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The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010



The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010

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12 NT BUSINESS REVIEW, May, 2010 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K DEVELOPMENT IN THE NT SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE FORKLIFT Solutions has all the right equipment and expertise to give your business a lift. This medium-size business, owned and operated by Edgar Junkhoff, is based at East Arm. Edgar has been involved in the forklift business in Darwin for many years. He has grown the business to include new and used sales, leasing and short-term hire. Edgar and his team offer the materials handling industry prompt, efficient, friendly service and have on-road field service technicians to offer repairs and maintenance. Or customers can drop in to the new workshop/sales yard at 20 Casey Rd, East Arm near Berrimah. If the unit is going to be out of service for any length of time, a short-term hire unit can be allocated to allow customers to operate their business as normal. Forklift Solutions has a range of hire and sales units ranging from 1.6-tonne to 16-tonne , and includes dual fuel, diesel and electric units. The business also has pallet jacks: manual and electric. Forklift Solutions is the state distributor for Linde, TCM and Baoli Forklifts and can offer new units straight off the sales yard. It has also an ever-growing selection of ex-lease forklifts for sale and hire, including a Manitou 5t all-terrain unit with air-conditioned cabin. Forklift Solutions also offers a 24/7 breakdown service that can be put in place for customers especially those with a priority round-the-clock business (special rates apply). Among the popular short-term hire units is the 8-tonne diesel Linde forklift with air-conditioned cabin, 1800mm forks and 2440mm slippers to allow for container handling. Similar units may be soon added to the fleet. Forklift Solutions can provide quick service to neighbouring businesses in East Arm, Berrimah, Winnellie and Palmerston. Clients are welcome to inspect the stock and discuss their needs. Forklift Solutions is at 20 Casey Road East Arm Berrimah. Phone 8947 3490 or mobile 0457 473 490. THE recent introduction of energy efficiency provisions in the NT has seen the Territory doing its bit to ensure new houses and units have a smaller carbon footprint. Requirements for 5-star energy ratings on all new houses and 3.5 stars on new unit developments was introduced in the NT on May 1. Home Star Rating Australia director Ray Fogolyan said that much of the hype in the media about significant additional costs of building had been blown out of proportion. "Most quality builders have been listening to their clients and adapting their products to meet the needs of their clients and the local environment.'' Mr Fogolyan said features such as wider eaves, verandas on western walls, roof ventilators and ceiling fans were almost all standard features in most modern designs. "These features make a significant contribution to the energy efficiency of a building and make achieving a 5-star energy rating achievable,'' he said. As nationally accredited Thermal Performance Assessors and members of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), Home Star Rating Australia use a sophisticated software modeling program to check building designs. Software modeling allows their assessors to provide informed advice about design features that are cost effective and reduce operating costs over the life of the buildings. Mr Fogolyan said that National accreditation ensured that as assessors "we are well trained and audited to ensure we provide independent and detailed assessments while providing a professional standard of service''. Consumers recognise the benefits of efficient housing designs with efficient houses getting top prices. Recent studies in the ACT have shown that houses with higher star ratings are achieving higher prices when sold, demonstrating the market demand for more energy efficient housing. The study shows an average of 3 per cent premium paid on better performing houses. As energy efficiency of buildings become part of mandatory disclosure requirements, home buyers are starting to look closely at the running cost before making a decision to buy or rent a new home. Home Star Rating Australia are supporting Territory Builders and will work with you and your builder to ensure your new home meets energy efficiency requirements while retaining tropical design features people want in a home. Give them a call on 8948 4414 to discuss the star rating of your new home. THERE will be some amazing business opportunities develop out the pending LNG boom, which some predict will make Australia the Middle East of gas. With the mining industry underpinning the countrys growth and oil and gas representing clean energy for the world, Darwin is ideally placed to benefit. The question for many businesses is how prepared are they to seize the opportunity when it lands on their doorstep in the very near future? What plans have they made for growth and to align themselves with the companies that will be driving this growth? OFH, probably better known around town as Kerry and Dean Osborne, have again demonstrated their insight into Darwins business and property market with the cleverly conceived mixed-use precinct, The Avenue. Strategically located at the gateway to the CBD in Salonika St, Parap it is attracting interest from the Territorys better-known and respected businesses. It appeals to those who have outgrown their existing premises and are looking for a location that equips them for future expansion in a state-of- the-art environment, among like-minded organisations. The fundamental issues that potential tenants want assurance on are: The reputation of the developer; Their commitment to green, energy efficient design principles; and Knowing that the precinct will deliver substantial amenities and services and all backed by quality on-site management. Most importantly, the consensus seems to be that with property values likely to escalate, ownership of ones premises is a significant decider when looking to re-locate. The Osborne track record is a testament to their ability to read the market accurately and create developments that meet these market needs. The de-centralisation of business centres in other capital cities demonstrates that you dont have to be in the CBD and in many instances it is a disadvantage. Parking is always a problem and Darwin has its own particular dilemma in this area because of some short-sighted planning decisions. Many of the questions addressed by OFH when planning The Avenue were things they consider fundamental to the productivity of a business the welfare of the people who work there and the accessibility and convenience for their customers. Is it easy for your staff to get to and from work? Public transport must be accessible. If they ride a bicycle are there bike storage and change facilities; drive a car convenient / secure parking; walking distance accommodation nearby. Where do they go for lunch? How much time is lost travelling? Are there shops, hairdressers, gym nearby? Do they work after hours and are they secure when they do? Do they need child care facilities? Are they close to the office in the case of emergency? Do your customers come to you? Are they in undercover walking distance of your office in the wet season? Is it easy to drive to your office? Can they get a free car park? Are there quality coffee shops, restaurants nearby? Do you have access to presentation areas or board rooms? Is your office environmentally friendly? Are the air conditioning systems efficient, are your windows shaded? Do you have access to quality data and communications? So, if you are looking to relocate your business to somewhere quite special or youre an empty nester looking for something smaller, but with every amenity and service you can imagine, The Avenue is probably where you should be heading. The new budget measures just announced now make it eminently affordable to buy an apartment close to the city and there is little that comes close to offering the outlook, quality and sense of community that are features of The Avenue. The Avenue precinct will add a dimension to Darwins business and residential districts that probably only someone like the Osborne Group could have visualised. It will no doubt be a significant part of the citys future. Copy supplied by the Osborne Group The Avenue to success Give your business a lift Right concept, right place, right time ... Dean and Kerry Osborne with a model of their new development For further information contact 'Forklift Solutions EM: sales@forkliftsolutions.com.au PH: 08 8947 3490 or call into 20 Casey Road, Hudson Creek Berrimah NT. 4 6 fa 1 8 / 1 0 Forklift Solutions is a family business which has earned a reputation for reliable, quality maintenance and service to the material handling industry. Forklift Solutions welcome customers to call in to inspect its range of equipment. Living comfortably under the stars Forklift Solutions is the state distributor for Linde, TCM and Baoli Forklifts and can offer new units straight off the sales yard