Australian Innovation

Bendigo Inventor Awards

From storage systems, the birth of retail giants to the creation of a product that is distributed to more than 35 countries, the Greater Bendigo region has a proud history of innovative and invention.

Therefore it’s little surprise that the inaugural City of Greater Bendigo 2010 Bendigo Inventors Awards are attracting plenty of interest from local innovators.

City of Greater Bendigo Eaglehawk Ward Cr Peter Cox said the Greater Bendigo municipality has a significant record when it comes to innovation and invention.

“We proudly claim Bendigo as the birth place of Myer and of course famous foods such as Leggos, Gillies Pies and the iconic Chiko Roll.

“Then we have the quiet achievers who have developed products that have gone around the world. One such success story is Bruce Dalton’s World’s Best Hoof Oil which is distributed through the United States, Europe, Middle East and the Asia Pacific.

“Also making a name in the market place are Blade Electric Vehicles, Redback Storage Systems and Shamp, an amplifier designed for an acoustic guitars,” Cr Cox said.

“The aim of the awards is to encourage imagination via a competitive process to support practical ideas that will create local employment opportunities and promote Bendigo as a “thinking city”.

“As there is no age limit we are keen to inspire and assist a broad mix of individuals of all ages such as engineers, students, scientists, technicians, creative people, entrepreneurs, individuals, companies, inventors and tinkers to develop a unique product or service they have created or have an idea for,” said Cr Cox.

Chairman of the Bendigo Inventor Awards Committee Herbert Hermens said there are three Award categories - Rising, Established and Inventor of the Year.

“The ‘Rising’ category features a $5,000 cash prize for the winner and is for those not yet to market.  The ‘Established’ category is for those currently trading in the market and also carries a of $5,000 cash prize for the winner.

“The $10,000 Inventor of the year is for the overall best invention/innovation and will be decided from the total pool of applications received for the 2010 Awards,” said Mr Hermans.

Applications close on July 30, 2010 and can be downloaded from www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/inventor or picked up from City of Greater Bendigo’s Lyttleton Terrace office and Workspace Australia in Eaglehawk.

Judging for the event will be conducted by a select panel in confidence and the winners will be announced at a Gala Event at the Bendigo Town Hall on September 3, 2010 which will be attended by venture capitalists, mentors, associated organisations and the public to celebrate the winning inventions/innovations.

Further information on the awards is available by contacting Peter Jeffrey on 5434 6241.

Other Bendigo innovations:-
•Leggos - founded by Henry Madren Leggo started in Eaglehawk in 1894 as a manufacturer of vinegar, pickles, sauces, cordials, baking powder and other grocery supplies.
•The Community Bank story first started in 1998 when Bendigo Bank partnered with the Victorian communities, Rupanyup and Minyip, to establish a banking pilot to return banking services to the towns. There are more than 230 Community Bank branches across Australia.
 â€¢HV McKay’s Sunshine Harvester which revolutionised Australian agriculture was developed in 1885 in Elmore by Hugh Victor McKay.
•Local Resident Emma Hollingsworth’s breastfeeding aid; The Booby Booster was the ABC’s New Inventors show winner in July 2008.
•The Four and Twenty story started in Bendigo in the late 1940s The Company’s founder, local caterer Les McClure, developed a reputation for baking the most delicious meat pies in the area.
•Sidney Myer established the first Myer store in Bendigo in 1900.
•An innovative lifting device called the Mighty Lift propelled local Bendigo business, Bill Grant Engineering, into the finals of the prestigious WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2008 in the Best Health and Safety Initiative for a Small Business category.
•In 1875 Gustav Adolph KNobel a civil and mechanical engineer lodged a patent for "An invention for G.A. Knobel's compound ventilator, effecting both plenum and vacuum by which the vitiated or foul air is extracted with as much power as that by which the fresh air is forced in.

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