The National : JAN FEB MARCH 2018 DRYCLEANER
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH 2018 49 CONFERENCE WELCOME AND OFFICIAL OPENING It is a very professional group that can morph from the Friday night Welcome Party, sponsored by Jensen Australia, to a full comple- ment of bright eyed and bushy tailed Delegates at 9.00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Anthony bid all good morning and thanked Nick Soteri for Jensen’s generosity in sponsoring the bar tab on Friday night. Apologies from Ces Batten and Kerry King, both unwell but sending their best wishes to delegates. Manuel Gatis, President of TRLA SA, welcomed Nick Soteri, G.M. of Jensen Group, Australia, who have supported the weekend seminar for many years now. Welcome Peter Furnell, from Kannegiesser, and a Speaker at the seminar, and welcomed first time attendee Min Chua from South Pacific Laundry. Thank you very much to Anthony Kingsley and Amanda Hill, who do the real heavy lifting for the seminar. Welcome to Tim Whetstone, MP for Chaffey since 2010, and Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, who was re-elected with a 75% majority, probably largely because of his enduring passion for the Riverland and constant efforts on behalf of constituents. Mr. Whetstone said he shares the frustration of business. “We have a gas pipeline that goes past, but we can’t get access. “On the positive side, we have been through a drought and come out the other side. Tourism is up 7% on previous 12 months and there are 200 businesses in the Riverland, from B&Bs, hotels, vineyards and restaurants, right through to pontoons on the River, and eco- tourism. The Riverland is a wedding destination for many South Australians. “Tourism generates $142m for the area, and the bed nights are greater than ever before. They are supported by a number of industries but perhaps the laundry and linen supply industry is not always as recognised for the essential role they play in our economy. The State of South Australia is a one city state. The Limestone Coast and the Coonawarra get the day trippers but the Riverland, is geared more to the weekend traveller, as our day trippers and weekenders need to be brought out a little further. “I travel extensively throughout S.A. and see how business is energetic and clever in its efforts to get a piece of the pie. But we need a bigger pie of which to get a piece! “There are 1.2million visitors to the Riverland, and they spend at least one night in a bed. The Hill Family at Berri do a great job with supplying linens and fluffy towels. “In South Australia we currently have expensive and unreliable power, and this is a real concern for all of you in business. Here in the Riverland we pump water out of the River, clean it and use it, then clean it again and pump it back. “The theory for quite a number of small power generators is understandable, but we have lost our base load, and it is a real concern. Micro generators put power back into the grid. The solar panel farm is returning 22% on investment as it puts power back into the grid. As Shadow Minister I see a lot of models that work, or don’t work. We have all heard about the big batteries. Many farmers and irrigators are taking no chances and buying diesel generators to secure their power supply. “The Electorate of Chaffey was once bits of this and that, but now covers an area of 30,000 square kilometres. “Centralised governments needs to stepup.Itissosadtoseesomany empty shops in Renmark and I hope there is an opportunity to make it available to more small businesses. The Riverland is an engine room, with 64% of the State’s vintage, and 25% of the national vintage, while citrus, stone fruit and almonds are booming. It is no longer one crop per four years. Through irrigation, cropping is a more predictable outcome, though droughts do test the farmers and communities. “Times have changed the face of farming. Where once you had five farms, now you have one business. They employ engineers to run the farms and take advantage of a range of modern methods. I hope you take the time to enjoy the sights. Certainly Jim Markeas and his family produce international award winning wines at Mallee Estate Wines, and also provide a wonderful spread of Greek food, a really broad, flavoursome menu. I am guessing weekend snacks are never a problem for this popular MP. Amanda Hill thanked Tim Whetstone and presented him with some Riverland goodies.
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