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Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia are pleased to provide the articles contained in this publication to keep its subscribers up to date on issues which may be relevant to their businesses. This publication is supplied strictly on the condition that Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia, its employees, agents, authors, editors and consultants are not responsible for any deficiency, error, omission or mistake contained in this publication, and Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia, its employees, agents, authors, editors and consultants hereby expressly disclaim all liability of whatsoever nature to any person who may rely on the contents of this publication in whole or part. Published by GLENVALE PUBLICATIONS A.B.N. 31 218 591 688 11 Rushdale St, Knoxfield VIC 3180 PO Box 50, Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 9544 2233 Fax: (03) 9543 1150 Editor: Elaine Sharman Phone: 0411 550 808 Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Sub Editor: Jackie Joy Journalists: Jackie Joy John Power Gary Fooks ADVERTISING Alastair Bryers Email: alastair.bryers@glenv.com.au Mobile: 0498 555 085 Elaine Sharman Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Mobile: 0411 550 808 ACCOUNTS Melissa Graydon Email: melissa.graydon@glenv.com.au SUBSCRIPTIONS Melissa Graydon $60.50 – 6 issues subs@glenv.com.au ART, PRODUCTION AND ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS Justin Carroll PageSet Australia Phone: (03) 9544 2233 PRINTING Southern Impact Pty Ltd 181 Forster Road,Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 8796 7000 EDITOR’S COLUMN Welcome to the July/August issue. The current global situation is that the world, including Australia, is in a crisis. Inflation is affecting Australians across the board, and among the drivers of this condition is the war-profiteering of gas and coal firms who are imposing runaway international prices upon all nations. At current prices for coal and gas, I can anticipate energy prices doubling over the short term. From my research, this should raise the Consumer Price Index to 3 per cent plus whatever businesses try to pass on. This translates to increased food prices - $15 for lettuce is a case in point - the high price of fuel, goods and services across the board. I know in our industry supply is still an issue along with staff shortages. There are lessons to be learnt in a study of how we got here in the first place. I truly hope so, but is it a case of too little, too late? Our new government at the Federal level has legislated emissions at 43 per cent and has created Jobs and Skills Australia. We have furious cross-bench Senators threatening not to vote because Albanese has cut staff allocations to Members of Parliament from four to one to advise on constituency. This proves to me once again how politicians are so far removed from the trials and tribulations of ordinary Australians. I would expect my elected MP to be educated and informed enough to be able to make a decision that benefits their constituents without three extra advisors. With all that is happening at the moment andwithwater-soakedQueensland in mind, go to page 9 to read about permeable pavements recommended for driveways, pavements and roads. This allows for the rainwater to be absorbed with long-term benefits to water retention for vegetation in times of drought.With energy costs, the way they are Gary Fooks talks about the future of generators and the possibilities on pages 26-27. How to maintain Kohler’s portable generator for optimum performance and longevity applies to all generators and can be found on pages 16-17. Businesses can save thousands by using the right battery for the right device with the cost calculator designed by Procell; read about this on page 15. On the same page, Biscount advises on how to make stocktaking easier. John Power writes about Electro Weeding as weeds become increasingly resistant to herbicides on pages 12-13. Jackie Joy interviews Emily Robinson for Dealer Profile, the first woman Dealer Principal in the OPE space on pages 20-23. Kubota celebrates their 100 years, an interesting read with their progress spanning two centuries on page 14. Warwick Lorenz, Managing Director of Australian Pump Industries raises the big question - ‘Can Australians manufacture again?’ on pages 28-29. Not such a bad idea given how we have learned how a global pandemic and war can affect supply chain issues. We celebrate STIHL’s 50th celebrations on pages 18-19 who have also kindly shared information on how to manage turf during winter, in collaboration with Charlie Albone, on pages 30-31. Thank you Jo Katsos for putting together your best business practice marketing advice on pages 24-25 despite being away at a conference. What a feat of time management that was! We finish off with our regular New Product feature and that’s a wrap. All the best for now. Elaine Sharman Editor