The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has encouraged anyone who has developed a new product, or come up with an innovative app or solution to a common problem to enter the 2012 Bendigo Inventor Awards, as applications close on August 10.
“Bendigo has been home to some enduring inventions like the Chiko Roll and original business ideas including community banks and Fernwood Women’s Health Clubs.
“There are a range of new categories for 2012 including Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability, Health and Education, Manufacturing and primary and secondary youth divisions, as well as the major Inventor of the Year and People’s Choice awards.
“I particularly encourage young people who want to take their great inventions to the next level to enter the running to share in $25,000 in prize money, and receive business support and mentoring opportunities.”
Senator McKenzie said the recent Health of Australian Science report by Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb pointed to the need for innovation.
“Prof. Chubb said innovation was necessary in order for Australia to be safe and socially, culturally and economically prosperous.
“The Bendigo Inventor Awards is an excellent opportunity to add to this national discussion and showcase a diverse range of original ideas.”
For more information visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/inventors