Charlie Horne from Gympie Cooloola Foods receives his ClimateSmart Business Cluster participant certificate from Cr Tony Perrett (right) and Paul McGraw (left) from DERM.
Charlie Horne from Gympie Cooloola Foods receives his ClimateSmart Business Cluster participant certificate from Cr Tony Perrett (right) and Paul McGraw (left) from DERM. Contributed

Results good for bottom line

LOCAL business About Freedom has not only won state-wide recognition as a ClimateSmart Business Cluster leader for the second time, but has also produced results where it matters, for the bottom line of Gympie businesses.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management’s popular ClimateSmart Business Cluster Program has encouraged more than 1000 businesses across the state to make savings in energy, water and waste since 2009.

The first Gympie Region ClimateSmart Business Cluster achieved stunning results, with a saving of more than 16% in energy use across the Cluster, an incredible 32% reduction in water use, and a 27% reduction in waste produced.

Overall, Cluster businesses achieved more than $53,000 in direct savings.

A second Gympie Region Cluster is now under way with participating businesses including Madill Motor Group Holden dealership, Cornett’s IGA supermarket, Performax International, J Smith & Sons, Excelsior Meats, Choice Support Service, Gympie Library, Mary Valley Heritage Railway, Gympie Regional Council’s Works Department and the Gympie Civic Centre.

“During the first Cluster we proved just how extensive the savings can be for small and medium size businesses through the use of low and no cost energy, water and waste saving strategies,” About Freedom’s sustainability leader Rob Absalom said.

“Great improvements in recycling were achieved by several businesses with the help of some innovative thinking by Red Cross Business Services Recycling Centre.

“Gavin Creed from Red Cross was able to arrange recycling of a large amount of plastic wrapping on new cars and pallet wrap that had previously being going to landfill.”

In the current Cluster, About Freedom is working with local car conversion experts Performax International to turn plastic left-hand drive dash boards and bumper bars, replaced during the conversion process, from expensive waste into a profitable recyclable product.

This new Gympie Region Cluster will report its findings in October.

“About Freedom is now looking to assist small and medium size businesses in the Noosa region develop a Cluster to share in the benefits.”

Interested businesses from the Noosa region can call Mr Absalom on 0458 335 000 to register for the Noosa Cluster before May 11.

Gympie businesses interested in registering for a third Cluster are also encouraged to call.

Gympie Times


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