South Australian companies lead defence industry innovation boost

By Jim Plouffe Defence industry SMEs from South Australia have won more than $8 million in contracts to provide the Australian Defence Force with a capability edge. Of the 15 contracts valued at more than $28 million awarded to Australian small businesses developing cutting-edge defence technologies, four are based in South Australia. Australian Minister for…

Two funding wins for Australian battery production

Two groups progressing to manufacture modern batteries and systems in Australia have received government funding boosts. Queensland battery system manufacturer RedEarth has received a $5 million investment from the $80 million Queensland Government Business Development fund. The investment, which matches 4.75 million raised from investors, will boost production of the company’s residential and commercial scale…

How recycling is actually sorted, and why Australia is quite bad at it

By Jeff Seadon, Auckland University of Technology Recycling in Australia used to be fairly simple. Our older readers may remember bottle drives, paper and cardboard collections, and the trip to the scrap metal merchant to sell metals. This is called, in recycling parlance, sorting the “streams”. It creates very clean recycling that requires little sorting…