Get­ting con­di­tions right for busi­ness growth

NT News - - BUSINESS -

The re­mote Cen­tral Aus­tralian com­mu­nity of Pa­punya is in a land of ex­tremes. It can get very hot and very cold. A CSIRO study found that the tem­per­a­ture in the work­shop at the Pa­punya Tjupi Arts Cen­tre can go over 40 de­grees cel­sius dur­ing the sum­mer and down to freez­ing point in the win­ter.

Sci­en­tists found this meant there were at least 40 days a year when it was im­pos­si­ble for the artists to work.

A grant from the Depart­ment of Trade, Busi­ness and In­no­va­tion un­der the Smarter Busi­ness So­lu­tions pro­gram will al­low the arts cen­tre to re­place the old evap­o­ra­tive cool­ing sys­tem – known as a swampy – with re­ver­se­cy­cle air-con­di­tion­ers.

“The work will start soon,” says cen­tre man­ager Joanne Byrne. “The air-con­di­tion­ers will make life so much bet­ter.

“Artists will be able to work in com­fort all year round at last, which will in­crease their pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­come.”

The new sys­tem will cool the work­shop in the sum­mer and warm it in the win­ter.

The Pa­punya Arts Cen­tre is a not-for-profit co­op­er­a­tive.

Its 30-50 artists pro­duce about 800 works a year be­tween them, mostly acrylic paint­ings on can­vas.

Artists in­clude the daugh­ters of in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned painters Johnny Warangkula, Shorty Lungkata Tjun­gur­rayi and Long Jack Philli­pus Tjaka­marra.

The Smarter Busi­ness So­lu­tions pro­gram is aimed at help­ing Ter­ri­tory busi­nesses, Abo­rig­i­nal en­ter­prises and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions re­duce day-to-day en­ergy, wa­ter, waste and ma­te­rial costs.

Types of sup­port in­clude ad­vice on avail­able ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies and prac­tices; a walk­through site sur­vey to iden­tify po­ten­tial sav­ings op­por­tu­ni­ties; and grants to en­cour­age and sup­port cost sav­ings or ini­tia­tives.

If you would like to dis­cuss ways to im­prove the prof­itabil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity or ca­pa­bil­ity of your busi­ness, con­tact the Small Busi­ness Cham­pi­ons team on (08) 8999 5479.

Emily Andy Na­palt­jarri at work in the Pa­punya Tjupi Arts stu­dio

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