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  • Sporting Chance | Business In Focus Magazine
    It s cheaper to pay the hospital bills However the venue has been completely revamped in the meantime providing us with superb new facilities and pitches usually a big problem in Asia where grass quality tends to be poor With finance David strongly advises total transparency engage the help of an accountant even they must volunteer sometime surely and ensure at least two people sign off on everything to avoid comebacks or future recrimination The approval of regional rugby authorities is more important than ruffling a few local feathers and the teams travelling from as far away as Europe or Southern Africa would expect nothing less The Bangkok Sevens insists that all players must have insurance cover while also providing qualified medical service at the venue This is an important point as all sports are finding it harder than ever to find insurers Leading companies such as NZI and Southern Cross have apparently ceased providing any cover for contact sports while most other insurers regard any tournament where there is prize money even a night out for two at the Bull Bush as professional and decline cover accordingly David once tried to get coverage for a semi pro event in Fiji but the insurer demanded a premium of some 700 per player it was more economical to withdraw the prize and play for the trophy and the pride And the sociability Whether it s rugby footy soccer or netball an important purpose of a sports tournament is to meet and have a laugh which for most sporting people means a few beers Consider a statistic supplied by Carlsberg at the 2014 Hong Kong World Sevens consumption of beer in the stadium was a staggering 320 000 pints But be careful says David for example does your event include a youth section Then in Australasia you must not have a sponsor that is alcohol related Depending on various regulations you may not be able to sell alcohol at the event with or without kids it will depend on the licensing authority and the venue s status You may be able to get round this by selling tickets for drinks instead vouchers which are exchanged for free beer But then we also expect to be charging fifty cents a scoop for free ice cream donated by a sponsor although all money will go to the event s nominated charity Sponsors need to be made comfortable We are preparing a VIP section with better wine and grub a sprinkling of rugby heroes an ambassador or two and some celebs to rub shoulders with but keeping a sponsor happy is about much more than taking their money and saying thanks they should be treated as a partner Another Kiwi Jimmy Bonner is in charge of food and beverage for the Bangkok Sevens he also manages a string of British style eateries notably the Royal Oak which is Bangkok s leading rugby pub So he is both sponsor and organiser Apart from promoting his pubs

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  • Can’t Stop the Music | Business In Focus Magazine
    the Boomerang Festival starting when Director Peter Noble generously financed the 2013 event The Boomerang Festival is a world class event showcasing the incredibly rich diversity of indigenous art music dance film and storytelling The three day event highlights cultural practices predominantly from Australia s Aboriginal peoples as well as various other First Nation cultures from around the world The programme features a diverse range of activities for attendees to enjoy from weaving circles to traditional Maori healing ceremonies In a review of the 2013 Boomerang Festival Mr Noble said I saw thousands of cameras flashing during the opening ceremony and I know that in years to come I am going to see many more Boomerang will come back and this is going to be one of Australia s greatest festivals The kind gesture that he made has not been forgotten by the Director of the Boomerang Festival Rhoda Roberts What Peter did was an extraordinary moment of true reconciliation at work he entered into deep dialogue with our world s First Peoples Last year the Boomerang Festival was held at the Tyagarah Tea farm on Bundjalung land and drew in over 5000 attendees The Boomerang Festival provides many opportunities for First Nation peoples and respecting cultural protocol is the main priority for organisers When an Elder from Elcho Island passed away The Chooky Dancers were unable to attend the inaugural event because they had to attend to Sorry Business The Mitwaj dancers featuring Djakapurra Munyarryun Rosalee Pearson and Timothy Bishop together with another dance group stepped in to fill the gap in the programme Although the Boomerang Festival is now a biennial event due to budget cuts to the arts sector organisers remain optimistic about enriching the programme and are open to sponsorship opportunities The City of Bunbury in Perth has been a proud supporter of Groovin The Moo by providing seed funding and in kind support Groovin The Moo started in 2003 when two mates Rod and Steve were hanging out at a party in Newcastle They were so wrapped up in their idea for a touring music festival aimed squarely at music lovers living outside of capital cities that they did not notice when someone stole their beers The first Groovin The Moo festival was held on the 24th of April 2005 at the Gloucester Showgrounds Over 1400 revellers gathered and went crazy for the Screaming Jets Killing Heidi Evermore and The Spazzys plus an eclectic mix of upcoming bands The show hit the road and later stopped in Narrandera pulling in a crowd of 1 800 people Groovin The Moo has only become bigger and better since then In the lead up to this year s event held on May 10th the Bunbury Visitor Centre confirmed that accommodation was nearly sold out and many punters were choosing to camp at the Carey Park Football Club grounds Another grassroots festival taking off is the Big Pineapple Music Festival in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast home to one

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  • Heart Of Australia | Business In Focus Magazine
    made from Mala droppings The Mala or Rufous Hare wallaby is a highly endangered species and the Anangu people believe that they descended from the Mala and that their ancestors journeyed over Uluru in the Dreamtime Uluru is a sacred place and a vital part of the Anangu Dreaming that is one of the reasons they discourage tourists from climbing the rock Yet there is another reason behind asking tourists not to climb Uluru that the Anangu say is private knowledge and prefer to keep to themselves While some believe that Uluru being a natural and not man made wonder should be accessible to all local and international visitors the Anangu have serious concerns for the safety of climbers A chain handhold was added to the marked path in 1964 and extended in 1976 to make the climb more accessible but accidents still happen Every time a climber is killed or injured the Anangu people feel a tremendous sense of sadness and shame because under Tjukurpa law they have a duty to educate and protect guests on their land Traditional owner Kunmanara is often quoted as stating That s a really important sacred thing that you are climbing You shouldn t climb It s not the real thing about this place And maybe that makes you a bit sad But anyway that s what we have to say We are obliged by Tjukurpa to say And all the tourists will brighten up and say Oh I see This is the right way This is the thing that s right This is the proper way no climbing Visitors engaging in lewd and offensive behaviour at the summit of Uluru has also increased pressure to ban the climb altogether In June 2010 25 year old exotic dancer Alizee Sery caused widespread outrage and condemnation when she fulfilled a lifelong dream of stripping on top of Uluru French born Alizee had her impromptu performance which she described as a tribute to the Aborigines photographed and taped She later told The Sunday Territorian I did not mean in any way for this video to offend the Aboriginal culture I am aware that Uluru is sacred in their culture My project is a tribute to the greatness of The Rock What we need to remember is that traditionally the Aboriginal people were living naked So stripping down was a return to what it was like Following the incident the Central Land Council representing the traditional owners called for then Prime Minister Julia Gillard to have Alizee deported immediately Council Director David Ross described the performance as an arrogant show of disrespect Not long after the NT News published a photo of football personality Sam Newman hitting a golf ball off the top of Uluru Photos of another man dancing naked at the summit also made the headlines And there is another good reason why besides all of the above that the Anangu want to close the climb There are no restroom facilities on top of

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  • Kockums Bulk Systems | Business In Focus Magazine
    several tonnes of powder an hour Kockums Bulk Systems works with some twenty different international suppliers who have been chosen because they offer proven quality equipment for the Australian market says Francois Along the way the company acquired companies that have assisted in its growth The acquisitions of Control Automation Pty Ltd and Delis Power Systems Pty Ltd not only aided with manufacturing they also brought new products into the fold to augment Kockums original equipment line and have enabled the company to broaden its operations into powder handling for the food and pharmaceutical industries The bought in technologies complemented our existing range and provided good synergy with existing product ranges which were eventually rationalised and fine tuned explains Francois Key relationships with overseas suppliers of packaging machines have seen the company expand its offering into the packaging market for fertilisers agricultural and garden products bird feed kitty litter and a range of other products The packaging line complements the powder handling line in that it gives us the ability to provide front to back turnkey systems for our clients This is Francois adds what we re all about When Kockums Bulk Systems gets a call from a prospective client the process begins by making sure that the client needs are understood The projects that Kockums prefers to undertake are those projects where out of the box systems won t necessarily work and some specialist skills are required Francois explains We feel that we have the ability to take on those special and unique projects that might be a bit of a challenge for our competitors Another unique feature of Kockums Bulk Handling Systems is the in house test bay When a client comes in and asks for a powder handling system the company usually requests a sample of the product for testing to determine the best technology to convey the product Jason Groves the company s Sales and Marketing Manager explains the importance of the test facility We carry out a lot of hands on material trials using pneumatic conveying mechanical conveying feeders and IBC Intermediate Bulk Container handling equipment Our goal is to simulate the client s application as close as we can before we move to the design and build stages The last thing anyone needs is problematic equipment on site It s expensive and frustrating for everybody involved so we take care of addressing the issues at the earliest stage possible Testing is a critical part of the engineering and design process for any system While the equipment itself is fairly straightforward and the technology is well known the application is a bit of an art form and Kockums Bulk Systems has years of experience when it comes to applying it Our experience combined with our wide variety of technologies puts us in the ideal position to provide clients with advice on the best solution says Francois We re proud of our good name out there he continues We re also proud of the fact that

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  • Clearwater Filter Systems | Business In Focus Magazine
    events often trigger renewed interest in water quality for consumers such as the Sydney tap water contamination of the late 1990s general awareness about the importance of hydration has also gained more of the public mind space in recent years Clearwater s line of products includes a range of office water coolers including point of use and easy fill systems The company also provides under sink boiler systems and is a distributor for Australian owned and operated Billi company It also provides a range of fixed under sink filter systems with a range of products to suit the particular needs of its customers Peter describes Australia s water market as highly saturated and competitive with a great deal of service providers vying for a piece of the pie We did an exercise recently and found 275 companies listed under Water Filter in the Sydney yellow pages some of which are plumbers but about 100 of those are actual suppliers of water filtration systems In such a competitive market it is a company s reputation for quality products and services that allows one to rise above the pack and Clearwater continues to do just that with a strong philosophy of personalised support for customers Internationally the battle is between filtered water systems and bottled water providers The filtered water market in the last decade has really grown particularly in the home and office delivered segment of the market growth that has been achieved by winning market share from bottled water The reason is fairly simple says Peter It s the economics of it once you have a filter system in place you re not buying consumables all the time in this case plastic bottles that end up littering Australia s landscape and making their way into the waste stream and the water system With a filter system end users can generate their own high quality drinking water with only simple periodic replacement of filter cartridges ultimately saving a great deal of money on consumables and reducing the stress on Australia s waste management systems Our competitive advantage is our ability to say to the market why spend all your money on expensive bottled water and contribute to the waste stream when you can put a relatively low cost filtration system in and have an endless supply The UK market is a good case in point of the growth of the filtered water market where they have roughly 700 000 water cooler units in use Ten years ago POU units numbered about ten per cent of that total number whereas today it s closer to fifty per cent a huge growth in filtered coolers at the expense of bottled water coolers Some go so far as to predict that bottled water cooler systems will one day go the way of the milkman they won t be necessary Part of this growth has been encouraged by the development of highly efficient and inexpensive filtration technology allowing more consumers to experience filtered water than

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  • BIFAUDec2014
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