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e are half way through the year

and are onto our third edition

for 2016. The rains have fallen

just in time; the collective sigh of relief

has been audible across the industry. A

media partner I spoke with shared that he

sold more mowers in three days than he

normally would all summer.

May was a particularly busy month, with

Lauren and I attending the Honda Invention

Competition awards night (pages 8-9) as well

as the Irrigation Australia Conference and

ExhibitionandAgfest(pages24-26). Ididnot

know what to expect of Agfest, having never

attended. Thank you to Tim McCarthy for

his advice to packmy gumboots; I would have

not survived the challenging weather without

them. I was impressed with the diversity of

the show; everything one needed to maintain

and aesthetically improve a suburban block

or large acreage was on display. I learnt about

managing waste water systems, which we plan

to cover in a future issue, and met some down

to earth people who have been in the industry

for years. I was pleasantly surprised with the

quality of the cottage industry crafts and

stocked up on Australian woven socks and

knits for the family just in time for the cold

snap. I sustained myself on the gourmet fare

provided by the food trucks. I left Agfest very

impressed with the organisational skills and

professionalism of Rural Youth Tasmania,

of which current and past members are all

volunteers under the age of 30.

To go with the flow of the Irrigation

AustraliaConference andExhibition (pardon

the pun) we have featured Tropical Forestry

Services (TFS) in our regular Operator

Profile on pages 10 -12. TFS grows theworld’s

largest Indian sandalwood plantations, and

the article looks at its irrigation systems and

the equipment the company uses to maintain

large plantations, as well as its innovative use

of pumps by Aussie Pumps.

The feature stories for this issue are

Fleet Management, contributed by Nathan

Pask from Equipco on page 14, followed by

Finance: Getting it Right on pages 17-18.

Also included in this issue is a feature on

fire safety apparel on page 13. The Dealer

Profile features Hastings Mowers from

Victoria and can be found on pages 21-23.

The team at PEAwould like to congratulate

Hastings Mowers on its 50th year of

trading. In 1966, Ben Mayne started the

family business, which is now part owned

and run by his daughter, Cindy Shepherd.

Cindy spoke with Lauren Butler and shared

valuable advice on customer satisfaction

and the importance of an online presence.

Open to pages 28 and 29 for an exciting

international article on the Quinta do

Lago golf course; awarded European Best

Golf Venue in the World Golf Awards in

2015. Considered one of the most desired

addresses in Europe, Quinta do Lago is a

unique destination where magnificent golf

courses are the norm. The golf course’s

expansive setting in Portugal requires a large

fleet of course maintenance equipment.

Continuing this international theme, we are

excited to present an article onGianni Ferrari

following a meeting with the company’s

sales manager Alessio Ferrari during his

recent trip to Australia. The article, on

pages 15-16, features insights from Alessio

and Australian distributor John Bird (JSB

Equipment) regarding Gianni Ferrari’s

history, equipment and Italian innovation.






Development as a new regular feature

starting with this issue, as we constantly

receive interesting information, which we

thought would be appreciated. As always, we

would like to thank our regular contributors;

John Bird for his TechTalk column, Biscount

for this month’s training feature, Lauren

Butler for her excellent journalism and

organisational skills in getting through all the

articles she has contributed and sub-edited

on time. Last but not least, Kristen Richards,

for her regular contribution to the News and

New Product features and the new Research

and Development feature.

I will finish by saying that if you feel you

have an interesting story to tell, or a new

product to launch; please do not hesitate

to make contact. We would appreciate your

letting us know of a dealer you would like us

to cover or an operator

that would make an

interesting story.

All the best for now,

Elaine Sharman