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Northern Territory innovation set to go global.



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The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

Speech - 29 July 2004

Northern Territory innovation set to go global

An innovative Alice Springs company breaking down IT barriers in Indigenous communities is planning to take its technology to the world with the help of a Federal government grant.

Burzillo Pty Ltd, whose unique software program Tracker Tools is specifically designed for Indigenous community organisations, received a Commercialising Emerging Technology (COMET) grant of $52,000.

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, who visited the company today and viewed the software, said the grant would help Burzillo market its Tracker Tools software in Australia and overseas.

“Tracker Tools is a practical software program developed from Burzillo’s extensive first-hand experience working with Indigenous organisations,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The software uses interactive techniques and a graphics-enhanced layout to ensure all members of an Indigenous organisation can access and process information - particularly those with limited computer literacy or English skills.”

Mr Macfarlane said specific Tracker software packages had been developed to manage a range of activities undertaken by Indigenous groups, with the most popular package able to convert financial reports into graphic representations.

“Burzillo’s technology has applications for indigenous communities across the world,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Federal government, through the COMET grant, is pleased to support this company and build upon our nation’s great tradition of inventiveness.”

Other innovative Northern Territory companies, which have secured funding under the COMET program, include:

• In Motion Technologies Pty Limited - $48,000 to develop a range of electric motors which are smaller, lighter and more efficient than other motors available; and • Syntonic Technologies Pty Ltd - $80,000 for development of tracking antenna for satellite communication applications.

A list of COMET grant recipients is available at www.ausindustry.gov.au

Media contact: Kirsty Boazman 02 6277 7580 Mob. 0412 171 444

Email: kirsty.boazman@industry.gov.au Web www.industry.gov.au

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