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  • North West Indigenous Pastoral Project Celebrates Ongoing Success

    An Indigenous pastoral project in the state’s Far North has helped train and employ 67 indigenous pastoral workers and aided the return of more than 272,000 hectares back to commercial primary production.

    The achievements and importance of the North West Indigenous Pastoral Project (NWIPP) will be acknowledged at the Indigenous Cattlemen’s Workshop in Port Augusta today, with Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock attending.

    It’s the first time South Australia has hosted the annual workshop, which is running 21-23 November.

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  • Pipi Fishery Opens To Recreational Fishers

    Recreational fishers can once again enjoy collecting Pipi (Goolwa Cockles).

    The popular species can be found along the entire length of Goolwa Beach, from the Murray Mouth to Middleton Point.

    Fishers are reminded that there are size and bag limits in place. Pipi must measure 3.5 cm across the widest part of the shell, with a maximum daily limit of 300 per person east of the line of longitude 136°E and a possession limit of 1200.

    The Pipi Fishery is open from 1 November 2017 until 31 May 2018.

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  • ACCC allows agribusinesses to jointly purchase energy

    The ACCC is allowing businesses in the new Eastern Energy Buyers Group (EEBG) to establish a joint energy purchasing group and run joint tender processes for electricity and gas for 11 years. 

    EEBG’s current members are industrial energy users who operate in the agriculture industry. Members have significant operations in Victoria and some operations interstate. The proposed joint tender process would cover supply of electricity, gas and gas transport services to members of the group.

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  • Finder.com.au penalised for misleading consumers

    Hive Empire Pty Limited, trading as finder.com.au (Finder), has paid a penalty of $10,800 following the issue of an infringement notice by the ACCC for alleged false or misleading claims about the number of health insurance policies it compares.

    The ACCC alleges that between February and May 2017, Finder represented on its website that its health insurance comparison service allowed consumers to “compare roughly 65,000 policies”, when the number of policies compared was substantially less than this.

    The ACCC issued the infringement notice because it had reasonable grounds to believe that Finder had breached the Australian Consumer Law.

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  • Reliable information is essential to red meat industry productivity: ACCC

    The future growth and profitability of the red meat sector in Australia relies on the investment confidence of its participants, but this confidence will be threatened if market information is restricted, or livestock producers are unable to obtain objective performance data, ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh told the MLA Red Meat Industry Forum in Alice Springs today.

    Mr Keogh noted that recent events in the cattle industry that meant that even basic market information such as weekly slaughter numbers were unavailable for a period, raised concerns about the transparency and future competitiveness of the cattle industry.

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  • Faster payments a 'game changer' for small business

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the Federal Government’s move to introduce 15-business-day payment terms for small business suppliers.

     

    The Government today announced the plan in its response to the Ombudsman’s April 2017 Inquiry into Payment Terms and Practices.

    The report found that late payments have been a perennial problem for businesses in Australia.

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  • Global US tech company Clique sets up APAC HQ in Melbourne

    One of the world’s largest voice API technology companies will set up its headquarters in Melbourne with plans to invest over A$10 million in the Australian market over the next five years.

    Based at the York Butter Factory startup hub in Melbourne, Clique, will have a branch in Sydney, supporting its expansion into the Asia Pacific region.

    Melbourne is fast becoming a viable choice for international tech giants. Slack, Square, Hired, Zendesk, GoPro, and Cognizant have already set up shop here.

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  • Australia and Alibaba’s eCommerce globalisation strategy

    As the world’s largest eCommerce market, China represents a huge opportunity for Australian businesses to successfully navigate the most advanced digital economy in the world.

    To promote its vitamin business Blackmores took out a giant advertisement in New York’s Times Square.

    Although the company did not sell its products in the USA, Blackmores tactic was to generate traffic on Chinese social media.

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  • Global design firm Coop Himmelblau sets up in Melbourne

    One of the world’s most innovative design architects, Coop Himmelb(l)au, has established an office in Melbourne.

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  • Red Balloon pays penalty for excessive payment surcharges

    Red Balloon Pty Ltd (Red Balloon) has paid penalties totalling $43,200 following the issue of four infringement notices by the ACCC for alleged breaches of the new excessive payment surcharges laws in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

    Red Balloon is an online trader that sells ‘experiences’ in Australia, such as skydiving jumps, wine tours, and cooking classes.

    The ACCC alleged that on 31 March and 30 June 2017, Red Balloon charged four consumers excessive payment surcharges in respect of payments they made by MasterCard credit, Visa credit, Visa debit and MasterCard debit respectively.

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