ENTRANTS IN 2016 TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND INNOVATION AWARDS

ALBUM REGISTRY

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

The digital age has created a 'shoot and burn' culture (photographers providing clients with digital files only). Clients commit to 'printing later' as they 'cannot afford' print products. Album Registry addresses the barriers to printing special memories by providing an online crowd-funding platform which allows family and friends to contribute towards a print product such as an album.

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ALLGIGS.COM.AU

AllGigs connects wedding and event vendors of all kinds from entertainment to wedding decor rental to the wedding or event planner making it easier for the person organising the event.    Whether it's your first time organising a wedding or your 100th event AllGigs makes it simple and financially secure to find and book vendors in your area.

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ANGLE ALARM

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

The angle alarm is a safety device hard wired to a quad bike to give the operator warning when the tipping angle of a machine is close to being reached. The Device warns the operator through an audible alarm and a visual warning light.

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ABORIGINAL STEEL ART LIFESTYLE RANGE

I want to launch ASA Lifestyle range - a range that is functional and serve a purpose, but are also beautiful and representative of my Indigenous roots. This would include bike racks, bench seats, bin enclosures, bollards, garden screens, fire pits and perhaps even a lighting range. Made from stainless steel, all pieces would incorporate indigenous designs.

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AUSTRALIA'S FIRST INTERNET OF THINGS DEGREE

I am responsible for establishing a new Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Systems and Internet of Things degree in Cairns, starting from semester 1 2016. A unique feature of this new degree is to prepare students for the jobs of the future, providing them with an Engineering degree with the best, most job relevant skills of an Electronic Engineering, IT and and Big Data & Analytics degree.

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BOG OUT VEHICLE RECOVERY KIT

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

Bog Out is a practical and reliable vehicle recovery system, allowing vehicles to self-rescue when bogged in almost any terrain.  Developed and tested in the tough tropics of Northern Australia, Bog Out is a strong harness designed to turn a vehicle's wheels into winches.  It fits any tyre and can be custom-made to any realistic strength, allowing for even heavy machinery or military equipment to self-rescue.

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CARING FOR CAIRNS

Developing a donation system where tourists, visitors, individuals and corporations can purchase trees, shrubs, fish, bird and marine hatchlings and donate them to the Cairns Council, and Dept of Marine and Parks to be planted/released into the environment for ecologically sustainable regrowth. GPS coordinates would be provided so donors can review/acknowledge/visit the region they are supporting.

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CATCH N RELEASE ANCHOR RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

The CNR is designed to retrieve anchors, avoiding damage to vessels and to the reef/anchoring point. The CNR sits between the anchor and the chain and has an additional piece of chain that connects to a release pin in the CNR and the top of the anchor.  When the anchor needs to be retrieved a sleeve is sent down the anchor rope.  It releases the release pin and the anchor is retrieved from the top.

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CHERRYGIFT

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

cherrygift was developed to be a simple, convenient and sustainable way for customers from anywhere around the world to buy virtual gift vouchers, which are sent as a text message to the recipient's smartphone anywhere in Australia. cherrygift vouchers are purchased online via a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer for a nominated value, then digitally sent with a personal message.

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CIVIOT SPHERE

A region wide open IoT wireless network, Civic Cyber infrastructure.  Accelerating adoption of new innovative IoT solutions by the entire region.  Removing barriers to entry for industries, entrepreneurs, start-ups, Councils, and institutions, to experiment and build new Smart City and Civic Tech.  Combined with theMakers Makerspace, make Cairns the leader in Asia for Lifestyle-Tech & Ag-Tech.

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COAST 2 COAST SOLUTIONS

C2C are the Sales & Customer Service Professionals. We pride ourselves on delivering quality training to businesses that are looking to increase their profits & productivity through exceptional customer service & sales skills. Services are tailor made to suit each individual business, within any industry. C2C offers a free newsletter filled with hints & tips for the benefit of the community.

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CYCLEVISION

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

The bicycle helmet has integrated forward and rear facing, 160 degree, wide angle, HD cameras, mounted within the helmet substructure. The helmet records vision and sound onto an internal micro SD cards all events in a 320 ark around the rider. The rear facing camera is Wi-Fi active displaying onto a smartphone screen mounted on the bicycle handlebars all events that unfold from behind the rider

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EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS

Emerging Entrepreneurs is a 10 session, online, entrepreneurship, learning platform for school students, that empowers students to build their own businesses in a way that minimises risk and exponentially increases their likelihood of building a profitable business. Teachers are provided accreditation and world class online support in order to inspire their students to change the world.

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ELECTRIC BRAKE MONITORING SYSTEM

My invention is an Electric Brake Monitoring System for towed vehicles.  It allows remote monitoring of the electrical signals being applied to the brake assemblies within each wheel of the towed vehicle via any Bluetooth capable smartphone or tablet.  It provides vehicle operators, maintainers and repairers real-time safety critical data that cannot be easily gathered in any other way.

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EARTHING TRADITIONAL DYED DESIGNS

My design collection titled "Earthing" is showcasing the process of absorbing earths free flowing electrons from its surface through the soles of our feet. Depicting how the land owns Aboriginal people and every aspect of their lives is connected to it. All material used has been traditionally and naturally dyed to reflect this process.

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ENERGY GURU OPTIMISATION

We developed a systematic process using hardware and software that defines, measures, and helps eliminate energy wastage in business. It allows the end user to understand the energy process and allows them to make intelligent and informed business choices. Our unique Energy Optimisation Roadmap is a tailor made blueprint which reviews all aspects of the complex cost of energy.

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ENTERTAINMENT CAIRNS

Entertainment Cairns website is custom built to develop the live music & performance sector.  The popular online gig guide with cross links to performer and venue profiles uses interactive input by stakeholders to produce an online "directory" which generates 30000+ events , assists in audience engagement and adds to improved economic viability of musicians & live performance venues.

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ENVIZION VIRTUAL REALITY PROJECT

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

enVizion Group inc has created a world first mobile training facility that uses Virtual Reality technology to provide learners with an opportunity to engage - regardless of their education or literacy level. The bus will be taking virtual reality to Indigenous and all communities around Australia to give people a firsthand VR experience as an inspiration tour of employment and career options. 

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EVOLUTION

EVOLUTION, is a purpose built state-of -the-art reef vessel, built purely to satisfy the demands and needs of guests and staff to ensure that we could deliver a true world class experience on the Great Barrier Reef, and take tourism here in Cairns to the nest level. A unique design and build was complete and the vessel is now touted as "the most luxurious reef vessel in Australia.

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FNQ CONCRETE CREATIONS

Handmade tables using concrete and recycled metals, stepping stones, pavers and headstones, using recycled glass from the MRF of Cairns Regional Council.  Bespoke bar tops, counters and kitchen benches, combining, recycled glass and hand selected stones, sourced from regional FNQ.

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FRAVO

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

Fravo is an app to help users find which bottle shop has their favourite drinks at the cheapest prices. With alcohol prices increasing all the time it feels like your lucky day when you walk into a bottle shop and your favourite drinks are on special! Use Fravo to find out within seconds which bottle shop in your area has the cheapest prices. 

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GRIZZLY POLY UTE TRAY

The Grizzly Poly Ute tray is the worlds first ute tray built from high density polyethylene. It is fully adaptable to be built as a tipper truck, standard ute tray, canopy on any size vehicle. It is fully customisable to anything you may want to add on including: ladder racks, water tanks or tool boxes.

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GYNO BOARD

This is a light weight board that is added to any surface on which a women can lie for clinical women's health examination and procedures. It is able to be attached to a conventional examining couch in a doctor's consultation room, or a regular table if used in a rural outreach clinic or at a home or makeshift clinic. It is simple, light weight, easy to carry, clean, and to store.

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HURSE IRONS

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

The Hurse Irons have been specifically designed and engineered to provide a more safe, efficient, secure, comfortable, durable and environmentally friendly solution which provides minimal impact on both the operator and the environment.

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HYPER CARBON-DENSE CUBIC FORESTS

Tropical Carbon offers a feasible, realistic and practical solution to reducing global carbon dioxide emissions. Through augmenting the growth properties of certain tree species, Tropical Carbon produces forests with have no empty space between trees, resulting in a solid living biomass, which is 50% Carbon. Tropical Carbon can offset the carbon dioxide emissions of dozens of countries in an area no greater than Brisbane City.

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INFINITE RIDERS

We provide a two wheel experience for the brave of heart to come and ride some of our amazing tracks. We provide teaching and coaching for the youth to help them hone their skills in the safest most enjoyable way yet. We will host world class events inviting some of the best riders on the planet to come and showcase their skills on our specially designed dirt jumps for maximum airtime and flow.

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INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Our Innovation in education is highlighted by three new programs with a revolutionary pathway, facility and online subject.

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IREEF.TV

The iReef.tv is a street interactive installation on a large screen with multiple themes related to our region. The Reef Theme: As pedestrians walk by, the screen reacts to their movement and schools of fish scatter. Pedestrians are encouraged to personalise a fish by superimposing their face onto the face of the fish. They can then manoeuvre their fish around the reef using their smart phone. All interaction can be shared via social media, encouraging friends to join the fun.

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IVFGEN

My innovation is my business model itself based on 'zero investment' & 'zero inventory'. I am able to operate it from my home based office with next to 'no administration cost' and yet my brand of products (IVF Gen) are selling through leading distributors in over 20 countries and counting!

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LITTLE TUNA

Little Tuna's Australian Tuna is a boutique style preserve tuna presented in a glass jar made with fresh quality ingredients including a chunky steak of sustainable Australian tuna caught off the coast of Cairns. Made from fresh ingredients chosen to include added health benefits. Each jar has the right amount of flavour so the quality and freshness of the tuna can still be enjoyed once preserved.

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LOCKCAP

Lock cap is a small product that can be used as an effective risk management strategy. For use in the hospital setting the lock cap is placed over an intravenous cannula (IVC) and closed with a small cable tie. Its purpose is to be placed over the IVC of clients who are leaving the hospital on day leave or leaving the hospital for short periods of time. The lock cap will reduce easy IV access.

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MY HABITAT PRODUCTS

A range of non-toxic products based on pure 100% essential oils: WebMaster - for cobweb, spider & insect control; MouldMaster-kills mould and prevents regrowth; SpringClean-general purpose antibacterial tough cleaning spray; SimpleWash-a personal body & hair wash, also safe for babies and pets; Kitchen Liquid- Dishes, Tough on grease & Grim; and Hand Sanitiser.

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RAINFOREST BOUNTY

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

Using Native Australian Rainforest fruits as the key ingredient for products. Providing a sustainable and innovative business model which encompasses quality control and support from supply through to distribution and environmental care.

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NATURAL EVOLUTION

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

Our main innovation is a highly innovative, patented 26-step process which enables us to produce a range of food products made from green bananas. The value-added product range that we have developed provides food and drink manufacturers, commercial cafes, restaurants and consumers with chemical-free, gluten-free, healthy alternatives and a greater variety of tastes and easy to use products.

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ONE TREE MATTERS

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

Every $5 raised gets a native tree planted. It's very simple, affordable and achievable to make a forest for under $100. How many trees make a forest?For people who want to plant trees for the sake of the environment but can't or don't have room, we are able to do it for them. For the price of a bottle of Coke we are directly changing the world one tree at a time. Our forests will last forever.

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OUR REF

To supplement online Employment profiles (such as LinkedIn), OurRef effects pro-active nomination of a recruitment or consultant Candidate by their referring Managers and/or Direct Reports, as an online Workforce Referral Connection and Networking tool for Employers, Recruiters and Candidates based on evidence of integrity, and verifiable personal reputation and career profile.

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PEACH NARROW TRENCHING BUCKET

Conventional narrow buckets have two sides to the bucket. Buckets less than 300mm wide are generally too difficult to exit the material as it packs tight within the bucket. Our design by only having one side to the bucket can effectively cut a clean trench to min 50mm wide. This is achieved by using the trench wall as the other side of the bucket The containment is then complete.

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PHILIPVIDS VIRTUAL REALITY AND 360 VIDEOS

We provide virtual reality and 360 video and photo production and services to engage customers as well as increase sales, website rankings and branding recognition for our clients including: Virtual Reality and 360-degree video and photo production; Virtual reality 360-degree Live streaming; Event and expos and Consulting and education.

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PHOTOHARVESTER

PhotoHarvester is a tool for people who see photos as information rather than graphic art.  It finds new photos on memory cards and transfers them onto a computer automatically, placing the photos into an intelligent folder structure and registering them in a database.  PhotoHarvester has a bunch of tools to make light work of capturing the meaning of the photos and for reviewing the collection.

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PLASTICS RECYCLING PLANT

Our proposal/dream is to have a plastics recycling plant in Cairns. Catering to both domestic and industrial applications to replace timber. Our aim is nil landfill of plastics for the far north region.

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PORTAGRID

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

Portagrid are modular, transportable and re-deployable renewable energy generation and storage systems.  They are a containerised product that can provide basic power, clean water and internet in a transportable shipping container (from 10 foot to 40 foot) that can be shipped, helicoptered or trucked to site anywhere in the world.

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POWERSHOT APP

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

A revolutionary new app that combines technology, sport and games to measure how fast you can kick, hit or throw a ball.  The app will have a leader board, record all kicks, show progress and work with most ball games. It will be available initially on apple devices with a view to availability through the Play Store.

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PRISON/POLICE DOG SERVICE VEST

A protective vest to be worn by prison/police service dogs to cover and protect the vital areas of the dog to ensure they are not seriously injured or killed when doing their jobs.

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RAINFOREST HEART

Increasing consumer interest in low sugar products and the health benefits of native fruits drove us to develop products that were pure fruit only. High production and freight costs drove us to investigate light weight and shelf stable options. Thus, we developed a process to pulp, dry and mill the fruits into a powdered format which is versatile, pure flavour and available to a wider audience.

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REEF RESTORATION

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

After studying various empirical paper's on the feasibility of coral nurseries, all of which have issues with particularly high cost. I have come up with a volunteer/training programme working closely with local dive operator's and traditional land owner's that overcomes these problems.

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SAILAWAY AFTERNOON TOURS

Sailaway has been operating quality Great Barrier Reef trips since 1985 and continues to set the standard in luxury travel. More recently, Sailaway launched Sailaway V Afternoon tours to Low Isles. This allowed Sailaway to carry more passengers to the GBR in an eco-friendly manner. The Sailaway V Low Isles Afternoon Tour offers educational and informative experiences with an onboard marine biolog.

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SHINDIGGER

Shindigger is an app/website combo which keeps people up to date with all the events happening in their local area. 

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SOLAR FUTURES AUSTRALIA

Solar Futures Australia established in 2014 to support knowledge sharing activities and demonstrate sustainable practices on site at Normanton Solar Farm. The company will develop and drive opportunities in tourism, education and research while improving awareness and sustainability of the attributes of Solar Power Generation for the North West Queensland Region.

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START UP AND INNOVATION TABLELANDS

Startup and Innovation Tablelands (ST) started to bring entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets to Tablelanders with the inaugural Startup Weekend Tablelands in 2015.  Since then ST has gone from strength to strength as a fledgling, expanding group of dedicated volunteers reaching out and educating about the new global business methodologies that can boost the sustainable economy of the Tablelands.

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STORYBOARD SOCIAL

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

Storyboard is a mobile application that lets you match your photos and videos with the places you visit creating a visual diary and journey map. An app to create and share meaningful experiences or discover the stories told by others and connect with people from around the world. Storyboard delivers an immersive experience for consumers to re-live journeys and experiences.

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GREEN BUSINESS SUSTAINABILTY SOFTWARE

Green Business is a sustainability consultancy that has developed sustainability software linking sustainability assessments, actions and KPIs, with the aim to incrementally adjust business operations and culture towards sustainability.

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SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS GLOBAL

Sustainable Solutions Global has an emphasis on balancing all four tiers (people, planet, profit and governance).Providing sustainable outcomes is the focus of the consultancy work performed. These specialist skills have helped SSG Company Directors to incorporate an innovative and incentivising business model to help ensure the success and growth of this regional business into the future.

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THE BABY QUODDLE

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Our beautiful 300ml baby bottles have been made from borosilicate glass which is a medical grade glass that is dishwasher-safe and thermal shock resistant. Meaning it can withstand heating, cooling and is microwave safe. The teat which is made in Malaysia from an all-natural rubber free from hardening agents and any harmful chemicals compounds.  Perfectly shaped for bottle and composite feeding.

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THE CLEAN AIR CAR MOTOR

Edgar has invented and built (and patented) the conversion of the Suzuki (Alto and Swift) engine, running solely on compressed air: clean air goes in- clean air comes out; therefore environmentally friendly.

This conversion could be applied to tractors on farms; especially important for organic farming.

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THE PLANNING SEARCH

STCA.com.au and The Planning Search was created as we had a problem as a new business of how to attract new clients. So we created this startup as a way of providing a fast and affordable service that could develop new client relationships and could provide us with consultancy work into our existing business. Our innovation provides fast and affordable town planning data and advice via our website.

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THE TRIPLERINSER

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

The purpose of the Triplerinser is multi-fold, saving time, chemical and labour costs for the agricultural producer, ensuring the cleanliness and safety standard for the drum recycling and handling, and reducing chemical contamination of soils and rivers. The rinse water is reclaimed for crop use by a custom manufactured venturi  which pushes it into the crop sprayer tank up to 3mtrs high.

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THE WATER APP

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

We are creating an app for people in small Aboriginal homelands and outstations to manage their drinking water supplies. The only method to ensure the safety and reliability of a drinking water supply is through a systematic management process and the Water App provides this. Water management is essential for communities to stay healthy but also vital for economic growth and enterprise.

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EZYSTAFF

EZYStaff turns the traditional recruitment model on its head! It addresses the issues experienced by both Candidates and Employers with the traditional recruitment process. At EZYStaff, the Candidates do the advertising and Employers do the searching! EZYStaff is a "Do-It-Yourself" online recruitment solution for all Employers and Candidates.

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THE WHOLE CHILD

Occupational therapy (OT) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) assessment and treatment strategies can be combined in one service.  The benefits of OT interventions are magnified when underlying contribution of gut health is also considered.  Healing the gut and related areas in the body means the body and mind is functioning better, and therapy strategies work more quickly and effectively.

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LEARNING FROM NATURE

The Ecological Toolkit contains easy-to-use Practices helping people to look at what they do from an ecosystem perspective,use natural ecosystem functions as their best practice role models, and then develop opportunities to bridge the gap between how their systems operate and natural systems perform.

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THE WHOLE CHILD

Occupational therapy (OT) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) assessment and treatment strategies can be combined in one service.  The benefits of OT interventions are magnified when underlying contribution of gut health is also considered.  Healing the gut and related areas in the body means the body and mind is functioning better, and therapy strategies work more quickly and effectively.

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VOISTA

Voista stands for Voice - Operated - Interactive - Sales - Training - ApplicationIt allows pharmacies to upload any video; and require any response to that video using the voice; and it's an Android Tablet mobile application that measures the use of the voice to train staff in just 5 minutes per day. Voista was created out of necessity for a small group (8 stores) spread over 2 locations, 4 hours apart who wanted to increase sales and training obligations, but didn't want to pay for a trainer in each city. Instead, software was created to have a trainer in each store, every day - using Voista. 

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WHIRLIGIG

**PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINALIST**

The Whirligig is designed to give those with limited time and clothes drying space a means to air dry clothes efficiently and cheaply.  The 5W solar panel rotates the unit slowly, creating air movement past the clothes and presenting them evenly to the sun.  For indoor use the unit may be run from a 12V transformer.  It can stand alone or be suspended from a hook or tree - a boon for campers.

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WILD PLUM MARSHMALLOW, TRIPLE DELIGHT MARSHMALLOW

Both varieties of marshmallow are made from rainforest fruit that occur naturally in the forest of tropical north east Queensland.  We have now established orchards on our property near Lake Barrine. The Wild Plum marshmallow is made using the pulp and juice of the Davidson plum. The Triple delight marshmallow is the combination of the Davidson plum, Lemon Aspen and Lemon Myrtle

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XIT VAN

Xit Van is an off-road camper/caravan With an independent suspension allowing the floor and pod system to lower to the ground; 

Entrance to the van is possible via the rear door, allowing easy access for wheel chairs, quad bikes, ride on mowers, pallets, or anything else of similar size due to this design.

The unit can easily be customised to suit many different applications

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ZIRON

My innovation SIRON detects and locates emergency vehicles emitting a siren noise.

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