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                                  Whyalla board backs
    COMPANIES which sell
    bulky goods such as fur-
                                  Bonython deep port
    niture and whitegoods        SARAH MARTIN                              to avoid environmental damage to the      the business community that we sup-          report to the Department of Trans-
    have called on the State                                               area which is a cuttlefish breeding       port this project – it is about creating     port, Energy and Infrastructure next
                                 THE Whyalla Economic Develop-             ground.                                   new jobs in the future and creating
    Government to establish      ment Board is backing the Port                                                                                                   week, with a briefing for potential
    planning guidelines for                                                   However, WEDB chief executive          a pipeline of activity for the region.’’     users of the port planned for the week
                                 Bonython minerals export proposal,
    the industry.                                                          Steve Arndt said the council’s pos-          Mr Arndt said the present site was        of March 16.
                                 saying it is esssential for jobs growth
       Speaking at the Bulky                                               ition was based on the views of a vocal   the most appropriate location for the           Western Plains Resources, a poten-
                                 in the region.
    Goods Retailers’ Associ-                                               minority.                                 deep-water port, and the council’s           tial user of the port, is keen to see
                                   The project has caused much con-
    ation quarterly forum in                                                  He said the business community of      alternative site was not feasible.           the project go ahead.
                                 troversy in the Whyalla community
    Adelaide last week,                                                    Whyalla supported the proposal               ‘‘In order to move the project
                                 and last month the council voted                                                                                                    In a statement to the Australian
    MasterPlan director                                                    which would guarantee jobs for ‘‘dec-     further south the indications are that
                                 not to support the proposal in its        ades to come’’.                           we will be looking at at least twice         Securities Exchange yesterday, the
    Greg Vincent outlined        present form.                                                                                                                    company said it was concerned the
    the argument for greater                                                  ‘‘I don’t know if there is a large     the cost, and if that is the case then
                                   The project involves the develop-       amount of community concern – we          it is unlikely to happen,’’ he said.         consortium would delay the project.
    planning clarity for the     ment of a deep-water commodities
    SA bulky goods sector.                                                 are talking about maybe 100 people           Mr Arndt said the proponent, Spen-           ‘‘WPR does not accept that SGPL
                                 export harbour to support the region’s    out of 22,500 people and as always        cer Gulf PortLink Consortium, should         should be granted what amounts to
       He said the different     burgeoning resources industry.
    guidelines adopted by                                                  minorities can be rather vocal on         be given a chance to address some            a free option to develop the port
    South Australian coun-         The council has said it wants to see    issues such as this,’’ he said.           of the concerns raised by the Council.       according to its own timetable,’’ the
    cils had created ambi-       the port moved to an alternative site        ‘‘I am putting the message out from       SPGL will lodge a feasibility study       company stated.
    guity in the sector.
       ‘‘One of the biggest
    things we continue to
    face is lack of consist-
    ency,’’ he said.             Manage the business on the move                                                                                                                   IGA slice
       Mr Vincent said ac-
    tion on new planning
                                                                                                                                                                                   of sector
    guidelines was ‘‘long
    overdue’’ and advocated                                                                                                                                                        now 27pc

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    definitions which were
    broader and more flex-                                                                                                                                                         IGA’s supermarkets now
    ible than now in place.                                                                                                                                                        command more than a
       Minister for Urban                                                                                                                                                          quarter of market share
    Development and Plan-                                                                                                                                                          in the grocery retail sec-
    ning Paul Holloway also                                                                                                                                                        tor, following excep-
    spoke at the forum and                                                                                                                                                         tional growth last year.
    said the delay in plan-                                                                                                                                                           Foodland IGA and
    ning legislation had been                                                                                                                                                      IGA South Australia say
    unfortunate.                                                                                                                                                                   they now hold a 26.8 per
       He said a review pro-                                                                                                                                                       cent market share – up
    cess was under way and                                                                                                                                                         from 23.8 per cent at the
    he hoped to have the                                                                                                                                                           same time in the pre-
    issue addressed in 2009.                                                                                                                                                       vious year.
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       ‘‘Clearly it now has to
    go through certain pro-                                                                                                                                                        general manager Kym
    cesses but I am keen to                                                                                                                                                        Coventry attributes the
    resolve this as quickly as                                                                                                                                                     growth to strong invest-
    possible – within a mat-                                                                                                                                                       ment in existing retail
    ter of months if poss-                                                                                                                                                         outlets and ongoing re-
    ible,’’ he said.                                                                                                                                                               tailer conversion
       Mr Holloway did not
    provide details of any                                                                                                                                                            ‘‘We are confident we
    proposed amendments.                                                                                                                                                           have the winning for-
                                                                                                                                                                                   mula – strong buying
       The BGRA forum was                                                                                                                                                          power and a well-liked
    hosted by Axiom                                                                                                                                                                brand,’’ he said.
    Properties Limited, the                                                                                                                                                           ‘‘However, it’s the
    developer of the Gepps                                                                                                                                                         proven track record
    Cross bulky goods pre-                                                                                                                                                         which turns our words
    cinct. The centre, which                                                                                                                                                       into a reality for our
    will be the biggest bulky                                                                                                                                                      retailers.’’
    goods precinct in the
                                                                                                                                                                                      South Australian

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    country, is 80 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                                   stores recorded an aver-
    pre-committed. The
                                                                                                                                                                                   age sales increase of 10.8
    complex is due to open       HELP IS AT HAND: Innodev founder and chief executive Timothy Browne.                                              Picture: SIMON CROSS            per cent during 2008.
    in the middle of the year.
                                 ALEXANDRA ECONOMOU                        enabled an office to keep track of
                                                                           staff. ‘‘It helps in making sure your
                                 ADELAIDE information technology
    Provider                     company Innodev says its new soft-
                                                                           staff are where they say they are and

                                 ware can make managing your busi-
                                 ness outside the office less difficult.
                                    The company’s Mobusol software
                                                                           are not using work vehicles for
                                                                           personal use,’’ he said.
                                                                             ‘‘This technology is particularly                                  CLIPSAL 500
    ADAM Internet will ex-
    pand its range to include
                                 platform digitises existing company
                                 paperwork and can be used with a
                                                                           relevant to a business with a fleet of
                                                                           more than five vehicles.’’                                           CHARITY LUNCH
                                                                             He said businesses which could
    mobile phones and wire-      mobile phone, iPhone or personal
                                                                           benefit included couriers and mobile
                                                                                                                                                Want to rub shoulders with Garth Tander,
    less 3G access.              digital assistant.                                                                                             the Kelly Brothers or Jason Richards?
                                                                           sales representatives.
       Managing director            Innodev founder and chief execu-         Glynde-based indoor plant com-                                     Join over fifteen drivers as they talk about their
    Scott Hicks says the         tive Timothy Browne said it was the       pany Plantscape Interiors was the                                    experiences on track at the Clipsal 500.
    wireless service and mo-     difficulties faced by people working

    bile products will not       on the road that had prompted the
                                                                                                                                         Date   Wednesday March 18, 12 noon
    replace existing ser-        creation of Mobusol.                           It helps in making                                     Venue    Adelaide Convention Centre
    vices, but will give users      ‘‘I was talking to some tradesmen
    freedom of choice.           friends prior to starting it and they
                                                                           sure your staff are where                                      MC    Mark Soderstrom – Channel 7
       ‘‘The internet is no      talked about lost invoices and having     they say they are                                   Special Guests   Flag Marshall Glen Dix and Colin Bond
    longer just something        trouble entering data,’’ he said.
    accessed from the home                                                 first client to adopt the Innodev                                    To book call 8223 6222 or visit www.rsb.org.au
    or office,’’ he says.           ‘‘It is not uncommon for work to       technology. Innodev was formed in
                                 go unpaid because billing infor-          2007 by Mr Browne and two other
       ‘‘It has become essen-
                                 mation has been lost somewhere            former Motorola senior software en-
    tial for customers to be
    able to connect, regard-     between the job site and office.’’        gineers, following the collapse of the
    less of their location.’’       Mr Browne said the software could      phone manufacturer.                                                                                                              ST
       The wireless mobile       also help businesses reduce admin-           The company employs 14 staff and                                                                                            FA K!
    service will launch at the   istration costs.                          performs a variety of jobs such                                                                                              IN IC
    end of March and Adam           Furthermore, Mobusol had a Glo-        as software testing and project
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    will become a mobile
    phone reseller in April.
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