Monkey bar business a hit
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.
Shane Roberts with some of his Funky Monkey Bars.