E-News – June – Business Growth for the North

Business Growth for the North 

In early May, Georgie, NTDC’s Project Manager/Acting CEO, attended the official opening of Envorinex’s second plant, at Bell Bay. This second factory is located in an ex-BBA shed that had been vacant for over 12 years and it represents a doubling of their workforce, with seven new permanent jobs created so far. The $1.86 million expansion was partly funded by a $736,223 grant (from the $222.3 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package) from the federal government.

Envorinex process waste plastic from industrial, commercial, aquacultural, agricultural and horticultural sites around Tasmania; taking materials like silage wrap, fishing rope, fertiliser bags, fish feed bags, poly-pipe, fishing floats, plastic bags, ground sheet covers, plastic film, and shrink wrap and turning it into a range of agricultural and industrial goods such as fence posts, rails, roadside safety products and anti-fatigue and industrial-use matting.

The new plant will take used soft plastic and turn it into new products – including a new line of fence posts that will become available this year. Organic cast-offs from the collected plastics are used to create potting mix, and the water used by the factory is fully recycled. The plant is essentially “no waste”. The plant is currently undergoing operational trials, with plans to ramp up production in late June.

Envorinex exemplifies the kind of innovation we wish to promote in our region, and we commend them for successfully delivering this significant investment in business growth and regional jobs.






Pictured above (right picture): 
Edward Obi, NTDC, Daryl Connelly, Cradle Coast Authority & Georgie Brown, NTDC.

Population Symposium held in Launceston

On June 12, the Tasmanian Population Symposium was held in Launceston which provided a great opportunity to consider Tasmania’s population changes and share some insights as to what initiatives are being planned in our regions. Importantly, it addressed the pressing issues facing the region in terms of current skills shortages and projected an overall decline in the population.

The symposium was well attended with over 125 delegates from around Tasmania and interstate.  It was hosted at the University of Tasmania (Institute of for the Study of Social Change) and facilitated by Regional Development Australia.

Key issues discussed were labour market perspectives and government policy initiatives. Bruce Williams, of Launceston City Council, spoke profoundly of the NTDC Ltd’s Population Strategy as a way forward. You can find Bruce’s presentation notes by clicking here.

There was a roundtable discussion which featured a panel of speakers who engaged with the audience on key issues such as jobs, population, and housing. One of the panelists’, Deanna Hutchinson, spoke from the perspective of a recent arrival from the mainland on living locally and working globally, drove home the point that Northern Tasmania offers a high-quality lifestyle that is compatible with professional growth. In her words,” going south is good for business” and here in NTDC we echo the same sentiment and will continue projecting the enormous potential of Tasmania.


Pictured above: (left picture)
Sue Kilpatrick, NTDC/RDATas/UTAS, Michelle Riley, State Growth & Georgie Brown, NTDC. 
Pictured above: (right picture) 
Panelists, including NTDC’s Edward Obi, second from the left.  
Tassie, “an ideal base to operate from”
Edward Obi, NTDC’s Population Attraction Coordinator, continues to talk and engage with people who have successfully migrated to Northern Tasmania. Edward is learning what attracts people to the region and what we could improve, and what keeps them in the region.

One of Edward’s interviewees is Alice Kaushal, a partner of a student, having first arrived Launceston in 1989, setting out to create a very robust social life and made herself comfortable.

Northern Tasmania is fast becoming a melting pot of international consultants who are attracted by its beauty, lifestyle and business-friendly offerings.

Alice Kaushal is one of such consultants.

Following the expansion of her Training Consultancy, which is basically business training and coaching in leadership, etiquette, cross-cultural communication, and advisory, Alice left Tasmania for a while, living and consulting in every continent and in various industries including hospitality and aviation. She has featured in many news articles and TV interviews as a master of her craft.

However, in all her travels, she said,
” I always had Launceston in mind as my ideal base to operate from”

In her words, ” Northern Tasmania is the “Mediterranean” part of Tasmania.”
Upon her return to Launceston, Alice has further cherished the convenience of ease of access to the Launceston airport.

” I travel a lot and so managing my time and flights is of great importance. I find that operating from Launceston means I can accomplish much more.”

Alice also praised Northern Tasmania for being safe and well-paced. She pointed out that contrary to what it seems, so much is going in the region and suggested that more publicity channels be harnessed to ensure more participation in business and communal activities.

Although very busy with international and local clients, Alice still plays an active role in the Indian community here in Northern Tasmania. She used to run a monthly column on etiquette for BBC Good Homes (India). In addition, she has had several articles on Business Etiquette and etiquette problem solving published by the South China Morning Post.

NTDC Chair, John Pitt is now on leave from NTDC Chair’s position from 10/6, until the 4/9.

In John’s absence;
Greg Bott will be Acting Chair from 10th June until 22nd July; and
Sue Kilpatrick will be Acting Chair from 23rd July until 3rd September.

If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office via details below.

Seeking Tasmania’s top exporters; the 2019 Tasmanian Export Awards are open!
If your business clients are exporting their products or services internationally (and we understand of course, that they may not be), they may be eligible to apply for the Tasmanian Export Awards.

  • An important initiative as part of the Tasmanian Trade Strategy 2019-2025
  • 13 national categories / 3 Tasmania-specific categories including Women in Export and Young Exporter (new for 2019)
  • Applications close 9 August
  • Applications judged by an independent panel
  • Awards event on 19 September in Launceston, Including a networking function for finalists and sponsors, Awards Ceremony and evening cocktail event
  • Winners progress to the National Awards, Canberra in December
  • An opportunity for businesses to build their profile, stand out as an industry leader, be recognised for their exporting success 

A summary of the categories is attached. Detailed information about the eligibility criteria, benefits of and tips for applying, and the online application form can be found at 2019 Tasmanian Export Awards.

Startup Social AGTECH Meetup
Thursday 1st August 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saint John Craft Beer, 131-133 St John Street, Launceston
Hear from the panel of agtech and agritourism experts kicking goals in the startup space across Australia. Panelists include; Oli Madgett, Co Founder Platfarm (SA), Anna Yip, Founder OFF the table (Tas) and Ram Savana, Principle Consultant e2e ProSys (Tas).
Innovation Series – July topic – Innovation in… Architecture, Engineering & Construction with Tom Tasker 
Thursday 4 july 4pm – 5:30pm at Enterprize Launceston, 22-24 Paterson Street.
Tom Tasker spent a decade as a draftsman prior to founding Unify Design in 2016. Unify Design used 3Dscanning, Scan2BIM modeling, and other new technology to enhance communication on development projects across the globe.
Register by clicking here or email kaitlin@enterprize.space.
Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshop
Monday – Friday, June 17 – 28 9am – 3pm

Trying to decide if running a business is right for you? Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshop can help.
Learn the basics of starting a business and talk to other people about your ideas.
Learn more and apply by; phoning 6349 1919 or emailing info@vandiemenproject.com.au.
Keep up to date on all things Van Diemen Project, check out their events webpage by clicking here.
UTAS Events

How do Social Enterprises affect our Wellbeing?

Tuesday 23rd July – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
VOS-Rory Spence Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture and Design, Inveresk Campus
International and Australian researchers will share insights into how social enterprises impact on the lives of their participants by providing spaces of wellbeing that promote realisation of capability, integration, security, and therapy.
Register by clicking here.