Charles Sturt University

From its humble beginnings as one of NSW’s first agricultural research farms to a now thriving University which describes itself as “the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education in Australia”, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is certainly the place to be for students interested in what have always been some of the nation’s strongest and most fascinating industries. The University’s Wagga Wagga Campus not only offers up its rich history, but also all that has been built upon it, including a fully operational commercial farm and vineyard, as well as numerous facilities for research and a supportive local community.

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Pacific Coast Eco Bananas

Bananas are good for you. No doubt about it. They help with anything from hangovers to mosquito bites, aiding weight control and cheering depression on the way. They contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

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Mett Pty Ltd is engaged in the manufacture of automotive components and is a leader in aluminium high pressure and gravity die casting in Australia.

The company was established in 1983 with the goal of building and maintaining a state of the art manufacturing facility; today it employs more than 220 people at its Noble Park base in Victoria and generates a current turnover of $71 million.

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Mary Kay

This story is unashamedly about direct selling and the breaking of ‘glass ceilings’, the invisible barriers that women say have held them back over the years when it comes to the top jobs in industry. In the case of Mary Kay Cosmetics, that message was what created the company, after its eponymous founder Mary Kay Ash faced a situation “all too familiar to women,” according to the official bio from the US parent company. After 25 years in the direct selling business, she resigned her position as a national training director “when yet another man she had trained was promoted above” her – at twice her salary. Her response was visionary.

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Lenswood ColdStores

As a chartered accountant in charge of an apple-growing co-operative in times of reduced apple consumption, increased costs and competition and international deregulation, you might think the odds were stacked against Michael Cox.

But the general manager of Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative Society Ltd in South Australia prefers to stress the positives and says the future is bright. There have been massive improvements in apple growing techniques and the products in the shops today are better than ever.

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Cievents raised its sail 25 years ago and has been relentlessly evolving ever since. Initially providing professional conference and incentive travel services for the corporate sector, the company later diversified with the addition of creative design studios, event production capabilities and a loyalty program design and implementation division. Having made its mark in Australia, the company then expanded into New Zealand, Hong Kong and the UK.

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Cell Aquaculture

Imagine catching fresh, tasty Australian Barramundi in the desert city of Las Vegas. At the moment it’s something of a pipe dream, according to Chris Bolger, but it’s by no means an impossibility.

Chris is General Manager of Cell Aquaculture Ltd. Headquartered in Western Australia, Cell is an international aquaculture company, publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Code: CAQ), that supplies a full range of environmentally sustainable, vertically integrated fin-fish production services – encompassing everything from ‘Hatch to Dispatch’.

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Brisbane Markets

The Brisbane Markets is a complex situated some 10km southeast of the CBD of the Queensland capital which forms the state’s central distribution point for produce. There are several subdivisions of the complex: Brisbane Produce Market, Brisbane Flower Market, Brisbane MarketPlace retail markets precinct, Brisbane Markets South Gate industrial estate and the Brisbane Markets Commercial Centre.

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The Big Group

In this feature we explore the origins, growth and diversification of Melbourne based catering and event management company The Big Group.

Twenty one years after being created by husband and wife Bruce & Chyka Keebaugh The Big Group has grown exponentially to become one of Australia’s largest privately owned catering companies turning over upwards of $25 million per annum and employing over 1600 staff at its busiest.

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Australian NaturalCare

As we age, many of us feel less energetic than we once did. Even young men and women in their twenties and thirties sometimes don’t have the same vigour when playing sports, chasing after their kids, or just getting out of bed in the morning. Lack of sleep, improper nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, chemical pollutants, and stress are just a few factors that lower our immune systems against illness, reduce energy, and age us prematurely. No one can stop time, but we all have the power to be healthier, increase our stamina, and live longer and more fulfilling lives by making better choices, starting with daily vitamins and supplements.

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Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

January 16, 2019, 3:59 PM AEDT