Mon­key bar busi­ness a hit

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

SIX years ago Shane Roberts wanted to find his daugh­ter a mon­key bar set suit­able for the fam­ily’s back­yard.

To­day the busi­ness he started, Funky Mon­key Bars, sup­plies sets to fam­i­lies, schools and coun­cils across Aus­tralia, the US, Europe and New Zealand, and has been nom­i­nated for a WA In­dus­try and Ex­port Award.

Mr Roberts says the dif­fer­ence be­tween his prod­uct and oth­ers on the mar­ket was that his were free-stand­ing and height ad­justable.

On top of that, a mod­u­lar con­cept brought in when UK me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Colin Bur­dle came on board has al­lowed the Yange­bup-based busi­ness to add a host of add-ons in­clud­ing swings, nets and gym­nas­tics equip­ment.

They re­cently launched an adult cross-fit con­fig­u­ra­tion and are about to un­veil a fly­ing fox.

The com­pany was re­cently re­warded for their work with a nom­i­na­tion in the 2016 WA In­dus­try and Ex­port Awards, to be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 28.

They are up for the CY O’Con­nor Award for Ex­cel­lence in En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy.

The White Gum Val­ley res­i­dent said the com­pany hoped its prod­uct could pro­vide a healthy and ac­tive so­lu­tion for kids caught up in tech­nol­ogy.

“In the age of the ‘i’ this and ‘i’ that we are hop­ing we are cre­at­ing a prod­uct that will help get kids back out­side and re­duce their screen time,” he said.­mu­ni­ d460161

Shane Roberts with some of his Funky Mon­key Bars.

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