fresh quality foods, with an emphasis on supporting local producers.
He sources spray free and Organic Fruit and Veg when available, also sourcing special request for all types of groceries and goods for customers.
He and partner Maryann implemented a no more single plastic bag use policy back in June 2017. He is committed to Community and sustainability and together with the Borrow a bag System headed by Karen Anderson and the wonderful team of ladies they have made it a huge success. They have changed many work practices and have introduced de-compostable bags in their fruit and veg area. Continuing form this philosophy the Pak Sak was born. Ante and Maryann have a holistic approach to business and have a passion for assisting and improving on any areas they can.
Running the supermarket, he found that the plastic wrap to secure goods to pallets created 18kg of soft plastic a week had to be shipped to Victoria for recycling. Ante wondered how can he create this much plastic when he was so committed to sustainability. His solution, the Pak Sak is a reusable replacement to the normal plastic wrapping on pallets. After testing the Pak Sak at his supermarket for some months with success, he wants the world to know more about
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the interesting story about the local inventION of waxiwraps
Just twelve months ago I was spending many hours in my kitchen playing around with raw materials, trying to work out what elements would be needed to create a self adhesive, reusable, washable, fabric food wrap that had pliability, was waterproof and had longevity (at the time I was working in TAFE admin and making cakes at the Alkaline Cafe). I knew that Western Australia had a good reservoir of pure, chemical free beeswax and that this byproduct could be used in an upcycled product that could help everyday householders reduce their use of cling wrap. This is the one focus of Waxiwraps: to "look after the earth one household at a time" with the specific task of providing food wraps in various sizes to the market.
One night, when my two teenage sons asked her if the kitchen would ever be used to cook food again, MJ moved the experimental phase out into the back shed and Waxiwraps began to take shape. Additionally my eldest son Jason came to stay and became an active member of the Waxiwraps development team. The blend ratios were tested and finally satisfied, fabric sourced and bulk suppliers of raw materials established, and Waxiwraps was off and running, launching at the Albany Boatshed markets in August 2016. Through August - December we established ourselves with sales at the Boatshed and kept tweaking the finer details such as creating descriptive labelling, how best to package our product and we began visiting markets such as the Denmark markets later in the year.
Nine months later and we are working on our systems and thinking about how to best market our product. Jason is working on designing a machine to automate our dipping process and is working with Albany Engineering to build a prototype. We sell in 3 areas: online (via our Etsy store), face to face markets (this is great for consumers as they can see and feel the product and choose the style and colours they like), and wholesale to shops (we currently have 9 stores stocking our product). We have increased our production levels and travelled to several markets in Perth and surrounding areas in the past 9 months, continually bringing our product to the live market and obtaining feedback. Our Etsy online store is performing very well, with orders now rolling in from all around Australia and recently we sent a package to VErona, Italy.
AN EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE INNOVATION AT THE NATIONAL ANZAC CENTRE
THE NATIONAL ANZAC CENTRE (NAC) WAS VOTED AUSTRALIA'S BEST MUSEUM IN THE TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 AND WAS WINNER OF BEST HERITAGE TOURISM PROJECT AT THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE AWARDS 2015.
DESIGNED BY THE GIBSON GROUP (NZ) AND MENTAL MEDIA (NSW) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WA MUSEUM AND THE CITY OF ALBANY, THE NAC HOUSES A NUMBER OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES WHICH ENGROSS VISITORS AND HELP PRESENT AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION IN AN ENGAGING AND ACCESSIBLE WAY.
A RANGE OF UNIQUE INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES WERE DEVELOPED FOR THE NAC WHICH ALLOW VISITORS TO FOLLOW INDIVIDUAL STORIES AND LEAVE TRIBUTES. IN AN ERA OF SMARTPHONES, INSTANT MESSAGING AND TOUCH SCREENS, THIS DIGS PRESENTATION PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW NEW TECHNOLOGY IS ENRICHING MUSEUM AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS.