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Safetech named Australian Business of the Year

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Victorian workplace safety equipment manufacturer, Safetech, has been named 2006 Telstra Australian Business of the Year.

Safetech, based in Moe, also won the Panasonic Australia Business Award (for businesses with 20 to 50 employees).

Safetech was presented with the national award by Telstra Chief Executive Officer, Sol Trujillo, and Deena Shiff, Telstra Group Managing Director for Telstra Business and Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, at the national finals held at The Westin in Sydney.

Managing Director, Lindsay Wakefield, says he’s incredibly proud of Safetech’s achievements.

“It’s such a thrill. It is great recognition for a company based in regional Victoria and a pat on the back for our fantastic employees.”

Safetech was established in 1985 and specialises in the design and manufacture of equipment to provide solutions to manual handling problems and occupational health and safety concerns. Today they manufacture products for categories including lifting and levelling, pallet handling and overhead handling solutions. One of their most recent products includes a stretch tape wrapping machine now being distributed by international giant, 3M.

Mr Trujillo congratulated Safetech and the winners and finalists of the 2006 Telstra Business Awards for their business success.

“Telstra is proud to be able to recognise these Australian businesses for their hard work, innovation and extraordinary efforts to be the best in their field,” Mr Trujillo said.

Other businesses recognised at the awards were:
· Rent-A-Home.com.au, a web-based listing and booking service for furnished homes and apartments across Australia from Moore Park in New South Wales, national winner of the Australian Government Micro-Business Award (forbusinesses with five employees or fewer);
· Simulus, specialists in process simulation for the minerals and logistics industries from Perth, Western Australia, national winner of the MYOB Business Award (for businesses with five to 20 employees);
· Imagination Entertainment, an interactive entertainment business from Kent Town, South Australia, national winner of the Hudson Business Award (for businesses with 50 to100 employees);
· Microskin International Pty Ltd, a medical product developer from Wavell Heights, Queensland, national winner of the AMP Innovation Award (for businesses that have successfully introduced an innovation);
· Perry Trade Services, a trade services supplier from Nuriootpa, South Australia, national winner of the Telstra Regional Award (for businesses located in an area serviced by Telstra Country Wide).

The Telstra Business Awards were introduced in 1992, and are held annually to recognise the achievements and enterprising spirit of businesses across Australia. Over 4500 nominations were received for the Awards across Australia this year. The state/territory and national winners share in a prize pool of over $400,000 in cash grants, prizes and business products and services.

“Telstra would like to thank the many outstanding businesses who entered the Awards this year and celebrate their dedication, spirit and success,” Mr Trujillo said.

“Telstra is continually finding new and smarter ways to support Australian businesses in their day to day operations and in achieving their long-term goals”.

“These Awards are just one way for us to say – well done and keep up the great work”.

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