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  • Stylishly Sustainable | Business In Focus Magazine
    hemp with the crop also being farmed in other Asian countries like Thailand and Korea In Europe France Hungary Poland Spain and Slovenia all farm hemp with Romania being Europe s largest commercial producer The US is the world s largest importer of hemp and the topic of hemp farming is still subject to fierce debate In Australia the tremendous untapped potential of this highly versatile crop is just starting to be truly realised at present there is only one Government authorised drug free hemp farm in Australia situated in Byron Bay It is a shame that Australia is not already reaping the benefits of farming this incredibly lucrative crop on a large scale Tough Textiles There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the perfectly harmless hemp plant which has been farmed since ancient times right around the world Common misconceptions include that you can get high from burning hemp and it s easy to hide marijuana in a hemp field but the facts speak for themselves Farming hemp is at odds with growing marijuana both in theory and in practice It is interesting to note that some of the strongest opposition to farming industrial hemp in Australia comes from drug dealers themselves Why is this so The answer lies in pollination Cross pollination between a marijuana crop and an industrial hemp crop would greatly reduce the potency of the marijuana crop It would be foolish therefore to risk growing marijuana plants within a hemp crop Industrial hemp contains a high percentage of the non psychoactive cannabinoid CBD reported to block the marijuana high It is impossible to get high from smoking industrial hemp itself or any hemp products including textiles It has been said that if a person were to smoke an entire field of hemp it would only give them a headache Hemp is one of the oldest crops known to man and has had a long and colourful history The drug stigma surrounding industrial hemp has been hard to break although some fashion designers have turned it into a competitive advantage Designers targeting younger edgier consumers find that the supposed drug connotation the fabric has is actually appealing Hemp will always have a hippie vibe and there are plenty of fashion designers still creating bohemian themed hemp fashions and marketing them accordingly Hemp cord and rope has been utilised in macramé for thousands of years This time honoured art of knotting cordage to produce attractive designs is still being practised today Take a walk through any new age store and there are bunches of macramé bracelets and tie dyed hemp fashions being sold New Look Hemp fashion is not all ponchos and kaftans Some hemp labels target a more mature conservative end of the market by promoting the comfort and durability of the fabric which has three times the tensile strength of cotton Hemp is naturally resistant to mould mildew and UV rays making it a practical choice for time poor consumers after a fuss free wash

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  • Community-Based Care | Business In Focus Magazine
    on balancing the budget and bringing it to a surplus than on actually addressing the needs of an ageing population particularly in WA where we have not been building aged care facilities to meet the growing demand There has been no significant building for the last three years because it costs too much to borrow the money Every single residential care place costs in the vicinity of 260 000 to build but the Federal authorities pegged their assessment at around 110 000 If you borrow the money to build the facility say 24 beds you need to borrow at least 6 million on which you have to service the debt as well as pay staff to operate that facility and it is impossible to make that equation in the current financial climate it has been for the last four years Amaroo Village has slowed its growth and eased back on building new facilities in the last couple of years says David not so much because of a lack of demand or lack of funding but because the people who would be customers for the self funded units have been in so many cases unable to sell their home and have had to remain in it pending an upswing in the real estate market As to design Amaroo aims to work with suitably sympathetic architects and builders who listen carefully to its requirements this may be the last home someone lives in and it needs to be friendly for disablement We have developed some tremendous partnerships and have won awards in past years WA seems to be just starting to make its way out of a real estate recession says David Amaroo Village has a reasonable land bank and many of its facilities can be maintained to last another decade or more but at the age of 41 years the company is coming to the stage where some of its oldest facilities will need to be demolished and redeveloped Much of the old stock comprises one bedroom units and well meaning organisations such as Amaroo Village try as hard as they can to avoid the development of a two tier situation where there is an obvious difference in the quality of facility and therefore quality of life between units for the self funded and for the financially disadvantaged There has already been something of a swing away from metro Perth as a retirement area with more people heading toward the sunny south coast where prices and the living are a little easier Denmark 420 kilometres south of Perth on the Denmark River is a small town with timber mills farming and wine as its main industries as well as a growing tourism business Amaroo was approached by the local authorities who had measured a migration of retirees from the town due to a lack of suitable accommodation A village of 36 units was built and quickly populated with locals before we started attracting people from other parts of WA and even

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  • Ocean Deep Technology | Business In Focus Magazine
    other disciplines McConaghy now develops and supplies light weight composite solutions to the architectural medical and automotive industries as well as continuing to produce a largely made to order and custom series of racing and luxury yachts and a range of off the peg club racing craft such as the M38 One and Ker 40 penned by UK designer Jason Ker and intended not only for higher performance around the racetrack but but also to win races on IRC and ORCi handicap systems the Ker 46 and the multi hulled MC Squared Quality and innovation have always been hallmarks of the company says Richard Stanning and its custom composite solutions are now applied to the rail industry as one example McConaghy produces for train builder UGL an emergency evacuation ramp that can extend to 4m in length carry one tonne in weight and when stored be small and light enough to fit in a suitcase and be easily lifted and moved The ability to problem solve and prototype and to provide a composite solution is something we have real capability in and we have done it now in numerous situations The racing yachts act as a kind of advertisement hoarding for the company s abilities Years ago those yachts could not have been built to take those loads or travel at those speeds without these technologically advanced materials There s a large input to the Deepsea Challenger submersible used in filmmaker James Cameron s recent successful record breaking descent to the deepest part of the world s oceans McConaghy Boats developed a solution for bonding more than 250 sections of the submersible s core buoyancy material an extremely hard and high strength composite foam structure innovated by Cameron s team called Isofloat and forming the 5 8m main structure of the submersible The craft had to withstand pressures in the 11km deep Mariana Trench of some 1 140 Bar 114MPa 16 500psi and at that depth was 60mm shorter than at the surface such was the compression exerted Cameron was quoted as saying It s safe to say we couldn t have done this without the McConaghy team All kinds of high end composites carbon fibre using temperature and pressure to cook the parts are very much our everyday line of work says Richard Much of the time potential customers are seeking to push the boundaries of their sector and McConaghy has become adept at examining a situation and finding ways of employing its complex shape forming techniques to produce a lighter weight and or stronger item The package they get here includes project management skills and a depth of experience of working with composites and there is also a creative element from working with racing yachts all this time that can be applied to other applications Richard believes there are many industries that could benefit from McConaghy s technology that don t even know it yet the firm has just done a project for the nuclear industry and Richard

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  • Life in the Cloud | Business In Focus Magazine
    cloud resources available to you And that s great but what do you actually do with them once you ve got them Instead of leaving clients to navigate this rapidly evolving territory alone Blue Apache is about taking organizations on the journey from a traditional silo infrastructure into this new agile world of cloud computing With Blue Apache s unique emPOWER Services CeS the team is not just providing a commodity it has the consultancy services around it that enable a business to get the most value out of the cloud The infrastructure convergence that emPOWER provides mitigates the increasingly common challenges around IT sprawl and infrastructure management that businesses face today Blue Apache explains that This is achieved by integrating the current silos that exist within your organisation s servers storage networking and security into shared pools of interoperable resources all managed through a common management platform The net result is a converged service that enables an organisation to transform technology into a business advantage by being able to adapt easily and innovate rapidly to deliver the value the business needs Furthermore we own the solution end to end unlike a lot of our competitors Mr Marshall adds We re taking a very different approach and that s why we ve actually made the investment in the infrastructure We own our own core network which allows our customers to connect right into our cloud without having to traverse the internet It is a true private cloud environment In addition cloud technology negates the need to invest in traditional IT infrastructure software and licenses which Mr Marshall labels depreciating assets The flexibility of cloud computing means that businesses can scale up instantly and because Blue Apache offers all of the required licensing in a subscriber based model organizations are able to utilize better platforms without the financial risk A subscription model of being able to pay for it on a per user per month basis allows organizations to take advantage of these more sophisticated technologies which in turn makes them more efficient and a more viable business Mr Marshall explains With over a decade of experience in cloud computing and a ground breaking approach to service delivery Blue Apache has created an ideal way to access the latest and most advanced technology If you are thinking about cloud think of us Mr Marshall advises It is about being a partner for the journey It is not just a commodity sell It really is about working with an organization that can help you deliver a technology platform that allows you to respond to your customer s demands Current Issue Past Issues Read Magazine Online Save vs Spend Debt both public and private can be used productively to build a credit reputation or can be used to bolster growth strategies It can even become net productive by resulting in income or profit that can offset the cost of borrowing in the first place For example an investment in new equipment or new

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  • Healthy Competition | Business In Focus Magazine
    the two companies including some 200 qualified healthcare practitioners offer a means of better understanding the needs and wishes of the consumer says Ms Holgate We are fuelling this business for growth in this market Practitioners she says are generally very supportive of the acquisition because of the reputation the Blackmores name carries for high quality and efficacy Their only concern she adds is whether the two businesses might be simply mashed together We are not going to do that We did a lot of work with practitioners prior to acquiring the company With its new access to more capital and more resources as well as to a greater knowledge base the BioCeuticals arm will have considerable scope for expansion initially within its Australian home market In the medium term Blackmores also has several hundred staff in seven Asian countries so there are some strong opportunities for the practitioner ranges in export markets as well This is not as simple as it may sound because every Asian country has its own separate regulatory framework In many cases this is largely obstructive and designed to protect local industry Products must pass Australian standards which are as stringent as anywhere in the world but as in many other consumer and industrial sectors some governments still choose to refuse to recognise them and require certification to a local standard instead an intensive process A related issue is halal certification Certain ingredients are forbidden for observant Muslims Blackmores recently made the necessary adjustments to gain certification for many of its products but gaining approval is a very thorough and complex business It means not only your operation being certified but your ingredient sources and your manufacturing partners That goes for every single country so while the process may be simplified after initial compliance it does not mean the Blackmores products are automatically cleared for sale in the Middle East for example Ms Holgate says she is looking at the potential of that market but in the first instance I would like halal certification to be extended to Australia We have a growing multi faith population here and there are many customers who would really appreciate and respect Blackmores guarantee of halal certification Entering the Middle Eastern market would certainly be a good step she adds but is not a top priority in the short term We have a lot of other things going on to keep us focused I have quite a lot on my plate at the moment But in the medium term the Middle East is a possible opportunity Yes the strong Aussie dollar is a negative for an exporting business she believes especially when you factor in the increased cost of import duties and the double whammy of lost value when the export earnings are returned to dollars But relatively at 23 per cent growth year on year for Asia I think we are doing pretty well The startling success of alternative medicine over the last couple of decades has certainly

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  • Service Spanning Three Centuries | Business In Focus Magazine
    transport deliveries The company s warehousing solutions include over 20 000 square metres of storage including integrated logistics solutions and quarantine and customs facilities all on secure premises Companies may take advantage of stick control and storage solutions secure in the knowledge that their cargo is in the best of hands Warehousing is a service that we need to provide to support our other services explains Vincent L Arthur Transport holds a unique position in the industry a convenient location an incredible variety of capital equipment and a full suite of services to meet the needs of the most diverse clients We are unique in the range of service we can provide for customers says Vincent Transport is a very capital heavy business so you need to be regularly investing in equipment particularly container handling equipment which is expensive Having a strong and reputable history and the financial strength to be able to fund capital equipment is one of the essential contributing factors to success in the transportation business qualities which L Arthur Transport has in spades We ve been able to manage ourselves in a way which has enabled us to keep investing in equipment Another contributing factor to the company s continuing success is its strategic location at the Port of Melbourne Vincent emphasises The location is critical for our business and we do have a prime location within the Melbourne wharf precinct which means that we can operate equipment that many of our competitors can t This competitive advantage means that L Arthur operates vehicles that can move four twenty foot containers weighing in at 109 tonnes while competitors are limited to three containers and 68 tonnes making the group that much more efficient while offering saving to clients But capital equipment and location will only take a company so far It is L Arthur Transport s history as an excellent employer and contributor to community life which has provided the foundation for its astounding longevity Around 120 employees currently enjoy employment within the company and as Vincent says We have a family business culture with long standing employees and a low turnover rate Long standing employee relationships in this case may even mean relationships which have endured for three generations within families Each employee is individually known and everyone is valued for who they are and they return the loyalty they are shown L Arthur s culture truly is a family business culture encouraging relationships communication and safety above all else We help our employees whenever they need it and they value and appreciate that about the company explains Vincent Employees also appreciate the accessibility of the Director and Managers of the company with discourse encouraged and valued Vincent himself has spent a great deal of time and resources ensuring that the company is second to none when it comes to employee safety even implementing an external accredited safety system which has resulted in a growing culture of safety creating safer happier employees and strong savings

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  • When Place Matters | Business In Focus Magazine
    with a partner is expected to increase by 52 per cent for those aged 75 and over Lynden s ILUs will be high quality five star two bedroom two bathroom units with priority access to the aged care facility when required Each unit will include a nurse call system for immediate assistance The units we re building don t cater to the typical retired couple We anticipate that they will appeal to the 80 year olds one of whom is probably more frail than the other and more likely to require care says Ann Prior to the Aged Care Act 1997 residential aged care was a two tiered system meaning that relocation became necessary as individual care needs dictated Couples with different care needs were often separated some after years of marriage At Lynden Aged Care They would have priority to a fully nursed bed in the aged care facility with the spouse still living on the same block of land Ann explains Ann suggests that the proposed federal aged care reforms and their effects on Lynden Aged Care are uncertain There s not enough data to really know how the changes will affect us The fact that we re going to be adding another 20 high care beds gives us the confidence that we won t be negatively impacted The organisation acknowledges that a sense of community is valued not only by residents but staff as well Ann wants Lynden Aged Care to been seen as an employer of choice It s expected that within 10 years aged care facility staff numbers will increase 14 per cent while demand will increase 60 per cent Some facilities are already seeing difficulty in recruiting and retaining skilled staff but so far at least Lynden Aged Care appears to be the exception I can t say that we have a shortage of skilled workers I never have vacant shifts or have to call the agency for last minute staff Shortage is not my problem says Ann Understandably so as Lynden Aged Care offers incentives such as wages higher than the industry average Staff has more time per day per resident which they find very rewarding relationships with residents have time to develop and mature Additionally staff are encouraged to attend in house lectures and may take courses that are offered externally We support our staff in upgrading their professional status notes Ann It is estimated that a million elderly Australians will have dementia by 2050 In recognition of this statistic the Australian government is making significant investments to support those families and caregivers coping with this syndrome A Dementia Supplement will provide 164 million in financial assistance to those receiving Home Care Packages and in residential care It represents the first time in Australian policy that dementia has been seen as a health priority Although Lynden Aged Care can appropriately address all care levels for residents almost everyone here has dementia says Ann We can manage 95 per cent of dementia cases

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  • A Life of Pie | Business In Focus Magazine
    New South Wales Susan used to come home from school and help her father a cook to prepare meals for the workers on construction sites around the resorts giving her a life long love of cooking and also an appreciation of the distinction between running a home kitchen and cooking for lots of people She took up sailing in northern NSW and from there 20 odd years ago she set sail on a voyage around the islands and eventually with the intention of using it as a stopover on the way right up to the Mediterranean to Phuket A personal tragedy intervened in that plan and she returned to Australia only to repeat the voyage a couple of years later now with husband Harry on board This time she says Phuket was the destination she loves the place She started making pies in response to demand not only from Harry and herself of course Le Patron Mange Ici but also from all the lads from the yacht club at Chalong Bay on the island s southwest coast She had brought with her a Breville pie maker and set to work to learn the right mix of ingredients It took a long time you can t get this sort of thing out of a recipe book Pies have to have two types of pastry one for the bottom so it will not fall apart and puff pastry on top But I was obsessed with getting it right There is a special art she adds to being able to make puff pastry without air conditioning At that time she was making and selling around 200 pies per month Then came the tsunami of December 26 2004 We were living on the beach at that time in Kamala and everything we had was washed away in the wave This was the area worst hit by the disaster They managed to borrow enough money to buy their first fridge freezer before Australian food processing equipment company Simple Simon having heard of their plight donated pie makers These spent an unconscionably long time in customs before Susan and the staff that she had by now hired could start to use them after which a shophouse was rented at Cherng Talay to act as a dedicated factory with full FDA approval and certified to all the food safety standards Today there is a café on the site too dispensing breakfast hot pies and a range of desserts to bring a nostalgic tear to an Aussie s eye Lamingtons vanilla slices apple pies and crumbles Demand is steady even through the low season she says with a stream of Australians and Kiwis coming up to play rugby The sale of pies to schoolchlidren is part of a plan to popularise the food form with the Thai people and Susan leaves this operation to her local staff who she says are priceless loyal and enthusiastic They have made their own business out of it paying back the cost

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