Green prof­its for busi­ness

Small-town pro­po­nent tells how en­vi­ron­ment is an op­por­tu­nity

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - ARTHUR GORRIE SE­NIOR JOUR­NAL­IST arthur.gorrie@gympi­etimes.com

KANDANGA’S Don Parry has the kind of qual­i­fi­ca­tions that win re­spect from peo­ple in the real and of­ten very tough world of small busi­ness.

On the sub­ject of com­bin­ing prof­itable busi­ness man­age­ment with en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity, he holds the best cre­den­tials of all. He has done it.

It is a real-world pass mark that ap­plies to both his busi­ness ca­reer and his record of en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy.

Prof­it­ing from re­spon­si­ble busi­ness man­age­ment is the key to the ad­dress he is booked to present to guests at an up­com­ing Gympie Cham­ber of Com­merce evening at Gunabul homestead on Thurs­day.

At $40 for cham­ber mem­bers and $50 for guests, the evening may be the best in­vest­ment many could make.

Mr Parry knows all about busi­ness suc­cess in a small town, es­pe­cially af­ter his work co­or­di­nat­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity plan­ning of the for­mer Nam­bour-based busi­ness, Queens­land Com­plete Print­ing Ser­vices.

The firm won the 2007 and 2008 Queens­land Print­ing In­dus­try En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Award and the Queens­land Govern­ment’s 2009 West­pac Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­ity Award.

En­ergy, wa­ter and waste costs are ex­penses busi­nesses can of­ten greatly re­duce, with sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for staff morale as well as the en­vi­ron­ment, Mr Parry said yesterday.

En­vi­ron­men­tal cost sav­ings are the sort of thing staff can be in­volved in, with the morale ben­e­fit that it is a form of cost cut­ting that does not make them feel threat­ened.

“At our house at Kandanga, we have no en­ergy, wa­ter or waste costs and we feed elec­tric­ity back into the grid,” Mr Parry said.

“We moved to Kandanga be­cause the Sun­shine Coast has just got too big for me.

“I’m pretty much a small­town per­son by na­ture.”

To find out more, email the cham­ber at ad­min@ gym­piecham­ber.com.au.

Photo: Con­tributed

BUSI­NESS SUC­CESS: Don and Jeanne Parry.

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