Five Kimberley projects have been awarded in $673,473 Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant funding from the Western Australian government. Generators & Off-Grid Energy Pty Ltd will receive $176,000 to establish operations in the East Kimberley, employ eight employees and provide training for electricians to provide alternative, ‘whole system’ energy solutions for residents and businesses in the region. Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation will use the $82,473 to build a tissue culture laboratory, and processing, packing and storage facility for their gubinge plantation. Indigenous-owned business Walaja Raw Bush Honey will receive $90,000 to construct a purpose-built facility in Broome to expand commercial honey production. The Carbonating the Kimberley project will receive $200,000 to construct the region’s first and only beverage manufacturing facility at the Hoochery Distillery, focussing on mid and zero strength alcohol products. The Kimberley Arts Network was also awarded $75,000 to repurpose an art space in Broome.
Pierlite wins two innovation awards for air purifying LED light fitting
Pierlite, owned by Signify, has announced its Aether LED UVC Luminaire has won two product innovation awards. The Lighting Council of Australia’s National Awards for Excellence in Lighting recognised the company with a Smart Lighting / IoT award in October, in recognition for their work in designing, developing and commercialising Aether. This month the IES Lighting Society Queensland Chapter gave the Lighting Innovation Award of Excellence to Pierlite, also for the Aether. According to Pierlite, over 100 businesses across Australia and New Zealand have adopted the products to keep indoor spaces safe from harmful pathogens, including hospitals, schools, fitness facilities, and many small businesses. Launched in early 2022, the Aether LED UVC Troffer is a novel air purifying luminaire that can inactivate and remove 99.995 per cent of harmful pathogens from the air.