Creative Albany is pleased to announce their Design and Innovation Great Southern (D!GS) program has officially changed its name to Fathom Co.
FathomCo’s mission remains to support and build a sustainable and strong culture of innovation, creativity and collaboration throughout the Great Southern.
“Our job is to create a network to support creativity and innovation in the region,” says FathomCo coordinator Leon Delpech. “We are a hub for innovation, creativity and collaboration and believe that collectively we can bring ideas to life.”
Leon said the name change was designed to better describe the desire for people’s ideas to be understood and said the Great Southern was perfectly placed to bring people together and encourage them to share their innovative ideas.
“We want to support, encourage and showcase local talent. People of all ages are doing interesting things throughout the region and we want to be able to connect them, especially because you never know where your next collaboration might come from.”
Through various events and offerings of space, Fathom Co creates the opportunity to explore innovation, creativity and collaboration with a like-minded and supportive community.
The name change is part of the culmination of The Week of Fathom which hosted events designed to fire the imagination, kick-start creativity and propel innovation.
“This is also a great opportunity to thank everyone who has helped get the group this far,” says Leon. “Heartfelt thanks to Creative Albany, importantly the Committee and Members, especially those who tirelessly volunteer, the Executive Committee of Fathom Co, Great Southern Development Commission and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Regional Development Great Southern, Albany Enterprise Group Inc. and the Great Southern local governments for being supportive throughout our journey.
“Finally, thanks to the community supporters who have attended events and shared their enthusiasm and ideas.”
FathomCo events will continue throughout the year with another night of Albany Soup in November and Shipwrecked in December plus the continued fortnightly GSlink and monthly evening and breakfast events.
If you’d like to volunteer, register to become a member or join our mailing list, go to:
Past D!gs Network Presentations:
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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Introducing Fathom Co. Coordinator:
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.