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  • Comprehensive Logistics Services | Business In Focus Magazine
    to do this The area of heavy haulage project cargo moving and machinery removal or installation is a market where clients are particularly concerned about a quality operator to ensure that nothing is damaged It is imperative to have a company that is going to do the job safely because the goods are high value and are often critical to production lines or other important processes The company dominates this market in Melbourne and Victoria The company s other area of specialisation is what is known as wharf cartage which is moving import or export shipping containers in and out of the port With project cargos and heavy machinery the company is a dominant player within the industry and competition is limited to a smaller number of specialised operators In wharf cartage however competition is fierce within a large market with a host of different operators That s a much more price sensitive market because you re talking about a container Vincent explains It s just a box that is much easier to handle We don t need the same amount of expertise or specialised equipment He emphasises that In order to be successful you need to be reliable and have very strong IT systems You also need to be very cost competitive We are able to be cost competitive because we have a prime location within the wharf precinct Indeed there is less competition in the heavy haulage market due to the high barriers for entry One does need a great deal of specialised equipment expertise and a strategic location all of which the company certainly has Since we last spoke with the company it has continued to expand in its core business areas and has also continued further expansion of land holdings We have a prime location in the port precinct in Melbourne which really gives us a strong competitive advantage and we have been able to expand and consolidate our land holdings out of the area that we occupy within that port precinct Aside from heavy haulage and wharf cartage L Arthur offers a large range of quarantine services Any goods being imported to Australia are subject to quarantine restrictions which may require certain treatments to be undertaken on the goods We offer probably the largest quarantine approved facility in Australia Some of the treatments we would undertake are in the area of fumigation and we have the inspection of goods by Australian quarantine inspectors We have a number of them on site says Vincent There is also steam cleaning equipment so any second hand machinery equipment that is imported to Australia is usually cleaned and a lot of that work would take place on our premises The company has been involved in quarantine services for over twenty years In the past it has had to alert quarantine authorities to infestations of Giant African snails which have the potential to cause significant damage to the agricultural community and carry disease The company has also been at the

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  • A Compassionate Approach | Business In Focus Magazine
    success of the entire business rests on matching the right carers with the right clients For example we have a lot of male carers and sometimes they re requested over the female ones remarks Ms Blake That s a question we always ask Would you like a male or female carer When taking on a new client Kinder Caring always sends out a Registered Nurse to conduct an assessment to determine the needs of the person You can always get a much better idea of the people if you go out to meet them and they develop much more confidence in you That s why we always like to use experienced Registered Nurses More often than not these people have experience working in nursing homes and other aged care settings It is a challenge for Kinder Caring to compete with fly by night operations on price alone They haven t got the overheads that we have because they don t have the big offices and can undercut us explains Ms Blake They can accept payment in cash We have to compete against these sorts of people who are not regulated don t have the overheads and can charge what they want They never come under anybody s eye really they can do what they want Quality care does not come cheap particularly in situations where 24 hour care is required but Kinder Caring strives to make it more affordable for families People might be able to get an Aged Care Package if they re lucky although there s always a waiting list for that and then we ll subsidise or substitute it To make it cheaper we try with our 24 hour clients to have a live in carer who does eight hours of active work but has to stay on the premises for twelve A lot of elderly or sick people don t really require more than eight hours work so long as you re there to keep them safe The home care industry is changing all the time and OH S is a key issue Workers compensation claims have put a strain on Kinder Caring in the past and Ms Blake emphasises that a client s home must be safe for both the client and the carer We haven t had many claims but the claims that we ve had have been big claims she explains I think that the rules around workers compensation need to be reviewed because carers can get away with anything The case managers are changing all the time you re always speaking to a different case manager The other problem that we have now is dealing with all the Fair Work orders Many carers are now signing up with up to four different agencies because they cannot work back to back shifts with one agency anymore Dealing with inexperienced competitors compensation claims and Fair Work orders aside finding the best possible people to send into clients homes is still the most challenging and

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  • Welcome Home | Business In Focus Magazine
    fire systems We went for the top end because it gives us peace of mind If anything happens we know we have done absolutely everything technologically possible And I think it gives peace of mind to the relatives to know that their family member is in a building that has the best technology Pulling out all the stops has a price of course Financially it was very painful Mr Doropoulos shares But residents wellbeing as well as the long term future of the company must come first he explains It wasn t about making a quick buck It was about building something that will be lasting and viable Families are thrilled with the results and are visiting the new facility far more often than the old one Weekdays bring about 50 visitors a day while more than 100 people flood into the building on Saturdays and Sundays This increase in visitors is clear evidence of success Mr Doropoulos points out People tell us that it is like a family outing it s not clinical there isn t a hospital feeling They are comfortable bringing their children We have achieved that feeling of a home Goondee Aged Care is a family affair Mr Doropoulos shares Managing Director responsibilities with Peter Raskopoulas whose parents founded the company shares the of running the business Mr Doropoulos son in law Matt Mearns is Director of Business Development and Raskopoulas daughter also holds a management position The entire family takes an active role in day to day operations with the original founder still regularly checking in on the facility My father in law who is 85 years old still visits to see what s going on says Mr Doropoulos His guidelines are simple If he is not happy to be there nor is anyone else He is our quality control in a sense because he doesn t care about the money If anything is not good enough he tells us to fix it And we do what we have to do to work it out We work hard to come up with solutions The end goal is always to create an environment that makes you feel homely It s got to be a home That is Dad s bottom line The family welcomes honest communication which helps the facility run smoother and ensures efficiency The staff feel comfortable speaking to us they know they are speaking directly to the decision makers We aren t just names in an office We don t have that typical corporate culture We are very laid back As a result staff are able to present their concerns and suggestions and see results Goondee Aged Care employees have reacted positively to having their voice heard and not surprisingly many of them have stayed with the company long term This provides a level of expertise and experience that is crucial in a facility that specialises in caring for residents who have the most demanding needs This is not a technical term but

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  • A Family Tradition | Business In Focus Magazine
    all for the application process anymore she says of the system which was introduced three years ago It is constantly evolving in response to our needs and has quite sophisticated reporting technology which is what our clients want now how many bookings we ve got how many we have filled how many we have cancelled they want to know that level of detail and Colbrow Connect allows us to give them that As a brand Colbrow Healthcare represents all services under Colbrow These include Colbrow Nurses Critical Solutions for the hospital nurses Colbrow Immune providing immunisation nurses and Colbrow Homecare which provides specialist nursing and care services into the home Employing nurses with expert qualifications from a range of areas of nursing practice including general specialist mental health paediatrics and midwifery Colbrow Healthcare carries on its commitment to excellence in all areas and its dedication to the people of Melbourne and has grown to over 450 external staff and 19 permanent and part time full time staff in the office Colbrow is based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne but has a strong presence everywhere in the home care space including in the palliative care field We are building a name for ourselves being experts in the palliative care field comments Ms Widuckel Five Wishes Realising that people are living longer and that there is a strong need for all people to talk about end of life care more openly Colbrow recently developed Five Wishes www fivewishes com au Launched at the end of May in conjunction with National Palliative Care Week and the Don t Wait Until it s Too Late Initiative Five Wishes is an engaging booklet which address the issue of how we want to spend our final days Activated by Colbrow Healthcare the Don t Wait Until it s Too Late Initiative encourages a wider community dialogue inclusive of all ages relationships and backgrounds Helping to guide the reader through the process of recording her or his wishes the booklet enables Australians to identify not only their personal emotional and spiritual needs but their medical wishes if they are unable to speak for themselves The first booklet of its kind in the nation it is non partisan legally recognised and best of all ensures that men and women retain the power to decide exactly how they wish their loved ones to see them and how they wish to be loved at the end While it can be difficult to talk about death it is necessary to communicate final wishes before it is too late Too often we do not make these wishes clear to others which can make matters challenging for our loved ones and ourselves says the booklet Five Wishes promotes a dialogue ensures no one else makes important decisions for you and is a simple guide to stipulate your requests before entering the final stages of life It is all about making sure your wishes are known to your nearest and dearest they know

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  • Waterlogic | Business In Focus Magazine
    contact with the surface irreparably damaging them preventing reproduction and causing the germs to die Biocote protects surfaces from a range of microbes including MRSA E coli Salmonella Listeria and Pseudomonas as well as mould and fungal growth and it is used by manufacturers in a wide variety of applications The idea is ancient Garry points out that the Romans used silver to make cutlery because the metal has a natural anti microbial action and bacteria cannot grow on it Impregnating the plastic of the water cooler surfaces with the silver ions almost completely removes the possibility of cross contamination from hands or the nozzles of sports bottles for example We are the only company that has that level of protection The second patent concerns Firewall which is based on the known effects of ultraviolet radiation UV kills germs but with Firewall Waterlogic placed the UV lamp at the point of dispensing so the water is zapped just milliseconds before it hits the cup Independent lab tests suggest a degree of purification of the resultant drinking water within 0 00001 per cent of perfection Applying these improved techniques has transformed the water cooler says Garry into something altogether safer as well as more palatable and Waterlogic is the global leader Perhaps surprisingly the US where TV shows seem to suggest business life revolves around the water cooler is behind the curve here They are dependent to a very large extent on bottled water Not the one litre mineral water variety but the 20 litre or more big refillable bottle sometimes called carboy usually supplied on a regular replacement cycle Garry says these bring with them something of an environmental problem not the least of which is the transportation to and from the user In Australia during the last ten years consumers and businesses have been migrating to plumbed in water coolers because of the environmental benefits but also because they are a lot cheaper perhaps half the cost of bottled water So Waterlogic supplies a remarkably clean dispenser for what was essentially tap water But is this really necessary in today s Australia where the big water companies pride themselves on providing clean water through the pipe Garry concedes tap water is rarely deadly but he adds can you remember the environmental scare that preceded the Sydney Olympics The water in Sydney became polluted with pathogens and people had to boil their drinking water that was only ten years ago To an extent pure water is a luxury for some people and businesses in developed countries we rarely fall sick from drinking mains supply However there is considerable demand for the peace of mind that purified water brings not to mention the taste If you compare chilled filtered and unfiltered water there is a huge difference in the taste with the chlorine and so on removed He cites areas of Western Australia where water is often recycled and even mixed with bore water If you want it to taste good

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  • Waste 2 Resources | Business In Focus Magazine
    collects and treats waste in one of two ways first by sorting and separating the waste at the customer s location and then transporting the resulting plastic cardboard wood or other materials to a centre that specifically recycles that material Or Waste 2 Resources transports waste in bulk to its recycling centres where it is sorted and disposed of in similar fashion Paper and cardboard are sent for reprocessing into new paper products steel and other metals are recovered for subsequent use in smelters timber can be used as a power source or as mulch various plastics especially the PET usually used for soft drink bottles is reformed to chips and sent to manufacturers for reprocessing The centres also deal with quite a lot of concrete which is crushed for re use as road base as are bricks and paving stones and plasterboard The company even has facilities for on site screening and sieving of soil removing contaminants and enhancing the soil for re use Only products that cannot be recycled are then sent to landfill and as Todd points out that proportion gets smaller each year because our recovery techniques are getting better all the time The growing proportion of material that is successfully reclaimed and re used also makes the operations more cost effective as time goes by Waste 2 Resources has a fleet of around twenty collection trucks based around metro Brisbane and down into the Gold Coast where most of its business is although the company can cover much greater areas and in fact has several contracts that are nationwide The fleet includes several front lift compaction trucks the latest market segment Todd says Waste 2 Resources is the only privately owned small to medium sized company operating these vehicles and that system in the region A big part of our business plan is offering good customer service and a guaranteed management system and we have customer businesses who give us all of their work For anything the team cannot handle directly such as any specific material that the company s own resource recovery centres cannot process we make arrangements with partner suppliers so our customer has a one stop shop service for its waste one invoice for all its waste needs whether locally or nationally Indeed Waste 2 Resources has also done work overseas in PNG The company also undertook another project for the Cavalia Horse Show an international equestrian acrobatic show as it pitched its giant tent at venues throughout Australia for more than a year before setting up the service when it moved to Dubai Most of the company s competition comes from massive multinational corporations involved in waste management Todd notes his company s staff turnover is remarkably low with many of the 50 odd employees still with Waste 2 Resources after a decade or more He attributes this in part to the fact that the company is relatively small privately owned and therefore more personal so management is always accessible and

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  • Peninsula Village | Business In Focus Magazine
    Peninsula Village offers Ageing in Place under its Model of Care Program This means residents can move through various care stages during their lifetime without relocating to a new service provider For example The Pam Palmer House offers 104 low care residential apartments If the care needs of its residents increase Peninsula s Residential Care Service offers high level care in the Jack Aldous House Peninsula Village also offers respite care services Respite care helps assist people who are frail and aged or disabled to remain as independent as they are able to in their own homes for as long as possible Peninsula Village s respite service is tailored to the needs of the individual and offers high and low care placements Peninsula Village has Wellness Centres that provide alternate therapies Peninsula allies itself with local schools to bridge the generation gap between seniors and youth Also there is a pastoral carer available to provide assistance to residents and family members The Village also provides a dietician approved meal service to meet all dietary needs The Village has a teahouse along with an indoor heated swimming pool bowling green and hairdressing salons Other services include home meal delivery service to provide healthy meals right at a resident s doorstep There are also home cleaning services and care assistance for those who require assistance with showering hygiene medication wound and pain management and social integration Peninsula Village also provides day therapy staff to break down boredom some residents may experience by providing fun and stimulating activities for them This assists with socialisation for those who may feel isolated in their environment Having a variety of facilities and services that cater to the needs of its residents is an important part of Peninsula Village s mission and purpose We re a culture that fosters open communication says Mr Norman Our vision is that of openness honesty and integrity A dedication to this vision has paid off for Peninsula Village over the years and in 2011 and 2012 the company was the winner of the Positive Living in Aged Care Awards Mr Norman says providing high quality care and treating residents with the utmost respect is a major principle of Peninsula Village and treating people well doesn t only apply to the residents We don t differentiate the same processes and principles apply not only to our residents but to their families our staff and the community he explains We embrace everyone and treat them equally Recent events at Peninsula Village include the start of its Play Up Forum catering to residents dealing with dementia This program was paid for by the Village and was encouraged by the Board and CEO who have a passion for providing person centred care The program has been successful giving hope to families and staff The Model of Care at Peninsula Village continues to expand and strives to keep residents laughing and interactive and continue to provide the highest of quality care Other projects include an arts

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  • Nelson Global Products | Business In Focus Magazine
    and paint high pressure testing and cleanliness test lab and muffler fabrication Currently NGP Australia employs 65 people and focuses on a target customer base that includes all major OEM truck manufacturers agricultural mining and train manufacturers A key strategy for NGP Australia has been diversification The business was primarily focused on providing exhaust tubing to OEM truck manufacturers in Australia Mr Neylon says of Cummins operations before NGP came on board Since we took it over we have diversified into a broader range of tube work He estimates that about 65 per cent of NGP Australia s business currently involves exhaust tubing and similar OEM equipment for Australian truck manufacturers The remainder of the business has been refocused primarily into the structural tube sector We are looking at handrails and structural components in vehicles as well as other applications Mr Neylon reports We have just been awarded the handrail business for the new Volvo truck model that is being released in Australia and we are in negotiations with other truck manufacturers The company is able to supply a full range of handrails from powder coated finished rails through to polished stainless steel NGP Australia s business also includes supplying Pooldeck products which consist primarily of stainless steel handrails starting platforms and ladders commonly used in residential and commercial swimming pools throughout Australia NGP Australia s tight radius bending sets the company apart The team specialises in 1D bend radius which means that if we are taking a five inch tube and we are bending it through a 90 degree angle we will bend it to a radius of five inch That is very tight bending with a lot of elongation in the base material The majority of companies are still only bending to 1 5 D a much larger bend radius NGP Australia works with thin walled tubing as well as thick walled tubing and with a wide variety of grades and materials from mild steel to stainless steel Mr Neylon believes that NGP Australia s sales will continue to increase due to a growing market demand It is my personal view that the trucking industry in Australia is going to be very strong in the future he says As local manufacturing decreases demand for imported goods will increase accordingly So we have got a lot of freight movement in the country due to the rising demand for imported goods And of course with such a large continent we need to have a strong road freight network The only question is whether or not these much needed trucks will be produced domestically or overseas NGP Australia is helping to give the domestic manufacturers a fighting chance We are supporting the local truck manufacturers in becoming more cost competitive Mr Neylon explains A lot of the imported trucks are being brought in because of the favourable exchange rate If we can reduce the cost of the local truck manufacturing they become much more competitive regardless of the Aussie dollar Supporting

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