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

30 July 2004 04/202

SMART QLD FRIDGES STAY COOL WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT

An energy efficient refrigeration system, to keep medicines, food and drinks cool when the power goes out, is one of eight innovative Queensland projects awarded funding under the latest round of the Australian Government’s Commercialising Emerging Technology (COMET) program.

Announcing $345,000 in funding for Queensland companies today, Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane highlighted the timely development of the refrigeration system by Malanda company, ERA.

“ERA is developing a two-door drink refrigerator that only needs about six hours of power a day. It’s an innovative project which could deliver the absolute certainty of a cold beer on a hot Queensland day.”

“The COMET program is set up to support exactly these sorts of smart projects. It’s helping innovative Australians get their ideas from paper to pilot to commercialisation and the innovative streak runs strong in Queensland,” Mr Macfarlane said.

ERA has been awarded $64,000 in COMET funding to develop an intellectual property strategy and a business plan to attract investors and get their product to market.

Nine other Queensland companies have been awarded almost $420,000 in COMET funding in this latest round of funding.

More than $2.1 million has been granted to 59 Queensland companies in the last financial year. Other grant recipients in the latest round include:

• Kallangur-based Machine Cuisine, $52,000, which is developing an automated grill for the food service industry with a throughput of between 100 and 200 portions per hour; • St Lucia-based Worthseeing Media Holdings, $56,000, which has developed a multimedia English language learning system targeted at 2-8 year olds.

“With more than $2.3 million in COMET grants awarded nationally in this latest round, the Howard Government is committed to developing Australian innovation and I would expect Queenslanders to be an integral part of that next generation of smart ideas,” he said.

A full list of Queensland COMET recipients is at www.ausindustry.gov.au

Media contact; Kirsty Boazman 02 6277 7580 Mob 0412 171 444