Australian Innovation Research Centre

Media 2010

"Paddock to Plate"

Stateline Tasmania, ABC Television, 2 November 2010

Research Associate Ben Wills was interviewed by Fiona Breen for Stateline Tasmania. The interview covered Ben's involvement with The Source Wholefood Cooperative, as well as his research into alternative (ethical, organic, local) food systems. Professor Jonathan West also appeared in the interview.

"How innovative are Tasmanian Businesses?"

AusIndustry (Tasmanian State Office) e-Bulletin, November 2010, page 3

The AIRC's Tasmanian Innovation Census 2010 was featured in AusIndustry's November e-Bulletin.

"How to achieve commercial success"

Media release, University of Tasmania, 27 October 2010

"A new postgraduate unit to give students the confidence to develop and pursue commercial opportunities in the business sector will be offered at the Launceston campus. The unit, Introduction to Commercialisation, will give students an understanding of business process - from generating an idea through to watching it come to fruition. "

"UTAS research looks at innovation in Tasmania"

Tasmanian Business Reporter, October 2010, page 11

"The Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC)...has launched the second Tasmanian Innovation Census. The first census was conducted in 2007 and showed that 70 per cent of Tasmanian businesses innovated. The 2010 survey of the innovative activities of Tasmanian businesses (with five or more employees) will wrap up this December."

"Nations food bowl"

The 7.30 Report, ABC Television, 28 September 2010

Professor Jonathan West was interviewed for The 7.30 Report as a result of his comments at a three-day forum contemplating Australia's food security in light of the growing global population, as well as the idea that Tasmania could be the "nation's food bowl".

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"Achieving the food bowl vision"

ABC Rural Country Hour, ABC Radio, 24 September 2010

Professor Jonathan West was interviewed regarding his vision for growth and potential for expansion in Tasmania's agricultural industries, and his belief that it is possible to add $1 billion each to the dairy, wine, horticulture, livestock and aquaculture sectors.

"Census seeks innovation data"

The Examiner, 20 September 2010, page 8

"The Australian Innovation Research Centre is conducting a census to find out which Tasmanian business are innovating and how they are doing it". The article outlines the reasons behind the 2010 Tasmanian Innovation Census, and provides contact details for anyone interested in finding out more.

"Smart technology hopes"

by Damien Brown

The Mercury, 26 August 2010, page 14

The newly announced Tasmanian Innovation Strategy, based on Professor Jonathan West's 2009 research and concept paper, includes "a pledge to establish 'smart grid' technology on the Bass Strait islands".

"A Vision for an Innovative, Sustainable and Prosperous Tasmania"

David Bartlett, MP – Premier

Media Release, 25 August 2010

Premier David Bartlett has launched his Tasmanian Innovation Strategy, based on the research and concept paper prepared by Professor Jonathan West and the AIRC in 2009.

"Change Makers"

AFR Boss Magazine, August 2010, page 42

Professor Jonathan West has been interviewed as one of the "Leaders for the Future" in AFR Boss' annual "True Leaders" issue.

"Managing Small Business in Australia"

Book Review

Unitas, August 2010, page 11.

"This is the companion book to Discovering New Business Opportunities a guide for anyone wanting to build a future in their own small business. The authors have a unique blend of professional training and practical experience combined with skill in making information clear and understandable."

"Tasmanian Innovation Strategy"

David Bartlett, 25 August 2010

Premier David Bartlett has launched his Tasmanian Innovation Strategy, based on the research and concept paper prepared by Professor Jonathan West and the AIRC in 2009.

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"Mornings with Deborah Cameron"

702 ABC Sydney, 21 July 2010

Associate Professor Jack English was interviewed by Deborah Cameron on ABC's 702 Mornings about the publication of his new book Managing a Small Business in Australia.

"Food bowl to add $5b income"

The Mercury, 16 July 2010

Speaking at the TFGI biennial conference, Professor Jonathan West discussed the research behind the "food bowl" vision. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis, Food Industry Council chairman Heather Chong and Federal Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tony Burke also gave their support to the concept.

"Guide to starting and managing small business in Australia"

News@Utas, 15 July 2010

"Managing a Small Business in Australia is a new book written in Tasmania advising small businesses how to get the most out of their hard work. It has been written by Jack English, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director of the Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC), and Tasmanian co-author Babette Moate."

"Exciting New Resource for Small Business"

Lara Giddings, MP

Media Release, 12 July 2010

"The Minister for Economic Development, Lara Giddings, has launched a new book aimed at helping people get their start in the business world. The book Managing a Small Business in Australia: The Complete Handbook, written by Associate Professor Jack English and Babette Moate, was launched at the Australian Innovation Research Centre in Hobart this afternoon."

"Rewarding Little Big Thinking"

News @ UTAS, 18 June 2010

"Approximately 40 students from five different faculties recently pitched their ideas to a panel of judges in the hope of landing a $5000 prize as part of the 'Little Big Ideas' competition... co-supported by the Australian Innovation Research Centre and the Research Office Commercialisation Unit."

"Funding for Innovation Strategy Priority Areas"

Premier David Bartlett

Media Release, 17 June 2010

The Tasmanian State Government has announced funding for priority areas from the Innovation Strategy in the 2010-11 Budget. The Government will begin by focusing on "high-value agriculture, aquaculture and food; renewable energy; the Digital Futures Strategy; tourism; and Tasmania as a creative hub".

"Helping Tasmanians Fight the Rising Cost of Living"

Premier David Bartlett

Media Release, 17 June 2010

The Tasmanian State Government's 2010-11 Budget has provided funding to implement Tasmania's Social Inclusion Strategy, drawn up by Professor David Adams in 2009.

"Source of Inspiration"

by Elaine Reeves

The Mercury, Taste liftout, 16 June 2010, page 24

Elaine Reeves interviews AIRC PhD candidate Ben Wills about the Source Community Wholefoods Co-op and his involvement in making "local food systems accessible to more people".

"ABC Radio"

24 April 2010

Professor Jonathan West was interviewed by Geraldine Doogue on ABC 'Saturday Extra' on 24 April 2010. Professor West discussed his article "More than a gift from the gods", published in the Griffith REVIEW (28: Still the Lucky Country?)

"Channel Ten News"

5 April 2010

Research Associate Ben Wills appeared in a TEN News report about sustainable agriculture in Tasmania. Ben was interviewed about the Source Wholefood Cooperative.

"Mornings with Deborah Cameron"

702 ABC Sydney, 21 July 2010

Associate Professor Jack English was interviewed by Deborah Cameron on ABC's 702 Mornings about the publication of his new book Managing a Small Business in Australia.

"Excellent Achievements for UTAS Vice-Chancellor"

UTAS Alumni News, December 2009

Professor Daryl Le Grew discusses his decision to leave the University of Tasmania at the end of 2010. He lists the significant achievements during his time as Vice-Chancellor, among them "the launch of the Australian Innovation Research Centre".

"Tassie's organic food fans can now go to the Source"

Sunday Tasmanian, 14 March 2010

The Source Wholefood Cooperative has opened at the UTAS campus, after almost five years of work. Group treasurer, Ben Wills, says he is happy for the project, first envisaged in 2005, to "finally come to fruition".

"Food bowl vision risks rejection"

by Sue Neales

The Mercury, 15 February 2010, page 4

"The State Government has been warned its ambitious irrigated food bowl vision for Tasmania is at risk of becoming a new source of community conflict and divide".

"Apple Isle really can dish up a food bowl"

by Natasha Cica

The Weekend Australian, 'Inquirer' section, 13-14 February 2010, page 5

"Jonathan West...is the ideas architect of the food-bowl vision". Natasha Cica discusses the ideas and the vision behind Professor Jonathan West's An Innovation Strategy for Tasmania report.

"Wholefood option for students"

by Michael Stedman

The Mercury, 9 February 2010, page 9

AIRC Research associate Ben Wills, Treasurer of Source Wholefoods, discusses the new organic produce cooperative based at the University of Tasmania. Source, which will open its organic food store on 14 March 2010, also runs a community garden, as well as a green waste recycling facility which will compost waste from food outlets around the University campus.